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Bragan's 2018 ROOTing


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Edited: Jan 1, 3:12am Top

Hello, fellow readers and ROOTers! I am back for another year.

This time, I'm keeping my usual goal of 100 roots by the end of the year. I'm also going to keep my secondary goal from last year of also reading some books that I've had on the TBR shelves since I joined LT in 2007, but I'm cutting the goal for that from 10 down to 5. Basically, I just want to make a point of not forgetting to keep making my way through those deep-rooted tomes.

So, the tickers:

I'm also hoping to do in 2018 what I did in 2017, and end the year with fewer books on the TBR shelves than I'm starting it with. The two-out/one-in system I adopted partway through last year seems to be really helping with that, so I'm going to keep at it. Wish me luck!

And I wish all the rest of you luck as well, of course. Happy New Year, and happy reading!

Jan 1, 2:58am Top

Happy New Year, Bragan.

There is something wrong with your tickers. They are exactly the same. I think that's not what you wanted.

Jan 1, 3:08am Top

>2 connie53: Happy new year!

And, WTF? A minute ago, they looked different, but I just hit refresh and now they're the same. OK, I'll see if I can fix them. Thanks for letting me know!

Jan 1, 3:35am Top

Happy rooting in 2018!

Jan 1, 3:45am Top

Now they are okay!

Jan 1, 4:27am Top

>4 tess_schoolmarm: Thanks, and to you, too!

>5 connie53: I ended up clearing the cookies and re-creating the second one. I'm glad it worked!

Jan 1, 10:37am Top

Welcome back and have a great reading year!

Jan 1, 3:10pm Top

Happy reading in 2018, Bragan!

Jan 1, 6:42pm Top

Glad you're with us!

Jan 2, 1:10am Top

Happy ROOTing in 2018!

Jan 2, 7:54pm Top

Hi, nice to see you again, and thanks for the reminder about the deep roots!

Jan 2, 8:06pm Top

Thank you all, and happy ROOTing!

Jan 3, 12:34am Top

And here we go!

1. Doctor Who: The Vault by Marcus Hearn.

Jan 3, 6:36pm Top

>13 bragan: I received this as a Christmas present several Christmases ago and embarrassingly have not read it yet.

Jan 3, 6:55pm Top

>14 rabbitprincess: I got it shortly after it came out, and can't believe it took me this long to get to it. We've had a whole Doctor come and go since then!

Jan 3, 6:57pm Top

>15 bragan: *sobs*

As excited as I am about Jodie, I'm a wreck over Peter leaving. I watched the Christmas special on Boxing Day and was weeping periodically for the rest of the day.

Jan 4, 10:00am Top

>16 rabbitprincess: Boy, do I hear ya. I'm also very excited about the new Doctor, but I don't think I was ever, ever going to be ready for Capaldi to leave. He's just been so fantastic!

Jan 4, 10:34am Top

Welcome back and congrats on your first ROOT!

Jan 4, 1:19pm Top

>18 MissWatson: Thanks! Feels like I'm making progress. :)

Jan 6, 12:09pm Top

Speaking of progress...

2. Sourdough by Robin Sloan.

Edited: Jan 8, 3:34pm Top

3. Astray by Emma Donoghue.

Jan 8, 1:51pm Top

The touchstone goes to another book, Bragan. (Led astray by Sandra Brown)

Edited: Jan 8, 3:34pm Top

>22 connie53: Thanks. I had that problem with my touchstone for it on the Club Read group, too, but I forgot to come back here and check this one after I corrected that one. I swear, the touchstones are being especially annoying for me so far this year! Anyway, fixing it now...

Jan 9, 12:40pm Top

>23 bragan: LOL. The touchstone is working now! It just caught my attention because I'm interested in all books by Emma Donoghue and this was a title I did not know.

Jan 9, 1:18pm Top

Good to see you back in 2018!

Jan 9, 1:29pm Top

>24 connie53: Well, I'm glad you caught it, anyway. And Astray -- making sure the touchstone is right this time -- turned out to be quite worth while, I think, despite me not being too sure about it at first.

>25 Jackie_K: Good to see you, too! And good to be here. :)

Jan 10, 2:05pm Top

4. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.

Jan 14, 3:16am Top

5. Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki.

