MARCH ROOT - Progress Thread

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MARCH ROOT - Progress Thread

mar 1, 2022, 10:38 am

In 2022 the theme that I have selected is a hybrid again. We will be looking at MOTHER NATURE and all her many talents and we will be also looking at how those talents can influence the places that we find to settle into with a good book.
Mother Nature's talent to be highlighted in March is

Wind can be described in so many different ways. It can be fierce, gentle, frigid, warm. It bites, it rustles, it howls, it caresses, it nips, it tickles, it lifts, it blows. It fills sails, turns windmills, dries clothes on the line.
What is your favorite type of wind?

Wind can be used for energy turning turbines, or lift a kite to entertain children and adults alike.
Without wind would the new world ever have been discovered?

Redigerat: mar 1, 2022, 5:28 pm


Here are our February's totals for 2022. Remember, if you are not a member of the group, or have not set a goal, your name will not appear in the list.

The percentages will be calculated and a star awarded for those on target to reach their goals. More stars for farther toward their goal.

benitastarnd 13 / 62 ★ 21.0%
bragan 15 / 75 ★ 20.0%
brakketh 13 / 50 ★★ 26.0%
ca_dmv 2 / 12 ★ 16.7%
Caramellunacy 5 / 25 ★ 20.0%
Cecilturtle 10 / 50 ★ 20.0%
clue 10 / 40 ★★ 25.0%
Coach_of_Alva 5 / 25 ★ 20.0%
connie53 7 / 36 ★ 19.4%
Cora-R 10 / 100 10.0%
crazy4reading 2 / 20 10.0%
curioussquared 16 / 55 ★★ 29.1%
cyderry 19 / 84 ★ 22.6%
detailmuse 10 / 40 ★★ 25.0%
DisassemblyOfReason 10 / 100 10.0%
enemyanniemae 10 / 70 14.3%
FAMeulstee 9 / 48 ★ 18.8%
Familyhistorian 11 / 65 ★ 16.9%
floremolla 6 / 40 15.0%
fuzzi 9 / 100 9.0%
HelenBaker 10 / 48 ★ 20.8%
Henrik_Madsen 6 / 50 12.0%
Jackie_K 11 / 60 ★ 18.3%
janoorani24 5 / 20 ★★ 25.0%
justchris 10 / 50 ★ 20.0%
kac522 11 / 75 14.7%
karenmarie 9 / 30 ★★ 30.0%
Kristelh 13 / 50 ★★ 26.0%
Kwharton 1 / 12 8.3%
LadyBookworth 10 / 30 ★★★ 33.3%
lilisin 14 / 80 ★ 17.5%
lindapanzo 21 / 84 ★★ 25.0%
LoraShouse 4 / 15 ★★ 26.7%
madhatter22 8 / 75 10.7%
majkia 20 / 65 ★★ 30.8%
martencat 1 / 25 4.0%
Miss_Moneypenny 4 / 80 5.0%
MissWatson 20 / 75 ★★ 26.7%
Nickelini 13 / 40 ★★ 32.5%
Quaisior 1 / 50 2.0%
QuestingA 12 / 35 ★★★ 34.3%
rabbitprincess 11 / 50 ★ 22.0%
readergirliz 6 / 30 ★ 20.0%
readingtangent 12 / 40 ★★ 30.0%
Rebeki 5 / 24 ★ 20.8%
ritacate 4 / 30 13.3%
Robertgreaves 15 / 90 ★ 16.7%
rocketjk 2 / 25 8.0%
rosalita 7 / 48 14.6%
sallylou61 7 / 24 ★★ 29.2%
si 6 / 20 ★★ 30.0%
Tara1Reads 4 / 52 7.7%
torontoc 3 / 30 10.0%
vestafan 15 / 60 ★★ 25.0%
wandaly 4 / 18 ★ 22.2%

The goal for March is 672.

mar 1, 2022, 10:45 pm

Thanks for doing this again with so much else going on in your life, Chèli

mar 2, 2022, 3:56 am

Thanks a lot for setting us up again, Chèli!

mar 2, 2022, 8:31 am

>1 cyderry: thank you!

