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Editado: Dic 22, 2015, 6:24pm

Once again I'm joining the ranks of the ROOT crew and reading those books I actually own! I really appreciate the encouragement of this group and the motivation of the tickers to keep me going.

This picture was taken at Stonehenge in September 2015. Found it in my LT gallery and decided to make it a thread topper :)

And in an effort to revisit some oldies but goodies, Operation Going Through the Stacks is under way.

Editado: Dic 29, 2016, 9:25pm

Hoping to read these books, in some order.

2016 Reading List

Italics = books off the shelf. Bold = Favourite book of the month. Parenthetical notes will indicate audio, rereads, and other relevant information.

1. Tales of the Greek Heroes, by Roger Lancelyn Green
2. The Dark Winter, by David Mark
3. Death of an Airman, by Christopher St. John Sprigg
4. Meltwater, by Michael Ridpath
5. Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery, by Henry Marsh
6. Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses, by Sarah Gristwood (partly read)
7. The Black Book, by Ian Rankin
8. Red Arctic, by Richard Rohmer
9. The Friends of Eddie Coyle, by George V. Higgins (partly read)
10. A Shameful Murder, by Cora Harrison (Overdrive)
11. The Marsh Madness, by Victoria Abbott
12. Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing, by Melissa Mohr
13. Never Saw it Coming, by Linwood Barclay
14. Editing Canadian English (3rd edition), by the Editors' Association of Canada
15. David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
16. Doctor Who: City of Death, by David Agnew (audio, TV soundtrack; bonus narration by Lalla Ward)

17. Scaredy Cat, by Mark Billingham
18. The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island, by Bill Bryson
19. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande (Overdrive)
20. Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries, ed. Martin Edwards
21. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
22. Sharpe's Tiger, by Bernard Cornwell (partly read)
23. Frenchman's Creek, by Daphne du Maurier
24. A Man Lay Dead, by Ngaio Marsh
25. Last Chance to See..., by Mark Carwardine and Douglas Adams (reread)
26. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams (full-cast audio dramatization)
27. Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot, by Mark Vanhoenacker (partly read)
28. Get Carter, by Ted Lewis
29. 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion, by Morgan Llywelyn
30. Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks, by Keith Houston
31. The Blackheath Poisonings, by Julian Symons
32. Glyph: A Visual Exploration of Punctuation Marks and Other Typographic Symbols, by Adriana Caneva and Shiro Nishimoto

33. The Wood Beyond, by Reginald Hill
34. Runaway, by Peter May
35. My Discovery of England, by Stephen Leacock
36. Rogue Male, by Geoffrey Household
37. World War Women: Canadian Women and Total War, by Stacey Joanne Barker
38. Sea of Stone, by Michael Ridpath
39. Trick or Treachery, by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain (DNF)
40. A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie, by Kathryn Harkup
41. A Small Death in the Great Glen, by A.D. Scott (DNF)
42. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective, by Kate Summerscale
43. Fatal Passage: The Untold Story of John Rae, the Arctic Adventurer Who Discovered the Fate of Franklin, by Ken McGoogan
44. The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, by Steve Martin, Cynthia Burlingham, Andrew Hunter, and Karen Quinn
45. Bradt Slow Travel Dumfries and Galloway
46. Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468(ish) Easy Steps, by Kelly Williams Brown
47. Henry IV, Part 1, by William Shakespeare (mostly read)
48. The Case of the Vagabond Virgin, by Erle Stanley Gardner
49. The Night Manager, by John le Carré (DNF)
50. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore (DNF)
51. A Little More Free, by John McFetridge
52. Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth, by Terrance Dicks

53. Under Enemy Colors, by S. Thomas Russell
54. Works Well with Others: An Outsider's Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business that No One Ever Teaches You, by Ross McCammon
55. Fear of the Dark, by Trevor Baxendale
56. For Who the Bell Tolls: One Man's Quest for Grammatical Perfection, by David Marsh
57. Last Seen Wearing..., by Hillary Waugh
58. The Best of James Herriot: Favourite Memories of a Country Vet, by James Herriot
59. The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
60. God Save the Mark, by Donald E. Westlake
61. Mon Ami Maigret, by Georges Simenon
62. Unfamiliar Fishes, by Sarah Vowell
63. The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English, by Roy Peter Clark

64. A Burial at Sea, by Charles Finch
65. The Finest Hours: The True Story of the US Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue, by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman
66. The Rebel Angels, by Robertson Davies
67. Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy and the End of the Edwardian Age, by Greg King and Penny Wilson
68. The Blue Ice, by Hammond Innes
69. All the Colours of the Town, by Liam McIlvanney
70. How to Not Write Bad, by Ben Yagoda
71. Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection, by The Awkward Yeti
72. The Damned Utd, by David Peace
73. The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code, by Sam Kean
74. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson
75. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick
76. The Guid-Sisters, by Michel Tremblay

77. The Orenda, by Joseph Boyden
78. Coastlines: The Story of Our Shore, by Patrick Barkham
79. Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What Money Is and Why It Matters, by Charles Wheelan
80. The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife, by Erle Stanley Gardner
81. Scotland Yard, by Sir Harold Scott
82. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing
83. Murder on the Celtic, by Conrad Allen
84. A Demon in My View, by Ruth Rendell
85. Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty, by Dan Jones
86. A Good Hanging and Other Stories, by Ian Rankin
87. No Highway, by Nevil Shute
88. Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh
89. Come Quick, Danger: A History of Marine Radio in Canada, by Stephan Dubreuil (partly read)
90. Gideon's Fire, by J.J. Marric
91. End of Watch, by Stephen King
92. Fatal Flaws: How a Misfolded Protein Baffled Scientists and Changed the Way We Look at the Brain, by Jay Ingram
93. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler (Overdrive)
94. Gallows View, by Peter Robinson (abandoned)
95. Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection, by Sarah Andersen
96. Hangmen, by Martin McDonagh

97. A Battle Won, by S. Thomas Russell
98. 1222, by Anne Holt (trans. Marlaine Delargy)
99. HMS Ulysses, by Alistair MacLean
100. The Fifth Child, by Doris Lessing
101. The Sands of Time, by Justin Richards
102. Murder on the Oceanic, by Conrad Allen
103. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, by Mary Roach
104. McGarr and the Politician's Wife, by Bartholomew Gill
105. No Great Mischief, by Alistair MacLeod (reread)
106. Twenty-Six, by Leo McKay Jr.
107. Down to the Sea in Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men, by Horatio Clare (partly read)
108. The End of the Wasp Season, by Denise Mina
109. Dead Men and Broken Hearts, by Craig Russell
110. The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery, by D.T. Max
111. The Game: A Thoughtful and Provocative Look at a Life in Hockey, by Ken Dryden
112. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, by Chris Hadfield
113. What's Bred in the Bone, by Robertson Davies

114. The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli (trans. Peter Bondanella and Mark Musa)
115. Black and Blue, by Ian Rankin
116. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
117. Brace for Impact: Air Crashes and Aviation Safety, by Peter Pigott
118. Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist, by Dorothy Gilman (reread)
119. One or the Other, by John McFetridge
120. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, by Wayne Johnston
121. Each Man's Son, by Hugh MacLennan
122. The Viking Symbol Mystery, by Franklin W. Dixon
123. Take, Burn or Destroy, by S. Thomas Russell
124. The Gospel of Loki, by Joanne M. Harris
125. Dead Ground in Between, by Maureen Jennings
126. Photograph, by Ringo Starr
127. The Fire Engine that Disappeared, by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
128. Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation, by David Crystal

129. The Lyre of Orpheus, by Robertson Davies
130. L'anglais n'est pas une langue magique, by Jacques Poulin
131. Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation, by Elissa Stein
132. The Great Fire of London, by Samuel Pepys
133. The Troubled Man, by Henning Mankell (translated by Laurie Thompson)
134. The Falls, by Ian Rankin
135. McNally's Risk, by Lawrence Sanders
136. Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue, by Bill Watterson
137. The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad
138. Gideon's Art, by J.J. Marric
139. Banting as an Artist, by A.Y. Jackson

140. South by Java Head, by Alistair MacLean
141. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd, by Alan Bradley
142. Moone Boy: The Blunder Years, by Chris O'Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy
143. The Tower, by Richard Martin Stern
144. The Captain of the Pole-Star, by Arthur Conan Doyle
145. Smallwood: The Unlikely Revolutionary, by Richard Gwyn
146. The Game of Kings, by Dorothy Dunnett
147. Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie, by Anne Martinetti
148. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Beard
149. A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert and the Death that Changed the British Monarchy, by Helen Rappaport
150. The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head is Really Up To, by Dean Burnett
151. Resurrection Men, by Ian Rankin
152. Festival of Death, by Jonathan Morris
153. Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, by Stephen Puleo
154. Is There Life Outside the Box?: An Actor Despairs, by Peter Davison
155. Poor Caroline, by Winifred Holtby
156. Poles Apart, by Terry Fallis

157. Bit Rot, by Douglas Coupland
158. Coffin Road, by Peter May (abandoned)
159. Rogue Heroes: A History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War, by Ben Macintyre (partly read)
160. Wenjack, by Joseph Boyden
161. Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body, by Sara Pascoe
162. A Folly of Princes, by Nigel Tranter
163. The Crime on Cote Des Neiges, by David Montrose (abandoned)
164. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson (reread via Serial Reader)
165. The Bonjour Effect: The Secret Codes of French Conversation Revealed, by Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoit Nadeau
166. Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars, by Terrance Dicks (audio, narrated by Tom Baker)
167. The Blood Strand, by Chris Ould
168. King John: Treachery and Tyranny in Medieval England: The Road to Magna Carta, by Marc Morris
169. Black Bird, by Michel Basilières
170. Gods and Beasts, by Denise Mina
171. Innocent Graves, by Peter Robinson (reread)
172. Where Am I Now?: Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame, by Mara Wilson

173. Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present, by Alison Matthews David
174. Dear Leader, by Damian Rogers
175. Hag-Seed, by Margaret Atwood
176. Happy Alchemy: Writings on the Theatre and Other Lively Arts, by Robertson Davies
177. The Santa Klaus Murder, by Mavis Doriel Hay
178. Murder of a Lady, by Anthony Wynne
179. Declarations of War, by Len Deighton
180. The Long Way Home, by Louise Penny
181. The Nature of the Beast, by Louise Penny
182. Russka, by Edward Rutherfurd (DNF)
183. Sad Cypress, by Agatha Christie (audio)

Dic 22, 2015, 5:49pm

Happy ROOTing, RP!

Dic 22, 2015, 5:51pm

Wishing you a gorgeous reading year, RP.

Dic 22, 2015, 9:33pm

Off to a nicely organized start! Looks great. Happy reading in 2016!

Dic 23, 2015, 4:01am

Have a wonderful reading year!