Jan 17, 7:23pm Top

Edited: Jan 20, 10:40pm Top

7. Rocket Girl by George D. Morgan.

Jan 20, 9:47pm Top

>30 bragan: I agree with all the points you raised in this review and am glad we had this story in some form, anyway. And may many more stories like it be told.

Jan 20, 10:40pm Top

>31 rabbitprincess: That is very well put. Absolutely.

Jan 22, 7:55pm Top

8. The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff.

Jan 28, 4:09pm Top

9. The Witch Who Came in from the Cold by Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, et al.

Jan 29, 2:39am Top

You are doing great, Bragan!

Jan 29, 2:42pm Top

>35 connie53: Yes, so far, so good, thanks!

Jan 31, 5:43pm Top

10. On the Road with Charles Kuralt by Charles Kuralt.

And with that, not only do I reach double digits on my regular ticker, but I also finally start moving the needle on my "deep roots" ticker, as I've had this book for a very, very, very long time. Hooray!

Feb 1, 1:09am Top

And that's it for January, I guess! Let's see where I stand...


Books read: 10
Books acquired: 8
ROOT books read: 10
ROOT books YTD total: 10/100
"Deep ROOTs" read: 1
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 1/10
Current TBR total: 955
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -2

OK, so, as you can see I haven't been quite sticking to my one-in/two-out system, but the TBR total is at least going in the right direction, however slowly. I'll be tracking it this year to see if it keeps doing that. I have hopes!

Feb 3, 1:53am Top

And onward into February!

11. Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda.

Feb 5, 1:36am Top

12. Dog on It by Spencer Quinn.

Feb 8, 8:18pm Top

13. A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston.

Feb 10, 2:37am Top

Good job, Bragan.

Feb 10, 10:09am Top

>41 bragan: Lately whenever I see Bryan Cranston's name, I think of the time he appeared on the Graham Norton show with Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch. That was a hilarious episode! He seems like an interesting man.

Feb 10, 11:42am Top

>42 connie53: Thanks!

>43 rabbitprincess: I didn't see that, but I bet it was lots of fun! I have seen him giving interviews and things elsewhere, and he always comes across as funny and interesting. He's more serious in the autobiography, but definitely always interesting.

Feb 10, 3:49pm Top

>45 rabbitprincess: OK, that was freaking hilarious. Thank you for sharing that!

Edited: Feb 11, 6:53pm Top

14. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

Feb 13, 11:24pm Top

15. Artemis by Andy Weir.

Feb 17, 3:00pm Top

Skipping over my first non-ROOT of the year...

16. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith.

Feb 18, 4:51pm Top

Feb 21, 6:24pm Top

18. Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

Feb 26, 12:11am Top

19. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Feb 26, 1:46am Top

>52 bragan: Have fun with Stephanie!

Feb 26, 2:16am Top

>53 connie53: I fear I might have spent a little too long hanging around with Stephanie at this point. :)

Feb 26, 1:01pm Top

>54 bragan: That is my fear too. I think I stopped by part 6 or 7.

Feb 26, 6:29pm Top

>55 connie53: That sounds to me like an ideal place to stop, actually, before they start to feel like too much of the same, and the humor begins to run a bit thin. But somehow I just can't seem to stop reading them!

Mar 1, 5:21pm Top


Books read: 11
Books acquired: 4
ROOT books read: 9
ROOT books YTD total: 19/100
"Deep ROOTs" read: 0
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 1/10
Current TBR total: 948
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -9

The two-in/one-out system is working really well! Right now, my in-vs-out ledger is perfectly balanced. That is, admittedly, partly because several of the books I acquired recently qualify as gifts, so they don't count. And it may not last long. Still! I am feeling decidedly accomplished.

Mar 1, 8:13pm Top

>57 bragan: Excellent work on perfectly balancing your in-vs-out ledger!

Mar 8, 9:38pm Top

21. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.

Mar 9, 4:13am Top

>60 bragan: that sounds like a nice read, and I liked your explanation of the benefits of reading a YA either as a child or an adult. I loved some of the YA stuff my daughter pressed me to read when she was a young teenager - now that she's an impoverished young professional her book buying is restricted, but she hasn't abandoned YA fiction - for Christmas she asked for La Belle Sauvage and I'm looking forward to borrowing it!

