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DECEMBER ROOT - Progress Thread

This is a continuation of the topic NOVEMBER ROOT - Progress Thread.


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Edited: Dec 17, 2017, 11:58pm Top

"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.
While in the Underworld, Hercules met Theseus and Pirithous. The two companions had been imprisoned by Hades for attempting to obtain Persephone. One tradition tells of snakes coiling around their legs then turning into stone; another that Hades feigned hospitality and prepared a feast inviting them to sit. They unknowingly sat in chairs of forgetfulness and were permanently ensnared. When Hercules had pulled Theseus first from his chair, some of his thigh stuck to it (this explains the supposedly lean thighs of Athenians), but the earth shook at the attempt to liberate Pirithous, whose desire to have the goddess for himself was so insulting he was doomed to stay behind.
Hercules found Hades and asked permission to bring Cerberus to the surface, which Hades agreed to if Hercules could subdue the beast without using weapons. Hercules overpowered Cerberus with his hands and slung the beast over his back. He carried Cerberus out of the Underworld through a cavern entrance in the Peloponnese and brought it to Eurystheus, who again fled into his pithos. Eurystheus begged Hercules to return Cerberus to the Underworld, offering in return to release him from any further labours."

Uh, oh, we have fallen behind! We still need 316 ROOTs to reach our goal.
I would like to suggest that if there are readers who signed up and haven't reach at least 25% of their goal and also haven't posted anything in the last 6 months should be removed from our totals. I know that some people have RL issues that prevent them from continuing, but should our goal be affected by them? What do you think?
Below is the current list of members that have identified a ROOT goal for 2017 and how many books they read by the end of November.

If anyone's number is incorrect, please let me know and I will make the necessary adjustments.
So go out there and dig those ROOTs.

abinitio 21 / 50 42.0%
Amberfly 32 / 35 91.4%
Ameise1★ 12 / 10 120.0%
avanders★ 20 / 18 111.1%
avidmom 13 / 15 86.7%
benitastrnad★ 61 / 47 129.8%
billiejean★ 36 / 25 144.0%
bragan 94 / 100 ★ 94.0%
brewergirl 27 / 30 90.0%
Britt84 66 / 75 88.0%
Caramellunacy★ 28 / 20 140%
clue★ 40 / 40 100.0%
Coach_of_Alva★ 31 / 25 124.0%
connie53★ 43 / 36 119.4%
crazy4reading 24 / 30 80.0%
CurrerBell★ 75 / 75 100.0%
cyderry★ 97 / 72 134.7%
detailmuse 32 / 40 80.0%
DisassemblyOfReason 57 / 100 57.0%
enemyanniemae 41 / 52 78.8%
Erratic_Charmer★ 77 / 75 102.7%
Familyhistorian★ 53 / 50 106.0%
floremolla★ 61 / 60 101.7%
fuzzi★ 141 / 100 141.0%
HelenBaker★ 54 / 48 112.5%
Henrik_Madsen★ 43 / 40 107.5%
InfoQuest★ 100 / 100 100.0%
Jackie_K★ 52 / 48 108.3%
jen.e.moore 31 / 50 62.0%
johanna414 18 / 25 72.0%
kac522 19 / 35 54.3%
kale.dyer 38 / 40 ★ 95.0%
karenmarie 32 / 40 80.0%
kkunker 34 / 40 85.0%
klarusu 13 / 50 26.0%
knotbox 5 / 10 50.0%
LadyBookworth★ 48 / 48 100.0%
LauraBrook★ 81 / 75 108.0%
leslie.98★ 118 / 100 118.0%
lilisin 33 / 50 66.0%
Limelite★ 14 / 12 116.7%
lindapanzo★ 63 / 60 105.0%
lkernagh★ 54 / 40 135.0%
LoraShouse 19 / 20 ★ 95.0%
luvamystery65 40 / 50 80.0%
madhatter22 39 / 40 ★ 97.5%
majkia★ 77 / 50 154.0%
martencat★ 25 / 25 100.0%
MissWatson★ 55 / 40 137.5%
Montarville★ 15 / 15 100.0%
moonshineandrosefire 23 / 59 39.0%
nancynova★ 93 / 75 124.0%
nebula21★ 30 / 30 100.0%
nerwende 3 / 15 20.0%
Nickelini★ 22 / 20 110.0%
Pigletto 66 / 80 82.5%
rabbitprincess★ 57 / 50 114.0%
rainpebble★ 84 / 12 700.0%
RavenHill 13 / 15 86.7%
readingtangent★ 51 / 46 110.9%
Rebeki★ 19 / 16 118.8%
Robertgreaves★ 90 / 72 125.0%
rubyandthetwins★ 32 / 23 139.1%
sace 16 / 36 44.4%
sallylou61★ 30 / 25 120.0%
si★ 22 / 20 110.0%
sibyx 2/4 80%
streamsong 22 / 50 44.0%
Tallulah_Rose★ 17 / 12 141.7%
tess_schoolmarm★ 124 / 65 190.8%
torontoc★ 31 / 30 103.3%