Dic 23, 2015, 8:22am

Hoping Stonehenge will give you luck! It's such an amazing place.

Dic 23, 2015, 11:34am

>2 rabbitprincess: Love the visual! I think I will steal that idea if you don't mind...

Here's to another great reading year! I spy some great books in your tbr.

Editado: Dic 23, 2015, 6:18pm

>3 connie53: Thanks, Connie! :)

>4 Ameise1: Thank you very much!

>5 Carmenere: Thanks! It all looks so clean, like a brand-new notebook. It will be exciting to write in :D

>6 MissWatson: Thanks, and the same to you!

>7 majkia: Thanks! It is really cool. I was surprised at how easy it was to get great photos, even with the thousands of tourists milling around. They've laid it out really well.

>8 leslie.98: Steal away! It's a screenshot of all the books I tagged "2016 POOL", in Covers view. I figured it would be a good reminder of the books I want to be reading. There are some good ones that I'm really looking forward to.

Edit to add instructions for anyone who's interested in making a picture of their books as in >2 rabbitprincess:

1) In "Your Books", navigate to the collection or tag you want to showcase.
2) Switch to Covers View, which is in the top left-hand corner of the Your Books window as shown here
3) Take a screenshot of the covers (instructions for Windows, using Print Screen / Windows, using the Snipping Tool / Macintosh)
4) Go to your Junk Drawer or Member Gallery and upload the screenshot (instructions).
5) Once the screenshot has been uploaded, right-click on it and select "Copy Image Location" (or words to that effect). This will copy the web address for the image.
6) Go to the thread, post or profile page where you want to show the image and use the "image" HTML code as follows:

The opening bracket followed by "img src" tells the computer that you want to display an image.
The text in quotation marks is the location you copied in Step 5.
The closing bracket tells the computer you're done displaying the image.

Dic 23, 2015, 11:33pm

Great instructions - maybe I will have time one the 26th to try it out... Thanks & merry Christmas!

Dic 24, 2015, 9:19pm

Happy to see you again!

Dic 25, 2015, 12:22am

Looks like some really good reads!

Editado: Dic 26, 2015, 9:16pm

Happy 2016 Rooting! And I love what you did there in >2 rabbitprincess: :)

And ooooh, Hyperbole and a Half! LOVED that!

Dic 27, 2015, 12:10pm

Hi Rabitprincess! Aren't book covers beautiful? Sometimes I like to just look at the covers of all the books I have on Librarything. >2 rabbitprincess: looks great. You have a lot of great books to read in 2016. :-)

Dic 27, 2015, 4:46pm

>10 leslie.98: You're very welcome! Glad to be of assistance :)

>11 cyderry: Glad to be here! Thanks for setting up the group!

>12 Tess_W: Yes, I'm really excited about them!

>13 avanders: Thanks! And yes I am looking forward to Hyperbole and a Half. Will probably end up blitzing through it in an afternoon.

>14 craso: Indeed they are! I am greatly looking forward to 2016.

Dic 31, 2015, 12:16am

I have to admit, I stole the quilt idea from you!;)

Dic 31, 2015, 11:51am

Love the covers! Good luck with your challenge!

Dic 31, 2015, 2:23pm

>9 rabbitprincess: ooh a screenshot is a great idea and less tedious than html-ing all the images separately. THANKS!

Dic 31, 2015, 2:46pm

Dic 31, 2015, 11:18pm

Hi RP! Good luck with your ROOT reading!

Ene 1, 2016, 3:24am

Ene 1, 2016, 5:22am

Ene 1, 2016, 2:50pm

Happy New Year and happy reading.

Ene 2, 2016, 6:58am

Happy New Year for 2016, rabbit. Hope you have a great reading and ROOTing year.

Ene 2, 2016, 9:29am

Looking forward to reading about your ROOTs and Category Challenge reads this year - happy reading!

Ene 2, 2016, 4:35pm

>16 Tess_W: The quilt of potential reads? It does look like a patchwork quilt doesn't it!

>17 LittleTaiko: Thanks x2!

>18 detailmuse: You're very welcome! I just wish the screenshots would turn out or upload a little bigger. Maybe uploading to Photobucket or an external image hosting site would produce bigger ones.

>19 Ameise1: Thanks, and same to you!

>20 lkernagh: Thanks, Lori! Have a great ROOT reading year!

>21 connie53: and >22 Tess_W: Happy new year to you both! Thank you for the graphics!

>23 billiejean: Thanks! Hope you have a great reading year as well.

>24 Robertgreaves: Thanks, Robert, and the same to you!

>25 Jackie_K: Thanks Jackie! Glad to be able to see you in both groups :)


I wanted to wait until I'd had a ROOT read before replying to all of you (thank you all for stopping by!!), and that is what I've done. First ROOT of the year.

Tales of the Greek Heroes: Retold from the Ancient Authors, by Roger Lancelyn Green
ROOT 1 of 50
Going Through the Stacks #42
Source: probably a gift
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/70476122

This isn't embedded in my consciousness in the same way as Green's King Arthur retelling is, but it is still a sentimental favourite. Based on personal history, I would consider it a good introduction to the tales of the ancient Greeks prior to the Trojan War, but of course your mileage may vary.

Ene 3, 2016, 12:22am

Love your pic of Stonehenge. I was there in 1997 when Hale-Bopp passed over. Although not there the night of the passage, I was able to get a photo in London before I left.

Ene 3, 2016, 3:55pm

Hello & !

Ene 4, 2016, 6:11am

Happy New Year to you!

Ene 4, 2016, 7:00pm

*Sigh* I so want to visit Stonehenge. It's been on my bucket list before there were even bucket lists.
Congratulations on ROOT #1

Ene 4, 2016, 7:22pm

>27 Tess_W: Wow! That would be very memorable indeed.

>28 avanders: Happy new year! :)

>29 MissWatson: Happy new year to you too! :)

>30 Carmenere: It's worth the trip! We actually got a double ticket that let us into the English Heritage site of Old Sarum as well as Stonehenge, and that was neat too.
And thanks! In the middle of my second ROOT.

Ene 6, 2016, 10:03pm

Death of an Airman, by Christopher St. John Sprigg
ROOT 2 of 50
Source: Falmouth Bookseller, Falmouth, Cornwall, England
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/121769013

It was a bit of a gamble to purchase a British Library Crime Classic rather than borrow it from the library, but I couldn't resist that gorgeous cover. And fortunately the contents proved highly enjoyable.

Ene 7, 2016, 3:43am

>32 rabbitprincess: I'm afraid that's a BB for me!

Ene 7, 2016, 11:13am

>32 rabbitprincess: I love the BLCC covers. I got 2 for Christmas and now of course I want to read all of them. Oh! I still have an Amazon gift card, I think I'll order this one. I can just see these marching together on the bookcase shelf.

Ene 16, 2016, 1:39pm

>33 Tess_W: Sorry! Hope you like it though! :)

>34 clue: They look very smart on one's shelf! I also own The Santa Klaus Murder in that edition and the effect of them together is most pleasing.


I've been AWOL reading library books, but I'm back with a ROOT.

The Black Book, by Ian Rankin
ROOT 3 of 50
Source: Chapters, bought with a gift card
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/101986963

I decided to read this now because I borrowed the TV adaptations of the Rebus novels, starring Ken Stott as Rebus, and this was one of the books adapted. Given some of the others, I'm not sure how faithful the adaptation will be to the source material, but at least now I can say I read the book first! Rankin is always dependable so I was glad to read this one.

Ene 16, 2016, 8:59pm

>35 rabbitprincess: So funny that I have come to this post about 2 minutes after looking over my library's Ian Rankin holdings! I have only read the first one - is it important to read them in order or can I jump around in the series?

Ene 16, 2016, 9:16pm

>36 leslie.98: It took a couple of books for the series to hit its stride, possibly because Rankin didn't intend to write a series, or even a crime novel for that matter when he wrote Knots and Crosses (the first book). He was constantly going into bookstores and moving it from the crime section to the Scottish Literature section ;) So I'd suggest starting with a later installment of the series. You could start with The Black Book, the fifth in the series, because it's the first to have a big role for Rebus's nemesis, Big Ger Cafferty. Cafferty has a cameo role in the third book, Tooth and Nail, so that might be a good starting point too.

As for reading in order, I read out of order all the time and am OK with it, but your mileage may vary. I imagine you'd get more out of the backstory if you read in order, but with series like this it's the main plot that will draw me to read a particular installment.

Hope that helps!

Ene 17, 2016, 2:12pm

>37 rabbitprincess: Very helpful, thanks! As February's AlphaKIT is J & B, maybe I will read The Black Book then :)

Ene 17, 2016, 10:06pm

>37 rabbitprincess: I've also been curious about Ian Rankin - good info! Thanks :)

Ene 23, 2016, 11:17am

>38 leslie.98: and >39 avanders: Glad to be of assistance! I hope you like his books. They always make me want to hop on a plane to Edinburgh. If you want a particularly Edinburghy one, Set in Darkness talks about the construction of the Scottish Parliament building.


After plowing through a few library books, I'm back with another ROOT. This kept me company on the bus all week. I feel like I should have read it faster!

The Marsh Madness, by Victoria Abbott
ROOT 4 of 50
Source: Christmas gift
Rating: 3.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/124313697

My best friend has dibs on giving me new installments of this series for Christmas, so I received this one last month. The series focuses on a book collector and each installment focuses on the works of a different mystery author. This one focuses on Ngaio Marsh and her Inspector Roderick Alleyn. For those new to Marsh, this doesn't give away too many plot details from her works but will give you a lot of titles to check out.

Ene 23, 2016, 10:15pm

Man, your thread is one of the most dangerous for me! There are always too many good books added to my TBR and lots of fun things like pictures! (Thank you for instructions on how to make a "cover shot" photo - that stuff always stymies me, despite reading some of the LT HTML threads.)

Good luck this year, rp!

Ene 23, 2016, 10:41pm

>40 rabbitprincess: Oh, this series is a BB for me for sure, looks like fun reading.

Ene 27, 2016, 9:52pm

>41 LauraBrook: Hi Laura! You're very welcome for the cover shot instructions. It was a worthwhile experiment.

I would apologize for the book bullets, but you give as good as you get ;)

>42 clue: It is a fun series. It's probably the coziest series I read (I'm not usually one for cozies), but I like the book references and the protagonist's army of uncles who are able to help with her investigations.


Never Saw it Coming, by Linwood Barclay
ROOT 5 of 50
Source: Chaptigo, bought with gift card
Rating: 4.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/106936945

This was a rattling good read and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. Normally Barclay writes big books, and this one is considerably shorter. But it is the perfect length. Not a wasted scene.

Ene 28, 2016, 2:38am

>43 rabbitprincess: Wow, a new one (to me) by Barclay! It's not translated, but I hope it will be. Although it's originally from 2014. So I doubt if it ever will be.

