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AUGUST ROOT - Progress Thread

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2016 ROOT Challenge - (Read Our Own Tomes)

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Aug 2, 2016, 1:17pm Top

password = ROOTS
Another month has passed and we are still doing great as a group! Sometimes in the summer we start to fall behind our goal, but we are still ahead and the end of summer is upon us. There's still time to get some of those ROOTS read at the beach or while you are still "enjoying" the warm weather.

Below is the current list of members that have identified a ROOT goal for 2016 and how many books they read by the end of July.
The percentage is calculated and a star awarded for those on target to reach their goals. More stars for farther toward their goal.

I have removed twelve members to a separate list because tthey have yet to read one ROOT. They may have forgotten that they set a goal, or real life may have gotten in the way, but until they start up, we will not let their numbers affect the group goal.

If there is © next to your name, I see a ticker on your thread that is not in the ticker thread. If you could copy the code to the Ticker thread it would be a huge help each month.
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.

051616 44 / 70 ★
50worth 10 / 24
amberfly 36 / 50 ★★
Ameise1 8 / 10 ★★★
auntmarge64 14 / 30
avanders 18 / 30 ★
avidmom 12 / 20 ★
benitastrnad 43 / 45 ★★★★★
benuathanasia 18 / 100
billiejean★ 36 / 20
BookDoc16 19 / 50
bragan 68 / 100 ★★
brewergirl 23 / 30 ★★★
britt84 39 / 52 ★★★
Caramellunacy 1 / 52
Carmenere★ 25 / 25
carriehh 5 / 21
clue 21 / 30 ★★
connie53 31 / 36 ★★★★
craso 8 / 12 ★★
crazy4reading 16 / 40
Crotchetymama 17 / 30
CurrerBell 46 / 75 ★
cyderry 52 / 84 ★
deep220 36 / 50 ★★
Dejah_Thoris 11 / 50
detailmuse 24 / 30 ★★★
DrApple 17 / 65
dustydigger 6 / 80
EmilyD1037 2 / 50
enemyanniemae 37 / 52 ★★★
Familyhistorian 31 / 50 ★
FiLoMa 13 / 15 ★★★★
fuzzi 43 / 66 ★
getrus 18 / 75
GreyhoundGal 5 / 25
HelenBaker 31 / 48 ★
Helenoel 11 / 20
Henrik_Madsen★ 28 / 25
ILuvBookplates 2 / 20
InfoQuest★ 99 / 85
ipsoivan★ 35 / 30
Jackie_K★ 25 / 12
JacobsBeloved 3 / 15
jen.e.moore 40 / 52 ★★★
johanna414 8 / 12 ★★
JSTOR_CDU 2 / 22
kac522 17 / 30
kaledyer★ 24 / 12
karenmarie★ 20 / 9
kaylaraeintheway★ 33 / 25
kkunker 23 / 40
klarusu 15 / 24 ★
Klmesoftly 53 / 56 ★★★★★
LadyBookworth★ 15 / 12
LauraBrook 55 / 75 ★★
leBleuCheese 18 / 24 ★★★
leslie.98★ 71 / 50
liberian 31 / 50 ★
lilisin 34 / 50 ★★
limelite 3 / 12
lindapanzo★ 64 / 24
LittleTaiko 43 / 55 ★★★
lkernagh 30 / 40 ★★★
LoraShouse 8 / 25
luvamystery65 26 / 30 ★★★★
madhatter22 35 / 40 ★★★★
mmignano11 8 / 50
majkia 42 / 50 ★★★★
mandymarie 18 / 50
MelissaHozey 8 / 25
Miss Watson 49 / 52 ★★★★★
MissSos 2 / 25
moonshineandrosefire 40 / 86
MrGilpatric 40 / 100
mrhr 2 / 24
nancynova 49 / 50 ★★★★★
nebula21 16 / 30
nerwende 13 / 30
Nickelini 34 / 50 ★★
pigletto 63 / 80 ★★★
Quaisior 2 / 40
QuestingforaQuest 2 / 15
QuiteTheHuman 1 / 24
rabbitprincess 47 / 50 ★★★★★
rainpebble★ 51 / 10
read2relax 2 / 24
readingtangent 32 / 45 ★★
RjRBukSlavZM99 5 / 25
Robertgreaves 41 / 66 ★
rubyandthetwins 12 / 40
sallylou61 24 / 36 ★★
saraslibrary 29 / 50
Soupdragon 29 / 40 ★★
SqueakyChu 7 / 9 ★★★
storygenie 7 / 40
streamsong 20 / 50
Tallulah_Rose 3 / 12
tames 9 / 13 ★★
tess_schoolmarm★ 79 / 50
torontoc 24 / 30 ★★★
trav 2 / 30
verkakte 9 / 20
VertOlive 6 / 24
vestafan 6 / 30
weird_o 30 / 40 ★★★
WordMaven 5 / 20

LadyBookworth, lindapanzo, Jackie_K, leslie.98, ipsoivan, kaledyer, karenmarie, rainpebble, tess_schoolmarm, ipsoivan and InfoQuest were joined this month by Carmenere, Henrik_Madsen, and kaylaraeintheway- at reaching their goals.
Big round of applause!!!
Our leaders to be next are:

nancynova 98.0%
benitastrnad 95.6%
Klmesoftly 94.6%
MissWatson 94.2%
rabbitprincess 94.0%

So, now, Ladies and Gentlemen, BOOK LOVERS, BIBLIOPHILES, BOOK HOARDERS - get out there and read those BOOKS!
Don't be swept away by the warmer weather and sunny skies! Work on your tan and read a book at the same time! We still need to read those ROOTs!

