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Kristel Joins the forage for ROOTS, 2018


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Edited: Feb 4, 5:18pm Top

Kristel's definition of Root: Anything that I purchased or acquired prior to the start of this year, but the older the better.

Dec 23, 2017, 11:50am Top

Welcome to the ROOTers, Kristel.

Dec 23, 2017, 12:48pm Top

Welcome from me too!

Dec 23, 2017, 1:06pm Top

Hi Kristel! Nice to see you here! Have fun :)

Dec 23, 2017, 1:48pm Top

Hi Kristel and good luck rooting!

Dec 25, 2017, 1:44am Top

Good luck with your ROOTing in 2018!

Dec 26, 2017, 7:01pm Top

Glad you're with us!

Dec 27, 2017, 1:38pm Top

Kristel, are you a member of the group yet? I don't see you in the list of members!

Dec 27, 2017, 1:44pm Top

I will join, thought I had, must not have.

Dec 27, 2017, 1:52pm Top

LOL, I see you in the list now!

Dec 30, 2017, 12:38pm Top

Welcome and happy reading!

Jan 1, 3:23am Top

Happy New Year, Kristel.

Jan 1, 1:29pm Top

Welcome, and happy ROOTing!

Jan 1, 3:26pm Top

Happy reading in 2018, Kristel!

Jan 4, 9:59am Top

Happy ROOTing!

Edited: Feb 19, 8:24pm Top

#1 Finished The Monk which has been on my TBR for many years, probably since I first started reading 1001 list but GR has it listed as since 2016.

Jan 7, 4:50am Top

>16 Kristelh: great review, thanks Kristel! I'm not slavishly following the 1001 list but cherry-picking the ones I might like ;) - so this is one I'll probably read based on your rating.

Jan 7, 8:20am Top

>18 tess_schoolmarm: Love Gothic, a BB for me!

Edited: Feb 19, 8:24pm Top

#2 Finished The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, another Gothic, an interesting history to this one as I noted in my review. It was a 3 star book.

Edited: Feb 19, 8:24pm Top

#3. Finished Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence. This is the one on my shelf the longest so far, it's been there since between 2008 and 2010.

Edited: Jan 18, 9:00pm Top

#4. A Closed and Common Orbit audio book purchased in 2017. Hoped to read it last year but got it done this year.

#5. Passing e book purchased in 2017. #Reading1001 BOTM January. This one is really good. I recommend it. African American, Harlem Renaissance, Race.

Edited: Jan 19, 8:32pm Top

# 6. The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker. Free audio in July 2017. This is a great book!

Jan 20, 6:47am Top

>22 Kristelh: that's fascinating, I hadn't considered food losing its flavour. I was born in the fifties (just) and assumed it was 'an age thing' and my taste-buds had worn out. Wishlisted - and one I'd probably gift to friends too! Thanks.

Jan 20, 7:59am Top

>23 floremolla:, according to this book, it is not our old taste buds. I thought it was an age thing too.

Jan 23, 3:05am Top

Welcome to the group.

Loved The House of the Seven Gables..

Jan 23, 3:11am Top

>22 Kristelh:

It seems this book supports the thought I've always had that science has removed flavor from foods.
My friends growing up (and when I meet new people) always looked at me as a snotty person because I would complain that American food had little flavor and that you could buy a lemon at the supermarket and it would taste like water. (I would be even be called un-American by some!) They would say I was strange when I told them that egg yolks are supposed to be orange and not yellow. I would say this because in France my grandmother would choose her ingredients straight from the farm. We would go to her friend's farm and choose which animals we wanted and once they were slaughtered we would bring the meat home in suitcases to put in her freeze box. She would also never go to supermarkets and bought all fruits and vegetables at the market. It made every meal so wonderfully delicious. But it also meant that I could make the exact same recipe as my grandmother but it wouldn't taste the same making it in America with American ingredients.

Jan 23, 4:38am Top

>agree....I buy eggs from farmer and yolks are orange, Buy fresh fruit at orchards in summer and they are so fresh and firm my grandkids ask what's wrong with them!