Rainpebble, Ameise1, avanders, billiejean,rubyandthetwins, tess_schoolmarm benitastrnad, Coach_of_Alva, LauraBrook, majkia, MissWatson, readingtangent, lkernagh were joined in the winner's circle this month by rabbitprincess, CurrerBell, Montarville. Clue, familyhistorian, floremolla, torontoc, and Infoquest!

This is the end of the ROOT Challenge for 2017. Let's finish strong! The end of the year is fast approaching so go read those ROOTs!

Here are the members who have had no activity for the last 6 months and didn't reach 25% of their goal.

Conachair 2 / 10
getrus 7 / 52
HenriMoreaux 6 / 55
JPGilpatric 4 / 100
Lisa805 3 / 14
Queezle 2 / 20
randomarbitrary 6 / 75
liberian 2 / 50
tames 2 / 13

The totals have been adjusted.


Dec 1, 2017, 11:11pm Top

Dec 2, 2017, 12:30am Top

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!

Dec 2, 2017, 1:58am Top

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.

Dec 2, 2017, 4:38am Top

TY, Cheli! I agree with the removal of stats of those who have not been active in the last 6 months.

Dec 2, 2017, 5:56am Top

Agree about removal of non-active members. And thanks for running a great thread all year long.

Dec 2, 2017, 5:57am Top

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).

Dec 2, 2017, 8:43am Top

I agree with removal of inactive participants.

Dec 2, 2017, 9:00am Top

I agree with removal of inactive participants.

Dec 2, 2017, 9:02am Top

I agree with removal of inactive participants

Dec 2, 2017, 9:36am Top

hope to read a good number this month but it won't make a dent in the shortfall - agree removal of completely inactive participants.

Dec 2, 2017, 10:25am Top

I AM going to reach my goal, even if I have to listen to books while I sleep.

Dec 2, 2017, 10:29am Top

>12 enemyanniemae: lol. go for it!

Dec 2, 2017, 10:48am Top

I also agree about removing the inactive members.

And I add my thanks to Chèli to those of >3 Familyhistorian:!

Dec 2, 2017, 2:09pm Top

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.

Dec 2, 2017, 4:49pm Top

Took twelve (12) unread ROOT books off the shelves this afternoon, and updated my personal ticker.

Edited: Dec 2, 2017, 6:23pm Top

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?

Dec 2, 2017, 7:10pm Top

>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.

Edited: Dec 3, 2017, 6:22pm Top

Finished first ROOT for December. 23rd for year.

Dec 2, 2017, 7:19pm Top

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.

Dec 3, 2017, 9:31am Top

Thanks for doing the numbers, Chèli. I shall do my best to read more ROOTs than last month.

Edited: Dec 3, 2017, 9:30pm Top

I finished one title for December. Georgiana by Amanda Foreman. That was a celebrity biography of one of the most famous women of the 18th century and I thought it was a rather dry effort to chronicle the life of a very vibrant woman. But now it is off my shelves and on my ROOT list. Huzzah!

Edited: Dec 4, 2017, 2:03pm Top

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.

Dec 4, 2017, 2:48pm Top

>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.

Dec 5, 2017, 9:49am Top

I'm a firm believer in Pearl Rule. Why waste time on a book you aren't enjoying.

Dec 5, 2017, 11:01am Top

>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.

Dec 5, 2017, 12:06pm Top

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.

Dec 5, 2017, 12:08pm Top

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.

