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NOVEMBER ROOT - Progress Thread

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2016 ROOT Challenge - (Read Our Own Tomes)

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Edited: Nov 4, 2016, 11:56pm Top

password = ROOTS
We're coming to the final push and we are still on target to reach our goal!

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 October.
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 they 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.
I've made an executive decision and removed nine people who have not reach at least 10% of their goal and have had no progress posted in the last 6 months. The numbers have been adjusted.

I think they must have forgotten us.

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 62.9%
50worth 7 / 24 20.8%
amberfly 44 / 50 ★ 88.0%
Ameise1 9 / 10 ★ 90.0%
auntmarge64 21 / 30 70.0%
avanders 23 / 30 76.7%
avidmom 15 / 20 75.0%
benitastrnad★ 56 / 45 124.4%
benuathanasia★ 161 / 100 161.0%
billiejean★ 42 / 20 210.0%
BookDoc16 26 / 50 52.0%
bragan 91 / 100 ★ 91.0%
brewergirl 28 / 30 ★★ 93.3%
britt84★ 62 / 52 119.2%
Carmenere★ 26 / 25 104.0%
carriehh 5 / 21 23.8%
clue★ 30 / 30 100.0%
connie53★ 46 / 36 127.8%
craso★ 12 / 12 100.0%
crazy4reading 16 / 40 40.0%
Crotchetymama 29 / 30 ★★ 96.7%
CurrerBell 66 / 75 ★ 88.0%
cyderry 68 / 84 81.0%
deep220 44 / 50 ★ 88.0%
Dejah_Thoris 11 / 50 22.0%
detailmuse 29 / 30 ★★ 96.7%
DrApple 25 / 65 38.5%
enemyanniemae 46 / 52 ★ 88.5%
Familyhistorian 47 / 50 ★★ 94.0%
FiLoMa★ 20 / 15 133.3%
fuzzi★ 69 / 66 104.5%
getrus 38 / 52 73.1%
GreyhoundGal 5 / 25 20.0%
HelenBaker 41 / 48 85.4%
Helenoel 13 / 20 65.0%
Henrik_Madsen★ 37 / 25 148.0%
ILuvBookplates 2 / 20 10.0%
InfoQuest★ 119 / 85 140.0%
ipsoivan★ 51 / 30 170.0%
Jackie_K★ 36 / 12 300.0%
JacobsBeloved 10 / 15 66.7%
jen.e.moore★ 54 / 52 103.8%
johanna414★ 14 / 12 116.7%
kac522 20 / 30 66.7%
kaledyer★ 33 / 12 275.0%
karenmarie★ 32 / 9 355.6%
kaylaraeintheway★ 35 / 25 140.0%
kkunker 30 / 40 75.0%
klarusu 18 / 24 75.0%
Klmesoftly 53 / 56 ★★ 94.6%
LadyBookworth★ 15 / 12 125.0%
LauraBrook 69 / 75 ★★ 92.0%
leBleuCheese 23 / 24 ★★ 95.8%
leslie.98★ 105 / 50 210.0%
liberian 36 / 50 72.0%
lilisin 39 / 50 78.0%
limelite 3 / 12 25.0%
lindapanzo★ 68 / 24 283.3%
Lisa805 6 / 8 75.0%
LittleTaiko★ 56 / 55 101.8%
lkernagh★ 48 / 40 120.0%
LoraShouse 12 / 25 48.0%
luvamystery65★ 40 / 30 133.3%
madhatter22★ 43 / 40 107.5%
mmignano11 8 / 50 16.0%
majkia★ 66 / 50 132.0%
mandymarie 35 / 50 70.0%
MelissaHozey 8 / 25 32.0%
Miss Watson★ 67 / 52 128.8%
MissSos 4 / 25 16.0%
moonshineandrosefire 49 / 86 57.0%
MrGilpatric 40 / 100 40.0%
nancynova★ 52 / 50 104.0%
nebula21 21 / 30 70.0%
nerwende 23 / 30 76.7%
Nickelini 46 / 50 ★★ 92.0%
pigletto★ 84 / 80 105.0%
QuestingforaQuest 2 / 15 13.3%
rabbitprincess★ 67 / 50 134.0%
rainpebble★ 87 / 10 870.0%
readingtangent★ 45 / 45 100.0%
RjRBukSlavZM99 5 / 25 20.0%
Robertgreaves 60 / 66 ★ 90.9%
rubyandthetwins 18 / 40 45.0%
Sace 8 / 20 40.0%
sallylou61 34 / 36 ★★ 94.4%
saraslibrary 29 / 50 58.0%
Soupdragon 35 / 40 ★ 87.5%
SqueakyChu 7 / 9 77.8%
storygenie 7 / 40 17.5%
streamsong 28 / 50 56.0%
Tallulah_Rose 8 / 12 66.7%
tames 9 / 13 69.2%
tess_schoolmarm★ 95 / 50 190.0%
torontoc★ 33 / 30 110.0%
verkakte 9 / 20 45.0%
VertOlive 6 / 24 25.0%
vestafan 6 / 30 20.0%
weird_o 30 / 40 75.0%
WordMaven 5 / 20 25.0%

LadyBookworth, lindapanzo, Jackie_K, leslie.98, ipsoivan, kaledyer, karenmarie, rainpebble, tess_schoolmarm, ipsoivan, InfoQuest Carmenere, Henrik_Madsen, kaylaraeintheway, MissWatson, connie53, rabbitprincess, luvamsytery65, FiloMa, nancynova, benitastrnad, britt84, fuzzi, and lkernagh were joined this month by clue, craso, jen.e.moore, johanna414, LittleTaiko, madhatter22, readingtangent, and pigletto - at reaching their goals.

