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JULY ROOT - Progress Thread

This is a continuation of the topic MAY/JUNE ROOT - Progress Thread.


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Jul 1, 2:08pm Top


Password is ROOTS

The month of July has several DESSERT food related days - National Pecan Pie day, National Creme Brûlée Day, National Ice Cream Day, National Cheesecake Day, National Apple Turnover Day, and National Blueberry Muffins Day just to name a few for the US.Making a decision difficult to say the least. But what about Internationally? Well, I found that July has been declared International Ice Cream month by the International Dairy Foods Association. And what's better on a hot, hot afternoon than ice Cream!

Ice cream can come in dozens of flavors, single flavored or a mixture, soft served, rolled, hard packed, even fried! You can get Ice Cream, frozen yogurt, gelato, sorbet, or sherbet, You can serve it in a bowl or a cone or a float or a bar, you can even get Ice cream in a cake form! It can be topped with nuts or sprinkles or syrup or candies or fruit or a combination of all. I wouldn't be surprise if somewhere people didn't top it with bacon bits!

The History of Ice Cream according to the International Dairy Foods Association
The Evolution of Ice Cream
Ice cream's origins are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C., although no specific date of origin nor inventor has been undisputably credited with its discovery. We know that Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar. Biblical references also show that King Solomon was fond of iced drinks during harvesting. During the Roman Empire, Nero Claudius Caesar (A.D. 54-86) frequently sent runners into the mountains for snow, which was then flavored with fruits and juices.

Over a thousand years later, Marco Polo returned to Italy from the Far East with a recipe that closely resembled what is now called sherbet. Historians estimate that this recipe evolved into ice cream sometime in the 16th century. England seems to have discovered ice cream at the same time, or perhaps even earlier than the Italians. "Cream Ice," as it was called, appeared regularly at the table of Charles I during the 17th century. France was introduced to similar frozen desserts in 1553 by the Italian Catherine de Medici when she became the wife of Henry II of France. It wasn't until 1660 that ice cream was made available to the general public. The Sicilian Procopio introduced a recipe blending milk, cream, butter and eggs at Café Procope, the first café in Paris.

Ice Cream for America
The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. The first advertisement for ice cream in this country appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available "almost every day." Records kept by a Chatham Street, New York, merchant show that President George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790. Inventory records of Mount Vernon taken after Washington's death revealed "two pewter ice cream pots." President Thomas Jefferson was said to have a favorite 18-step recipe for an ice cream delicacy that resembled a modern-day Baked Alaska. . In 1813, Dolly Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison's second inaugural banquet at the White House.

Until 1800, ice cream remained a rare and exotic dessert enjoyed mostly by the elite. Around 1800, insulated ice houses were invented. Manufacturing ice cream soon became an industry in America, pioneered in 1851 by a Baltimore milk dealer named Jacob Fussell. Like other American industries, ice cream production increased because of technological innovations, including steam power, mechanical refrigeration, the homogenizer, electric power and motors, packing machines, and new freezing processes and equipment. In addition, motorized delivery vehicles dramatically changed the industry. Due to ongoing technological advances, today's total frozen dairy annual production in the United States is more than 1.6 billion gallons.

Wide availability of ice cream in the late 19th century led to new creations. In 1874, the American soda fountain shop and the profession of the "soda jerk" emerged with the invention of the ice cream soda. In response to religious criticism for eating "sinfully" rich ice cream sodas on Sundays, ice cream merchants left out the carbonated water and invented the ice cream "Sunday" in the late 1890's. The name was eventually changed to "sundae" to remove any connection with the Sabbath.

Ice cream became an edible morale symbol during World War II. Each branch of the military tried to outdo the others in serving ice cream to its troops. In 1945, the first "floating ice cream parlor" was built for sailors in the western Pacific. When the war ended, and dairy product rationing was lifted, America celebrated its victory with ice cream. Americans consumed over 20 quarts of ice cream per person in 1946.

In the 1940s through the ‘70s, ice cream production was relatively constant in the United States. As more prepackaged ice cream was sold through supermarkets, traditional ice cream parlors and soda fountains started to disappear. Now, specialty ice cream stores and unique restaurants that feature ice cream dishes have surged in popularity. These stores and restaurants are popular with those who remember the ice cream shops and soda fountains of days past, as well as with new generations of ice cream fans.

So the dessert of the month is ICE CREAM! What's your favorite flavor and topping?

we're doing great! we are ahead of schedule, but we can't slough off during these hot summer months. So find a cool spot in the shade and read those ROOTS!

The goal for July is 1,975.

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.

