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Clue's 2017 ROOTS

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Muokkaaja: tammikuu 1, 2017, 12:51am

I'm setting a goal of 40.

I've culled my fiction shelves in the last week but haven't gotten to nonfiction yet. My fiction TBRs are in the high 400 range, nonfiction will be much lower, probably less than 100.

If the 40 goal seems too small later in the year, I'll adjust up.

Well, of course it's too small but I don't want to set it above what I'll read so, since I read 35 last year, I'll just bump up 5 for now. If mid year I've read more than 20, I'll adjust up.

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 25, 2017, 3:19am

Books Read:

1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
2. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
3. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
4. The Orphan Mother by Robert Hicks
5. Her Highness' First Murder by Peg Herring
6. The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys
7. The Bells of Burracombe by Lilian Harry
8. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
9. Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
10. The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
11. Decider by Dick Francis
12. The History of Pascualete by Aline Quintanilla
13. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
14. America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
15. To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
16. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
17. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amour Towles
18. Death of a Charming Man by M .C. Beaton
19. Death of a Macho Man by M. C. Beaton
20. Rutherford Park by Elizabeth Cooke
21. Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
22. The Distant Land of My Father by Bo Caldwell
23. Twice Told Tale by Ali Brandon
24. The Crime at Black Dudley
25. A Country Road, A Tree
26. Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
27. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen
28. Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander
29. Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
30. The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss
31. Miss Zukas and the Stroke of Death by Jo Dereske
32. I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira
33. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
34. Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner
35. An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson
36. Murder in Grub Street by Bruce Alexander
37. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
38. Shivering Sands by Victoria Holt
39. March Book 1 by John Lewis
40. Driving Force by Dick Francis
41. The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan
42. Home of the Braised by Julie Hyzy
43. Village Diary by Miss Read

Muokkaaja: joulukuu 9, 2017, 7:27pm

Books Purchased:

1. Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini
2. Juliet's Answer by Glenn Dixon
3. The Paris Architect
4. The Last Painting of Sara De Vos
5. The Evening Chorus (Favorite author, collecting her books) - READ APRIL 2017
6. Killers of the Flower Moon
7. Camino Island - READ JUNE 2017
8. Sworn To Silence - Linda Castillo
9. The Genius of Birds -
10. Closing Time - Anita Paddock READ OCTOBER 2017
11. My Last Continent -
12. The Velvet Hours - READ JULY 2017
13. Fatal Remedies - READ AUGUST 2017
14. A Trail of Ink
15. The Late Show - READ SEPTEMBER 2017
16. Glass Houses - READ SEPTEMBER 2017
17. Oak and Ash and Thorn
18. Dunkirk
19. A Study in Charlotte - Brittany Caballaro
20. The Big Burn - Timothy Egan
21. The 9th Girl - Tammy Hoag
22. Endurance - Scott Kelly - READ NOVEMBER 2017
23. Gone Before Christmas - Charles Finch - READ DECEMBER 2017
24. The Quiet Game - Greg Iles

tammikuu 1, 2017, 1:41am

Welcome back and have a great reading year!

tammikuu 2, 2017, 6:16pm

Good luck with your goal and happy ROOTing.

tammikuu 2, 2017, 9:59pm

Have a wonderful reading year!

tammikuu 2, 2017, 12:39am

Welcome back & Happy 2017 ROOTing!

tammikuu 2, 2017, 3:08am

Happy New Year and good luck with your 2017 ROOTs!

tammikuu 2, 2017, 3:53am

Here's to a great 2017 with lots of ROOTing.

tammikuu 3, 2017, 12:08pm

Welcome back, and happy reading!

tammikuu 5, 2017, 1:05pm

Welcome back, Luanne! Happy ROOTing.

tammikuu 6, 2017, 12:49am

Good luck with your 2017 rooting!

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 7, 2017, 2:10am

Thanks for all the good wishes!

I've finished my first 2017 ROOT and should have 2 more completed in a few days.

I wanted to use my TBR this year to help gain some ground with series and to reread some favorites. I count any book on my TBR that I haven't read in 5 years as a ROOT. The intent is to see if after reading them again I want to let them go to clear shelf space for those new books that sneak into my house. In the case of this first one, that would be a definite NO!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is a big LT favorite, 13,566 members have it in their libraries so I don't think it needs another review, there are 1,029!