Editado: Ene 28, 2016, 5:02am

>43 rabbitprincess: Congratulations on getting to 10% of your target!

>36 leslie.98: I read most of the Rebus books in a very haphazard way. I was young and couldn't afford new books so I collected them from charity shops, or looked for them in libraries and read them in the order I found them. I enjoyed each book but Rebus's backstory was confusingly all over the place so that in one book he'd be seriously ill, in the next book he'd be fine and I was never quite sure if he'd recovered or just not become ill yet! However an advantage was that I started with some of the better books. I think the weakest Rebus novels are at the beginning and end of the series. The advice to start with the third or fifth book is probably very good!

Ene 30, 2016, 12:16pm

>44 connie53: Hm, it might not. That would be a shame! It was originally published as a novella entitled Clouded Vision in English... is there a Dutch version of that?

>45 Soupdragon: Thanks!

And that's how I read a lot of series, especially with police procedurals -- just whatever comes into my hands or pops into mind. I agree on that approach potentially leading to starting out with the better books.


This is probably my last ROOT for January, but it was one that I've had on the go in both print and e-format since September, so it's an achievement.

David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
ROOT 6 of 50
Source: EVM, also Project Gutenberg
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/94421932

I really enjoyed this but perhaps took a bit too long to read it. In the last few chapters there were some characters from the very beginning of the book that I had forgotten. But overall very good. I'd sit down to read a chapter and would often devour at least two at a time.

Ene 31, 2016, 2:50am

>46 rabbitprincess: No, it isn't. And I think many of his books are translated. I have 8 of his books and all read! Not a ROOT there.

Ene 31, 2016, 11:57am

>47 connie53: Aw man! That's annoying. I hope his new trilogy (beginning with Broken Promise) will be available for you, since that is more of his regular fare.


Managed to squeeze in one more ROOT for January, and an audio, no less!

Doctor Who: City of Death, by David Agnew
ROOT 7 of 50
Source: AudioGO CD
Rating: 3.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/109332263

This is actually a soundtrack of all four episodes of the Doctor Who story "City of Death" as they aired on TV, with linking narration provided by Lalla Ward. Not quite what I was expecting and probably not the best way to experience the story. But this CD package does include a little interview with Lalla Ward that is interesting.


January recap: 7 ROOTS pulled (YTD: 7)

Tales of the Greek Heroes, by Roger Lancelyn Green (reread)
Death of an Airman, by Christopher St. John Sprigg
The Black Book, by Ian Rankin
The Marsh Madness, by Victoria Abbott
Never Saw it Coming, by Linwood Barclay
David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
Doctor Who: City of Death, by David Agnew (audio, TV soundtrack)

ROOT of the month: Never Saw it Coming, by Linwood Barclay. Another treat from a master of thriller fiction.

I've read four books from my 2016 pool and have two more in progress, and three more on the on-deck pile. The pile includes Irish historical fiction, endangered species, a mystery novel and a thriller. February should be an interesting month.

Ene 31, 2016, 9:13pm

>48 rabbitprincess: Lalla Ward is an interesting person. Did you know that besides being married to Tom Baker after he left Doctor Who she is now married to Richard Dawkins? I was surprised to read she was married to Dawkins.

Feb 1, 2016, 12:15pm

>48 rabbitprincess: That seems like a really, really weird way to do an "audiobook." It would make sense for the episodes where the video is missing, but it seems to me that for the rest of them, one really ought to just watch the episode. Unless maybe it's intended for the blind, in which case I suppose it's actually a pretty good idea! Regardless, "City of Death" is a fantastic episode.

>49 craso: She is also an artist, and does the illustrations for Dawkins' books.

Feb 1, 2016, 5:35pm

>49 craso: I do recall hearing that! A quick glance at her Wikipedia article confirmed my vague memory of her writing a knitting book as well.

>50 bragan: It was really weird, especially since all the eps are available, as you mention. Had I known that was the format, I would probably not have bothered to pick it up in the first place. Would much rather watch the episode.

Feb 2, 2016, 4:59pm

>43 rabbitprincess: lol "I would apologize for the book bullets, but you give as good as you get ;)" I think we all know what we're getting ourselves into by participating in this group... ;)

And congrats on pulling so many ROOTs already! Esp. including David Copperfield!

Feb 5, 2016, 12:30pm

You're really doing some weeding around here! I never considered reading David Copperfield but I'm rethinking that due to your rating and review.

Editado: Feb 13, 2016, 1:36pm

>52 avanders: Yes, we are a support group AND shameless enablers ;)

>53 Carmenere: I hope you like it! I was surprised how easily I got sucked into it. It is certainly a lighter read than, say, Bleak House.


Finished my first ROOT of February a couple of days ago.

Scaredy Cat, by Mark Billingham
ROOT 8 of 50
Source: AbeBooks
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/113442337

Another solid mystery from Mark Billingham. Now to watch the TV adaptations (and yes, I got the TV tie-in edition...).

Feb 7, 2016, 8:38pm

GAK!! 58 Own Tomes. That's an amazing reading goal for anyone in a year, much less a goal just for one's own books.

I am easily distracted by the "next shiny object" in the form of a new novel, new author, or an intriguing cover.

I bow before you in admiration and wish you Happy Reading!

Feb 8, 2016, 10:28am

>54 rabbitprincess: absolutely ;)

Editado: Feb 13, 2016, 1:37pm

>55 Limelite: It does help that I read quickly and don't really watch movies or TV. As for distractions, there are still plenty of those! I keep intending to read certain Own Tomes, but others jump the queue for whatever reason. Thank you for the reading wishes and I hope you have happy reading as well!


This ROOT was uprooted rather quickly and will be transplanted into someone else's garden.

Sharpe's Tiger, by Bernard Cornwell
ROOT 9 of 50
Source: Rockcliffe Park Book Fair
Rating: 1.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/123121057

I am decidedly in the minority on this one. I like the idea of the series but somehow, whenever I try to read an installment, it weighs me down and I can't bring myself to care what happens next. Off this goes to the book sale (a different one than the one it came from).

Feb 10, 2016, 5:23am

>57 rabbitprincess:
I haven't read that particular Sharpe, but I have to admit that I only warmed to Sharpe after I watched a number of the TV series/mini movies with Sean Bean and had him in my head :) (which is not dissimilar to how I feel about Horatio Hornblower).

Feb 10, 2016, 8:00am

>57 rabbitprincess: I've tried several times to read Cornwell, I know that he's a respected historical fiction author, but for some reason can't warm to him.

Feb 11, 2016, 9:35am

Good morning, rabbitprincess. I read David Copperfield as a teenager and probably missed most of the social commentary and satire. I tried reading Oliver Twist a couple of times, but couldn't get interested. I liked the musical, though. :)

#37 - Ian Rankin. I have Knots and Crosses on my shelves. Even though you recommend starting at #3 or #5, I might pull it out and give it a go.

Feb 13, 2016, 1:50pm

>58 Caramellunacy: It's weird, because I liked the one Horatio Hornblower I read (Mr. Midshipman Hornblower) much better than either of the Sharpes I tried. Perhaps it helped that I'd read a couple of Forester's non-Hornblower books first. I think any further experience with Sharpe will be through the TV series.

>59 Tess_W: Same here. I like the concepts behind his series (King Arthur! Saxon times! Napoleonic Wars!) but have never been able to finish any of his books.

>60 karenmarie: Howdy! I probably missed a fair bit of satire on this go-through as well. Maybe I'll borrow a copy from the library and just read its introduction to get the gist. Haven't tried Oliver Twist yet but I did watch a retelling of it on the 1990s children's show "Wishbone".

I hope you like Ian Rankin. I haven't read Knots and Crosses yet myself, but I did read one of his earlier stand-alone novels, Watchman, and it does give you glimpses of the writer he has become.


Had to go back and edit my counting as I'd already managed to screw it up! This is actually my 10th ROOT.

Frenchman's Creek, by Daphne du Maurier
ROOT 10 of 50
Source: library book sale
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/116422907

I wouldn't suggest starting with this one, but it does while away a day or two pleasantly. It also gets thrilling and tense in the last third. I love the description of the male lead as a "philosopher-pirate". Interesting combination of professions.

Editado: Feb 13, 2016, 9:11pm

>61 rabbitprincess:, I agree with you, rabbitprincess, Frenchman's Creek seemed very elementary to me.

Feb 14, 2016, 10:30am

>62 Tess_W: Strangely, it was published after Jamaica Inn and Rebecca. Maybe producing two great novels back-to-back depleted the reserves a bit. Still, I ended up enjoying the book and will probably keep it if only for the Penguin edition of my copy.


Finished another book yesterday!

Last Chance to See…, by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine
ROOT 11 of 50
Going Through the Stacks #43
Source: Friends of Library and Archives Canada book sale
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/70443769

Originally published in 1990, this is still worth reading as a glimpse into the recent history of animal conservation. My favourite chapter was the one about the kakapo. Adorable!

Feb 17, 2016, 7:28pm

I seem to be on a Douglas Adams kick lately!

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams (BBC radio adaptation)
ROOT 12 of 50
Source: CD box set
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/93813965

A great cast in this adaptation, including Billy Boyd as Richard MacDuff (and the reason I picked it up in the first place). The story is very weird, but I knew that going in, having read the book already. And now I want to read the book again.

Feb 18, 2016, 5:47pm

That's a fun kick! :) So nice to have a great cast!

And already 12 of 50 ROOTs pulled - awesome!

Feb 20, 2016, 12:27pm

>63 rabbitprincess: that one looks interesting - I might go and have a look (is that the sound of a BB incoming?...).

Feb 21, 2016, 9:54am

Just seen it is your thingaversary too! Happy Thingaversary! How are you going to celebrate?

Feb 21, 2016, 12:22pm

>65 avanders: Good casts or narrators are what really attract me to audiobooks. The cast of Neverwhere is fantastic. James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee...

I've been on a roll this year! I think having a "pool" of ROOTs has helped me make better choices.

>66 Jackie_K: It could count as two BBs if you want to read both the original and the updated editions!

>67 Soupdragon: Thanks! It was my fifth Thingaversary, so I was entitled to buy six (five plus one to grow on). I ended up buying two batches of three books, which worked out nicely.

For the first batch, I was in Montreal for my actual Thingaversary (Feb 11) and bought:

Editing Canadian English (3rd edition) -- borrowed from the library and thought it was worth splashing out on a copy
The Crime on Cote des Neiges, by David Montrose -- first in the Russell Teed private eye series, set in Montreal, written in the 1950s
Murder over Dorval, by David Montrose -- second in the Russell Teed series. It seemed appropriate to buy these books IN Montreal.