Mar 9, 1:31pm Top

>61 floremolla: I've been reading a fair bit of YA, off and on lately. Although most of it is aimed more at kids in their late teens, whereas The Girl Who Drank the Moon also feels right for preteens, if they're good readers (although less right for the small kids). I tend to find that the teen books are a bit love it or hate it for me, but the good ones really impress me. And there is something about reading the kind of books I myself might have read and loved at as a youngster that can bring back the magic of childhood for me in a really pleasant way.

Mar 14, 2:25pm Top

Mar 19, 3:44pm Top

23. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.

Mar 21, 2:31am Top

24. The Blue Fox by Sjón

Mar 22, 12:16pm Top

Hi!! I've been away and ... so much has happened! I'm happy to see you're doing so well w/ your ROOTing :)

Mar 22, 1:10pm Top

>66 avanders: Thanks! And good to see you again. :)

Mar 23, 1:36am Top

Mar 25, 9:29pm Top

Edited: Mar 29, 4:30am Top

Excellent progress 8-)
What did you think about >65 bragan: ? I remember it as very poetic and beautiful but also pretty weird.

Mar 29, 6:52am Top

>70 Henrik_Madsen: Honestly, I couldn't decide what I thought about it! If you want to see me floundering around trying to figure out what to say about it, my review of it is here.

Apr 1, 12:47am Top

27. Harvest of Stars by Poul Anderson.

Which I did not like, and which took me entirely too long to read. But it does at least count as another deep root pulled, because it had been on the TBR shelves for a long, looong time.

Apr 1, 6:06pm Top

And that's March down. So:

MARCH 2018

Books read: 10
Books acquired: 4
ROOT books read: 8
ROOT books YTD total: 27/100
"Deep ROOTs" read: 1
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 2/10
Current TBR total: 942
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -15

Wow, those are some really encouraging numbers! I'm even slightly ahead now on the one-in/two-out ledger, although I did just order a couple of books, so that's likely going to change soon. Still! For the moment, it actually seems to be working. Go, me!

Mind you, it looks like I'm going to be starting April with a little run of non-ROOTS, but since I'm fairly well on track for those, too, I'm not going to be too concerned about it.

Apr 3, 4:34am Top

Great stats, looks like you've got everything under control and you're making a dent in that TBR pile!

Apr 3, 12:31pm Top

>74 floremolla: It's a big TBR pile, so even a big dent is a small dent, if you see what I mean. But I will totally take it! Progress is good. :)

Apr 4, 11:10pm Top

Erm, so, if you see a post by me in this group with one deleted message, please ignore it. I accidentally posted my new Club Read thread in the wrong group. I"m not positive, but I think if nobody replies to it, it will eventually go away, and then I can go back to pretending I never make any mistakes. :)

Apr 7, 3:19am Top

>76 bragan: Hihihi, I starred it but saw what happened and took the star away again.

Apr 7, 10:04am Top

>77 connie53: Yes, nothing to see there! Heh.

Edited: Apr 13, 9:21pm Top

Finally, my first ROOT for April!

28. A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back by Kevin Hazzard

Apr 14, 8:43am Top

>79 bragan: Hurray! And what an interesting-sounding book, too :)

Apr 14, 5:29pm Top

>80 rabbitprincess: The title alone is great, isn't it? :)

Apr 18, 3:20pm Top

29. Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore.

Edited: Apr 23, 1:18pm Top

30. Chemistry: A Novel by Weike Wang.

Apr 24, 10:51pm Top

31. A Blink of the Screen by Terry Pratchett.

Apr 26, 10:16pm Top

32. Books & Islands in Ojibwe Country by Louise Erdrich.

May 1, 6:32am Top

APRIL 2018

Books read: 9
Books acquired: 5
ROOT books read: 5
ROOT books YTD total: 32/100
"Deep ROOTs" read: 0
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 2/10
Current TBR total: 938
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -19

Not quite as good this month as last month, but still headed in the right direction!

May 1, 9:00am Top

Good work. If you keep that up you could get below 900 this year!

May 1, 6:48pm Top

>87 floremolla: That would be exciting!

May 1, 7:09pm Top

Onward into May!

33. The Albuquerque Turkey by John Vorhaus.

May 5, 5:17am Top

Edited: May 9, 7:45pm Top

May 11, 7:02am Top

36. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith.

May 20, 1:06am Top

37. The Newford Stories by Charles De Lint.

That one took me a while to finish! Mostly because it was an 800-page three-in-one omnibus volume. But it also qualifies as one of my "deep roots"! I don't know exactly how long it'd been on the TBR shelves, but it was a long, long time.

