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Britt's goals for 2018


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Dec 22, 2017, 8:11am Top

Welcome to my thread!

Last year I had a goal of 75 roots and also kept track of how many books I bought for the first time. I bought over 200 books, which I feel is way too many, so this year I will also set myself a maximum for new acquisitions. Hopefully this will help to keep my buying in check...

My ROOT goal for 2018 will be 60. A bit less than my goal of last year because I fear I will have less time to read and 75 really was quite a chore, so I'm toning it down a bit. Sixty means 5 books per month, which seems like it will be doable.
I will count any physical book acquired before January 1st as a root, rereads count.

I want to limit my book buying to a maximum of 120 books. That's ten books per month, and a reduction of about 80 books compared to this year. I want to try to read at least half of my new acquisitions, to make sure I don't create too many new roots.

Edited: Sep 5, 7:00pm Top

ROOTs read

1. Stikvallei - Frank Westerman
2. Begoochelingen - Nelleke Noordervliet
3. The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro
4. Domweg Gelukkig, in de Dapperstraat - C. J. Aarts en M. C. van Etten
5. Modern Political Philosophy - Alan Brown
6. The Blue Afternoon - William Boyd
7. Darwin, Wallace en de Anderen - Alexander Reeuwijk
8. The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
9. Mysterieus en Onverklaarbaar - Ron Puyn
10. Gouden Bergen - Lieneke Dijkzeul
11. A Man Called Intrepid - William Stevenson
12. Wizard and Glass - Stephen King
13. The Call of the Wild and White Fang - Jack London
14. Telling Lies - Paul Ekman
15. Het Pauperparadijs - Suzanna Jansen
16. Wolves of the Calla - Stephen King
17. Bij Gelijke Geschiktheid - Rosalind Barnett en Caryl Rivers
18. Het Leven is Vurrukkulluk - Remco Campert
19. De Ontdekking van de Hemel - Harry Mulisch
20. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
21. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner - James Hogg
22. Song of Susannah - Stephen King
23. The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides
24. De 100 Jarige Man die uit het Raam Klom en Verdween - Jonas Jonasson
25. Historie van Mejuffrouw Sara Burgerhart - Wolff en Deken
26. Lijfstijl - Jan Kuitenbrouwer
27. Het Zijn Net Mensen - Joris Luyendijk
28. Quiet - Susan Cain
29. The Honest Truth about Dishonesty - Dan Ariely
30. China per Trein - Paul Theroux
31. The Bottle Factory Outing - Beryl Bainbridge
32. The Happiness Hypothesis - Jonathan Haidt
33. Iron Potassium Nickel - Primo Levi
34. Otherwise Pandemonium - Nick Hornby
35. Ordinary People - Judith Guest
36. Viral Hate - Abraham H. Foxman & Christopher Wolf
37. De Kus van Esau - Meir Shalev
38. Utopia - Thomas More
39. 4321 - Paul Auster
40. Laat voor de Thee in het Hertenpaleis - Tamara Chalabi
41. Ogen van Tijgers - Tonke Dragt
42. Being There - Jerzy Kosinski
43. Aan de Andere Kant van de Deur - Tonke Dragt
44. The Mimic Men - V.S. Naipaul

