Kristel's ROOT in 2021

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Kristel's ROOT in 2021

1Kristelh
Redigerat: dec 31, 2020, 10:07am

I am going to shoot for 50 books in 2021.

2connie53
dec 31, 2020, 9:58am

Hi Kristel, good to see you back. Happy ROOTing in 2021.

3Jackie_K
dec 31, 2020, 10:11am

Good luck with your 2021 goal!

4This-n-That
dec 31, 2020, 10:32am

Happy reading, Kristel. I like the choo-choo train ticker.

5rabbitprincess
dec 31, 2020, 10:44am

Welcome back! Have a great reading year!

6Kristelh
jan 1, 5:33pm

First root of 2021
#1 An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, obtained 7/18/2020

7Robertgreaves
jan 2, 6:15am

Have a happy and healthy year or ROOTing, Kristel

8cyderry
jan 2, 3:59pm

Glad you're back!

9Kristelh
jan 4, 9:03am

#2. In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul (purchased 2020)

10Robertgreaves
jan 4, 6:27pm

>9 Kristelh: I've got that on my virtual TBR shelf. How was it?

11Kristelh
jan 4, 8:11pm

>10 Robertgreaves:. I really liked it but I found that a lot of people were critical of it. Written with prologue and epilogue that book ends the 3 short stories between (supporting narratives). The book examines the experience of displacement. This book starts with a prologue of a narrator who is on the ferry to Egypt and ends with an epilogue that has the narrator returning to Egypt as a visitor. These were taken from the author's own travel journals.

I found this article to be helpful in helping me to appreciate the writing; https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2018/02/20/rereading-v-s-naipauls-free-state...
I think it was worthy of the Booker and the author receiving Nobel for literature.

12MissWatson
jan 5, 8:54am

Good to see you here again! Happy reading in 2021.

13rocketjk
jan 5, 8:56am

Greetings, and Happy New Year. How did you like An American Marriage? I read it last year and I'm always interested in the opinions of others.

14Kristelh
jan 5, 9:44am

>13 rocketjk:. I appreciated An American Marriage. I enjoyed reading the story that was fairly told without heaped up anger. I read an interview where the author answered questions about the book and especially liked her response to why she named it American Marriage. It is my bookclub's book for January discussion. I am looking forward to discussing it with others. Perhaps I will have more insights after our meetings.

15rocketjk
jan 5, 12:28pm

>14 Kristelh: I agree with your general take. I thought she did a good job, also, of being fair to all the characters and refrained from creating villains.

16Kristelh
jan 7, 9:52pm

#3. The Son by Philipp Meyer. It's been on my shelf since 2012. Western, family saga.

17Kristelh
jan 11, 10:49am

#4. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene. On shelf since 2018.

18connie53
jan 11, 12:20pm

>17 Kristelh: You are going so fast, Kristel. Very good.

19Kristelh
jan 18, 6:51am

#5. The Voynich Hotel, Vol. 1 by Douman Seiman, graphic, manga, awful, 0.5 stars

20Kristelh
jan 25, 5:38am

#6 The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle. This has been on the shelf since 2018.

21Kristelh
feb 1, 7:56am

#7. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene. Been on my shelf since 2011. I enjoyed it. Learned stuff I didn't know about Mexico and Catholicism in the thirties.

22Kristelh
feb 1, 7:56am

#8. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake, finished this one on 1/31/21. Been on my shelf since 2016.

23rabbitprincess
feb 1, 4:45pm

A great January for you! The Power and the Glory is one Greene I have not yet read.

24connie53
feb 2, 12:29pm

>22 Kristelh: What did you think of that book, Kristel? I've it on the shelves too. But never read any of the books. I followed your link to your review. But tell me a bit more about the sphere of the book, if you want to.

