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madhatter22 returns to her ROOTs in 2018


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Edited: Yesterday, 2:10am Top

I always have the same resolution - to read from the piles of books I already own and to have more books going out than coming in. Working in a bookstore, this can be difficult what with all the ARCs and shiny new things coming in every week.
My goal this year is for 75% of what I read to be ROOTs. To qualify toward my goal, the book has to have been on my shelves prior to 2018, and it has to come off my shelves when I'm done reading it.
Hopefully by the end of the year I'll have a little more room on my shelves ... for more books.

(N)ew (R)OOT (B)orrowed (g)ave away (k)ept

38. Looker - Laura Sims (N)(g)
37. Gold Fame Citrus - Claire Vaye Watkins (R)(g)
36. This Will Only Hurt a Little - Busy Philips (N)(g)

35. Seventeen Against the Dealer - Cynthia Voigt (R)(g)
34. Who the Hell Is Pansy O'Hara? - Jenny Bond (R)(g)
33. The Night Bookmobile - Audrey Niffenegger (R)(k)
32. You're on a Plane - Parker Posey (B)

31. Sons from Afar - Cynthia Voigt (R)(g)
30. Eileen - Ottessa Moshfegh (N)(g)

29. You Can't Touch My Hair - Phoebe Robinson (R)(g)
28. Shrill - Lindy West (R)(g)
27. Calypso - David Sedaris (B)
26. World of Trouble - Ben H. Winters (B)
25. Countdown City - Ben H. Winters (N)(g)
24. The Last Policeman - Ben H. Winters (N)(g)

23. The Outsider - Stephen King (B)
22. Last Night at the Lobster - Stewart O'Nan (N)(g)
21. Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon - Iris Apfel (B)
20. How to Be Famous - Caitlin Moran (N)(g)

19. Irene - Pierre Lemaitre (R)(g)
18. There Once Lived a Mother ... - Lyudmila Petrushevskaya (R)(g)
17. I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Michelle McNamara (B)
16. The Crow Trap - Ann Cleeves (R)(g)

15. 11. The Likeness - Tana French (R)(g)
14. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (R)(g)
13. The Vicar of Wakefield - Oliver Goldsmith (R)(g)
12. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle (R)(g)

11. Underground Airlines - Ben H. Winters (R)(g)
10. Otherwise Pandemonium - Nick Hornby (N)(g)

9. The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family - Mary S. Lovell (R)(g)
8. The Redbreast - Jo Nesbo (R)(g)
7. Talking Pictures - Ransom Riggs (R)(g)
6. Quartet in Autumn - Barbara Pym (R)(g)
5. An Old-Fashioned Girl - Louisa May Alcott (R)(g)
4. Rose in Bloom - Louisa May Alcott (R)(g)
3. The Power - Naomi Alderman (B)
2. Eight Cousins - Louisa May Alcott (R)(g)
1. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll (R)(k)

Jan 2, 6:29pm Top

Happy rooting in 2018!

Jan 2, 9:01pm Top

Welcome back and have a great reading year!

Jan 3, 3:41am Top

Welcome back, Shauna, Happy ROOTing.

Jan 3, 3:57am Top

Hi Shauna, good luck with your goal!

Jan 3, 9:53am Top

Happy reading in 2018, Shauna!

Jan 3, 9:57am Top

glad you're back!

Jan 3, 11:05am Top

>1 madhatter22: it has to come off my shelves when I'm done reading it
wow this increases the difficulty!! It looks like I kept 26 of the 80 books I read last year (that seems high; didn't think I loved that many!) and your twist interests me.

P.S. Love the Allie Brosh image, I've been so eager for her next memoir, whenever she's ready to publish it.

Jan 3, 11:30am Top

Whew, I will be pulling for you on the "coming off the shelves" portion. That is my intention this year, but I usually have a really tough time with that part...

Jan 3, 8:16pm Top

>8 detailmuse: I used to keep most books after reading, but I have so little room that now I have to really, really love a book and feel sure I'll want to read it again.
I'm also hoping Allie Brosh will put out another book. Hyperbole and a Half was one of those few very loved books.

>9 Caramellunacy: Good luck on clearing your shelves! I had a hard time at first, but now it's much easier for me to give my books away after reading them. The hard part for me is picking up the book that's been sitting there for years instead of that exciting new one everyone's talking about. :)

Jan 4, 4:27am Top

>10 madhatter22: The hard part for me is picking up the book that's been sitting there for years instead of that exciting new one everyone's talking about. :)

I think that is a common problem and that's why the ROOTers are such a incentive bunch of readers.

Jan 4, 10:44am Top

Congrats on your first ROOT, and happy reading!

