DECEMBER ROOT - Progress Thread
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"Twelfth labour: Cerberus
The twelfth and final labour was the capture of Cerberus, the 3-headed hound that was guardian of the gates of the underworld. To prepare for his descent into the underworld Hercules went to Eleusis (or Athens) to be initiated in the Eleusinian Mysteries. He entered the underworld, and Hermes and Athena were his guides.
Thanks Cheli for all that you do for us in the ROOTs challenge. I didn't realize that we have fallen behind. I will do my part to get more ROOTs read!
My thanks to you too, Cheli. I don't know how much more I'll be able to contribute since one of the current ROOTs is War and Peace, which I really do want to get finished by year's end for the Napoleonic Era on the Reading Through Time group. But I've got at least a couple other ROOTs I should be finishing as well.
TY, Cheli! I agree with the removal of stats of those who have not been active in the last 6 months.
Agree about removal of non-active members. And thanks for running a great thread all year long.
Yes, so do I - they can always request to be added back in if necessary. I've currently got 4 on the go and finished one last night, so hoping I can do my bit to get us to the finish line! I've added the one I finished to all tickers (or at least I will once I've posted this) (It was Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things To Me and was excellent).
hope to read a good number this month but it won't make a dent in the shortfall - agree removal of completely inactive participants.
I AM going to reach my goal, even if I have to listen to books while I sleep.
I also agree about removing the inactive members.
And I add my thanks to Chèli to those of >3 Familyhistorian:!
I agree with removing inactive members. Like New Year's resolutions, many are excited about a challenge, but RL can get in the way, and challenges can fall by the wayside.
Took twelve (12) unread ROOT books off the shelves this afternoon, and updated my personal ticker.
Can I suggest people with less than 10% be removed immediately and people with more than 10% but less than 25% be messaged and asked whether they want to continue and then removed if they don't reply within a week?
>17 Robertgreaves: Assuming it's not putting another burden on Cheli. She's done so much already, and messaging like that could interfere with her RL.
Margaret Atwood, Bodily Harm
1st for December, 76/75 to contribute past my goal.
Don't know how much more past my goal I'll get though, not with War and Peace (Pevear-Volokhonsky translation) that I want to finish by year's end for the Reading Through Time Group's fourth-quarter Napoleonic Era and to get myself my 20th for the year on the Big Fat Book Challenge. I'm only through the first two of W&P's 17 parts, so I've got a way to go – and I'm also reading (and ER reviewing, non-ROOT) The Girl in the Tower for Reading Through Time's December "Fractured Fairy Tales" read.
So I've got some work cut out for myself over the next few weeks. Fortunately, I don't really celebrate the holidays except for church and a day-visit to some friends. And W&P is a ROOT.
Thanks for doing the numbers, Chèli. I shall do my best to read more ROOTs than last month.
This morning I decided to Pearl Rule a book. In the Shadow of the Ark by Anne Provoost is a novel that I have been wanting to read for a long time. To my surprise I found it in recorded form at the Tuscaloosa Public Library, so I snatched it off the shelves. However, after giving it 85 pages, I Pearl Ruled it. (Quit reading) It just wasn't catching my attention and it seemed to be going nowhere slowly. It is one novel that is going back on the shelf for somebody else to read. But not me. Life is too short.
My paper copy - it is off my shelves and ROOTed.
>23 benitastrnad: I think the quickest I ever pearl ruled a book was page 13 for Lockdown. Normally I love Laurie R. King's books but this one was written from different viewpoints and jumped from one to another so fast that it drove me nuts. I knew there was no way I was going to be able to finish it so I just stopped before I got too far.
I'm a firm believer in Pearl Rule. Why waste time on a book you aren't enjoying.
>23 benitastrnad: >24 cyderry: >25 majkia: Yes indeed. I could kick myself when I think of all the times I slogged through a terrible book or one that I simply did not enjoy only because I believed that I HAD to finish what I started. I became a convert when I realized how many books are out there and even if I could read one per day, that would only be 365 each year. I will usually give a book 50 pages unless it is super-dreadful and then it gets 20 if it's lucky. On rare occasions, I will put a book back on my shelf if there is a possibility that I am just not in the mood for it.
Sometimes I am just not in the mood for a book, and like you said, it goes back on the shelves. I doubt that will be the case with this one. I tried it and it just wasn't working. There are other books I would rather spend time reading, so it will be onward and upward to the next.
At least it got ROOTed.
I did ROOT another book yesterday. I finished the YA non-fiction book Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate by Richard Bowers. It was YA and I read it over my lunch hours, so it took me a month to read it, but it was a very well done non-fiction for grades 5 - 9, and I learned something from it as well, so this one was a winner.
I have finished another paperback mystery... my thread and all tickers updated.