Dec 5, 2017, 12:55pm Top

Added another ROOT to the stack, though this one I'm keeping...

Night Without End by Alistair MacLean

Gripping tale of survival in a harsh environment, with some intrigue and "who-done-it?" mixed in, with quite good results.

Solid book by the author, and definitely recommended.

Dec 5, 2017, 3:22pm Top

I have finished another paperback mystery... my thread and all tickers updated.

Dec 5, 2017, 6:15pm Top

Finished my first ROOT of December: Doctor Who and the Androids of Tara, by Terrance Dicks. All tickers have been updated.

Dec 5, 2017, 6:30pm Top

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.

Dec 6, 2017, 1:43am Top

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.

Dec 6, 2017, 7:08am Top

>33 kac522: I'm doing that challenge, too!

Dec 6, 2017, 5:04pm Top

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.

Dec 7, 2017, 1:08am Top

Today's One-Day Book: Bones & Murder, short pieces by Margaret Atwood.

Dec 7, 2017, 3:12am Top

Just read another book in Japanese and it took less than a week to read! : 天国はまだ遠く

Dec 7, 2017, 6:49am Top

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.

Dec 7, 2017, 5:08pm Top

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!

Dec 7, 2017, 9:23pm Top

>39 sibyx: Welcome! you're added!

Edited: Dec 9, 2017, 11:57am Top

Another paperback finished! And an audiobook as well. My thread and all tickers updated.

Dec 10, 2017, 8:36pm Top

Dec 10, 2017, 10:28pm Top

A Christmas mystery off my Kindle finished -- my thread & all tickers updated.

Less than 300 books to go before we reach our goal!

Dec 11, 2017, 5:29am Top

I've added my 4th for December to all tickers.

Dec 11, 2017, 6:45am Top

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?

Dec 11, 2017, 6:45am Top

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Dec 11, 2017, 8:39am Top

>43 leslie.98: >45 si: And I think Chèli was going to drop some of the inactive group members so they don't impact our goal.

Dec 11, 2017, 8:59am Top

Edited: Dec 11, 2017, 11:14am Top

>48 tess_schoolmarm: flagged. Hopefully it will be gone, soon.

I'm determined to get more ROOTs done this month, and last night I almost finished a Lord Peter Wimsey book of short stories, Striding Folly. I've read two of three stories, and unfortunately I'm underwhelmed.

Dec 11, 2017, 2:07pm Top

I finished another ROOT over the weekend. Murder in the Marais by Cara Black. I was surprised to learn that this mystery novel was written in 1999. I thought this series was something new. Well, newer. But it is almost twenty years old.

Dec 11, 2017, 10:48pm Top

I've read The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan. My next and probably last ROOT for the year will be My Last Continent.

Dec 11, 2017, 11:55pm Top

>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.

Dec 12, 2017, 7:04am Top

>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?

Dec 12, 2017, 8:47am Top

Read #32- see review on my thread and no tickers updated

Dec 12, 2017, 11:18pm Top

Take a look at the opening post for the update of the adjusted totals!!

Dec 13, 2017, 8:12am Top

Woooohooooo! WE ARE GOOD

Dec 13, 2017, 10:00am Top


Dec 13, 2017, 10:09am Top


Dec 13, 2017, 10:25am Top


Shouldn't we - as a group - try to get to 3333 ROOTs for the year? It's doable and a funny number!

Dec 13, 2017, 12:31pm Top

>55 cyderry: yippee!!

Dec 13, 2017, 1:00pm Top

>55 cyderry: Woo hoo!!

>59 Henrik_Madsen: I am up for that! 3333 is only 290 away from the current total on the ticker. I plan to finish 3-4 more ROOTs this month (2 of which I am reading now) but could probably squeeze in one or two more.

Dec 13, 2017, 1:49pm Top

>55 cyderry: WOW, we did it! Very good! And Congrats to us all.

Dec 13, 2017, 7:16pm Top

I finished up Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson today during my lunch hour. It was another ROOT.

Dec 13, 2017, 9:04pm Top

I just finished reading Buckskin Brigade, and it's a keeper! Another ROOT completed, and personal ticker updated.

Dec 14, 2017, 1:31am Top

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.

