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AUGUST ROOT - Progress Thread


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Edited: Aug 2, 5:37pm Top


What dessert can be enjoyed in the heat of summer on a family camping trip as well as in the middle of winter at the ski slopes by a blazing firepit? S'MORES!!!

Who can resist that combination of toasted marshmallows melting the milk chocolate squeezed between those crunchy graham crackers? But S'mores can be even more… you can add peanut butter on the crackers or change the chocolate blocks to Peanut Butter cups or caramel squares with a touch of sea salt, milk chocolate can be changed to white chocolate and topped with toasted pineapple or coconut. You could even add bacon for a breakfast s'more!

Have you ever tried enhancing the traditional ingredients with something different? How about a peppermint patty or a cinnamon topped graham crackers? Could you try shortbread cookies in place of graham crackers? Pretty much anything could go as long as there is chocolate, marshmallow between something crunchy! But then do you just want one? What about S'more Nachos?

No one knows for sure who invented the s'more. S'more is a contraction of the phrase "some more". One early published recipe for a s'more is found in a book of recipes published by the Campfire Marshmallows company in the 1920s, where it was called a "Graham Cracker Sandwich". However, the first published recipe for “some mores" was in a 1927 publication called Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Loretta Scott Crew, who made them for Girl Scouts by the campfire, is given credit for the recipe.
A s'more is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a marshmallow and a layer of chocolate placed between two pieces of graham cracker. National S'mores Day is celebrated annually on August 10.

Here's the recipe for those S'more Nachos! Break graham crackers into small pieces. Layer graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate in an aluminum or cast iron pan. Place pan over a campfire using a grate, or directly on a grill heated to high heat. Cook for about 10 minutes until marshmallows are golden brown and begin to melt.

So are you a fan of S'mores? Do you have a favorite ingredient or do you always go with the classic?

Password is ROOTS

We just squeaked by reaching the monthly goal by only 27 books and the list of readers progress doesn't seem to be as starry as at the beginning of the year. So here we are at the end of summer (northern Hemisphere) and maybe we need to sit under a shady tree or by a cool pool or camp out with no Television or electronics to distract us and READ, READ, READ!

The percentage is calculated and a star awarded for those on target to reach their goals. More stars for farther toward their goal.
If anyone's number is incorrect, please let me know and I will make the necessary adjustments.

The goal for August is 2,263.

Ameise1★ 16 / 10 160.0%
BENITA 53 / 55 ★★★★★ 96.4%
bragan 48 / 80 ★ 60.0%
brakketh 6 / 30 20.0%
brewergirl 1 / 30 3.3%
Caramellunacy 5 / 12 41.7%
ChelleBearss 11 / 30 36.7%
clue 26 / 30 ★★★★ 86.7%
Coach_of_Alva 33 / 75 44.0%
connie53 32 / 36 ★★★★ 88.9%
crazy4reading 14 / 38 36.8%
curioussquared 25 / 50 50.0%
CurrerBell 29 / 100 29.0%
cyderry 82 / 84 ★★★★★ 97.6%
detailmuse 26 / 44 ★ 59.1%
DisassemblyOfReason 50 / 75 ★★ 66.7%
Donna828 2 / 30 6.7%
enemyanniemae 43 / 50 ★★★★ 86.0%
Erratic_Charmer★ 40 / 30 133.3%
eshaw27 0 / 35 0
FAMeulstee 100 / 150 ★★ 66.7%
Familyhistorian 52 / 65 ★★★ 80.0%
floremolla 25 / 60 41.7%
fuzzi★ 106 / 100 106.0%
HelenBaker 29 / 54 53.7%
Henrik_Madsen 30 / 40 ★★★ 75.0%
h-mb 6 / 20 30.0%
ILuvBookplates 2 / 10 20.0%
Jackie_K 43 / 48 ★★★★ 89.6%
janoorani24 7 / 25 28.0%
johanna414 13 / 25 52.0%
kac522 22 / 40 55.0%
karenmarie 36 / 45 ★★★ 80.0%
Kristelh 27 / 50 54.0%
KWharton 3 / 14 21.4%
LadyBookworth★ 12 / 12 100.0%
LadyoftheLodge 79 / 100 ★★★ 79.0%
LauraBrook 33 / 100 33.0%
leslie.98 38 / 100 38.0%
lilisin 49 / 50 ★★★★★ 98.0%
lindapanzo 32 / 36 ★★★★ 88.9%
lkernagh 13 / 45 28.9%
LoraShouse 12 / 20 ★ 60.0%
Lori76 0 / 65 0.0%
madhatter22 11 / 60 18.3%
Majkia★ 63 / 50 126.0%
mandymarie20 4 / 10 40.0%
martencat 12 / 27 44.4%
midnightbex 6 / 50 12.0%
Miss_Moneypenny 48 / 50 ★★★★★ 96.0%
MissSos 12 / 25 48.0%
MissWatson 50 / 75 ★★ 66.7%
mkunruh 16 / 50 32.0%
nebula21 27 / 35 ★★★ 77.1%
Nickelini 16 / 20 ★★★ 80.0%
nrmay 17 / 50 34.0%
originalslicey 0 / 38 0.0%
Quaisior 10 / 50 20.0%
quiqui 7 / 24 29.2%
rabbitprincess 50 / 60 ★★★★ 83.3%
rainpebble★ 95 / 50 190.0%
readingtangent 31 / 48 ★ 64.6%
Rebeki 15 / 24 ★ 62.5%
Robertgreaves 65 / 84 ★★★ 77.4%
rocketjk 19 / 20 ★★★★★ 95.0%
sallylou61 32 / 48 ★★ 66.7%
seascape 0 / 50 0.0%
si 10 / 16 ★ 62.5%
sovay 2 / 30 6.7%
Tanya-dogearedcopy 23 / 25 ★★★★★ 92.0%
the_traveler 3 / 12 25.0%
torontoc 19 / 30 ★ 63.3%
vestafan 33 / 50 ★ 66.0%
wandaly 6 / 16 37.5%
zaydah09 0 / 20 0.0%

