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OCTOBER ROOT - Progress Thread

okt 3, 2022, 1:27 pm

This past week the Caribbean area of the world got hit hard by the wind and rain of Hurricane Ian. As much as I'm sure we all sympathize with Ian's victims, there are other forces of nature that can be as destructive or even more destructive that we cannot always predict and prepare for. This month's theme is FIRE!

Fire can be both benevolent and destructive. I can't count the number of times that I have had a fire in my fireplace on a cold, damp day and it cheered my spirit. However, in some areas, even at this moment, there are wildfires that consume our forests and destroy homes and properties. Not to mention the danger that the firefighters and first responders are placed in to help save people and structures.
Fire can be started by a match, lighter, lightning, sun's rays through glass, friction. I can be used for heat, cooking, light but it must be tamed or else it will destroy. We can have fire on a candle, a stovetop, campfire, firepit, in a fireplace, but if we lose control or containment, we could lose lives.
As the winter months approach, let's all be careful with FIRE!!

For hundreds of years, fire was the only method used for cooking, heat and light. We have advanced but fire still holds a fascination and comfort for many.

Redigerat: okt 4, 2022, 10:56 pm


Here are our September 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.

benitastarnd 61 / 62 ★★★ 98.4%
bragan 53 / 75 70.7%
brakketh 29 / 50 58.0%
ca_dmv 11 / 12 ★★★ 91.7%
Caramellunacy 24 / 25 ★★★ 96.0%
Cecilturtle 44 / 50 ★★ 88.0%
clue★ 40 / 40 100.0%
Coach_of_Alva★ 32 / 25 128.0%
connie53★ 40 / 36 111.1%
Cora-R 20 / 100 20.0%
crazy4reading 10 / 20 50.0%
curioussquared★ 66 / 55 120.0%
cyderry★ 252 / 84 300.0%
detailmuse 31 / 40 ★ 77.5%
DisassemblyOfReason 27 / 100 27.0%
enemyanniemae 54 / 70 ★ 77.1%
FAMeulstee★ 52 / 48 108.3%
Familyhistorian 60 / 65 ★★★ 92.3%
floremolla 23 / 40 57.5%
fuzzi★ 112 / 100 112.0%
HelenBaker 38 / 48 ★ 79.2%
Henrik_Madsen 42 / 50 ★★ 84.0%
humouress 12 / 25 48.0%
Jackie_K 51 / 60 ★★ 85.0%
janoorani24 8 / 20 40.0%
justchris 27 / 50 54.0%
kac522 55 / 75 73.3%
karenmarie 18 / 30 60.0%
Kristelh★ 54 / 50 108.0%
Kwharton 5 / 12 41.7%
LadyBookworth 28 / 30 ★★★ 93.3%
lilisin★ 99 / 80 123.8%
lindapanzo 75 / 84 ★★ 89.3%
LoraShouse 14 / 15 ★★★ 93.3%
madhatter22 21 / 50 42.0%
majkia★ 86 / 65 132.3%
martencat 12 / 25 48.0%
Miss_Moneypenny 64 / 80 ★ 80.0%
MissWatson 73 / 75 ★★★ 97.3%
Nickelini 31 / 40 ★ 77.5%
Quaisior 9 / 50 18.0%
QuestingA★ 37 / 35 105.7%
rabbitprincess 45 / 50 ★★ 90.0%
readergirliz 25 / 30 ★★ 83.3%
readingtangent 41 / 45 ★★ 91.1%
Rebeki 19 / 24 ★ 79.2%
ritacate 8 / 30 26.7%
Robertgreaves 86 / 90 ★★★ 95.6%
rocketjk 16 / 25 64.0%
rosalita 42 / 48 ★★ 87.5%
sallylou61★ 31 / 24 129.2%
si★ 23 / 20 115.0%
Tara1Reads 7 / 52 13.5%
torontoc 22 / 30 73.3%
vestafan 57 / 60 ★★★ 95.0%
wandaly 14 / 18 ★ 77.8%

We have 13 readers who have reached their goals - cyderry, fuzzi, si, connie53, sallylou61, Coach_of_Alva, curioussquared, and majkia were joined this month by lilisin, QuestingA, FAMeulstee, clue, and Kristelh!

Our top star readers closest to reaching their goals, are:

benitastarnd 98.4%
MissWatson 97.3%
Caramellunacy 96.0%
Robertgreaves 95.6%
vestafan 95.0%

The goal for October of 2,243 , we've made it, but let's keep reading!!

okt 3, 2022, 1:46 pm

Sorry about the delay. My sisters and I got together yesterday and time just flew by!

