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fuzzi’s 2019 ROOT n Tootin’ Thread

2019 ROOT (READ OUR OWN TOMES)

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1fuzzi
Edited: Jan 3, 7:10am Top

My 2018 ROOT challenge was 100 books, which I did reach, but just.

Yet I still have over 200 books in my library, unread, and that have been on my shelves for at least one year.

So, I’ve decided I'm going to stay with my 100 ROOT challenge for 2019!

Here's my ticker:




As usual I'll be reviewing all the books as I read them, so feel free to drop by anytime. And I don’t “spoil” in my reviews, so read without fear ;)

My main thread is here:

http://www.librarything.com/topic/301181#6672966

My rehoming thread is here:

https://www.librarything.com/topic/301032

And here's something I decided to add this year:
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

Here’s to Reading Our Own Tomes!!!

2connie53
Dec 27, 2018, 3:44am Top

Hi Fuzzi! Glad to see another familiar 'face'. Happy ROOTing.

3fuzzi
Dec 27, 2018, 7:31am Top

Thanks for stopping by connie53!

4crazy4reading
Dec 27, 2018, 8:36am Top

Hi Fuzzi!! Great to see you back! I haven't reached my ROOT goal for 2018 but I am going to try and get some really short books in over the next few days.

5rabbitprincess
Dec 27, 2018, 10:58am Top

Welcome back and good luck with your ROOTS in 2019!

6LoraShouse
Dec 28, 2018, 11:46pm Top

Welcome back and happy reading in 2019!

7fuzzi
Dec 29, 2018, 7:38am Top

>4 crazy4reading: go for it! Even if you do happen to fall short, it’s still much better than not even attempting the challenge.

>5 rabbitprincess: >6 LoraShouse: thank you, both. Yesterday I managed to finish another ROOT for 2018, one that had been unread for 5 or 6 years. Woo!

8majkia
Dec 29, 2018, 7:39am Top

Welcome back and get reading!

9fuzzi
Dec 29, 2018, 7:54am Top

>8 majkia: I’m reading, I’m reading, though they count for 2018 stats. :D

10Jackie_K
Dec 29, 2018, 9:48am Top

Welcome back, and good luck with your ambitious target!

11Familyhistorian
Jan 1, 5:18pm Top

Good luck with your ROOT reading. That is a high target!

12fuzzi
Jan 2, 2:25pm Top

And away we go...


#1 The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters

Another entertaining story in this series. I did not guess whodunit until very close to the end of the book, which I liked.

13fuzzi
Jan 2, 2:25pm Top

>10 Jackie_K: >11 Familyhistorian: thanks for coming by!

14MissWatson
Jan 3, 8:19am Top

Welcome back!

15fuzzi
Jan 10, 1:31pm Top


#2 Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein

I've been valiantly attempting to finish this book, but at the halfway point I've given up, and admitting that I'm not interested in what happens. The story is not engaging at all, and the writing isn't up to par with this author's other works, including his other early "juvenile" books I've read.

16fuzzi
Jan 27, 9:49pm Top


#3 Double or Quit by Joyce Stranger

In this final book of the series, author Joyce Stranger has to make a decision: to double her "pack" by adding another dog, or quit field trial and obedience work altogether due to her dog Chita's advancing age. She takes on Josse, a young dog who with issues due to having several owners within a few months. Josse needs help adjusting, and how Joyce brings him closer to "normalcy" makes for an interesting and enjoyable story.

I wish there were more books about Josse.

17fuzzi
Feb 1, 7:31am Top


#4 Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg - Did not read, rehomed

This was a "gift"...I looked it over, and decided there were other books that I was more interested in reading...

18fuzzi
Feb 4, 10:49pm Top


#5 Wave Without a Shore by CJ Cherryh

Wow. Just wow. In this short novel Cherryh does what she usually does in her stories, creates a world, and culture, both alien and familiar...but this time it's on a scale that even she rarely attains. With virtually no fighting or other actions so common in SciFi, she hurls the reader along in this story of an artist who went too far and threatened a society conditioned to be blind to reality. Superb.

19fuzzi
Edited: Feb 15, 12:34pm Top


#6 Hungry: Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin - (ROOT) - Ebook unread, would delete if I could figure out how...

20fuzzi
Edited: Feb 15, 12:40pm Top


#7 The Marriage of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King

This was a thoroughly enjoyable romp with two of my favorite characters. A must for fans of the author's Russell & Holmes series, but also worth a read for those new to these books.


#8 Mary Russell's War by Laurie R. King

This is a collection of short stories in the Russell-Holmes universe. Some I'd read before, but all were entertaining and worth perusal.

21fuzzi
Edited: Feb 16, 12:16pm Top


#9 Texas Vendetta by Elmer Kelton

I believe this was my first read by author Elmer Kelton, but it won't be my last. In this tale from the late 1800s we see a glimpse of Texas Rangers' jobs, and also the lives of those they were sworn to capture. Never sensational, but believable, this book was entertaining. The characters were well-written, and the violence was not graphic. Recommended for anyone wanting a "good story".