The goal for August is 2,802 We can do this! Just 179 books!

Aug 2, 2016, 5:45pm Top

Thanks as always for updating, Chèli! :)

I am quick off the mark for August with my first ROOT finished yesterday -- The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli (Oxford World's Classics edition, translated by Peter Bondanella and Mark Musa).

Aug 2, 2016, 6:19pm Top

>1 cyderry: Indeed, thank you very much for the AUGUST thread and all your work.

Aug 2, 2016, 6:30pm Top

Thanks for all your work, Cheli!

Edited: Aug 2, 2016, 7:54pm Top

Oh, NO! I lost a star!!!

I'll do better, now that I'm not taking off for two weeks to see my grandbaby.

My first book of August is also a ROOT: Appaloosa by Robert Parker. It's the first-time I've read anything by this author, and it's pretty good. I just wish some authors didn't feel the need to use curse words so much.

And yes, I *do* appreciate all you do with the ROOT group, Cheli. This bunch have helped me so much the last few years, getting those older books either read, or removed, or sometimes both.

Aug 2, 2016, 10:06pm Top

Still ahead of where I need to be, but my chunkster in July slowed me down and I still haven't finished it.

Aug 3, 2016, 4:40am Top

Thanks for the effort, Chèli! It's wonderful to see how well we are doing!

Aug 3, 2016, 11:06am Top

My numbers are correct. Thanks Chèli for all the work.

Aug 3, 2016, 9:26pm Top

My own totals are correct too, Cheli, and thank you so much! I just finished my first ROOT for August yesterday - Snow in April by Rosamunde Pilcher.

Aug 4, 2016, 12:50pm Top

First for the month (started in July) ... Colette (trans Antonia White), The Complete Claudine, a doorstopper @ 632pp ... 47/75

Aug 4, 2016, 8:02pm Top

First of the month done with Overture to Death! Off to update the tickers & my thread...

Edited: Aug 5, 2016, 2:01pm Top

I have several books to finish so my total for August should be higher than was July.

I finished 3 ROOTS in July and forgot to post them. I did not update any tickers.

Aug 5, 2016, 11:09pm Top

>12 benitastrnad: does that bring you past your goal?

Aug 6, 2016, 9:19am Top

Just finished #29 Crime and Punishment which was everything I expected and hoped for: Incredibly satisfying.

Aug 6, 2016, 9:31am Top

On a ROOT roll here: 11 so far this month!

I have read two ROOTs, but cleaned out the bookshelves in the spare bedroom, removing 9 more books I have had for over a decade and probably will never read.

I hope that atones for my very poor showing last month...

Personal ticker (only) updated. :)

Aug 6, 2016, 3:49pm Top

I have a question- how do you guys motivate yourselves? I have hit a wall and can't seem to be able to get around it no matter how I try. It's frustrating, looking at the pile of TBRs and knowing that it isn't going down any time soon. Any advice or words of encouragement are welcome.

Aug 6, 2016, 4:14pm Top

Be selfish- read what interests you right now- not because you feel compelled to read for a specific challenge.

Aug 6, 2016, 4:38pm Top

>16 enemyanniemae: I'm counting ALL my own books - also the new ones I buy. My first year in the challenge I did it differently - a ROOT had to be on the shelves for at least a year - but it was demotivating so I changed it. Mixing it up keeps me more interested in the old ones, when I read them.

Aug 6, 2016, 4:39pm Top

Just have fun looking for a new ROOT in my TBR pile. It should not be a burden, but you have to make it interesting and FUN! And >17 torontoc: is right, be selfish. If you want to read something else that's okay. Maybe you can get your motivation back that way.

Reporting ROOT 32 for the year, # 1 for August

Going to update the group tickers.

Aug 6, 2016, 4:40pm Top

>16 enemyanniemae: I count all books I own, as well, and I even count rereads (they too are part of my library). That gives me broad parameters. I also commute by bus, so I read ROOTS on the commute and library books at home. This helps me feel like I'm making progress on both fronts.

Aug 6, 2016, 5:14pm Top

>16 enemyanniemae: Like >18 Henrik_Madsen: and >20 rabbitprincess: I also count all books I own, including new ones and re-reads... I mean, the challenge says 'read our own tomes', right? All books I own are my own tomes, so there :) I just don't count borrowed or library books. I think you should feel free to widen your parameters a bit if you feel cramped.