Jan 23, 7:12am Top

>26 lilisin: In America it is very difficult to find good produce because our farmers are into production in quantity rather than quality. You can find and egg to buy but to find a chicken will be harder. Even are seeds that we buy for our gardens have been manipulated by farmers so people trying to grow their own produce have to search for heirlooms and those are also not always very good. It was such a disheartening book for me. It does mention that France is still a place where you can get good tasting food because the French did not give up on flavor. The sad thing is that in America there are few people who really know how food is suppose to taste so the younger the person the more they will think real food taste “funny”. It is so sad.

Jan 29, 12:33pm Top

book #7 from my tomes Homeland by R. A. Salvatore. Purchased in 2017. Fantasy series, Legend of Drizzt, this made it to the Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy NPR list. 3.5 stars.

Jan 31, 8:02am Top

Book #8, A Hundred Lifetimes by David C. A. Zink.

Edited: May 26, 10:39am Top

# 9: Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, 2013

#10 Shadowshaper by Daniel José Olden
#11 The Third Man by Graham Greene

Feb 4, 8:52am Top

>31 Kristelh: Other than a short story, Cat's Cradle is the only Vonnegut I've read. For someone who really doesn't do dystopias, I have to say I rather enjoyed it!

Feb 4, 9:40am Top

>32 Jackie_K: Vonnegut has a way of doing dystopia that makes it mostly humorous. I suppose it would be called satire. Some day I might have to reread his books to see if I get more out of them a second time around

Edited: Feb 19, 8:26pm Top

#11, The Power by Naomi Alderman, not my favorite. Surprised it won the Bailey.

Edited: Feb 19, 8:27pm Top

Two more books that I had on my tbr since last year

#12 Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing, 11/06/17m obtained free

Edited: Mar 2, 3:52pm Top

Finished two books that have been on my tbr for quite awhile
14. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, since 2014
15. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimotor, not sure when I acquired this one

Edited: Mar 2, 3:52pm Top

16. Barkskins by Annie Proulx , obtained July 2016

Mar 1, 8:37pm Top

If you want to share your thoughts about Barkskins, we started a group read in February.

Edited: Mar 2, 3:53pm Top

My first Root for March
17. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon, obtained 1/2/2017 (audio).

Edited: Mar 8, 7:34am Top

Two more ROOTS for March (Total for March, 3)
18. City Primeval Elmore Leonard, purchased 11/23/12, so that was a long ROOT, but a goodie
19. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates, purchased 5/5/17, newer but fat ROOT

Mar 16, 9:15pm Top

20. Borne by Jeff VanderMeer, obtained in 2017, Indiespensible Book #66.

Edited: Apr 13, 7:08pm Top

No. 21, Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord by Louis de Berniiéres. This one has been on my shelf for quite awhile. Not sure but over 2 years.

Apr 15, 2:24pm Top

Wow, Kristel, you are far ahead and passed the half way point! Congrats!

Apr 25, 9:58pm Top

No 22. Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi, I've had this book around for quite awhile. At least 2 years but I think longer. 1001 Book, it is a memoir written by Italian Jew, Primo Levi of his few months at Auschwitz where he never thought he would leave by any other way than the selection.

Apr 30, 9:27pm Top

# 23, Pastoralia by George Saunders acquired 1/2/2017.

#24, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, acquired 9/11/17

May 13, 8:31am Top

#25, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I have had this book on my nook since 2012. And it is a biggy, so this root was hard to pull but it is out now!

May 13, 10:40am Top

>46 Kristelh: Excellent work!

May 14, 2:10am Top

>47 rabbitprincess: that's a big one, Kristel.

May 14, 2:28pm Top

>46 Kristelh: good review, Kristel - I always like to see what you're reading because you're in my 'top 100 similar libraries' according to LT - and I was planning on getting round to The Count of Monte Cristo at some point!

May 15, 9:56pm Top

>49 floremolla:. Interesting, I see we share around 250 books.

May 19, 3:13am Top

And we share 115 books! Nice!

Edited: May 25, 10:07pm Top

Another book that has been on my tbr since 2012, Justine by Lawrence Durrell. This might be a short book in page count but it was a real labor in completing. #26.