36% of the participants have reached their goal so far.

Big round of applause!!!
Our leaders to be next are:

Crotchetymama 96.7%
detailmuse 96.7%
leBleuCheese 95.8%

So, now, Ladies and Gentlemen, BOOK LOVERS, BIBLIOPHILES, BOOK HOARDERS - get out there and read those BOOKS!
Cooler weather is here so grab a nice warm book and cuddle up!

WE ONLY HAVE 305 BOOKS TO GO!!!! Just one more big push in the last 2 months!

Nov 2, 2016, 12:35pm Top

I have updated the tickers but they are being a bit feisty today so be patient.

Nov 2, 2016, 1:26pm Top

You forgot my name in reaching my goal!

Nov 2, 2016, 2:42pm Top

We only have 307 books to go for the year? I'm on it. *wheeze*

Edited: Nov 2, 2016, 3:25pm Top

WOOT WOOT!~! Ahead of our goal.............wonderful!~!
Let's all keep up the good & great reading of our ROOTs.

I read 12 ROOTs in October:
76. THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES by NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE; (5*); acquired prior to L/T; gothic;
77. The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill; (3 1/2*); acquired 08/13/2014; gothic;
78. Empire Falls by Richard Russo; (4 1/2*); acquired 08/05/2009; American lit; Pulitzer Prize winner
79. UNCLE SILAS: A TALE OF BARTRAM-HAUGH by JOSEPH SHERIDAN LE FANU; (5*); gothic; acquired prior to L/T;
80. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe; (with criticism); (4*); acquired prior to L/T; poetry; gothic/horror;
81. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN by LIONEL SHRIVER; (5*); acquired 01/05/2012; MAR;
82. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy; (4 1/2*); acquired prior to L/T; classics; BFB
83. THE DOUBLE BIND by CHRIS BOHJALIAN; (5*); acquired 03/22/2009; MAR;
84. JANE EYRE by CHARLOTTE BRONTE; (5*); acquired prior to L/T; classics; MAR;
85. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie; (4*); acquired 09/24/2007; MAR; mystery;
86. The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz; (4 1/2*); acquired 08/10/2015;
87. Carmilla: a Vampyre Tale by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu; (4*); acquired 09/14/2009

Nov 2, 2016, 4:12pm Top

Chèli- A big thank you for updating everything and keeping all of us ROOTers on track. Good luck to everyone this month!

Nov 2, 2016, 4:17pm Top

Woo hoo!! yay us!
Thank you Chèli for all you do!

Nov 2, 2016, 6:31pm Top

>1 cyderry: said: "WE ONLY HAVE 307 BOOKS TO GO!!!! Just one more big push in the last 2 months!

Wow - way to go everyone! And thanks Chèli for doing all the number crunching :-)

Nov 2, 2016, 8:28pm Top

I've got a week off later this month. I'm going to read like a madwoman! September and October were not productive months for me, but seeing that we only need 307 books really motivates me!

Nov 2, 2016, 10:28pm Top

I have added 15 ROOTs to my 2016 total, books that were identified as ROOTs, unread, removed, and rehomed.

We can do this!

Nov 3, 2016, 12:02am Top

>3 torontoc: I have made correction. My sincere apologies.

>10 fuzzi: Are these 15 additional so that we are now only 292 from he finish line?

Nov 3, 2016, 1:20am Top

My goal is in sight so I'm hoping to reach it this month.

Nov 3, 2016, 4:17am Top

Thanks for the numbers, Chèli, it's great to see we're close!

Nov 3, 2016, 5:09am Top

One last push and we're there! I have 6 left to read but I should clock up my first November one today. I'm going to aim to actually 'give' back to the total this year as I'm pretty sure I can make the 6 with no trouble. Even if I only make 7, it's a good aim. Thanks Chèli for crunching it all together again.

Nov 3, 2016, 6:52am Top

Just finished my first ROOT for November: Escaping Salem. It was supposed to be a ROOT for October, but things happen. Updating tickers now.

Nov 3, 2016, 8:27am Top

>11 cyderry: Thank you!
I have read #34 and my review is on my thread- I am not updating the tickers.

Nov 3, 2016, 12:59pm Top

I read one more ROOT before the end of October, and I only just got a chance to update my ticker. I've actually read a total of 49 ROOTs. Thank you so much for everything you have done, Cheli! :)

Edited: Nov 3, 2016, 1:28pm Top

>11 cyderry: yes! These are new ROOTs for November, books that are newly removed from my shelves!

Nov 3, 2016, 4:57pm Top

Thanks cyderry, greatly appreciate all the work collating our varied tickers. So good to see how many ROOTs people are clearing off their shelves to make room for new books.

It would be interesting to look at some of the physical dimensions of what people have cleared off their shelves (e.g., we ROOTed through books which if stacked would be as high as X). If I get some time later in the year I may figure that out for my ROOTs.

Nov 3, 2016, 6:16pm Top

Done, but keeping going. Goal is the clear most of the April 2008 stock that accumulated prior to the move to Pa

Edited: Nov 3, 2016, 6:59pm Top

A Folio Society edition of The Call of the Wild is number 19 - 5 to go, all tickers updated.

Nov 3, 2016, 7:37pm Top

WOO HOO!!!!! We are doing great! :D

Nov 4, 2016, 2:59am Top

Hi Cheli. Mine should read 41/48. I have also finished my first for November. So will update tickers.

