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Bragan's 2019 ROOTing

2019 ROOT (READ OUR OWN TOMES)

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1bragan
Dec 31, 2018, 7:46pm Top

It's good to see this group carrying on for another year!

I've decided to lower my ROOT goal a little this year, after several years of keeping it at a nice, round 100 books. I think I want to concentrate just a little less on ROOTs this year (or at least pressure myself a little less to get the ROOTs read) and a little more on continuing my surprisingly successful attempt at making inroads on my huge TBR stacks. I've been using this "one book in, two books out" system for a while now, and I'm astonished by how much it's helping!

I do still want to make a point of not neglecting some of the very, very old books on my TBR shelves, though, so I am repeating my goal from last year to read at least five "deep ROOTs": books that I've had sitting around unread since before I first joined LibraryThing in 2007.

So, my tickers:






2connie53
Jan 1, 3:40am Top

Welcome back, Brag. Good luck with your ROOTing and get those deep ROOTs out.

3Jackie_K
Jan 1, 5:15am Top

Good to see you again for the year! Good luck with your goals this year!

4rabbitprincess
Jan 1, 10:21am Top

Welcome back and have a great reading year! Glad to see the 2-for-1 system is working :D

5bragan
Jan 1, 12:01pm Top

Thanks, all! A very happy year of reading to you!

6MissWatson
Jan 3, 8:34am Top

Welcome back and happy ROOTing!

7bragan
Jan 3, 12:57pm Top

>6 MissWatson: Thank you, and back atcha!

8bragan
Jan 4, 12:22am Top

All right, here I go!

1. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke.

9bragan
Jan 7, 3:10pm Top

2. A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon.

10bragan
Jan 9, 7:14am Top

3. Calypso by David Sedaris.

11bragan
Jan 12, 5:34am Top

4. There but for the by Ali Smith.

12bragan
Jan 19, 11:31pm Top

5. The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe by Steven Novella, et al.

13bragan
Jan 21, 12:25pm Top

6. Arrival by Ted Chiang.

14karenmarie
Jan 22, 10:56am Top

First time visitor here, sorry I gave you a BB on my thread!

Great goals, especially the 'deep roots' goal. I have quite a bit of those, too, and actually just finished one up, The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett.

I'll follow along this year, good luck.

15bragan
Jan 22, 12:53pm Top

>14 karenmarie: It's alright, I always forgive the BBs! If I didn't, I'd probably go around resenting half the people I've met on LT. Heh. :)

And thanks!

16bragan
Jan 22, 6:56pm Top

7. Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong.

18bragan
Jan 30, 11:58am Top

9. Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson.

19bragan
Feb 1, 1:35pm Top

Right, then, it's time to sum up the first month of 2019.

January 2019

Books read: 10
Books acquired: 7
ROOT books read: 9
ROOT books YTD total: 9/80
"Deep ROOTs" read: 0
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 0/5
Current TBR total: 919
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -3

Not too bad a start, I suppose!

20rabbitprincess
Feb 1, 6:34pm Top

Thumb for your review of Brown Girl in the Ring! I've had that on my to-read list for just over 9 years -- maybe I'll finally get a copy now ;)

21bragan
Feb 2, 12:05am Top

>20 rabbitprincess: Thanks! It was a book that definitely hit the reading spot, after a couple I found vaguely disappointing.

22bragan
Feb 2, 12:11am Top

Moving right along into February...

10. The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris.

24bragan
Feb 8, 9:06pm Top

12. The Oracle Year by Charles Soule.

25karenmarie
Feb 13, 8:10am Top

Congrats on -3 tbr change. (I've never thought of reporting net tbr change. I like it!)

26bragan
Feb 13, 8:55am Top

>25 karenmarie: It's a very helpful number to keep track of!

27bragan
Feb 15, 5:22am Top

13. The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin.

28bragan
Feb 19, 3:58pm Top

14. Stories by O. Henry by O. Henry.

29bragan
Feb 23, 4:32pm Top

15. Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink.

31bragan
Mar 1, 1:20pm Top

And that's February gone. So...

February 2019

Books read: 8
Books acquired: 6
ROOT books read: 7
ROOT books YTD total: 16/80
"Deep ROOTs" read: 0
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 0/5
Current TBR total: 917
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -5

Not too much progress on the TBR this month, but it's at least still going in the right direction.

32bragan
Mar 7, 12:43pm Top

17. The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson.

33bragan
Mar 9, 8:33pm Top

18. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld.

34bragan
Mar 13, 1:10am Top

19. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

35Jackie_K
Mar 14, 1:50pm Top

>34 bragan: I'm hoping to get that finished this month too. She really is such a good writer.