May 27, 5:45am Top

>52 Kristelh: great review - I loved 'Justine' but you're right, it's a long read, the language is so dense and peppered with classical references - some of which I looked up but forgot almost instantly!

May 27, 8:44pm Top

#27, Plus One by Elizabeth Fama, obtained June 2017.

Jun 9, 7:22am Top

The Leavers by Lisa Ko. Obtained June 2017, read for f2f June book. Rating 3.67.

Jun 9, 3:03pm Top

The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. Rating 3.67. Interesting postmodernism twist on the detective novel.

Jun 15, 4:51pm Top

#30, Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev, obtained in 2014.

Edited: Jun 17, 7:59am Top

#31. Love In the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Obtained 2012.

Jun 30, 10:39pm Top

#32 The Lost Language of Cranes by Leavitt acquired 2013-12-08 A bit of a disappointment.

#33 Gulp by Mary Roach, acquired 2014-04-07, so very good, best one yet by Ms Roach

#34 Under the Skin by Michel Faber, 2014-10-23, interesting and very readability however "gross".

Jul 14, 11:02am Top

My #35 book (100%) Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler. I've now finished all 3 Chandler's on the 1001 list (complete).

Jul 14, 11:04am Top

So I am a bit over half way through the year so will set a new goal, I plan to read at least 5 more books, so #40 total or more. do I update my ticker? start a new ticker, or just keep counting with current ticker and go for 110% or something?

Jul 14, 1:21pm Top

Congratulations on meeting your goal!

You can keep counting with your current ticker. That's what I do when I reach my goal :)

Jul 15, 9:47am Top

Jul 23, 2:53pm Top

#36 Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr. Purchased 12/9/2014.

Edited: Jul 30, 10:22am Top

#37, Unless by Carol Shields, owned since at least 2016. One of the last books I got from paperbackswap before I quit them. They won’t let me look at my statistics anymore unless I join.

Edited: Aug 1, 10:05pm Top

#38, Purchased this one in November 2017, so not real long time on the shelf but a ROOT nevertheless. The Peripheral by William Gibson.

Aug 10, 3:02am Top

Good for you, Kristel. All books you read past your goal will count for the group total. Making up for ROOTers who don't make their goal.

Aug 11, 6:11pm Top

#39, Libra by Don Delillo Libra by Don DeLillo is a 1988 book. Don Delillo is a post modernist author. This is his 9th book. Libra is a retelling of the assasination of JFK by Lee Harvey Oswald.. This book will make you believe the conspiracy theories. Not sure of my rating yet. The story is the life of Oswald from childhood as a bullied, disadvantaged youth with dyslexia. The assasination, dreamed up after the Bay of Pigs to promote anti Cuban opinion and push America back into conflict with Cuba was dreamed up by disgruntled CIA agents was meant to fail. This book has a lot of espionage in it. It also has a parrallel story of the man who has been assigned to review all the data that has been collected about the assasination and write the history of the assasination

Purchased 11/10/16.

Aug 18, 9:34pm Top

#40. Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi purchased 9/1/17

Aug 26, 1:38pm Top

#41 Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, purchased 8/3/2017.

Aug 26, 1:57pm Top

#42, Day of The Dolphin by Robert Merle, purchased used library book either last year or before.

Edited: Aug 31, 5:11pm Top

#43, one more ROOT for August, Murder on the Orient Express. I have this old pocket paperback 35th printing 1975. Found the pocket book at my parents home when rummaging through boxes back in 2008.

Edited: Sep 3, 7:58pm Top

First root for September, The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell. Purchased 12/20/17.

Edited: Sep 13, 9:00pm Top

#2 for September, 45 for the year, King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard. I've owned it for awhile but not sure for how long. More than a year. Didn't realize i also own the audio since 2013. Need to listen to audio.

Sep 15, 8:39am Top

#3 for September and 46 for the year The Stand by Stephen King, owned since 7/29/16. Rated 3.5 stars. It was just a bit wordy and too tied into pop culture.

Sep 23, 4:31pm Top

#47 and 48 Beast by Donna Jo Napoli, Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay. Two retellings, YA books that were picked up in 2017 from the Audio File program that runs over summer for youth.


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