Ameise1★ 16 / 10 160.0%
BENITA 45 / 55 ★★★★ 81.8%
bragan 43 / 80 ★ 53.8%
brakketh 5 / 30 16.7%
brewergirl 1 / 30 3.3%
Caramellunacy 5 / 12 41.7%
ChelleBearss 11 / 30 36.7%
clue 21 / 30 ★★★ 70.0%
Coach_of_Alva 33 / 75 44.0%
connie53 28 / 36 ★★★★ 77.8%
crazy4reading 9 / 38 23.7%
curioussquared 19 / 50 38.0%
CurrerBell 29 / 100 29.0%
cyderry 72 / 84 ★★★★★ 85.7%
detailmuse 25 / 44 ★ 56.8%
DisassemblyOfReason 50 / 75 ★★★ 66.7%
Donna828 2 / 30 6.7%
enemyanniemae 34 / 50 ★★★ 68.0%
Erratic_Charmer★ 38 / 30 126.7%
eshaw27 0 / 35 0
FAMeulstee 90 / 150 ★★ 60.0%
Familyhistorian 47 / 65 ★★★ 72.3%
floremolla 19 / 60 31.7%
fuzzi★ 102 / 100 102.0%
HelenBaker 25 / 54 46.3%
Henrik_Madsen 26 / 40 ★★ 65.0%
h-mb 6 / 20 30.0%
Jackie_K 34 / 48 ★★★ 70.8%
janoorani24 7 / 25 28.0%
johanna414 13 / 25 ★ 52.0%
kac522 19 / 40 47.5%
karenmarie 31 / 45 ★★★ 68.9%
Kristelh 26 / 50 ★ 52.0%
KWharton 3 / 14 21.4%
LadyBookworth★ 12 / 12 100.0%
LadyoftheLodge 70 / 100 ★★★ 70.0%
LauraBrook 33 / 100 33.0%
leslie.98 34 / 100 34.0%
lilisin 36 / 50 ★★★ 72.0%
lindapanzo 26 / 36 ★★★ 72.2%
lkernagh 12 / 45 26.7%
LoraShouse 10 / 20 ★ 50.0%
Lori76 0 / 65 0.0%
madhatter22 10 / 60 16.7%
Majkia★ 54 / 50 108.0%
mandymarie20 4 / 10 40.0%
martencat 10 / 27 37.0%
midnightbex 6 / 50 12.0%
Miss_Moneypenny 38 / 50 ★★★★ 76.0%
MissSos 9 / 25 36.0%
MissWatson 41 / 75 ★ 54.7%
mkunruh 16 / 50 32.0%
nebula21 23 / 35 ★★ 65.7%
Nickelini 14 / 20 ★★★ 70.0%
nrmay 11 / 50 22.0%
originalslicey 0 / 38 0.0%
Quaisior 10 / 50 20.0%
quiqui 7 / 24 29.2%
rabbitprincess 46 / 60 ★★★★ 76.7%
rainpebble★ 70 / 50 140.0%
readingtangent 26 / 48 ★ 54.2%
Rebeki 14 / 24 ★★ 58.3%
Robertgreaves 57 / 84 ★★★ 67.9%
rocketjk 16 / 20 ★★★★ 80.0%
sallylou61 30 / 48 ★★ 62.5%
seascape 0 / 50 0.0%
si 10 / 16 ★★ 62.5%
sovay 2 / 30 6.7%
Tanya-dogearedcopy 19 / 25 ★★★★ 76.0%
the_traveler 3 / 12 25.0%
torontoc 15 / 30 ★ 50.0%
vestafan 29 / 50 ★ 58.0%
wandaly 4 / 16 25.0%
zaydah09 0 / 20 0.0%

LadyBookWorth, rainpebble, Erratic_Charmer and Ameise1 have reached their goal and are joined by fuzzi and Majkia

Next in line to join them are:

cyderry 85.7%
rocketjk 80.0%
connie53 77.8%
rabbitprincess 76.7%
Tanya-dogearedcopy 76.0%
Miss_Moneypenny 76.0%

Keep cool but read those ROOTS!!!

Jul 1, 2:15pm Top

Thanks for setting up the new thread, Chèli! I'm going to go have a bowl of ice cream now ;)

Jul 1, 2:19pm Top

My favorite ice cream dessert is Butter pecan ice cream topped with chopped cashews and butterscotch sauce.... yum, yum!

Jul 1, 5:02pm Top

oh man. ice cream!

Jul 1, 7:16pm Top

Thanks Cheli. Love this month's desert!

Jul 1, 7:43pm Top

You know, I might just have to get some gelato in honour of the occasion.

Jul 2, 4:03am Top

Ice cream, yay! How appropriate for a July that is promising to be hot!

Jul 2, 11:47am Top

I've just added my 1st ROOT for July (#35 for the year), Mr Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore, to all tickers.

Jul 2, 11:48am Top

Not sure what happened there - my message appears to have disappeared into the ether (this is where all of a sudden loads of duplicate messages will appear). Anyway, it was just to say that I've added my 1st ROOT for July (#35 for the year) to all tickers.

