In the beginning of this year, we were introduced to “friends with an old book”which was going to be a year-long “friendship” with the book that we were given. Not being able to pick the book by ourselves and finding it in the libraries was really exciting. My book ” Scelta di architettura antiche e moderne della Città di Firenze” by Ferdinando Ruggieri is an educational book, full of detailed architectural drawings with just a few explanatory texts. The book is written in Italian, so it was impossible for me to understand the texts and learn from them. But the drawings are so detailed that they can pass as self explanatory, which makes the drawings themselves internationally educational. I learned about some of the not so eye-catching aspects of doors, windows and other small parts of a building. Normally I wouldn’t pay much attention to those parts, but the book taught me to look into every single detail in a building. Because, considering what the illustrations in the book are portraying, every detail of a building contains another type of artistry. And learning that fact was one of the most surprising things about this experience. Normally I would not spend such time and effort on book, but with the tasks, getting a good vision of the book was inevitable. For the first task, all we had to do was find general information about the book, including the library that its located, which helped us with the second task where we had to actually go and “meet” the book. Another surprising moment was when I first saw the book in real life. To see such an old book, and being able to hold it and look through its pages felt as if I was holding some kind of treasure. It was really exciting to see something from the far past, which felt as if I was time traveling. The third task was finding the other edition of the book and that one helped me to observe and examine the book in even more detail, which changed my perspective on properly perusing a book. Although all of these exciting and educational moments in “making friends with an old book”I also encountered numerous problems. The biggest one and the one that I could not solve, was task four, where we had to digitalise the text in the book. The OCR program recognised the text but got everything wrong. Every single time when I copied and pasted the text on to the word program, it was all gibberish, full of numbers, signs and hardly ever letters. So I had to write everything myself, which took a long time and once I uploaded it, the file did not open. This problem actually has nothing to do with the book itself, but the whole process included the book, the tasks and uploading on to the blog. And this is the last task, which in my opinion will truly bring the books alive and that was the main goal of this whole process.