25Kristelh
feb 2, 1:29pm

>24 connie53:. The book is gothic in feel. No magic really. The setting is remote. Lots of stone, rock, marsh, swamp, surrounded by water. The characters are also isolated and remote. The characters are odd characters in general. I have to say. I did not like Titus Groan which I read. This one I listened to audio read by Simon Vance. I had been dreading reading it but it ended up not being painful as I feared. I rated in 3.5 but others have rated it higher and have mentioned really liking how the author wrote. I read another reviewer who feels this is a superior work to Tolkien. I don't know if I agree with that but another young reviewer mentions that Peake writes his fantasy in a way that doesn't require magic wands; "Reading this at the age of 13, I understood that fantasy, the place I was looking for, is not to be found in dragons, ghosts, or magic wands. It resides in language. Fantasy is death by owls. It’s mourning through gesture. It’s music, incantation in half-light. An inverted heart." Sofia Samatar

26connie53
feb 3, 3:15am

>25 Kristelh: Wow, that it a beautiful phrase

"Reading this at the age of 13, I understood that fantasy, the place I was looking for, is not to be found in dragons, ghosts, or magic wands. It resides in language. Fantasy is death by owls. It’s mourning through gesture. It’s music, incantation in half-light. An inverted heart." Sofia Samatar


Maybe I give it a try and see what I feel about the first instalment. Thanks for your answer.

27Kristelh
feb 3, 5:39pm

#9. A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum, on shelf since 12/3/2019. Read this one for f2f bookclub. I rated it 3.2.

28Kristelh
feb 8, 12:38pm

10.

Book The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
Format: audio
Original publication date: 1943
Acquisition date/place: 2019, Audible
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.6 stars
Book description/summary: wise men play games
Challenge(s): 1001 BOTM
CAT/KIT:
Bingo DOG:
TIOLI: #4, last name only one vowel (e).
American: no
British: no
List book: 1001, Guardian, Nobel Laureate

29Kristelh
Redigerat: feb 9, 10:42pm

11.
Book The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Format: audio play
Original publication date: 1892
Acquisition date/place: 2014
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.8
Book description/summary: logic solves it all
Challenge(s): TBR takedown, 1001
CAT/KIT:
Bingo DOG:
TIOLI:
American:
British: yes
List book: 1001 Books

30Kristelh
feb 13, 8:52pm

12.
Book The Music of What Happens
Format: audio, SORA
Original publication date: 1994
Acquisition date/place: 2021, LCL
Decimal/ Star rating: 2 1/2 stars
Book description/summary: emo meets macho man
Challenge(s): ROOT, 75,
CAT/KIT: alpha (K)
Bingo DOG:
TIOLI:
American: yes
British:
List book:

31Kristelh
feb 21, 10:49am

13.
Book We are Legion (We are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor
Format: audio
Original publication date: 2017
Acquisition date/place: 7/18/2020, Audible
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.4
Book description/summary: space opera, sentient beings, humor
Challenge(s): 75, Cat
CAT/KIT: SFF, sentient
Bingo DOG:
TIOLI:
American:
British:
List book:

32Kristelh
feb 21, 10:49am

14.

Book The Yellow House: a memoir by Sarah M. Boom
Format: audio
Publication date: August 13, 2019
Acquisition date/place: 12/2/2020, Audible
Decimal/ Star rating: 3 stars
Book description/summary: aftermath of living in east new orleans
Challenge(s): 75, Cat
CAT/KIT: NF: memoir
Bingo DOG:
TIOLI: black american author, memoir
American: yes
British:
List book:
Awards: National Book Award for Nonfiction (2019)

33Kristelh
feb 28, 2:25pm

15.
Book Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki
Format: audio
Original publication date: 2016
Acquisition date/place: 2018, Audio Sync summer program
Decimal/ Star rating: 2 stars
Book description/summary: teenage angst, LGBTQ parents/children
Challenge(s): Category challenge, ROOT
CAT/KIT: alpha kit
Bingo DOG:
TIOLI:
American: yes
British:
List book: no

34Kristelh
Redigerat: mar 11, 9:21am

16.

Book: The Sound and The Fury
Format: audio
Original publication date: 1929
Acquisition date/place: 2014-6-30, Audiosyn file summer program
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.6 stars
Book description/summary: deterioration of southern aristocrat family, Southern Gothic, SOC

35connie53
mar 12, 2:30am

Hi Kristel. Your ROOTing and reading is going great. Lots of ROOTs read and you are ahead of track. Impressive!

36Kristelh
mar 22, 7:38am

17.

Book Super-Cannes by J.G. Ballard
Format: book
Original publication date: 2000
Acquisition date/place: Bookmooch 2019
Decimal/ Star rating: 4.2 stars
Book description/summary: Eden has its snakes and gods of Olympus
Challenge(s): 1001, ROOT
CAT/KIT:
Bingo DOG:
TIOLI:
American:
British: yes
List book: some lists

37connie53
apr 4, 5:18am

Just popping in to wish you and yours a Happy Easter, Kristel.

