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Connie ROOTs again in 2019 part 1

2019 ROOT (READ OUR OWN TOMES)

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1connie53
Edited: Jan 7, 12:31pm Top

I'm known to most of you, but here is a small introduction.
I'm Connie (65) and I live in the Netherlands (which might explain my English being a bit off sometimes). I work at a school for girls and boys between 12 and 19. I do not teach, but are an administrative assistant.

I've been reading ROOTs when they were called BOMBs in 2012 so this is my eight year. And I'm loving all the people I got to know here.

Since I can't rehome books (I just can't part with them) they just move to another room in the house. My favorite genres are Fantasy and Thrillers, but I like novels too. Especially in summer when it warm and sultry.

I'm married to Peet (68) and we have one son Jeroen (35) and one daughter Eveline (32)
Jeroen lives with his girlfriend Rianne (31) near by and they have a daughter Lonne (8 months old)
Eveline lives with her boyfriend Cyrille (35) in another town, Maastricht, half an hour from us by car.
They have a little girl, Fiene who turns 3 in June.
One day a week we take care of her and I love that very much. She is a smart little girl and funny too. And she loves books!

And some great news to share with you. Eveline and Cyrille are expecting their second child in august. YEAH!!

Fiene on the backseat of Eveline's bike



Lonne under the Christmas-tree



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Copied from 2018 Thread

Stats for 2018

Total books/ebooks read: 108
Tree Books: 80
Ebooks: 28
Roots: 47/36
For FF-challenges: 25
Bought or gifts: 53

2connie53
Edited: Jan 14, 12:45pm Top

This is where I will keep a list of the ROOTs I read in 2019.
My rules are simple: A book counts as a ROOT when it had been on my shelves for more than 6 months.

My To-read list is now (2018/12/27) 474 books long. But that lists includes ebooks too. And I don't count ebooks as ROOT, because they are not taking shelve space. Got to find out a way to split that list.




01. De bekering - Jodi Picoult - book -
02. Regen en sterren - Maeve Binchy - book -

** Currently reading.

3connie53
Edited: Jan 14, 12:47pm Top




This is where I will keep track of all books read in 2019: ROOTs, new and shiny ones, ebooks.

This first post is for January, February and March.

001. Vlak voordat ik stierf - S.K. Tremayne - book -
002. De bekering - Jodi Picoult - book -
003. Regen en sterren - Maeve Binchy - book -

** = currently reading.

4connie53
Edited: Dec 26, 2018, 1:39pm Top

This is for April, May and June

5connie53
Edited: Dec 26, 2018, 1:40pm Top

This is for July, August and September.

6connie53
Edited: Dec 26, 2018, 1:40pm Top

This is for October, November and December.

7connie53
Edited: Dec 26, 2018, 2:30pm Top

This is where I will keep track of Chunksters, books with more than 500 pages




January:

01

8connie53
Edited: Jan 9, 6:04am Top

This is where I will keep track of all my bought books in 2019




January

01. Het huis in Bellevue Gardens - Rachel Hore
02. De moordopdracht - James Dashner
03. De viruscode - James Dashner
04. De labyrintrenner-files - James Dashner
05. Maan - Lucinda Riley

9connie53
Edited: Dec 26, 2018, 1:28pm Top

Welcome to everyone! This will be a work in progress. So be patient please.

I'm really glad to join you all again.

10Jackie_K
Dec 26, 2018, 2:20pm Top

Good to see you back again!

Just so you know, I noticed that the tickers in posts >3 connie53:, >7 connie53: and >8 connie53: are the same.

11clue
Dec 26, 2018, 2:28pm Top

Hi Connie, great to see you here again and I hope you enjoy everything you read this year!

12connie53
Dec 26, 2018, 2:33pm Top

Thanks, Jackie and Luanne!

I was planning lots of other things for this evening. But now I'm so excited about this new group that I started an excel sheet to keep track of members and goals and more of that stuff. And of course reading all threads.

13majkia
Dec 26, 2018, 3:27pm Top

Those kids are so darn cute!

14Jackie_K
Dec 26, 2018, 3:56pm Top

>13 majkia: Aren't they just? And getting so grown up!

15rabbitprincess
Dec 26, 2018, 4:05pm Top

Welcome back, Connie! Love the picture of Lonne! She's getting so big!

16cyderry
Dec 26, 2018, 6:25pm Top

>12 connie53: Sounds like you are backing me up! Thanks. Your grandchildren are adorable!