Only a half dozen have reached their goal - let's swell their ranks in August!
LadyBookWorth, rainpebble, Erratic_Charmer, fuzzi, Majkia and Ameise1 have reached their goal .

Next in line to join them are:

lilisin 98.0%
cyderry 97.6%
BENITA 96.4%
Miss_Moneypenny 96.0%
rocketjk 95.0%
Tanya-dogearedcopy 92.0%

Everybody keep cool and READ, READ, READ!!!

Aug 1, 2:52pm Top

Whew, I kept my stars. I was down a bit on my ROOTs reading last month. Will have to see if I can fit in more this month. Congrats to everybody who has reached their goal already and thanks to Cheli!

Aug 1, 3:49pm Top

Lost stars. I really have had a down swing in reading ROOTS. I am one who prefers smores only with the graham cracker minus the chocolate bar and marshmallow. LOL.

Aug 1, 3:49pm Top

Reporting Root # 33 for the year, # 1 for August

De vuurkoningin by Anthony Ryan

All tickers updated

Aug 1, 4:18pm Top

I really had an unbelievable month in July. I don't think that I have ever read that many books in one month. Admittedly some of them were easy reads, but there were a couple of hefty books in there. I think the hot weather made me stay in more and read. I have some travel days coming up this month, so I will spend some time sitting in airports and that means time for - reading!

I have also resolved to finish Goldfinch. That behemoth has been sitting on my coffee table for far to long. I have read about half of it, and just can't get enthused about the rest of the book. I did read 2 pages in it last night. If I do that from now to the end of the year I should finish it. It isn't a bad book, it just doesn't have characters I like. I was going to Pearl Rule it, but then decided that I had already invested too much time in it to junk it.

Aug 1, 5:05pm Top

Thanks Cheli for your ongoing number-crunching!

I've just added my 1st ROOT for August (#44 for the year) to all tickers.

Edited: Aug 1, 7:49pm Top

My total is actually 48. I was on vacation at the end of the month and didn't get my ticker updated for a while.

Also, while I was on vacation I had smores for the first time in ages, and they were delicious.,

Aug 1, 8:08pm Top

>1 cyderry: I distinctly remember updating my ticker but it seems it didn't take for some reason. It should be 65. Sorry, Chèli, can you update me?

Edited: Aug 1, 8:29pm Top

First ROOT of August was finished very quickly because I read most of it in July: The Wallace, by Nigel Tranter. I've updated all tickers.

I'm not a big fan of marshmallows, but I will tolerate them in s'mores.

Edited: Aug 1, 9:32pm Top

I prefer the classic s'mores but sometimes I make them with half of a Snickers Fun Bar in place of the chocolate because some in my family prefer those.

I finished my first August Root today, The Man on the Balcony by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo.

Aug 2, 3:04am Top

I just read another 2 manga which means I've completed my goal and I've already started contributing to the group tally. It's a good thing manga count towards my tally as I haven't touched a novel since March or so but reading is reading, and it totally counts especially when reading in another language!

