Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Did you know that expiation means atonement? I should have, because I was reading Eleanor of Aquitaine and I got to page 45 and there in my own writing was a note by expiation. Atonement.
After I held the book up really close to my eyes to verify that yes indeedy that was my writing, I thought, "Crap. I just re-read 45 pages. 45 boring pages." I don't know what bugs me more...that I don't remember reading it in the first place (not to mention not remembering the definition of expiation), or that I can't bring myself to give up on this book. So far there hasn't been much Eleanor, although for a woman in the 1100's that's fairly common. 45 pages in and she's already married to Louis VII of France and has given birth to a daughter (Marie). And she's about to go on Crusade. I'm hoping for a little more action in the coming chapters.
My reading choices are really out there at the moment. Since I barely read any non-fiction last year, I'm trying to introduce a little change in the reading line-up this year. I'm currently reading State by State and Eleanor of Aquitaine, although I have to put them down frequently for a hit of fiction. Except the hit usually turns into a whole book (which would explain why the yearly totals are currently fiction 6, non-fiction 1). I'm also trying to listen to an audio book in my car. It's actually going better than expected, although for someone who is practically an atheist The Year of Living Biblically could be considered an odd choice. But it's made me laugh a few times, so it's not a total bust.
How about you? Have you switched up your reading habits this year?