Who Has Seen the Wind?
Christina Rossetti - 1830-1894

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you.
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I.
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.

mar 2, 2022, 6:46 pm

That's a lovely theme!
I'm at 11 with Foundation by Isaac Asimov.
Group Tickers updated!

mar 2, 2022, 10:23 pm

Hurray, I kept my star! Thanks for crunching the numbers, Chèli :)

mar 3, 2022, 12:09 pm

Thanks Cheli for the beautiful pictures, and the number crunching.

I have added my first two ROOTs for March to my own ticker, group tickers left well alone!

mar 3, 2022, 2:00 pm

My trip was a success! My husband and I have decided to retire to South Carolina and will be having a house built either in Myrtle Beach or Murrells Inlet. It all depends on the lot availability. We expect to move sometime late 2023 or early 2024. Now I have to start clearing out all the stuff/mementos/knickknacks in this house!

Thank God for audiobooks!

mar 3, 2022, 6:44 pm

>9 cyderry: beautiful area.

That area gets hurricanes, frequently. Make sure you spend the extra for storm shutters, etc.

mar 5, 2022, 4:48 am

Hi Chèli. My numbers are correct, thanks for doing all this again.

I've been away from LT for a while. Just keeping my numbers up to date and nog visiting threads. I want to start with that today.

mar 5, 2022, 10:01 am

>9 cyderry: I'm sure it feels great to have that big decision behind you! Of course, that means you'd better start packing books now.

Redigerat: mar 5, 2022, 9:27 pm

I removed and rehomed 76 books today, mostly unread. I'm counting them as ROOTs. That brings my ROOT total to 85.

Personal ticker updated.

mar 6, 2022, 8:06 am

I've just added ROOT #3 for March (#14 for the year to date) to my own ticker.

mar 6, 2022, 12:16 pm

>13 fuzzi: well done!!! I know how hard that is.

mar 6, 2022, 3:56 pm

>15 cyderry: thank you. It was helpful that my son was assisting and encouraging. He accepted me discarding a book he'd purchased for me, Ender's Shadow. I liked it quite a bit, but can probably find it easily enough if I want to reread it.

mar 6, 2022, 7:52 pm

First ROOT of March added to my personal ticker: The Wycherly Woman, by Ross Macdonald.

mar 7, 2022, 10:27 pm

I finished my 1st ROOT of March (12 for 2022). I read Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian.

mar 10, 2022, 1:51 pm

ROOT #4 for the year and the first for March. The review is on my thread and no tickers have been updated.

mar 10, 2022, 6:05 pm

I have my first ROOT for March. Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery. This memoir and exploration of what makes a conscious mind is by a well known children's author. Montgomery specializes in writing about science and the natural world. She continues this exploration into the natural world in this engaging memoir. The book is about her research into the life of an octopus while working with the staff at the New England Aquarium. Along the way she learns to scuba dive and takes the reader with her when she goes to the South Pacific and the Caribbean to learn about octopuses in their natural environment. (and yes, according to the book, the plural form of octopus is octopuses.)

mar 10, 2022, 7:22 pm

Second ROOT of March added to my personal ticker: Shadows on the Rock, by Willa Cather.

mar 11, 2022, 6:10 am

>20 benitastrnad: I have this one on my TBR - I am fascinated by how smart octopuses are and this seemed like it would be fun

mar 11, 2022, 7:05 am

Detta konto har stängts av för spammande.

mar 11, 2022, 7:02 pm

Second ROOT for March and #5 for the year so far. The review is on my thread and no tickers updated.

Redigerat: mar 12, 2022, 4:32 pm

I'm at ROOT
12. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle which I've had since 2010 and
13. The Cat Who Played Brahms by Lilian Jackson Braun which I took from my mother-in-law's library.

