JANUARY ROOT - Progress Thread
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A new year is starting and this year's theme was suggested by lilisin and tweaked a bit by me.
At this time of the year we have all been surrounded by Holiday treats so even though we may have added a few pounds, we still enjoy all the goodies. We can, at least still enjoy them virtually if not in reality.
Our theme this year is DESSERTS!
Some months have desserts that are special to them, others may just be a treat that is normally served at that time. If you have a favorite that is month specific, please let me know and maybe you can tell everyone else about it. I will also be trying to select desserts from around the world and in different forms, not just cakes and pies.
This month our dessert is Galette des Rois King's Cake
The French love their culinary traditions and none more so than the Galette des Rois, which they scoff down on January 6th each year to mark the feast of the Epiphany -- when the three kings (allegedly) turned up to give gifts to Baby Jesus.
The tradition of eating the cake dates back to the 14th century. According to tradition the cake was to draw the kings to the Epiphany.
Interestingly during the French Revolution the name was changed to “Gâteau de l’egalité” because it wasn’t really the done thing to be a king at that time.
But it’s just a cake?
Ah but it isn’t. The Galette des Rois is not just about having a cup of tea and something sweet. There’s an age-old protocol that needs to be followed and it's all to do with the little charm that bakers hide inside the cake. First of all the youngest child has to hide under the table and tell whoever is cutting the cake who should get which piece.
Whoever finds the charm, known as a “féve”, in their slice (as long as they don’t swallow it) gets to wear the crown that comes with the tart and then names their king or their queen. And then everyone just sits down and scoffs it. Normally with either cider or champagne.
Sounds yummy to me!
Password is ROOTS
I will be adding the list of members who sign up and their goals as we progress this month. Be sure to add your personal ticker to the ticker thread -https://www.librarything.com/topic/300952.
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Hi cyderry, love this theme! As for this months cake I used to make it for my daughter - birthday 6/1 . Stopped a few years back. Next month she will be 21. and yep no cake lol we are going out to dinner!
Thank you for setting all this up.
Enjoy your holiday, and enjoy/ love your books!! :+}
Oh I'm so happy you ended up choosing the theme I suggested! I'm in for 50 books again and will post a ticker when I'm back from the holidays and have access to a computer (and not my phone) to create a thread.
Chère Chèli, merci beaucoup pour votre travail. Je suis heureux d'être ici encore cette année. J'aime les desserts et je suis curieux de savoir ce que vous choisissez chaque mois. Le gâteau Epiphany a une place traditionnelle dans notre famille.
I do love a sweet treat but am a very picky eater. That looks good. I wonder if my niece who is currently studying abroad will be partaking in the dessert above... I am in again this year and have chosen to go for 38 books this year!
>5 Ameise1: Mon ami Amiese1, encore une fois, je vais essayer de me souvenir et de parfaire mon français. J'aime l'idée d'explorer les desserts du monde entier et j'espère que d'autres l'apprécieront également. En vous souhaitant, à vous et à votre famille, une bonne année!
Hi Cheli, count me in for 54 this year. I am off to a poor start having taken 2 books out of the library today but after that I will focus on my own shelves.
Hi Cheli! I'm back with a goal of 50 this year!
Dessert is a great theme! I was born and raised in New Orleans (and all our extended family is still there) and we do a King Cake as well but for Mardi Gras. Nothing like a good King Cake and the excitement of finding the baby!
Thanks for carrying this through for another year, Cheli! I'm very much looking forward to a brand new year of reading.
And that cake looks sooooo good. I want some, with or without a crown!
I will do this challenge, along with my personal one. Happy New Year everyone!
>14 connie53: Heh-heh. Sneaky. I was about halfway through yesterday, took some time out for cataloging and boxing, and wasn't able to finish until after midnight. I bought it just a few weeks ago, so it wouldn't have counted as a 2018 ROOT (but would have counted toward my 140+ achievement in the 2018 One Hundred Books challenge).