Jul 2, 1:53pm Top

I've added my first one too, Celene by Peter Heller.

Jul 2, 1:54pm Top

I am a couple of days late with my totals. Just a lot occurring in R/L.
I managed 7 ROOTS and 13 ROOTS in May and June respectively. That brings my total on the year to 91.
I, just now, updated my personal ticker so that will show tomorrow but have not touched the group one.

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday, cyderry. :-)

Jul 2, 3:13pm Top

My totals are correct! And since my retirement starts in just three days (next Friday) I will have lots of time to read more ROOTs.

Jul 2, 7:09pm Top

Ah, Ice Cream...one of my main 4 food groups....I make sure to have some every day!

Jul 2, 10:14pm Top

>3 cyderry: Yum, butter pecan ice cream is one of my favorites too! Thanks for the great idea of topping it with butterscotch :)

Jul 2, 10:28pm Top

>12 connie53: Congratulations, Connie! Enjoy your increased reading time :D

Jul 2, 10:49pm Top

>12 connie53: Connie you will love retirement! I highly recommend it!

Jul 3, 2:37pm Top

Stars, stars, I got stars!

Also: Icecream, summer and vacation - this will be a good month.

Edited: Jul 3, 2:58pm Top

>15 rabbitprincess:, >16 cyderry: Thanks, I will do that, more reading time is always welcome.

I've got stars too! Yeah!

Reporting Root # 29 for the year, # 1 for July

De goddeloze oorlog by David Hair

All tickers updated

Jul 3, 7:01pm Top

>12 connie53: Welcome to the retirement life, Connie! Congrats!

Jul 4, 9:28am Top

>12 connie53: Does this mean that today is your last working day? I wish you the happiest retirement!

Jul 4, 10:05am Top

>12 connie53: I was a little unsure about retirement Connie, it's a big change. But what I found out pretty quickly was that I was going to be good at it. I particularly enjoy starting the morning slower and later! Congratulations!

Jul 4, 10:46am Top

>12 connie53: All the best wishes for your retirement, Connie!

Jul 4, 7:27pm Top

>12 connie53: . Hope you enjoy your retirement, Connie.

Jul 4, 8:53pm Top

>12 connie53:
Congratulations on retirement. I am thinking more and more that January 2020 will be my retirement date. I am looking forward to it.

Jul 4, 9:26pm Top

I've added two more ROOTs to all tickers:

When Eight Bells Toll, by Alistair MacLean
Last Resort, by Linwood Barclay

Jul 4, 9:39pm Top

Congratulations on your retirement, Connie. Hope it's a long, leisurely, and enjoyable period of your life.

Jul 5, 3:37am Top

Hey folks, stopping in to say hello. I've been hardly doing anything of an LT nature these past few months, aside from the Pride scavenger hunt and fulfilling my commitment to set up the August theme page for Reading Through Time. As some of you know, I've got (aggressive) prostate cancer. I had very successful surgery last August, but I knew going into it that there was lymph node involvement that would require further treatment. I've been doing radiation for the past several weeks and won't finish until July 22. It takes a bit out of me, both bladder and bowel incontinency, very tiring, and I'm sleeping an awful lot.

Plus, I've become quite actively involved in one of the presidential campaigns (a lesser known candidate) which is taking a fair bit of time for some online projects, and once my medical condition permits, I really want to get outside and do a fair bit of leafleting for her to try to generate some volunteers.

And {yeeks! scary!} my 50th HS reunion comes up in October and I don't know how much help is going to be asked of me.

I may wind up cutting my goal from 100 to 50 somewhere down the line with these RL interventions. For now, wait and see.

Jul 5, 5:38am Top

>28 CurrerBell: All the best for your continued recovery, CurrerBell.

Jul 5, 11:33am Top

>28 CurrerBell: Best wishes from me, too.

Jul 5, 4:26pm Top

>12 connie53: Best wishes for your retirement, Connie. It takes a while to get used to but by the time you do, you wonder how you ever had the time to work.

>28 CurrerBell: I hope your recovery let's you go out leafletting in the very near future!

Jul 5, 5:08pm Top

>28 CurrerBell: Hope all goes well with the rest of the treatment and that you're back to 100% soon.

Jul 6, 3:01am Top

>28 CurrerBell: Hi Mike. So sorry to hear about your illness. I hope you will recover from it very soon and can do all the things you want to do.

Thanks for all the good wishes on my retirement. I will be going to school this Monday with one of my colleague's for a few hours to tidy up our offices. And that will be it. Summer break started yesterday so the transition to not working will not feel that quick. First it will feel like the holiday it is supposed to be.