And then I spent my Chapters gift cards from Christmas on the following:

The Archer Files, by Ross Macdonald -- complete collection of Lew Archer short stories
Far from True, by Linwood Barclay -- book 2 in the Promise Falls trilogy
The Beatles: Tune In: Vol. 1, by Mark Lewisohn -- a MASSIVE book about the Beatles that I saw at the library but thought "Nah, I'd better buy that"

The Barclay is a preorder (out March 8), so I thought they would be holding all of the items back until that one arrived. However, I ended up receiving The Archer Files on Friday for some reason. Oh well, books are always welcome.

Feb 21, 2016, 2:05pm

Happy Thingaversary, RP.

The Barclay book is on my wishlist! Thanks for telling me there is a new one! Now I just have to wait for the translation.

Feb 22, 2016, 5:36am

Happy thingaversary!

Feb 24, 2016, 8:34am

Happy thingaversary! Appears you received some nice "presents"!

Feb 24, 2016, 7:38pm

>69 connie53: Thanks! Glad to be of service in letting you know about a new Linwood Barclay! I hope the translation is done quickly (AND well).

>70 MissWatson: Thanks! Can't believe it's been five years already!

>71 Tess_W: Thanks! Yes, my book-buying self gets me very thoughtful presents. It's like she can read my mind or something!


1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion, by Morgan Llywelyn
ROOT 13 of 50
Source: Chapters Bookstore, Dublin
Rating: 3.5/5
Review: https://www.librarything.com/review/108913798

This is the first of the "Irish Century" series, in which Llywelyn chronicles the history of Ireland over the course of the 20th century. This volume begins with the Titanic sinking and culminates in the Easter Rising in Dublin. It moved quickly for a book of its size and volume of historical content; to me, it moved faster than Edward Rutherfurd, but both authors have their merits. I'll be hunting down a copy of the next book in this series soon.

Feb 25, 2016, 9:58am

>68 rabbitprincess: Oh my, that is a fantastic cast! Ok, on the list it goes :D
Oh.. the version at my library is, apparently, the "Preferred Text" of the author and read by the author.... Well, I'll find that one somewhere ;) (and.... it really makes me wonder what they changed for the BBC version!)

And what a fun list of Thingaversary books! Happy Thingaversary!

Feb 29, 2016, 5:44pm

>73 avanders: Hope you enjoy!

A reading of the preferred text by the author himself would also be interesting! But I dunno, Benedict does SUCH a good job with his character...

Thank you for the Thingaversary wishes!


February recap: 6 ROOTS pulled (YTD: 13)

Scaredy Cat, by Mark Billingham
Sharpe's Tiger, by Bernard Cornwell
Frenchman's Creek, by Daphne du Maurier
Last Chance to See… by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine (reread)
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams (audio dramatization by Dirk Maggs)
1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion, by Morgan Llywelyn

ROOT of the month: I had three 4-star ROOTs and it is very hard to pick one. I will go for the audio dramatization of Dirk Gently, because I got through it VERY quickly for an audiobook and it made me want to reread the book again!

I've read another four books from my 2016 pool and have one cued up as a bus book, with another three on the on-deck pile. I've got plays, humorous fiction, travel memoirs and language in the pile. The plays and language will make March a scholarly month, if I can get through them. I went on a borrowing spree at the library again… oops.

Mar 2, 2016, 7:36pm

And March starts off like a lion, with the first ROOT of the month finished on the bus yesterday (granted, there wasn't much left of it by that point).

The Wood Beyond, by Reginald Hill
ROOT 14 of 50
Source: Friends of Library and Archives Canada book sale
Rating: 2.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/70473970

I like the characters of Dalziel and Pascoe very much, but I found myself smiling and nodding for most of this story. The twists and turns were beyond me. The family history angle was interesting, though.

Mar 3, 2016, 12:39pm

>74 rabbitprincess: I can only imagine - Benedict is a crazy good actor. So impressive!

& great job w/ your ROOTs so far this year!

Mar 5, 2016, 10:55am

>76 avanders: Thanks! And yes, Benedict is a great actor. He has a knack for picking a variety of projects too.


Second ROOT of March:

My Discovery of England, by Stephen Leacock
ROOT 15 of 50
Source: Rockcliffe Park book sale
Rating: 2.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/123134190

The essay on humour was good. The historical perspective it provided, being written between the wars (although they didn't know it at the time), was interesting. It was an easy read. But his attitude toward women's education was frustrating. I wouldn't suggest this as an introduction to Leacock.

Mar 5, 2016, 12:30pm

Here's ... something ... for the Benedict fans this Easter. I am still boggling at the very thought (and the price!).


Mar 5, 2016, 1:06pm

>78 Jackie_K: The consensus in our office is that that is disturbing. Poor Benedict! I can't imagine how he must feel if he ever hears about the weird things made with his image on them.

Mar 5, 2016, 1:11pm

>79 rabbitprincess: I know! Although maybe having a colouring book of yourself might be quite cool. Maybe.

Mar 7, 2016, 12:30pm

>78 Jackie_K: lol that is fanTAStic... wish I could afford - would be a hilarious gift to anyone!! ;p

Mar 10, 2016, 7:01pm

>80 Jackie_K: >81 avanders: It might depend on the photos they choose to base the colouring pages on! I think some of the Sherlock colouring pages were digitized from actual still images of the show, because there are lots of weird little outlines on people's faces that might represent shadows.


Not having much luck with the ROOTs this month, but at least this one is out the door.

Trick or Treachery, by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain
ROOT 16 of 50
Source: adopted from EVM
Rating: 1/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/92648569

Yup, a DNF. I'm not surprised. I wasn't expecting much. But it wasn't even so bad it was good. It was just disappointing.

Mar 11, 2016, 2:55am

>82 rabbitprincess: I hate it when that happens! I hope your next read is much better.

Mar 11, 2016, 8:57am

>82 rabbitprincess: interesting... I would love the coloring book :)

Well, one ROOT pulled is progress! And you're ahead of the game numbers-wise, so I wouldn't worry about it :)
Bummer that the ROOT wasn't any good, though :P

Mar 23, 2016, 8:48pm

>83 connie53: Sadly my next ROOT was only marginally better... I'm having better luck with library books lately! Ah well. It happens.

>84 avanders: I was quite surprised that my friends DIDN'T get me a Cumberbatch colouring book for Christmas. One friend did get me a Doctor Who one, and my BF's sister and her boyfriend got me the Sherlock one, so they do have me sussed ;)


First play of the year. Need to find a more exciting one for later in the year.

Henry IV Part One, by William Shakespeare
ROOT 17 of 50
Source: Bearly Used Books, Parry Sound, ON
Rating: 2/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/112147664

Verdict: I'm going to go watch The Hollow Crown again. This is one play I prefer to watch rather than read. Or I'd prefer to read about the historical events in non-fiction form, or maybe in a historical novel.

Mar 25, 2016, 6:17pm

Two more ROOTs to report. One managed to exceed my expectations, the other did not meet them.

The Case of the Vagabond Virgin, by Erle Stanley Gardner
ROOT 18 of 50
Source: EVM
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/88362548

After not really getting along with a book by Gardner under his pseudonym A.A. Fair, I wasn't expecting much from this one. I ended up blitzing through it in a couple of hours. It's making me feel a bit better about the other three Perry Masons on my shelf.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore
ROOT 19 of 50
Source: obtained from mysterymax on LT
Rating: 1.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/119684246

I like the idea behind this book; however, I just couldn't get into it. I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it if they wanted to, but it did not work for me personally.

Mar 26, 2016, 7:19am

>86 rabbitprincess: Lamb is on my wishlist, but it has languished there a while. I might get it if I spot a 1p copy in the marketplace, but it's not a priority. Well done on more ROOTs pulled though!

Mar 26, 2016, 8:45am

>87 Jackie_K: I think another factor might have been that my copy is over 400 pages and feels heavy for a paperback. When I first heard about the book and saw a different cover I imagined it being about half the size. So perhaps my brain was taken aback by how big this version is and couldn't believe that the story would be stretched over that many pages.

Mar 26, 2016, 10:36am

Agree, at 450 pages of tiny font, Lamb is practically a tome. It sounds fun but has stayed in my TBRs for years. I've read only one other by Christopher Moore (A Dirty Job) and remember it seeming more show-off-silly than enjoyable.

Mar 26, 2016, 12:02pm

Swinging by to wish you a Happy Easter and making note that Lamb was a dud read for you. I have been doing virtually no reading for the past week and kind of glad I didn't pack Lamb for the trip. ;-)

Mar 26, 2016, 12:12pm

>89 detailmuse: Funny how some books are like that -- another 450-page book with the same font size might be considered manageable!

>90 lkernagh: And a happy Easter to you too! :) I think this year I've also been more ornery than usual and dropping books at the slightest provocation.

Editado: Mar 31, 2016, 6:46pm

One last ROOT for the month!

Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth, by Terrance Dicks
ROOT 20 of 50
Source: used book sale
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/102150220

A novelization of a classic First Doctor story, the one with the iconic shot of the Daleks parading over Westminster Bridge.

Mar 30, 2016, 11:13pm

>92 rabbitprincess: Is that the one where Susan leaves?

Editado: Mar 31, 2016, 8:18pm

>93 craso: Yes, it is. I'd forgotten until the very end!


March recap: 7 ROOTS pulled (YTD: 20)

The Wood Beyond, by Reginald Hill
*My Discovery of England, by Stephen Leacock
Trick or Treachery, by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain (DNF)
*Henry IV, Part 1, by William Shakespeare
The Case of the Vagabond Virgin, by Erle Stanley Gardner
*Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore (DNF)
Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth, by Terrance Dicks

ROOT of the month: Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth restored my faith in my TBR pile. I had two DNFs this month and most of the others were only OK.

I read three books from the 2016 pool (indicated by asterisks) and have two more on the on-deck pile. April will be a month where I'm looking for short books to zip through and give me a sense of accomplishment as I embark on my quarter-long read of Robertson Davies' Cornish trilogy. This may mean some more Doctor Who novels ;)

Abr 9, 2016, 6:47pm

Per my previous post, I did indeed end up reading a Doctor Who novel. I am so predictable.

Fear of the Dark, by Trevor Baxendale
ROOT 21 of 50
Source: BMV Bookstore, Toronto
Rating: 3.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/124548903

I liked the concept of this Fifth Doctor story, and the monster was horrifying. Glad I read this during the day. But the story itself does run a bit long and is repetitive in places.

Abr 11, 2016, 11:24am

lol it's ok to be predictable ;)

Abr 16, 2016, 8:52am

>96 avanders: It does make planning a bit easier if I'm going to be predictable ;)


How is this only my fourth book of the month? Possibly because I'm bogged down in other books. I had another one of those "let's read several huge books at once" moments at the end of March. One of those books is an omnibus of three novels, and I am at least counting each novel in the omnibus as a ROOT, so I'll get numbers from it eventually.

So here it is, fourth book and second ROOT of April.