Aug 2, 4:02am Top

Well done, lilisin. And reading manga in Japanese definitely counts if not counts double.

Aug 2, 4:23am Top

Congrats to everyone who reached their goal and thanks to Chèli for the numbers!

Aug 2, 7:51am Top

>1 cyderry: thanks for making the threads and keeping the stats updated!

I only read 2 ROOTs in July, but we were out of town for 9 days...and I have a hard time reading after a long day driving.

Aug 2, 5:39pm Top

Okay, I think I got the corrections made.

Aug 2, 6:50pm Top

>15 cyderry: Thanks! For everything, of course. :)

Aug 2, 7:49pm Top

>15 cyderry: Thank you for all your hard work on our behalf, Chèli

Aug 3, 8:59am Top

Reporting Root # 34 for the year, # 2 for August

Winkie by Clifford Chase

All tickers updated

Aug 5, 2:36pm Top

ROOT #20 for the year and first for August- review is on my thread and no tickers updated

Aug 5, 7:23pm Top

On a previous thread I recall some discussion about how a few people have decided to add their currently purchased completed books to their Root total. In some ways that is very appealing to me, a Roots "Prevention" plan.

So I've come up with a compromise plan. I'm not changing my original 40 Roots goal, and those 40 books have to be purchased before 2019. However, I'm keeping track of all books that I purchase in 2019 AND complete in 2019. IF (and only if!) I meet my 40 pre-2019 goal, I will then add my 2019 purchased & completed books (i.e., my "preventive" roots) to my total.

I'm hoping this will give me even more incentive to read the (hundreds) of old ones hanging around here.

Aug 8, 4:01am Top

First Root for the month completed Barn Blind by Jane Smiley.

Aug 8, 11:10am Top

Just added my second and third ROOTs for August (nos 45 and 46 for the year, so really close to my goal now!) to all tickers.

Aug 8, 12:43pm Top

My first ROOT of the month.

Proof (Caroline Auden) by C. E. Tobisman is another first rate legal mystery/thriller from this author. Tobisman takes the reader inside the legal system and makes the nuts and bolts of filing evidence, filing cases, etc. - the stuff that usually isn't exciting - exciting for readers. That is a rare gift. In this novel the author takes a simple humble story and from it builds a novel that keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. And all with the simple stuff of routine legal work - until it isn't. A new will by an elderly patient in a nursing home. A custody case for an immigrant child. Protecting the legal rights of homeless alcoholics. Simple everyday legal stuff - until it isn't.

This novel won the Harper Lee Legal Fiction Award in 2018. This award is given by The University of Alabama Law School for the best legal fiction of the year. In my opinion it deserves this award. An author who can make the mundane interesting has a talent for writing.

The author's first novel was just as good, Doubt by C. E. Tobisman so if you like mysteries or thriller - read or listen to both of them.

I listened to this novel, and the narrator of the recorded version does a really good job of bringing this novel to sound. This was a great commute listen.

Edited: Aug 9, 2:34am Top

>23 benitastrnad: They sound interesting. Are they a series or stand alones?

Aug 9, 2:13pm Top

I finished my second ROOT this month giving me 58 ROOTs read and with the 26 that I donated earlier this year - I have reached my goal of 84!!!

But don't worry, I still have over 500 to go so, I'll still be ROOTing. My additional goal is another 42!

Aug 9, 2:44pm Top

>24 Robertgreaves:

They are a series - Caroline Auden thrillers. But there are only two of them and they can be read as stand alones. The second mentions previous happenings in Caroline's life, but the plot is not dependent on you knowing what happened in the first one. I think these are really good novels and hope that they draw more readers. The first one takes place inside a large prestigious law firm and in the second one Caroline Auden is out on her own trying to make it in her own law practice. To do so, she takes lots of cases from the city and country court as a court appointed lawyer. The novels get into the nuts and bolts of being a lawyer. Things like, how to file, when to file, and what happens if you miss deadlines set by the courts, etc. etc. I find it amazing how she can make the mundane things exciting and get you excited about "oh no! She won't make it to the courthouse on time" kind of thing.

Here is more of the story about Tobisman and the Harper Lee Award.

Cynthia Tobisman is a partner with the GMSR law firm in Los Angeles. As C.E. Tobisman, she has published two novels featuring her character Caroline Auden, a computer hacker turned lawyer, and a dystopian comic book series. Tobisman’s second novel Proof is the winner of the 2018 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. The prize is given each year by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal to a novel-length work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.

Aug 9, 6:22pm Top

>25 cyderry: Woo hoo! Congrats!