I count a book as a ROOT if I owned it prior to the start of the year, so Yuki Chan sneaks in for 2019. I've got another, Scribe: A Novel by Alyson Hagy, which was just published back in October and that I bought shortly before year end based on a NYT book review. I'm about halfway finished that one, so I'll have another ROOT to sneak in soon.
Also currently reading Carolyn Chute's Merry Men, which I've had around for ages.
I love this time of year. Every book that I own is now a ROOT and fair game!
>20 Kristelh: Right, I count all treeware owned prior to the first of the new year, but I don't count Kindles as ROOTS (though I do count them for the 100 Book challenge and I'll count an otherwise eligible treeware book if for convenience I read some or all of it on Kindle).
>18 Familyhistorian: Yep, me too! Too bad about all those library books sitting next to the bed, though....do you think if I checked them OUT in 2018, I can count them as ROOTs? ;)
>22 kac522: A ROOT is what you call it but isn't the definition "reading our own tomes"?
I count all tree books that have been on my shelves for 6 months or more as ROOTs.
I love the phrase 'tree book'. I think I'll use that a lot.
I count tree books and ebooks (I'd count audiobooks too, but I don't actually own any!), and I probably cheat a bit in that I count the new and shiny as ROOTs too, as soon as they're bought. I figure they're still my own tomes - they just don't have particularly deep roots. I still manage a good mix of the deep and shallow rooted books, so I'm happy with my definition :)
I do the same Jackie, every book in the house (that is not a library book) is a ROOT at the moment they arrive. I do get to the old ones. Of the 365 ROOTs last year 286 were "deep roots" (acquired before 2008).
>26 Jackie_K: I count everything I own as well. I was avoiding finishing series because I'd bought the latest ones to read too recently, so I changed my tactics. I call anything I bought a ROOT and only library books I borrow aren't.
I've just been counting books that have been on the shelf 6 months or longer but I've been convinced I should include anything I own. I'm a library junkie and I think this would help me raise the number that comes off the shelf during the year. If that doesn't seem to work any better, I can always change my own rules!
My ROOT rule is books on my Nook/Kindle that I've purchased as of 12/31/18, ER & ARCs I receive for review (anytime because these have to get read - I suffer so much), and audiobooks that I've downloaded prior to 2019. So any NetGalley awards for new books in 2019 are automatic ROOTS!
I'm happy that my ROOT start number is lower than last year, but I still need to get more read!
Just so I can keep everything straight, I want to remind everyone to be sure to join the group officially. If you aren't a member, I won't count your ROOTs!
Oh, and one other ROOTS rule. I do allow myself rereads. I'm 67yo and there are a lot of books I've read years ago but want to get back to.
fuzzi’s ROOTs rules:
1. Book must have been in my library for at least 365 days whenever I read it...so if it’s August 1, 2019 and I bought a book on July 31, 2018, it’s a ROOT
2. Unread and “rehomed” books count for ROOTing total
3. Partially read and abandoned books count for ROOT total (though not for my “Books read in 2019” challenges)
4. ROOTs can be e-books or tree-books
5. Children’s and other short books count as ROOTs
Count me in again this year. I am going to shoot for 55 books in 2019. I have much the same rules for ROOTs as the others on this thread.
I had a very successful year last year and read a total o 83 books. Not all of them were ROOTs so couldn't count them for this thread, but I did meet my goal. Because I had such a successful reading year I upped my goal for this year. I hope I meet it.
As usual I will report my monthly total on this thread. Which reminds me - I need to go back and post on December my final total for that month.
I'm joining again this year even though I didn't meet my goals for 2018. But I didn't count ebooks, and since I've had some of those in my queue for years, I'm going to count them this year.
My goal this year is to finish 24 ROOTs. Half of them will be non-fiction, and at least two of the fiction books will be classics. My overall goal for the year is 50 books, which includes library books and audio books.
>31 cyderry: Maybe it will help to name ROOTers who did not officially join the group. According to my Excel sheet they are:
Happy to be back with you all! I love the set-up, thank you Chèli. There's still time to try the Galette des Rois on January 6...where did I put that French recipe book??