17Familyhistorian
Dec 26, 2018, 11:27pm Top

Your granddaughters are so cute, Connie. Thanks for sharing their pictures.

18Ameise1
Dec 27, 2018, 5:58am Top

Happy reading 2019, Connie. I'm glad to see you back here.

19HelenBaker
Dec 28, 2018, 1:20am Top

Hi Connie. I can't do without this group either. You are going to be very busy tracking your books in 2019. Gorgeous grandchildren. Good luck with your new goal.

20LoraShouse
Dec 29, 2018, 12:17am Top

Hi Connie, and welcome back. Love the grandkids' pictures. Good luck with your reading and advanced tracking.

21detailmuse
Dec 30, 2018, 3:27pm Top

Welcome back, Connie! Love the new photos and happy to hear of another grandchild coming your way!

22connie53
Dec 30, 2018, 3:32pm Top

>21 detailmuse: Thank you, MJ.

23FAMeulstee
Edited: Dec 31, 2018, 12:46pm Top

Happy rooting in 2019, Connie!

24connie53
Dec 31, 2018, 1:08pm Top

Thanks, Anita, you too!

25bragan
Jan 1, 1:36am Top

Good to see you still ROOTing along in 2019, Connie!

I just love that picture of Fiene. She looks like she's going for the most exciting bike ride ever. :)

26connie53
Jan 1, 3:27am Top

Thanks, Brag. She likes riding bike with mum or dad. So she might have been thinking that.

27connie53
Jan 1, 3:48am Top



Happy 2019, everybody!!

28Jackie_K
Jan 1, 5:16am Top

Happy new year, Connie. And what wonderful news about the new grandbaby, that will be really something to look forward to!

29connie53
Jan 1, 5:33am Top

Yes it will, Jackie. We are very happy with the new addition to the family. And we are also very curious what it will be, a boy or a girl. A boy would be nice for keeping the family line of Cyrille going on. He is the only one of his generation with the surname Depondt. So having a son would be great for them. It's a thing with men, I think, not so much for women.

30connie53
Edited: Jan 2, 3:49am Top

Starting my first book for the year and it is not a ROOT.

Vlak voordat ik stierf by S.K. Tremayne
This is the translation of Just Before I Died
This book fits the Forumchallenge on www.ff-leesclub.nl for January: Change



From LT. Not my review.

Kath lives with her husband Adam and daughter Lyla in a desolate stone longhouse deep in Dartmoor National Park. She likes her life - the moors are beautiful, if bleak - and she counts herself as happy, even if they struggle with money, and work, and her daughter's shyness. But one day Kath wakes up from a coma, with a vague memory of a near-fatal car accident. She hugs her daughter close, likewise her husband Adam. But there's something wrong. Adam seems furious with her and Lyla is acting evermore strangely. They should be delighted to see her alive, snatched from certain death. But they won't meet her gaze.

31Ameise1
Jan 1, 10:13am Top



I wish you from my heart a healthy 2019 filled with happiness, satisfaction, laughter and lots of good books.

32connie53
Jan 1, 10:58am Top

Thanks Barb! The same to you and your family, especially lots of good books and happiness. ;-))

33Henrik_Madsen
Jan 1, 2:14pm Top

Happy new year Connie. Good to see you are off to a good start to the reading year!

34floremolla
Jan 1, 2:54pm Top

Hi Connie, wishing you a happy new year and happy ROOTing in 2019! The little ones are growing fast, lovely pictures!

35Miss_Moneypenny
Jan 1, 7:49pm Top

Happy New Year Connie! Dropping my star so I can keep up with you and your adorable grand babies!

36connie53
Jan 2, 2:41am Top

Hi MP. Thank you. One more adorable grandbaby on the way, due in August.

37connie53
Edited: Jan 11, 9:54am Top

Started my second book for the year yesterday and it is a ROOT.
ROOT # 1

De bekering by Jodi Picoult
This is the translation of Change of Hart
This book fits the Forumchallenge on www.ff-leesclub.nl for January: Change
On the shelves since 2011-07-03



From LT, not my review

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen. For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.

38karenmarie
Jan 2, 5:47pm Top

Hi Connie!

I’m slowly finding threads in both groups – the 75ers and the ROOTs group.

I love the pictures of Fiene and Lonne and am very happy to hear about grandbaby number 3 in August.

>12 connie53: I love spreadsheets, too.

Good luck with all your reading, and especially your ROOTs.