May 20, 4:15am Top

The chunkster deep roots are among the most difficult to motivate yourself to read, aren't they? So kudos to you for ROOTing that one out!

May 20, 4:37am Top

>94 floremolla: They are! I am rather proud of myself for finally getting to that one.

May 20, 11:13pm Top

38. Doctor Who: The Doctor's Lives and Times by James Goss & Steve Tribe.

May 21, 1:05am Top

May 21, 9:15am Top

>96 bragan: I keep seeing that one at the library but haven't yet borrowed it. Thanks for your review; I think I'll check it out :)

May 21, 9:22am Top

>96 bragan: It was fun. Definitely worth checking out of the library, I think!

May 22, 2:15pm Top

40. Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich.

May 26, 2:03pm Top

41. Snooze: The Lost Art of Sleep by Michael McGirr.

Edited: May 30, 6:30pm Top

42. Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips.

May 31, 4:05pm Top

OK, I really don't think I'm going to finish the book I'm in the middle of today, so I guess that means now is the time for this:

MAY 2018

Books read: 11
Books acquired: 5 (but one is a reference book and doesn't go on the TBR, so it doesn't really count)
ROOT books read: 10
ROOT books YTD total: 42/100
"Deep ROOTs" read: 1
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 3/5
Current TBR total: 931
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -26

Wow, look at that beautiful, beautiful negative number in that last line! I'm still doing remarkably well.

May 31, 4:37pm Top

Oh, that negative number, I can only dream of that - well done you! Actually, I'm delighted that my equivalent number is +1, that's still really impressive for me, but can I get to a negative number by the end of the year? That's what I'm hoping for!

May 31, 6:13pm Top

>103 bragan: Wow! Minus 26! I am impressed :D

May 31, 6:27pm Top

>104 Jackie_K:, >105 rabbitprincess: Admittedly, that's a negative number applied to a very large positive number, but I will take it! I'm utterly astonished how well this system is doing at keeping me on track, and how long that's lasted for so far.

Jun 1, 4:57am Top

I am so impressed by that negative number. Admirable work!

Jun 1, 3:36pm Top

>107 MissWatson: Thank you! I don't mind admitting I'm pretty impressed, myself. :)

Jun 3, 3:43pm Top

43. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

Jun 6, 8:47am Top

44. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen.

Jun 8, 4:34am Top

45. Cocktail Time by P.G. Wodehouse.

Jun 10, 9:51pm Top

46. The Trouble with Testosterone by Robert M. Sapolsky.

Jun 21, 12:37pm Top

After a brief pause to read a few non-ROOTS:

47. Provenance by Ann Leckie.

Jun 21, 6:14pm Top

>113 bragan: Yay! Still have to read the second and third books in the Ancillary trilogy, but I'm glad to have this one to look forward to as well.

Jun 21, 6:19pm Top

>114 rabbitprincess: They're all fun, although I did like the Ancillary books a bit better than this one.

Jun 26, 8:03pm Top

48. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

Jul 1, 1:23pm Top

And another month down... Let's see where we stand.

JUNE 2018

Books read: 10
Books acquired: 5
ROOT books read: 7
ROOT books YTD total: 49/100
"Deep ROOTs" read: 0
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 3/5
Current TBR total: 926
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -31

Whoo-hoo! Still going in the right direction. Even if I am, like, one book under where I should be for my ROOT goal for the year.

Jul 3, 11:33am Top

Whoops, finished this one last night and almost forgot to add it:

50. Final Girls by Riley Sager.

There. Now I'm at the halfway mark!

Jul 5, 2:23am Top

51. All Flesh Is Grass by Clifford D. Simak.

Jul 6, 3:55am Top

52. Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher.

Jul 10, 3:44am Top

53. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang.

Jul 13, 6:20am Top

Jul 14, 6:43pm Top

55. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell.

Jul 21, 1:10pm Top

56. The Book of Athyra by Steven Brust.

Jul 27, 11:16pm Top

57. The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman.

Jul 29, 5:06pm Top

58. Find Me by Laura Ven den Berg.

Aug 1, 3:33pm Top

And somehow now it's August. So:

JULY 2018

Books read: 12
Books acquired: 6
ROOT books read: 9
ROOT books YTD total: 58/100
"Deep ROOTs" read: 0
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 3/5
Current TBR total: 920
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -37 (Wow!)