Finished my first ROOT of December: Doctor Who and the Androids of Tara, by Terrance Dicks. All tickers have been updated.
I was doing so well in the first half of the year .... Both with reading ROOTs and not acquiring potential new ones.
Happy to announce that I finished my first ROOT since September and am now contributing to reducing the group deficit.
My ticker has been updated but I haven't touched the group totals.
In order to get closer to my goal, I'm reading as many "one-day" books as I can this December...books that I can finish in one (or maybe 2) days. So far in 5 days I've finished 1 book started in November, and 5 books read these first 5 days of December. Tickers updated.
I've just added two very short kids books to my total - nos 2 and 3 for December and 54 and 55 overall for the year. I've updated all tickers.
Just read another book in Japanese and it took less than a week to read! : 天国はまだ遠く
Last night I read Betsy & Tacy & Tib, the second book in the Betsy-Tacy series. It's an enjoyable read, most suitable for younger readers but good for an adult "quick" read as well.
I'm a new (as of November member) and I have read 2 of my goal of 4 to finish off this year. I'd love to be on the list!
Another paperback finished! And an audiobook as well. My thread and all tickers updated.
A Christmas mystery off my Kindle finished -- my thread & all tickers updated.
Less than 300 books to go before we reach our goal!
Finished 2nd December ROOT. Updated own ticker only.
>43 leslie.98: Does the '300 to go' only include December ROOTs which have been added to the group total?
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>45 si: My '300 to go' was based upon the ticker numbers at the time I posted. So it may be less if Chèli drops some inactive members.
>52 leslie.98: Thank you for that.
At the moment it's showing:-
292 ROOTs required to reach target of 3471.
If the group read 3000 (rough guess only) up to November that equates to 272 a month?
Take a look at the opening post for the update of the adjusted totals!!
Shouldn't we - as a group - try to get to 3333 ROOTs for the year? It's doable and a funny number!
I just finished reading Buckskin Brigade, and it's a keeper! Another ROOT completed, and personal ticker updated.
Good to know that we met our goal but looks like we have a new number to reach. I have read 4 ROOTs so far in December. Just posted the last of them today and added the 4 to my ticker.
I finished a ROOT that I hadn't realized was one when I started it -- I thought I would be rereading something I had read before but it turned out I hadn't!
My thread and all tickers updated.
I can add one more to the tally making me 55/48 and another one in progress. I am contemplating pushing myself to 60 next year. That would be a challenge
>55 cyderry: just looking at the revised totals and list of those removed - Caramellunacy has been active and has exceeded their goal, so you might want to revisit that one?
I certainly didn't think it would take me all year but I finally finished my 15th ROOT!
So I've hit my target for 2017! :)
This group does rock!
>69 HelenBaker: I'm half thinking of that too (I'm currently at 56/48 with a few others on the go). The alternative, as I want to support my local library, is to stick to a goal of 48 for ROOTs, but then also commit to a library book a month.
Just wanted to let you all know, I plan to setup the 2018 group after Christmas. I'll post a link when I'm done.
>80 cyderry: Thanks Cheli, I will have to think of my goal for next year. I just posted 2 more ROOTs for this year making it 60/50.
>80 cyderry: Thanks. This group continues to inspire me to read my own books and it will be a long time before I'm done ROOTing.
Have added a couple of ROOTs for December which have pushed me over my goal giving me 41/40 for the year (Ticker seems to be down so will update at a later date).
Thank you to all the ROOTers for helping inspire me to try and make my way through my neglected shelves.
>80 cyderry: Very happy to hear this! Thanks cheli for all you do for us!
>80 cyderry: indeed, thank you for continuing to host this group. Like others have also stated, this group and its members have been a tremendous help and encouragement to me. You and everyone here deserve some credit for the books I've managed to ROOT out over the last few years.
>80 cyderry: Thank you so much for hosting, Cheli! It is a blessing!
>80 cyderry: Great & I add my thanks to those above, Cheli!
Finished a couple of mysteries over the weekend. My thread and all tickers updated.
I am currently listening to Hour I First Believed. I can’t believe I have had this novel on my shelves since 2009! It is time to get it off my shelves.
I have finished 4 ROOTs this month, which takes me to 60 for the year. Haven't tocued the group tickers, my own is updated.
Only four more days till I leave for my Christmas break and I don't know yet if I can finish any more ROOTs til then. If not, I'll see you all next year.
>80 cyderry: Thank you for this year and looking forward to next year.
In the meantime I've finished another ROOT #27
>80 cyderry: Woo hoo! I will be in for another year of ROOT reading! But first, most importantly, enjoy your Christmas!
>80 cyderry: Many thanks for running such a wonderful group. Hope to be back next year.