Aug 9, 10:17pm Top

August 10th is National S'mores Day! How cool is that!

Aug 10, 3:38am Top

>25 cyderry: Congrats Chèli!

Aug 10, 8:49am Top

Just added two more ROOTS to all tickers:

The Goodbye Look, by Ross Macdonald
The Brick Moon, by Edward Everett Hale

Aug 10, 3:16pm Top

Reporting Root # 35 for the year, # 3 for August

De moordopdracht by James Dashner

All tickers updated

Edited: Aug 11, 2:45pm Top

Reporting Root # 36 for the year, # 4 for August

De viruscode by James Dashner

All tickers updated

And with that book read I've reach my goal for this year's ROOTS. Any ROOT read in the last months on 2019 will be donated to the grand total!

Aug 11, 3:12pm Top

>32 connie53: Woo hoo, congrats!!

Aug 11, 4:41pm Top

>32 connie53: Way to go Connie. Congratulations!

Aug 11, 7:59pm Top

>25 cyderry: >32 connie53: Well done, Chèli and Connie. Congrats to you both.

Aug 12, 1:01pm Top

Congratulations to Cheli and Connie! That's terrific!

I'm also reporting that I hit my goal of 50 ROOTs for 2019 and am happily digging my way through the rest of our shelves.

1. From Hell by Alan Moore (49/50 ROOTs, 4 stars): super graphic retelling of Jack the Ripper that gave me nightmares for a week and had me shrieking every time the cat startled me.
2. Uprooted by Naomi Novik (50/50 ROOTs, 4 stars): excellent stand alone fantasy novel with a realistic heroine.
3. The Annotated Watchmen by Alan Moore (51/50 ROOTs, 5 stars): excellent and exhaustive look at Moore's seminal graphic novel.
4. Batman Hush by Jeph Loeb (52/50 ROOTs, 5 stars): my personal favorite Batman collection.
5. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (53/50 ROOTs, 4 stars): portal fantasy that's miles darker than anything I've read before.
6. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (54/50 ROOTs, 4 stars): technically the first book in McGuire's portal fantasy series.
7. Born in Fire by Nora Roberts (55/50 ROOTs, 3 stars): the first in a trilogy following Irish sisters as they find love.
8. Born in Ice by Nora Roberts (56/50 ROOTs, 3 stars): the second in the above trilogy.
9. Born in Shame by Nora Roberts (57/50 ROOTs, 3 stars): conclusion to the above trilogy.

Aug 12, 2:36pm Top

Congrats to you too, Miss M.

Aug 12, 4:18pm Top

Only one book to go til I finish my ROOT goal. Hoping it'll be within the next few days. I expect that the book putting me at my goal will be Saving Mona Lisa by Gerri Chanel.

Aug 12, 6:31pm Top

>36 Miss_Moneypenny: Awesome work! Congratulations!

Aug 12, 7:44pm Top

>36 Miss_Moneypenny: Congratulatoins, Miss Moneypenny

Aug 12, 8:57pm Top

ROOT #21 for the year and 2nd for August- review is on my thread and no tickers updated

Aug 13, 7:30pm Top

I read The Golden Bride for NetGalley, but not sure if I should count it. I read some parts in their entirety,and other parts I skimmed. I did review it though. It had been waiting for me for awhile, so I guess it is a ROOT.

Edited: Aug 13, 10:25pm Top

I finished my second ROOT of the month. Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor. This was the author’s first book and it was a good one. It is a psychological thriller, but I figured out who done it about halfway through the book. But it is engaging and does have a twist at the end.

Edited: Aug 13, 10:44pm Top

>42 LadyoftheLodge: Some people automatically count review books since they are supposed to be read and the review written promptly. Some people count books they do not finish reading. I would count it unless you are very strict about having books a specific amount of time before counting them as ROOTS.

Edited: Aug 13, 10:46pm Top

I also finished my third ROOT of the month. Every so-often I read a work of mlitary history. I read another Antony Beevor book. This one was Ardennes 1944. Beevor is British and I find his take on the military history of WWII to be enlightening. He does not always come to the same conclusions that American historians do. I think more Americans should read this kind of history - it would help broaden their perspectives. The U.S. isn’t the center of the universe.

Edited: Aug 14, 3:11pm Top

Got another ROOT knocked out - Oranges by John McPhee. This was McPhee’s usual good writing and chocked full of information. Even though it might be a bit dated by now - it was written in 1967 - the basics are still there and the book is still very informative.

Aug 14, 5:15pm Top

>44 sallylou61: Thanks! I appreciate your thoughts on this.