Jan 4, 3:30pm Top

It must be a challenge keeping up with your reads when you work in a bookstore. Good luck with your ROOTing in 2018!

Jan 8, 10:09pm Top

I can't remember now who had that inspiring book jar idea. I was not feeling quite that ambitious, so I just decided that once a month I would bring up my TBR list and a random number generator, and that I would have to read whatever book corresponded to whatever number came up.

My randomly generated book for January is The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family and my immediate reaction was wanting to 'spin again' which means it's the perfect book for my little challenge. :) The Mitford sisters fascinate me and I've had this on my shelf for at least 10 years but I never seem to be in the mood for it. My mood is now irrelevant. This is happening.

Jan 9, 6:17am Top

>14 madhatter22: It was me! Have just added another 16 books to it (already bought and counted in my totals, just not physically added to the Jar yet), so that was a satisfying 5 minutes of colouring in :)

I occasionally have the 'oh no, shall I just put that back in again?' reaction too, although generally I resist and have had some surprisingly good reads from books that I had resisted previously.

Jan 10, 7:11pm Top

>15 Jackie_K: Ah! Well thanks for the idea. :) I think I might even decide to use it twice a month. I think it may be the only chance some of these books have of ever getting read. (Looking at you, Infinite Jest.)

Edited: Feb 1, 10:41pm Top

I admire the LTers who write reviews for everything they read - it almost always feels like homework to me no matter how much I loved a book. So this is not a review but a public service announcement for anyone who hasn't read Barbara Pym.

This is one of my favorite Pym quotes, taken from Excellent Women:

Perhaps there can be too much making of cups of tea, I thought, as I watched Miss Statham filling the heavy teapot. Did we really need a cup of tea? I even said as much to Miss Statham and she looked at me with a hurt, almost angry look, 'Do we need tea? she echoed. 'But Miss Lathbury...' She sounded puzzled and distressed and I began to realise that my question had struck at something deep and fundamental. It was the kind of question that starts a landslide in the mind. I mumbled something about making a joke and that of course one needed tea always, at every hour of the day or night.

I love Barbara Pym. She's often compared to Jane Austen for her ability to so wittily and entertainingly nail people's quirks and weaknesses and delusions. Her characters are mainly dependable women "of a certain age" (though that age in some books is much younger than it would be now), largely invisible to men and to society, living ordinary lives, weathering their little disappointments, enjoying their little pleasures, sometimes a little lonely or bored, but generally satisfied or even optimistic. These women embody the motto "Keep calm and carry on".

One more, from Quartet in Autumn which I just read and thoroughly enjoyed. It was a little darker than some of her others, but still had moments like:

This led Letty to ask tentatively whether their new landlord was perhaps not English - a foreigner, if one could put it like that, and Miss Embrey was equally circumspect in her answer, implying that, in a manner of speaking he was.
'What is his name?' Marya asked.
'Mr. Jacob Olatunde.' Miss Embrey ponounced the syllables carefully, as if she had been practising them.
'He is black, then?' Again it was Marya, the Hungarian, who dared to ask the blunt question.
'Certainly his skin is not what is usually regarded as white, but which of us, for example, could say that we were
white?' Miss Embrey looked round at her three tenants - Letty, with a pinkish skin, Marya, a sallow olive, Miss Spurgeon, parchment - all quite different. 'As you know, I have lived in China, so these distinctions of skin colour mean very little to me.'

Feb 1, 3:58am Top

Those are certainly great quotes. The covers look wonderful, too!

Feb 1, 8:01am Top

>17 madhatter22: what a lovely set of books! and an author bullet for me :)

Feb 1, 11:47am Top

Quartet in Autumn keeps moving upward in my TBR queue!

Edited: Feb 1, 10:41pm Top

The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell

Thanks to Jackie_K for this one. I put a lazy spin on her book jar idea and decided to read one root a month that was chosen for me by a random number generator. This one had been on my shelves getting passed over for probably close to 15 years, and it ended up being just as fascinating as I thought it would be. (If you don't know the Mitford sisters, the one who lived the least glamorous life was proposed to by John Betjeman.)
I'm looking forward now to reading the autobiographies of the 3 sisters who wrote them (Hons and Rebels has been on my shelf about as long as The Sisters) and Nancy Mitford's semi-autobiographical novels.

Feb 2, 4:27am Top

>21 madhatter22: You had me scratching my head for a minute as to how I was responsible for that one, as I've not read it! I might have gone down the random number generator route originally if I'd realised how many TBRs I actually had at the time! (I'd thought I had around 100, turned out it was well over 300! But by the time I realised, I was already too far in to the project to give up!).

That does sound interesting. The Mitfords are fascinating, albeit (from what I can gather) pretty unpleasant at times.


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