Clue in 2022 Roots On and On and On

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Clue in 2022 Roots On and On and On

jan 1, 2022, 6:58 pm

Hello everybody, I'm glad we're back and starting over! Last year I didn't make my goal until December which is unusual, so I'm determined to work Roots in earlier this year. My goal will be 40 and I'm hoping to get near that by the end of 3rd quarter so I can do some big book reading the last quarter.

Good wishes for a great year for us all!

Redigerat: jan 1, 2022, 7:06 pm

Redigerat: jan 1, 2022, 8:45 pm


1. Fatal Pursuit by Martin Walker

The first car rally takes place in St. Denis and it's Bruno's responsibility to organize it. A part of the rally is a classsic car parade and it attracts some well known and well heeled collectors. Soon a story begins to circulate about a Bugatti that was lost in France during WWII that could have very well been around St. Denis. When two murders take place Bruno has to go back to policing and realizes the murders are related to each other and to the missing Bugatti.

By the way, Ralph Lauren is an owner of the Type 57c Bugatti in the story. There were only 4 ever built and they are of course, worth millions.

2. My Dog Tulip by J. R. Ackerley

The first printing of this book was in England in 1965. It is a memoir about Ackerley living with Tulip, a dog he acquired as an adult. The book is considered a dog-lit classic according to the New Yorker.

Ackerley had never been a dog owner until he acquired Tulip, an Alsatian. Most of his book revolves around getting, or trying to get Tulip bred. For some reason he felt it was his job to give her a full life experience which included having puppies. I have had a very different life with animals than Ackerley. I was born into a family that included experiences with many different types of pets, farm animals, and wild animal rescue. If you don't know any of the things Ackerley writes about they would probably be funny. To me it was pretty much a matter of wondering what his point was. It is very evident that Ackerley and Tulip had a wonderful human/dog relationship and from that angle I thought the book very good.

jan 1, 2022, 7:52 pm

Welcome back! Good luck with getting the ROOTs in earlier :)

jan 1, 2022, 8:33 pm

Hi Luanne, glad you joined the ROOTers again. Happy ROOTing.

jan 1, 2022, 8:47 pm

>r >5 connie53: Hi, so glad to see you are both back. It's always a pleasure to find out what both of you are reading.

jan 2, 2022, 7:11 am

Welcome back! Happy new year, and happy reading in 2022!

jan 3, 2022, 2:51 am

A Happy New Year of reading, Luanne

jan 4, 2022, 5:35 am

Welcome back and happy reading. Congrats on your progress!

jan 31, 2022, 4:11 pm

been busy reading, glad you're back!

Redigerat: feb 3, 2022, 12:17 pm

>4 rabbitprincess:, >5 connie53:, >7 Jackie_K:, >8 Robertgreaves:, >9 MissWatson:, >10 cyderry:

Thanks! I've had a good month to kick off 2022. A total of 6, the last four are:

3. The Widow of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey 3.5*
Taking place in Bombay in the 1920s, one of the first women attorneys in India assists her father with the execution of a client's will. Central to the plot is the legal and religious status of women in India during that time.

4. Nella Last's War by Nella Last 4*
The journal of Nella Last, an "ordinary" English mother and wife from 1945 to 1948. Having read her war journal, I was surprised to read how difficult it would be for Nella to resume her previous status as "housewife" when she was no longer needed as a supporter of the war effort.

5. The Dry by Jane Harper 4*
Taking place in a small town in Australia, the focus is on the effects of a murder or possible suicide, of a teenage girl twenty years after her death. A good plot and well written characters.

6. The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin 3*
When Grace and Liv came to London they knew war was a possibility. Not long after they arrived it became a reality. Viv leaves London to join the Auxiliary Territorial Service, Grace stays behind, continues to work at a bookstore by day and becomes an APF warden patrolling the streets by night.

Redigerat: feb 24, 2022, 12:20 pm


7. O Come Ye Back to Ireland by Niall Williams and Christine Breen 4*
The authors met when they were students in Dublin where Niall grew up. Christine grew up in America where her Irish family had moved when she was a child. After marriage and five years in New York, the couple moved back to Ireland when Christine inherited her grandfather's four room cottage and small farm. This is a recount of their first year living and working in the rural Irish community where they continue to live more than thirty years later.

