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quigui tries ROOT


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Edited: Nov 9, 7:01am Top

I saw the link to this group/challenge on LT's facebook and it seems good to tackle my ever-growing TBR list, specially the books that I got when I was reading a lot, so I decided to give it a try. I'm not sure what exactly constitutes an old tome, but I'll try to read books bought in 2012 or before.

For 2018 my overall target is 15 books (which is what I managed to accomplish last year - but I might update if my commute increases). I'm going to set a target of 12 older books (one per month), and because I like maths, I'll try to spread them as follows: 1 book from 2012, 1 from 2011, 2 from 2010, 3 from 2009, and 5 from before 2009 (my consistent tracking of acquired dates stops at 2009).

My TBR list is 256+ (there are quite a few inherited books that have never been catalogued). I did some math, and the 256 books and my current pace means I have books until 2035 (or 2044 if I keep acquiring them at my current rate). So I aim to at least end the year with no more books that I have now.

And here's the ticker:

Books read:
1. The last unicorn by Peter S. Beagle: finished 12.jan, acquired 2012
2. Breve historia dos tractores em ucraniano by Marina Lewycka, finished 31.jan, acquired in 2011
3. Searoad by Ursula K. Le Guin, finished 13.feb, acquired in 2010
4. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett, finished 08.jul, acquired in 2012
5. Nebula Award Stories 2, finished 04.aug, acquired in 2008
6. Record of Lodoss War: The Lady of Pharis by Ryo Mizuno, finished 05.aug, acquired in 2009
7. Mascaras do Destino by Florbela Espanca, finished 06.aug, acquired in 2008
8. Exile (graphic novel) by R. A. Salvatore, finished 07.aug, acquired sometime between 2006 and 2008
9. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, finished 26.aug, acquired in 2011
10. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, finished 11.sep, acquired in 2005 (more specifically Christmas 2005, the gift receipt was still inside)
11. Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea by Diana Marcellas, finished 7.nov, acquired in 2010
12. Sojourn by R. A. Salvatore, finished 8.nov, acquired in 2010

Fibonacci twist:
2012:   2/1
2011:   2/1
2010:   3/2
2009:   1/3
<2009: 4/5

Jan 18, 9:51am Top

Good luck, and welcome to the group!

Jan 18, 9:54am Top


Jan 18, 10:17am Top

Welcome and good luck with the Fibonacci approach to ROOTing! :)

Jan 18, 12:23pm Top

Thanks :)

Edited: Jan 18, 12:50pm Top

Welcome to the ROOTers, Marta.

I'm not sure what exactly constitutes an old tome

Your challenge, your rules. Some people count every book bought before 2018/01/01. My rules are: I count every book that has been on the shelves for more then 6 months.

Jan 18, 3:28pm Top

Welcome and good luck rooting! I count any book that has been on my shelf more than 30 days.

Jan 18, 6:46pm Top

Welcome and good luck with your challenge!

Jan 19, 7:38am Top

Welcome and happy reading!

Jan 19, 8:03am Top

Thanks everyone :)

Jan 24, 4:15pm Top

Glad you're with us!

Jan 31, 6:29pm Top

2. Breve historia dos tractores em ucraniano by Marina Lewycka, acquired in 2011

Finished the second ROOT of the year, just in time to be ahead of schedule :)

Feb 1, 3:52am Top

Well done!

Feb 1, 7:32am Top

I won an e-book through Early Reviewers and was thinking of starting that one next, but it has yet to arrive, so I'll start Searoad by Ursula K. Le Guin today - acquired in 2010.

Feb 13, 5:20pm Top

Third ROOT finished: Searoad by Ursula K. Le Guin - which I enjoyed :)

Now, off to read the Early Reviewers one.

Edited: Mar 30, 3:33pm Top

Fourth ROOT finished: The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish it this month, because of all the work and traveling, but I did it! Really liked this one.

ETA: Oh wait, not a ROOT - It was acquired in 2013. Foiled by my own arbitrary rules.

Apr 3, 2:43am Top

LOL, But you read one that is almost a ROOT. I had to read your first post again to see what your rules are. Very interesting.

Apr 3, 4:38am Top

>16 quigui: think of it as 'root prevention', Marta - it won't be on next year's TBR list ;)

Apr 3, 6:33am Top

>17 connie53: I had been meaning to read that one for such a long time, that it felt that it would fit.

>18 floremolla: Root prevention, I like that! It definitely counts towards the goal of reading more than I acquire (which I'm failing

The book I picked to read next is definitely a ROOT - City and the mountains by Eça de Queirós - it has been on the bookshelves for almost 10 years.

Jun 25, 10:06am Top

After 2 months of barely making any progress with Cidade e as Serras (work hasn't helped), I've given up on it, and started Guards! Guards!. Maybe I'll be able to catch up :)

Jun 25, 8:50pm Top

>20 quigui: Good idea! You can always go back to the other book later if you want :) Have fun with the Terry Pratchett!

Jul 8, 7:39pm Top

>21 rabbitprincess: I'll eventually read that one, but I'll probably invest in an audio version.

All done with Guards! Guards!, which I enjoyed, and hopefully broke my reading block.

I'll be continuing with the city watch sub-series, but not just now. I'm going to read Nebula Award Stories two next, which has been around since 2008, because I've been craving some science fiction.

Aug 5, 11:02am Top

Finished two roots this weekend, Nebula Award Stories 2 and The Record of Lodoss War, finally getting back on track.

Aug 5, 11:17am Top

Good job!

Aug 7, 6:16am Top

Another ROOT finished, Mascaras do Destino by Florbela Espanca.

Aug 7, 6:30pm Top

Yet another ROOT, Exile (graphic novel) done, and finally on track again. Reading graphic novels is a great way to speed up the process. I still have 2 more books on this series to read, and I'll probably get to that in the next months.

Aug 8, 3:23am Top

Great progress!

Aug 26, 2:07pm Top

9th ROOT finished, City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.

Sep 11, 6:19pm Top

10th ROOT finished, A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, and this one should have been read a while ago. Some of the science in this needs an update.

I'm going on holidays for about 2 weeks, and I'm taking only ROOTs with me (and ebooks), so I should be able to get to my goal of 12 ROOTs (to manage that Fibonnacci twist I'll need to read more than the 12 though).

Sep 11, 6:50pm Top

Enjoy your holidays and your ROOT reading!

I agree, it would be nice to have an updated edition of A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Sep 29, 4:17am Top

Happy Holiday, Martha! And lots of reading.

Oct 4, 7:10am Top

Thanks! I ended up not reading that much during the holidays - I was doing an architecture camp, and it was more work than I was expecting.

Oct 13, 2:05am Top

>32 quigui: That sounds very interesting. I think I would skip reading too.

Nov 8, 11:34am Top

>33 connie53: It was very interesting and my pick of book wasn't the best. I've only just finished it, taking me almost 2 months (!!!). But I'm still on track for my 12 ROOTS, and my plan is to read a couple of graphic novel I have collecting dust at home.

Nov 9, 7:02am Top

Finished a graphic novel yesterday, Sojourn by R. A. Salvatore, and with that met my goal!

Nov 9, 9:15am Top

Congratulations on reaching your goal!

Nov 9, 6:39pm Top

>35 quigui: Congratulations!


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