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Josephine aka knotbox does ROOT 2017 (for the first time!)


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Edited: Jun 9, 2017, 5:08pm Top

Hello there, I'm setting a modest goal:

I'm not including ebooks and digital audiobooks in my challenge, only physical books which have been in my possession for over a year. Re-reads also count.

ROOTs Read:

Before I joined the group (6)
1-5 - Honey and Clover 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
6 - The Bad Beginning

ROOTs read since joining (4)

April (2)
1 - Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott
2 - Geography Club

May (2)
3 - Claire Marvel
4 - Starplace

June (1)
5 - George

July ()
August ()
September ()
October ()
November ()
December ()

See my 75 books challenge: https://www.librarything.com/topic/245331

I'm pretty active on instagram if you want to follow my book/animal exploits: www.instagram.com/exmatria

Edited: Mar 20, 2017, 7:49pm Top

20. March 2017 - I've read 23 books, and own approximately 1,138 physical books. I've been chugging along for my 75 books challenge, but none were old books. (Except the one book that was a 're-read'.) Yeesh.

However, my next planned read is A Passage to India which is a ROOT! Yay!

Mar 20, 2017, 8:37pm Top

Hi, welcome Josephine and happy ROOTing!

Look forward to hearing what you think of A Passage to India. I started reading it after seeing the movie - in 1984 - but lost motivation to finish it. I was your age then, yikes!

Mar 20, 2017, 11:34pm Top

>3 floremolla: I just made my friend read it for some reason, so I'm sure to finish it. I'm already a fan of Forster though, so I'm reasonably sure I'll enjoy *something* about it. Have you read any of his other books?

Thanks for the the well wishes, as well. :D

Mar 21, 2017, 6:30am Top

>4 knotbox: no - I liked sci-fi and contemporary fiction in my youth and read very little classics or period literature. I'm now realising I missed a trick there!

Henry James' The Ambassadors is on my TBR list and I've heard that E M Forster's Where Angels Fear to Tread has a similar premise so I might like to read both for comparison - have you read either?

Mar 21, 2017, 10:00am Top

>1 knotbox: Welcome to the group! I hope you find it as motivating as I have (and not as enabling!!).

Mar 21, 2017, 10:11am Top

Josephine - glad you're here! Hope we can help you whittle away at your ROOTS!

Mar 21, 2017, 12:03pm Top

>5 floremolla: I have not, and I'm not a very big fan of James after reading The Turning of the Screw in high school. In retrospect, I think I'd like that book more *now*. I still prefer sci-fi and fantasy. :)

>6 Jackie_K: >7 cyderry: Thanks, Chèli & Jackie ! I hope so, too. I'm looking forward to making room on my shelves! Haha.

Mar 21, 2017, 6:33pm Top

Welcome aboard and good luck with your challenge! This group is an excellent mix of support group and enablers ;)

Edited: Mar 22, 2017, 1:16am Top

>9 rabbitprincess: I'm glad to hear it. ;) I had a quick look on your profile and thread, but I can't come up with your name, is rabbitprincess alright to refer to you as? Anyway, I'm really appreciative of the warm welcome.

Mar 22, 2017, 6:19pm Top

>10 knotbox: Yup, rabbitprincess or RP work fine! :)

Mar 24, 2017, 10:24pm Top

Welcome & Happy 2017 ROOTing!

Apr 7, 2017, 1:13pm Top

Welcome to the ROOTers, Josephine!

Apr 7, 2017, 11:38pm Top

>12 avanders: >13 connie53: Thank you both!

I feel happy to report I have picked up a book from my shelves which I bought over a year ago, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.

I also did some Very Bad Math and have come to the conclusion I've read about 40% of the physical books I own. 800 unread in a room of about 1,100. The math is fuzzy but it feels a little ridiculous to own so many unread books...

Apr 8, 2017, 2:20am Top

>14 knotbox: very recognizable, Josephine. That's why we are in this group ;-)

Apr 8, 2017, 9:51am Top

>15 connie53: Thank goodness. I'm glad to see everyone's progress.

Apr 8, 2017, 10:44am Top

>14 knotbox: It just means you have lots of choices for whatever reading mood may strike ;)

Apr 8, 2017, 11:03am Top

Sorry I'm late to the party--but welcome and happy reading!

Apr 8, 2017, 11:28am Top

Welcome. You're in good company, my unread books outnumber the others by a similar margin. The good thing is, if we're ever snowed in we won't die of boredom.

Apr 9, 2017, 5:56pm Top

Thanks so much for the kind welcome. :) I'm sorry I haven't been round your own threads yet.