Redigerat: okt 3, 2022, 4:53 pm

>3 cyderry: Great reason for the delay! And very interesting theme this month.

For anyone interested in forest fires and firefighting, I'd recommend Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean. Maclean was a writing professor, best known for A River Runs Through It, but as a young man in the 1940s he was involved in fighting forest fires in Montana. This is a compilation of his recollections of that time and his investigation into a deadly 1949 Montana forest fire that killed 12 firefighters. It is absolutely riveting.

okt 3, 2022, 5:30 pm

>4 kac522: The Maclean book is so good — great recommendation. Back in 2017 I read Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout and thought it was a really interesting glimpse into the life of someone who spends all summer perched atop a lookout tower in a wilderness area, looking for the first signs of a wildfire.

okt 3, 2022, 6:54 pm

Several years ago I read a book about fighting a fire in the National Park, can't remember the title or which park but it commended the effect of controlled forest fires and how by using the fire to control growth, the fires were more manageable. In essence, there was going to be wildfires but if the forestry service actually started and cleared the underbrush and tight packed areas, the fires were manageable and didn't get out control. It wasn't as easy for the fire to spread out of control.

okt 3, 2022, 7:01 pm

>6 cyderry: You've reminded me of another excellent book about fire, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America about how the US Forest Service was created.

okt 4, 2022, 12:42 am

>6 cyderry: Yes, I've often heard that small forest fires are like a safety valve preventing the big really dangerous ones

Redigerat: okt 4, 2022, 1:34 pm

The forces of nature, but nurturing and destructive. Thank-you for these beautiful themes!

I've added two to my collection: 1 and 2 for October; 46 overall
Klara and the Sun, a beautiful, reflective piece by Ikazuo Ishiguro and Marple: Twelve New Mysteries, a fun homage to Agatha Christie.

Group tickers are updated.

okt 4, 2022, 2:28 pm

Another great theme, Chèli! And spending time with your sister takes precedence every day!

Redigerat: okt 4, 2022, 8:14 pm

>3 cyderry:. My ticker should have read 38/48 but don't stress about it. I am again having ticker trouble. I have just completed another root Let's Get Lost: Great New Zealand Road Trips by Nicola McCloytaking my tally to 39/48.

okt 4, 2022, 10:54 pm

>7 rosalita: that's the one!

okt 5, 2022, 10:14 am

Fire can make and destroy. Beautiful and daunting at the same time. Excellent choice, Chèli.

okt 5, 2022, 10:30 am

>12 cyderry: I thought it might be! I can't believe I forgot it until your post — it's very good.

okt 5, 2022, 4:04 pm

Our wildfire season has continued into the autumn this year as we are in a drought with summer like temperatures. Currently the sunlight is being filtered through smoke as there is a fire in one of the parks close to here in the mainland of BC.

okt 5, 2022, 4:50 pm

I finished an audiobook on 1st Oct, so that takes my total to 52 ROOTs for the year.

Redigerat: okt 7, 2022, 7:12 am

I have reached my goal of 90 ROOTs for 2022.


87: Rockets Versus Gravity by Richard Scarsbrook
88: Before Your Memory Fades by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
89: Traces by Patricia Wiltshire
90: Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather

(group ticker not touched)

I will of course continue to add any further ROOTs to the group total

okt 7, 2022, 8:24 am

okt 7, 2022, 7:56 pm

My brother had a degree in forestry and worked as a forester all of his adult life. We grew up in the South Central U.S. but he worked throughout the West for the U.S. Forestry Service after college. Before he was married at 28, he was a smokejumper, parachuting into the interior of fires. He was never seriously injured but I think it took a year or two of my mother's life!

Like others we are in extreme drought. If anyone lights a match in the Quachita National Forest in Arkansas or Oklahoma it's going to be tragic. I don't live close enough to be in danger but I know many who are. I don't know how people in California and other western states manage to stay sane since they are in this situation so often now. This includes my brothers wife and children!

okt 8, 2022, 12:24 am

I finished my first ROOT for October. I read Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi, a book I have had since 2015. I really enjoyed this book and wonder why this environmental thriller wasn't more appreciated when it was published?

