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JULY ROOT - Progress Thread


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Edited: Jul 1, 10:27pm Top

Below is the current list of members that have identified a ROOT goal for 2018 and how many books they read by the end of June.
Any members who have yet to record a ROOT, have been removed to a separate list until they start. The ticker totals have been adjusted accordingly.
The percentage is calculated and a star awarded for those on target to reach their goals. More stars for farther toward their goal.

If anyone's number is incorrect, please let me know and I will make the necessary adjustments.
So go out there and dig those ROOTs.

4chin8 13 / 75 17.3%
Amberfly 37 / 65 ★ 56.9%
Ameise1★ 13 / 10 130.0%
avanders 2 / 24 8.3%
avidmom 6 / 10 ★★ 60.0%
Benita 40 / 50 ★★★★ 80.0%
benuathanasia 145 / 200 ★★★ 72.5%
bragan 49 / 100 49.0%
brakketh 16 / 40 40.0%
brewergirl 19 / 30 ★★ 63.3%
Britt84 38 / 60 ★★ 63.3%
Caramellunacy 4 / 12 33.3%
clue 20 / 30 ★★★ 66.7%
Coach_of_Alva 12 / 50 24.0%
connie53 30 / 36 ★★★★★ 83.3%
crazy4reading 6 / 30 20.0%
CurrerBell 41 / 75 ★ 54.7%
cyderry 52 / 72 ★★★ 72.2%
DeborahJade 6 / 50 12.0%
deep220 36 / 75 48.0%
deern 8 / 24 33.3%
detailmuse 26 / 40 ★★ 65.0%
DisassemblyOfReason 37 / 75 49.3%
elliepotten 15 / 30 ★ 50.0%
enemyanniemae 34 / 36 ★★★★★ 94.4%
Erratic_Charmer 6 / 30 20.0%
FAMeulstee 154 / 200 ★★★★ 77.0%
Familyhistorian 42 / 55 ★★★★ 76.4%
floremolla 37 / 60 ★★ 61.7%
funky_george 2 / 30 6.7%
fuzzi 36 / 100 36.0%
HelenBaker 33 / 48 ★★★ 68.8%
Helenoel 1 / 25 4.0%
Henrik_Madsen 19 / 40 47.5%
h-mb 18 / 40 45.0%
Jackie_K 42 / 48 ★★★★★ 87.5%
janoorani24 8 / 25 32.0%
johanna414 17 / 25 ★★★ 68.0%
kac522 16 / 40 40.0%
karenmarie 24 / 42 ★ 57.1%
kkunker 13 / 40 32.5%
kootibkiteer 2 / 10 20.0%
Kristelh 34 / 35 ★★★★★ 97.1%
LadyBookworth 13 / 24 ★ 54.2%
LadyoftheLodge 42 / 75 ★ 56.0%
lahochstetler 1 / 50 2.0%
LauraBrook 51 / 100 ★ 51.0%
leslie98 77 / 100 ★★★★ 77.0%
LibraryLover23 21 / 40 ★ 52.5%
lilisin 21 / 50 42.0%
lindapanzo 47 / 72 ★★ 65.3%
lkernagh 36 / 60 ★★ 60.0%
Lisa805 10 / 12 ★★★★★ 83.3%
LoraShouse 12 / 20 ★★ 60.0%
luvamystery65 11 / 40 27.5%
mabith 5 / 20 25.0%
madhatter22 14 / 60 23.3%
majkia★ 54 / 50 108.0%
mandymarie20 7 / 25 28.0%
martencat 15 / 30 ★ 50.0%
Miss_Moneypenny 17 / 60 28.3%
MissSos 10 / 20 ★ 50.0%
MissWatson 45 / 75 ★★ 60.0%
Montarville 6 / 12 ★ 50.0%
nancynova 18 / 75 24.0%
nebula21 29 / 35 ★★★★ 82.9%
Nickelini 12 / 20 ★★ 60.0%
novawalsh 4 / 30 13.3%
Quaisior 49 / 50 ★★★★★ 98.0%
quigui 3 / 12 25.0%
rabbitprincess 49 / 50 ★★★★★ 98.0%
rainpebble★ 31 / 24 129.2%
RavenHill 15 / 91 16.5%
readingtangent★ 47 / 46 102.2%
Rebeki 12 / 18 ★★★ 66.7%
Robertgreaves 56 / 78 ★★★ 71.8%
sallylou61 23 / 36 ★★ 63.9%
si 11 / 24 45.8%
sibyx 12 / 24 ★ 50.0%
Tanya-dogearedcopy 33 / 50 ★★ 66.0%
torontoc 14 / 30 46.7%
vestafan 24 / 50 48.0%

