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kkunker's (Kimberly) 2016 ROOT challenge

2016 ROOT Challenge - (Read Our Own Tomes)

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Edited: Dec 31, 2016, 2:19pm Top

I've nearly met my goal for 2015 so I'm looking forward to ROOTing more books in 2016. For now my initial goal will be the same as 2015, 40 books. Any books received before January 1, 2016 will be classified as a ROOT.

1. Hermione Granger Saves the World
2. The Gifted by Matthew Dickerson
3. Stargate SG-1: Hostile Ground
4. Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave
5. Star Wars Kanan: The Last Padawan Vol. 1
6. Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus
7. Star Wars Rebels Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy
8. Tolkien On Fairy-stories edited by Verlyn Flieger and Douglas Anderson
9. The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
10. Toward the Gleam
11. Yeshua Matters
12. Star Wars Lords of the Sith
13. Stargate Atlantis: Unascended
14. Star Wars Rebels Servants of the Empire: Rebel in the Ranks
15. Israel Matters
16. What About the New Covenant?
17. You'll Get Through This
18. Farmer Giles of Ham
19. Star Wars Servants of the Empire: Imperial Justice
20. Stargate SG-1 & Atlantis: Far Horizons
21. Day of Atonement
22. Star Wars Servants of the Empire: Secret Academy
23. The Diamond Conspiracy
24. Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J. R. R. Tolkien
25. Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Volume 3
26. The Yard
27. Star Wars Tarkin
28. The Story of Kullervo
29. Stargate SG-1 & Atlantis: Points of Origin
30. The Rood and the Torc
31. The Tournament at Gorlan
32. A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and the Great War
33. Star Wars Rebels: Droids in Distress
34. Outlaws of the Atlantic
35. On Doing Local History
36. Stargate SG-1: Exile
37. Star Wars Rebels: Battle to the End
38. The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy Location Guide
3. How to like Paul Again
40. The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug Official Movie Guide

Dec 22, 2015, 10:49am Top

Kimberly, you can do it this year!

Dec 22, 2015, 1:42pm Top

Happy ROOTing, Kimberly!

Dec 22, 2015, 5:24pm Top

Welcome back and good luck with both your remaining 2015 challenge and the 2016 challenge to come!

Dec 23, 2015, 4:23am Top

Nice to see you're back again. Good luck with your challenge!

Dec 23, 2015, 8:15am Top

Hope you make your goal this year, Kimberly.

Dec 26, 2015, 9:36pm Top

Happy Rooting!

Dec 31, 2015, 12:13am Top

Good luck with your roots!

Dec 31, 2015, 8:09am Top

I met my 2015 ROOT goal yesterday! Now it is time to pull out a pile of books for my 2016 challenge. Congrats to everyone who met their 2015 goals, the group did an amazing job this year. I look forward to another great year of reading in 2016.

Dec 31, 2015, 10:46pm Top

Good luck with your ROOT reading!

Jan 1, 2016, 3:15am Top

Jan 1, 2016, 5:29am Top

Jan 4, 2016, 5:52am Top

Happy New Year!

Jan 6, 2016, 11:51pm Top

Finished ROOT #1 tonight! Hermione Granger Saves the World, an LT Early Reviewer that has been sitting unread for far too long. Glad I finally got around to it, it had some fun essays. The content was a bit repetitive, but overall enjoyable. I'm a bit of a Hermione myself, so was happy to see her get center stage.

Edited: Jan 7, 2016, 4:04pm Top

>14 kkunker: congrats! Interesting first ROOT.. what is the focus? I.e., is it fiction, non-fiction? And based around ... the general idea that .. Hermione would/could/does save the world?

Jan 7, 2016, 4:22pm Top

>15 avanders:: Its not my normal type of book. Basically its a non-fiction collection of feminist essays that critique/study the character of Hermione and try to give her higher standing than some critics. It's not all positive reactions, but it does try to show the real ways in which Hermione contributes to Harry's quest. They show her as an active collaborator, heroine, and as a balanced person. The authors try to present feminism in a way that could be attractive to today's young people through the lens of Hermione (bright at school, loyal to friends, caring for social outcasts etc.). And yes, the final chapter is called "The Real Chosen One" and says that Hermione saved the world, not Harry.