Bacigalupi is known for his dystopian view of the future world, and he is also known for taking current elements and pushing them into the future where that problem gets magnified. That is exactly what he does with this book. This book was set at some point in the future when it was written back in 2015. It involved a megadrought and the water problems of the Southwest. At that point Lake Meade was low, but not as dangerously low as it is now. I think that back in 2015 this book seemed like a really far out there possible future scenario. None of that is true 7 years past the publication date. Now Lake Meade is in danger of being shut down as a power source, and the Colorado River is not even a river for most of its journey. I don't think this is a techno-thriller, it is more like a detective thriller. As such I really enjoyed it.

I also enjoy books about books and this dystopian novel falls squarely into that category as well. The novel is grounded firmly in another book - Cadillac Desert. So grounded that Cadillac Desert appears, then appears again, then again. If you haven't read Cadillac Desert you should read it before reading Water Knife because it lays the ground work for Bacigalupi's imagined dystopian future for our so very thirsty Southwest with its every growing population. Bacigalupi takes a series of small decisions made in the past and imagines what the results of the decisions would be if they were compounded by a megadrought. Decisions as small as allowing people to have backyard swimming pools in Pheonix, Las Vegas, and all over Southern California.

There are some holes in the plot of this book. The major one, is why is the population of Texas on the move? Is it from some kind of environmental disaster? A civil war? Drug Wars?, etc. etc. None of this is explained even though the migrating population of refugees from Texas play a major part in the story.

As a thriller, the plot problems can be overlooked because the twists and turns keep coming at the reader. As a statement about our environmental security, it leaves me puzzled and perplexed rather than seeing this as one of many possible could-be-the-coming-futures.

I would recommend this dystopian novel, but would strongly encourage readers to read Cadillac Desert first.

okt 8, 2022, 12:29 am

>19 clue:
We are dry here in Alabama as well. October is our driest month of the year, but this year is unusually dry. There are huge National Forests in Alabama and Northern Mississippi and as dry as it is, major forest fires are now a concern. We already had one earlier this fall east of Birmingham, there will probably be more.

I can't decide if my reading of Water Knife is affecting how conscious I am of droughts or if all the news about the drought is causing the constant reminder about it?

okt 8, 2022, 2:55 pm

>17 Robertgreaves: Way to go Robert!

>19 clue: it is scary when family members put themselves in the line of fire (no pun intended). My sister was a firefighter/EMT and actually responded to the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11. The trauma was enough to get her to retire.

okt 8, 2022, 4:49 pm

I've added ROOT #2 for October (#53 for the year) to my own ticker only.

okt 8, 2022, 5:27 pm

>22 cyderry: How horrific that must have been! I hope she is doing better with the passage of time.

okt 8, 2022, 10:22 pm

Yay, ticker thread worked again so now reading 40/48 with the completion of Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff*.

okt 10, 2022, 8:55 am

Got three more ROOTs done so far this month, one read and two rehomed. :)

okt 11, 2022, 6:02 pm

I finished another ROOT today. Good Lord Bird by James McBride. I found this to be a vulgar irreverent look at John Brown's life as a radical abolitionist that I enjoyed very much. The slapstick moments in it were pure fun. There was lots of finger pointing at dumb white people who just don't get it - didn't get it in 1859 and don't get it now. I am from Kansas and I think that even if it was irreverent McBride got the history right. In short, this is a different view of history than we normally get and I enjoyed reading it. I would recommend it to friends.

That said, I don't think I would recommend it to Alabama's current idiot senator. He most definitely would not get it.

okt 12, 2022, 9:37 am

ROOT #26 of the year and #1 of October: Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. This book appears to be a love-it-or-hate-it kind of book and I was one of the latter. If it wasn't as short as it was and if it wasn't a ROOT, I don't know that I would have finished it. Its saving grace for me was that I enjoyed how it was written.

okt 12, 2022, 5:18 pm

First ROOT of October is The Mary Celeste and Other Strange Tales of the Sea, by J. G. Lockhart. My personal ticker is up to date with 46/50 read.

okt 13, 2022, 5:03 am

>29 rabbitprincess: That sounds like a great atmospheric read for this time of year.

okt 14, 2022, 3:45 am

I need one more ROOT to reach my goal. Unfortunately, I have been lured into reading brand new books this month...

okt 14, 2022, 8:30 am

>31 MissWatson: You could always do what I do and count new books as ROOTs too! :D

okt 14, 2022, 11:44 am

>31 MissWatson: My own "rule" is that once I've hit my Roots goal, I can include any books I've read which I purchased this current year as a Root. It's a personal incentive to get to my Roots goal before the end of the year, although I'm not sure I'm going to make it this year.

okt 14, 2022, 12:24 pm

I added another ROOT to October! Ms. and the Material Girls by Catherine Gourley. This is the last book in a series about the cultural perceptions of women. It is a YA book, and as such I gave it 5 stars. This is the perfect book for report writing. It has an example of the best kind of photojournalist nonfiction available for YA's. It is full of plenty of interesting text interspersed with photographs of people and events making the layout for this book outstanding. The book also has varied font sizes and colors throughout that add to the visual interest. As a result it is never boring. It may be simplistic for adults, but then, consider the intended audience. I have read two of the three books in this series and I intend to read the other 2 we have in our library. Unfortunately, we do not have the book on the 1910's and 1920's, so if I want that one I will have to place an ILL request for it.

