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OCTOBER ROOT - Progress Thread


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Edited: Oct 3, 3:16pm 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 September.
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 44 / 65 67.7%
Ameise1★ 20 / 10 200.0%
avanders 21 / 24 ★★ 87.5%
avidmom 8 / 10 ★ 80.0%
Benita★ 59 / 50 118.0%
benuathanasia 145 / 200 72.5%
bragan 74 / 100 74.0%
brakketh 19 / 40 47.5%
brewergirl 27 / 30 ★★ 90.0%
Britt84 45 / 60 ★ 75.0%
Caramellunacy 4 / 12 33.3%
clue★ 31 / 30 103.3%
Coach_of_Alva 31 / 50 62.0%
connie53★ 43 / 36 119.4%
crazy4reading 6 / 30 20.0%
CurrerBell 57 / 75 ★ 76.0%
cyderry★ 82 / 72 113.9%
DeborahJade 6 / 50 12.0%
deep220 49 / 75 65.3%
deern 11 / 24 45.8%
detailmuse 34 / 40 ★★ 85.0%
DisassemblyOfReason 44 / 75 58.7%
eicuthbertson 17 / 25 68.0%
elliepotten 26 / 30 ★★ 86.7%
enemyanniemae★ 45 / 36 125.0%
Erratic_Charmer★ 32 / 30 106.7%
FAMeulstee★ 226 / 200 113.0%
Familyhistorian★ 60 / 55 109%
floremolla 41 / 60 68.3%
funky_george 2 / 30 6.7%
fuzzi 59 / 100 59.0%
HelenBaker 47 / 48 ★★★ 97.9%
Helenoel 1 / 25 4.0%
Henrik_Madsen 30 / 40 ★ 75.0%
h-mb 19 / 40 47.5%
Jackie_K★ 56 / 48 116.7%
janoorani24 8 / 25 32.0%
johanna414 23 / 25 ★★★ 92.0%
kac522 20 / 40 50.0%
karenmarie 29 / 42 69.0%
kkunker 13 / 40 32.5%
kootibkiteer 2 / 10 20.0%
Kristelh★ 48 / 35 137.1%
LadyBookworth 19 / 24 79.2%
LadyoftheLodge 72 / 75 ★★★ 96.0%
lahochstetler 1 / 50 2.0%
LauraBrook★ 125 / 100 125.0%
leslie98★ 105 / 100 105.0%
LibraryLover23 28 / 40 70.0%
lilisin 47 / 50 ★★★ 94.0%
lindapanzo 66 / 72 ★★★ 91.7%
lkernagh 56 / 60 ★★★ 93.3%
Lisa805 11 / 12 ★★★ 91.7%
LoraShouse 18 / 20 ★★ 90.0%
luvamystery65 12 / 40 30.0%
mabith 6 / 20 30.0%
madhatter22 21 / 60 35.0%
majkia★ 76 / 50 152.0%
mandymarie20 7 / 25 28.0%
martencat 24 / 30 ★ 80.0%
Miss_Moneypenny 20 / 60 33.3%
MissSos 17 / 20 ★★ 85.0%
MissWatson 69 / 75 ★★★ 92.0%
Montarville 7 / 12 58.3%
nancynova 18 / 75 24.0%
nebula21 33 / 35 ★★★ 94.3%
Nickelini 17 / 20 ★★ 85.0%
novawalsh 4 / 30 13.3%
Quaisior★ 55 / 50 110.0%
quigui 10 / 12 ★★ 83.3%
rabbitprincess★ 75 / 50 150.0%
rainpebble★ 52 / 24 216.7%
RavenHill 21 / 40 52.5%
readingtangent★ 50 / 46 108.7%
Rebeki★ 18 / 18 100.0%
Robertgreaves★ 78 / 78 100.0%
sallylou61 33 / 36 ★★★ 91.7%
si 19 / 24 ★ 79.2%
sibyx 14 / 24 58.3%
Tanya-dogearedcopy 40 / 50 ★ 80.0%
torontoc 26 / 30 ★★ 86.7%
vestafan 35 / 50 70.0%

The non-participating 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

Ameise1, rainpebble, majkia, readiingtangent, enemyanniemae, Quaisior, rabbitprincess, Kristelh, Benita, connie53, Erratic_Charmer, FAMeulstee, Jackie_K, and LauraBrook were joined by cyderry, leslie98, clue, Reebeki, Familyhistorian and Robertgreaves having reached their goals!