Edited: Sep 14, 10:53am Top

New acquisitions

*1. A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen
*2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
*3. Hokwerda's Kind - Oek de Jong
*4. De Laatste Vrouw - Rosita Steenbeek
*5. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
*6. Daniel Deronda - George Eliot
*7. De Arabische Storm - Sinan Can
*8. Oog in Oog - Frans Lanting
*9. Nederlandse Literatuur, een Geschiedenis - M. A. Schenkeveld - van der Dussen
*10. Florence: A Journey of Dreams - Gloria Fossi
11. Romaanse Kunst - Rolf Toman
12. De Kunst uit de Italiaanse Renaissance - Rolf Toman
13. Classicisme en Romantiek - Rolf Toman
14. Anton Pieck: Zijn Leven - Zijn Werk - Ben van Eysselsteijn en Hans Vogelesang
*15. Van Gogh Museum: Schilderijen en Pastels - Ronald de Leeuw
16. Hans Holbein - Oskar Bätschmann en Pascal Griener
17. Kijken naar Schilders uit de Lage Landen - Hans de Visscher en Marianne Thys
*18. Stenen van de Rivier - Ursula Hegi
*19. Les Belles Images - Simone de Beauvoir
*20. Doodsklokken - Kerstin Ekman
*21. De Boekbindster - Anne Delafonte Mehdevi
*22. De Witte Vesting - Orhan Pamuk
*23. Vrouwensprookjes - Uta Anderson
*24. Kolja - Arthur Japin
*25. Opgeruimd - Marie Kondo
*26. Jihad van Liefde - Mohamed el Bachiri
*27. Natuurlijk - Jan Terlouw
*28. Gezien de Feiten - Griet op de Beeck
*29. De Mensengenezer - Koen Peeters
*30. Nujeen - Nujeen Mustafa
*31. Alexander de Grote - Merit Roodbeen
*32. De Aanslag - Harry Mulisch
*33. Een Liefde - Lodewijk van Deyssel
*34. Verteller van de Wind - Henning Mankell
*35. Grenzeloze Reizen - Rudi Wester
*36. Diorama van de moderne tijd - H. H, Verstegen en W. A. Nolet
37. Rainman - Leonore Fleischer
*38. God Stierf bij de Nijl - Nawal el Saadawi
*39. Transit - Hella S. Haasse
*40. Ooitgedacht - Robert Anker
*41. Elephant Company - Vicki Constantine Croke
*42. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
*43. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
*44. The Tsars - Ronald Hingley
45. Perestrojka - Michail Gorbatsjov
*46. De Pelgrimstocht naar Santiago - Paulo Coelho
47. Brother and Sister - Joanna Trollope
48. De Vriendschap - Connie Palmen
49. Pogingen Iets van het Leven te Maken - Hendrik Groen
50. Brick Lane - Monica Ali
51. Le Morte d'Arthur - Sir Thomas Mallory
52. Jane Austen - Claire Tomalin
53. The Madwoman in the Attic - Gilbert & Gubar
*54. Here on Earth - Alice Hoffman
55. Het Struisvogelei - Ra'oef Moes'ad Basta
*56. Mortal Coils - Aldous Huxley
*57. Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Maurier
*58. Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travelist
*59. Omdenken - Berthold Gunster
*60. Eva Luna - Isabel Allende
*61. American War - Omar el Akkad
*62. Pale Rider - Laura Spinney
*63. Rotherweird - Andrew Caldecott
64. Woutertje Pieterse - Multatuli
65. De Zeven Dagen der Schepping - Wladimir Maximov
66. Europe - A History - Norman Davies
67. The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain - Kenneth O. morgan
*68. The Great Leveler - Walter Scheidel
69. A Thousand Paper Birds - Tor Udall
70. The Garden Party and Other Plays - Václav Havel
*71. Liefde Kon Maar Beter Naamloos Zijn - Daan Bronkhorst
*72. Maandags Kinderen - Arnaldur Indridason
73. Heldin van de Woestijn - Donya Al-Nahi
*74. The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
75. When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
76. Among the Believers - VS Naipaul
*77. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
78. De Dood van Murat Idrissi - Tommy Wieringa
*79. De Gevleugelde - Arthur Japin
80. De Reis van de Voorganger - Per Olov Enquist
81. Alle Verhalen - Arthur Japin
82. The Hamilton Case - Michelle de Kretser
83. Neuroimmunomodulation of the Young Brain - Caroline de Theije
*84. Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
85. From Bacteria to Bach and Back - Daniel Dennett
86. Tar Baby - Toni Morrison
87. Indische Duinen - Adriaan van Dis
88. Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
89. Myths from Mesopotamia - Stephanie Dalley
90. Hope is our Only Wing - Rutendo Tavengerwei
91. The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik - David Arnold
92. The Sun is also a Star - Nicola Yoon
93. Neverworld Wake - Marisha Pessl


Dec 22, 2017, 8:59am Top

Good luck with the rooting and the acquisitions!

Dec 22, 2017, 12:43pm Top

Good luck with ROOTing, Britt. And good to see you again.