Now to find the rest of the books in the series...

22fuzzi
Feb 16, 4:07pm Top


#10 Partners - 'NetWalkers: Part One by Jane Fancher

When I downloaded this book several years ago, I thought it would always be there...but not according to Kindle and Amazon. Since I can't read it without paying for it again, I'm just going to count it as an "unread discard" and move on...

23fuzzi
Feb 16, 4:39pm Top

#11 Preacher's Blood Hunt (The First Mountain Man) by William W. Johnstone

Not on the shelves, probably rehomed back in October 2017. Though not listed with all the other books in the series that I rehomed at that time, I'm fairly certain it no longer resides in my house.

24fuzzi
Feb 16, 4:51pm Top

#12 Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

Have attempted to read this at least two times. Life's short, so many books...why waste time?

25fuzzi
Feb 16, 4:58pm Top

#13 The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Not interested at this time. Easy enough to borrow from the library if I change my mind in the future.

26fuzzi
Feb 16, 5:06pm Top

#14 The Canterbury Tales, and Other Poems by Geoffrey Chaucer

Made an attempt, just not interested at this time. Easy enough to borrow from the library if I change my mind in the future.

27fuzzi
Feb 21, 7:15am Top


#15 The Good Old Boys by Elmer Kelton

This is not a western.

To clarify, this is a really good story about people living in Texas in 1906. Changes are coming in the form of the automobile, and the old way of the cowboy is waning.

It's good, very good, and recommended. And it's staying on my shelves!

28fuzzi
Feb 26, 8:32am Top


#16 Little Farm in the Ozarks by Roger Lea MacBride

Nice follow-up to the first book in the series about Rose, the daughter of Laura from the Little House books. I'll be reading the next book, and possibly the others as well.

29fuzzi
Mar 1, 7:31am Top


#17 An Old Woman's Reflections by Peig Sayers

An interesting collection of stories from an Irish "story-teller" who lived most of her life on an isolated island. It's translated from Gaelic into English, but much of the original lyrical prose is still evident. Worth reading.

30fuzzi
Edited: Mar 2, 12:36am Top


#18 In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham

Satisfactory read about a missionary couple kidnapped and held for ransom in the Philippines for over a year. The flashbacks were distracting from the survival story, which was actually interesting.

Note: this book was a truly ancient ROOT, downloaded in 2012!

31fuzzi
Edited: Mar 31, 9:35pm Top


#19 Middlemarch by George Eliot

A thoughtful yet entertaining read about the people and customs of an English town from the earlier part of the 19th century. The characters are very well drawn, their personalities are not superficial, and I was willingly dragged into the story, something I expect a very well-written book should do. This tale is never boring, but as the sentences often have deeper meanings one needs to take time to read this work slowly, unhurried, and without distraction. Quite good and worth the time and effort. Solid.

32fuzzi
Edited: Mar 31, 9:34pm Top


#20 Midnight is a Place by Joan Aiken

The author has a writing style that appealed to me as a child, but as an adult it still has me turning the pages of her books with alacrity, wondering how each situation will be resolved. There is only a little foreshadowing, too, though the younger reader might miss subtle references altogether. Good characters, twisty plots, and enough descriptions to illustrate the tale without bogging it down.

33fuzzi
Apr 4, 8:15am Top


#21 Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

Of all the books that I have read by this author there was only one I did not care for...and this one isn't it!

Woods Runner is a good tale of a 13 year old boy growing up on the western Pennsylvania frontier of the late 1700s. While most of the people in the settlement like their neighbors and bucolic lifestyle, young Samuel takes to the woods where he is most comfortable, disappearing for days while exploring, as well as hunting for the community.

But while he is on one of his trips a force of British troops and Hessian mercenaries attack and destroy the settlement, massacring most of the people yet taking a few as prisoners...including Samuel's parents.

This one is a page-turner, a book I could not put down until I found out how things turned out. While categorized as a youth book, it also is a fine adult read.

34fuzzi
Apr 5, 8:04am Top


#22 Bristlenoses: Catfish With Character by Kathy Jinkings

Entertaining and highly informative book about a popular variety of "suckermouth" catfish kept by hobbyists. There's some anecdotal aspects about the species, but also plenty of technical information that wasn't overwhelming to the amateur fish-keeper. There are a lot of photos and diagrams taken from scientific studies, too. Recommended for anyone interested in freshwater tropical fish.

35fuzzi
Apr 17, 7:27am Top


#23 The Black Shrike by Alistair MacLean

This is one of the best books I've read (so far!) by Alistair MacLean. It's cold war counter espionage stuff from about 60 years ago, so is a little dated, but it holds up well.

What I really liked, apart from the twisty plot, is the humanity and fallibility of the main character. He might be an agent, but he's no James Bond, though a bit more like MacGyver!

This one is definitely a keeper.

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