I hope to start getting back to some of those "deep ROOTs" this month. Otherwise, I'm doing good!

Aug 1, 6:31pm Top

WOW -37 books from the beginning of the year. Amazing.

Aug 2, 12:21am Top

>129 deep220: I know! I keep thinking there must be some kind of accounting mistake.

Aug 4, 9:18pm Top

59. The Fortune of War by Patrick O'Brian.

Aug 7, 10:58pm Top

60. Neutrino Hunters by Ray Jayawardhana.

Aug 8, 3:48am Top

>129 deep220: Ohh, I want to see how much my TBR has gone down in comparison to the beginning of this year too!

Hi Bragan, just popping in to see you have been reading a lot! Good job!

Aug 8, 1:55pm Top

>133 connie53: I'm glad I've been keeping track. The results have been very gratifying!

Also, hi, Connie! *waves*

Aug 9, 8:46am Top

I'm 22 down! Yeah. I bought a lot of books too, but read 34 ROOTs and 43 new and shiny ones.

Aug 9, 8:50am Top

>128 bragan: >129 deep220: I'm so impressed with the -37! I'm really hoping that I can end the year at 0 or - something, for the first time ever! Currently I'm at +10, which is actually pretty impressive for me (50 ROOTs read, 60 new books acquired) - my rate of acquisitions compared to ROOTs has slowed down a fair bit compared to the last couple of years (when I pretty much acquired double the number of ROOTs I'd read).

Aug 9, 8:58am Top

>136 Jackie_K: At least you are moving in the right direction , Jackie

Edited: Aug 9, 1:29pm Top

>135 connie53: Whoo-hoo! That is a great number.

>136 Jackie_K: I'm telling ya, the two-in-one-out system works amazingly well. Well, it is for me, anyway. It seems to be the first TBR-limiting system I actually find it not too hideously painful to follow. Although, admittedly, avoiding the library sales (mostly) is helping, too. Usually I'm ending the year at, well, a lot more than +10. There's a reason I managed to accumulate nearly 1000 unread books in the first place.

>137 connie53: Absolutely! Any move in the right direction is a good move.

Aug 10, 8:34pm Top

61. The Gunslinger by Stephen King.

And that one has been on the TBR shelves approximately forever, meaning that I also get to move the "deep ROOTs" slider ahead, too! Meaning I'm at 4/5 on that goal now. Feels good to be getting back to that, finally.

Edited: Aug 11, 2:09pm Top

And De scherpschutter is the beginning of a good series of books. So there are probably more 'deep ROOTs on your shelves.

Aug 11, 4:27am Top

>140 connie53: yes, I have the next three books in the series, and I'm pretty sure all of them count.

Aug 11, 2:12pm Top

I've a total of 7 Dark Tower books on my shelves? All read.

Aug 12, 12:49am Top

>142 connie53: I was surprised to realize there were that many of them!

Aug 16, 8:17pm Top

62. No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal.

Aug 20, 2:58am Top

63. The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin.

Aug 23, 4:32pm Top

64. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich.

Aug 31, 1:01am Top

65. Just Kids by Patti Smith.

Aug 31, 9:43pm Top

OK, I am definitely not going to finish another book today, so it's time for the August summary


Books read: 8
Books acquired: 5
ROOT books read: 7
ROOT books YTD total: 64/100
"Deep ROOTs" read: 1
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 4/5
Current TBR total: 917
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -40

Kind of a slow month for me, really. For some reason everything seemed to take longer to read than I expected it to. But I'm still on track for my ROOTs goal, and I'm very close to the "deep ROOTs" secondary goal. So that's nice.

But it's that last number that's really impressive. Forty books less on my TBR pile than at the beginning of the year! Forty! I never would have thought it.

Aug 31, 9:51pm Top

>148 bragan: WHAAAT that is amazing! Congratulations!

Aug 31, 10:18pm Top

I keep thinking I must have made a mistake somewhere, but nope! It really is forty books. :)

Sep 2, 7:45pm Top

Onward into September!

66. Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez.

Sep 10, 9:20pm Top

67. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke.

Sep 11, 12:35am Top

Sep 12, 10:59pm Top

69. This Side of Home by Renee Watson.

Sep 16, 10:43pm Top

70. Company by Max Barry.


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