One other thing I do: If I really don't know what to read anymore and I'm just standing there staring at my books, I sometimes pick a book at random and simply read that. It helps me to get through slumps if I can't choose or feel like no book is right at that moment. Simply starting something, anything, helps to get going...

I'm having a very good month so far, with 6 ROOTs finished already :)

Aug 6, 2016, 7:38pm Top

Second for the month, Susanna Moodie, Roughing It in the Bush, 48/75.

Edited: Aug 7, 2016, 9:09am Top

>16 enemyanniemae: I only count books I have owned for over a year (and only count rereads if the format is new - generally audiobook editions of books I had previously read in print). But I set my goal low so that I would have time to read newer books & library books as well.

In terms of motivation, I try at the beginning of the month to look through my ROOTs to see if I have any that will work for the month's challenges (over in 2016 Category Challenge group) and can generally find several to choose from. That helps motivate me to read those instead of getting books from the library to some extent (I still struggle with my library addiction though!).

I also find it helps to ignore the size of my TBR or backlog and focus on what progress I have made. I don't think that I will ever get my TBR under control so if I think about it too much it can become paralyzing. Just be happy with each book that you can claim (even if it doesn't make a dent in the total you "have to" get to).

Hope that you find a way past your wall - keep us posted.

{added later}
One other thing I do to help is occasionally I will get from the library or LibriVox an audiobook edition of a book I own in print or on my Kindle - I have more time for listening to audiobooks these days than for sitting down and reading. I then count that print or ebook as done (even though I actually used a different format).

Aug 7, 2016, 8:27am Top

I have finished two more Kindle ROOTs - my thread and personal ticker updated but I didn't adjust the group tickers.

Edited: Aug 7, 2016, 8:55am Top

>23 leslie.98: only count rereads if the format is new

At my age {heh heh} durn near every reread format is new!

ETA: Like you, I tie ROOTing in with challenges ... Reading Through Time and (for this month) All Virago/All August. And now, back to rereading A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, which I haven't read in over forty years and which will count to the RTT Arthurian theme for the third quarter of this year. (But it won't count as a ROOT because I'm reading it in the Library of America edition of Twain's historical novels, so I'll be rereading Joan of Arc for the fourth RTT quarter, Medieval, and The Prince and the Pauper for RTT-Renaissance in the first quarter of next year, at which time it will satisfy a ROOT for the entire LoA volume.)

Aug 7, 2016, 10:32am Top

Finished my second ROOT for August: Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. Updated both personal and group tickers.

Edited: Aug 7, 2016, 2:46pm Top

My count says that I have read 43. That would NOT get me to my goal, but I will make it this month. I have several titles I am about to finish that will get me to my goal.

Aug 7, 2016, 6:41pm Top

>16 enemyanniemae: I am not sure how you feel about multiple books at the same time. When I am really struggling with motivation to read a weighty ROOT I sometimes set up a rule to read a chapter of the ROOT and then read a chapter of another book that is pure pleasure. I usually find that once I start the ROOT I get sucked in and no longer need the strategy. When this does not occur and it is continually a struggle I reconsider whether the ROOT is worth finishing as there are so many other worthy reads in this wide world. Best of luck with getting over the hump.

Edited: Aug 9, 2016, 6:59am Top

#36 for the year, first of the month, Books of Bale by John Arden. This one took me quite a while, but was well worth it.

Aug 7, 2016, 7:46pm Top

>16 enemyanniemae: I have felt the same way. Like others have said it might help to read anything you own for awhile even if you have bought it recently, and count it.

I went through my TBRs one by one the last time I had a slump and thought about why I didn't want to read it. Quite often it was because it was a mistake buy, I would probably never really want to read it so I got rid of it. I also boxed up a few that I didn't want to read at the time but didn't want them staring at me when I went to the bookcase so I boxed them up and put them in the closet. I made a deal with myself that I would look at them again at the end of this year (it was mid 2015 when I put them out of sight).

I know its hard to get rid of unread books but sometimes it's the best thing to do. Remember, we read for pleasure and shouldn't let our TBRs become a burden.

Aug 8, 2016, 2:19pm Top

I read multiple books at a time. I have the books in different locations, that way I am not schlepping some sort of electronic device around with me all the time. I find them unhandy and unwieldy. Books can be as well, but they come in various sizes so I can fit them in a bag or leave one in the car. Paper - a technology that always works. Unless you take a paperback to the swimming pool.

Aug 8, 2016, 4:26pm Top

Reporting ROOT 33 for the year, # 2 for August

Updating all tickers.

Aug 8, 2016, 7:42pm Top

August. All tickers updated.

Aug 8, 2016, 7:48pm Top

Third ROOT for the month and the ROOT that brings me to my goal: Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist, by Dorothy Gilman. Personal and group tickers have been updated. (I updated them earlier but wandered off before I managed to post here.)

Aug 9, 2016, 2:22am Top

Congrats RP!