36bragan
Mar 14, 6:02pm Top

>35 Jackie_K: She is. It was a very good book, but also one of the most upsetting things I've read in recent memory.

37bragan
Edited: Mar 17, 9:40pm Top

20. Time Traders by Andre Norton. This was also my first "deep ROOT" for the year. Huzzah! I genuinely have no idea how long this one had been sitting on the TBR shelves, but I do know the answer is "long enough."

38MissWatson
Mar 18, 4:20am Top

>37 bragan: Funny coincidence, I have this on my ereader as my bedtime reading for my business trip to Berlin later this day.

39bragan
Mar 18, 7:48am Top

>37 bragan: That is an odd coincidence! I can't imagine it's a super-popular book these days.

40bragan
Mar 20, 7:59am Top

21. The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro.

41bragan
Mar 26, 5:36pm Top

22. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward.

42bragan
Mar 28, 7:28am Top

23. The Missy Chronicles by James Goss et al.

43rabbitprincess
Mar 28, 6:27pm Top

>42 bragan: Thanks for the review! I'll have to read at least that fifth story, the one with Twelve and Nardole (they are the BEST).

44bragan
Mar 28, 6:29pm Top

>43 rabbitprincess: They are, and that one is so much fun.

45bragan
Mar 31, 10:33pm Top

OK, guess it's time for the March sum-up.

And, man. I feel like I've been in something of a book slump lately. Not that I haven't been reading some good things, but fewer than I usually expect to. All I can do is to comfort myself that that the TBR is still going in the right direction! And that my books slumps still involve more books than most people's normal reading. :)

Anyway, March:

March 2019

Books read: 8
Books acquired: 3
ROOT books read: 7
ROOT books YTD total: 23/80
"Deep ROOTs" read: 1
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 1/5
Current TBR total: 912
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -10

46bragan
Apr 9, 8:23pm Top

Whoops, finished this one a couple of days ago and forgot to update:

24. Thirteen by Richard K. Morgan.

47bragan
Apr 14, 3:58pm Top

25. Young Men in Spats by P.G. Wodehouse.

48bragan
Apr 16, 7:45am Top

26. The Magic Misfits: The Second Story by Neil Patrick Harris.

49bragan
Apr 17, 4:36am Top

27. The Compleat Ankh-Morpork by Terry Pratchett.

50bragan
Apr 18, 7:07am Top

28. Zardoz by John Boorman.

52bragan
Edited: May 2, 3:09pm Top

And now it's May! So...

April 2019

Books read: 8
Books acquired: 2
ROOT books read: 6
ROOT books YTD total: 29/80
"Deep ROOTs" read: 0
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 1/5
Current TBR total: 906
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -16

Apparently eight books a month is my new reading speed, no matter what I do. Oh, well. At least the TBR is still decreasing nicely. I do have to get to some more of those "deep ROOTs" soon, though.

53bragan
May 2, 3:08pm Top

30. The Surgeon's Mate by Patrick O'Brian.

54connie53
May 3, 6:32am Top

Hi Bragan. Catching up on threads and now reading yours. Lots of ROOTs read.

55bragan
May 3, 6:46pm Top

Hi Connie! Always good to see you.

56bragan
May 6, 9:29pm Top

31. Down These Dark Spaceways, edited by Mike Resnick.

57nebula21
May 7, 7:56am Top

Your one book in two books out system is a really good idea. I think i'll try it!

58bragan
May 7, 11:01am Top

>57 nebula21: I'm still astonished by how well it's working for me. If you decide to go for it, I hope it's equally successful for you!

59Jackie_K
May 7, 11:18am Top

>57 nebula21: I've started it this year and am amazed I've kept it up this far into the year! I do have a caveat that presents don't count (hello upcoming birthday :D ), but even with that, I'm really hopeful that I'll end the year with fewer books on the TBR than I started with.

60bragan
May 7, 7:02pm Top

>59 Jackie_K: Yes, presents definitely don't count! (And it is possible to use a rather -- *cough* -- broad definition of what counts as a present, too. I know I have. :))

Awesome that it's still working for you, too.

61bragan
May 14, 12:05am Top

32. The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson.

62bragan
May 16, 12:38pm Top

33. Severance by Ling Ma.

63bragan
May 19, 5:24pm Top

34. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey.