Group tickers are updated.

mar 14, 2022, 8:41 am

Today I finished my 2nd ROOT for March (13th for the year). I read Relic by Renee Collins which I originally purchased in July 2020.

mar 14, 2022, 8:45 am

Detta konto har stängts av för spammande.

mar 14, 2022, 8:59 am

Hi Chèli. Congrats on the retirement decision. It'll be a lot of work but worth it in the end. And thanks for still keeping up ROOT stuff. :)

mar 15, 2022, 8:18 pm

Third ROOT of March added to my personal ticker: The Road to Mars, by Eric Idle.

mar 16, 2022, 9:37 am

I finished my first ROOT for March! I'm using a random number generator to choose which books I read, and this one was Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, an 850 page Western. I really, really loved it, and Westerns are possibly my least read genre.

mar 16, 2022, 10:57 am

Third ROOT of March and #6 for the year. I am reading some of my cookbooks that I haven't looked at in a while. Review is on my thread and no tickers updated.

mar 16, 2022, 5:35 pm

I've just added ROOT #4 for March (#15 for the year) to my own ticker.

mar 16, 2022, 5:43 pm

I've finished two ROOTs so far this month, for a total of 10:

A Game of Fear is the latest in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd.

All Systems Red is the first novella in Martha Wells' Murderbot Diaries series.

mar 16, 2022, 6:12 pm

Finally after two library books, I can record a root for March, Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott.

Redigerat: mar 18, 2022, 10:49 am

I've only read 2 ROOTS so far this month but will finish a third in a couple of days. The 2 are: The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell and The Birth and Development of American Postcards by Dan Friedman.

mar 17, 2022, 7:38 am

>33 rosalita: I love the Murderbot series.

mar 17, 2022, 9:37 am

>36 fuzzi: Yes, I really looking forward to reading more!

mar 17, 2022, 3:15 pm

I finished two ROOT's on this trip. The first one was a hardcopy book Leaving Orbit by Margaret Lazarus Dean. This one was about the shuttle program and I really enjoyed it. It turned out to be a cross between a history and a travelogue about all the trips she took to Florida, and other places, looking at the history of the shuttle program.

The second ROOT was a recorded book that I listened to while making the drive. Witch Elm was by Tana French and this one was a weird one. Interesting, but weird. It was not the kind of murder mystery book that I was expecting. I am going to listen to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on the way back.

Redigerat: mar 17, 2022, 10:25 pm

First ROOT of March and 6th overall -- Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers finished on 5 March. I have a very weird system of picking next books, and that's my excuse for reading what is definitely a children's book. I have a 1981 hardback edition, and I bought it in a bookstore in London around 1989, although this particular book was published in the States. Anyway, I probably would have liked reading it to my kids, but don't think I ever did. I don't want to say anything bad about it, since it was the inspiration for one of my favorite movies, but Mary Poppins in the book is not nearly as wonderful as the movie versions. I did really enjoy the parts with the stars and Maia, so I give it 3.5 stars.

mar 18, 2022, 12:17 am

Another quick read to help me stay on track, From a low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan. Superbly crafted. Back to the shelves.

mar 18, 2022, 7:12 pm

Fourth ROOT added to my personal ticker: This Island in Time: Remarkable Tales from Montreal's Past, by John Kalbfleisch.

mar 19, 2022, 6:22 pm

I finished ROOTs 14 and 15, Gin, the Much Lamented Death of Madame Geneva by Patrick Dillon which I've had for about 15 years
Howards End by EM Forster which has been on my shelves since 2014.

It feels good to say goodbye to them, especially since I loved Howards End - glad to finally have read it.

The group tickers are updated.

mar 19, 2022, 7:14 pm

>42 Cecilturtle: I read Howards End in 2020 and also loved it! I also really enjoyed the recent-ish BBC adaptation with Matthew Macfayden.

mar 20, 2022, 2:51 pm

Finished another ROOT for the month. This one was Spy in Moscow Station by Eric Haseltine. This was a nonfiction spy story that read like a fictional spy thriller!

mar 20, 2022, 6:04 pm

Fifth ROOT of March added to my personal ticker: Lady Susan, by Jane Austen.

mar 21, 2022, 9:06 am

3rd ROOT of March (14th of 2022) completed.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Irin Carmon, purchased October 12, 2020.