Aug 9, 2016, 2:43am Top

>34 rabbitprincess: Nice - congratulations!

Edited: Aug 9, 2016, 2:50am Top

rabbitprincess -Congratulations!!! A job well done! way to go!!

Aug 9, 2016, 3:31am Top

Well done, rabbitprincess

Edited: Aug 9, 2016, 11:57am Top

>16 enemyanniemae::enemyanniemae: I suffered through a reading slump three months ago and to get myself back into reading, I reread some old favorites of mine. Plus, I spent several weeks indulging in two of my other passions: jigsaw and sum-doku puzzles! I think that I'm over the worst part of my reading slump now, but I wound up rereading 9 books anyway!

Aug 10, 2016, 12:24am Top

THANK YOU ALL!! I really appreciate all of the suggestions. I am going to tuck them away for future reference and rescue. I am pleased to announce that I finally finished Spellbinder by Melanie Rawn and I am hoping that my wall may have finally crumbled.

Aug 10, 2016, 1:53am Top

>40 enemyanniemae: You see, that's what the ROOTers do! Cheering you along and helping you to attack that wall!

Aug 10, 2016, 3:48am Top

>41 connie53: I have to admit that you all are very cool. And knowledgeable. And inspiring. And you read things that sound very interesting. And you got me back into jigsaw puzzles. *grin*

Aug 10, 2016, 8:38am Top

First book for August read.

The stickers were out of sync - the first one had 2636 and the second one 2635. I've updated both to 2637. I hope I didn't mess that up.

Aug 10, 2016, 4:01pm Top

#30 is done: The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Fast and thrilling read!

Aug 10, 2016, 5:16pm Top

>16 enemyanniemae: I think that we have all reached a point where we want all the shiny new books and leave those old books behind. For me, I just think, that the reason why those books have been on my shelf is because at one time I really wanted to read it so there must be something special about it that made me get it in the first place, so I try to re-read the reviews here and most of the time that reminds me why I wanted to read it in the first place. Fortunately, for me, the majority of the 600+ ROOTs that I have, I really want to read - I just can't find the time, and then new books keep tempting me. I do count advanced review copies in my ROOT challenge so that some of those shiny new books are included. But even then, I have ARCs that are still sitting on the shelf. (July was my worst reading month since I joined LT in 2008 - but I'm not giving up - I love to read too much!)

One thing - please don't stress out about reading ROOTs or not reading ROOTs - reading is supposed to be fun and enjoyable - just do it!

Aug 10, 2016, 10:07pm Top

#37 finished, Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson. Wonderful book.

Aug 10, 2016, 10:20pm Top

2 more ROOTs done -- personal thread and my ticker updated but I didn't change the group tickers.

Aug 11, 2016, 6:51am Top

Another August ROOT dug out, all tickers updated.

Aug 11, 2016, 8:59am Top

>46 ipsoivan: Good to know, Maggie. That is on my wish-list too. Now I have to buy it a bit quicker than I expected.

Aug 12, 2016, 4:21am Top

I have read three books in August, so far, and with the third I have reached my goal. Yippee! Of course I will continue ROOTing.

Aug 12, 2016, 4:55am Top

> 50 Now, that's good news. Congratulations!

We are really doing great this year.

Edited: Aug 12, 2016, 1:47pm Top

>50 MissWatson: Yeah Miss Watson! It's always great to hear that someone achieved their goal.

To all those that have reached their goal, was there a book that had been sitting that you are really, really happy that you finally read? Any 5 star reads?

Aug 12, 2016, 5:14pm Top

I've added my first for August (#26 overall) and updated my own and the group tickers.

Aug 13, 2016, 3:32am Top

I have finally finished a root for the month. Off to update tickers.

Aug 13, 2016, 3:50am Top

I am mistaken this is actually my second root for the month. I forgot to record the previous one. that's what happens when you finish one and reach for the next...More ticker updating!

Aug 13, 2016, 9:20am Top

>52 cyderry: What I've really enjoyed about this year is creating a "pool" of possible ROOT reads based on group reads and challenges over at the Category Challenge. It's made the task of choosing my next ROOT a lot easier, and some of the books in that pool have been around for a while, so it is very satisfying to cross them off the list. I don't read from the pool exclusively, but it has been a useful tool for me.

Edited: Aug 13, 2016, 9:40pm Top

Completed my second ROOT for August, The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott. This is the first in the Book Collector Mystery series. This mystery revolves around a maybe missing, maybe nonexistent, play by Agatha Christie.

Aug 13, 2016, 12:50pm Top

>52 cyderry: For some strange reason, it's the non-fiction books that turn out to be five-star reads for me, like Latein ist tot, es lebe Latein!, about the Latin language. I also enjoyed Sansibar oder der letzte Grund, a book that had been on the curriculum for German class in my time, but which we didn't read back then. Most of the others were pretty much what I expected, which is not a bad thing.

