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Password is ROOTS
Apples, pecans,cranberries, pumpkins, - which do you choose? It's harvest time in the Northern hemisphere so that many great fruits and nuts are coming in season, so what do you choose as the Dessert of the month? Most of these ingredients can be found in pies and tarts whether separate or in combination, so PIES AND TARTS it is!

A pie is a baked dish which is usually made of a pastry dough casing that completely contains a filling of various sweet or savoury ingredients. Sweet pies may be filled with fruit (as in an apple pie), nuts (pecan pie), brown sugar (sugar pie) or sweetened vegetables (rhubarb pie).

Pies are defined by their crusts. A filled pie (also single-crust or bottom-crust), has pastry lining the baking dish, and the filling is placed on top of the pastry but left open. A top-crust pie has the filling in the bottom of the dish and is covered with a pastry or other covering before baking. A two-crust pie has the filling completely enclosed in the pastry shell. Shortcrust pastry is a typical kind of pastry used for pie crusts, but many things can be used, including baking powder biscuits, mashed potatoes, and crumbs.

Pies can be a variety of sizes, ranging from bite-size to ones designed for multiple servings.

Ancient Greeks are believed to have originated pie pastry. In the plays of Aristophanes (5th century BC), there are mentions of sweetmeats including small pastries filled with fruit. Nothing is known of the actual pastry used, but the Greeks certainly recognized the trade of pastry-cook as distinct from that of baker. (When fat is added to a flour-water paste it becomes a pastry.)

The first unequivocal reference to pie in a written source is in the 14th century (Oxford English Dictionary sb pie). The eating of mince pies during festive periods is a tradition that dates back to the 13th century, as the returning Crusaders brought pie recipes containing "meats, fruits and spices". Medieval England had an early form of sweet pies, but they were called tarts and fruit pies were unsweetened, because sugar was a rare and costly "symbol of wealth". In the Middle Ages, a pie could have a number of items as its filling, but a pastry would only have a single filling.

The Pilgrim fathers and early settlers brought their pie recipes with them to America, adapting to the ingredients and techniques available to them in the New World. Settlers favored pies over bread because pies required less flour and did not require a brick bread oven, and because any mixture of ingredients could be added to pies to "stretch" their "meager provisions". The apple pie made with American apples became popular, because apples were easy to dry and store in barrels over the winter. Early American pies had thick, heavy crusts made with rough flour and suet. As pioneers spread westward, pies continued to be an important supply of food. Pies became more refined with subsequent waves of immigrants; the Pennsylvania Dutch contributed a more aromatic, spiced, and less-sweet style of pie-making; the French brought the approach of making pie with butter and a range of tart, galette and pate. In the northern states, pumpkin pie was popular, as pumpkins were plentiful. Once the British had established Caribbean colonies, sugar became less expensive and more widely available, which meant that sweet pies could be readily made. Molasses was popular in American pies due to the rum and slave trade with the Caribbean Islands, although maple syrup was an important sweetener in Northern states, after Indigenous people taught settlers how to tap maple trees and boil down the sap. In the Midwest, cheese and cream pies were popular, due to the availability of big dairy farms. In the US south, African-Americans enjoyed sweet potato pies, due to the widespread availability of this type of potato.

By the 1870s, the new science of nutrition led to criticism of pies, notably by Sarah Tyson Rorer, a cooking teacher and food editor who warned the public about how much energy pies take to digest. Rorer stated that all pie crusts "...are to be condemned" and her cookbook only included an apple tart, jelly and meringue-covered crackers, pate, and a "hygienic pie" which had "apple slices or a pumpkin custard baked in biscuit dough". In 1866, Harper's Magazine included an article by C.W. Gesner that stated that although we "...cry for pie when we are infants", "Pie kills us finally", as the "heavy crust" cannot be digested. Another factor that decreased the popularity of pies was industrialization and increasing movement of women into the labour market, which changed pie making from a weekly ritual to an "occasional undertaking" on special occasions.