Really enjoying the book chat in this thread!
Last year I focused on ‘deep ROOTs’ (books acquired before 2017). Thanks to last year’s work I’ve got very few deep ROOTs left, so this year I’m counting all of my purchased/borrowed books apart from ones that I buy (or borrow!) this year.
I’m doing a pay-it-forward and re-gifting at least five of the books that I finish to friends who I think will enjoy them.
I’ve already bought one book this year (oops! Made it as far as 2 January, lol!) but it was the final volume of a comic book series that I adore (Wet Moon by Sophie Campbell) and I was *always* going to purchase that book for keepsies :) Definitely not an impulse buy.
Since we have a cute monthly theme, I’ll try to relate my reading to the theme if I can. January’s nice and easy as my housemate has lent me a copy of Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings. I’ll start it as soon as I finish the memoir I’m reading first, Toxic Nursery by Carlie Martece.
I count as ROOTS- books that I have owned for six months and over.
My first of 2019 and first of Jan- Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress- my review is on my thread.
I finished my first ROOT for the year. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley. This one is part of the Flavia de Luce series. I am trying to get caught up with that series, so over my winter break I listened to three of them. They all were part of December 2018 report, but I didn't finish this one until January 1, 2019, so it gets the honor of being the first one of the year.
I am going to try to get a couple of series caught up this year. I want to catch up or finish the following series.
1. Aurelio Zen series by Michael Dibdin
2. Pepe Carvalho series by Manuel Vazquez Montalban
3. Matthew Shardlake by C. J. Sansom
4. National Geographic Directions series
5. Barsk by Lawrence M. Schoen - fortunately there are only two in this series
6. The Salvagers by Alex White - again there are only two in this series - so far
7. Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
There are some fun reads in this list, so it shouldn't take long to do them.
>41 benitastrnad: I'm always trying to catch up on my series but it seems like the authors write them faster than I can read. Part of my problem is the number of series that I have so these 20 have a top priority because I only need to read the latest to be current. Hope I can do it before something new comes out! I even have the books in my possession.
Southern Cake Baker - Batter Off Dead
Death by Chocolate - Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake
Keepsake Cove Mystery - A Vintage Death
Merry Ghost Inn Mystery - Be Our Ghost
Innkeepers - Room Service
Bread Shop Mystery - The Walking Bread
Amish Candy Shop Mystery - Premeditated Peppermint
All-Day Breakfast Café - A Cold Brew Killing
Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery - In Cold Chocolate
Cypress Cove - Hair of the Dog
A Wedding Planner Mystery - Gown With the Wind
A Cora Crafts Mystery - Assault and Beadery
A Cajun Country Mystery Series - Mardi Gras Murder
Silk Merchant's Daughters - Serena
Threadville Mystery - Seven Threadly Sins
Food Lover's Village - As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles
The Scottish Bookshop Mystery - The Loch Ness Papers
Cackleberry Club Mystery - Eggs on Ice
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache - Kingdom of the Blind
A Cook Off Mystery - Expiration Date
>42 cyderry: Heh-heh. That's why I've been trying to avoid any new series in the past year or two. I've still got a few to finish on Sue Grafton's Alphabet (Kinsey Millhone) mysteries, and I just last year read everything so far in Paul Doiron's Mike Bowditch series (but that's OK, because he's a Maine game warden, and that ties in with my love of all things Maine). And of course there are the upcoming books in Philip Pullman's sequel trilogy to His Dark Materials.
Not much else, although I do have at least one trilogy, N.K. Jemisin's "Broken Earth," but trilogies aren't a problem because you know there won't be anything more coming on the old ones and the newer ones will have a definite limit.
Currently about halfway through Carolyn Chute's Merry Men, and I guess you could call that an "Egypt, Maine" series, but Chute's different – I mean, that would be like avoiding Faulkner by saying he wrote a "Yoknapatawpha County" series.