Jul 6, 3:34am Top

I have been very remiss and only updated my June reading today. I am falling behind. New grandson is a wee distraction along with a couple of library books. I need to refocus on my own shelves. My June tally was 26/54.
>12 connie53: Enjoy retirement Connie and not long until your new grand baby?
>28 CurrerBell: Sounds like you have been having a tough time. I admire your enthusiasm for new projects at this time. May you find the energy and health to carry them out. Admirable.

Jul 6, 3:37am Top

>34 HelenBaker: Thanks, Helen. The new grand daughter will be arriving in just a few weeks in the beginning of August.

Jul 6, 6:29am Top

>31 Familyhistorian: you wonder how you ever had the time to work.

I wonder this already, and sadly retirement is still a good while away for me!

Jul 6, 10:13am Top

#2 for July (#36 for the year), Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, added to all tickers.

Jul 6, 12:20pm Top

#16 ROOT for the year and first for July- review is on my thread and no tickers updated.

Jul 6, 12:22pm Top

>12 connie53: congratulations on your retirement!

>28 CurrerBell: hope that your treatment goes well!

Jul 6, 3:21pm Top

Reporting Root # 30 for the year, # 2 for July

De bloedrode rivier by David Hair

All tickers updated

Jul 6, 3:51pm Top

>12 connie53: Congratulations on retirement AND that it's almost new-grandbaby time, I hope your daughter is feeling good!

>28 CurrerBell: Cheering you on!!

Saw these recommendations for "The best books to read at every age, from 1 to 100" ... looking to see if I have any ROOTs in here:


Jul 6, 8:11pm Top

>41 detailmuse: Since it has a P in the title, maybe I could start Major Pettigrew's Last Stand a couple of months early.

Jul 7, 2:24pm Top

>36 Jackie_K: It is amazing all that we, especially women, juggle during the working years, Jackie. I recently read Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men which was very interesting and scary, really. Women's unpaid labour was often mentioned.

Edited: Jul 8, 2:48pm Top

I knocked out another ROOT over the holiday weekend. End Games by Michael Dibdin. This is the last of the Aurelio Zen mysteries and I have to say I am sorry that they ended. I really liked this mystery series. This one was set in Calabria region of Italy and covered lots of territory both historically and geographically. The history of the region was part of the story as was the food. Always the food. What is it with Italian mysteries and food? All of the detectives love to eat and describe the memorable meals.

This one is the last of this series and now all of these books are gone off my shelves. I shall donate these last two books in the series to the used bookstore run by my local library so somebody else can enjoy them. I hope that they do enjoy them. They are to good to just lay around and not be read.

Jul 8, 2:45pm Top

This morning I finished up another ROOT, with my first cup of coffee for the day. This one has been on my TBR reading list for a long time - possibly since I joined LT. I enjoyed every minute of reading Riding With Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books by Ted Bishop. I started reading this one for my real life book discussion group and didn't expect to finish it this weekend, but it was so engrossing that I just kept reading. Each summer we do a round robin book talk of a travel book and this summer I chose this title. I wanted to read something about transportation not in a car, and wasn't in the mood for another snippy Paul Theroux train book. I remembered we had this book in the library and so went and got it. It turned out to be a fun read.

The author is an English Professor at the University of Edmonton whose specialty is early modern English literature. He is also a motorcycle rider. The book is about a literary trip he took by motorcycle from his home in Edmonton to Austin, Texas to do some work in the Stirling Archives. He had purchased a Ducati motorcycle and it was his inaugural trip with that machine. Along the way he stopped at other literary places of interest -like the New Mexico ranch of D. H. Lawrence. In the course of the book, he took a trip to Europe for a literary conference and visited the Ducati factory and museum. The book was full of side trips and lots of motorcycle stories. It was also full of thoughts about archives, books, and the art of reading. It was quite philosophical - even about motorcycling and motorcycles. This book was an unexpected pleasure to read.

Jul 8, 5:54pm Top

Finished 3 ROOTs so far in July - my thread and all tickers updated.

>28 CurrerBell: I'm so sorry to hear about your illness. Best wishes for your recovery - and for your 50th H.S. reunion too!

Jul 9, 8:57am Top

2nd ROOT for July and #17 overall this year- review is on my thread- no tickers updated

Jul 9, 1:20pm Top

One of my favorite authors had this posted on her Facebook page today. I couldn't resist.

Jul 9, 3:41pm Top

>48 cyderry:. So true! ;-))

Jul 10, 7:44pm Top

>48 cyderry: Love that!

I decided to make a change in how I count my ROOTs. I had been only counting the ROOTs that were on my shelves as of December 31 the previous year. This has not been working because when I buy books, I leave them sitting for a year as they don't count otherwise. As of this month I am going to start counting pre-ROOTs as well to get out of this habit.

Jul 11, 2:22pm Top

>50 Familyhistorian: Not sure I understand... are you changing your goal or just what gets counted?