8. The Cat Who Said Cheese by Lilian Braun 3.5*
The small town of Pickax is trying to generate interest in local business by holding The Great Food Explo. There will be a new restaurant opening, a cheese tasting, a bake off and as so often happens in the small town of Pickax, a murder! Former big city newspaper reporter Jim Qwilleran investigates, but it's his Siamese, Koko, who has all the answers.

feb 3, 2022, 6:55 pm

>12 clue: When I was reading the Cat Who series as a teenager, I occasionally wished I had a Siamese cat.

feb 4, 2022, 4:34 am

>13 rabbitprincess: I loved these - my aunt had a Burmese (also named Koko) who was just as talkative and full of personality. Never solved any murders that I was aware of, though.

Redigerat: feb 28, 2022, 10:05 am

9. The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee 4.5*

The author, a native of North Korea, left her country by crossing a river near her home at night. Once across she was in China and illegal. At seventeen she was very naive and thought she would spend a few days in China and then return. When she went to the home of one of her mother's business contacts, he convinced her returning would put not only herself but her mother and brother, still in North Korea, at great risk. So begins the harrowing account of the girl now known as Hyeonseo Lee about the decade she was an illegal on the run. However, the most impactful portion of the book to me were the early chapters where she described life under the North Korean political regime.

Redigerat: feb 28, 2022, 10:23 pm

10. Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

I won't finish this for a couple of more hours but wanted to get my page updated. More on this one tomorrow.

feb 28, 2022, 10:30 pm

I've read four ROOTS in February for a total of 10 for the year. I liked them all and they were a good mix of genres. I currently have 5 planned for March.

Redigerat: mar 31, 2022, 10:53 am

I only finished 3 this month, less than I had planned. That puts me at 13 out of 40.

11. The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell 4*
Bythell is a bookstore owner in Wigtown, Scotland. This dairy records his day-to-day activities for 2014. He has a great sense of humor and some wacky customers and employees. He records how much he sold every day and sometimes it is pretty sad. He's written 2 more books I hope to read.

12. The Birth and Development of Postcards by Dr. Dan Friedman 3*
This adequately covers postcard history prior to 1900. I'm more interested in postcards from the early twentieth century so I was disappointed.

13. State of Terror by Louise Penny and Hillary Clinton 3.5*
I've rated this lower than most readers do. It had all the elements a good political thriller needs but I didn't feel engaged with the characters.

I currently have 5 planned for next month. It will be a busy month for me because I'll have gardening to do again but hopefully, I can work in copious reading time on the porch before our weather gets too hot!

Redigerat: apr 30, 2022, 12:39 pm

My plan for April was only a dream. I had an unusually busy month as Chair for a large conference that ran 5 days. I got 4 Roots in but only because I had The Cat Who books on the shelf. Neither my time or my brain could handle more than that until the last few days of the month when the conference was over, and I was able to finish a book I had in progress most of the month! The Braun books are quick and fun to read. The Santlofer is hard to pigeonhole. A well-researched novel, it follows the great-grandson of Vincenzo Peruggia who stole the Mona Lisa in 1911. Young Peruggia has come to Paris hoping to find evidence that will clear his great-grandfather's name. Before he has answers to his questions; Interpol, an evil international crime boss, and a beautiful American woman are watching and waiting. This could be called a novel, a mystery or a thriller. Whatever it's genre, it's good!

14. The Cat Who Saw Red by Lilian Braun 3*
15. The Cat Who Turned On and Off by Lilian Braun 3*
16. The Cat Who Played Brahms by Lilian Braun 3.5*
17. The Last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer 4*

maj 27, 2022, 10:19 pm


In May I read 5 ROOTS for a total of 22, more than half-way to goal. Out of the 5 my favorite was Duty to the Dead, the first of the Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd. It was more than I expected for the first in a series, well written with a fully developed and interesting protagonist. I know it's a popular series on LT and I'll be continuing it.

I was disappointed with Simon the Fiddler. My dissatisfaction was primarily with the plot which I thought was too simple and rather weak. The characters were engaging enough, and she captures the Civil War setting.

First book for April will be the eleventh in the Bruno, Chief of Police series by Martin Walker. Many good books wait on my TBR!

18. Clair de Lune by Jetta Carleton 3.5*
19. Duty to the Dead - Charles Todd 3*
20. Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Giles 3.5*
21. The Cat Who Played Post Office by Lilian Jackson Braun 3.5*
22. The Cat Who Sniffed Glue by Lilian Jackson Braun 3*

jun 5, 2022, 6:52 am

Hi Luanne, How are you doing? You are keeping your thread up to date I see. Good for you!