39madhatter22
Jan 3, 2:27am Top

Your grandkids are adorable. Congratulations on #3 and good luck with this year's ROOTs! :)

40connie53
Edited: Jan 3, 3:14am Top

Thanks, Karen and Shauna.

41connie53
Jan 3, 3:58am Top

And I finished my first Non-ROOT book for the year. Vlak voordat ik stierf by S.K. Tremayne

42MissWatson
Jan 3, 7:52am Top

Hello Connie, so much has happened on your thread already, and the New Year just three days old. Such wonderful news, too, with a third grandchild on the way. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

43connie53
Edited: Jan 9, 6:26am Top

>42 MissWatson: Thanks Birgit.

Bought my first book of the year, Sigh!!

Het huis in Bellevue Gardens by Rachel Hore
This is the translation of The House on Bellevue Gardens



Rosa has arrived in London from Poland to look for her younger brother Mikhail. He is supposed to be staying with their English father, but when she visits the house she finds it's locked up and there's no sign of either of them. She urgently needs work and somewhere to live while she continues her search, but what can she do and where can she go? Stef is running away from her boyfriend Oliver and the claustrophobic life she's been living in his opulent flat. Frightened, friendless and far from her family, she needs somewhere to hide. Rick is living in a limbo, a shy young man hiding from the world to write and draw and dream. How will he find fulfilment? All three find refuge at 11 Bellevue Gardens, the shabbiest house of a smart white-painted Georgian terrace in North London. Here, its owner Leonie herself once found sanctuary following a short career as a model in the sixties and a destructive marriage. Now, out of gratitude, she opens her house to others in need. However, as she helps Stef and Rosa and Rick to find their way, Leonie finds that once again the very foundations of her own life and happiness are under threat.

44Familyhistorian
Jan 6, 12:31am Top

>43 connie53: Well, at least its only one book, Connie. I already bought four.

45connie53
Jan 6, 3:13am Top

>44 Familyhistorian: I know, but I ordered 3 more. And this book was really a bargain. Only € 3,00. Usually books cost around € 19,90. So I could not let it pass. And I like Rachel Hore for some light summer reading. So this book is a ROOT when summer comes.

46MissWatson
Jan 6, 10:44am Top

>45 connie53: Nobody could resist a bargain like that!

47connie53
Jan 7, 12:33pm Top

I found a way to split my tree books from my ebooks.
For 2018 I've read a total of 108 books. 80 were tree books, 28 were ebooks.

48connie53
Jan 9, 6:47am Top

Hmm, 4 new books entered the house. Not a good sign at all.

The first 2 books have no accurate touchstones on LT. They somehow managed to mix all common knowledge between the two prequels of the Maze Runner series.

But I bougth:

De moordopdracht by James Dashner
This is the translation of The Kill Order



From GR, not my review

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.
Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive.


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De viruscode by the same author.
This is the translation of The Fever Code



From GR, not my review

Once there was a world’s end.

The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.
Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.
Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.
The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.

Now there are secrets.
There are lies.
And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.
This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.
All will be revealed.


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De labyrintrenner-files by James Dashner
This is the translation of The Maze Runner Files



From GR, not my review

The Maze Runner Files is a 50+ page collection of classified records and concealed information from the world of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series. Lost emails between WICKED employees, memos meant to be destroyed after reading, and a selection of the Gladers suppressed memories make up this e-original short. These documents offer a unique glimpse of the world of The Maze Runner and are a must for any fan of The Maze Runner.

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Maan by Lucinda Riley (Touchstone not available)
This is the translation of The Moon Sister



From GR, not my review

Tiggy D’Aplièse spends her days experiencing the raw beauty of the Scottish Highlands doing a job she loves at a deer sanctuary. But when the sanctuary is forced to close, she is offered a job as a wildlife consultant on the vast and isolated estate of the elusive and troubled laird, Charlie Kinnaird. She has no idea that the move will not only irrevocably alter her future, but also bring her face-to-face with her past.

At the estate, she meets Chilly, a gypsy who fled from Spain seventy years before. He tells her that not only does she possess a sixth sense passed down from her ancestors, but it was foretold long ago that he would be the one to send her back home…

In 1912, in the poor gypsy community outside the city walls of Granada, Lucía Amaya-Albaycin is born. Destined to be the greatest flamenco dancer of her generation—and named La Candela, due to the inner flame that burns through her when she dances— Lucía is whisked away by her ambitious and talented guitarist father at the tender age of ten to dance in the flamenco bars of Barcelona. Her mother is devastated by the loss of her daughter and as civil war threatens in Spain, tragedy strikes the rest of her family. Now in Madrid, Lucía and her troupe of dancers are forced to flee for their lives, their journey taking them far across the water to South America and eventually, to North America and New York—Lucía’s long-held dream. But to pursue it, she must choose between her passion for her career and the man she adores. The Moon Sister follows these two women on their journey to discover their true futures—but at the risk of potentially losing the men they had hoped to build futures with.