Jul 11, 3:42pm Top

Reporting Root # 31 for the year, # 3 for July

De gifhouten bijbel by Barbara Kingsolver

All tickers updated

Jul 12, 5:56pm Top

I finished reading Desert Memories: Journeys Through the Chilean North by Ariel Dorfman. The world's most arid desert is the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. It is the setting for this memoir that is part of the National Geographic Directions series. I have been reading my way through the 23 published titles in this series. This is number 19 that I have finished.

Dorfman was one of the young university students who brought Salvador Allende to power in the early 1970's, and he was lucky to escape and live in exile until the overthrow of Augusto Pinochet in 1990. He returned to Chile to tour the desert region and to track down family members and missing friends, murdered by the military during the years of the junta. He spent two months traveling through the region and he takes the reader along with him while he learns about nitrate mining and now copper mining and the boom and bust economy that mining on that scale brings with it. He also wrote about some of the coastal cities such as Iquique and Antofagasta. Behind all of this is he quest to find the graves of university friends who disappeared during the Pinochet years.

I read this one for my real life book discussion group. July was our month to do a travel book. We will have a round robin book talk because each member read the travel book of their choice.

I only have 3 more books to read in this series. This year should see the end of the series for me. Yeah!

Jul 13, 1:10am Top

>51 cyderry: Hi Cheli. My goal remains the same but newer books can be included so my book purchases don't sit there a year before I read them, which is what I have been doing.

Jul 13, 8:38am Top

Added my third ROOT of July to all tickers: The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman.

Jul 13, 3:09pm Top

Ice cream, yum. I am no longer able to eat it, so I will enjoy it vicariously!

Hard to pick a favorite...but in no particular order:

Pistachio (no almonds!)
Mocha Chip
Rum Raisin
Mint Chocolate Chip

Best topping would have to be caramel, and lots of REAL whipped cream, too.

Edited: Jul 14, 3:32pm Top

>55 rabbitprincess: I loved Mrs. Pollifax!

Jul 15, 10:55pm Top

ROOT #18 for the year and third for July- review is on my thread and no tickers updated.

Jul 16, 12:27pm Top

ROOT #3 and #4 for July (#37 and #38 for the year) added to all tickers. Both were 5* reads - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, and Wilding: The return of nature to a British farm by Isabella Tree.

Jul 17, 11:05am Top

I finished another ROOT today. This one was a recorded book. Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester has been on my shelves since May 5, 2008. It was time to get this one off the shelves. It was narrated by Winchester and I have liked listening to his books in the past. He is an excellent narrator. However, he gets a bit pompous, or maybe sanctimonious, towards the end of the book, and that bothered me. In fact, it probably colored my perceptions of this whole book. I also thought it could have been more about the earthquake and fire and less about the geology of the entire North American continent. Even with those complaints this was a good book to listen to while driving. I find that for those really interested in digging into the geology of North America that I would recommend the geological works by John McPhee over this book. I thought and they were much more informative about the geology. They are still nonpareiled.

Edited: Jul 18, 6:54am Top

>50 Familyhistorian: >54 Familyhistorian: I changed the way I was counting my ROOTs in the same way last year, for the same reasons.

Jul 18, 10:34am Top

ROOT #19 for the year and fourth for July- review is on my thread and no tickers updated. I took this book off my book tower for the "75 Books Read" group Non-fiction challenge.

Jul 18, 10:58pm Top

>61 FAMeulstee: It kind of defeats the purpose if you just let the books stay in the stacks until they age into ROOTs, doesn't it? When I realized what I was doing I knew that I had to do something about it.

Jul 18, 11:11pm Top

I don’t plan on doing that deliberately, but it happens. Because I read so many book reviews for work I tend to enter the book into my library on LT as soon as the review has caught my eye. Of course, it can be many months before I actually check it out or pull it down and read it. For that reason many of the “new” or newly published books end up being ROOT’s. But a good many of them don’t.

Right now I have about 20 books I have read this year that didn’t qualify as ROOT’s. I just hope that I am not deliberately leaving books on a pile so that they count as ROOT’s. As you say - that would defeat the purpose.

Jul 19, 1:39am Top

>64 benitastrnad: Having books you don't get to in a year is par for the course, Benita, but I was passing books over because they weren't old enough, so making a conscious decision.

Jul 19, 2:32am Top

>63 Familyhistorian: I do that too sometimes. But I try to read a book I feel I'm in the mood for now.

Edited: Jul 19, 12:42pm Top

>65 Familyhistorian: I too was purposely passing up books that I wanted to read because they weren't "old" enough and that's no fun at all. But now I figure anything I've purchased (or been given/gifted) that I haven't read immediately upon receiving counts as a ROOT for my logging purposes. After all, it's still coming out of my TBR pile at that point!