For Who the Bell Tolls: One Man's Quest for Grammatical Perfection, by David Marsh
ROOT 22 of 50
Source: Perfect Books, Ottawa
Rating: 4.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/109675936

This is a valuable resource, primarily for its chapters on misused words and for its bibliography. Also fun to read.

Editado: Abr 16, 2016, 2:57pm

>97 rabbitprincess: I feel your pain, rabbitprincess, I too have 2 books over 600 pages going and 1 book with over 1200 pages. Book count for April not going to be good!

Abr 17, 2016, 7:30pm

>98 Tess_W: Wow! That is some heavy-duty reading!


I have vacation this week and it's off to a good start with a book finished on the train!

Last Seen Wearing..., by Hillary Waugh
ROOT 23 of 50
Source: one of the bookstores in Wigtown, Scotland
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/109072417

This is another classic crime novel from one of the "top 100" lists I raid on occasion, and it was a good one. Good for an afternoon of reading.

Abr 18, 2016, 12:40pm

>99 rabbitprincess: Glad to see you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Abr 20, 2016, 9:44am

>97 rabbitprincess: lol those moments are so enticing but have such long-standing consequences, ey? ;)
I had a hard time reading that title!! I kept tripping over the "who" ;)

Abr 20, 2016, 6:56pm

>101 avanders: They sure are! And that's also the time I decide I need to read shorter books in my second language, thus not really giving myself much of a break ;)


Taking advantage of a vacation to reread a book I keep at my parents' place because it's too heavy to bring back with me:

The Best of James Herriot, by James Herriot
ROOT 24 of 50
Going Through the Stacks #44
Source: EVM
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/72700899

I've read a couple of James Herriot books over the years, and this one is a massive compilation that also includes lots of fun facts about various aspects of life in Yorkshire in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as glossy photo inserts showcasing the beautiful landscape in which the book is set. A comforting reread.

Abr 21, 2016, 2:32am

As a freshman in college, I went to school with either the granddaughter or great granddaughter of James Herriot. I think her name was Elaine. She had a beautiful voice and we were both in the same music class. I changed my major from music to history and did not see her again after the first semester.

Abr 21, 2016, 7:12am

>103 Tess_W:, what a great story!
When I was growing up, we used to listen to James Herriot as books on tape for any long car journeys (along with tapes of the old radio show The Lone Ranger) - and I still remember bits of some of those stories

(something about a cat in the backseat flinging itself wildly through the car while pooping in protest, but they couldn't roll the windows down because it would try to jump out)

Abr 21, 2016, 8:55am

Editado: Abr 22, 2016, 11:37am

>100 leslie.98: Eek! I missed replying to your comment! Yes, I picked up Last Seen Wearing... because of your recent review :)

>103 Tess_W: >104 Caramellunacy: >105 Tess_W: Wow! That is so cool!

And haha yes the story about the cat pooping all over the car was in the collection I read! This cat was very ornery and needed to be spayed, and she kept holding her breath while they attempted to anaesthetize her. The whole story is one of those ones where you're laughing and gasping in horror at the same time.


Edit to add that I've been doing some book purging at my parents' place and my Going Through the Stacks total now stands at 60! Decided to give away a bunch of books that I really wasn't going to reread, despite my best intentions. Also noticed that a few others I'd tagged had been given away in a previous purge, so I had to update my records. This also inspired my mum to go through some of HER books too, and now there are three nice big piles of books ready to be traded in at my parents' preferred used bookstore. :)

Editado: Abr 22, 2016, 9:49pm

Now this makes Going Through the Stacks #61.

The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
ROOT 25 of 50
Going Through the Stacks #61
Source: a gift, apparently
Rating: 3.5/5
Review: https://www.librarything.com/review/70444628

This reread was inspired by watching the Shakespeare's Globe production starring Roger Allam as Prospero. Not a bad play but I think my attention dropped off toward the end.

Abr 24, 2016, 12:04pm

>106 rabbitprincess: Purging books is good. I've been doing a bit of the "I'll never re-read that one again...." too. I have about 60-70 on an old yellow table in the sunroom but can't send them to the thrift store until daughter snags what she wants. She doesn't get home very often, so the pile is growing. But at least they aren't in my catalog any more.

Editado: May 3, 2016, 2:31am

You are doing very well, RP. With the reading as well as with the purging. Better than I am.

Abr 30, 2016, 10:43am

>108 karenmarie: Wow, 60 to 70 books! I hope your daughter will come soon to take what she wants.

>109 connie53: Thanks, Connie! :)


So apparently it's April 30 and I still haven't reviewed a book I finished three days ago. This will also be my last ROOT of the month.

Unfamiliar Fishes, by Sarah Vowell
ROOT 26 of 50
Source: Collected Works, Ottawa
Rating: 3.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/84298874

This book improved with reading at home instead of on the bus. It is an interesting subject -- I've certainly never read much about the history of Hawaii -- but the book felt a bit disjointed at the beginning, and some of the authorial interjections felt less seamless than they usually are. Still, if you like the author (as I do) and want to learn a bit about Hawaii, this is worth a try. There's also a bibliography at the back for further reading.

Abr 30, 2016, 10:50am

April recap: 6 ROOTS pulled (YTD: 26)

Fear of the Dark, by Trevor Baxendale
*For Who the Bell Tolls: One Man's Quest for Grammatical Perfection, by David Marsh
Last Seen Wearing…, by Hillary Waugh
*The Best of James Herriot: The Favourite Stories of One of the Most Beloved Writers of Our Time, by James Herriot
The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
*Unfamiliar Fishes, by Sarah Vowell

ROOT of the month: For Who the Bell Tolls continues my trend of really interesting non-fiction. All of my books of the month this year have been non-fiction. Wonder what's up with that!

I read three books from the 2016 pool (indicated by asterisks) and have three more on the on-deck pile. I have more plays on the pile this month, and I'm hoping to read more of the mysteries and thrillers from my pool. And of course I still have the Cornish trilogy. Right now I'm not even as far into the first novel as I got on my first attempt! But this may be because I'm writing down so many great quotes.

Abr 30, 2016, 1:19pm

Great April!

May 3, 2016, 11:25am

>110 rabbitprincess:

I was fascinated by Hawai'ian history when I visited many years ago (though I haven't been able to find much about it). I have this one somewhere on my TBR pile - it may be about time to dig it up!

May 4, 2016, 10:00am

>110 rabbitprincess: This year is going by so fast! I also have several books I need to catch up on reviewing... ah well, we get to it when we can! :)
>111 rabbitprincess: congrats!

May 4, 2016, 12:01pm

Woo Hoo! I see you're still plucking away those Roots and are half way to meeting your goal! You Rock!

Editado: May 8, 2016, 5:56pm

>112 Tess_W: Thanks! It was pretty good.

>113 Caramellunacy: Hope you like it!

>114 avanders: Yeah, how has a third of the year gone by already??

>115 Carmenere: Thanks! Going to credit all of my success to the pool of picks at the beginning of the year. Makes my decision making more focused ;)


First ROOT of May is the first book in the Cornish Trilogy, by Robertson Davies. I own the trilogy in an omnibus format, and in proud rabbitprincess ROOT tradition, I am counting each book in the omnibus separately!

The Rebel Angels, by Robertson Davies
ROOT 27 of 50
Source: omnibus edition received as gift
Rating: 4.5/5
Review: full review pending

I first started reading this book in high school but got only about 2/3 of the way through. Having finished it now, I am glad I didn't make it that far. I got so much more out of this story of university life after having attended university myself and accrued more life experience and intellectual baggage. Also, the culminating incident of the book would probably have been a bit too shocking for my past self. It was even shocking to my current self. Fortunately, the final chapter smooths things over and settles the protagonists in place for the second book. I'll return to the trilogy soon, once I've read a book or two in between to clear the decks.

May 8, 2016, 8:40pm

I love Robertson Davies. He's an author who really stretchea your mind.

May 9, 2016, 9:18am

May 9, 2016, 10:58am

>116 rabbitprincess: I don't know, it is a complete mystery to me! ;p
Also, congrats on being more than halfway done w/ your ROOTs goal!

May 10, 2016, 8:58pm

>117 Robertgreaves: He really does! I am very glad to be reading him at a time when I'm willing to have my mind stretched a little bit.

>118 Tess_W: I hope it lives up to the hype! ;)

>119 avanders: Thanks! I often say this group is an excellent motivator.


This ROOT is a gift that I received about three weeks ago. I told the person who'd picked it out for me that he was lucky that I was reading this as soon as I was -- usually it takes me about three YEARS to read a new book in my household ;)

Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy and the End of the Edwardian Age, by Greg King and Penny Wilson
ROOT 28 of 50
Source: gift
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/129174069

I finished this in about four days, which is a good clip for the size of the book. I also wrote down lots of interesting quotes and facts. Could have done with some more pictures and maybe a map showing where the vessel sank, but overall I thought this was a good presentation of the people on board and the circumstances surrounding the sinking.

May 11, 2016, 10:23am

>120 rabbitprincess: Oh definitely a BB for me!

May 11, 2016, 11:55am

>120 rabbitprincess: it really is... I have no idea what would happen if I didn't have the "pressure" of the ROOTers... but it probably wouldn't be good ;)

May 11, 2016, 5:20pm

>120 rabbitprincess: I got to thinking that I already had that book and so started searching. In fact, I have Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. I have already read his The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, so I will read my Luisitania first and then if I'm not satisfied, I will go for yours!

May 11, 2016, 8:50pm

>121 Tess_W: Yay! :D

>122 avanders: Haha yes my book buying would definitely be more reminiscent of hoarding if I didn't have the ROOT group to keep me on track reading the books I own!

>123 Tess_W: Oddly enough, I just had a library hold come in for Dead Wake! So I will be reading in the reverse order as you (if you end up reading my Lusitania book). Dead Wake was recommended to me by a friend who said it was the only one of Larson's books where she was equally interested in both narrative threads.


Dipping into my stockpile of 1950s thrillers...

The Blue Ice, by Hammond Innes
ROOT 29 of 50
Source: Rockcliffe Park book sale
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/123120326

I enjoyed this thriller for what it was. Not quite on the same level as my favourite Alistair MacLeans, but certainly better than some of the ones I've tried to read. I also enjoyed the parts where the narrator talked about sailing his boat. This is the Year of the Boat for me!

May 15, 2016, 11:26am

Another one done on my commute.

All the Colours of the Town, by Liam McIlvanney
ROOT 30 of 50
Source: Chapters Bookstore, Dublin
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/108913848

I always enjoy visiting Glasgow in print, and Liam McIlvanney has the good-writing genes passed down from his father, William. This is the first in a planned trilogy (of which two books are currently available).

And to continue the nautical trend, there was a ship in this one as well -- the ferry between Stranraer, Scotland, and Larne, Northern Ireland.

May 19, 2016, 6:49pm

>116 rabbitprincess: Your comments about The Rebel Angels made me want to drop everything I'm reading and read it right now! I have it on my shelves, just staring at me, but I'll wait for a more propitious time. Sigh.