Dec 14, 2017, 8:25am Top

Sheesh, 3000 books! Awesome.

Dec 14, 2017, 5:58pm Top

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.

Dec 14, 2017, 9:17pm Top

>67 leslie.98: I love it when that happens!

Dec 15, 2017, 2:42am Top

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

Dec 15, 2017, 4:20am Top

>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?

Dec 15, 2017, 1:57pm Top

>70 floremolla: That's what I thought too!

Dec 15, 2017, 2:47pm Top

Wow this group rocks!! Thanks Cheli!

Edited: Dec 15, 2017, 3:18pm Top

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!
Out loud!

Dec 15, 2017, 8:01pm Top

>73 avidmom: Way to go!

Dec 15, 2017, 9:40pm Top

>73 avidmom: Congratulations!

Dec 15, 2017, 9:54pm Top

>73 avidmom: well done! :)

Dec 16, 2017, 5:22am Top

>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.

Dec 17, 2017, 3:47pm Top

>74 tess_schoolmarm:-76 Thanks! :)

Dec 18, 2017, 12:00am Top

>70 floremolla: >71 connie53: THANKS FOR CATCHING THAT!

Dec 18, 2017, 12:12am Top

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.

Dec 18, 2017, 1:36am Top

>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.

Dec 18, 2017, 3:16am Top

>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.

Dec 18, 2017, 3:38am Top

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.

Dec 18, 2017, 6:26am Top

>80 cyderry: Great news, Chèli!

Dec 18, 2017, 7:27am Top

>80 cyderry: Very happy to hear this! Thanks cheli for all you do for us!

Dec 18, 2017, 8:27am Top

>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.

Dec 18, 2017, 10:00am Top

>80 cyderry: Thank you so much for hosting, Cheli! It is a blessing!

Edited: Dec 18, 2017, 11:10am Top

>80 cyderry: Great & I add my thanks to those above, Cheli!

Dec 18, 2017, 11:10am Top

Finished a couple of mysteries over the weekend. My thread and all tickers updated.

Edited: Dec 18, 2017, 12:06pm Top

I finished another ROOT this morning, Home of the Braised by Julie Hyzy. Eighth in the White House Chef Mystery series, 3.5/5.

Dec 18, 2017, 12:51pm Top

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.

Dec 18, 2017, 1:51pm Top

Sarah Domet, The Guineveres

3rd for December, 78/75

Dec 19, 2017, 7:02am Top

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.

Dec 19, 2017, 7:41am Top

wOOt! Thanks Cheli! I think everyone is eager to continue.

Dec 19, 2017, 12:51pm Top

>80 cyderry: Thanks, Chèli. I was wondering about that and now I'm happy to hear your plans. And thank you for all the work you have done!

>94 majkia: I'm really sure everyone is!

Dec 19, 2017, 5:44pm Top

>80 cyderry: Thank you for this year and looking forward to next year.

In the meantime I've finished another ROOT #27

Dec 19, 2017, 6:28pm Top

>80 cyderry: Woo hoo! I will be in for another year of ROOT reading! But first, most importantly, enjoy your Christmas!

Dec 20, 2017, 12:55am Top

Another ROOT completed! My thread and all tickers updated.

Dec 20, 2017, 6:46am Top

>80 cyderry: Many thanks for running such a wonderful group. Hope to be back next year.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

Dec 20, 2017, 9:37pm Top

I just read my 7th ROOT for the month, though I've managed 19 ROOTs total when I count my culls re-homes...

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?

Dec 21, 2017, 2:31am Top

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.

Dec 21, 2017, 9:21am Top

The new 2018 ROOT group is setup. Here is the link! -

Hope you all like the new theme!

Dec 21, 2017, 11:06am Top

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.

Dec 21, 2017, 11:10am Top

Dec 21, 2017, 11:45am Top

I've just added ROOT #5 for December (taking me to 57/48 overall) to all tickers.

Dec 21, 2017, 1:27pm Top

>103 sibyx: modest is fine. You did at least one, that's one better than none!

Dec 22, 2017, 3:02am Top

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!

Dec 22, 2017, 12:41pm Top

Finished an audiobook ROOT; my thread and all tickers updated.

Dec 22, 2017, 5:02pm Top

>73 avidmom:, >103 sibyx:: Congrats!