Jan 8, 2016, 10:29am Top

>16 kkunker: oh.. interesting!
lol of course .... ;p

Jan 12, 2016, 1:40pm Top

Just finished my second ROOT of the year, The Gifted by Matthew Dickerson. This fantasy novel is the first in a new trilogy. Good characters and an interesting "magic" system. Excited to see where it heads next.

Jan 13, 2016, 8:21pm Top

Would you please do me a favor and officially join the group so my numbers all balance. Thanks.

Jan 13, 2016, 11:25pm Top

>19 cyderry:: Sorry I didn't join when I saw the new group. I guess I got too excited about starting my own thread. I've officially joined now.

Jan 21, 2016, 11:44pm Top

Finished ROOT #3 tonight, Stargate SG-1: Hostile Ground. I'm now on track for the year.

Jan 26, 2016, 11:46pm Top

Finished ROOT #4, a graphic novel of short tales, Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave.

Feb 3, 2016, 2:27pm Top

Finished ROOT #5 today, a Star Wars graphic novel Kanan: the Last Padawan, Vol. 1. It follows the Star Wars Rebels Jedi Kanan Jarus and fills in some of his history. It began with his final battle in the Clone Wars where his master sacrificed herself so he could escape, then continued on to his first few weeks struggling on his own.

Feb 3, 2016, 3:10pm Top

Looks like you're off to a great start!

Feb 18, 2016, 10:32am Top

Finished my 6th ROOT today, Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus.

Feb 22, 2016, 11:29pm Top

Feb 23, 2016, 7:28am Top

You doing great, kkunker!

Mar 2, 2016, 11:35am Top

Finished my 8th ROOT today, first one for March, Tolkien On Fairy-stories edited by Verlyn Flieger and Douglas Anderson. A really great read, these two Tolkien scholars provide some excellent insight and background into Tolkien's famous speech turned essay.

Mar 3, 2016, 12:52pm Top

Great job w/ your ROOTs so far this year!

Mar 4, 2016, 1:15pm Top

>28 kkunker: Oh, somehow I wasn't even aware of this book! I've read the essay itself of course, but I will definitely need to add this to my to-be-aquired list.

Mar 4, 2016, 10:27pm Top

>30 nerwende: nerwende: I quite enjoyed it. It was published in 2014, so its a recent Tolkien item. Seeing the manuscript editions and the evolution of the essay is insightful into Tolkien's changing views on Faerie. I would highly recommend it.

Mar 12, 2016, 11:01am Top

Finished ROOT #9 last night, recent fantasy novel The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan. This book provides the conclusion to the Riyria Chronicles trilogy, I've really enjoyed both this series and Sullivan's Riyria Revelations trilogy. Royce and Hadrian are great characters.

Mar 12, 2016, 1:13pm Top

>32 kkunker: I know, I have 6 of his books (translated) and then 'they' stopped translating! I'm still angry about that. Royce and Hadrian (Rolf and Hadriaan in Dutch) are such a funny couple.

Edited: Mar 14, 2016, 9:17am Top

>33 connie53:: I read Theft of Swords early in 2012 and I have read the rest of the Riyria books as they have come out. Last summer I participated in a Kickstarter project to independently fund Michael's publication of Dulgath, since he is currently under contract for his new series. The project received huge support from readers and we got all sorts of fun rewards depending on the donation level. I received an inscribed hardcover copy, signed bookplates for the other books in the series, a signed paperback copy, a map, poster, and mug. The whole process was fun to watch, and Michael and Robin are currently working on a Making of The Death of Dulgath ebook for all the donors to show some behind-the-scenes of writing a book. I just checked out Hollow World, his sci-fi book, from the library, and hope to start it soon.

I thoroughly enjoy Royce and Hadrian adventures. Maybe after The Legends of the First Empire series is published fans may get more Riyria stories.

Mar 14, 2016, 2:31pm Top

>34 kkunker: That's nice! I would love getting all those things. And I really hope that more books get translated. But I'm afraid that won't happen.

Mar 24, 2016, 9:46am Top

Finished ROOT #10 last night, Toward the Gleam an Inklings inspired novel.

Mar 25, 2016, 6:29am Top

Did you like it? I've just looked at at the reviews and I'd be curious to read it. Didn't the Estate try to prevent a similar "Tolkien as a fictional character" book from being published a few years ago?

Edited: Mar 25, 2016, 7:39am Top

>37 nerwende:: I have heard that the Estate is very protective. I read Mirkwood: A Novel about JRR Tolkien a couple years ago, which had a very different style. I think it might have been intended as a series, but I don't think any other volumes came out. That may be what you are thinking of.