Aug 13, 2016, 2:27pm Top

>52 cyderry: like rabbitprincess my strategy led to some treasures. I finished the last few roots by sorting my TBR alphabetically by author, and have kept reading this way for the most part since I reached my goal. Such treasures in my As--most recently some long neglected Kate Atkinsons that I bought years ago at a library sale. I also braved John Arden, who really intimidated me, and found him tough, but really rewarding. The wonderful Brick Lane was a real treat lurking up there on the top shelf. I'm launching into my Bs with Isaac Babel's stories.

Aug 13, 2016, 2:28pm Top

#38 Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson. Loved this. I'm sad that I've finished all but one of her books now.

Aug 13, 2016, 2:48pm Top

>52 cyderry: In ROOTing terms the best book has been SAK by Joakim Garff, which is a biography on Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. It was a 700-page intimidating volume which had sat on my shelves for 13 solid years. As expected it turned out to be a good read, but the book and the subject was a bit intimidating, so good to have it out the way.

My best reads this year have been newly bought books: War's unwomanly face by Svetlana Aleksijevitj and Crime and Punishent by Dostojevskij.

Aug 13, 2016, 4:30pm Top

Reporting ROOT 34 for the year, # 3 for August

Updating the group tickers.

Aug 13, 2016, 9:21pm Top

After a poor showing in July, I am making up for it in August! Just finished another ROOT - my thread and ticker are updated but group tickers were not.

Edited: Aug 13, 2016, 9:31pm Top

I am deeply involved with a chunkster from off of my shelves - Americanah. I like it but at close to 500 pages it is taking me some time to read.

Aug 14, 2016, 10:54am Top

>64 benitastrnad: I know what you mean! I have been slowly making my way through A Fine Balance which is 600 pages.

Aug 14, 2016, 1:25pm Top

Just finished my first ROOT for August, #24 for the year.

Aug 14, 2016, 3:11pm Top

Finished reading my 50th ROOT for the year. DONE!! The book was Rocket Boys and quite good. It also counted in the Dewey challenge which helped move it into sight to be read in August.

Ticker updated, but now I need to really read more of those lovely ABC TBRs that have been languishing on my shelves.

Aug 14, 2016, 6:21pm Top

#39 Collected Stories of Isaac Babel. Pearl-ruled this one.

Aug 14, 2016, 11:31pm Top

Marion Garthwaite's Coarse Gold Gulch (4****), 49/75. A middle-reader novel, so I finished it in a day. I need some of these quick reads to make up for some of the doorstoppers I've recently done or I'm going to fall behind goal. This one fits in also with the Reading Through Time group's August theme of "Journeys."

Aug 15, 2016, 1:08am Top

>67 nancynova: Congratulations on reaching your goal!! :-)

Aug 15, 2016, 2:48am Top

>67 nancynova: Congratulations - well done!

Aug 15, 2016, 4:14am Top

>67 nancynova: Congratulations and enjoy the free reading!

Aug 15, 2016, 2:06pm Top

I've added one more short ROOT (#2 for August, #27 for the year for me) to all tickers (mine and group).

Aug 15, 2016, 11:13pm Top

>67 nancynova: Congratulations!

Aug 16, 2016, 8:44am Top

>63 leslie.98: Wish I could say the same. July was my worst reading month in 7 years and this month I'm not doing much better. It's not that I don't want to read, just that I have so much going on I've been unable to find the time. Hoping that the end of the month when I go north to visit my sister TUTUthefirst,I'll get some time.

Aug 16, 2016, 1:20pm Top

I just finished my second ROOT for August - Silver Wedding by Maeve Binchy. This was a reread for me, but I honestly didn't remember how the story ended! Now I'm reading When You Believe by Deborah Bedford.

Edited: Aug 16, 2016, 8:37pm Top

Adding two extra ROOTS to the group total: Each Man's Son, by Hugh MacLennan; and The Viking Symbol Mystery, by Franklin W. Dixon. This brings me to five ROOTS for the month. I have updated my personal ticker and the group tickers.

Aug 18, 2016, 7:37am Top

Aug 18, 2016, 11:04am Top

Just a quick minute to pop in and ask you all to help me out.
I'm not pulling my weight this month so if you all could read a few extra ROOTs in my place, then we can stay on track. Family and real life are getting in the way big time - 28 relatives in town and I am the hostess!

Hardly have a chance to read :-(

Aug 18, 2016, 3:39pm Top

>79 cyderry: I'm surprised you have time to write an update!

Sounds nice, though.

Aug 18, 2016, 7:26pm Top

Help yourself to some of mine!

Aug 19, 2016, 12:36am Top

I've just finished another one. So will move that ticker.

Aug 19, 2016, 11:14am Top

Reporting ROOT 36 for the year, # 5 for August

Updating all tickers.

And I completed my challenge!

Aug 19, 2016, 12:05pm Top

Mario: A Mexican Boy's Adventure by Marion Garthwaite, another middle-reader that compensates for some of my doorstoppers. Brings me to 4 so far for this month and 50/75.