May 22, 2016, 12:44pm

>126 karenmarie: LOL, go and get it out now!

>116 rabbitprincess: I do my counting with an omnibus just like you do!

May 22, 2016, 7:12pm

I've put The Cornish Trilogy on my TBR shelf for a re-read.

May 23, 2016, 5:27pm

>126 karenmarie: I know that feeling well, of books clamouring to be read! Had a few jumping out at me when I went to visit my parents this weekend, but I managed to resist.

>127 connie53: Yay! I am glad you count omnibuses the same way :)

>128 Robertgreaves: Excellent! Sad to say I still haven't started What's Bred in the Bone yet... I went on a bit of a library binge and my ROOTS are suffering.


Managed to get one ROOT done this long weekend!

The Damned Utd, by David Peace
ROOT 31 of 50
Source: Book Depository
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/116423196

An interesting book even for this non-diehard football fan. I watched the movie first, and that might have helped, but both are good.

May 30, 2016, 5:32pm

One last ROOT for the month, bringing my year-to-date total to 32.

The Guid-Sisters, by Michel Tremblay
ROOT 32 of 50
Source: a now-defunct bargain bookstore
Rating: 3/5
Review: forthcoming

The three stars are more for the plot, as I'm not sure what to make of the presentation. This is a translation of Les Belles-soeurs from French into Scots, and it's really weird to see broad Scots accents on people with names like Angéline, Germaine and Thérèse. Still, an adventure, and I want to read it in French now. I also wish I'd gone to see the recent musical adaptation -- I could see the bones of the musical structure and think it would have worked well.

Editado: May 31, 2016, 11:56am

Woot! That's a great place to end May - congrats!

(and the words "now-defunct bargain bookstore" made me sad :'( )

May 31, 2016, 6:13pm

>131 avanders: Sadly, the first I heard of it was the fact that it was closing -- a friend and I drove out there and loaded up on books. I ended up giving away most of them after I read them.


May recap: 6 ROOTS pulled (YTD: 32)

*The Rebel Angels, by Robertson Davies
Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy and the End of the Edwardian Age, by Greg King and Penny Wilson
The Blue Ice, by Hammond Innes
All the Colours of the Town, by Liam McIlvanney
The Damned Utd, by David Peace
*The Guid-Sisters, by Michel Tremblay

ROOT of the month: The Rebel Angels wins this title. It was one of two 4.5-star reads for the month.

I read two books from the 2016 pool (indicated by asterisks) and have three more on the on-deck pile. A couple of those are non-fiction that have been on the pile for at least a month already. Can I get to them in June? We shall see.

Jun 1, 2016, 5:17am

32 ROOTs already this year is pretty impressive! I've only managed half that, and it's already my most productive reading year ever!

Jun 3, 2016, 10:34am

>132 rabbitprincess: >133 Jackie_K: yep, congrats on your ROOTing success!

Jun 3, 2016, 8:20pm

>132 rabbitprincess: Wow, you are doing great! Congrats on finishing so many ROOTs :).

Jun 3, 2016, 9:18pm

>133 Jackie_K: Yay! Seeing other people have great reading years makes me happy too :)

>133 Jackie_K: >134 avanders: >135 readingtangent: Thank you all! The secret to my success: reading my own books on the bus, and reading library books at home. And earlier in the year I was reading at breakfast and at lunch at the office, which added up as well.


Such a good ROOT is going to make the rest of June hard to live up to.

The Orenda, by Joseph Boyden
ROOT 33 of 50
Source: Chaptigo, bought new
Rating: 5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/107771622

I bought this on spec and then heard it was visceral and violent, so I was afraid to pick it up...especially since it was also 500 pages. But I decided to read it for the Canadian Author Challenge and I am so glad I did. There is indeed violence (occasionally stomach-churning; fortunately, I was reading on an empty stomach most of the time), but there is also beauty and joy and sadness and humour.


And because I knew this would be a hard book to live up to, I'm reading a Perry Mason novel, which I probably wouldn't be head over heels about anyway. I call it a sacrifice to the book hangover god ;)

Jun 4, 2016, 11:37am

>136 rabbitprincess: I love the idea of the book hangover - I think everyone in this group knows what you mean! I tend to deal with it by not reading anything (other than facebook etc, which obviously doesn't really count!) for a while afterwards, but reading something quick and not particularly taxing is another good strategy!

Jun 6, 2016, 11:42am

>136 rabbitprincess: >137 Jackie_K: lol definitely!
I think I tend to try to read something quick and light .. but sometimes I fall into the trap of "find something else that is just as amazing" ... often with disappointments :-/

Jun 6, 2016, 9:22pm

>137 Jackie_K: That's a good strategy too, or to read magazines and other bite-size sort of publications.

>138 avanders: That would be tough! Especially if the book is similar to the one you just read that was amazing -- the next book might suffer in comparison.


The sacrifice has been made to the book hangover god.

The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife, by Erle Stanley Gardner (I keep wanting to put Perry Mason as the author!)
ROOT 34 of 50
Source: EVM
Rating: 2/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/88362732

This was a fairly easy read, but not quite as fun as The Case of the Vagabond Virgin (which also has a better title). But it did serve its purpose as a shift in tone and style from The Orenda.

Jun 6, 2016, 9:39pm

>139 rabbitprincess: sadly, it almost always does...

Glad you got through your sacrificial book quickly!

Jun 10, 2016, 9:13pm

>140 avanders: Yes, back on course to the average read! ;)


This is a curiosity I found at a used-book sale.

Scotland Yard, by Sir Harold Scott
ROOT 35 of 50
Source: Friends of Library and Archives Canada book sale
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/112662661

This is one of those "met my expectations but did not necessarily exceed them" books. Also, I finally learned why the Flying Squad is called that! I'd heard the term on Monty Python but never learned its origins.

Jun 15, 2016, 5:58am

>137 Jackie_K: I understand completely what you're all talking about. And I love the phrase.

Jun 16, 2016, 8:36pm

>142 connie53: Very glad to have found that phrase! It is very apt.


This one was pretty creepy, which made it a good bus book (reading only in daylight).

A Demon in My View, by Ruth Rendell
ROOT 36 of 50
Source: Book Market
Rating: 3.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/70473586

Read this one because it was on one of the Top 100 crime fiction lists I occasionally dip into for ideas. Well done, but I am a wuss and don't really "enjoy" reading psychological thrillers that much, or at least not as much as a more run-of-the-mill mystery.

Jun 18, 2016, 1:06pm

>143 rabbitprincess: Ruth Rendell (aka Barbara Vine) is generally much too dark for me as I too am a wuss! Guess that is one reason why I love the Golden Age mysteries so much -- they may have twisted characters but they don't force you to enter into their thoughts! That being said, I do like some noir when I am in the proper mood for it...

Jun 18, 2016, 1:36pm

>143 rabbitprincess: >144 leslie.98: I'm glad it's not just me, I am the world's biggest wuss! I avoid thrillers (both books and films) because they get under my skin, I can't stop thinking about them and it just does my head in. Basically anything more stressy than Bambi is more than I can handle!

Jun 19, 2016, 10:36pm

>144 leslie.98: That is the thing I don't like about some of the dark thrillers, the entering into the killer's head. I think I burned myself out on that book thanks to reading a whole bunch of them in high school and university and watching all of the CSI series, which could get pretty creepy. Nowadays I think Denise Mina and Mark Billingham are about as creepy as I'll get.

>145 Jackie_K: I'm better with books than films, probably because my mind's eye can control how scary the action is, whereas with movies I can't unsee things. And I appreciate when books telegraph that scary bits are coming up, because then I can just skim until things get less scary.


Here's a book with no creepy people whatsoever.

No Highway, by Nevil Shute
ROOT 37 of 50
Source: Beltie Books, Wigtown, Scotland
Rating: 3.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/109072560

Four stars for the concept (I am a sucker for books about airplanes and accident investigation), but minus half a star for the eye-rollingly dated gender roles in some of the female characters. Now to watch the movie starring Jimmy Stewart.

Jun 20, 2016, 10:01am

>143 rabbitprincess: bus book :) I have always loved creepy books... but as I get older, my tastes are being... erm, refined. ;p i.e., I'm more of a wimp now. I still love atmospheric stuff -- creepy in that way -- but when it crosses over into plain old disturbing, I tend to walk away... My imagination has always been vivid, but with the added knowledge from many years practicing law that people ACTUALLY DO those horrible, disturbing, terrible things... it's changed the way I process that information :(
I do, however, like psychological thrillers.. again, s'long as it's not too disturbing ;) Sounds like A Demon in My View was pretty disturbing?

>145 Jackie_K: lol yep, I seem to be edging in that direction...

Jun 20, 2016, 10:27am

>146 rabbitprincess: Hmmm -- I think I might have seen that Jimmy Stewart film. It sounds vaguely familiar.

Jun 20, 2016, 7:10pm

>147 avanders: Yeah, I think it was when I moved out to go to university that I decided I didn't need to be reading all these books in which women are killed in gruesome ways and the book spends too much time in the killer's head. I became a lot more paranoid.

A Demon in My View is probably not too bad by modern standards. I don't want to be blowing it out of proportion.

>148 leslie.98: It was on TCM a while ago and I was foolish enough not to tape it! Fortunately, it was available on iTunes.


While I wait for a thunderstorm to approach, here's a review of a book I gobbled up in an afternoon.

Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh
ROOT 38 of 50
Source: Chapters/Indigo
Rating: 4.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/108417395

If you like Allie Brosh's blog, you'll probably like this book. I was glad to see my favourite blog pieces -- "The God of Cake" and "The Party" -- and really enjoyed the essay on identity, especially the part about having an arbitrary set of rules that reality is supposed to live up to. (I thought that was just me!) A colourful, fun read.

Jun 21, 2016, 10:00am

>149 rabbitprincess: well that helps ... though even some of the older ones can be pretty disturbing.. I read Rosemary's Baby for the first time last year... and then followed it up with both versions of the movie. I think all of that was probably a bit much for me.. I was disturbed! ;p

Oh I looooooved that book by Allie Brosh!! Glad you enjoyed! And she's coming out with a new one in October!! :D :D

Jun 21, 2016, 2:06pm

I love the Hyperbole and a Half blog too - and also some others that I'm pretty sure she has inspired. There's a great parenting blog from a woman in England (who is about to do a book too, hooray), called Hurrah for Gin! which is hilarious.

Jun 21, 2016, 4:09pm

I also loved Hyperbole and a Half and am excited for Solutions and Other Problems!

Jun 29, 2016, 9:59pm

>150 avanders: Yes, was very pleased to hear she has a new book out! Found out by chance through a list on Goodreads.

Probably not going to be reading Rosemary's Baby anytime soon either!

>151 Jackie_K: Ha! That's a great title!

