RavenHill's ROOT

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RavenHill's ROOT

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1RavenHill
Muokkaaja: tammikuu 2, 2018, 6:55am

Hello everyone!

This is my first attempt at an official ROOT. Today I found that my to be read list had swelled to 75 tomes. I keep a dedicated book case for the books waiting to be read, and there's scant room for more, so I would like to focus on reducing this number. My ultimate goal would be maintaining only one shelf of yet to be read books, and this seems like a great way to start moving toward that goal. I'm starting tracking this in the end of May, so in the remaining 7 months of the year I would like to read 15 books from my current stash. I will list the books waiting to be read below, and update with dates that they are finished.




To Be Read Queue:

1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
2. Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
3. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman - (6/7/17)
4. Barkskins - Annie Proulx - (8/17/17)
5. Between Heaven and Here - Susan Straight
6. Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert - (11/19/17)
7. The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
8. Bodily Harm - Margaret Atwood
9. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
10. The Bone Doll's Twin - Lynn Flewelling
11. Borne - Jeff VanderMeer - (6/13/17)
12. Boy, Snow, Bird - Helen Oyeyemi - (5/30/17)
13. Best Boy - Eli Gottlieb
14. Celtic Fairy Tales - Joseph Jacobs
15. City of Heavenly Fire - Cassandra Clare
16. City on Fire - Garth Risk Hallberg
17. Commonwealth - Ann Pratchett
18. A Darker Shade of Magic - Victoria Schwab - (6/1/17)
19. Death by Black Hole - Neil deGrasse Tyson
20. Dune - Frank Herbert
21. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
22. The Edible Woman - Margaret Atwood
23. The End of War - John Horgan
24. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
25. Eye in the Sky - Philip K. Dick
26. The Familiar Volume 1 - Mark Z. Danielewski
27. Fever Chart - Bill Cotter
28. Freedom - Jonathan Franzen
29. Further Joy - John Brandon
30. A Gathering of Shadows - Victoria Schwab -(6/23/17)
31. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
32. The Grip of It - Jac Jemc - (5/28/17)
33. The Gunslinger - Stephen King - (7/12/17)
34. Here I Am - Jonathan Safran Foer
35. Heroes of the Fronteer - Dave Eggers
36. Hild - Nicola Griffith
37. His Bloody Project - Graeme Macre Burnet - (6/26/17)
38. History of Wolves - Emily Fridlund - (5/26/17)
39. Hocus Pocus - Kurt Vonnegut
40. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
41. Hot Pink - Adam Levin
42. The Instructions - Adam Levin
43. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer - Jonathan Howard
44. The Library at Mount Char - Scott Hawkins - (6/19/17)
45. Life After Life - Kate Atkinson - (11/25/17)
46. The Lonely Polygamist - Brady Udall
47. Lullaby - Chuck Palahniuk
48. The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton
49. The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides
50. Misadventure - Millard Kaufman
51. Moonglow - Michael Chabon
52. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me - Kate Bernheimer
53. A Naked Singularity - Sergio de la Pava
54. The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh - Kathryn Aalto
55. Night of Fire - Colin Thubron
56. Nocturnes - Kazuo Ishiguro
57. The Parallel Apartments - Bill Cotter
58. The Path to the Nest of Spiders - Italo Calvino - (6/5/17)
59. The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
60. The Robber Bride - Margaret Atwood
61. Scaramouche - Rafael Sabatini
62. Stories: All-New Tales - Neil Gaiman
63. The Stranger - Albert Camus - (5/28/17)
64. Tenth of December - George Saunders - (12/31/17)
65. Them - Joyce Carol Oates
66. The Turnip Princess - Franz Xaver von Schonwerth
67. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
68. We Are Pirates - Daniel Handler
69. What is the What - Dave Eggers
70. When We Were Orphans - Kazu Ishiguro
71. White Girls - Hilton Als
72. The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss
73. Wolf in White Van - John Darnielle
74. A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy - Madeline L'Engle
75. Zeitoun - Dave Eggers

With the goal of ultimately reducing my backlog of unread books, I've decided to add a second list of new books that I've acquired since my original list below. I'll keep a second counter for these books, showing how many I've purchased vs how many of these have been read. I'll update this with dates completed as well.