If you think from time to time about rereading it, I'd say it's safe to do, I liked it as much the second read as the first. The ending doesn't sit quite as well with me as I'd like, those last few pages seem too rushed, still, I think of it as an old friend among my books.

tammikuu 8, 2017, 6:38am

>13 clue: That is a good one! I put off reading it for a long time but when I did I was impressed. Especially touching was how the book got to be written.

tammikuu 8, 2017, 8:07am

>13 clue: I loved that book and the story.

tammikuu 8, 2017, 10:30am

>13 clue: That was the 1st book our RL book club read about 3-4 years ago. At first, I was annoyed that it was in epistle form. I think I wanted more action or something faster paced. However, by the end I was in love with that book!

tammikuu 8, 2017, 5:05pm

>13 clue: I resisted reading that one for quite a while because I feared it wouldn't suit my tastes, but I ended up very much liking it. I certainly wouldn't mind a re-read. Glad you enjoyed it as much the second time around!

tammikuu 8, 2017, 7:30pm

>13 clue: I enjoyed that book too, although I found it a bit twee in parts, and agree that the ending was rushed. I have been to Guernsey (my friend is from there and we went to her wedding there), so I was able to picture the place. The museum of the occupation is really interesting (although very sobering). They always celebrate liberation day every year, the wartime occupation is a huge part of their history.

tammikuu 8, 2017, 9:56pm

>18 Jackie_K: O I wish I could go there too!

tammikuu 8, 2017, 10:07pm

Well, I'm like every other commenter: didn't think it was for me, finally broke down and read it long after the popularity dist had settled, impressed, but drank tea with no sugar to get over the treacly bits. However, glad to have read another epistolary novel as well done as The Color Purple.

Unlike you, I would never dare put a "books bought" ticker anywhere near my "ROOT Goal" ticker and let everyone see how poor I am at the one but incalculably superior at the other.

Best of luck and happy reading!

tammikuu 8, 2017, 10:34pm

>20 Limelite: Last year I tried the "books bought" ticker and finally just quit keeping it. Second try, we'll see.

>18 Jackie_K: I would love to see Guernsey. I checked out a few websites and I can see it's more populated than I expected, I have to remind myself the book took place more than 50 years ago and the population was probably much less than today.

tammikuu 9, 2017, 3:18pm

>21 clue: I always keep a ticker for 'books bought' just to warn myself.;-))

tammikuu 11, 2017, 4:53pm

>13 clue: sigh, that's just been waiting for me on the shelves... someday!

>18 Jackie_K: "twee" .. What does that mean?
>20 Limelite: oh, like that? too sugary in parts?

>20 Limelite: >21 clue: lol yeah, the "books in" ticker only lasted 1 year on my page... but I do still track it numerically.. just not in ticker form. I think the ticker was a little too harsh for me ;p

tammikuu 11, 2017, 9:23pm

>23 avanders: yes, kind of sugary, sentimental, in a nice predictable way. I hadn't realised it wasn't a cross-Pond word!

tammikuu 12, 2017, 5:14pm

>24 Jackie_K: I just hadn't heard it before.. I wonder if others over here know it? :)
I do like learning new words though!

tammikuu 13, 2017, 6:51pm

>25 avanders: I was wondering about that word too, because twee means 'two' in Dutch :-)).
So you can even say Jackie was split in two about the book.

tammikuu 14, 2017, 3:49pm

>24 Jackie_K:
>25 avanders:

I have heard of the word twee, but only used as a shortened, slang version of between, such as in betwee.......

tammikuu 22, 2017, 1:52pm

I've finished my second ROOT, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I have 2 more in progress.

tammikuu 23, 2017, 5:09pm

>26 connie53: nice! ;)

>27 Tess_W: hmm, I think I might have heard it in that context too.. tho usually, I hear "twixt" for some reason...

>28 clue: congrats!

tammikuu 23, 2017, 12:19am

>23 avanders: I agree with >24 Jackie_K:. Apparently it was originally supposed to be a toddler's mispronunciation of 'sweet'. That tells you all you need to know, really.

tammikuu 25, 2017, 5:43pm

>30 Robertgreaves: oooh, that will help me remember it!

tammikuu 29, 2017, 11:50pm

I've read two more ROOTS for a total of 4 for January. I'm hoping to get one more finished.

Muokkaaja: tammikuu 31, 2017, 3:40pm


1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
2. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
3. The Orphan Master by Robert Hicks
4. Chocolat by Joanne Harris

I planned to read one other ROOT I haven't finished yet but 4 is the number to stay on track to meet goal.