In the 1950s, after WWII, the popularity of pies rebounded in the US, especially with commercial food inventions such as instant pudding mixes, Cool Whip topping, and Jello gelatin (which could be used as fillings) ready-made crusts, which were sold frozen, and alternative crusts made with crushed potato chips. There was a pie renaissance in the 1980s, when old-fashioned pie recipes were rediscovered and a wide range of cross-cultural pies were explored.

Whether we are in the mood for a simple delicious apple pie or pumpkin custard or Southern Pecan Pie, there's something for everyone! Have you a favorite or a combination you've never tried? How about a Cranberry Apple Tart or a Cranberry-Pumpkin Praline Pie? What is your favorite pie?

Well, we almost made it to our goal. Definitely, next month! We are soooo close!

Adjustments were made last month reducing the group goal by removing those that were not actively participating - no ROOTS in the last 6 months. There were 15 members removed with a total of 519 ROOTS pledged. Now those of us that are really reading our own tomes can see our progress.

Percentages were 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.
So go out there and dig those ROOTs.

alexa_d★ 112 / 90 124.4%
Ameise1★ 16 / 10 160.0%
aspirit 1 / 9 11.1%
BENITA★ 76 / 55 138.2%
bragan 63 / 80 78.8%
brakketh 19 / 30 63.3%
Caramellunacy 9 / 12 75.0%
ChelleBearss 11 / 30 36.7%
clue★ 36 / 30 120.0%
Coach_of_Alva 52 / 75 69.3%
connie53★ 44 / 36 122.2%
crazy4reading 19 / 38 50.0%
curioussquared 36 / 50 72.0%
CurrerBell 29 / 40 72.5%
cyderry★ 112 / 84 133.3%
detailmuse 36 / 44 ★ 81.8%
DisassemblyOfReason 54 / 75 72.0%
enemyanniemae★ 60 / 50 120.0%
Erratic_Charmer★ 44 / 30 146.7%
FAMeulstee★ 176 / 150 117.3%
Familyhistorian★ 80 / 65 123.1%
floremolla 42 / 60 70.0%
fuzzi★ 113 / 100 113.0%
HelenBaker 46 / 54 ★ 85.2%
Henrik_Madsen★ 46 / 40 115.0%
h-mb 13 / 20 65.0%
humouress 17 / 30 56.7%
ILuvBookplates 2 / 10 20.0%
Jackie_K★ 70 / 48 145.8%
johanna414 13 / 25 52.0%
kac522 35 / 40 ★ 87.5%
karenmarie★ 47 / 45 104.4%
Kristelh 38 / 50 76.0%
KWharton 9 / 14 64.3%
LadyBookworth★ 12 / 12 100.0%
LadyoftheLodge★ 100 / 100 100.0%
LauraBrook★ 100 / 100 100.0%
leslie.98 72 / 100 72.0%
lilisin★ 80 / 50 160.0%
lindapanzo★ 47 / 36 130.6%
lkernagh 13 / 15 ★ 86.7%
LoraShouse 19 / 20 ★★ 95.0%
madhatter22 13 / 25 52.0%
Majkia★ 91 / 50 182.0%
mandymarie20★ 16 / 10 160%
martencat 18 / 27 66.7%
Miss_Moneypenny★ 105 / 50 210.0%
MissSos 12 / 25 48.0%
MissWatson 63 / 75 ★ 84.0%
mkunruh 16 / 50 32.0%
nebula21 33 / 35 ★★ 94.3%
Nickelini 18 / 20 ★ 90.0%
rabbitprincess★ 68 / 60 113.3%
rainpebble★ 102 / 50 204.0%
readingtangent 42 / 48 ★ 87.5%
Rebeki 23 / 24 ★★ 95.8%
Robertgreaves★ 91 / 84 108.3%
rocketjk★ 23 / 20 115.0%
sallylou61 46 / 48 ★★ 95.8%
si★ 17 / 16 106.3%
Tanya-dogearedcopy★ 39 / 25 156.0%
torontoc★ 30 / 30 100.0%
vestafan 45 / 50 ★ 90.0%
wandaly 14 / 16 ★ 87.5%