>152 detailmuse: It makes me very happy to hear that she's still doing cartoons! Her Internet presence is sporadic so I am always glad to hear news.


Second-last ROOT of the month was abandoned.

Gallows View, by Peter Robinson
ROOT 39 of 50
Source: Friends of Library and Archives Canada book sale
Rating: 1.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/70474099

I am glad I've read later installments in the series, because starting the first book of a mystery series with an unnecessarily descriptive passage about a woman undressing is not really the best way to pique my interest. :-/ As I continued with the book, I just couldn't muster up the motivation to care who was committing the various crimes (robbery, peeping tom-ery). If you're thinking of starting the Banks series, pick a later book. Not this one.

Jun 30, 2016, 6:43pm

Yes! One more under the wire! Monthly recap to follow.

Hangmen, by Martin McDonagh
ROOT 40 of 50
Source: Book Depository
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/126520632

I enjoyed reliving this play, which is set in northern England on the day that hanging is abolished. A darkly funny play.

Jun 30, 2016, 8:16pm

June recap: 8 ROOTS pulled (YTD: 40)

*The Orenda, by Joseph Boyden
The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife, by Erle Stanley Gardner
*Scotland Yard, by Sir Harold Scott
*A Demon in My View, by Ruth Rendell
*No Highway, by Nevil Shute
*Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh
*Gallows View, by Peter Robinson (abandoned)
Hangmen, by Martin McDonagh

ROOT of the month: The Orenda. I finished it at the beginning of the month and everything else had a tough act to follow.

I read six books from the 2016 pool (indicated by asterisks) and still have one (The Prince) on the on-deck pile. Maybe this month I'll finally read it. I should also put a few of my Canadian books on the pile.

Now that it's halfway through the year, how am I doing with the pool?

I have 48 physical books in the pool, and I've read 24. If you count Robertson Davies' Cornish trilogy as three separate books and the Pierre Berton omnibus as two books, I have 51 books in the pool and have read 25. So I'm pretty much halfway through the pool, which is where I should be if I want to at least take a stab at all of the books. Having this pool has been a great way to help me decide what to read next.

Jun 30, 2016, 9:27pm

I think you're doing great to the pool. You've read some good titles too, I'll best you'll finish the year with a great sense of accomplishment!

Jul 1, 2016, 8:48am

Such great progress! In >155 rabbitprincess: how did you add the "X"s to your graphic?

Jul 1, 2016, 10:52am

>155 rabbitprincess: All those X's look very impressive - it's good to have a visual representation of your progress!

Jul 1, 2016, 5:44pm

>156 clue: Thanks! It does give me a sense of accomplishment :) Having the pool has been useful when I'm stuck for ideas on what to read next. A shortlist of about 50 is much more manageable than my 200+ TBR list.

>157 detailmuse: I added the X's using text boxes in a basic Paint program. (I saved a copy of the original image first and added "June 2016" to the filename, and worked in that file.)

>158 Jackie_K: Yes, it is! I also have a printout of the original image that I've taped to my computer monitor. Because I spend a lot of time at the computer, especially on bookish websites, it's handy to have the pool in my line of sight.

Jul 2, 2016, 12:20am

Great job!

Jul 2, 2016, 9:27am

>159 rabbitprincess: Good idea having that printout where you can see it! I'll have to try that and see if it curbs my acquisition rate at all :)

Jul 2, 2016, 3:45pm

>155 rabbitprincess: Nice work! Love the visual representation :).

Jul 5, 2016, 2:00am

You are really doing great with your challenge. I love how you list where each book came from. I don't think I could remember that.

Jul 5, 2016, 6:07am

Great progress!

Jul 6, 2016, 8:17pm

>160 Tess_W: Thanks! :)

>161 leslie.98: It hasn't helped my acquisition rate, but it is certainly a good cue that hey, I buy all these books for a reason...

>162 readingtangent: Thanks! Covers View is a useful feature here on LT :)

>163 billiejean: It helps that I have a broad collection of tags for them on LT and that I keep a journal, which naturally includes chronicles of all my book hauls!

>164 Tess_W: Still plugging away!


This is a good book to read in a heat wave.

HMS Ulysses, by Alistair MacLean
ROOT 41 of 50
Source: Chapters Bookstore, Dublin, Ireland
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/108913248

After reading this, I think my Jan de Hartog book (The Captain) will be on the on-deck pile sooner rather than later. And now I want to track down The Caine Mutiny and The Cruel Sea.

Jul 9, 2016, 10:35am

Raiding my Doctor Who stockpile for some fun summer reading.

The Sands of Time, by Justin Richards
ROOT 42 of 50
Source: BMV, Toronto
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/124548877

This was a fiendishly twisty time-travel adventure. I also love stories that deal with Ancient Egypt and the early days of archaeology (this is also why The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb is my favourite episode of Poirot). The Monster Collection edition I read also had a neat introduction explaining how the author put this book together.

Jul 9, 2016, 7:11pm

"Ohhh, you're not archaeologists are you? I point and laugh at archaeologists."

Editado: Ago 10, 2016, 8:02pm

>167 Robertgreaves: A+ reference! That was a great episode. Also, I want that library, minus Vashta Nerada of course.


Small Going Through the Stacks update: I decided to give away my copy of Deja Dead, by Kathy Reichs. My parents have a copy, so if I ever decide to revisit it, I can read theirs. That makes Deja Dead Going Through the Stacks #62.


A newer ROOT that I had pulled out recently.

McGarr and the Politician's Wife, by Bartholomew Gill (also published as Death of an Irish Politician)
ROOT 43 of 50
Source: Book Bazaar, Ottawa
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/123463156

I liked McGarr on the Cliffs of Moher better, possibly because of the setting, but this is a good introduction to Peter McGarr, Chief Inspector of Detectives. And at only about 200 pages, it's a short book.

Jul 19, 2016, 8:01pm

Took an extra-long weekend this past weekend, and the train travel enabled me to reread an old favourite.

No Great Mischief, by Alistair MacLeod
ROOT 44 of 50
Source: BMV, Toronto
Rating: 5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/work/69631/reviews/101873079

My original review is from 2012, when I first read the book from the library. At the time it blew me away and I had to buy my own copy (which I did a year later). This rereading was inspired by reading a short story of MacLeod's that the library had ordered for Overdrive. On this reading, I found the chapters about Alexander's grandparents the most emotionally heavy-hitting, because my own grandparents are getting older (with all the joys that entails). I love this book and will probably read it again sometime.

Jul 20, 2016, 9:32pm

And now that I'm more settled back in after my long weekend, here's a review of the other book I read on the train.

Twenty-Six, by Leo McKay Jr.
ROOT 45 of 50
Source: BMV, Toronto
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/112239431

Overall, this had the mood and atmosphere I expected of it. The chapters dealing with the inquiry into the explosion were also interesting and have prompted me to add a book or two to the TBR about the disaster that inspired the novel: the Westray mine disaster. I would cautiously recommend this for people who like Canlit set on the East Coast, with the warning that the time-jumping requires you to pay attention.

Jul 30, 2016, 11:00am

I have been reading a lot of Canadian-themed books this month, and this one is no exception.

The Game: A Thoughtful and Provocative Look at a Life in Hockey, by Ken Dryden
ROOT 46 of 50
Source: EVM
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/88362831

Ken Dryden is not your average NHL goaltender. He was the #1 goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens during their big Stanley Cup streak of the 1970s and also qualified to practise law. In fact, he took a year off from the league just to finish up his degree! This book chronicles his thoughts and memories during his final season in the NHL and has interesting observations on his life as a hockey player and on life in general. This is a beloved sports book in Canada and I am inclined to agree with that opinion. Very glad my grandmother had a copy and that I adopted it from her shelves.

Jul 31, 2016, 9:05am

You have been reading a lot, RP. Great reads too I see.

Jul 31, 2016, 10:02am

>172 connie53: Thanks for dropping by, Connie! Yes, it's been a pretty good reading month :) I probably won't be finishing any more ROOTS today, so I'll post a recap later today.

Jul 31, 2016, 3:09pm

I managed to sneak in one more ROOT this afternoon:

What's Bred in the Bone, by Robertson Davies
ROOT 47 of 50
Source: gift
Rating: 4/5
Review: full review pending

This is the middle installment of the Cornish Trilogy, and in this one we learn about the life and times of Francis Cornish, the man whose art collection is being divvied up in the first book in the trilogy. We learn about his upbringing, his artistic training and his formative experiences. Art is discussed extensively in this book, which may be pleasing to more serious art buffs. I am not as knowledgeable in that field, so there was a bit of smiling and nodding during those parts. This book is also structured differently than the first book in the trilogy, which may jar at first but works out all right in the end.


July recap: 7 ROOTS pulled (YTD: 47)

HMS Ulysses, by Alistair MacLean
Sands of Time, by Justin Richards
McGarr and the Politician's Wife, by Bartholomew Gill
No Great Mischief, by Alistair MacLeod (reread)
*Twenty-Six, by Leo McKay Jr.
*The Game: A Thoughtful and Provocative Look at a Life in Hockey, by Ken Dryden
*What's Bred in the Bone, by Robertson Davies

ROOT of the month: The Game. I am surprised by just how much I enjoyed it, and it has rekindled my affection for the Montreal Canadiens.

I read three books from the 2016 pool (indicated by asterisks) and have two in my purse, ready to serve as bus books. I also *started* The Prince, but haven't finished it yet. Maybe tomorrow, when I have the day off.

I am definitely on track to meet my goal in August.

Ago 3, 2016, 10:06pm

August started quickly with a book from my BF's collection (which I count as ROOTS since they live in the same house as *my* ROOTS).

The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli (trans. Peter Bondanella and Mark Musa)
ROOT 48 of 50
Source: BF's collection
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/70474169

I read the Oxford World's Classics edition. When my BF saw the book on my desk, the following conversation ensued:

BF: "Are you hatching plots against me, or planning to rule by fear?"
Me: "No, can't be bothered. Did you read this?"
BF: "Yes. I think I even have a copy."
Me: "This IS your copy!!"

He obviously takes such care of his library :P

Ago 4, 2016, 1:10am

>175 rabbitprincess: LOL to the convo! I have my college freshmen in Western Civ read The Prince each semester and they then have to write a 5-7 page paper explaining how life would be living under Machiavelli's rule.

Ago 7, 2016, 8:29am

>175 rabbitprincess: Love the conversation :)

Editado: Ago 7, 2016, 10:30am

>176 Tess_W: That would be an interesting exercise!

>177 leslie.98: I was very amused :)


Only one more to go! Then after that, I'll donate extras to the group total.

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
ROOT 49 of 50
Source: pilfered from family
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/70473700

I read this for the August GeoCAT over in the Category Challenge. One of those books I'm glad to have read but will probably not reread. I was surprised by how quickly I read it -- only two days. My edition include a glossary of Ibo words, which was handy, although most of the words were used in context and could be figured out.