Oh, yeah, and I almost forgot Brandon Mull's new "Dragonwatch" series, his sequel to the "Fablehaven" series. And for some reason I do keep on reading Rich Riordan, even though my favorite character, Clarisse LaRue, pretty much disappeared after the second book of the first series. Reading Riordan anymore seems like watching for a train wreck waiting to happen, but I guess there's something to be said for schadenfreude.
ETA: But as to Sue Grafton, I've already got all twenty-six books (A through Y and Kinsey and Me), leaving me with six ROOTs for this year since I just finished T Is for Trespass on New Year's Eve. Sadly of course, in the case of Sue, "the alphabet ends with Y" (her daughter's words).
>43 CurrerBell: I do have at least one trilogy, N.K. Jemisin's "Broken Earth,"
What did you think of that book, Mike? I really loved it and am waiting impatiently for part 2 to be translated.
I am so excited to be starting a new year of ROOTing! I bumped my goal up from 24 to 50 and have completed my 1st one; The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.
I have several series cavorting along..........with the rest of you. I completed Camilla Läckberg's Scandi-crime series in 2018. The remainder are still in progress. For this year I am hoping to read all of Tolkien's 'Middle Earth' series, again. I try to get to him each decade if I can. Been reading him since the early 70s when I had medicinal aid ;-) to help me in my understanding. He is a family favorite.
Good luck with your ROOTing one & all. It is exciting to be a part of this group. Thank you so much Cheli, for all of the time & effort you put into this.
I have finished my first ROOT, Märchen und Sagen by Ludwig Bechstein, a book of fairy tales. But I need to make time for a loan from my sister's library next...
I finished a ROOT. I haves had this book on my shelves since 2012 when I attended Bootopia in Oxford, Mississippi. On October 12, 2018 I started reading What There Is To Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell edited by Suzanne Marrs. I finished it last night and I really liked it.
I have never read anything by either one of these authors and am not sure that I am likely to do so, but now I have read their edited letter collection. At first it was letter after letter about roses and Welty’s mother’s eyesight, but gradually I got interested in the lives and friendship of these people, and I ended up sharing in their friendship by reading their letters.
My 2019 New Years Resolution is to write more letters. I got about a dozen Christmas cards and I sent out many many more than that because I wanted to communicate with my friends what has been going on in my life in the last year. The act of writing something personal is an act of friendship and I wish I had gotten more Christmas cards and letters from people. It is not that we don’t write anymore. It is that we are unwilling to put a stamp on anything. Instead I spent $500.00 in an iPad and untold amounts of money at Starbucks drinking coffee and glomming onto their free WiFi. Gosh! It was nice getting those Christmas Cards.
> I know. I like getting Christmas Cards too. And sent out a lot of them. In former years I got about 90 cards but now about 35 cards. I get emails and messages on Facebook . And that's not so personal as a handwritten Card.
Deborah Burnham, Tart Honey
"These poems explore the experience of a long marriage and a decade of living at a distance. They ask how this love began, and how it might end." (back cover blurb)
Deb Burnham is Associate Undergraduate Chair of the English department at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches 19th and 20th century American and British fiction, poetry, and poetry writing. She's also a member of my congregation, Tabernacle United Church. Her dissertation was on Theodore Roethke.
3rd for January, 3/100
My first ROOT is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I finished it yesterday, I bought it in November and it has been on my TBR since it was voted in for January BOTM over on GR Reading 1001.
I really liked Americanah. My real life book club read it a couple of years ago and we had a great discussion about it. Ngozi Adichie has several other books that I want to read. Purple Hibiscus is one and she did a great defense of women in power titled We Should All Be Feminists a couple of years ago that I want to read.
My first ROOT was As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles - alas another new series.
>95 I am definitively, positutely Anne with an E! I still have to get to Anne of Ingleside and Rainbow Valley, plus there's an interesting posthumous volume The Blythes Are Quoted (which I don't yet have), delivered to the publisher on the day of Montgomery's death in 1942 but not published at the time possibly because her antiwar views were seen as unpatriotic.