I am excited to say I'm fairly far into my first ROOT of the year and of my time here! I get to finally move the ticker over. :D

Apr 9, 2017, 7:49pm Top

>14 knotbox: >15 connie53: lol yes, that's common & why we're here ;)

Apr 10, 2017, 10:13pm Top

LOL >21 avanders: Thanks for reminding me. It's just been a little bit of a surprise!

First one down, and now I'm wondering if I should count rereads? Hmm... That means I could count The Bad Beginning which I read earlier in the year.

Oh my goodness, I forgot all the old manga I read in January! Is it too late to count those?

Apr 11, 2017, 11:33am Top

>22 knotbox: The nice thing about this group is that you get to make the rules for your own challenge, so count whatever works for you! Good luck with your challenge.

Apr 11, 2017, 2:58pm Top

>23 Caramellunacy: Ah, I guess I thought total ROOTs would be tallied every month?

Apr 11, 2017, 3:08pm Top

>24 knotbox: They are, but I think if you add (say) Jan-March late then they would just get added in to the overall total.

My own rules include that even new and shiny books count as ROOTs (most people seem to go for books bought before Jan 1st that year, or not bought in the last X months), and that technically rereads count, although I am trying not to reread until the never-reads are at a more manageable number. However I will make the odd exception - for example, last month I read a book of which I acquired my own copy* a couple of years ago, but which I had last read when I was at school. I have a few like that, which will be ROOTs. I will also count rereads if I have read (say) the first book in a series but it was so long ago that I've forgotten it, so starting at the second would be pointless, or at least make reading it without having the first in my mind less enjoyable.

I don't count library books though, or magazines/comics/journals.

* that is such clunky grammar, but hopefully it makes sense! I tried it all sorts of ways and they all looked wrong!

Apr 11, 2017, 3:26pm Top

>25 Jackie_K: Thanks, Jackie, that's very helpful! And it made complete sense.

Apr 12, 2017, 4:12am Top

>22 knotbox: well done on completing your first root! Was it A Passage to India?

Apr 12, 2017, 10:48am Top

>27 floremolla: Seems I hate planning my TBR, it was, impulsively, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. A book on the writing life.

Apr 12, 2017, 1:45pm Top

>28 knotbox: Ditto! I abandoned my reading plan too. Ah well, hope you enjoyed Bird by Bird and it inspires your writing if that's your aim!

Apr 16, 2017, 3:02pm Top

Hi, Josephine

My rules are: Real paper books owned for 6 months. No digital books.

Edited: Apr 27, 2017, 10:59pm Top

>22 knotbox: yeah, what everyone else said: do what you like :) I count re-reads -- though these days I generally only re-read if I'm getting rid of it next, so it definitely fits within the overall goal for me ;)
My basic rule is -- if I owned it as of the prior month, it's a ROOT. So if I buy a new book and read it right away.. I don't count it. But pretty much everything else counts ;) (not library books... since that's not my own book...). I do count ebooks, but I don't tend to read that many of them...

Jun 20, 2017, 1:08pm Top

Thanks everyone for your input! I'm gonna only count books owned for more than a year, as I haven't read any old ebooks really, since I tend to buy and read them immediately (that is part of their charm, isn't it?) except for the first Percy Jackson... ah, well.

Aug 4, 2017, 11:34pm Top

I have this problem where I keep buying books... So I've decided to put myself on a book buying ban for this month. But preorders don't count! :D my friend says to me, "why don't you promise not to buy books until you've read all the ones you own?"

Anyway, some bad math puts me at 1400 ebooks and 1100 physical books *Munch scream* so she might have a point.

Edited: Aug 5, 2017, 11:58am Top

Just keep plugging away! I thought my to reads were high: 250 ebooks and 253 physical books.....but at one time I had 1100.

Aug 5, 2017, 11:45am Top

>33 knotbox: I have much the same problem. I really need to avoid bookstores.

Aug 5, 2017, 3:58pm Top

>33 knotbox: Preorders are like book-buying time travel :D

I'm on a book-buying ban for August too, although in my case it's because I'm going to Hay-on-Wye in September and will be buying ALL THE BOOKS there.

Aug 6, 2017, 2:59am Top

>33 knotbox: "why don't you promise not to buy books until you've read all the ones you own?"

If I did that I would never buy a book for the rest of my live! I am trying the next best thing. I allow myself 40 new books this year. Made a ticker in my thread. So far I'm sticking to my plan and bought 24 books, so 16 to go, maybe less.


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