The non-particpating members have been moved to this separate section and our goal was reduced from 4,636 to 3,930.

anoplph0ra / 20
EEasyReaderII / 60
Heather19 / 50
JBarringer / 365
katayseb / 15
KWharton / 10
linda.newman / 25
okeres / 25
pageturner3 / 50
Quasifesto / 36
slategreyskies / 50
surtsey / 10

This month Ameise1 and rainpebble were joined by majkia and readiingtangent having reached their goals!

Next in line to join them are:

rabbitprincess 98.0%
Quaisior 98.0%
Kristelh 97.1%
enemyanniemae 94.4%

The goal for July is 2,293 We're back on track so let's keep it going!!!

Jul 1, 12:47pm Top

Woo hoo! Great job, us! Thanks for crunching all the numbers :D

Jul 1, 12:49pm Top

Yippee for being back on track!

Jul 1, 12:49pm Top

Great job, thanks so much. I've read 13 books so far. My number on the list isn't correct.

Jul 1, 6:44pm Top

Thanks once again Cheli for doing all the work, number crunching and setting up the threads etc. And yay for being back on track :)

Jul 1, 6:57pm Top

Met my goal with my first ROOT for July: The Complete Father Brown, by G.K. Chesterton. I've been reading this since February, so it's good to finally have it finished. All tickers have been updated.

Jul 1, 7:05pm Top

Good to see we're back on track.

Jul 1, 8:11pm Top

Jul 1, 10:25pm Top

>6 rabbitprincess: I've got this one on my TBR pile too.

Jul 2, 2:03am Top

I'm getting closer to halfway through my goal but bigger tome like books are coming up and I'm running out of little books to pad my numbers. But I haven't read any manga yet this year either which is what usually helps my ROOT goal. But I am super happy with my reading progress in terms of reading novels.

Jul 2, 3:02am Top

Congrats to everyone who has met their goal. Yay, I have four stars after my name and it looks like we are doing well getting closer to our goal. Good reading everyone!

Jul 2, 3:34pm Top

Yay for us!! Cheli, thanks for putting this all together.

Jul 2, 4:33pm Top

Well done one & all!
Thank you for all you do, Cheli.

Jul 3, 9:40am Top

Thanks from me too, Cheli.

I've just added my first for July (#43 for the year) to all tickers.

Jul 3, 5:54pm Top

I've added my second ROOT for July to all tickers: Who's There: The Biography of William Hartnell, by Jessica Carney.

All of my ROOTs (from this one on) will be donated to the group total.

Jul 4, 4:18am Top

No ROOTS finished in July, but two on the go.

Jul 5, 2:37am Top

Just finished Kanehara Hitomi's 蛇にピアス (Snakes and Earrings) which I read primarily in June but finished in July despite being such a short book (114 pages in Japanese version) since the World Cup took over my life. I need to try to finally gather my thoughts on this one even though I had already seen the movie two times before reading the book.

Jul 5, 5:32am Top

I've added my second for July (#44 overall) to all tickers. I'm not sure if I'll reach my target this month or not (4 more books to go), but if not I definitely will in August.

The book was an ER book which I absolutely loved - Devi Menon's graphic novel Amla Mater.

Jul 5, 8:44am Top

Way to go everyone! I'm glad we're back on track!

ROOT 1 complete for July (18 read for the year, 42 to go).

