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fuzzi's 2018 ROOT Rehoming Thread


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Dec 30, 2017, 12:32am Top

To keep track of my rehomed books...

I've scaled back some from last year's ambitious 150 to a more reasonable 100.

Dec 30, 2017, 2:59am Top

Welcome Fuz! Happy ROOTing!

Dec 30, 2017, 10:31am Top

Hi nice to see you here again :)

Dec 31, 2017, 2:47am Top

Good luck with your 2018 ROOTing goal.

Dec 31, 2017, 12:36pm Top

Welcome back and good luck ROOTing. 8-)

Dec 31, 2017, 10:47pm Top

welcome back!

Jan 1, 3:11am Top

Happy New Year, Fuz!!

Jan 1, 3:03pm Top

Happy reading in 2018, Fuzzi, glad to share an other group with you :-)

Jan 5, 9:31pm Top

Good luck with your 2018 ROOTs!

Jan 26, 7:37am Top

And the first rehomed book of 2018 is...

#1 Racing Manhattan by Terence Blacker (an Early Reviewer selection)

Entertaining story about a young orphan who leaves home to get into the racing business, and finds a misunderstood and mistreated horse that she believes could be a champion: in other words, this is a pony book.

I did feel that the author did a decent job of telling the story in first-person, which is not always done well, and I appreciated the fact that he did not feel it necessary to flood the reader with excess information that was not needed to tell this tale.

Edited: Feb 9, 9:45pm Top

#2 To Be a Logger by Lois Lenski

Written in the 1960s, this "regional series" tale of the loggers, their families, and their communities in the Pacific northwest is more modern than Lois Lenski's other books, but still was a pretty good read. The author researched her subject well, and it shows in her writing: her children are typical youngsters, caught up in the fun of each day...but after their chores are done. There is a little "preachy" feel in this story about what's best for the forests, but never enough to abandon the book.

Edited: Mar 3, 3:02pm Top

#3 The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

While this book may appear dated in some ways, the tale and the pictures are timeless. This one goes in the box for my granddaughter!

And I'm purging my shelves today, here are all the books being rehomed:

4. On the Road With Charles Kuralt
5. Corrie ten Boom's Prison Letters
6. The River by Gary Paulsen
7. Twisted True Tales From Science: Explosive Experiments by Stephanie Bearce
8. Indian Captive by Lois Lenski
9. The Family Book of Best Loved Short Stories
10. She Who Laughs, Lasts by Ann Spangler
11. Father's Road by Ji-yun Jang

Apr 9, 12:41pm Top

#12 Sergeant York by John Perry

Before I read this biography of Alvin York, I only knew a little about him, that he was a hero of WWI and had won medals for courage.

But Sergeant York was more than that, a man from the backwoods of Tennessee, used to hunting and farming, and had strong principles. After being drafted he filed to be a conscientious objector, not wanting to kill based upon his Christian beliefs, but after prayer he decided that fighting for defense was acceptable.

The first sixty pages is pre-WWI and his return to the USA, and the rest of the book details his work establishing schools for the poor children of the hills who had no access to education. I liked how Alvin York stood by his principles, butting heads with those who wanted to use his name to fill their own pockets, or further their own political careers.

Sergeant York was not perfect, had flaws, and this bio did not hide them, but told his story in a well-balanced way, and without heavy religious themes that might keep non-Christians from reading his story.

Apr 14, 5:12pm Top

#13 Covered Wagon Women Volume 2 edited by Kenneth L. Holmes

This is a thoroughly engaging book composed of journals kept by women as they crossed the prairies in 1850, destination California, Oregon, or Salt Lake City. The daily struggles to feed their families and stock, keep their children safe, and assist in all aspects of survival are fascinating to read, and contemplate. I especially enjoyed comparing the descriptions of the same landmarks, like Chimney Rock, by different writers. A map of the routes taken would have been great.

Edited: Apr 22, 9:35pm Top

#14 Teen-Age Dog Stories edited by David Thomas

I have found that short story collections can be a mixed bag of good, mediocre, and awful tales, but Teen-Age Dog Stories was a pleasant exception to my usual experience with the genre. A couple of the stories included were old favorites from familiar authors, but the others were good enough to make me want to look up other works by their authors. Don't let the title dissuade you from trying this book: the stories within are not juvenile, include more adult themes, though never in a graphic manner.