I've been neglecting the ROOTers for some time. Live, sunny days, babysitting the grandkids and doing volunteer work for the library at Lonne's school. And reading of course. Today is a rainy day with some thunderstrokes. A perfect Sunday for reading al those neglected threads.

jun 10, 2022, 8:31 pm

Hi Connie. Right now I'm just tired! We've had too much rain over the last 3 days, I've heard 10 inches! I know we got 5.5 inches the first day. I live on a hill and don't have to be worried about flooding so I helped some friends load and move everything out of their garage, off their back patio and front porch, and out of an outdoor storage building. It was loaded into trucks to be moved 30 miles away to a relative's barn where no flooding would occur. Jerry is self employed and the storage building is really his workshop. Nothing got damaged but it sure was tiring work! We don't know yet when it can be brought back.

I think it's great that you're volunteering at Lonne's school library. I hope you have a great summer of reading, both your own and for the kids. Every time I read your thread I think I should read more of Lucinda Riley, it's been several years since I've read anything by her.

jun 11, 2022, 4:10 am

Hi Luanne! That is really very much rain! It's been raining more then usual over here too. First we heard that it was to dry for crops to grow and now it has been pouring down for days. And streets and cellars were flooded. Luckily it's sunny now and it promises to be a lovely weekend. So reading is the garden is on the calendar for me.

Yes, read Riley! She has written some great standalone books.

Redigerat: jun 30, 2022, 9:45 pm


This month flew by for me. Since Covid I have even more trouble knowing what day and month it is than I did before and it was bad enough then!

As you will see below I read 6 ROOTS this month. I rated An Experiment in Treason, A Taste for Vengeancce, and The Hotel Nantucket as 4 stars. They are very different, one being a contemporary mystery set in France, another being an historical mystery set in London, and the third the annual beach read my bookclub reads together. It revolves around the first year of an old hotel that has been restored to grandeur by a never seen multi-billionaire.

So here's the month:
23. A Taste For Vengeance by Martin Walker 4*
24. So Many Miles to Paradise by Christine Breen N/F 3.5*
25. Saints at the River by Ron Rash 3.5*
26. The Cat Who Went Underground by Lilian Braun 3.0*
27. The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts by Lilian Braun 3.5*
28. The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand 4.0*

So, 12 to meet goal. The main library building may have to close for awhile or shorten hours, the a/c is working sporadically, and the new unit that was to be installed a few days ago hasn't made it across the border yet! That could help me meet goal earlier than I planned!

Happy July reading!

jul 10, 2022, 10:48 am

>24 clue: Nice job with the ROOTs, Luanne!

I hope the a/c (Airco?) problem is solved by now but you had a few days to get closer to your goal!

Redigerat: jul 30, 2022, 5:28 pm

Five this month and that brings me to 33 read, 7 from goal. I should reach goal no later than September and I hope that's so because I have a list of books I want to read by the end of the year that aren't on my shelves. A good month, 4 are 4* from me. The Martha Washington was a good biography I learned a lot from and The Littlest Library was really fun.

29. A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie 4*
30. Truffle Hound by Rowan Jacobsen 4*
31. Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman 3.5*
32. Martha Washington by Patricia Brady 4.0*
33. The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander 4*

Redigerat: dec 30, 2022, 9:39 pm


Too much RL this month so only read 2 ROOTS. The two I read I liked. Like everyone else I'm so glad summer is on her way out!

34. Code Girls by Lisa Mundy 4*
35. The River by Peter Heller 4*

I have 5 to meet goal and I hope to do that next month. I have at least one big one planned though and I hope it doesn't slow me down.

sep 16, 2022, 9:25 am

Hi Luanne. That is a doable goal, I think. Now I'm curious which big one you intend to tackle. I'm right now reading a doorstopper with 955 pages!

okt 1, 2022, 11:55 am

>28 connie53: The book I planned to read is The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). It's a little longer than yours but not much, 1024 pages. BUT, I decided to put it off and get my ROOT goal covered instead which I did. Last year I read the last book in this series in January, it was about the same size. Normally we have our coldest weather then and I'll be inside more and can read more. I enjoy this series but would rather have smaller books!

I read about your brother's illness and I'm sorry your family has this challenge. I wish you all the best.