LadyBookWorth, rainpebble, Erratic_Charmer, fuzzi, Majkia, cyderry, Benita, Jackie_K, connie53, Tanya-thedogearedcopy, Miss_Moneypenny, clue, enemyanniemae, lilisin, rocketjk, Familyhistorian, Henrik_Madsen, Robertgreaves, LadyoftheLodge, rabbitprincess LauraBrook, and Ameise1 have reached their goal and were joined this month by alexa_d, karenmarie, mandymarie20, FAMeulstee, torontoc and si.

Next in line to join them are:

sallylou61 95.8%
Rebeki 95.8%
LoraShouse 95.0%

The goal for November is 12 more ROOTS!!!! Let's blow this goal away!!!

Nov 1, 2019, 10:54pm

My favorite pie is Bourbon Pecan Pie and I don't care whether they say that the crust "Pie kills us finally", I couldn't see it any other way!

Nov 1, 2019, 11:36pm

Mmm, pie! Now I am craving some although that part about pie crust being indigestible did give me pause - for a couple of seconds.

Nov 1, 2019, 12:57am

Only 12 books to go!

Edited: Nov 1, 2019, 1:09am

I've finished one, so 11 to go! Are we good or what??

Oh, I'll take pecan pie please!

Nov 1, 2019, 2:03am

I finished one! 10 to go!

Nov 1, 2019, 2:31am

I finished one too - 9 to go!

Nov 1, 2019, 2:44am

I like pecan, lemon meringue, and key lime pies!

Nov 2, 2019, 8:14am

8 to go

Nov 2, 2019, 8:16am

Wow, only 9 more to go!

>5 clue: Yes we are so good!

No pies for me. That's not a real Dutch thing, I think. We love Vlaaien though and they look similar.

Nov 2, 2019, 8:22am

Well I guess I haven't checked in for a while and got removed. So don't know it I should list my stuff or not. I did not change the ticker since I didn't' know if my numbers were still in it, but I did finish my goal.

Goal - 10
Books Read Since Last Checkin- 12
Total Books Read in 2019 - 16
Books Towards Goal - 16/10
Percentage Towards Goal - 160%

Nov 2, 2019, 1:17pm

>1 cyderry: You forgot to give me my "finished star", Chèli, I only met my goal last month. I know I went on way past my goal after that.

Edited: Nov 2, 2019, 2:49pm

>11 mandymarie20: we are glad to have you back and congrats on reaching your goal! I've adjusted the OP.

>12 FAMeulstee: my apologies, sometimes the stars flicker out on me!

I finished another!

3 more is all we need!!

Nov 2, 2019, 2:58pm

>10 connie53: according to Wikipedia

Vlaai, also known as Limburgse vlaai, is a pie or tart consisting of a pastry and filling. Vlaai is usually 26—31 centimeters in diameter. It is a typical product from the provinces of Limburg found both in the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as the parts of Germany just across the border.

See pies and tarts are international no matter what they are named!

Nov 2, 2019, 3:06pm

I have finished another ROOT so only 2 more to go!!

My thread and all tickers updated.

Nov 2, 2019, 4:48pm

>14 cyderry: Yes, you are so right, Chèli. Never thought about them as pies or tarts.

Nov 2, 2019, 5:01pm

>13 cyderry: Thank for all you do, Chèli, no wonder the stars get to you sometimes ;-)
. Now if you add me to the list of joined this month, I am all set for November.

I have a stack of library books, so my planned ROOTs will have to wait until the second half of this month.

Nov 2, 2019, 5:49pm

I have added my first for November (#71 for the year) to all tickers. It's now only showing one more book to go to reach our group total (although the % ticker changed to 100% there's still 1 to go there too!), I wonder who will do the honours?