Nov 4, 2016, 3:03am Top

Cheli, I apologise I see it was my mistake in the October thread. My ticker is definitely 48.

Nov 4, 2016, 10:21am Top

Finished #35 - review is on my thread- tickers not updated

Nov 4, 2016, 2:32pm Top

Finished #36- review on my thread- tickers not updated

Nov 4, 2016, 4:53pm Top

I just shot past my goal of 75 and am at 92 as of yesterday afternoon! I have not updated any group tickers, only my own personal ticker.

We are doing really well this year! Does anyone remember if we've been this on track before? I can't remember.

Edited: Nov 4, 2016, 11:04pm Top

Finished my first ROOT for November. I read an old celebrity biography Martha Inc. and found it an interesting read. Even if it was dated and Martha has moved on. As has the world.

Nov 5, 2016, 7:53am Top

>28 benitastrnad: I enjoy reading "dated" books. :)

Nov 5, 2016, 9:56am Top

One more ROOT down. Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet. Updating tickers now.

Nov 5, 2016, 2:02pm Top

I've finished 2 ROOTs already this month, taking my total for the year to 38. I've updated both my and the group tickers.

Edited: Nov 6, 2016, 3:47am Top

First ROOT for November, Gore Vidal's Burr (4**** review), 67/75.

Now on to Lincoln. I'm doing a read of Vidal's Narratives of Empire (historical order) series for the Reading Through Time group's November topic of Presidents, Veeps, and Elections.

Nov 6, 2016, 4:18am Top

First ROOT for November down, all tickers updated successfully. I've got 6 books left to read to reach my goal - I think I can do this!

Nov 6, 2016, 10:51am Top

Two more ROOTs down this morning: A Stroke of Genius and Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus vol. 2 Going to update tickers now.

Edited: Nov 6, 2016, 2:47pm Top

I finished another ROOT today. Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George has been on my shelf for a little over a year. Today it is done.

Nov 7, 2016, 9:56pm Top

Look at all the ROOTs in 7 days...

Go, Go, GO!!!

Nov 10, 2016, 5:03am Top

My first ROOT for November and an enjoyable one too The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Novels, highly recommend.

Nov 10, 2016, 6:26am Top

>35 benitastrnad: That was a good one... : )

Nov 10, 2016, 10:27pm Top

One more from me, taking my tally to 43/48.

Nov 11, 2016, 7:47am Top

Nov 11, 2016, 10:23pm Top

my numbers are wrong again. I have 14/24 at this time.

Nov 12, 2016, 9:59am Top

1 more ROOT: Climbing Jacob's Ladder. Updating ticker forthwith :-)

Edited: Nov 12, 2016, 1:29pm Top

Finally finished one for November; Pride and Prejudice. Updating group and personal tickers momentarily. :)

Edited: It seems the group's % ticker was off by one book, prior to adding my update.

Nov 13, 2016, 1:56am Top

Back again with another Root. 44/48. Trying to keep the momentum up. Updating tickers.

Nov 13, 2016, 8:55am Top

Just finished off four ROOTS: The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Toriko, The Heiress and the Chauffeur and Death Note, Vol. 9. Updating tickers now.

Nov 13, 2016, 10:55am Top

Added 1 to group ticker. 10/13 for me.

Nov 13, 2016, 11:01am Top

Not sure why ticker is not updating - sticking at 3623. When I go to edit it is correct at 3624

Nov 13, 2016, 11:29am Top

>47 tames: Tickers have been acting weird for months. Sometimes the update shows correctly later or after reloading the page. Someone mentioned last month that specific browsers may be caching the page. I use private browsing mode, but still need to refresh the page on LibraryThing.

Edited: Nov 13, 2016, 12:42pm Top

Add two more ROOTs for me, for November, removed from my shelves unread, for a total of seventeen so far this month:

1. Casino Royale - (ROOT)
2. Live and Let Die - (ROOT)
3. Moonraker - (ROOT)
4. Diamonds Are Forever - (ROOT)
5. From Russia With Love - (ROOT)
6. Dr. No - (ROOT)
7. Goldfinger - (ROOT)
8. For Your Eyes Only - (ROOT)
9. Thunderball - (ROOT)
10. The Spy Who Loved Me - (ROOT)
11. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - (ROOT)
12. You Only Live Twice - (ROOT)
13. The Man With the Golden Gun - (ROOT)
14. Octopussy and The Living Daylights - (ROOT)
15. Among the Shadows - (ROOT)
16. Jennie: The Life of Lady Randolph Churchill, Volume 1 - (ROOT)
17. Jennie: The Life of Lady Randolph Churchill, Volume 2 - (ROOT)

My personal tickers are updated!

Nov 13, 2016, 6:35pm Top

>49 fuzzi: Holy smokes! Nice!!!

Nov 13, 2016, 6:36pm Top

My first ROOT of the month is A Folly of Princes, by Nigel Tranter. I have updated my personal ticker, but not the group tickers.

Edited: Nov 13, 2016, 7:29pm Top

>50 rabbitprincess: unread! I can't read that fast.

They'd sat there, on my shelves, covered with a fine film of dust, and I doubted I'd be reading them anytime soon.

Nov 13, 2016, 9:21pm Top

>49 fuzzi: Wow! Nice work!

Nov 13, 2016, 10:57pm Top

>49 fuzzi: Amazing progress!!

