Kristel Joins the forage for ROOTS, 2018
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Kristel, are you a member of the group yet? I don't see you in the list of members!
#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.
>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.
#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.
#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.
# 6. The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker. Free audio in July 2017. This is a great book!
>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.
>23 floremolla:, according to this book, it is not our old taste buds. I thought it was an age thing too.
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.
>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!
>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.
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.
>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
#11, The Power by Naomi Alderman, not my favorite. Surprised it won the Bailey.
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
If you want to share your thoughts about Barkskins, we started a group read in February.
My first Root for March
17. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon, obtained 1/2/2017 (audio).
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.
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.
#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!
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.
>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!
The Leavers by Lisa Ko. Obtained June 2017, read for f2f June book. Rating 3.67.
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. Rating 3.67. Interesting postmodernism twist on the detective novel.
#31. Love In the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Obtained 2012.
My #35 book (100%) Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler. I've now finished all 3 Chandler's on the 1001 list (complete).
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?
Congratulations on meeting your goal!
You can keep counting with your current ticker. That's what I do when I reach my goal :)
#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.
#38, Purchased this one in November 2017, so not real long time on the shelf but a ROOT nevertheless. The Peripheral by William Gibson.
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.
#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
#42, Day of The Dolphin by Robert Merle, purchased used library book either last year or before.
#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.
First root for September, The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell. Purchased 12/20/17.
#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.
#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.
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