Nov 2, 2019, 7:35pm

>18 Jackie_K: Guess percentage rounds up and 99.95% gets to be 100%.

Who will get to do the honors? I know it won't be me because it will take at least until tomorrow for me to finish another. Though I could probably find another one to put in the donate box.

Edited: Nov 2, 2019, 12:22am

I just put my latest ROOT in and we are now at 100%. Exactly 2950.

I finished it last night and would've put it in sooner but we had a family party this afternoon.

I had no idea that we were even close so that was a pleasant surprise. Yay for us all.

Nov 2, 2019, 12:29am

Nov 2, 2019, 12:31am

Wow! Congratulations everyone!

Nov 2, 2019, 12:49am


Nov 2, 2019, 1:04am

>20 lindapanzo: Yay, Linda! :D

Nov 3, 2019, 6:16am

Way to go,everybody!!!!

Congratulations to all of you that have reached your goals!!

Nov 3, 2019, 10:07am

Wow! We did it. Congrats to everyone!

Nov 3, 2019, 3:28pm

I reached my goal last month ! ( not mentioned above)
I add one more book so I have 31 books read so far.

Nov 3, 2019, 4:29pm

Oops, I almost missed the celebration! Well done, team!

Nov 3, 2019, 4:52pm

Well done everyone!!!!

Nov 3, 2019, 3:48am

>27 torontoc: My apologies, I think I missed you because you are not on the ticker thread. I have made the adjustments!

Nov 3, 2019, 3:56am

Well done everyone. I am still plodding towards my goal but it is achievable. I have just finished The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey taking me to 47/54.

Nov 3, 2019, 3:59am

The ticker seemed to tell me the goal was 2951 and mine met it. Perhaps it is extending as we continue...

Nov 4, 2019, 12:46pm

The tickers will go past the set goal - it will be fun to see how much we exceed our goal :)

Nov 4, 2019, 9:58pm

WOW great job, Group! And congratulations to everyone who has met their goal!

Nov 5, 2019, 10:19am

Huzzah! Always great to see how many of our forlorn tomes are being enjoyed and set free. Congratulations to everyone, still going to try and hit my goal but suspect I will struggle. The ROOT Group has been a constant motivation to read my way through my shelves and look forward to continuing to discover these previously unappreciated gems.

Nov 5, 2019, 7:47pm

Adding my #45 ROOT for the year, # 1 for November

Het familieportret by Jenna Blum

Updated all tickers.

Nov 5, 2019, 4:09am

Another ROOT finished, my 75th of the year, with East of Eden. My thread and all tickers updated.

Nov 7, 2019, 6:12pm

That's #2 for November (#72 for the year) added to all tickers.

Nov 7, 2019, 11:39pm

Finished reading The Memory Police last night which I really enjoyed but there has a bit to be said about the direction it took. It was quite interesting.

Nov 8, 2019, 5:48pm

I didn't make a ROOT goal for myself other than finally reading books that had been neglected on my shelf. I've read 38 ROOTS out of 91 books so far, which isn't so great, I know, but I'll be returning next year and will hopefully do better.
My favorite pie is French Silk, a decadent chocolate pie that I always had a slice of at Polly's Pies when I lived in SoCal. I made it at home just once, as it turned out the secret to its silkiness is two whole sticks of butter in the filling alone. But I'm also happy with lemon or coconut meringue.

Nov 8, 2019, 12:18am

Back to report 2 more roots. My first incomplete for the year, as I decided I was interested in it and it will probably be donated to make a gap for something better and the second was great, Orpheus Lost by Janette Turner Hospital, a real page turner. 49/50

Nov 9, 2019, 9:21pm

I've just added #3 for the month (#73 for the year) to all tickers.

Nov 10, 2019, 3:11pm

Adding my # 46 ROOT for the year, # 2 for November

Amagansett by Mark Mills

Updated all tickers.