Books Purchased: 1 (for February book club)

1. A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life by Pat Conroy

tammikuu 31, 2017, 4:06pm

>33 clue: great January!

helmikuu 5, 2017, 9:42pm

Good January! I've #1 and #4 and number 3 is on my TBR pile.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 10, 2017, 2:35pm

Her Highness' First Murder is my fifth ROOT. This mystery takes place during the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth, his 13 year-old daughter, gets involved in the investigation. I wasn't sure I'd like this but the author does a good job with both the characters and 16th century London. This is the first in a series, I hope the 2nd book is as good as the first.

helmikuu 10, 2017, 2:36pm

>35 Tess_W: Tess, you've got some good reading ahead of you.

helmikuu 10, 2017, 2:45pm

Oh! Just realized I had one I didn't post. The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys is a small book of vignettes. Humphreys has written one for each of the 40 times the Thames has frozen over. It's a unique book and a great visual as well as reading experience because it includes period artwork.

helmikuu 10, 2017, 6:57pm

>38 clue: I've got that in my TBR....looking forward to reading it!

helmikuu 17, 2017, 9:36pm

This afternoon I finished The Bells of Burracombe by Lilian Harry. This is light historical fiction that takes place in a small English village after WWII.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 10, 2017, 3:12am

One I failed to post, The Underground Railroad and one I finished today Up a Road Slowly for the Award (Newberry) CAT. My goal is 4 a month and this is the first I've read for this month, hope I can get the other three in, I've done some "off plan" reading this week.

maaliskuu 15, 2017, 12:53am

My second ROOT for March is The Unquiet Dead by Asuma Zehanat Khan. This is a mystery that falls on the serious side. It revolves around the aftereffects of the Bosnian war and the death of a man that may have been killed in Canada because he was a war criminal.

maaliskuu 23, 2017, 2:01pm

Third ROOT for March is Decider by Dick Francis. Not my favorite of his but still a nice light read.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 30, 2017, 3:00am

My fourth and last for the month: The History of Pascualete by Aline Quintanilla. A memior about Quintanilla's experiences restoring an ancestral home, parts having been built in the 12th century. Quintanilla, who has also written under another of her names, The Countess of Romanones, was an American married to a Spanish grandee. 12/40

maaliskuu 30, 2017, 1:27am


huhtikuu 10, 2017, 6:04pm

Hi Luanne, Just stopping by to see what you have been reading and say Hi!

huhtikuu 11, 2017, 3:50pm

>44 clue:, I think I may have read her The Spy Wore Red once upon a time when I stumbled across it at the library. I remember enjoying it (and being reminded of it when I saw the scene in You've Got Mail when Meg Ryan realizes that her friend was in love with General Franco...). Possibly one to pick back up again!

huhtikuu 15, 2017, 4:04am

>47 Caramellunacy: I read those too and enjoyed them. There were three in the series.

huhtikuu 15, 2017, 4:07am

Finished The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. An 85-year old woman is answering her granddaughter's question, "How did you get to be the woman you are today?" I gave it a 3 because it was entertaining enough but didn't have much depth.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 27, 2017, 7:48pm

My second ROOT for the month is America's First Daughter, a novel based on the eldest daughter of Thomas Jefferson.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 27, 2017, 7:51pm

The third ROOT for the month and 15th for the year is To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. 4.5*

huhtikuu 30, 2017, 4:46pm

The fourth and last for the month is The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle. This is my favorite Sherlock Holmes, the second in the series. 4*

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 13, 2017, 4:03am

The first completed in May: A Gentleman in Moscow. 4*, I loved it.

toukokuu 13, 2017, 6:08am

>53 clue: On my wish list!

toukokuu 13, 2017, 8:13am

>53 clue: just added to my wishlist too - it's rarely that my husband and I will both like a book but I think this could be one! ;)

toukokuu 13, 2017, 1:25am

>54 Tess_W:, >55 floremolla:

I hope you both like it!

toukokuu 21, 2017, 1:09pm

I've completed Rutherford Park by Elizabeth Cooke. It takes place just before WWI in England. It's a bit of a soap opera, but the author captures the time well.