May 11, 10:58pm Top

#15 Christmas Horse by Glenn Balch

I found and bought a copy of the exact same Apollo edition I'd had as a child, and am therefore rehoming the Scholastic edition I have owned.

Aug 9, 8:48am Top

Good job, Fuz!

Aug 9, 1:20pm Top

>19 connie53: thank you!

I'll catch up, one way or another...

Aug 9, 2:30pm Top

Of course you will!

Edited: Sep 1, 6:36am Top

#36 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

This was a classic that I'd missed reading for over five decades but determined to attempt this year. It was an enjoyable read, believable, and kept my interest throughout the tale.

#37 Jersey Joe Walcott: A Boxing Biography - (ROOT)

#38 The Gulag Archipelago One - (ROOT)

#39 The Gulag Archipelago Two - (ROOT)

#40 The Gulag Archipelago Three - (ROOT)

Aug 22, 9:55pm Top

#41 Too Much! Not Enough! by Gina Perry

Bright colorful pictures are the highlight of this book, but the opposite concepts might be difficult for a young child to comprehend.

I received this book through Early Reviewers, but am not going to give it to my granddaughter.

Sep 1, 1:25pm Top

Cleaning off the shelves...

42. Emily Climbs by LM Montgomery - (ROOT)
43. Emily's Quest by LM Montgomery - (ROOT)
44. The Scarlet Pimpernel - (ROOT)
45. Silas Marner - (ROOT)
46. To Kill a Mockingbird - (ROOT)
47. Hans Brinker - (ROOT)
48. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
49. The Grandfathers by Conrad Richter

I've read all of these before, but some I have not reread since I bought my current copy several years ago, so out they go!

Edited: Sep 1, 2:04pm Top

50. Sunshine and Dust (unread, musty) - (ROOT)
51. Dust on the Sea (unread, musty) - (ROOT)

Funny how I'm culling two musty-Dust books?!

Edited: Sep 1, 6:58pm Top

52. The Moor (duplicate copy)
53. War Horse
54. Early Birdy Gets the Worm
55. The Call of the Wild (duplicate copy)

Sep 7, 8:31pm Top

#56 The Black Stallion Legend by Walter Farley

Not worth the paper it's printed on, seriously. Go back and reread the first five or so entries in the series and be content.

Sep 29, 4:15am Top

>27 fuzzi: bummer!

Edited: Sep 29, 9:00am Top

#57 Behold Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer

I have tried, but just can't get involved in this one; I haven't picked it up to resume reading since early this week. Everyone is despicable, perhaps that's why.

Out! Out! Away wi'ye!

Oct 9, 7:53pm Top

#58 Gunman's Rhapsody by Robert B Parker

I recently discovered the works of Robert B Parker, and I believe I'm hooked...

Gunman's Rhapsody is a retelling of Wyatt Earp's time in Tombstone, and a good one at that. The author writes dialogue that sounds like real-life conversations, and his characters are interesting, flawed, though likable. This was my third western by this author, and I plan to read more from his plethora of published works.

Edited: Oct 9, 7:58pm Top

#59 The Warrior's Path (duplicate)
#60 Monument Rock (duplicate)

#61 My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

This is a delightful collection of stories about the dogs that the author has known and loved. It made me smile, and chuckle several times. Highly recommended for dog lovers, but worth reading by anyone.

Edited: Oct 9, 8:30pm Top

#62 The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American

I really enjoyed this book, read and reviewed it and fully intended to keep it...

...but a mouse made a temporary residence behind my cookbook shelf, and by the time I discovered his damage, this book was beyond salvaging. :(

Oct 15, 6:47pm Top

#67 Peter Pan by JM Barrie

Maybe I would have enjoyed this book more if I'd read it as a child, but as an adult I found it just annoyed me, tremendously, especially the character of Peter. I think this is one case in which the Disney adaption was better than the source. Seriously.


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