Aug 19, 2016, 5:07pm Top

>83 connie53: Congratulations!

Aug 19, 2016, 7:21pm Top

>83 connie53: Yay!! Good going!

Aug 19, 2016, 8:57pm Top

Finished reading When You Believe by Deborah Bedford just yesterday. I'm not all that pleased with my current reading pace, but this was my third ROOT for August!

Aug 20, 2016, 10:34am Top

>83 connie53: Nice! Congratulations😊

Aug 20, 2016, 11:06am Top

>83 connie53: That's great!!

Aug 20, 2016, 8:29pm Top

Finished reading The House of Silk and updated my ticket.

Edited: Aug 21, 2016, 12:02pm Top

>79 cyderry: I've slowed down a little as I am reading a bit of a chunkster at the moment, which I am chipping away at slowly - I'm hopeful that I'll finish it in September. I've got a quicker read on the go too though, so hopefully I will have one more to add for August. I'll keep you posted.

I hope you're having a great time with family, cheli, I'm sure you're the hostess with the mostess!

Aug 22, 2016, 12:50am Top

Alas, Poor Lady by Rachel Ferguson, best known for The Brontës Went to Woolworths, which I think I'm going to go on to for a reread next. Alas, Poor Lady is "darker" than TBWtW, but in fact TBWtW probably also has a dark underside that you don't detect on a first reading. As a Persephone, Alas, Poor Lady also satisfies some reading for All Virago/All August (which also includes Persephone), and my reread of TBWtW will also be one for AV/AA.

5th for August, 51/75

Aug 22, 2016, 7:42am Top

Honoured Enemy my first for more than a month, finally got over my case of library-itis. Unfortunately it is a chronic recurring condition so I suspect I will be struck down again soon.

Group tickers updated.

Aug 23, 2016, 6:55pm Top

I haven't done much reading this month - but the month isn't over yet.

Aug 23, 2016, 11:40pm Top

Murder in LaMut finished the Legends of the Riftwar trilogy. Not my favourite novel as the murder mystery component was sort of middling.

Both group tickers updated.

Aug 24, 2016, 12:16pm Top

>93 brakketh: "library-itis" -- lol! I too have a chronic case of this. And it seems to have gotten worse with age :P

Aug 24, 2016, 8:06pm Top

After two full months of not reading I finally read another manga before it became three full months. I don't feel guilty at all for not reading as I have been fully enjoying my summer but it does feel good to have a manga off the TBR pile!

Edited: Aug 24, 2016, 10:54pm Top

Another surplus ROOT: The Gospel of Loki, by Joanne M. Harris. All tickers updated.

Aug 24, 2016, 11:44pm Top

What did you think of The Gospel of Loki? I saw that in a bookshop and nearly bought it.

Edited: Aug 25, 2016, 10:15am Top

Rose Macaulay's Told by an Idiot (3*** review), which also satisfies All Virago/All August.

6 for August, 52/75

Aug 25, 2016, 7:03am Top

>99 Robertgreaves: It took me a few chapters (although they are short) to get settled in but I found it amusing. It's not a drastic reimagining; the setting is the same, and it follows the regular Norse-myth trajectory from Ymir to Ragnarok, but told from the POV of Loki rather than by an omniscient third person.

Edited: Aug 25, 2016, 7:23am Top

>93 brakketh: As to library-itis, I seem to have contracted this as well, with the added symptom of sometimes succumbing to buying the book if it's not currently available or if the e-book file is muddled.
Just did this with A Whole Life, which I'm currently reading as a root. Not my usual alphabetical order, and not an old root, but I just couldn't resist. My wish list at the library is as big, if not bigger, than my TBR at home.

Aug 25, 2016, 7:39am Top

#40 History: A Very Short Introduction and my 6th root for August.

Aug 25, 2016, 4:33pm Top

Reporting ROOT 37 for the year, # 6 for August

Updating all tickers!

Aug 25, 2016, 6:37pm Top

>96 leslie.98: & >102 ipsoivan: I am sure that we are not the only ones to enjoyably "suffer" from this disorder. In the last year I have moved to a larger city and the increased range of books available through my library is truly overwhelming.

Aug 25, 2016, 6:47pm Top

I still have not managed to finish reading a YA novel of 174 pages. I am just too tired at night to read. Maybe this weekend I can finish it.

I did manage to hit my goal of 45 ROOTS for this year last week.

Aug 26, 2016, 3:56am Top

I feel like I have been lagging behind in my ROOTs reading. Two for the month so far. I hope to finish a few more before the end of the month but don't think that will be enough to earn back my second star.

Aug 26, 2016, 5:15pm Top

>106 benitastrnad: Congratulations!

Aug 26, 2016, 5:16pm Top

Roots 41 and 42, A Whole Life and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Quite the opposite from each other in terms of style, both short. A Whole Life gets 5 stars.

Aug 26, 2016, 7:11pm Top

ROOT 27 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings completing. Wonderful and wrenching memoir.