Quick mid-month ROOT catchup:
1. The Little Oratory by David Clayton and Leila M Lawler (39/50 ROOTs): Quick, informative guide on praying in the home; 5 stars
2. Watership Down by Richard Adams (40/50 ROOTs): A classic for a reason; 4 stars
3. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (41/50 ROOTs): Charming small town magical realism with a hefty dose of romance; 4 stars

Edited to add: personal tracker is updated.

Jul 20, 6:33am Top

I've added my 5th ROOT for July (#39 for the year) to all tickers. I'm hopeful I'll get two more ROOTs finished by the end of the month.

Jul 20, 2:47pm Top

>66 connie53: I try to pull books from the shelves that I am in the moody for but then the library holds get in the way. I have to stop clicking that reserve button!

>67 Miss_Moneypenny: I think reading those newer books would work for me too and, hopefully, whittle down the stacks.

Jul 20, 9:53pm Top

>67 Miss_Moneypenny:
I like your reasoning on the TBR pile, and I think it is sound reasoning. Even if I entered it this year and it is in a stack by my bed, that is a TBR pile and reducing the pile is what this is all about.

Jul 21, 5:34am Top

I'm the same - as soon as a book is in my possession, it's a TBR. It's just that some TBRs have deeper roots than others. So I count them as soon as I own them. I think I'm getting a good balance between relatively new books and ancient ROOTs read this year.

Jul 21, 11:11am Top

Despite reading some books acquired recently, the majority of the ROOTs I have read this year (57 of 93) were books I acquired before 2008 (the year I joined LT).

Jul 21, 5:45pm Top

>72 FAMeulstee: wow, good job!!

Jul 22, 6:16am Top

#6 for July (#40 for the year, so closing in on my goal of 48) has been added to all tickers.

Edited: Jul 24, 10:12pm Top

>50 Familyhistorian:, >54 Familyhistorian: Meg I have the same problem and I wonder if I, too, need to change how I view my books. I always feel I am behind in what is currently being discussed or reviewed as I feel guilty picking up a recent acquisition. However, as you point out they are technically form part of the TBR shelves as soon as I acquire them. Mind you, I did join this group to encourage myself to read books that have languished on my shelves for many years and if I started on the new and shiny I would not be getting to those gathering dust. It is a dilemma for us book collectors. Although I have discovered some wonderful books buried in the back of my shelves by reading the previous years books.
I will contemplate this and let you know my decision. Although if I look at this years purchases, I know I will be tempted to join you...

I can report 2 more roots for the month, Baby by Annaleese Jochems and The House of the Mosque by Kader Abdolah. The latter was excellent.
I have been distracted by family matters and my new grandson and feel I am falling behind in my goal this year.

Jul 25, 4:42am Top

I have finished 7 ROOTs this month, which is quite good for a summer month with so many tempting outdoors activities. I guess the cold weather helped.

>54 Familyhistorian: >75 HelenBaker: You could alternate them: one ROOT, one ROOT prevention.

Jul 25, 11:47am Top

Reporting Root # 32 for the year, # 4 for July

De torenheer by Anthony Ryan

All tickers updated

Jul 25, 4:30pm Top

I've read 3 more ROOTS for a total of 5 this month:

A Guide to Birding by Joseph Forshaw
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
The Flight Attendant - Chris Bojalian

I won't finish any more this month.

Jul 25, 7:19pm Top

>76 MissWatson: Ooh, ROOT prevention. I like that term!

Quick ROOT catchup:
4. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (42/50 ROOTs): Charming follow up to Garden Spells; 4 stars
5. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (43/50 ROOTs): Quintessential Irving and maybe his best known work; 4 stars
6. The Shining by Stephen King (44/50 ROOTs): Creepy as hell and terrific; 5 stars
7. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (45/50 ROOTs): Classic magical realism by a terrific author; 4 stars

My husband is leaving this weekend for 5 solid weeks of business travel, so I definitely think I'm going to hit my ROOT goal before mid-August. If I keep reading ROOTs after that, do they still count for the group's goal?

Jul 25, 9:37pm Top

>79 Miss_Moneypenny: Yes, they can! That's what I do -- any books I read over my initial goal I donate to the group total.

Jul 26, 2:13am Top

Jul 26, 3:33am Top

>79 Miss_Moneypenny: Someone here in the group coined the phrase, and I really like it. I may even use it systematically next year. And we're always grateful for donations to the group total!

Edited: Jul 26, 11:35am Top

#7 for July (#41 for the year) added to all tickers. I still hope to finish a couple more by month-end, although that might be a bit ambitious.

Jul 26, 3:52pm Top

>75 HelenBaker: I am finding it harder to do than I thought it would be as all my ROOTs this month are still ancient ones but I did pull a few newer ones from the shelves but I haven't dipped into them yet.