Nov 13, 2016, 11:20pm Top

>52 fuzzi: Even so, making the decision to rehome so many at once seems like quite an achievement (I tend to make decisions in ones and twos).

Nov 14, 2016, 12:09am Top

1 more ROOT finished - all tickers updated :)

Nov 14, 2016, 1:56am Top

Gore Vidal's Lincoln, 2nd for November and 68/75, also qualifying for Big Fat Book challenge @ 657pp and for the November Reading Through Time theme of Presidents, Veeps & Elections.

Now on to Vidal's 1876, likewise for the Reading Through Time group's November theme.

Nov 14, 2016, 7:10am Top

I've finished one more ROOT- Happy Cafe, Vol. 1. Updating tickers now.

Nov 14, 2016, 9:27am Top

>57 CurrerBell: I have a number of fat "chunksters" waiting in the wings...maybe I'll try reading at least one in December, now that I've met my ROOT goals?

Nov 14, 2016, 12:01pm Top

Earlier this year, my ROOT numbers were high because I cleaned out a lot of books I'd kept at my long-time work cube.

The other day, I got fed up with all the piles of books in my bedroom and decided to clean out my shelves and free up shelf space. I expect to be adding a lot of ROOTS in the next few weeks. At least I hope so.

Nov 14, 2016, 12:07pm Top

oky can u send me a picture of the book

Nov 14, 2016, 12:08pm Top


Nov 14, 2016, 12:08pm Top

yeah we do too!how i doing

Nov 14, 2016, 10:16pm Top

Reporting my second ROOT of the month: the lacklustre (for me, anyway) The Crime on Cote des Neiges. This one will be left at my parents' place to start a new box of books to trade in at our favourite used bookstore.

I have updated my personal ticker but not the group tickers.

Nov 15, 2016, 6:57am Top

Another ROOT: Happy Cafe, Vol. 2. Updating tickers now.

Nov 15, 2016, 9:11am Top

Finished my first ROOT for November, all tickers updated.

Nov 16, 2016, 7:14am Top

One more ROOT: Happy Café, Vol. 3. Tickers updated.

Nov 16, 2016, 6:30pm Top

#37 finished - review on my thread - no tickers updated

Nov 16, 2016, 11:27pm Top

Still proceeding with Gore Vidal's "Narratives of Empire" heptalogy (in history, not publication, order), I just finished 1876 (4**** review), third for the month and 69/75.

Nov 17, 2016, 10:01am Top

Managed to finish my first ROOT of the month - I have updated my thread & ticker but didn't touch the group tickers.

Nov 17, 2016, 6:21pm Top

My third ROOT of the month is a reread: Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. I read an e-copy through Serial Reader because my physical copy is at my parents' place, but I'm still counting it as a ROOT ;)

Nov 17, 2016, 8:06pm Top

>71 rabbitprincess: Works for me! It's a highly satisfying book whatever we call it.

Nov 18, 2016, 3:10pm Top

Marion Garthwaite's The Locked Crowns, a 1963 middle-reader adaptation of Havelok the Dane. 4th for November and 70/75.

Nov 18, 2016, 3:47pm Top

Just over 6 weeks to go but we need only 220 more books, according to the tickers.

We can do this!!

Nov 18, 2016, 6:06pm Top

>74 lindapanzo: And even more optimistically, that's 220 according to the ticker, but some of us (like myself) only update our own tickers and leave the group ticker to Chèli.

Nov 18, 2016, 6:38pm Top

>75 CurrerBell: Very true. I wonder how much that typically adds to our totals each month. I'd expect it to be quite a bit.

Nov 19, 2016, 1:42am Top

One more for the month. The first of a trilogy. I hope to complete them this month.

Nov 19, 2016, 9:27am Top

Finished the first for the month, a cozy that's been on the shelf a year...Plot Boiler by Ali Brandon.


Edited: Nov 19, 2016, 12:27pm Top


Did a quick addition we are really, really close!!!!

Nov 19, 2016, 12:52pm Top

>79 cyderry: Now that's motivating! Maybe I'll pick up another ROOT tonight instead of a library book when I finish my current one...

Nov 19, 2016, 1:01pm Top

Wow way to go everyone!!

Nov 19, 2016, 5:52pm Top

>79 cyderry: This is awesome!

Nov 19, 2016, 8:51pm Top

Nov 19, 2016, 9:57pm Top

I just posted my second ROOT for the month on my thread The Promised Land: Settling the West 1896-1914 by Pierre Berton. I am now at 49/50!

Nov 20, 2016, 9:29pm Top


I have reached my target of 66 ROOTS. November's ROOTS so far are:

Caesar Dies by Talbot Mundy
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Daughter of the Gods by Stephanie Thornton
The Taexali Game by Nancy Jardine (abandoned uncompleted)
Dead Egotistical Morons by Mark Richard Zubro
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Tickers updated. Any more ROOTS for this year will be contributed to the group total.

Nov 20, 2016, 9:32pm Top

>85 Robertgreaves: Woo hoo!! Congratulations!

Nov 20, 2016, 9:46pm Top

>85 Robertgreaves: Way to go!!

Nov 21, 2016, 4:06am Top

>85 Robertgreaves: Great! Congrats!

Edited: Nov 21, 2016, 4:26am Top

>85 Robertgreaves: Hooray!

Edited to add: I have also one more ROOT to add to the November total. Have updated the group tickers, just about to update my personal one.

Nov 21, 2016, 9:54am Top

Wooo hooo Congrats!

Nov 21, 2016, 11:08am Top

>85 Robertgreaves: Congratulations!!