Group tickers both updated.

Aug 27, 2016, 11:06am Top

I finished my #50 ROOT (so met goal) and whilst looking at the group thread, realized that the ticker will actually keep going past the goal. So, likely no more ROOTs for August, but back in September with more of mine.

Aug 27, 2016, 12:14pm Top

>111 nancynova: Congrats on reaching your goal!

Aug 27, 2016, 1:24pm Top

#25 read , tickers updated and the review is on my thread

Aug 27, 2016, 2:45pm Top

Oops. I actually went backwards this month! I'm only counting ROOTs that I'm giving away after reading, and halfway through re-reading a series I was planning to give away, I decided to keep them after all.

Aug 27, 2016, 3:28pm Top

>111 nancynova: Congrats on reaching your goal!

>114 madhatter22: If that was how I counted ROOTs, I would be lucky to get 5 in a year!! Though I am trying harder to shed my packrat instincts these days...

Edited: Aug 29, 2016, 5:36am Top

Reporting ROOT 38 for the year, # 7 for August

Updating all tickers!

>106 benitastrnad: >111 nancynova:


Aug 27, 2016, 6:13pm Top

Finished my second ROOT for August today, putting me at 25/40 for the year. All tickers updated.

Aug 27, 2016, 11:52pm Top

Congratulations nancynova on meeting your goal of 50 books. Way to go!!!!! Well done!!!

Aug 28, 2016, 3:04am Top

>114 madhatter22: I wouldn't get any ROOTs read if I had to give them away before I counted them!

>106 benitastrnad: >111 nancynova:

Congratulations on meeting your goals!

Aug 28, 2016, 10:38am Top

I finished my fourth ROOT for August - Becoming Jane Eyre: A Novel by Sheila Kohler - last night.

Aug 28, 2016, 11:12am Top

I've finished what will probably be my last ROOT for August: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Ticker updated. Just four more in as many months for my goal this year!

Aug 28, 2016, 1:06pm Top

Just a pop in, the relatives finally left last Monday,then I had to get ready to fly out Wednesday for a visit with my sister in Maine. Tututhefirst and I are having a great time catching up, talking books reading a little, and playing games. Returning home on Wednesday the 31st.

Aug 28, 2016, 2:58pm Top

>122 cyderry:, Have Fun with Tutu, Chèli!

Aug 28, 2016, 3:34pm Top

Just edited my personal and the group ticker for a ROOT I finished awhile ago. I'm going to make a point of choosing a ROOT for my next book - I've only got 3 left but I've been very distracted by the new and shiny lately!

Aug 28, 2016, 4:04pm Top

I have given up updating the group tickers but have been keeping my thread and personal ticker updated. It has been an excellent month for reading ROOTs for me -- I have knocked off 12!!

Aug 28, 2016, 4:18pm Top

>125 leslie.98: Good Job, Leslie.

Aug 29, 2016, 12:10am Top

Another one for the month and a chunkster for me. Excellent though - The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson. Updating tickers

Aug 29, 2016, 12:55am Top

Vita Sackville-West's The Edwardians, which came to me from my Virago Secret Santa back in 2014 and which also satisfies the All Virago/All August challenge. 7th for the month and 53/75.

Aug 29, 2016, 5:36am Top

Reporting ROOT 39 for the year, # 8 for August

Updating all tickers!

Aug 29, 2016, 10:22am Top

Finished my third ROOT for August, for a total of 26/40. All tickers updated.

Aug 29, 2016, 11:23am Top

So much for me hoping to have a book finished by the end of the month. I think my paltry 2 for August is going to be all. However, in my defence I have made really good progress on my current chunkster and should finish it reasonably early on in September. Hopefully I'll have a few short ones in September to increase my totals, as I bought rather more books in August than I should have! (whoops)

Aug 30, 2016, 4:15am Top

I finished eight books in August, have reached and surpassed my goal and am very pleased with my progress. There won't be quite so much ROOTing next month, as I plan a short vacation. My own ticker is updated.

Aug 30, 2016, 10:09am Top

Third book for August finished, updated all tickers.

Aug 30, 2016, 12:52pm Top

I'm leaving town for a few days and won't finish any more ROOTS for this month. I read 3 for 24/30.

Aug 30, 2016, 1:13pm Top

Roots 43 and 44 completed. The Children at Green Knowe Collection contains The Children at Green Knowe and The River at Green Knowe, but I'm counting it as one, as they were purchased as a single e-copy. I also just finished The Women in Black by Madeleine St. John. All 3 were short and really fun.

Edited: Aug 30, 2016, 1:30pm Top

I read three ROOTs this month for a total of 27 completed out of a goal of 36.

They include:
Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism by Susan Ware
One of Ours by Willa Cather
Herbert Hoover's Hideaway: the Story of Camp Hoover on the Rapidan River in Shenandoah National Park by Darwin Lambert.

More info about them is on my thread at https://www.librarything.com/topic/210683

Aug 30, 2016, 7:44pm Top

One more ROOT for the month: The Fire Engine that Disappeared, by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, with no translator credited in my edition that I can see.