1. Alice - Christina Henry - (6/12/17)
2. Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
3. The Sellout - Paul Beatty
4. The Little Friend - Donna Tartt
5. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley - (11/22/17)
6. Nutshell - Ian McEwan - (6/10/17)
7. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
8. Fates and Furies - Lauren Groff
9. Rooms - Lauren Oliver - (7/14/17)
10. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch - (6/29/17)
11. Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
12. The Doll's Alphabet - Camilla Grudova - (6/20/17)
13. Stephen Florida - Gabe Habash
14. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Seanan McGuire - (6/18/17)
15. The Wicked + The Divine Vol 5 - Glen McKelvie - (6/18/17)
16. The Uncoupling - Meg Wolizer
17. A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab
18. A House at the Bottom of A Lake - Josh Malerman - (6/25/17)
19. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin - (7/2/17)
20. The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodgkin - (7/6/17)
21. The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodgkin - (7/9/17)
22. Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett
23. Armada - Ernest Cline
24. Hillbilly Elegy - J.D. Vance
25. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
26. The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie - (11/30/17)
27. Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie
28. Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie
29. The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater - (7/19/17)
30. The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater - (7/27/17)
31. Blue Lilly, Lilly Blue - Maggie Stiefvater - (8/2/17)
32. The Raven King - Maggie Stiefvater - (10/31/17)
33. The Smell of Other People's Houses - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - (8/18/17)
34. By Chance or Providence - Becky Cloonan - (8/9/17)
35. Slade House - David Mitchell - (8/5/17)
36. After Alice - Gregory Maguire - (8/8/17)
37. My Favorite Thing is Monsters Vol 1 - Emil Ferris - (8/8/17
38. My Friend Dahmer - Derf Backderf - (8/6/17)
39. The Disaster Artist - Greg Sestero - (9/5/17)
40. The Burning Girl - Claire Messuo
41. The Magus - John Fowles
42. The Fire This Time - Jesmyn Ward
43. Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward
44. Horns - Joe Hill
45. The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury - (11/4/17)
46. Snotgirl - Brian Lee O'Malley - (10/23/17)
47. Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
48. One of Us is Lying - Karen McManus - (11/8/7)
49. The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury - (11/12/17)
50. Her Body and Other Parties - Carmen Maria Machado - (12/27/17)
51. Tomb Song - Julian Herbert
52. The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer
53. The Nest - Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
54. The Round House -
55. Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz - (12/13/17)
56. The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver
57. The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
58. Room - Emma Donoghue - (12/8/17)
59. Personal Effects, Dark Art - J.C. Hutchins - (12/2/17)
60. Furthermore - Tahereh Mafi - (12/4/17)
61. Wichwood - Tahereh Mafi - (12/6/17)
62. Portrait of a Past Life Skeptic - Robert Snow
63. It Chooses You - Miranda July - (12/20/17)
64. Be More Chill - Ned Vizzini - (12/21/17)
65. The Grownup - Gillian Flinn - (12/21/17)
66. The Fade Out Vol 1 - Ed Brubaker - (12/21/17)
67. Case Histories - Kate Atkinson
68. Sweet Tooth - Ian McEwan
69. The Lying Game - Ruth Ware - (12/30/17)
70. A God in Ruins -Kate Atkinson
71. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - (12/26/17)

2connie53
toukokuu 27, 2017, 6:26am

Welcome to the ROOTers, Ravenhill. I see a lot of books on your list that are on my shelves too, read or unread.

Happy ROOTing!

3floremolla
toukokuu 27, 2017, 7:36am

Welcome, and good luck with your ROOTing!

4Jackie_K
toukokuu 27, 2017, 8:10am

Welcome from me too! I hope you find being in the group helpful to your reading, and not too enabling (ie making you buy more books!).

I've just got your nos 1 and 2 on my TBR list (which is quite a bit bigger than yours, although smaller than many here).

Happy reading!

5Tess_W
toukokuu 27, 2017, 3:47pm

Welcome to the group! Happy rooting!

6rabbitprincess
toukokuu 27, 2017, 10:14pm

Welcome aboard and good luck with your ROOTS! I find this group very helpful as motivation to read the books I own :) Looks like you have an interesting selection to choose from!

7MissWatson
toukokuu 29, 2017, 9:16am

Hello and happy reading!

8avanders
Muokkaaja: toukokuu 31, 2017, 7:13pm

Welcome to the 2017 ROOTers!
I also recognize a lot of your TBR books & authors :) Looks like you have a fun year ahead! & Congrats on already pulling 4 ROOTs!

It's funny how so many of us come from such different places & tolerances, ROOT-wise... It would be amazing to me to only have 1 bookshelf of TBRs waiting for me! Alas, my pile is over 1000.... :-o But that's not even very big compared to some others! And yet, other ROOTers have TBRs that are in the single- and double-digits... as a lifetime book-hoarder, I cannot even imagine... ;)

Good luck!

9RavenHill
Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 2, 2017, 7:00am

Thank you all for the warm welcome! I'm already finding this group to be extremely motivating with moving through my books. I've never read as many books in a single month as I have this last one, and I believe that's in part due to having this type of public accountability.

I've been thinking about my ultimate goal of reading through my books with an eye towards reducing their overall number. Does anyone else find that tracking books in/vs books out to be additionally helpful? Perhaps that's information I should track for myself in here as well. There's an amazing used bookstore that I like to visit, and I don't think I've ever been able to leave without an armload of books each time! I can see how one trip would single-handedly undo months of diligent reading progress.

10floremolla
kesäkuu 2, 2017, 5:31pm

>9 RavenHill: I'm with you on the public accountability plus I feel a responsibility towards the group goal. :)

I've noticed one or two members of this group who track 'books discarded'. So yes, some people find it useful and you've given me a nudge that I should maybe think of doing the same because my acquisitions are mounting up as I 'reward' myself for ROOTs read!

11Jackie_K
kesäkuu 3, 2017, 5:26pm

>9 RavenHill: I don't track in/out, but I do track read/in (if that makes sense), primarily because I'm rubbish at getting rid of books, but do want to keep an eye on what's coming in in relation to what I'm reading. I'm aiming for a ratio this year of 1.5 books acquired for every book I read (with an aim of reducing that further next year - last year my ratio was 1:2 books read:books acquired). I've found that really helpful.