Edited: Nov 21, 2016, 10:33pm Top

>85 Robertgreaves: Woohoo! Congratulations on reaching your yearly goal.:)

Nov 21, 2016, 2:46pm Top

>85 Robertgreaves: Congratulations! And some nice books to finish off the challenge.

I have added ROOT #39 for the year: Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth. An interesting and funny but ultimately pretty average read.

Edited: Nov 21, 2016, 5:54pm Top

Robertgreaves--Well done!! Congratulations on reaching your goal of 66 books! Way to go!!!

Nov 22, 2016, 10:13am Top

>85 Robertgreaves: Yeah! Congratulations!

Edited: Nov 22, 2016, 1:40pm Top

"The game is done. I've won! i've won"

30/30 completed. The last one was: Sicily:Three Thousand Years of History ***
Well done, good scholarship, but emphases that I didn't always feel worked well. I really learned a lot, though!

Any others on my TBR that I read will be posted to the group total.

Addendum: sadly the ticker is not updating. I will look at it later.

Edited: Nov 22, 2016, 1:42pm Top

>96 Crotchetymama: Congrats!!

That's true of all the tickers. I update it and then, a few hours later, the new number finally appears.

The only way to really tell what the current number is involves looking at the underlying part of the ticker and not its public face.

Nov 22, 2016, 1:45pm Top

>97 lindapanzo: How interesting! Thanks for the enlightenment...goofiness abounds on the internet. Thanks for the congratulations, too.

Nov 22, 2016, 2:00pm Top

>98 Crotchetymama: I can't really say it's "all" tickers but it certainly is true all of my tickers (3 of them) as well as the two here.

Nov 22, 2016, 2:49pm Top

My ticker hasn't been working right for the last few months either. *sigh* I copy and pasted my "new-ish" ticker on the group tickers' thread so it'll reflect the correct #: 17. Three more to go!!!

Congrats to all who've made their goal already!

Go team go!!!

Nov 22, 2016, 3:08pm Top

>99 lindapanzo: Odd, isn't it? It is so random. Most of the time a reload fixes it, but sometimes we just have to wait.

Nov 22, 2016, 3:11pm Top

>100 avidmom: I hear your *sigh* and raise you one! But, Yay you, with only 3 to go. I wish I hadn't added new books at all this year...my TBR has only reduced by about 5. It's like a neverending story.

Nov 22, 2016, 3:29pm Top

>102 Crotchetymama: It's like a neverending story.
LOL! That's a good book too! ;)

I certainly hear you about the increasing TBR list. It does keep growing!

Nov 22, 2016, 4:56pm Top

>102 Crotchetymama: I don't really keep tab of book purchases but, when I buy, it's mostly been Kindle books. Nowadays, I really try to take advantage of my library/ILL.

I can definitely see much smaller piles of books than there were so ROOTs has really helped. For next year's category challenge, I made one of my categories "real print books that I own" so that'll help reduce the piles even more.

Cheli, if I haven't said it yet, I hope that ROOTs continues into next year, once again. Thanks for the extra work you put in to make this group successful.

Nov 22, 2016, 5:11pm Top

Nov 22, 2016, 5:17pm Top

Congratulations, Crotchetymama.

Nov 22, 2016, 5:42pm Top

>96 Crotchetymama: lol congrats!

Nov 22, 2016, 5:51pm Top

>191 You may want to try this URL to clear the LT cache: http://www.librarything.com/user_expireCaches.php. It's some kind of PHP script that I've had stored on a link on my LT Home page and that I just remembered about. I'm not sure where I found it, but it's on the LT servers so I'm sure it's a safe script to run if Tim makes it available. It's just going to give you a browser page that says Done but I assume it clears the cache as well.

Nov 22, 2016, 6:54pm Top

Nov 22, 2016, 6:59pm Top

>96 Crotchetymama: Hurray! Congratulations!


My fourth ROOT for November is the audio version of The Pyramids of Mars, by Terrance Dicks, narrated by the magnificent Tom Baker.

Nov 22, 2016, 9:05pm Top

>85 Robertgreaves: & >96 Crotchetymama: Congrats!!

I managed to get another ROOT done recently -- my thread and ticker have been updated but I didn't adjust the group tickers.

Nov 22, 2016, 11:29pm Top

Congratulations to all! This is the best year I can remember.

Edited: Nov 23, 2016, 8:19am Top

>110 rabbitprincess: Thank you, Princess! I had no idea Tom Baker had narrated that book...I have a credit at Audible...I am off to acquire the amazing Tom. I never thought of counting audiobooks. Cool.

Nov 23, 2016, 8:07am Top

>108 CurrerBell: Thank you...I will definitely check that out.

Nov 23, 2016, 8:18am Top

>107 avanders: I love fireworks! \o/
>106 Robertgreaves: Thanks!
>109 This-n-That: You're almost done, too!
>111 leslie.98: Thank you, Leslie...you have done so many this year!
>112 clue: We are doing well, aren't we? I am going to try to read more for the group total

Nov 23, 2016, 8:19am Top

and, frabjous day, my tickers have updated. \o/

Nov 23, 2016, 5:31pm Top

Lindapanzo reminded me that I have not put the vote out for continuing next year. I'll leave the vote open until December 1st.

Vote: Do you want to continue the ROOT CHALLENGE in 2017?