Lucky by Jackie Collins

All tickers updated!

Jul 5, 12:01pm Top

I am doing better this year than I expected and am surprised that I am 80% towards my goal. I have been making a conscience effort to read books from my own list rather than gathering new titles. I am also trying to finish up several series, so that I can start some new ones. I am now within three titles of finishing the Aurelo Zen series by Michael Dibdin and only have 1 title to read on two YA trilogies that I have started. Then I can start some new ones. The Brother Cadfael will be the first and the Mrs. Pollifax series are two I want to start this year.

Jul 5, 10:18pm Top

>20 benitastrnad: "trying to finish up several series, so that I can start some new ones"

Oh, to be so disciplined! I keep telling myself to do that but then I am tempted by a new series and can't help myself! Maybe that's why I have 200 series I follow and only 38 are finished or caught up! And I have the books for another 20 to start!!!

My only consolation is that I was told that I couldn't die until I finished all my books, so I'll live forever!

Edited: Jul 5, 11:28pm Top

I have the desire of >20 benitastrnad: but the discipline of >21 cyderry: when it comes to my manga (Japanese comics) series. There are just so many I want to read and they all look fabulous so I start a bunch but never finish them! And I tell myself I need to read more before I buy more but yesterday I went to the used book store and two series (sold in complete sets) I want are available so I'm thinking of purchasing them after work today. Let's just ignore the fact that by buying them it'll be adding 60 more books to my manga TBR pile!

Jul 6, 12:46am Top

>21 cyderry: >22 lilisin: I'm not sure who Warren Zevron is, but he said:

"We love to buy books because we believe we're buying the time to read them."

Jul 6, 11:18am Top

In my case I am getting close to retirement and I should have more time to read. When I do retire, I am going to do nothing except get up when I want to, go to bed when I want to, drink coffee and read books. I plan on knocking out a bunch of books during that time. After about 6 months of this I will decide what I want to do next.

Jul 7, 3:43pm Top

>24 benitastrnad: I felt that way when I retired in 2005. Since then I've read over 1400 books.
I read between 80 and 95 the first few years but when I joined LT at the end of 2008 my reading skyrocketed! Now I read around 120 each year! My biggest year was the first here at LT with 162 books read - the 999 challenge(9 books in 9 different categories - I completed a double).

Retirement is definitely a blessing when you need time to read books that have waited patiently for so long.

Jul 7, 11:41pm Top

I'm excited to see 3* by my name and I shifted the % ticker with my first read for the month, Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller.
I have spent most of the past week packing my books for re-carpeting then unpacking them all. The packing was easy but sorting back into alphabetic order, read and unread and then trying to fit them all back on to shelves has been a mission. It was lovely handling them all again and reminding myself of all the lovely books awaiting my attention though.

Jul 8, 7:40pm Top

Finished my 4th ROOT (Guards! Guards!), first for July (and first in months). All tickers updated

Jul 8, 8:47pm Top

I finished my first ROOT for July, The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny. Not sure how many ROOTs I will get to this month because library holds keep coming in. That hold button is just so easy to click but why do the books all come at once?

Jul 8, 9:08pm Top

Added my third ROOT of July to all tickers: Captains Courageous, by Rudyard Kipling, which I read as a public-domain ebook.

Edited: Jul 10, 2:55pm Top

Reporting book # 31 for the year, # 1 for July

Updating all tickers.

Jul 11, 4:16am Top

#2 for the month, The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster. I am going to allow myself my monthly library book before tackling the month's challenges.

Jul 11, 5:09am Top

I'm back from my holiday with one ROOT under my belt. I fully intend to go back to serious ROOTing, but I bought all those lovely new ones, so may have to settle for ROOT prevention reading in July...

Jul 11, 1:22pm Top

#15 ROOT and first for July- review on my thread and no tickers updated

Jul 11, 2:57pm Top

I've just added #45 for the year (#3 for July) to all tickers.

Edited: Jul 11, 10:51pm Top

I finished my first ROOT of the month. I listened to Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan. This one was the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for biography/autobiography. So often these big prize winners are a disappointment. This one wasn’t. I really liked it.