>76 MissWatson: one ROOT; one ROOT prevention sounds good but I think I would rejig the ratio to weigh more heavily on the ancient ROOTs something like
four ROOTs; one ROOT prevention.

Jul 27, 4:10am Top

Reporting one more root for the month, The Warden by Anthony Trollope, taking me to 29/54. There is a reason why these books becoming classics. I found it excellent.

>84 Familyhistorian: :I employ a similar ratio 4:1 to library books which I also would consider root prevention, as it stops me from buying these books which are on my wishlist.
My next book being an example of this.

Jul 27, 4:13pm Top

>85 HelenBaker: Library books are definitely a factor. I am more likely now to hit the hold button than the buy button when I read about must-read books on LT. I have even been known to save new books on my store site wish list until my library has them on order. I haven't thought about putting an actual ratio on the library books to owned books but my reading currently sits at 51 ROOTs to 66 books from other sources (mostly library books) so fewer library books to owned books than I thought.

Jul 27, 6:30pm Top

>80 rabbitprincess: >81 connie53: >82 MissWatson: Yay! I'm glad to know my reading the rest of the year will still be productive!

Edited: Jul 27, 9:54pm Top

I read Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray by Adam Federman for the July Nonfiction Challenge hosted by Suzanne. The category for July was Biographies and the book had been on my TBR list since it was published in 2017.

I had never heard of Patience Gray. I wanted to read this book because I had read a review of it several years ago and the reviews said it was an excellent example of a biography. I like to read about food and foodies and was astonished that I had never heard of Patience Gray. Who was this visionary writer? I had no clue. Clearly, the best thing to do was read the book and find out.

Patience Gray was a leader in the slow food movement, the back-to-nature club, or the organic food movement. Whatever you want to call it, Patience and her partner, the sculptor and painter Norman Mommens, were living the organic and back-to-the-land life style starting in the 1960’s. Along the way Patience wrote about food and published cookbooks about how to live seasonally and within the planetary means. She eschewed the consumer lifestyle that she thought permeated western culture. She and her partner lived in an isolated part of Italy, grew their own food, and preserved it, and then consumed it throughout the year. It reminded me of the way I grew up - summers dominated by the need to preserve whatever garden crop was in season at the moment.

Patience and Norman were also leaders in the environmental movement in Europe. They protested the overuse of pesticides, herbicides, and monoculture agriculture long before most people were aware of the long term damage to the land and people. They also loved the idea of living in a small community and living within a small circle of friends and neighbors. They loved working together and the idea of neighborhood communes enabled them to help out and to have others help them. They also encouraged young people to stay in the region and start small businesses and in that way keeping the local and regional traditions alive.

The reviews were correct. This was a excellent biography of a fascinating person and I enjoyed reading it. It was well written and made the reader envious of this full but frugal lifestyle and the subjects ability to live that way for 50 years.

Jul 28, 11:12am Top

#8 for July (#42 for the year) added to all tickers. The question is, will I get one more squeezed under the line by Wednesday?

Jul 29, 11:52am Top

I realized that I had another ROOT in July. I finished listening to the novel Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce. I missed it because I finished it on July 1. This was a first novel by this author and I enjoyed it. It is set in London during the Blitz and concerns life for a young (and I mean young) typist working for a women's magazine during wartime. This was a good historical fiction that was nice easy listening while driving around town and doing errands. I liked the narrator and thought the production well done.

Jul 29, 11:59am Top

When I went to enter Fasting and Feasting into my book diary (paper book diary) I noticed that it was published by Chelsea Green Publishing. This is a small environmentally certified green publishing company based in Vermont. The book was printed on recycled paper and all materials used in the book are certified sustainable. This is in total keeping with what Patience and Norman would have wanted and it is a wonderful tribute to them and their principles.

Jul 30, 4:28pm Top

And I did it - #9 for July (#43 for the year) added to all tickers. I'm pretty sure this is the last one for the month, although I have several more on the go.

Edited: Jul 31, 6:33pm Top

I have read 9 ROOTs in July, making a total of 99 ROOTs this year.

All tickers updated.

Jul 30, 8:06pm Top

Here is my report for July 2019.

UpROOTED books: 8
ROOTless books: 7
Added to the TBR shelves: 1

The ROOTs were:

Silence by Shusaku Endo
Pompeii by Robert Harris
Eden's Past by Adam Carpenter
The European Union: A Very Short Introduction by John Pinder and Simon Underwood
Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott
The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
Selected Poetry by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

ROOTs in YTD: 65

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

Jul 30, 11:28pm Top

I'm adding 9 for July, for a grand total of 43. Updating my personal ticker. Read on, everyone!