Current tally: Yes 28, No 0, Undecided 1

Nov 23, 2016, 5:37pm Top

Wishing all my friends a Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2016, 6:04pm Top

1. Congratulations to all who have met their ROOT challenge goal, way to go!

2. Happy Thanksgiving!

3. Today I removed eight more ROOT books from my shelves, for a total of 96 in 2016! Personal ticker updated, did not touch group ticker.

How close are we now??

Nov 23, 2016, 6:17pm Top

>118 cyderry: same to you! And I am personally grateful for ROOTing out TBR...does that even make sense??? anyway, thanks!

Nov 23, 2016, 6:29pm Top

Crotchetymama--congratulations on reaching you goal of 30 books! well done! Way to go!!!

cyderry-- I've voted yes to continue and I already have a list of 48 books to read!!!!

Nov 23, 2016, 6:34pm Top

>113 Crotchetymama: I need even more incentive to read audiobooks because they are not something I think of immediately when looking for something to read. Maybe if I did more housework :P

Edited: Nov 24, 2016, 12:05am Top

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Edited: Nov 26, 2016, 12:26am Top

Reporting a second ROOT read this month, The Other Einstein. The kindle version is currently in sale in the US for $2.99. Off to update all tickers.

UPDATED: I noticed that I reached my official reading goal for 2016.

Nov 23, 2016, 8:39pm Top

A Happy Thanksgiving to all US members.

Nov 23, 2016, 9:20pm Top

>121 LadyBookworth: Thank you, Lady...and see you next year!

Nov 23, 2016, 9:24pm Top

>122 rabbitprincess: Eeww...housework. I did clean today, but mostly I just paint and read if left to my own devices. The dishwasher is broken, and I have actually been happy for months now with handwashing. Gives me time to think...and listen to audiobooks. Got the Tom Baker (thanks), and can't wait. I remember that episode, actually...he was always my favorite doctor.

Nov 23, 2016, 11:46pm Top

>127 Crotchetymama: I use a microwave and a countertop convection oven. I still use my stovetop to boil pasta, but the oven itself is broken and I'm not sure I can get a new unit through into the kitchen unless I get the books out of my living and dining rooms.

Nov 23, 2016, 11:50pm Top

>85 Robertgreaves: >96 Crotchetymama: Congratulations on reaching your goals!

Nov 23, 2016, 11:51pm Top

I just posted two more ROOTs finished so I am at 51/50.

Nov 24, 2016, 5:41am Top

Hi cheli, I definitely want the ROOT group to continue next year! I'm aware though that it takes a huge amount of your time - I hope the current overwhelming vote for it to continue doesn't make your heart sink!!

Nov 24, 2016, 7:29am Top

>128 CurrerBell: I know what you mean so well...some things are not as pressing as cultures would have us believe. We are in good company: Erasmus believed books more important than food or clothes.

Nov 24, 2016, 7:31am Top

>129 Familyhistorian: Thank you! I will keep working at ROOTS, but not exclusively since there are others calling. I do hope the group total continues to rise.

Nov 24, 2016, 7:59am Top

>128 CurrerBell: ha! Priorities!

Nov 24, 2016, 9:59am Top

My 4th November ROOT (#40 overall) is now finished, all tickers updated.

Edited: Nov 24, 2016, 4:42pm Top

I finished another ROOT on my Thanksgiving trip. Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan is certainly worth reading. It was a real thrill ride!!

I then started another book from the TBR pile and will probably finish it tomorrow on the drive on the next leg of my Thanksgiving trips.

Nov 25, 2016, 11:30am Top

>117 cyderry: Looks like a landslide decision!

Nov 25, 2016, 9:12pm Top

Having a great time with 3 of my grandkids - Maddie 3, Bella 5, and Jackson 7.

Nov 25, 2016, 9:19pm Top

>138 cyderry: Nice pic, Cheli. My, they've grown. Cute kids.

Nov 25, 2016, 9:37pm Top

>138 cyderry: four beautiful smiles...great pic!

Nov 26, 2016, 2:35am Top

Lookin' at you Cheli. Great photo. They look similar in age to my grandchildren. I have completed my trilogy which takes me to 47/48, all but there! Sadly I am reading a newbie and have another for book group next. Hopefully I will then manage my final book and a couple of bonus ones. I am thrilled to announce that my tickers updated immediately - the first time in months.

Nov 26, 2016, 9:44am Top

Added another to the ticker. Mrs. Jeffries and the mistletoe mix-up by Emily Brightwell, acq 11/2011

Nov 26, 2016, 5:03pm Top

>138 cyderry: What a beautiful bunch!

Nov 26, 2016, 5:09pm Top

>138 cyderry: they're adorable!

I've added one more ROOT (#5 for the month) to the total - all tickers updated. We're so close!

Nov 26, 2016, 6:46pm Top

4 more ROOTs! Tickers updated.

Belle Prater's Boy
Loved this. I'm glad the library has the sequel so I don't have to break my book diet!

The Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium
Macabre and entertaining.

The Complete Chi's Sweet Home 1
A very cute manga. The author definitely understands cats.

His Girl Monday to Friday
Cute, fluffy read.

Fashion Victims
Absolutely fascinating book. Beautiful (and scary!) illustrations.

Nov 26, 2016, 8:05pm Top

I listened to another book on my Nashville to Vicksburg drive. Finished Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch. I started another book, so think November will be a good ROOT month.

Nov 26, 2016, 8:39pm Top

Finished my second ROOT for November, all tickers updated.

