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HelenNZ strikes again!

2016 ROOT Challenge - (Read Our Own Tomes)

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1HelenBaker
Dec 31, 2015, 11:30pm Top

I was pleased to each my goal plus 2 last year so will stay at 48, as it is doable and leaves room for the new and shiny. No strategies, just plugging away at those shelves.

2rabbitprincess
Jan 1, 2016, 12:10am Top

Welcome back and good luck!

3HelenBaker
Edited: Jan 1, 2016, 2:00am Top

My current TBR shelves contain 348 books, so that means I am to read about a seventh of them.
Going by past years, despite my best efforts, I purchase more than I remove. A true addict, but it's fun and there are always plenty of surprise reads.

My new ticker is ready to go


4connie53
Jan 1, 2016, 3:32am Top

Welcome back, Helen. Happy ROOTing!

5tess_schoolmarm
Jan 1, 2016, 5:17am Top

Happy Rooting!

6lkernagh
Jan 1, 2016, 4:39pm Top

Good luck with your ROOT reading!

7avanders
Jan 3, 2016, 4:41pm Top

Welcome back & good luck ROOTing in 2016!

8MissWatson
Jan 4, 2016, 6:16am Top

Welcome back and happy ROOTing!

9HelenBaker
Edited: Feb 3, 2016, 2:58am Top

At last I have an opportunity to record my progress. I have got off to a slow start due to family staying but I hope to pick up the pace.

January.
1. Chappy by Patricia Grace
2. Three Cheers for the Paraclete by Thomas Keneally
3. A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler
4. The Quality of Mercy by Barry Unsworth
5. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
6. The Ghost Road by Pat Barker

10connie53
Jan 17, 2016, 3:02am Top

>9 HelenBaker: You have finished three more ROOTs then I did, Helen.

11nerwende
Jan 17, 2016, 4:46am Top

That reminds me I need to get around to reading Patricia Grace.

14avanders
Mar 7, 2016, 2:16pm Top

Nice progress! Looks like you're reading some interesting ROOTs :)

16connie53
May 3, 2016, 2:43am Top

> Nice progress, Helen!

19avanders
Jun 6, 2016, 12:30pm Top

You're almost to your halfway mark! Way to go!

20connie53
Jun 12, 2016, 7:37am Top

Good job, Helen. Just one more to reach your halfway point!

21HelenBaker
Edited: Jul 30, 2016, 6:24pm Top

23connie53
Aug 28, 2016, 1:39am Top

Past the halfway point! Excellent.

24avanders
Aug 30, 2016, 1:26pm Top

Yeah only 13 more books to go - you can definitely do that!

25HelenBaker
Edited: Sep 29, 2016, 3:05am Top

September.
36. How It All Began by Penelope Lively
37. The Skinny Louie Book by Fiona Farrell
38. The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
39. The Misunderstanding by Irene Nemirovsky

27avanders
Nov 3, 2016, 1:49pm Top

7 to go! Great progress!

30HelenBaker
Dec 5, 2016, 3:02am Top

I have just noticed that my TBR shelves currently stand at 352, so if I read 4 or 5 or more books this month I will have made progress in that I started the year with 348. I am also going to stick with some lighter reads for the month, as life is far too busy at present.

31MissWatson
Dec 5, 2016, 4:40am Top

Congratulations on reaching your goal!

32rabbitprincess
Dec 5, 2016, 5:30pm Top

Hurray, congratulations on reaching your goal! Enjoy your lighter reads. December is an excellent time for them. :)

33avanders
Dec 7, 2016, 11:08am Top

>29 HelenBaker: oh what did you think of it?? I have that on my shelves :)

>30 HelenBaker: woo hoo! That's better than I can say... ;)

And yes, Congrats on reaching your goal!

34HelenBaker
Dec 8, 2016, 2:16am Top

Thanks. I loved the beginning of The History of Love. Leo Gursky really is the star of the book. However, I wasn't so taken with the other narrators and indeed found the changing voices and timeline confusing. I am not alone in saying it would warrant a reread to sort things out in my mind.

35tess_schoolmarm
Dec 17, 2016, 7:13pm Top

Congrats on reaching your goal!

36avanders
Dec 19, 2016, 3:51pm Top

>34 HelenBaker: interesting -- & good to know going into a book!

37tess_schoolmarm
Dec 23, 2016, 10:37pm Top

38HelenBaker
Dec 27, 2016, 3:09am Top

Thank you. That's beautiful.

39HelenBaker
Dec 31, 2016, 3:45am Top

I have just noticed that my TBR shelves are now at 348 which means I am finishing the year with the same number to be read as when I started the year. Oh well it could be worse. Maybe this year I will be more restrained with my purchases but I think this is the first year that it hasn't increased. That is progress of a kind.

40rabbitprincess
Dec 31, 2016, 9:45am Top

Breaking even is very good! :)

41Jackie_K
Jan 3, 2017, 6:39am Top

Yes, I'm hoping that breaking even will be my 2018 goal! (for 2017 it is 1.5 books bought for every 1 read, down from 2:1 last year!).

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