Merry Christmas Everyone.
I just read my 7th ROOT for the month, though I've managed 19 ROOTs total when I count my
I should get at least one more ROOT completed before the end of the year, as I'm almost finished with it. Then, who knows?
Thank you! And thanks for all you do for us.
Congratulations also to everyone who has met or exceeded their goals for this year. I have a couple more books to add to the total too.
The new 2018 ROOT group is setup. Here is the link! -
Hope you all like the new theme!
I've reached my (admittedly modest) goal of four books for the last two months of 2017 I might even exceed this if I don't get swept away by holiday merriment.
I've just added ROOT #5 for December (taking me to 57/48 overall) to all tickers.
>103 sibyx: modest is fine. You did at least one, that's one better than none!
The c and e keys aren't working but must announce my progress!
Just managd to finish what will probably b th last book of th yar. I don't rad as muh as I usd to but I finishd th yar strong with thr books in a row rad! In Japans! How xiting!
Won't opmlt my goal of 50 books but I finishd strong and I'm rady for nxt yar!
Added another ROOT for December: The Distant Echo, by Val McDermid. A fine reread. All tickers (personal and group) have been updated.
To all ROOTers celebrating the birth of the Christ child, a very merry Christmas, and a kewl Yule to those who aren't.
Wordsworth's Poetry and Prose (Norton Critical). 7th for December, 82/75.
I've got a couple more I might finish before the New Year, though I'm planning on starting Juliet Barker's Wordsworth biography quite soon, and that's one that's almost as heavy a doorstopper as her Brontë biography and will carry me well into January.
Merry christmas everyone!
I've just finished my 74th root of the year, so I'm confident I'll reach my goal of 75 roots!
Belated season's greetings to one and all ROOTers! RL was a bit rocky for the second half of December but resolved in time for Christmas. :)
Reading was a bit haphazard too - only two ROOTs to report so far this month. Dead Babies and A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch - neither was very festive but take my total to 62/60. Hopefully another couple will be rooted by the year-end.
>77 Jackie_K:. That is my dilemma, too. Last year our council funded a new library and it is a very pleasant space, facing our domain. By supporting the library I also would effectively be reducing my TBR by not buying those books on my wishlist. I seldom read them straight away when I buy them, where as I read them promptly from the library.
I've added what is likely my final ROOT for the year (#58 overall, #6 for December) to all tickers. It was The Optician of Lampedusa, highly recommended although a harrowing read.
I’ve updated my personal ticker to include my December ROOTS, but haven’t touched the group ticker. It looks like I won’t be reaching my goal of 25, but I got pretty close with 22. I might be able to squeeze one more in, but definitely not three.
Virginia Hamilton, The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl
9 for December, 84/75. I've got some reading I'm currently doing, but I don't know if I'll finish any of it by year's end.
Finished another audiobook ROOT; my thread & all tickers updated. I have another halfway done & a mystery I just started but they may not be finished by tomorrow night... even if they aren't, I am very pleased with my progress this year with 130/100 :)
I managed to finish off my challenge today! I made it to 40 ROOTs with one day to spare.
I added another 3 ROOTs for a total of 11 ROOTs for December 64/50 for the year. I just wish I could read that many ROOTs in one month for a regular month instead of the end of the year.
Here is my report for December 2017:
UpROOTED books: 12
ROOTless books: 7
Added to the TBR shelves: 18
The ROOTs were:
The Rubiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward FitzGerald
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Hound of Death by Agatha Christie
The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis
Enemies at Home by Lindsey Davis
The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Dead on Demand by Sean Campbell and Daniel Campbell
Rufius by Sarah Walton
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
ROOTs in 2017: 102
Tickers have been updated but hopefully not harmed in the making of this report.
Finished my last ROOT for the year, for a total of 85. See everyone on the 2018 thread! Happy New Year!
Last root for the year, for a total of 45 ROOTs,
I've finished my 75th root and have thereby reached my goal for this year!
Have a great new year everyone and be careful with fireworks! Hope 2018 will be a great year with lots of lovely books :)
Great job to all our ROOTers!
I'm working on my last book of 2017, a ROOT, but not sure if I'll finish by midnight.
Happy New Year to all, see you in 2018!
I'm finishing the year with 40 ROOTs out of 50. But I managed to finish the year with three novels written in Japanese so I'm counting it as a strong finish to bring in the new year.
Just finished my final ROOT for the year. Updated my personal ticker but not the group ticker
Finished final 2 ROOTs for 2017 - David Copperfield and Waiting for Godot 65/60 total. All tickers updated including for the two ROOTs I finished earlier this month.