I was very impressed with this book and glad I took the time to read it.

okt 14, 2022, 1:59 pm

ROOT #3 for October (#54 overall) has just been added to my own ticker. Group ticker left well alone!

okt 14, 2022, 2:20 pm

I've finished two ROOTs so far in October: The Defector and Wings Above the Diamantina.

okt 15, 2022, 11:46 am

>32 Jackie_K: I once thought that defining ROOTs as books older than year would slow down the book-buying. Hasn't happened so far.
>33 kac522: Now that sounds like a good compromise!

Redigerat: okt 15, 2022, 12:34 pm

>37 MissWatson: I once thought that defining ROOTs as books older than year would slow down the book-buying. Hasn't happened so far.

So true! All it means is that I buy a lot of books which I intend to read next year so they'll count as Roots!

Redigerat: okt 15, 2022, 4:11 pm

I have completed two more roots, Something Fierce byCarmen Aguirre,
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan, taking my tally to 42/48.

okt 15, 2022, 5:45 pm

Halfway through the month I've completed 2 ROOTs, My Place at the Table by Alexander Lobrano and One Woman Farm by Jenna Woginrich. Another underway!

okt 20, 2022, 10:30 am

Reporting ROOT # 41 for the year, # 1 for October

Own ticker updated.

okt 21, 2022, 2:26 pm

I finished another ROOT! WOOT! WOOT!

This one is book 12 in the Bruno Courreges series - Body in the Castle Well by Martin Walker. I enjoy reading these murder mysteries so much. The mystery is never the main attraction - the descriptions of the food and wine is. This time the author described a meeting of the Confrerie of the Pate de Perigeueux along with a few more wonderful descriptions of local cooking. It makes a person want to go spend some time in the Dordogne region on a vacation.

okt 23, 2022, 7:27 am

I have finally added my 75th ROOT and reached my goal with Shadows of the pomegranate tree. I also pulled a forty-year old ROOT with The tales of Peter Parley about Europe and hope to add a few more in the next weeks.

okt 23, 2022, 10:57 am

Congratulations! I think you've beaten me on the forty-year old ROOT, I don't think I've got one over twenty or so!

okt 23, 2022, 1:05 pm

>43 MissWatson: Yeah! Great job!

okt 24, 2022, 5:26 am

>44 clue: Thank you! I have one ROOT on my shelves that is even older than that!
>45 cyderry: Thanks, Chèli!

okt 24, 2022, 1:38 pm

>43 MissWatson: Not to make anyone feel old, but that ROOT is older than me ;) Congrats!!

okt 24, 2022, 6:52 pm

Is anyone else having problems with the new HOME page, or is it just me?

Redigerat: okt 24, 2022, 9:13 pm

>49 kac522: Yes! My "starred" topics don't show Read/Unread, and the columns are all weird.

Plus I don't like the dorky yellow notebook background on the "Notepad" section, but I can't see how to get rid of it. Also in the Notepad section, you have to hover over the right-hand side to get the Edit/Delete buttons.

okt 25, 2022, 4:55 am

>47 curioussquared: That's the way the world goes!
>48 cyderry: >49 kac522: It's a bit irritating, yes.

okt 25, 2022, 1:35 pm

>50 MissWatson: I did mention my issues here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/345375#, but sounds like there aren't other options, so we'll move on.