Toward the Gleam was fun since it included segments of fictional Inklings meetings at The Eagle and Child and I thought it got the period aspects pretty well. Seeing C. S. Lewis and Owen Barfield come to Tolkien's aide over his ancient manuscript seemed appropriate. Of course having an ancient manuscript which Tolkien translated takes away from his own inherent creativity, but I did appreciate his verbal sparring with and overall courage when encountering Alembert.

Mar 29, 2016, 4:03pm Top

Yes, I'm pretty sure that Mirkwood book is the one I had heard about.

Apr 11, 2016, 11:18am Top

Finished off ROOT #11 this morning, Yeshua Matters.

Apr 17, 2016, 1:45pm Top

>40 kkunker: Yeah!! good job.

Apr 18, 2016, 1:29pm Top

Finished #12 today, Star Wars Lords of the Sith. Very different from what I'm used to reading, which is the hero/Jedi point of view. This book is set on Ryloth and shows how the Free Ryloth Movement destroyed a star destroyer, stranding Vader and Palpatine on the planets surface. The reader then sees how the rebels try to take out their targets, how Vader and the Emperor respond, and how the Emperor uses every opportunity as a training session for Vader.

It was fun to see Cham Syndulla as the Rebel leader, since I've seen his daughter Hera as a leader in the Star Wars Rebels tv show (set roughly ten years after the evens of this book). Obviously Vader and the Emperor survive, but the thought processes of the Rebels and the assassination attempt were nice to see on paper.

Apr 27, 2016, 11:22pm Top

Finished off #13 today, Stargate Atlantis: Unascended.

Apr 30, 2016, 8:59am Top

May 19, 2016, 11:18am Top

Finished #15 today, Israel Matters.

May 22, 2016, 12:38pm Top

Number 15 already! Good job Kimberley.

May 23, 2016, 1:14pm Top

Just finished ROOT #16 today, a short book called What about the New Covenant?

Jun 4, 2016, 4:41pm Top

Finished off ROOT #17 today, putting me back on track for my goal, You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado.

Jun 6, 2016, 12:28pm Top

>48 kkunker: ... I also just finished that book! I thought it was a well done, very quick read. I had my husband read it next, which he did yesterday :)
It's somewhat simple, but I thought it had great reminders and I liked the way it handled the Joseph story throughout the whole book.
What did you think?

Edited: Jun 7, 2016, 8:10am Top

>49 avanders:: I quite enjoyed Max Lucado's look at the Joseph story. Seeing the themes broken down and explored in depth was instructive, and I really liked how he blended the ancient story with modern personal stories and made practical applications. The chapters may have been short but they were loaded with good content. I knew that Joseph's family was dis-functional but never really thought about all the implications that it involved. My copy of the book also included study guide questions at the back, which I'm going to look at.

Jun 7, 2016, 9:03am Top

>50 kkunker: Good insight! :)
Our copy also had the study guide questions.. I just skimmed them .. then returned the book to my friend ;)

Jun 7, 2016, 11:56am Top

>50 kkunker:: I didn't realize the study questions were there while I read the book, so I'm looking through them after the fact. Guess I should have checked out the table of contents better before I started.

Jun 12, 2016, 9:05am Top

Glad you liked that last book, Kimberley!

Jun 16, 2016, 2:39pm Top

Finished my first ROOT for June today, #18 for the year. Farmer Giles of Ham a recent edition which has additional illustrations and a commentary by Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull.

Jun 18, 2016, 4:04pm Top

Finished my second ROOT for June yesterday, #19 overall Star Wars Rebels: Servants of the Empire: Imperial Justice. Just need one more to keep on track for the 6th month mark.

Edited: Aug 30, 2016, 2:00am Top

>55 kkunker: June isn't done yet, there is time for one more ROOT there.

Jul 10, 2016, 1:09pm Top

Finished two ROOTs while I was away on vacation, so now I'm back on track.

20. Stargate SG-1 & Atlantis: Far Horizons
21. Day of Atonement

Jul 10, 2016, 1:25pm Top

Vacation reading is the best reading! :)

Jul 11, 2016, 7:50am Top

Vacation reading really is quite nice, sitting outside in the shade by a lake makes for a great setting. I managed to read 4 books total in 9 days.