Congrats to all of us, really, I guess, since we met the group goal! :D I've added a few more ROOTs to my tally for the month, but the ticker hasn't updated yet. Hopefully later.

I'm excited for the new group! Although I will have to think about my goal.

Dec 22, 2017, 10:01pm Top

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

4th for December, 79/75

Dec 22, 2017, 11:12pm Top

Added another ROOT for December: The Distant Echo, by Val McDermid. A fine reread. All tickers (personal and group) have been updated.

Dec 23, 2017, 11:03pm Top

Congrats >110 CurrerBell: on finishing that tome!

Dec 25, 2017, 2:17am Top

To all ROOTers celebrating the birth of the Christ child, a very merry Christmas, and a kewl Yule to those who aren't.

Dec 25, 2017, 6:49am Top

Dec 25, 2017, 3:05pm Top

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.

Dec 26, 2017, 5:08am Top

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!

Dec 26, 2017, 8:53am Top

>117 Britt84: Yeah! You can do it.

Dec 26, 2017, 12:08pm Top

I've added two more ROOTs to my personal ticker: The Return of the Soldier, by Rebecca West; and A Suitable Lie, by Michael J. Malone. I haven't touched the group tickers.

Dec 27, 2017, 3:31am Top

Robert Holdstock, Mythago Wood

8th for December, 83/75

Dec 27, 2017, 7:22am Top

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.

Dec 27, 2017, 11:24am Top

Finished ROOT # 44 Fluwelen begeerte by Sarah Waters

All tickers updated.

Edited: Dec 31, 2017, 10:03pm Top

>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.

Dec 29, 2017, 11:22am Top

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.

Dec 29, 2017, 10:03pm Top

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.

Dec 30, 2017, 4:13am Top

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.

Dec 30, 2017, 11:21am Top

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 :)

Dec 30, 2017, 12:45pm Top

That's really a good job, Leslie!

Dec 30, 2017, 1:04pm Top

I managed to finish off my challenge today! I made it to 40 ROOTs with one day to spare.

Dec 31, 2017, 2:43am Top

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.

Edited: Dec 31, 2017, 7:03am Top

Finished my last ROOT for the year, for a total of 85. See everyone on the 2018 thread! Happy New Year!

Edited: Dec 31, 2017, 7:55am Top

Last root for the year, for a total of 45 ROOTs,

Tickers updated.

Dec 31, 2017, 8:16am Top

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 :)

Dec 31, 2017, 8:20am Top

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!

Dec 31, 2017, 9:08am Top

>134 Britt84: Congrats, Britt!

Dec 31, 2017, 10:00am Top

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.

Dec 31, 2017, 10:09am Top

I finished the year with 18 more reads and I updated the ticker.

Dec 31, 2017, 10:50am Top

I read 3 ROOTS in Dec for an end of year total of 43/40.

Dec 31, 2017, 1:27pm Top

Just finished my final ROOT for the year. Updated my personal ticker but not the group ticker

Dec 31, 2017, 1:48pm Top

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

Jan 1, 12:45am Top

A final root completed just before midnight taking my tally to 58.

Jan 2, 2:13pm Top

I am just getting back in the saddle after two weeks with no inter-net access. I managed to finish two more books from my TBR pile. Climbing the Mango Trees by Madhur Jaffrey and Murder in Belleville by Cara Black. I’ll get my December totals to you in a minute.

Jan 2, 2:19pm Top

I had 8 books read from my TBR shelves. No ticker updated.

Jan 2, 7:01pm Top

My final cumulative total was 61. I updated my personal ticker but not the group tickers.

Jan 2, 8:06pm Top

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.

Thanks Cheli

Edited: Jan 3, 9:45am Top

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!!!


Edited: Jan 2, 10:46pm Top

Congratulations to all those who stuck with it and MET THEIR GOAL!!

BTW, I did 161 ROOTs...not 141. :)

Jan 3, 11:21am Top

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.

Jan 4, 9:26am Top

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!

Jan 4, 12:40pm Top

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.

Jan 8, 8:15pm Top

I finished the year with 41 out of 50 ROOTs read. Thanks for those who read extra to help pad my numbers. See everyone in the 2018 group!


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