Next in line to join them are:

HelenBaker 97.9%

LadyoftheLodge 96.0%

The goal for October is 3,253 We need only 178 books to stay on target.

Edited: Oct 1, 11:40pm Top

Questions for you all to answer:

Vote: Should those people who set a goal at the beginning of the year but have not reached 25% and have had no activity in the last 3 months continue to be counted?

Current tally: Yes 3, No 25, Undecided 4
ETA - I would remove the people to a separate list sol that they could be re added if they started up again.

Oct 1, 6:41pm Top

Vote: Do we want to ROOT again next year?

Current tally: Yes 37, No 0

Oct 1, 7:53pm Top

I voted for them not to be counted, but they should be moved to the non participating list so that they have the option of being revived.

Edited: Oct 1, 8:03pm Top

Hi Cheli, I met and surpassed my goal in September but forgot to update my ticker. I am at 60 out of 55. The ticker is now updated.

Oct 1, 8:02pm Top

I voted undecided. I am new to ROOTS. Do people come back or is it that in the beginning people are excited to join but then fall by the way side never to grow into a tree? If the historical facts are they don't come back, then just dispose of them but keeping a list in case they return is good too.

Oct 1, 8:24pm Top

I happened to see this today and tried to update. I fell off most LT tracking with heath issues in the winter, I’ve been reading, but not spending much time talking about it. I guess I would not have been upset if I had been moved, but am glad I got back in befor it happened. So I guess I vote no.

Oct 1, 8:46pm Top

I prefer the idea of moving inactive participants to a separate list, with the option to re-activate them if they return to posting.

And heck yes I will be here again next year :)

Oct 1, 8:47pm Top

Just added a ROOT that I didn't manage to add to the tickers in time for the end of September: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, by David Hume, which I read off Project Gutenberg.

Edited: Oct 1, 10:35pm Top

>3 cyderry: I would definitely like to have ROOTs again next year. Are you willing to administer it again? You do a wonderful job with it.

>2 cyderry: I agree with not counting them, but keeping them on a non-participating list in case any come back.

Thanks for conducting the vote.

Edited: Oct 1, 11:42pm Top

>10 sallylou61: I am perfectly willing to take care of administering next year. I have one small problem. My husband and I are taking a 2 week trip to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary and my 65th birthday. We will be leaving the end of May and returning the middle of June so I would either have to setup the June thread a few days early or a few weeks late or we could have a combined May/June thread.

Oct 2, 12:03am Top

>11 cyderry: I would prefer either a late thread or a combined thread - whatever works better for you

Oct 2, 12:11am Top

Hi cyderry, wow, big year next year!
I vote for the May/June combined thread.
ps thanks for that you do!!!

Oct 2, 12:39am Top

I would vote for a combined thread too. And ROOTing next year is not even a question, YES. And No to the continuing of dormant members, but a separate thread for them.

Oct 2, 6:47am Top

Combining May & June should work perfectly well.

Would you have a theme for the year based on a group of eleven?

Ocean's Eleven? Shakespeare's tragedies?

Edited: Oct 2, 12:57pm Top

>11 cyderry: Would a combined May/June thread work better for you? I'm fine with whichever works better for you.

Congratulations well ahead of time on your two big events next year.

Oct 2, 4:45pm Top

I can go with either too but like others it sounds like the combined might be easier for you.

Oct 2, 4:49pm Top

I'm happy to go with whatever's easiest for you too. I have a slight preference for a combined thread, but I wouldn't be dead set on it.

Congratulations in advance for your year of big occasions!

Oct 2, 5:30pm Top

Combining May and June would be the easiest for me - I wouldn't have to rush before I leave on my trip and I wouldn't feel guilty about being late when I get back.

As for theme, I haven't had a chance to think about it much, but we'll see what we can surprise you with.