After Anne herself, my next favorite character is Miss Lavender, who first appears in Anne of Avonlea (if I recall correctly). I think the books tend to weaken after that, especially as the series goes on, with the exception of Rilla of Ingleside, which takes a very different tone from the others, being a more serious look at women on the home front in the First World War.
I've got some of Montgomery's other books, including the Emily Trilogy in the new Virago paperbacks, and I want to get to them this year too. There's also an intriguing new novel by Sarah McCoy, Marilla of Green Gables, that I just got – a prequel to the Anne series that depicts Matthew and Marilla in their youth after their mother's death.
All of these qualify as ROOTs (except The Blythes Are Quoted). I've acquired, so far, just six! new books this year (I don't think I'm forgetting any noobs), which is fewer than one a day. An achievement?
Read my second ROOT. It is a book I had on my literal shelf since 2007. Living To Tell by Antonya Nelson.
I've finished my first ROOT, On Writing Well, 30th anniversary edition by William Zinsser. I've added it to my ticker, but I can't see a password for the group ticker so haven't added it there.
I finished a ROOT last night. Straight On Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham by Mary S. Lovell. I was inspired to read this biography after I read Markham's autobiography West With the Night late last year. The latter title was a limited view with the subject writing about what she wanted to write and leaving out whole chunks of her life. I something that filled in those gaps and gave me the facts. I wanted to read an unbiased opinion about this very interesting woman. This biography cleared up many of the questions about Markham that rose from the earlier book. It was a biography with no frills that explained, with documentation, Markham's life. The subject of the biography lived an exciting life. The biography is a straight forward biography - just the facts, that acted as a counterpoint to the very visceral experience of reading "West With the Night." I recommend reading the two books as a together they give the reader the facts and the flavor of Markham's life.
Just added a review to my thread for my first ROOT of 2019, Toxic Nursery by Carlie Martece. It was a great one to start with, lots of fun. My partner kept reading it over my shoulder while they were supposedly watching Star Trek, a surefire sign that it's interesting.
Well into my second now but it's a 1000+ page epic fantasy tome so will be a little while with it :)
How's everyone doing with new book acquisitions? I've only bought three.... :p
My third for the month is finished: Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle by Mary J. MacLeod.
Oh, finished a third ROOT this afternoon: Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters, Volume 2, an audio drama box set produced by Big Finish. Personal ticker updated, but not the group one.
I've just added my second ROOT - a 5* read this early on in the year! I'd recommend Red Dust Road to everyone. I updated my ticker but not the group one (cheli, what's the password?).
My goal for this year is 84 ROOTs. Unfortunately, I put my thread in the 2019 CAT challenge group this year rather than the ROOT thread. But I do still want to participate and am adding my ticker to the ticker page.
>70 Robertgreaves: put a link to your thread in the ROOT thread so we can find it! :)
Just a reminder to those listed below to join the group officially and if you haven't already add your ticker to the tickerthread, or your totals won't get pulled. Thank you.
I also have members that don't seem to have set a goal or I can't find a thread for them.
So please everyone, so that when I go to collect the totals for January, make sure you have:
Joined the group
If you are not a member of the grtoup your goals will not be included.
Thank you for your help.
>72 cyderry:. I was thinking of making a post just like that, Chèli. But I thought I better leave that up to you. You are our chief!
I finished another ROOT on Friday. A Daughter of No Nation by A.M. Dellamonica is book two in a YA fantasy trilogy. I have been reading this book at work, and the busier I am at work the longer it takes to read a book, so the length of reading time is no reflection on the quality of the book. I had started this one in October.
No ticker updated.
I am back ROOTing for another year. I love the theme this year - the picture makes my mouth water!
I have added my ticker to the ticker thread, setting my goal at 100 books. Fingers crossed that I make it :)
I have finished 2 ROOTs so far and both my ticker and the group one have been updated.
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