But if you find something that seems wrong, this is the place to let the developers know about it.

okt 26, 2022, 3:28 am

>51 kac522: Thanks!

okt 26, 2022, 11:24 am

Book #23 for the year and the first ROOT for Oct. I had a a tough time reading this last month. I think that I am now reading again.

okt 28, 2022, 8:09 pm

Book #24 for the year and second ROOT for Oct. The review is on my thread- no tickers updated.

okt 28, 2022, 8:17 pm

Added my second ROOT of October to my personal ticker: Invitation to a Dynamite Party, by Peter Lovesey.

okt 28, 2022, 10:40 pm

>48 cyderry: My New Home Page is just enlarged print. I am again unable to update my ticker which should read 43/48.

okt 29, 2022, 12:33 pm

>56 HelenBaker: New Home Page is causing problems for me too!
I spent 3 hours trying to get it back to looking like it was before the "upgrade" - 3 hours I could have been reading!

okt 29, 2022, 12:48 pm

okt 29, 2022, 4:11 pm

I finished another ROOT. This one was Coal Miner's Daughter by Loretta Lynn. Funny thing about this one is that my LT list says that I have it in my house, but I couldn't find it, so I had to borrow it from the library. I figure that one of these days I will find it hiding in one of the boxes of books or somewhere in a stack and then I can remove it and send it on to the Used Bookstore. In the meantime, I get to put it on my Read shelf in LT.

okt 29, 2022, 7:32 pm

I've finished a book I picked up in July, The Eye of the Minds by James Dashner and a ROOT that I've had since 2014, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon - I loved this last one!

All tickers are updated.

okt 30, 2022, 1:33 am

>60 Cecilturtle:
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay grew on me. I have to admit that when I read it I didn't think it was all that great. However, I keep thinking about it over the years, so I figure that any book you keep thinking about over time must be pretty good. I also liked Moonglow by Michael Chabon. You might try that one.

okt 30, 2022, 1:29 pm

I've added ROOTs #4 and #5 for October (#55 and #56 for the year, only 4 away from my goal now!) to my own tickers, group ticker has been left alone.

okt 30, 2022, 9:38 pm

Here is my updated report for October 2022:

UpROOTED books: 12
ROOTless books: 7
Added to the treebook TBR shelves: 1

The additional ROOTs after attaining my goal were:

A Murder Is Announced and Sparkling Cyanide, both by Agatha Christie
The Wolves of Savernake by Edward Marston
Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
The Jeeves Omnibus Vol. 3 by P. G. Wodehouse
The Stranger Times by C. K. McDonnell

ROOTs in YTD: 98

okt 31, 2022, 9:23 am

Three ROOTs read this month, making a total of 55/48.
My ticker is up to date.

okt 31, 2022, 1:12 pm

Just under the wire, I finished Battlefield: Farming a Civil War Battleground by Peter Svenson. This one has taken me three months to read. It started out well, but I got bored with it and so it took longer to finish than it should have. I liked the author's approach. It was unique. He purchased 40 acres of farm ground on which to build a house, and the land turned out to be part of the primary battle site for the Civil War Battle of Cross Keys, in Cross Keys, Virginia. Every-other chapter is about the battle, with the intervening chapters about the author's struggles to turn this historic site into a working home and farm in the present day. The book was nominated for a National Book Award in 1993 and I understand why. I am also not sure why I got bored with it, but I did. But it is done now and off of the ROOT list.

okt 31, 2022, 5:19 pm

I've finished two more books, but only one of them is a ROOT: The Hand in the Glove. I won't finish another book today, so that's my total. My ticker is up to date on my thread and on the general ticker thread.

okt 31, 2022, 5:35 pm

>61 benitastrnad: Thanks for the recommendation... maybe I can pick it up now to count as a ROOT in January ;)

okt 31, 2022, 8:16 pm

Only five ROOTS completed in the past two months - the lure of the new charity shop finds was too strong….will try harder.

All tickers updated. 28/40 for 2022. Still hope to manage 40 as I have a few books already started.

nov 1, 2022, 3:22 am

5 for October. 59 for the year. Updating personal ticker.

nov 1, 2022, 5:08 pm

October ROOT report
I had 8 ROOT's for October. No ticker's updated.

The breakdown is the following:
Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi - October 5, 2022 - audio book
Good Lord Bird by James McBride - October 11, 2022 - audio book
Body in the Castle Well by Martin Walker - October 21, 2022

Ms and the Material Girls by Catherine Gourley - October 12, 2022
Mysteries of the Middle Ages by Thomas Cahill - October 21, 2022 - audio book
Deleuze Connections by John Rajchman - October 22, 2022
Coal Miner's Daughter by Loretta Lynn - October 23, 2022
Battlefield: Farming A Civil War Battleground by Peter Svenson - October 30, 2022

3 Audio Recorded books
Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Mysteries of the Middle Ages by Thomas Cahill

nov 2, 2022, 1:37 am

I was just about at my ROOTs goal at the end of October 64/65.

nov 2, 2022, 4:38 pm