Edited: Nov 10, 2019, 4:29am

I've updated my tickers now to the end of October (I'm up to 26/30 now)

I've also read two of my own books in November but will update the ticker with them later.

ETA: I don't dare update the main ticker in case I mess up the numbers - but I see we (the group) have reached our goal. Congratulations everyone!

Nov 11, 2019, 6:27am

Another root completed, Dirt by David Vann. This is not one of his to recommend. Disappointing really, so I am thinking it will be traded. 50/54

Nov 11, 2019, 2:56pm

My personal ticker is up to date with three more ROOTs, bringing my total so far to 71/60. I finished two long-standing ROOTs:

Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray

And I indulged in a re-read:

The ABC Murders, by Agatha Christie

I haven't touched the group ticker and will likely leave it alone this month.

Edited: Nov 11, 2019, 5:35pm

I finished my first ROOT for November. Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock by Gregory Alan Thornbury

Larry Norman was a rising rock star who looked and acted the part - at first. He was a virtuoso guitar player and poet. He counted among his friends Bono and Cliff Richard. His work was admired by Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. (All of these were his contemporaries as well as musical voyagers of the same era.) He grew up a Christian and his early work, while secular, was heavily influenced by his faith. However, he was determined to make it as a Rock Star. He had the rugged good looks needed for the part, and a striking mane of long white blond hair - naturally that color. He looked like the quintessential California surfer boy rock star. However, a conversion experience led him to a life as the founder of a new kind of music - Christian rock. The title for the book comes from one of his Christian rock anthems for which he became famous. He was also the person who trademarked the "One Way" sign of the single finger pointing upwards that became associated with the Jesus movement.

In his early days it was very hard to get a contract to produce Christian rock and the established Christian recording companies didn't know what to do with Christian rock. For that reason Norman started his own recording company. He also started his own booking agency and became not only the first star of the Christian rock scene, but also one of its founding executives. This sounds like a success story. It wasn't. Norman had a difficult personality and two difficult marriages that devolved into scandal. There were sex scandals, drug scandals, and business scandals that followed him throughout his career. He spent large chunks of his life in Britain and found a following in Europe, particularly in Britain and the Scandinavian countries and he felt like it was a case of a prophet in his own country syndrome. He died in the early 2000's from congestive heart failure in his early 60's. Bono and Paul McCartney sent flowers to his funeral.

The book covered and area of the music industry that tends to not be taken seriously even though sales are now through the roof and CCM is a big, and still growing, part of the music industry. That meant that the subject was of interest. However, there were times, when the writing just wasn't that scintillating. The author is a reporter who covers the CCM part of music, and he admitted in the first pages of the book that he was a Larry Norman fan. Even so, there were parts of the book that were mundane when the life of Larry Norman was very exciting and cutting edge. In short, this book could have been more, but it was still a good 250 page introduction with endnotes and references.

Nov 11, 2019, 6:17pm

I think that my reading may be curtailed a bit this month. My husband, Tim and I have been married 45 years so his family is really my family too. His sister passed away last night so we are in family mode - funeral arrangements, picking up others at the airport, etc. Not that think I have the concentration to read anyway. Maybe next week will be better.

Nov 11, 2019, 8:19pm

>48 cyderry: I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, Cheli. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Nov 11, 2019, 12:07am

Sorry to hear that Chèli. Peace and strength be with you and yours.

Nov 11, 2019, 2:03am

Deepest condolences Chèli.

Nov 11, 2019, 2:13am

>48 cyderry: I'm so sorry for your family's loss.

Nov 12, 2019, 9:04am

>48 cyderry: My condolences to you and your family, Chèli.

Nov 12, 2019, 4:02pm

I'm sorry for the loss of your sister-in-law. Take care.

Nov 12, 2019, 5:24pm

I'm so sorry for your loss Chèli.

Nov 13, 2019, 2:26pm

I have finished 7 ROOTs since my last update. My thread and all tickers updated. 18 books to go to reach my goal!