This was a good overview of RGB and her career. It was not as in depth as other biographies may be, but her personality shone through.

mar 21, 2022, 6:45 pm

On a roll, 3rd root for the month, Gabriel's Bay by Catherine Robertson.

mar 23, 2022, 8:57 am

2nd ROOT for March and 8th overall: Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas. I received this in a SantaThing a few years ago. It was an agreeable Cinderella retelling and I do enjoy me some YA fractured fairytales. I'm not yet sure if I'll seek out the sequel; so many books, so little time!

mar 24, 2022, 2:27 pm

Fourth ROOT for March and #7 for the year. Review is on my thread and no tickers updated.

mar 24, 2022, 2:55 pm

Finished ROOT # 8 for the year, # 1 for March

De kerk van de dode meisjes by Stephen Dobyns

Own tickers updated

mar 24, 2022, 5:42 pm

I've just added ROOT #5 for March (#16 overall for the year) to my own tickers.

mar 24, 2022, 7:48 pm

I finished listening to the Harry Potter series. On the trip back to Alabama I listened to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K.Rowling. Now I am starting on the Chaos Walking series.

mar 25, 2022, 12:06 am

March is turning out to be a much better month for getting through my ROOTs. I've posted 7 books for the month so far and there are more in the works.

Good luck going through your stuff and getting everything sorted, Cheli!

Redigerat: mar 25, 2022, 9:11 am

A quick ROOT for me: Switch by A. S. King. I love her books and this one was no exception!

mar 25, 2022, 9:25 am

Detta konto har stängts av för spammande.

mar 25, 2022, 3:04 pm

Another ROOT for me, Journey by Patricia MacLachlan. Nice, sweet read.

mar 26, 2022, 12:00 am

Another quick root for this month, Fludd by Hilary Mantel. I love some of her early books.

mar 26, 2022, 2:40 pm

Fifth ROOT for March and #8 for the year. The review is on my thread and no tickers updated.

Redigerat: mar 26, 2022, 5:14 pm

ROOT 6 for March: L'Homme Inquiet by Henning Mankell which I've had for over 10 years. 16 ROOTS overall.
Group tickers are updated.

mar 27, 2022, 4:46 pm

That's ROOT #6 just added to my own ticker, review on my thread. I'm hopeful I'll get another one finished by the end of the month.

mar 27, 2022, 4:48 pm

I added another ROOT to this month's total. I finished Siege of Krishnapur by J. G. Farrell. I had been wanting to read this novel for a long time, but after getting it read, I found it somewhat disappointing. Oh well! Some books are better than others.

mar 28, 2022, 2:14 am

>61 benitastrnad: This has been on my wish list for some time, so interesting to read your response to it.

mar 28, 2022, 7:53 am

Finished ROOT # 9 for the year, # 2 for March

Een kleine gouden ring by Kjell Ola Dahl

Own tickers updated

mar 28, 2022, 9:03 am

I've finished two this month and will have another finished tomorrow. I'll go out of the month with 13 out of 40 for the year.

mar 29, 2022, 3:31 am

8 ROOTs in March, 28 in total. I am quite happy with my ROOTing so far. I'm currently reading The Anarchy, but this is serious non-fiction and will take some time.

mar 29, 2022, 11:12 am

I finished my 4th March ROOT which is the 15th for the year.

The Prince - Niccolò Machiavelli, purchased May 2009

mar 29, 2022, 1:25 pm

Finished ROOT # 10 for the year, # 3 for March

Vallend duister by Robert Bryndza

Own tickers updated

mar 29, 2022, 6:18 pm

Finished ROOT # 7 for the year, # 2 for March

Here, Right Matters by Alexander Vindman

mar 30, 2022, 3:52 am

Hi all,updating totals now.
Read 4 this month.
So now at 14/30.
Only personal ticker updated.
Wishing you all, happy reading in April!
And Happy Easter.

mar 30, 2022, 6:07 am

8 for the month of March, bringing my YTD total to 18. Personal ticker updated.

Happy April and much good reading for all.