Nov 26, 2016, 10:34pm Top

Finished my second of the month too, The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor. 32/30

Edited: Nov 27, 2016, 5:47am Top

Root #40 finished - Kieran Walshe: Regulating Healthcare

Edited: Nov 27, 2016, 12:17pm Top

My fifth ROOT is a reread: Black Bird, by Michel Basilières. I have updated my personal ticker but have not been updating the group tickers this month.

Nov 27, 2016, 11:03pm Top

#38 finished- review on my thread- but I didn't update the tickers

Edited: Nov 28, 2016, 10:54am Top

>138 cyderry: love it!

I also finished my second ROOT read for November, Grub Line Rider by Louis L'Amour. Some L'Amour short story collections include a few of this author's less enjoyable works, but not this collection. It even includes one of my all-time favorite L'Amour short stories, "War Party", so it's a keeper...and a ROOT. :)

Nov 29, 2016, 1:35am Top

Just finished The Magic of Shirley Jackson (@ 753 pp, also satisfies Big Far Book challenge), 7th for November and 73/75.

Nov 29, 2016, 3:45am Top

I have finished 6 ROOTs in November and I hope to squeeze in one more, but don't know yet if I can manage. My own ticker is up-to-date, didn't touch the group tickers.

Nov 29, 2016, 10:16am Top

Third ROOT read and reviewed! Personal ticker updated. :)

Nov 29, 2016, 6:39pm Top

I have 7 ROOTS to report for November. No tickers updated.

Nov 29, 2016, 6:40pm Top

I was so busy early in the month that I thought I wouldn't get many ROOTS done. Due to some quality travel time in my car with recorded books, I managed to get more read than, or should I say listened to, than I thought I would.

Nov 29, 2016, 10:24pm Top

I read 5 books this month- didn't update the tickers

Nov 29, 2016, 10:31pm Top

It is unlikely that I will finish another ROOT tomorrow, so my total stands at 5 ROOTS for the month, and a year-to-date total of 72. My personal ticker is up to date, but I have not added any of this month's ROOTS to the group ticker.

Nov 30, 2016, 1:36am Top

Here is my report for November 2016

UpROOTED books: 6 + 3
ROOTless books: 7
Added to the TBR shelves: 11

The additional ROOTs after completing my Challenge were:

Time Tunnel To Londinium by Olli Tooley
The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
Pompeii: A Tale of Murder in Ancient Rome by Robert Colton

ROOTs in YTD: 69

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

Nov 30, 2016, 10:08am Top

As I reported earlier I got 7 ROOTS off my shelves. No tickers updated. Here is the list of what I finished.

I read the following books.
Martha, Inc. by Christopher M. Byron
Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman
Child of a Hidden Sea by A. M. Dellamonica

I listened to the following books. Mostly while making some long road trips. Normally I only finish 1 1/2 recorded books in a month.
Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch

Nov 30, 2016, 11:54am Top

Okay, everybody, please be sure that either your ticker shows the correct number, your thread has the correct number or you have reported your total here.

Let's see how close we are to the promised land!

Nov 30, 2016, 6:03pm Top

It's an hour past midnight here so technically already December... however, I've just finished my fourth ROOT started in November so I'm going to count it as such! :D All tickers up to date.

Nov 30, 2016, 7:11pm Top

I read 2 ROOTS for a total of 32. My ticker has been update.

Nov 30, 2016, 9:14pm Top

Laline Paull's The Bees, 8th for November and 74/75

Nov 30, 2016, 11:37pm Top

I managed to squeeze in one more for November. All tickers updated.

Dec 1, 2016, 1:14am Top

November Statistics

Books Read - 4
Towards Goal - 39/50
Percentage - 78 %

Tickers updated

Dec 1, 2016, 2:06am Top

The second part of November I made it a point to go back to my old routine of turning off all electronics at 10pm and going to bed to read. The first week or so I could only manage 5 pages an hour and found myself staring at the wall quite a bit but eventually I managed to read 3 manga. Hope this progresses to more in December and allows me to finally kick this reading rut in the behind.

Dec 1, 2016, 6:12am Top

>168 lilisin: I agree...I found when online a lot my painting and reading suffered. Seems that is not an unusual pattern. I have since cut off tv except for a movie now and then, and severely curtailed social media (all but LT!) and online work/research thus avoiding internet rabbit holes...lol. I gather the brain prefers graphic images and pays more attention to them. Interesting.

Dec 1, 2016, 6:50am Top

Congratulations to all who have met their goals this month. I've added one more, Birdie by Tracey Lindberg. I'll update all tickers.

Dec 1, 2016, 7:14am Top

The Sorceress by Michael Scott, acq 04/2014
added 1 more to ticker

Dec 1, 2016, 9:15am Top

1st for December, which I just finished this morning – Marion Garthwaite's Tomás and the Red Headed Angel, a middle-reader historical fiction of early California published in 1950.


Posting this to November's thread since the December thread hasn't gone up yet.

Edited: Jan 2, 2017, 2:18pm Top

Hello everyone! Alright, so November was slightly slower than I thought it would be. Although, I have to say that one of my ROOTs for November was a real chunkster at 583 pages. I actually read five less ROOTs this month than last November, which is a gap that I hope to close this month!

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

Ancient Oaks Pruned: stands for older books read from my TBR pile: 1
Young Saplings Pruned: stands for newer books read from my TBR pile: 3
Trees Replanted: stands for rereads from my TBR pile: 1
New Seeds Planted: stands for additions to my TBR pile: 4
Trees Transplanted: stands for books that were donated: 4

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

Dec 1, 2016, 12:28pm Top

I only accomplished 3 ROOT reads for the month of November.