Oct 3, 2:37am Top

So far this month,2 books have been read.
Personal ticker only updated.

Oct 3, 12:44pm Top

>11 cyderry: I'm fine with whatever works best for you, Chèli.

Oct 3, 1:38pm Top

Whatever makes it easier for you, Cheli. We appreciate all that you do.

I am not sure if you saw my post that I met my goal in September but forgot to update my ticker? As of the end of September I read 60 ROOTs and my goal was to read 55.

Oct 3, 5:47pm Top

>11 cyderry: & >19 cyderry: Combining is fine with me - as others have said, whatever is easiest for you. And congratulations in advance on your 45th anniversary! Having a combined anniversary/birthday trip sounds wonderful.

And my thanks for all your work and time on this group!

Oct 3, 5:50pm Top

I have added 2 more ROOTS. One I actually finished in September but hadn't gotten around to updating here (no need to change my stats though as I am already past my goal).

My thread and all tickers have been updated.

Edited: Oct 3, 6:12pm Top

My first ROOT for October is Tales from Watership Down, by Richard Adams. All tickers updated.

Oct 4, 7:03pm Top

I will ROOT again next year.

A combined thread for May/June works for me.

Oct 5, 11:58pm Top

I'll be ROOTing again next year, and I'm happy with whatever works for you, Cheli.

Three for a Muriel Spark centenary read-a-thon: A Far Cry from Kensington, Symposium, and Reality and Dreams.

First 3 for this month, 60/75. Making good progress and on track for keeping my star.

Oct 6, 3:27am Top

I have been so busy with grandchildren over the school holidays, I forgot to post that I had reached my goal with The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud. 48/48 However the uprooting needs to continue as I have way more books than I started the year with. I will endeavour to remedy this over the rest of this year.

Oct 6, 7:36pm Top

I've declared A Bridge Too Far, by Cornelius Ryan, my second ROOT of October. I haven't picked it up in months and am not feeling the urge to pick it up again. All tickers updated.

Oct 7, 12:47am Top

A quick comic-strip read: G.B. Trudeau, YUGE! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump

4th for October, 61/75

Oct 7, 3:15am Top

>28 HelenBaker: Congrats, Helen!

Oct 7, 8:59am Top

>28 HelenBaker: Well done on meeting your goal!

I've added my first ROOT for October (#57 for the year) to all tickers, and had the satisfaction of seeing the % shift from 78.9 to 79 - I love it when that happens!

Oct 7, 1:44pm Top

Reporting ROOT # 44 for the year, # 1 for October

Het restaurant aan het eind van het heelal by Douglas Adams

Tickers updated.

Oct 8, 10:11am Top

I finished my first ROOT for October. Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia by Chris Stewart. This was a memoir of the first 5 years Stewart and his wife owned and operated a small sheep farm just south of Granada Spain. Stewart was one of the founding members of the rock band Genius. He left the band and became a certified sheep shearer and then found this small run down farm in Andalusia. He purchased it and spent the first summer starting on its rehabilitation. After the first 6 months his wife moved and they stayed, eventually starting a flock of sheep and a family. The reviews of this one were really good, but I found the book to be mostly average. However, I learned much about the rural life in this area of Spain where modernization has been slow to happen and people are leaving the small villages in droves to move to the cities where they can have a better standard of living. The simple life is good, but electricity and running water are really nice. I like reading this kind of travel memoir so all-in-all, it was a good way to end the evenings.

Oct 8, 11:47am Top

Just added a delightful audio ROOT to all tickers: Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, read by Peter Capaldi.

Oct 9, 11:45am Top

Just finished my 25th ROOT out of 25! I updated my personal ticker but left the group one alone. I've met my goal, but plan to keep reading ROOTs so I'll just be helping to boost the group number at this point.

Oct 9, 7:59pm Top

Well done, Johanna. Congratulations.

Oct 9, 8:26pm Top

I'm good with whatever works best for cyderry.

And I want to keep ROOTing! I picked a large goal this year, and hope that I will make it even though I'm behind at this time.

Oct 9, 9:17pm Top

>36 johanna414: Congratulations!