Jul 31, 2016, 9:01am Top

Aug 14, 2016, 1:13pm Top

Finished my first ROOT for August yesterday.
24. Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J. R. R. Tolkien

Aug 27, 2016, 5:54pm Top

Finished my second ROOT for August today, a graphic novel.
25. Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Volume 3

Aug 29, 2016, 10:15am Top

Finished my third ROOT for August which will keep me on track for my goal of 40 for the year.
26. The Yard

Aug 30, 2016, 2:01am Top

On track sounds real good!

Aug 30, 2016, 12:49pm Top

Looks like you're doing great!

Sep 2, 2016, 5:28pm Top

Finished off #27 yesterday, Star Wars Tarkin.

Glad I'm able to stay on target for my yearly goal, all these new Star Wars items make it hard to remember I have older books to read. Luckily Tarkin was published last year, and I didn't get around to it. It was good to read before Rogue One since it focused on Governor Tarkin's supervision of the building of the battle station, and it explains how he acquired the title "Grand Moff."

Sep 22, 2016, 8:50am Top

Finished #28 this week, The Story of Kullervo by J. R. R. Tolkien
Read this one for my fall course "Tolkien and Tradition" where we are looking at some of Tolkien's early writings and inspirations. We read part of the Kalevala last week and we cover parts of the Eddas in a couple weeks.

Oct 15, 2016, 8:48am Top

Finished my first ROOT for October, finally. Stargate SG-1 & Atlantis: Points of Origin a collection of ten short stories by many authors.

Oct 24, 2016, 7:16am Top

>61 kkunker: A bit late, but I'm curious to hear what you thought of this book? It's a recent addition to my shelves and I'm quite keen to start reading it but since I'm behind in my ROOT schedule I've placed a strict ban on even browsing it for now. :D

Oct 25, 2016, 10:35am Top

I really enjoyed the book. It focused on Galadriel, Arwen, and Eowyn and how they compared to Tolkien's contemporaries use of female characters. I especially enjoyed the chapters on Eowyn as war bride and comparing the women to the Valkyries. Highly recommended to fans of Tolkien.

Oct 28, 2016, 3:23am Top

>70 kkunker: sounds very good then!

Oct 31, 2016, 9:22am Top

Finished my second ROOT for October last night, The Rood and the Torc a fun historical fiction piece about the son of Finn and his return to Friesland and his reluctant attempt to unite the chieftains under his kingship.

Nov 3, 2016, 1:37pm Top

Only 10 more to go! You can do it!

Nov 6, 2016, 8:17am Top

Thanks for the encouragement. I hope I can reach my goal. My online Tolkien class wraps up around Thanksgiving, so I should be able to read more ROOTS in December.

Nov 8, 2016, 10:14am Top

>74 kkunker: good timing! :)

Nov 10, 2016, 11:33pm Top

Finished my first ROOT of November, Tournament at Gorlan.

Nov 26, 2016, 8:37pm Top

Finished my second ROOT of November, A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and the Great War. Currently working on 2 more.

Nov 30, 2016, 11:34pm Top

Finished off one more for November today, Star Wars Rebels: Droids in Distress.

Dec 10, 2016, 3:09pm Top

Finished off my first ROOT for December yesterday, Outlaws of the Atlantic.

Dec 20, 2016, 11:51pm Top

Finished my second ROOT for December tonight, On Doing Local History.

Dec 21, 2016, 10:06am Top

5 more - almost there!

Dec 23, 2016, 9:07am Top

Finished another one last night, Stargate SG-1: Exile. Down to 4 left to meet my goal.

Dec 23, 2016, 9:25am Top

Dec 28, 2016, 10:12am Top

Finished another ROOT yesterday, Star Wars Rebels: Battle to the End. Only need 3 more to meet my goal.

Dec 29, 2016, 10:26am Top

Finished another ROOT last night The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy Location Guide, which means I'm down to 2 left to meet my goal. It will be tight.

Dec 30, 2016, 9:52am Top

Finished off one more ROOT, How to Like Paul Again. Which puts me one shy of my goal, not sure if I will fit in any more books this year.

Dec 31, 2016, 2:20pm Top


I met my goal of 40 books, on the very last day of the year!

Happy New Year everyone, happy ROOTing in 2017.

Dec 31, 2016, 2:39pm Top

Woo hoo!!! Congratulations!!

Jan 7, 2017, 3:45am Top

Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing what you're rooting this year. :)


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