Clue's 2017 ROOTS
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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.
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
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
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
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.
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!
>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.
>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
I do like learning new words though!
So you can even say Jackie was split in two about the book.
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
I've bought 42 so far, but am trying not to think about how many that actually is!
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
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.