Aug 15, 9:22am Top

Aug 15, 9:23am Top

>25 cyderry: Way to go!

Aug 15, 10:21am Top

I've just added #4 for August (#47 for the year - only one more to go to hit my target!) to all tickers.

Aug 15, 11:59am Top

I finished my 36th ROOT late last night (with an overdue ER book no less!!). Mission accomplished. The remaining 4.5 months of the year will be gravy.

Aug 15, 12:57pm Top

>25 cyderry: >32 connie53: >36 Miss_Moneypenny: >51 lindapanzo: Congratulations to you all for meeting your goals! I need to get back to those ROOTs as I still have a way to go.

Aug 16, 2:04pm Top

Reporting Root # 37 for the year, # 5 for August

De drie zusjes by Alice Hoffman

All tickers updated

Aug 16, 8:17pm Top

Halfway through the month I've read 4 ROOTS and plan to read one more. The four will complete my goal of 30.

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart
The Man on the Balcony by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Storm Over Burracombe by Lillian Harvey

Aug 16, 10:55pm Top

I can report two more roots, Fallout by Sadie Jones, Hot Milk by Deborah Levy for the month, but I am falling behind. I am now 32/54 and foolishly have just started a brand new non root, Normal People by Sally Rooney because I can...For once I wanted to read a topical novel.

Aug 17, 4:11pm Top

>55 HelenBaker: enjoy your novel, then get back to ROOTing!

Aug 18, 5:00pm Top

I finished my 5th ROOT for August, and with that hit my goal for 2019 of 48 books! All further books will be donated to the group total.

It was a good one to hit the goal too - Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine.

Aug 18, 5:18pm Top

I've added another ROOT to all tickers: Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters, by Malcolm Hulke. This brings my total for the year to 54/60. Getting closer to my goal!

Edited: Aug 19, 1:37pm Top

Happy Monday every one! >57 Jackie_K: Congrats Jackie!

Reporting in with last week's ROOTs:

10. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire (58/50 ROOTs, 2 stars): third novella in the Wayward Children series, this didn't grab me as much as the others have.
11. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire (59/50 ROOTs, 4 stars): 4th in the above series and much, much better.
12. The Villa by Nora Roberts (60/50 ROOTs, 3 stars): meh contemporary romance. I think if I'm going to read romance from now on, it needs to be paranormal/fantasy.
13. Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman (61/50 ROOTs, 4 stars): another excellent cookbook from the SK blogger.
14. The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Renna Rossner (62/50 ROOTs, 3 stars): good concept (a retelling of Rossi's The Goblin Market) but a miss in execution.
15. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik (63/50 ROOTs, 4 stars): Delightful alternate history of the Napoleonic wars, but with dragons.

Personal ticker updated!

Aug 19, 11:59pm Top

>56 fuzzi:. Thank you. I did enjoy it but oops I visited my local library and another slipped into my hand My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. My logic is that now I don't need to purchase it. It is a very quick read and then I will get back to my shelves. I am guilty of picking up two more bargains yesterday Love and Ruin by Paula McLain and Transcription by Kate Atkinson and on Friday their is an annual bookfair to attend. The shelves are bursting at the seams...

Yesterday, 10:54am Top

>60 HelenBaker: those naughty books, following you home...

Yesterday, 8:11pm Top

Finally read an actual book and not just manga so happy to add しずかな日々 to my read pile. It was a quick read perfect for the summer and for the three hour shinkansen ride between Tokyo and Fukui. But on the manga side I finally finished reading a 57 volume series. I have a tendency to read 5 books in a series then hop on to another series and do the same leaving me with multiple series where I'm still only at the beginning so this time I made the point to not read anything else until I finished this one so since June I had been reading more or less at a pace of one a day (minus weekends and traveling) so it felt good to get this off my shelf!

Edited: Yesterday, 10:42pm Top

I finished Willful Behavior by Donna Leon. This one was for the Lackberg/Leon mystery novel challenge an I really enjoyed this novel. Lots in it about Fascist Italy, which is a subject that is usually ignored when reading about Italy.

Edited: Yesterday, 10:45pm Top

I have started on another ROOT. Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World by Dan Koeppel. This one is for the Nonfiction Challenge. The August category is Animal, Vegetabe, Mineral. Banana’s aren’t vegetables but there sure are a lot of books about them on my shelves so it is time to read one.

Yesterday, 11:55pm Top

So far for this month I have read 1 ROOT and posted one DNF. I still have a way to go to my goal but I've put my library holds on pause. Maybe I will make some headway.


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