49Familyhistorian
Jan 9, 9:39pm Top

>48 connie53: Future ROOTs have to come from somewhere, Connie. At least that's what I always tell myself.

50connie53
Jan 10, 8:11am Top

Yes, that's true. I specifically bought them with Autumn ROOT reading in mind. ;-))

51Jackie_K
Jan 10, 1:25pm Top

>49 Familyhistorian: I like how you think!

52connie53
Jan 10, 2:00pm Top

Finished my first ROOT for the year and for January.

De bekering by Jodi Picoult

In the beginning I had trouble with the way I thought the book took. I thought that! But while reading I got very interested in the story of Shay, a convicted murderer waiting for his dead-sentence. And of Maggie, the lawyer on a mission to help realize Shay's wish to give his heart up for donation after his dead. Michael, the priest who acts as spiritual counselor to Shay. And Lucius, the gay man, who's cell is next to Shay's. Lucius is the observer in this story. The story ended good in my opinion anyway.

53connie53
Edited: Jan 13, 1:49pm Top

ROOT # 2

Regen en Sterren by Maeve Binchy
This is the translation of Nights of Rain and Stars
This book fits the Forumchallenge on www.ff-leesclub.nl for January: Change
Entered to my LT catalogue on 2010-09-01, but probably longer on my shelves.



From LT, not my review

Four strangers, with nothing in common but a need to escape, meet in a Greek taverna high above the small village of Aghia Anna. From Ireland, America, Germany and England, they have each left their homes and old lives, when a shocking tragedy throws them unexpectedly together. Fiona is a young nurse, trying to make her family understand her need to follow her own path. Thomas desperately misses his young son and fears that his ex-wife will come between them. Elsa abruptly left her career as a television presenter, but someone from her past refuses to let her go. And shy, quiet David is determined to make a stand against his overbearing father. With these four is Andreas, the taverna owner, who badly misses the son who left home nine years ago and has never returned." Nights of Rain and Stars is the story of one summer and four people, each with a life in turmoil. With the help of Vonni, a middle-aged Irish woman who lives in the village and is now a near-native, they find solutions - though not necessarily the ones they anticipated.

54karenmarie
Jan 13, 11:51am Top

Hi Connie!

>47 connie53: tree books vs ebooks - I like that.

Congrats on 2 ROOTs so far.

>49 Familyhistorian: Future ROOTs have to come from somewhere... I like that, too, Meg!

55Robertgreaves
Jan 13, 6:46pm Top

Congrats on having another grandchild on the way, Connie.

56connie53
Jan 14, 12:55pm Top

Thanks, Robert.

Finished my ROOT # 2 for the year and # 3 in total for 2019.

Regen en sterren - Maeve Binchy

Nice and cosy book with an end that can be predicted because the books of Maeve Binchy always end with everybody happy and lucky.

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Continuing in a book that I started in 2018 and that's no ROOT but a new and shiny one bought 2018/11/08

Het meisje in de toren by Katherine Arden
This is the translation of The Girl in the Tower



This is not my review, but the blurb from LT

Vasilisa has grown up at the edge of a Russian wilderness, where snowdrifts reach the eaves of her family's wooden house and there is truth in the fairy tales told around the fire. Vasilisa's gift for seeing what others do not won her the attention of Morozko Frost, the winter demon from the stories, and together they saved her people from destruction. But Frost's aid comes at a cost, and her people have condemned her as a witch. Now Vasilisa faces an impossible choice. Driven from her home by frightened villagers, the only options left for her are marriage or the convent. She cannot bring herself to accept either fate and instead chooses adventure, dressing herself as a boy and setting off astride her magnificent stallion Solovey. But after Vasilisa prevails in a skirmish with bandits, everything changes. The Grand Prince of Moscow anoints her a hero for her exploits, and she is reunited with her beloved sister and brother, who are now part of the Grand Prince's inner circle. She dares not reveal to the court that she is a girl, for if her deception were discovered it would have terrible consequences for herself and her family. Before she can untangle herself from Moscow's intrigues, and as Frost provides counsel that may or may not be trustworthy, she will also confront an even graver threat lying in wait for all of Moscow itself.

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