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 29, 2017, 6:15pm

I've taken 2 trips this month and haven't read as much as usual. I still got 4 ROOTS in, 4 being the monthly goal but I was only able to do this because my posting has been so sporadic the last couple of months that I failed to post 2 earlier, both by M. C. Beaton, Death of a Charming Man and Death of a Macho Man. EOM total read for the year is 20 against a goal of 40.

kesäkuu 4, 2017, 6:11am

>58 clue: You are on track, Luanne. That's what counts. And taking trips is certainly a good thing. I hope you did enjoy them.

kesäkuu 5, 2017, 2:12am

First two for June are Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winsper and Distant Land of My Father by Bo Caldwell.

kesäkuu 6, 2017, 7:42am

Well done on two ROOTs for June already - based on your positive review I'm wishlisting Distant Land of My Father, thanks!

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 24, 2017, 2:10am

Third for June is Twice Told Tail by Ali Brandon, the sixth and last in the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series. This series has been one I relied on when I just wanted something entertaining to read and I'm sorry to see it end.

kesäkuu 30, 2017, 2:41am

The fourth and last for June, The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham.

So far I've read 24 against the goal of 40.

I've bought 11 which is less than half of what I had bought at this time last year!

heinäkuu 1, 2017, 6:20pm

>63 clue: That is a super-impressive total for books bought, and you're more than half way to your reading goal too!

I've bought 42 so far, but am trying not to think about how many that actually is!

heinäkuu 1, 2017, 8:51pm

You're making great progress! And I admire your self-control regarding the bookbuying.

Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 8, 2017, 3:57am

>64 Jackie_K:, >65 MissWatson: Completely out of character for me too!

I've completed my first ROOT for July, A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker

heinäkuu 20, 2017, 6:00pm

Hi Luanne, just popping in to say hi and see what you have been reading. 11 books bought this year. That's what I call impressive!

Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 29, 2017, 5:10pm

I have 3 ROOTS to report and this will be the last that I read in July - I reported 1 previously. My goal for each month is 4.

A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker, the author of Longbourn. This is a very good book based on the war time (WWII) experiences of Samuel Beckett. 4/5

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen. The writer's memoir considers all the stages of her life and includes her thoughts on aging. 3.5/5

Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander. The first in the Sir John Fielding Mystery series beginning in 1768 and based on the historical John Fielding. Fielding was a blind magistrate, the founder of the Bow Street Runners ( the first London police) and brother to writer Henry Fielding. Will definitely continue the series. 3.5/5

elokuu 3, 2017, 3:12am

First ROOT for August is Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley. Written in 1917 this is a quick read about a traveling bookseller. He espouses the power of books to enhance and change lives and finds love in the process. A quaint story, but the message of reading and books is one for all times.

elokuu 29, 2017, 11:49pm

I've read 3 more for a total of 4 in August. I won't be able to finish another one.

Miss Zukas and the Stroke of Death by Jo Dereske 3*
The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss 4*
I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira 3*

Eight more to meet the goal for the year.

syyskuu 7, 2017, 3:44pm

You can do 8 more books, Luanne. That's 2 per month.

syyskuu 29, 2017, 2:00pm

My four ROOTS for September are:

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner
An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson
The Shivering Sands by Victoria Holt

Tickers updated.

I'm now at 36/40. Hopefully will complete the challenge next month!

syyskuu 29, 2017, 2:04pm

So close!

lokakuu 4, 2017, 7:12am

Almost there!

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 1, 2017, 1:54pm

I had hoped to complete 4 this month to finish the Challenge but was too busy to read as much as usual and came up 1 short. The 3 I did read were all good.

A Morbid Taste For Bones by Ellis Peters
March Book 1 by John Lewis
Murder in Grub Street by Bruce Alexander

Just one to go to meet my goal of 40.

marraskuu 3, 2017, 10:26pm

>Yeah...just one!

marraskuu 12, 2017, 5:35pm

>75 clue: I'm sure you can do it, Luanne.

marraskuu 30, 2017, 3:16pm

My only ROOT for November was:

Driving Force by Dick Francis. I read this for the Random CAT Challenge and it brought me to my ROOT goal of 40! I only read this one ROOT this month but have more ROOT reading planned for next month.

marraskuu 30, 2017, 11:47pm

>78 clue: Congratulations on meeting your goal! :)

marraskuu 30, 2017, 12:10am

Well done! :)

marraskuu 30, 2017, 12:42am

Congratulations, clue. Well done.

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joulukuu 9, 2017, 9:03am

Congrats, Luanne

joulukuu 25, 2017, 3:22am

Thanks everyone! I hope next year's rooting goes as well as this year.

One more for this year. With snippets of time between cooking, eating and visiting the last few days, I read Village Diary by Miss Read. 43/40

I'll be look forward to reading with you again in 2018!