Nov 13, 2019, 5:15pm

So sorry to hear about your loss, Chèli. My thoughts are with you and the your family.

Nov 14, 2019, 2:50pm

Sorry to hear of your loss-
I am actually reading some books that were given to me by my late brother in tribute to him.

I read my book #32 for the year- second ROOT of Nov.- no tickers updated

Nov 14, 2019, 2:38am

My condolences, Cheli. So sorry to hear about the loss to your family.

Nov 15, 2019, 5:36am

I have my read my second ROOT for November, Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey. It's not exactly the type of book I enjoy reading but I can't say it wasn't good. Probably an excellent read for fans of the genre.

Edited: Nov 15, 2019, 5:15pm

I finished reading a ROOT. Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose. I read this book for the LT Nonfiction Challenge for October. The theme was Other Worlds/Alternate Worlds. I have a bit of history with this title. It is one that I remember urging our collections person to order for the library back when it was published. We are an education library and this book is about American University education. She purchased it, and I, expecting a screed, was surprised by the quality of the writing and the viewpoint that the author took.

The book was written during the spring semester of 2007 when Roose left Brown University to spend a semester "abroad." Instead of abroad, as in a semester in Europe, he opted to spend a semester embedded at Liberty University in Lynchberg, Virginia. Liberty is a conservative Christian university founded by Rev. Jerry Falwell. The school now enrolls 15,000 people on its campus, and claims to have upwards of 100,000 enrolled world wide in its digital university courses.

Roose was inspired to attend Liberty University by his mentor and former employer, A. J. Jacobs, (he of the Year of Living Biblically, and other shock reality books fame.) Roose thought that living and going to school among fundamentalist Christians would be as much foreign territory as would living in Europe for a semester. He convinced the Brown University administration to go along with this experiment and so enrolled in Liberty and had it count as his Semester Abroad at Brown. Roose, was not a fundamentalist Christian. He was raised in the Quaker faith, and his family was somewhat diligent in attending Quaker Meeting, so the concept of having a faith and religious forms was not unknown to him. However, the idea of a more charismatic fundamentalist style of faith was very much outside of his norm and to him, the equivalent of living in a foreign country.

The book kept my interest throughout and in the end Roose, and I, as a reader, came to the conclusion that college students are the same all over the country. The strict rules of Liberty do add limits and tend to curtail the "Animal House" type of activities that happen at secular universities. Roose maintained an objective and balanced tone throughout the book, even when that caused him to confront his personal ethics and morals. This was a very interesting look at this aspect of fundamentalist christianity as it manifests in modern American life.

I highly recommend this book.

Nov 16, 2019, 7:48am

>48 cyderry:. That is sad to hear Cheli. Take the time needed and enjoy the closeness of family at this time.

I have completed another root. One I have owned since 2006. The Wilder Sisters by Jo-Ann Mapson.

Nov 16, 2019, 1:57am

>48 cyderry: cyber-hugs to you and your husband. I'm very sorry.

Nov 16, 2019, 2:02am

P.S. I'm happy for us meeting the goals! I've been in a reading slump, and just finished my first ROOT in over a month.

My mother was a great pie-maker, of all types. I bring out her recipes for pumpkin and mince pie this time of year, and manage to make some decent imitations of her creations.

My favorite pie, which I've not had in years, is rhubarb pie.

Nov 16, 2019, 4:51am

I finished another ROOT! This one was a recorded book and the last in the Thursday Next series. Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde was a fast paced literary pun that was an enjoyable, but confusing, ending to this series.

Nov 17, 2019, 2:13pm

Yesterday I finished another Serial Reader read: The Journey of Niels Klim to the World Underground, by Ludvig Holberg. I've updated my personal ticker, but not the group ones.

Nov 18, 2019, 9:17pm

I finished another ROOT today - Johnny Get Your Gun by John Ball. My thread and all tickers updated.