64bragan
May 22, 7:25am Top

65bragan
May 27, 12:14pm Top

36. The Prestige by Christopher Priest.

66bragan
May 30, 6:28pm Top

37. To Be or Not to Be by Ryan North.

67bragan
May 31, 10:49pm Top

And that's about it for May. Reading numbers are still a bit below average for me, but I'm doing OK on the ROOTs, and, more importantly, I feel like by the end of the month I finally got completely over that book-slump feeling I've been fighting since the beginning of the year. Yay!

MAY 2019

Books read: 9 (including one read but unowned book)
Books acquired: 2
ROOT books read: 8
ROOT books YTD total: 37/80
"Deep ROOTs" read: 0
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 1/5
Current TBR total: 900
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -22

68bragan
Jun 4, 8:28pm Top

38. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou.

69rocketjk
Jun 5, 1:28pm Top

>51 bragan: How did you like Cod? The only Kurlansky I've read is his history of the Basque culture, which I mostly enjoyed a lot. There are quite a few of his books that I've been meaning to get around to.

70bragan
Jun 6, 1:06am Top

>69 rocketjk: Cod was good, even if it didn't exactly completely suck me into the subject matter. I did a mini-review of it here.

71bragan
Jun 13, 10:19pm Top

39. Time Traders II by Andre Norton. Which also counts as one of my "deep ROOTs" for the year, meaning I finally get to move that ticker again!

72rabbitprincess
Jun 14, 5:00pm Top

>71 bragan: Yaaaay!

73bragan
Jun 14, 5:02pm Top

>72 rabbitprincess: It feels good. I've been neglecting that part of my goal too much.

74bragan
Jun 18, 1:27am Top

40. Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer by Rob Manning and William L. Simon.

Which puts me halfway to my goal for the year!

75bragan
Jun 25, 6:04am Top

41. The Science of Sherlock Holmes by E. J. Wagner.

76bragan
Edited: Jun 28, 7:06am Top

42. The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh.

77bragan
Jun 29, 6:26pm Top

43. Exit West by Moshin Hamid.

78bragan
Jul 1, 12:47am Top

Well, I guess that's it for June. Somehow. So:

JUNE 2019

Books read: 9
Books acquired: 12
ROOT books read: 6
ROOT books YTD total: 43/80
"Deep ROOTs" read: 1
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 2/5
Current TBR total: 903
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -19

OK, that's the TBR going in the wrong direction for the first time in a while. It was a weird month for that. I swear, people just sort of kept randomly giving me books. Not that I'm complaining! And I'm still down a fair amount overall, for the year so far.

I also read a higher percentage of non-ROOTs this month, but I also finished one more of the "deep ROOTs" that have been sitting on my TBR shelves since approximately the dawn of time. So I'm going to call it good, I think.

79bragan
Jul 7, 12:09am Top

44. On the Move by Oliver Sacks.

80bragan
Edited: Jul 12, 11:02pm Top

45. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.

81connie53
Jul 19, 2:36am Top

Hi, just visiting threads. You have been reading a lot of books. Good job done.

82bragan
Jul 19, 9:56am Top

>81 connie53: Thanks! Although reading this month is going very slowly. I've got a vacation coming up, and I'm no sure whether that will make things better or worse. Depends on how much reading I get done on the plane, I guess!

83bragan
Jul 20, 12:41am Top

46. No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin.

84bragan
Jul 24, 11:04am Top

47. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell.

85connie53
Jul 27, 12:23pm Top

>82 bragan: Have a good vacation, with lots of fun and a book or two (or more)

86bragan
Edited: Aug 1, 1:01pm Top

>95 Thanks, Connie! It was fun, and I finished a couple while I was gone, at least.

87bragan
Edited: Aug 1, 2:09pm Top

Finished while I was on vacation:

48. The Waste Lands by Stephen King. (Also counts as another deep ROOT!)

88bragan
Edited: Aug 1, 7:50pm Top

And since that marks the end of July:

JULY 2019

Books read: 8 (including one re-read)
Books acquired: 5
ROOT books read: 5
ROOT books YTD total: 48/80
"Deep ROOTs" read: 1
"Deep ROOTs" YTD total: 3/5
Current TBR total: 901
TBR change from the beginning of the year: -21

A bit of a poor showing on the ROOTs, but at least the overall TBR hasn't gone up since last month. And I did manage one more of the Deep ROOTs.

(Whoops, accidentally counted a book that didn't qualify as a ROOT, so this and the ticker have been edited by one. If anybody actually cares. :))

89bragan
Aug 4, 2:07am Top

49. The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki.

90bragan
Aug 9, 11:24am Top

50. Year's Best SF 6 edited by David G. Hartwell.

91bragan
Aug 14, 1:25pm Top

51. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.

92bragan
Aug 18, 11:31pm Top

52. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde.

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