My personal ticker and the group tickers have been updated.

Aug 30, 2016, 8:22pm Top

I managed to finish another short one that I was part way through. Young Adolf is my 45th root this year, and my 11th for August.

Edited: Aug 30, 2016, 9:36pm Top

I thought I might be able to squeeze another ROOT in, but it doesn't look like it's going to be possible, so here is my report for August 2016

UpROOTED books: 5
ROOTless books: 1
Added to the TBR shelves: 3

The ROOTs were:

Buried for Pleasure by Edmund Crispin
Supernova: Ksatria, Putri & Bintang Jatuh by Dewi Lestari
Chaos by James Gleick
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Master and God by Lindsey Davis

ROOTs in YTD: 46

Personal and group tickers have been adjusted, but hopefully not harmed.

Aug 31, 2016, 2:11am Top

Somehow right at the end I managed to read 2 manga. Hopefully that'll prevent me from losing a star.

Edited: Oct 3, 2016, 11:46am Top

Hello everyone! So, I must admit that I have been rereading one ROOT that I already read back in March. (I don't want to throw any totals out of whack, so I'm trying to figure out how to handle this particular reread.) I hope to finish it by the end of the month, but I don't know if I will. I haven't been feeling well for the past week and a half, so I've been pampering myself a little bit.

Anyway, in keeping with the group theme, here are my totals for August:

Ancient Oaks Pruned: stands for older books read from my TBR pile: 2
Young Saplings Pruned: stands for newer books read from my TBR pile: 3
Trees Replanted: stands for rereads from my TBR pile: 2
New Seeds Planted: stands for additions to my TBR pile: 4
Trees Transplanted: stands for books that were donated: 6

I'm always keeping my personal ticker updated, but I never touch the group one!

Aug 31, 2016, 10:21pm Top

Totals for August:

ROOTs Read: 6

ROOTs Total: 18 rehomed, either read or unread

Personal ticker updated to 60, have not touched main ticker.

Sep 1, 2016, 12:38am Top

I squeezed in one more ROOT today for a total of 5 for August which is more like my usual amount for a month.

Does anyone know how to delete a spam post on a thread? I have one sitting on mine.

Sep 1, 2016, 12:52am Top

I finished my last ROOT of August which brought my annual total to 67. I have updated my personal ticker but did not touch the group one.

Sep 1, 2016, 6:44am Top

>143 Familyhistorian: You can't delete it, but if enough people flag it (click on 'More' below the offending post) then I think the powers-that-be remove it eventually.

Sep 1, 2016, 8:09am Top

>143 Familyhistorian: There is a spamfighters group you could report it to.

Edited: Sep 1, 2016, 4:28pm Top

Back from my trip and I managed to read enough ROOTs to keep my star but I will be settling in with a bunch in September., Glad everyone is doing so well.

Sep 1, 2016, 11:46am Top

Will start gathering numbers in a few hours so make sure that your tickers are up-to-date!

Sep 1, 2016, 2:56pm Top

>145 Jackie_K: >146 Robertgreaves: I went back to flag it to see if that would work and the message has been removed. Yay! Thanks for your help, Jackie and Robert.

Sep 1, 2016, 4:41pm Top

>147 cyderry: Hope you had a great trip!

Sep 1, 2016, 4:59pm Top

>150 rabbitprincess: I had a fabulous time - Tina and I just spent lazy days talking and reading and playing games - we did take one day to go shopping - we went to a local winery that made the most delicious blueberry dessert wine (can't wait until that arrives), the local farm that raises alpacas and from the wool they make the cutest stuffed animals (bought two of those for grandchildren) and finished off the day getting ice cream at the local dairy - yummy!

Sep 1, 2016, 5:08pm Top

New thread is up!

Sep 1, 2016, 5:46pm Top

>151 cyderry: That sounds awesome! :D

Edited: Sep 1, 2016, 10:02pm Top

I love that series by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. I need to read the rest of that series.

Edited: Sep 1, 2016, 10:04pm Top

I finished 3 books for this month. No tickers updated.

Those titles are:
Dead Lagoon by Michael Dibdin - one of the Aurelio Zen mysteries
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff

Sep 2, 2016, 1:44pm Top

Only got one ROOT read in August. Bad month. Bad life. Bad whine. September will be better.

Updating personal ticker but I'll leave the group ticker to the professionals.

Sep 3, 2016, 7:03pm Top

Sorry for being so late! I read three ROOTs in August:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 7/30/16 8/1/16 ***** 255 pages hardcover
Where God Was Born by Bruce Feiler 7/15/16 8/18/16 *** audiobook, but 381 pages trade paperback
The Night of the Mary Kay Commandos Featuring Smell O-Toons by Berke Breathed 8/25/16 8/26/16 **** 96 pages paperback

Sep 7, 2016, 11:06am Top

Sorry so late. I read 3 books and I updated both tickers.

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