Redigerat: mar 30, 2022, 8:38 am

ROOT #4 for March and #10 overall! Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. This book holds the record for shortest length of time sitting on my bookshelf before being read- I received this for SantaThing 2021. It was short and I was a bit confused for the first 30-40 pages, but once I got into the writing style and concept of the book, I fell in love. I just wanted to give the book a big hug when I was done!

mar 30, 2022, 4:31 pm

Having hoped I'd get another ROOT finished this month, I don't think that's going to happen now. But at least it means I'll get one finished really early in April for a quick start to the next month :)

mar 30, 2022, 5:14 pm

I finished by 5th ROOT for March (16th of the year): Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents by Pete Souza.

mar 30, 2022, 7:50 pm

Managed to get one last ROOT on the books for March: Toksvig's Almanac, by Sandi Toksvig.

mar 30, 2022, 9:27 pm

Just stopping by to update with my one ROOT for March, Quest for Fire.

We are having wind today. They have threatened tornados here. Hopefully it won't happen, but our part of the country has become really popular for tornados.

mar 31, 2022, 8:57 am

I've added two more ROOTs to finish off my March reading: The Secret of Skeleton Island and Rally Round the Flag, Boys!. I've updated the ticker on my thread and on the ticker thread, but didn't touch the group tickers.

That makes 4 ROOTs this month, the same as January and February. I'll be happy to maintain this pace as that would align perfectly with my goal of 48 for the year.

mar 31, 2022, 12:35 pm

I have 10 ROOT's for the month!
No tickers updated.

mar 31, 2022, 4:26 pm

Sorry, no ROOTs to report for March. I bit off more than I could chew in one month with a 1070-page tome which I haven’t finished yet. I expect to catch up on the numbers next month with some shorter reads. Roll on April! :)

mar 31, 2022, 4:41 pm

I had an unexpected good ROOTing month. 10 ROOTs read in March, making a total of 19/48.
Own ticker updated

mar 31, 2022, 5:10 pm

I had a great month of ROOTing. I read 10 books. It helped that I had a week off for Spring Break with all that road time to listen to two very long recorded books. Then I had a couple of days of medical leave for some minor out-patient surgery, so I had lots of time for reading. Here are my ROOT's for March.

Nonfiction - Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
Leaving Orbit by Margaret Lazarus Dean
Faithful Spy by John Hendrix
Spy in Moscow Station by Eric Haseltine
Fiction - Siege of Krishnapur by J. G. Farrell
Unto Us a Son Is Given by Donna Leon
Maid by Nita Prose
Betel Nut Tree Mystery by Ovidia Yu
Recorded Books - Witch Elm by Tana French
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

mar 31, 2022, 11:44 pm

I've posted 9 ROOTs for this month for a nice even total of 20 out of 65.

apr 1, 2022, 7:18 am

5 roots this month, my ticker is up to date.

apr 1, 2022, 8:25 am

Actually having thought I wouldn't get any more read in time, I stayed up later than usual reading last night and finished my 7th ROOT for March (#18 for the year to date). Updated my tickers only.

Redigerat: apr 1, 2022, 6:47 pm

I got six ROOTs read in March, but an additional 76 removed from my shelves, unread!

1. These Old Shades
2. Belle Prater's Boy
3. The Headless Cupid
4. The Dark Wind
5. Journey
6. Stranger Than Fiction: the Biography of Elspeth Bryce-Smith

Personal ticker updated to 92.

apr 1, 2022, 7:17 pm

>85 fuzzi:
I LOVED Headless Cupid when I read it back when I was a kid. I should read it again.

apr 1, 2022, 11:31 pm

Sorry, everyone, running a bit behind.

apr 2, 2022, 12:33 pm

Still working on April numbers but came across this photo of bookstore in Buenos Aires. I would need an electric scooter to shop in this store!

apr 2, 2022, 4:51 pm

>88 cyderry: That looks amazing!

apr 2, 2022, 9:24 pm

>88 cyderry: where to start...

apr 3, 2022, 12:07 am


apr 4, 2022, 8:15 am

Redigerat: apr 4, 2022, 7:55 pm

>88 cyderry:
I used to live in Buenos Aires and the store is actually much smaller than it looks in pictures. Funny enough I was actually surprised to see it on “most beautiful bookstores in the world” lists later on because I knew nothing about the store while I lived there. I just randomly walked in and discovered it.

apr 5, 2022, 8:28 pm

>88 cyderry:. This looks sumptuous! Thanks for sharing.