Winterwood by Dorothy Eden; (4*); acquired 10/22/2011
THE COLOR PURPLE by ALICE WALKER; (5*); acquired prior to L/T;
MARJORIE'S VACATION by CAROLYN WELLS; (5*); acquired 03/08/2014

I am having trouble with my tickers. These 3 put my total for the year right on 90. Sorry about that, Cheli.

Merry Christmas one & all.

Dec 1, 2016, 3:11pm Top

Oof, November was not my month - only one ROOT. Still, one more is one more, and I'm looking forward to the cold, miserable weather of December, as it makes a wonderful excuse to stay inside and read!

Dec 1, 2016, 7:50pm Top

>172 CurrerBell: Woo hoo! Congratulations!

Dec 1, 2016, 8:15pm Top

Congratulations CurrerBell. Well done.

Dec 1, 2016, 9:03pm Top

>172 CurrerBell: Congratulations!

Dec 1, 2016, 9:41pm Top

I only read 2 this month. I updated the tickers, but I noticed that they had different numbers.

Dec 1, 2016, 9:49pm Top

Turns out I read 6 ROOTS this month, not 5, so my year-to-date total is 73. I've updated my personal ticker but not the group ones.

Dec 2, 2016, 4:19am Top

My final tally for November is 8 ROOTs, my own ticker is up-to-date.

Dec 2, 2016, 3:23pm Top

Only got 3 ROOTs done this month. Updating personal ticker but as usual, I will leave the group ticker to the expert.

Dec 2, 2016, 6:12pm Top

My tickers never work either. Seems to be a problem tech-wise with either the ticker site or it's translation in Librarything.

Dec 2, 2016, 6:17pm Top

Hey, everyone, need your opinion about a dilemma.

I have been working on the numbers and have come across 4 readers who had not posted any ROOTS read until this month. They had been moved from our working totals. 156 books were their cumulative goals but the books that they have posted total 12. If I add them back, 144 books still need to be read in December to compensate for their return.

Vote: Should they be added back and the group goal raised?

Current tally: Yes 6, No 5, Undecided 5

Dec 2, 2016, 6:51pm Top

>184 cyderry: suggestion:

Contact the readers, and ask them to update their goals for the one month left in 2016.

Example: Joe Schmo had 50 as his goal, didn't read any ROOTs until November. Ask Joe how many ROOTs he thinks he'll read through 2016, and update accordingly.

I think that would be fair.

Dec 2, 2016, 7:08pm Top

>185 fuzzi: I think that's a good idea. It'd still let them participate.

Dec 2, 2016, 7:14pm Top

>185 fuzzi: This would work, or add the 12 they've read in Dec to the goal.

Edited: Dec 2, 2016, 7:39pm Top

>184 cyderry: >185 fuzzi: I voted Undecided but I really like fuzzi's suggestion. I hate like the dickens to make people feel like they're being excluded.

>187 clue: ETA: I prefer fuzzi's solution. Just adding their "books read" without including their "goals" is tilting the count.

Edited: Dec 2, 2016, 8:27pm Top

>188 CurrerBell: I was thinking add both so the "sides" would be equal.

Dec 2, 2016, 8:37pm Top

>185 fuzzi: That's good!

Dec 2, 2016, 10:18pm Top

I agree that >185 fuzzi:'s idea seems fairest. Even if we did include their entire goal though, 144 ROOTs in December should be no problem! I am so pleased that we have done so well this year :-)

Dec 2, 2016, 10:35pm Top

I too voted undecided but also like Fuzzi's suggestion

Dec 3, 2016, 8:10am Top

I like Fuzzi's suggestion, but if these readers have been MIA for 11 months, they might not respond and adjust goals accordingly. I would give them that opportunity, but no response, I would not include their counts.

Dec 3, 2016, 11:48am Top

>193 tess_schoolmarm: Absolutely! Give them the opportunity, but they ought to respond within whatever time limit Chèli gives them.

Dec 3, 2016, 12:31pm Top

>193 tess_schoolmarm:, >194 CurrerBell: If they do not respond within Cheli's time frame, I suggest adding the 12 to both sides. If any do respond, I would use any revised goals, and just add what they have already read on both sides of the equation for the others.

Dec 3, 2016, 1:19pm Top

>195 sallylou61: That sounds best of all. (I suddenly understand what "both sides of the equation" means, which was where I was having my problem.)

Dec 3, 2016, 7:24pm Top

Personally, I don't have time to be contacting anyone. I think I'll just add the 12 to both sides.

Dec 3, 2016, 7:38pm Top

>197 cyderry: Good idea!

Dec 3, 2016, 7:53pm Top

>197 cyderry: Excellent.

Dec 3, 2016, 10:08pm Top

>197 cyderry: Good solution. You already devote a lot of time to this endeavor. Thanks for all of your hard work.

Dec 4, 2016, 12:25pm Top

I'm fairly confident, with all the good progress we've made this year, that as a group we'll manage 144! Let's get reading!

Dec 4, 2016, 1:40pm Top

I've finished my 10th out of ten ROOTs today. So I did it. :-)

Dec 4, 2016, 2:06pm Top

Root 1 for December: The Road to Lichfield by Penelope Lively. So so. I've enjoyed others by her considerably more.

Dec 4, 2016, 2:53pm Top

Dec 4, 2016, 3:52pm Top

>204 majkia: Thanks so much.

Dec 4, 2016, 6:53pm Top

Well done, Ameise1. Congratulations.

Dec 4, 2016, 8:31pm Top


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