Something is wrong with your Tickers! And I think I know where you went wrong, because it happened to me too when I started my thread. If you open your ticker to adjust you have to click Create New Ticker, NOT configure.

Dec 22, 2017, 1:06pm Top

>4 tess_schoolmarm: Thanks!

>5 connie53: Thanks and good to see you again too :) I think my tickers are alright now - at least, they show up ok for me...

Dec 22, 2017, 1:30pm Top

If you want to buy the same amount of books as you want to read, they are okay ;-)

Dec 22, 2017, 2:55pm Top

Good luck and happy reading, Britt.

Dec 22, 2017, 11:00pm Top

Welcome back and enjoy your reading year!

Dec 23, 2017, 12:52pm Top

Good luck with your goals for 2018! I want to curb my book-buying too, but I said that last year as well...

Dec 25, 2017, 1:29am Top

Good luck with curbing your book buying and with reading your ROOTs in 2018.

Dec 26, 2017, 5:44pm Top

glad you're with us again!

I find that it's easier to read the ROOTS than to control my acquisitions!

Dec 30, 2017, 7:20pm Top

Welcome back and happy ROOTing through 2018!

Jan 1, 3:24am Top

Happy New Year, Britt.

Jan 1, 1:30pm Top

Welcome back, and happy ROOTing!

Jan 1, 3:26pm Top

Happy reading in 2018, Britt!

Jan 2, 2:42am Top

Thanks for the welcomes and good wishes for 2018!
I wish you all a great 2018, and may you all read many lovely books this year!

I did finish my challenge for 2017, but really didn't post much on my thread, so I want to try to be more active in that respect.

I think my goal of buying fewer books will be harder than my reading goal, but if I acquire more books than I can read then in the end, the number of unread books on my shelves will only grow.
My main problem is that I suffer from depression and anxiety, and when I'm feeling down, I get myself pretty new books to make me feel somewhat better. It doesn't really help in the long run, and I spend way too much money on books, but it's difficult to stop myself.
I have been in therapy over the past year and am slowly getting better, so hopefully I can make further progress the coming year...

Jan 2, 6:42pm Top

Glad to hear that things are getting better, if slowly. Every step counts! We are here for you :)

Jan 3, 4:19am Top

>17 Britt84: Hi Britt. I can totally understand your problem. My husband suffers from a severe depression too. That is the main thing in our lives right now and has been since the summer of 2016. He is slowly getting better and I bought some books too just to feel better myself. Because being with someone suffering from depression takes a lot of fun things out of live. Books are one thing keeping me capable of cooping.

Jan 3, 10:10am Top

>17 Britt84: So sorry you suffer from Depression and axiety, Britt.

I have been there for many years.
In 2011 a bloodtest revealed that my thyroid wasn't working well and it turned out that my thyroid problem was the cause of my anxiety and phobia's.

I hope the therapy helps you to get your life back.

Jan 3, 6:37pm Top

>17 Britt84: lots of people ROOTing for you here, Britt - I find that reading challenges and new books are relatively benign ways of filling life's voids :)

Jan 4, 10:32am Top

Welcome back, and good luck with your goals.

Jan 29, 11:42pm Top

Thank you all for the kind words and well wishes :)
Battling depression often feels like taking one step forward and three steps back, so it gets frustrating at times, but I try to keep courage and stick to it.

I've been doing my counting up of the January reads and acquisitions... I finished 8 books (many were in progress before January began) so a good start of the year. A total of 9 pretty new books found their way into my home, which is below my maximum of 10 per month, so that's also good.
My favourite new acquisition is Oog in Oog (Eye to Eye), a beautiful photo book by nature photographer Frans Lanting. I'd been wanting to get that one for a long time and I picked it up on sale last week, so I'm very pleased to finally own it.
I'm also very much enjoying The Night Circus.

I'm going to try to write reviews for the books I read but I never stick to that, so it might only be a feature during the first months of the year...

Jan 30, 3:58am Top

>23 Britt84: you're doing very well so far with your ROOTing - and keeping your acquisitions below your limit!

Don't worry about reviews - I write a long-winded one to remind myself what the book was about, but then I also write a post on my old book group Facebook page with just the star rating and one sentence which they're far more likely to read!

I hope as 2018 unfolds you have more 'better days'.


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