Jul 12, 2:23pm Top

And that's #46 for the year (#4 for July) also added to all tickers. I'm afraid I abandoned it rather than finishing it, but at least it's over with!

Jul 13, 6:20pm Top

Added my third surplus ROOT to all tickers: Castrovalva, by Christopher H. Bidmead.

Edited: Jul 14, 12:50pm Top

#16 and second ROOT of the month- again review is on my thread and no tickers updated

Jul 13, 8:30pm Top

Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Norton Critical Editions) (Third Edition)

First for July, 42/75 ... making enough progress that I should be able to keep my star, but I've got work to do

Jul 14, 3:43pm Top

>24 benitastrnad: I retired from full time work in January 2017, and love every minute of it. More time to do all the things I love, such as travel with my sweetie, drink coffee, go to the bookstore or movies any time I want, and of course read! Sometimes I disappear into my home bookshelves and just mess around with the books, pick them up and read a few pages, just reminding myself of all the great books I have in there.

Edited: Jul 14, 3:45pm Top

Just finished my second ROOT for July after returning from Alaska, and well on the way to number 3. I am happy with my progress, since I am at 56% done and got a late start. The Hundred Gifts by Jennifer Scott
Tickers updated

Jul 14, 4:17pm Top

I have finished a couple of ROOTs - my thread is not updated but all tickers have been.

Edited: Jul 14, 7:58pm Top

I finished a short book of essays that I have had on my shelf for a little over a year. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman was a fun read and full of great things to say about books and the art of reading. I will be looking for more of her books

Jul 15, 12:32am Top

Congratulations to those who have reached their goals already! And everybody else - keep up the good work. You can do it.

I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.

Jul 15, 8:17pm Top

Just finished Out to Pasture but not over the hill by Effie Wilder presents a look at life in a retirement community--humorous but also poignant, not in any way demeaning to the senior citizens.

Jul 16, 1:09pm Top

ROOTs 2 and 3 complete for July (20 read for the year, 40 to go).

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan

All tickers updated!

Jul 16, 6:50pm Top

Apologies for encouraging acquisitions :) but here's a promotion during Amazon's prime day (today and tomorrow). I used it in the US; not sure if other countries have different codes.

Jul 16, 8:56pm Top

Just added another ROOT to all tickers: The Man in the Yellow Raft, by C.S. Forester.

Jul 17, 12:32am Top

>47 detailmuse: whew - I can avoid this one since I'm trying to stick to e-books or audis only in my acquisitions.

Jul 19, 8:33am Top

#17 and third ROOT of the month- review is on my thread and no tickers updated.

Jul 19, 2:49pm Top

Finished my second ROOT for the month, Echoes in Death which is the 44th book in the "In Death" series and my 44th ROOT out of 55.

Jul 20, 10:25am Top

#18 and fourth ROOT of the month- review on my thread and no tickers updated

Jul 20, 6:52pm Top

>49 cyderry: Me too! The only problem is that since they don't take up physical space, it's easy to not realize how many I acquire - when I started keeping track last year, I was shocked by the number!!

Jul 21, 11:13am Top

Finished another ROOT: Witness the Dead, by Craig Robertson. All tickers updated.

Edited: Jul 21, 9:13pm Top

I finished up a series! Yeah!! Well, at least until the author decides to write more about this universe. Revenant Gun is the third and final in the Machineries of Empire series by Yoon Ha Lee. I will say two things about this author - he writes a heck of a battle scene, and he threw some plot twists into this one that I didn’t see coming. The result was a very satisfying end to this trilogy.

Jul 21, 11:33pm Top

BIG SCARE these past few days - my computer was hacked and I lost a bunch of computer files but fortunately I did not lose my big book file that holds all the ROOT data for the calculations I do at the end of the month.

Why do people have to be so mean?

Jul 22, 3:28am Top

>57 cyderry: I'm so sorry to hear that your computer got hacked.