Oct 10, 4:17am Top

I finished a book but now the one I'm reading is putting me over my Japanese reading level comfort level so I have to decide if I push through -- which will slow me down -- or abandon it until my reading level goes up. But I really like the concept of this book so for now I'm pushing but it's very slow going.

Edited: Oct 11, 1:37pm Top

Reporting ROOT # 45 for the year, # 2 for October

Drakenzoon by Margaret Weis

Tickers updated.

Congrats, Johanna!!

Oct 11, 7:30pm Top

Added two ROOTs to all tickers.

One I finished yesterday: 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, by James Shapiro
One I am giving away unread: Ten Days in Summer, by Susan Calder

Oct 12, 12:37pm Top

I finished my second ROOT for October. Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan. I listened to this one on my daily commute and for some reason my mind would wander while listening to it. This one was narrated by the author. He has a soft tone of voice and that may have been the reason why it was easy to tune it out. But I learned lots and my hardcopy at home had lots of sticky notes sticking out the side of the book when I finished.

Oct 13, 2:22am Top

Another root for the group total, Longbourn by Jo Baker. This was an enjoyable historical fiction novel based on the downstairs staff of Pride and Prejudice.

Oct 13, 10:56am Top

Just went over my target of 75 ROOTs! Yippee! Here is what I read:
Teacher, Teacher by Jack Sheffield
Tiny Tilda's Pumpkin Pie by Susan Kantor
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz

As you see from my list, I decided to read some seasonal books. Great fun, Charlie Brown!
Ticker updated!

Oct 13, 1:19pm Top

I've added another ROOT to all tickers: Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy, which I read as a public-domain ebook.

Oct 15, 12:30pm Top

Just two more til I reach my ROOTs goal for the year!!

Oct 15, 2:58pm Top

Keeping my star with E.B. White's One Man's Meat, a collection of essays from the pre-war to early WW2 era originally published in Harper's (with a couple or three in The New Yorker). White is best known as the creator of Stuart Little and the co-author (with William Strunk) of The Elements of Style.

6th for October, 63/75

Oct 15, 9:45pm Top

>44 HelenBaker: Longbourn was recommended to me here at LT, and I recall thoroughly enjoying it.

I also love Millions of Cats, bought a copy for my granddaughter.

Three more ROOTs so far in October, personal ticker updated.

Oct 16, 3:27am Top

Another one for the group total The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis.

Oct 16, 11:24am Top

#27 ROOT and first for Oct- no tickers updated and the review is on my thread.

Edited: Oct 16, 1:10pm Top

Just finished Malice at the Palace:A Royal Spyness Mystery by Rhys Bowen, which has been on my TBR for awhile.

Oct 16, 7:49pm Top

I had a little bit of a road trip over the weekend and so finished listening to another ROOT. Little French Bistro by Nina George was a great way to pass the miles. For a bonus, there was a great deal in it about Brittany and Breton culture. Especially about some folk tales. The narrator was good on this recorded version, so I would recommend it for people who need something to listen to while they drive.

Edited: Oct 16, 8:54pm Top

Finished another ROOT yesterday: McNally's Chance, by Vincent Lardo instead of Lawrence Sanders (Lardo continued the series after Sanders died). All tickers updated.

Oct 16, 11:34pm Top

I just realized that I missed my 10 year anniversary with LibraryThing! It happened last week - guess I was busy reading!

Oct 17, 4:08am Top

Happy Belated Thingaversary, Chèli! I hope it was a good book.

Oct 17, 4:13am Top

I completed my 50 books and manga read goal and should be reading more still this year so am hoping to boost our ROOT numbers. Although I hadn't realized I had already completed my goal I was already starting to reade more difficult books which is certainly slowing me down now. Do hope to fit in a few more Japanese language novels before the end of the year though especially as the English books on my TBR pile right now aren't calling to me at all.

Oct 18, 1:49pm Top

The Golden Compass Graphic Novel

7th for October, 64/75

Yesterday, 11:45am Top

ROOT #2 for October (#58 for the year), Asterix in Britain, added to all tickers.

Yesterday, 1:10pm Top

Yesterday, 1:29pm Top

One to go, for me!!


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