38Kristelh
Redigerat: maj 2, 5:15pm

#18

Book The Children's Book
Format: audio/kindle
Original publication date: 2009
Acquisition date/place: Dec 2019
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.5 to 4 stars (too much sexual stuff)
Book description/summary: historical fiction, family saga, political/social commentary, art
Challenge(s): 1001 Qrt read
CAT/KIT:
Bingo DOG:
TIOLI:
American:
British:yes
List book: 1001 books

39Kristelh
Redigerat: maj 2, 5:14pm

19.

Book The Lost Traveller by Antonia White
Format: kindle
Original publication date: 1950
Acquisition date/place: February 2019
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.4 stars
Book description/summary: coming of age story of an only child of Catholic converts
Challenge(s): category challenge, virago
CAT/KIT: alpha AW
Bingo DOG:
TIOLI:
American:
British: yes
List book: Virago

40Kristelh
maj 2, 5:13pm

#20.

Book All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Format: kindle
Original publication date: 2017
Acquisition date/place: kindle, amazon, 2020
Decimal/ Star rating: 4 stars
Book description/summary: construct meets nice humans
Challenge(s): Category,
CAT/KIT: SFF series
Bingo DOG:
TIOLI:
American: yes
British:
List book:

41connie53
maj 3, 7:57am

I hear so many good things about the Martha Wells books. Unfortunately they are not translated. Perhaps I should try them in English.

42Robertgreaves
maj 3, 8:33am

>40 Kristelh: >41 connie53: I've heard so much about the Murderbot books, I really regret not taking advantage of the special offer on them last year

43Kristelh
maj 4, 1:41pm

21.

Book Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
Format: audible
Original publication date: 1914
Acquisition date/place: March 2020.
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.6 stars
Book description/summary: heart of things/isolation/suicide
Challenge(s): 1001, TBR takedown
CAT/KIT:
Bingo DOG:
TIOLI:
American:
British:
List book: 1001 Books

44Kristelh
Redigerat: maj 27, 6:04pm

22.
Book Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration by Rose Brock (editor)
Format: audio
Original publication date: 2019
Acquisition date/place: 2020
Decimal/ Star rating: 3 stars
Book description/summary: Hope is a choice
Challenge(s): Category
CAT/KIT: Essays.
Bingo DOG: multiple authors
TIOLI:
American: yes
British:
List book:

45Kristelh
Redigerat: jun 30, 6:45am

23.
Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

47Kristelh
jun 18, 10:38pm

25.
The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky

48Kristelh
jun 19, 11:00am

26.
Astray by Emma Donoghue

49Kristelh
jun 22, 9:21pm

27. The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers (on shelf since 2019.

50Kristelh
Redigerat: jun 25, 11:44am

28. Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman (on shelf since 2019)

51Kristelh
jun 30, 6:45am

29.
Boy Born Dead by David Ring
Acquired: 2016. Audio book AudioSync File Summer program Nonfiction, biography, Christian

52Kristelh
Redigerat: jul 4, 10:39pm

30.
Book Group Portrait with Lady by Heinrich Böll
Format: book
Original publication date: 1971
Acquisition date/place: 5/26/2017
Decimal/ Star rating: 4 stars
Book description/summary: picture of German People post WWII
Challenge(s): Reading 1001, ROOT

53connie53
jul 5, 6:41am

Hi Kristel, I try to visit all ROOTers and see what they're reading.

>48 Kristelh: I love Emma Donoghue books. And I don't think I read this one. I got to go and look for it.

54rocketjk
jul 5, 12:04pm

>52 Kristelh: It's been a while since I read Group Portrait with Lady, but I remember finding it fascinating. Four stars, indeed!

55Kristelh
jul 12, 6:23pm

Finished reading The Shining by Stephen King. This really was a ROOT. I've had it on the shelf since 2013 and have picked it up many times with intentions to read it and not succeeding. This time I got the audio through library and listened and read the book that way. It worked. Finally!

56Charon07
jul 26, 10:20pm

Kristel, I really like your brief book descriptions, even though they’ve made my to-read list a little longer. I just had to find out more about “construct meets nice humans.”