Redigerat: okt 3, 2022, 9:03 pm


I needed 5 to complete goal and made it! Over the rest of the year I'll continue to contribute to the group goal, I have never ending ROOTS!

36. By Her Own Design by Piper Huguley, a historical novel about the first black fashion designer for high society. She designed Jacqueline Kennedy's wedding dress among others. 3.5*

37. Henrietta's War: News From the Home Front by Joyce Dennys. I count rereads of books on my shelf as ROOTS if I haven't read them for 5 years. I read this book in 2013! 4*

38. The Cat Who Went Into a Closet by Lilian Jackson Braun. I started this series in August of last year. This is the 16th I've read, and I'm still enjoying them! 3.5*

39. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Michele Richardson. Another historical novel. This takes place in Kentucky in the 1930s. The protagonist delivers books by mule to people living in rural areas through a government program. There is also a race factor, there were people living in this area, and the protagonist is one, who had blue skin! Yes that is historically true! 4*

40. A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline Yet another historical novel! This is about the woman who became the model for Christina in the painting Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth. I have read lots of nonfiction about the Wyeth painters, (father N.C. Wyeth, son Andrew Wyeth, grandson Jamie Wyeth), and all I can say is it wasn't for me. It's been very popular, the rating on LT is 3.8*.

okt 2, 2022, 9:26 am

Woo hoo, congratulations on reaching your goal!

Redigerat: okt 3, 2022, 9:04 pm

okt 4, 2022, 5:32 am

Congrats on reaching your goal, Luanne! Great job

>29 clue:. Thanks for the well wishes. We are all really hopeful he can win this fight.
I will have to wait for that book. The translation is due at the end of November.

okt 4, 2022, 2:20 pm

Congratulations on reaching your goal!

okt 7, 2022, 7:23 pm

>33 connie53:, >34 MissWatson: Thanks, I have plenty more for next year!

Redigerat: dec 30, 2022, 8:55 pm


41. My Place at the Table: A Recipe For a Delicious Life in Paris by Alexander Labrano 3.5*
42. Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini 3.5*
43. One Woman Farm by Jenna Woginrich 3.0
44. The Rainaldi Quartet by Paul Adams 3.5*

I didn't pull any great books off the stack this month but I cleared four more. My favorite was The Rinaldi Quartet. It's a mystery, set in Italy, and the protagonit is a luthier. Not perfect but enjoyable with lots of information on the earlier luthiers and how their violins vary. Also how they are copied and sold for the real thing!

Redigerat: dec 30, 2022, 10:24 pm


I won't get another ROOT read this month so here's November:

I've been busy this month and of the 5 ROOTS I read 4 were short. Even so, that's five off the shelf! That makes 49/40 and no big rush the last few months to reach goal. I'll probably go with 40 as a goal again next year.

45. The Last Rose of Shanghai by Weina Dai Randel 3.5*
46. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle by Lilian Braun 3.0*
47. That Quail Robert by Margaret Stanger 4.5*
48. Silent Night Deadly Night by Vicki Delany 3.5*
49. Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson 3.0*

I think anyone that loves animals would be charmed by That Quail Robert, a short nofiction book first published in 1966 (I still have one of those given to me by my mother when I was a teen), and is still in print. Written by the neighbbor of the couple that brought an abandoned quail egg into their kitchen and got a new family member, it is a funny and sweet story of the little bird that due to his precocious and intelligent little self, became loved throughout the country.

dec 22, 2022, 4:17 am

Hi Luanne, just popping in to let you know my brother had his surgery on Tuesday and it looks like it was very successful. He went home yesterday because he was doing fine and there was no need to stay for another night.

Wishing you all the best for 2023 and happy holidays!

Congrats on reaching you goal, great job!

Redigerat: dec 30, 2022, 10:50 pm

Those that mark the end of the year are:

50. Silent Night, Deadly Night by Vicki Delaney 3.5*
51. Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson 3.0*
52. The Bookwoman's Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson4.0*
53. Where the Crawdads Sing by Della Owens 4.0*

And one I failed to post in February:
54. An Experiment in Treason by Bruce Alexander

As you can tell The Book Woman's Daughter and Where the Crawdads Sing were both favorites. I'm usually disatisfied with Christmas cozies but Silent Night, Deadly Night is an exception.

I've been happy with my ROOT reading this year and over 70% of my reading for the year was from ROOTS. I think I may wrangle more reading time next year and manage to be more active on this thread, I hope so.

Thanks to cyderry for keeping us going, I'll see you next year!