Nov 19, 2019, 6:36am

Another one down, The Earth Cries Out by Bonnie Etherington, only 2 to go...

Nov 20, 2019, 8:09pm

#4 for the month (#74 for the year) just added to all tickers.

Nov 21, 2019, 9:14am

Hey folks, I'm back and hoping to meet goal this year. To do so, I've reduced my goal from 100 to 40.

There's just been a whole lot of RL intervening this year, especially medical, but I've also become involved in one of the Democratic presidential campaigns, which has gotten me rather pre-occupied.

I'll post more about this when I'm feeling a bit more up to it, but in the meanwhile, Cheli, could you make the appropriate change to my goal? I think I've already got things fixed up on tickerfactory, but tell me if there's anything else you need.

Nov 21, 2019, 3:25pm

Nov 21, 2019, 2:42am

>70 CurrerBell:
It’s OK for you to lower your goal as I am working hard to make up the difference for the group. I have had a really good reading year with lots of ROOT’s gone off my shelves.

Nov 22, 2019, 5:39pm

Adding my # 47 ROOT for the year, # 3 for November

De wonderlijke avonturen van Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Updated all tickers.

Nov 22, 2019, 8:22pm

I've started to look at desserts for the holidays for our last month of this year's challenge, and there are so many to choose from!

Can you all tell me what your favorite holiday dessert is and maybe it will end up being the dessert of the month! Or should I go with multiples?

Nov 22, 2019, 9:35pm

I've added #5 for November (#75 for the year) to all tickers.

My favourite holiday dessert is Christmas pudding.

Nov 22, 2019, 12:36am

>74 cyderry: >75 Jackie_K: Yes, Christmas pudding or a trifle (not really Christmas-y but it's the time of year I get my mum's, which is the best of course)

Nov 22, 2019, 1:55am

My favorite dessert is one my mom used to make every Christmas (and luckily for me, my sister-in-law has continued that tradition) -- cranberry chiffon pie. It isn't in and of itself a holiday dessert except for the family tradition and, of course, the fact that cranberries are traditionally only available during the Thanksgiving/Christmas time of year.

Nov 22, 2019, 4:48am

Holiday season = Cookies and bars

Nov 23, 2019, 4:39pm

I think my favorite are chocolate crinkles cookies.

Nov 23, 2019, 7:31pm

I'm no fan of desserts, but if I had to choose it would be Dame Blanche with melted chocolate sauce poured over it.

Edited: Nov 23, 2019, 12:43am

When I was growing up my mother always made an apple spice cake for Christmas and it's still my favorite. I love the flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Nov 23, 2019, 2:03am

Cookies of all kinds. THey are so Christmas.

Nov 24, 2019, 9:44am

>82 benitastrnad: Same here. There are quite a few made only at Christmas time in my family.

Nov 24, 2019, 9:46am

I have finished my second ROOT of the month, the very time-intensive Waverley. The next ones are going to be short, or I won't make my goal. Still got ten to read.

Nov 24, 2019, 4:27pm

I've added #6 for November (#76 for the year) to all tickers.

Nov 24, 2019, 10:40pm

I finished #3 for the month, woo!

Personal ticker updated.

Nov 24, 2019, 1:22am

How about a Christmas log; either chocolate Swiss roll or meringue?

Nov 26, 2019, 12:00am

Finished reading Ghosts of the Tsunami, a depiction of the events of the March 11th tsunami in Japan, focusing on one school that lost the majority (74 out of 78) of the schoolchildren in attendance that day. An engaging read that is no more, no less than what you would expect to get from reading about an event like this.

Nov 26, 2019, 1:42am

I won't be reading any more ROOTS this month. I read 3 and will add them to the ticker (aren't we good?).

Nov 26, 2019, 2:22am

Added another ROOT to my personal ticker: Way Station, by Clifford D. Simak.

Edited: Nov 26, 2019, 3:44am

I finished a ROOT. The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg. This is the sixth book in the Patrik Hedström/Eric Falck series by this author. Somebody please get this author an editor! This book was well plotted but about a 100 pages too long. But I finished it.