Jul 22, 6:27am Top

>59 Robertgreaves: Glad the ROOTs are safe. Hopefully nothing even more important was emperilled and that all your personal info is safe.

Edited: Jul 25, 4:39pm Top

>54 leslie.98: I soooo get that about ebooks. They seem to disappear on my Kindle because I have so many, and they are so inexpensive that they are easy to buy. I used to think nothing of paying more than $20 for a hardback book.

Just finished Death of a Greedy Woman and A Crossworder's Holiday tickers are up to date!

Jul 24, 8:29pm Top

>54 leslie.98: >60 LadyoftheLodge: My problem with e-books is that I don't necessarily buy a single title at a time. I'm addicted to those Delphi Complete Classics editions, which means the complete (public domain) works of an author in a single e-book file! Try that for, say, dear old Henry James.

Jul 24, 9:33pm Top

>61 CurrerBell: Buying those complete works versions is a very good way of making sure I never actually read them. Even omnibus volumes and box sets of 3 or 4 novels tend to get left at the bottom of the heap.

Jul 24, 10:23pm Top

Mark Twain: Mississippi Writings: Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, Huckleberry Finn, Pudd'nhead Wilson (Library of America)

3d for July, 44/75. Just barely short of keeping a STAR, so I'll have to get one more ROOT read by the end of the month!

Jul 25, 2:02pm Top

>57 cyderry: Sorry to hear about your computer being hacked, Cheli. I don't understand the mentality behind those actions either. I hope you didn't loose anything of great value.

I added another book for my 3rd ROOT of the month. The ROOTs are going slowly this month because of library holds. SPQR is one and it is a door stopper!

Jul 25, 9:26pm Top

I finished reading Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea while on vacation, which makes one tome down this year as I've been reading mostly short books. I'm also 200 pages into a 900 page nonfiction tome that is really interesting but really great for taking little naps every 10 pages so it's making it a bit of a slow read and now that I'm back from vacation my progress will slow down rather than speed up.

Edited: Jul 26, 9:42pm Top

Just completed Over What Hill? by Effie Leland Wilder, the second in the series that began with Out to Pasture. The books are written in diary form, and tell about the daily interactions and humorous yet poignant happenings at a retirement home in the South. 4.5 stars, tickers updated!

Jul 27, 8:20pm Top

I finished 2 ROOTs that were actual 'dead tree' books - Saint Martin's Summer by Raphael Sabatini and Abracadaver by Peter Lovesey.

Just a fun piece of personal information about the Sabatini book - I have owned this since 2009 when my parents moved but it has been in my family since 1924! My mother's uncle owned 6-7 of Sabatini's books (and some other great adventure stories) which passed to her and then onto me.

Jul 28, 12:43am Top

Mary Ellen Chase, Sailing the Seven Seas, a childrens' history of current-day interest to the Chase aficionado as a novelist but dated (as to political correctness) for contemporary childrens' reading. It's part of an extensive series of childrens' histories which includes two other Chase books which, like Sailing the Seven Seas, fit into a nautical theme for this month's Reading Through Time challenge.

4th for July, 45/75 ... and I keep my star!

Edited: Jul 29, 12:38pm Top

I read Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini a few years ago and enjoyed it. I thought of it as a great Errol Flynn movie and was glad to have read the book. Now I know where the cliches come from!

Edited: Jul 29, 12:41pm Top

I brought another series up-to-date this month. I read Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker. This brings me up-tp date with the Arcadia Project series

Edited: Jul 29, 12:46pm Top

I finished my second series this month! Woot! Woot! I listened to the third and final installment in the Illuminae Files. The third book in the series is titled Obsidio and it was just as much of a thrill ride as the previous two titles in the series by the writing duo of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This is a great Sci/Fi space opera action series. The recorded version was outstanding. I would recommend this series to anybody.

Jul 30, 2:50am Top

4 ROOTs for the month of July, bringing my total to 38. Updating my personal ticker and will be returning to my books soon thereafter. Keep reading, everyone!