End of Year Stats:
100 books read
65% ROOTs/35% Non-ROOTs
85% fiction/4% non-fiction/1% play
80% male author/20% female author
66% paperback/16% audiobook/10% ebook/8% hardback
3% x 2.5*
9% x 3*
13% x 3.5*
26% x 4*
20% x 4.5*
29% x 5*
Favourite paperback - Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Favourite audiobook - Underworld by Don DeLillo
Favourite ebook - The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
Favourite hardback - Glencoe by John Prebble
My final cumulative total was 61. I updated my personal ticker but not the group tickers.
Okay everybody, I'm trying to finalize our numbers for 2017.
If you are using the same ticker for 2018, I need to know what your final count was in 2017.
Here are the final totals that I could gather:
abinitio 21 / 50 42.0%
Amberfly 37 / 35 105.7%
Ameise1★ 12 / 10 120.0%
avanders★ 32 / 18 177.8%
avidmom 15 / 15 100.0%
benitastrnad★ 69 / 47 146.8%
billiejean★ 36 / 25 144.0%
bragan 101 / 100 ★ 101.0%
brewergirl 30 / 30 100.0%
Britt84 75 / 75 100.0%
clue★ 43 / 40 107.5%
Coach_of_Alva★ 37 / 25 148.0%
connie53★ 45 / 36 125.0%
crazy4reading 24 / 30 80.0%
CurrerBell★ 84 / 75 112.0%
cyderry★ 106 / 72 147.2%
detailmuse 40 / 40 100.0%
DisassemblyOfReason 66 / 100 66.0%
enemyanniemae 41 / 52 78.8%
Erratic_Charmer★ 77 / 75 102.7%
Familyhistorian★ 64 / 50 128.0%
floremolla★ 65 / 60 108.3%
fuzzi★ 161 / 100 161.0%
HelenBaker★ 58 / 48 120.8%
Henrik_Madsen★ 46 / 40 115.0%
InfoQuest★ 107 / 100 107.0%
Jackie_K★ 58 / 48 120.8%
jen.e.moore 33 / 50 66.0%
johanna414 23 / 25 92.0%
kac522 34 / 35 97.1%
kale.dyer 41 / 40 ★ 102.5%
karenmarie 41 / 40 102.5%
kkunker 40 / 40 100.0%
klarusu 13 / 50 26.0%
knotbox 5 / 10 50.0%
LadyBookworth★ 48 / 48 100.0%
LauraBrook★ 81 / 75 108.0%
leslie.98★ 130 / 100 130.0%
lilisin 40 / 50 80.0%
Limelite★ 14 / 12 116.7%
lindapanzo★ 63 / 60 105%
lkernagh★ 56 / 40 140.0%
LoraShouse 22 / 20 ★ 110.0%
luvamystery65 43 / 50 86.0%
madhatter22 42 / 40 ★ 105.0%
majkia★ 89 / 50 178.0%
martencat★ 28 / 25 112.0%
MissWatson★ 60 / 40 150.0%
Montarville★ 16 / 15 106.7%
moonshineandrosefire 23 / 59 39.0%
nancynova★ 93 / 75 124.0%
nebula21★ 31 / 30 103.3%
nerwende 3 / 15 20.0%
Nickelini★ 25 / 20 125.0%
Pigletto 81 / 80 101.3%
rabbitprincess★ 61 / 50 122.0%
rainpebble★ 84 / 12 700.0%
RavenHill 16 / 15 106.7%
readingtangent★ 55 / 46 119.6%
Rebeki★ 20 / 16 125.0%
Robertgreaves★ 102 / 72 141.7%
rubyandthetwins★ 32 / 23 139.1%
sace 16 / 36 44.4%
sallylou61★ 37 / 25 148.0%
si★ 24 / 20 120.0%
streamsong 26 / 50 52.0%
Tallulah_Rose★ 17 / 12 141.7%
tess_schoolmarm★ 128 / 65 196.9%
torontoc★ 32 / 30 106.7%
The following members reached their goal in December and should get their shout out of congratulations for hanging in and completing their challenge!
of the 69 members that actively participated, 80% completed their goals. GREAT Job!!!
OUR FINAL COUNT IS 3,454.
Congratulations to all those who stuck with it and MET THEIR GOAL!!
BTW, I did 161 ROOTs...not 141. :)
Your count and mine match. I had 69 ROOTS this year. And I am surprised by how much reading I did. I didn't think I would get 45.
I have added one more ROOT which I didn't enter before Christmas because I was still grappling with my new laptop. But since we made our goal, it doesn't really matter. Thanks for a great reading year!
I am so sorry for the inconvenience, Cheli.
We have had such horrible illness here in our household since before Thanksgiving. But my total ROOT reading on the year was 90 & I have just now updated my ticker. It should show by tomorrow.
Thank you for all you do.
Happy ROOTing in 2018 to one & all.
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