Jul 31, 6:53am Top

Edited: Jul 31, 1:15pm Top

I have 8 ROOT's for the month. No tickers updated. That is much higher than I thought it would be. And that doesn't count all the academic journal articles I have been reading for a research project. It was a hot month so it was nice to sit inside and read.

Edited: Jul 31, 1:25pm Top

Edited: Jul 31, 1:24pm Top

I finished these 6 hardcopy ROOT's in July and am not going to get another done by tonight.

1. End Games by Michael Dibdin - appropriately named as this is the author's last book
2. Riding With Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books by Ted Bishop - really good book about two things that don't seem to be related, but the author makes the connections. Candidate for my best of the year list.
3. Desert Memories: Journeys Through the Chilean North by Ariel Dorfman - book 20 of the National Geographic Directions series I have been reading through.
4. Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray by Adam Federman - the biography of one of the first Foodies and a passionate environmentalist. Another best of the year candidate.
5. Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard - book 4 in in a YA fantasy series that is so exciting to read. I can't wait for book 5.
6. Stranger by Camilla Lackberg - book 4 in Lackberg's Scandicrime series.

2 mysteries, 1 fantasy, 3 biographies, 1 historical fiction, and 1 historical nonfiction. Not bad for a month's reading/listening.

Jul 31, 2:07pm Top

Oh.......good on me! Finally I am making it under the wird, if only just.

92. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton; (5*); acquired 2007
93. The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia; (4 1/2*); accquired 2015
94. Somewhere I'll Find You by Charles Hoffman; (3 1/2*); acquired prior to L/T

Those are the only actual ROOT novels I read in July. The following are all short stories. I have been delving into my collection of short story compilations the past couple of months and have come upon some wonderful reading I had been passing over. So while I would not call the following ROOTs, the books they came from very definitely are. I am counting them all together as 1 ROOT.

The Geranium; (4 1/2*); The Peeler; (4*); Enoch and the Gorilla; (3 1/2*); all by Flannery O'Connor

The Red Convertible; (5*); The Shawl; (5*); both by Louise Erdrich

The Curtain; (4 1/2*); Trouble is My Business; (4*); both by Raymond Chandler

Yentl the Yeshiva Boy; (4*); The Power of Light; (5*); both by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Wednesday by Dorothy Whipple; (5*)
Dimanche by Irène Némirovsky; (4*)
Girl by Jamaica Kincaid; (3 1/2*)
Memoirs of a Yellow Dog by O.Henry; (4*)
Aunt Susanna's Thanksgiving Dinner by L M Montgomery; (3 1/2*)
Impertinent Daughters by Doris Lessing; (4*)
Indian Summer by Erskine Caldwell; (5*)
Killings by Andre Dubus; (4 1/2)
he Mother Hive by Rudyard Kipling; 3 1/2*)
and last but definitely not least was:
Red Leaves by William Faulkner; (4*)

(I have updated my personal ticker but not touched the group one.)

Onward & upward for August!

Jul 31, 6:34pm Top

>93 FAMeulstee: I finished one more ROOT today making my total for July 10 and for the year 100 ROOTs.

All tickers updated.

Aug 1, 6:35am Top

Four ROOTs completed for July - taking my total to 25/60 for the year. A bit behind, but there's still time to reach my goal :)

All tickers updated.

Edited: Aug 1, 8:03am Top

Snuck another ROOT in last night before midnight, The Menace From Earth by Robert Heinlein.

Personal ticker updated. :)

Edited: Aug 1, 8:32am Top

My final tally for July is 9 ROOTs, which means 50 out of 75. My own ticker is up-to-date, I did not touch the group ticker. And tonight I'm going to celebrate with elderberry icecream!


Aug 1, 12:35pm Top

2 final ROOTs for July! I snuck them in right under the wire, finishing the last one at 11:49 PM last night, lol!

Final ROOT catchup:
8. Saga of the Swamp Thing by Alan Moore (46/50 ROOTs): Creepy as hell and a super interesting/twisted reimagining of Swamp Thing's origins; 4 stars
9. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller (48/50 ROOTs): A truly classic take on Batman from one of the best; 4 stars

Personal ticker is updated, group ticker hasn't been touched :)

Aug 1, 2:45pm Top

Aug 1, 2:49pm Top

I read 5 for July which is lowish for me. All those library books are getting in the way! I am now at 52/65. I wonder if I lost a star? Will have to check out the August thread to see.

Aug 1, 3:59pm Top

>107 Familyhistorian: I had the same, libray books taking over. It looks like we both kept our stars.

Edited: Aug 3, 6:36am Top

Late checking in, but I finished 3 off-the-shelfers in July, bringing me to 19 out of my 20-book goal, already!

Book 17: The Secret History of the War, Volume 1 by Waverly Root
Book 18: The Apostle by Sholem Asch
Book 19: The Longest Debate: a Legislative History of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by Charles W. Whalen and Barbara Whalen


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