Now I am going to read a couple of current (2019) titles before they become titles on the gigantic TBR pile.

Nov 27, 2019, 6:21am

Deserts for this time of year, well actually for anytime, mince tarts and gingerbread cake with whipped cream on top.

Nov 27, 2019, 8:01pm

While at the dentist's this morning I finished another ROOT. Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya by Jamaica Kincaid was number 19 for me, in the National Geographic Directions series of travel books. This one was about a flower seed collecting expedition in which the author participated. This was a short book, but a very nice essay. I have two more titles left to read in the series. I will start one tonight.

Nov 28, 2019, 7:22am

Cookies are good. Traditionally all kinds of cookies..

Or how about something like a Yule Log cake?

Also, sorry to hear about your sister-in-law.

Nov 28, 2019, 1:45pm

I have read 11 ROOTs in November, making a total of 187/150.
All tickers updated.

Nov 29, 2019, 1:05am

Added another few ROOTs (driving to and from Thanksgiving gave lots of time for audiobooks!). My thread and all tickers updated.

Nov 29, 2019, 1:45am

Well, I don't think I will finish any more ROOTs this month so I will call it 3 ROOTs for November which is low for me but good considering the number of library holds that came in for me this month.

Nov 30, 2019, 9:27pm

Reporting that I will have no new ROOTs for the rest of the month. My year-to-date total is 75. I have updated my personal ticker but have not touched the group ticker.

Nov 30, 2019, 1:55am

I have 5 ROOT's for November. No tickers updated.

Edited: Nov 30, 2019, 2:09am

I complete listening to one ROOT this month - Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde.

I read 4 ROOT's this month. Three works of Non-fiction and one fiction.

Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? by Gregory Alan Thornbury
Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose
Among Flowers by Jamaica Kincaid

The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg

Nov 30, 2019, 3:49am

5 for me for November, for a year to date total of 73. I have updated my personal ticker.

Dec 1, 2019, 12:53pm

Here is my report for November 2019.

UpROOTED books: 10
ROOTless books: 9
Added to the TBR shelves: 2

The ROOTs were:

Vindolanda by Adrian Goldsworthy
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci
The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst
The World of Late Antiquity by Peter Brown
The Raphael Affair by Iain Pears
The Titian Committee by Iain Pears
The Bernini Bust by Iain Pears
The Last Judgement by Iain Pears
The Eyes of Aurora by Albert A. Bell

ROOTs in YTD: 101

Tickers have been updated but hopefully not harmed in the making of this report.

Dec 1, 2019, 1:16pm

I managed only three this month, and I seriously need to pick up my pace in December.

Dec 1, 2019, 10:50pm

Got #4 done just in time!

Dec 1, 2019, 11:53pm

Five ROOTs completed this month - that's 47/60, so I've a baker's dozen still to complete before the year-end. Yikes.

All tickers updated.

Dec 2, 2019, 3:12pm

Running behind because of the holiday but working on December's thread today!

Dec 2, 2019, 5:31pm

>106 cyderry: No hurry. Enjoy your holiday and plans!

Dec 2, 2019, 10:32pm

>102 Robertgreaves:
How did you like those Art History Mysteries? I have had a couple on my LT list and just haven't gotten to them yet.

Dec 2, 2019, 11:48pm

>108 benitastrnad: I enjoy them for amusing bits of fluff. The mysteries kept me guessing. The humour is indebted to stereotypes of repressed English vs emotionally expressive, happy go lucky Italians, which some might find dated. There is a story arc of sort in the relationship of Jonathan and Flavia, so you might want to read them in order.

Dec 4, 2019, 4:22pm

Sorry for the delay, but the December thread is finally up!

My Christmas shopping has kept me very busy!

Dec 5, 2019, 8:33am

>110 cyderry: No worries! I hope the shopping went satisfactorily!