Jul 30, 9:39am Top

21 ROOTs for July, making a total of 175 of 200, group tickers updated.

Edited: Jul 30, 10:20am Top

Just finished Unless by Carol Shields. I think this is number 3 for july and also puts me at 37 books for the year. 2 over my goal. Oh, and I’ve owned Unless since at least 2016.

Jul 30, 11:52am Top

I've been on holiday and other than finishing my library book I've done very little reading, and won't get another ROOT finished before the end of tomorrow. So my total remains at 4 for July and 46 for the year - I should hopefully reach my target in August, only 2 books to go!

Jul 30, 7:55pm Top

Here is my report for July 2018:

UpROOTED books: 8
ROOTless books: 8
Added to the TBR shelves: 0

The ROOTs were:

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman
Aristocrats by Stella Tillyard
Sleeping Angel by Greg Herren
Sins of the Fathers by Ruth Rendell
Rivals of the Republic by Annelise Freisenbruch
Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction by Quentin Skinner
Videssos Cycle: Volume One by Harry Turtledove
The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker

ROOTs in YTD: 64

Tickers have been updated but hopefully not harmed in the making of this report.

Jul 31, 3:44am Top

Only 3 this month done. Personal ticker updated only.

Happy reading all!

Jul 31, 7:05am Top

I have managed four ROOTs in all. My own ticker is up-to-date. Too many summer activities.

Jul 31, 12:12pm Top

I had a great month. I read and listened to 6 books. No ticker's updated.

Edited: Jul 31, 1:53pm Top

I listened to two books this month.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan. This book won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography back in 2016 and even though it took me some time to become accustomed to the authors laconic narration it was a very interesting book and I am glad I read/listened to it.

I also listened to Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - this was a bang up action filled ending to the Illuminae Files series.

Jul 31, 1:53pm Top

I finished two series this month.

I read the third in the Machineries of Empire series Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee, and finished the Illuminae Files series with Obsidio.

I also caught up on the Arcadia Project series by reading the latest one Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker.

Jul 31, 1:55pm Top

I read two nonfiction titles this month.

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman and Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King. Both were good nonfiction reading and I recommend them even though they were about two different arts. The first was about reading and writing and the second was about the painting of the giant garden paintings done by Monet in the last decade of his life.

Jul 31, 3:19pm Top

Hello! I'm sorry I fell off the LT planet... but I haven't stopped reading :) I have updated my personal tickers .. I think I'll even see some stars next to my name next month :)
Hope everyone's having a lovely reading summer!

Jul 31, 3:26pm Top

Reporting two ROOTs completed and rather more non-ROOTs read. Only my personal ticker updated

Jul 31, 7:13pm Top

>83 avanders: *waves* HELLO!!! :D

Checking in to report that my ticker is up to date. I read 6 ROOTs this month and am now at 55 total (five over goal, whee!).

Jul 31, 7:21pm Top

I managed to slip in my first manga of the year right before midnight. I've only been reading novels this year which has been fantastic but it would also be neat if this lead to a bit of a manga reading splurge.

Edited: Jul 31, 8:49pm Top

I read 5 this month and have just added them to the ticker.

Jul 31, 10:13pm Top

Three by Mary Ellen Chase...Quick-read children's books from the late 1950s and early 1960s which will only be of interest to Chase aficionados, but I've been meaning to get to them for ages and this month they've satisfied the "Nautical" theme of the Reading Through Time group as well.

This brings me to a total of 6 for July and keeps my star with 47/75.

Aug 1, 12:26am Top

I snuck in another ROOT today, The Blackhouse was really good and was my 5th ROOT for the month for 47/55.

Aug 1, 8:36am Top

I finished one last ROOT for the month yesterday - my ticker is updated but not the group ones...

Edited: Aug 1, 3:43pm Top

Bad month for me with only 9 books read but they were all ROOTs!

Working on numbers.

Aug 1, 7:31pm Top

Finished one more last night, ticker updated.

Aug 1, 10:03pm Top

i did read one more root that I finished 7/31/18. I will add it to my ticker.

Aug 2, 10:59am Top

August thread is up!


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