Ago 8, 2016, 1:23am

>178 rabbitprincess: Pilfered! I had no idea what that word meant! Google translate helped me there. I love the way you got that book, RP. ;-)))

Ago 9, 2016, 5:52am

Congrats on reaching your goal!

Ago 9, 2016, 6:01am

Ago 9, 2016, 6:43am

Congrats on reaching your goal!

Ago 10, 2016, 3:19pm

Congratulations on reaching your goal!

Ago 10, 2016, 9:31pm

>179 connie53: Hee hee! I enjoy the sneakiness of that word.

>180 MissWatson: >181 connie53: >182 Tess_W: >183 Jackie_K: Thank you all! Here is the goal-reaching book:

Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist, by Dorothy Gilman
ROOT 50 of 50
Going Through the Stacks #63
Source: probably a gift
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/70476230

This is one of the last books in the series and does not have quite the same zip as earlier installments do. Still, a Pollifax is always reliable reading. I also got a kick out of the back cover of the book saying "Visit our World Wide Web page!" The book was published in 1997 and the Internet was still a big deal back then :)

Ago 10, 2016, 10:22pm

>184 rabbitprincess: I agree that Innocent Tourist doesn't measure up to the earlier books but it was fun meeting up with Farrell again ;) And congrats on reaching your goal!!

Ago 11, 2016, 3:57pm

Congratulations on reaching your goal, with time to spare!

Editado: Ago 11, 2016, 4:35pm

Oh, The Pollifax series! I had forgotten all about it. I read a few several years ago and meant to continue on but over time forgot all about them. I'm going to add them to my ever growing list. Looks like my library has most of them.

Congrats on meeting your goal, and a big one at that!

Ago 13, 2016, 9:10pm

Congratulations on meeting your goal! So jealous that you finished so early.

Ago 17, 2016, 11:04pm

>185 leslie.98: Yes, I love Farrell! I wish I had friends that gave me cool nicknames like "Duchess". (I always pictured him looking like Harrison Ford :D) Thank you!

>186 billiejean: Thanks! Given previous years, this is about normal for me. Glad to be on pace!

>187 clue: Hurray! It's been fun to reread them -- and there are a few that escaped my clutches because my library might not have had them at the time, and this was before online catalogues made it so easy to place a hold! And thank you for the congrats!

>188 LittleTaiko: Thanks! It helps that I read ROOTS on the bus, and I do a lot of busing!


Now that I've met my goal, I'll be donating a whole whack of extras to the group total. Here are the first two donations.

Each Man's Son, by Hugh MacLennan
ROOT 51 of 50
Source: gift from parents
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/72619756

I've been on a Maritimes kick lately, and this book fits in nicely with that trend, being set in Cape Breton. MacLennan grew up in Sydney, Nova Scotia, so he knows this part of the province well. This is one of his lesser-rated novels, and I'd recommend at least reading Barometer Rising before trying this one.

The Viking Symbol Mystery, by Franklin W. Dixon
ROOT 52 of 50
Source: library book sale
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/116423054

This Hardy Boys mystery was utterly bananas. As an actual book, objectively speaking, it is probably more of a 2-star read, but I was laughing so much at all the nutty portrayals of the Canadian West that I gave it an extra star. (Edmonton is NOT "on the edge of the Northwest Territories"...) I thought I'd be reading this and passing it along, but it might just be too hilarious to give away.

Ago 20, 2016, 8:35pm

Wow! You reached your goal with time to spare. Outstanding!

Ago 21, 2016, 1:50pm

Congrats on meeting your goal!!

Ago 22, 2016, 9:01pm

Wow, you have made great progress! Congratulations! Love your thread topper, too. I hope to visit Stonehenge one day. In the meantime, I'll do so through photos and books.

Editado: Ago 28, 2016, 5:50pm

>190 craso: Thanks! This is about where I expect to be so it is a good feeling :)

>191 Sace: Thanks!

>192 This-n-That: Thanks! Stonehenge is wonderful. The site is really well laid out and you can get great pictures even without being able to walk among the stones. It did look a bit fake at first, just because I've seen so many pictures of it and couldn't believe I was looking at it for real!


From the Vikings to a retelling of Norse mythology:

The Gospel of Loki, by Joanne M. Harris
ROOT 53 of 50
Source: Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, Bath, England
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/121627809

I found this an enjoyable retelling of the Norse myths from Loki's perspective. Kept thinking Tom Hiddleston should narrate, though! And I nearly laughed out loud in public at the Thor-in-drag story. I'd forgotten about that one. Now I want to reread my Norse myth collection again!

Ago 27, 2016, 5:49pm

>193 rabbitprincess: I have had The Gospel of Loki for awhile. Your review makes me think I need to move it to the top of my TBR pile. Also, anything that reminds me of Tom Hiddleston is a good thing.

Ago 27, 2016, 7:44pm

>194 craso: I will add the caveat that the writing does feel thin in places, like it is being very deliberately "bad boy" or "cool dude". It took me a few chapters to get into.

Ago 27, 2016, 7:58pm

The Gospel of Loki looks really good. I just added it to my Amazon wish list.

Ago 29, 2016, 12:14pm

Hi! I couldn't possibly catch up on the threads after my crazy-long absence, but I just wanted to say hi :)

Ago 29, 2016, 5:52pm

>196 Sace: It is certainly a book I'd pick up if it were on sale (she says, downplaying her recommendation).

>197 avanders: Welcome back! :D And yes I can imagine there are a lot of threads to go through!

Ago 30, 2016, 12:33pm

>198 rabbitprincess: lol... It's funny.. sometimes I love a book, but then I'm not so sure someone ELSE will love it.... ;)
& Thanks! It's good to be back :)
tooooo many threads....

Ago 30, 2016, 2:10pm

And ahhhh! you met your goal! Congratulations!

Ago 30, 2016, 9:46pm

>193 rabbitprincess: I think my husband might like that book about Loki. He's really into Norse mythology. I'll tell him about it and see if he wants to put it on his wishlist. Perhaps a BB by proxy :).

Ago 31, 2016, 6:24pm

>199 avanders: Story of my life! I should just stamp all of my reviews with "Your Mileage May Vary".

>200 avanders: Thanks! Very colourful graphic too! :)

>201 readingtangent: Haha a ricochet perhaps? This is a fairly straightforward retelling but it does have a nice cover going for it.


I won't finish any more ROOTS today, so here is the recap.

August recap: 7 ROOTS pulled (YTD: 54)

*The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli (translated by Peter Bondanella and Mark Musa)
*Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
*Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist, by Dorothy Gilman (reread)
Each Man's Son, by Hugh MacLennan
The Viking Symbol Mystery, by Franklin W. Dixon
*The Gospel of Loki, by Joanne M. Harris
The Fire Engine that Disappeared, by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

ROOT of the month: Each Man's Son. Hugh MacLennan is one of my favourite authors and I was glad to dip into my stockpile of his works for this month.

I read four books from the 2016 pool (indicated by asterisks) and have three in the on-deck pile. One is a book of poetry, which is best read in bits and pieces, so I am trying to clear the decks a bit and make room for another bits-and-pieces book.

Sep 2, 2016, 3:54pm

>202 rabbitprincess: lol a great idea for a review stamp!

& you're quite welcome, but I can't take credit for that graphic .. I just find 'em and past 'em ;) I liked that one :)

Looks like a great month!
I was REALLY impressed w/ Things Fall Apart.. but I can see your points :)
I also didn't know it was part of a trilogy! Shows what I know...
We read it for my RL book group and had some discussion... I think I was mostly just impressed with the author's ability to bring something completely new (to me) to my attention, in a book that doesn't seem to have much of a narrative arc, that I was still able to read quickly and enjoy...

Sep 2, 2016, 4:04pm

Yes I think Things Fall Apart would be best enjoyed through group discussion. Reading it on its own wasn't quite enough for me. I read another one of Achebe's books in university but would probably have preferred Things Fall Apart.

Editado: Sep 9, 2016, 10:23pm

Haven't been feeling much like reviewing or even reading this week. Bleah. Hoping to rectify the situation this weekend. Anyway, here are reviews for the first two ROOTs of September.

The Cornish Trilogy, by Robertson Davies
ROOT 55 of 50
Source: gift
Rating: 4.5/5 (for the trilogy as a whole)
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/70475019

An excellent trilogy. I will have to start the Deptford trilogy soon.

The Great Fire of London, by Samuel Pepys
ROOT 56 of 50
Source: Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/121627536

Could I get a shorter book to contrast with the massive trilogy omnibus?! Not bad for a couple of days' worth of bits-and-pieces reading.

Sep 10, 2016, 1:08am

>205 rabbitprincess: Good luck with your weekend reading plans. :) If you don't feel like reading that is okay too; happens sometimes.

Sep 15, 2016, 9:58pm

>206 This-n-That: Thanks! I did get stuck into one of my books over the weekend, and I finished off a DVD series that needed to go back to the library, so that was productive.


This was my bus book for what felt like a longer time than normal.

The Troubled Man, by Henning Mankell (translated by Laurie Thompson)
ROOT 57 of 50
Source: Waterstones Strand/Trafalgar Square, London
Rating: 3.5/5
Review: https://www.librarything.com/review/85167509

Three stars for the idea and an extra 0.5 star for the thoughts on mortality and aging. Felt longer than the other Wallander books I read. The Black Lizard editions seem to run thinner than the Vintage paperbacks.

Sep 18, 2016, 3:19am

Happy Sunday, RP!

Sep 22, 2016, 10:55am

>205 rabbitprincess: sorry about your funk -- but it happens! Hopefully the changing weather will help w/ your reading mood :)

looks like you've made some progress anyway ;)

Editado: Sep 22, 2016, 9:38pm

>208 connie53: Thanks, Connie! And a happy Thursday now, to you (and it will be Friday when you see this)!

>209 avanders: Thanks! Yes, the fall is more conducive to reading because my brain isn't being fried by the heat and humidity. :)


We had a little heatwave recently, so I thought this would be the perfect time to indulge in a reread.

McNally's Risk, by Lawrence Sanders
ROOT 58 of 50
Going Through the Stacks #64
Source: library book sale
Rating: 3.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/72318788

Most of this book is a solid three stars, but I added an extra half-star for a couple of very funny references or connections that I am only picking up now rather than in my teens.

Sep 23, 2016, 1:51am

>205 rabbitprincess: The Cornish Trilogy seems to have gotten rave reviews. Will go on my wish list!

Sep 26, 2016, 3:01pm

>210 rabbitprincess:. I just looked up McNally's Risk on Amazon. The first book in the series was free with Kindle unlimited. I'm going to give it a try. It looks like a great series.

Sep 27, 2016, 9:14pm

>211 Tess_W: The omnibus edition has a staggeringly high rating on Goodreads. I hope you like it!

>212 Sace: It's probably the second-fluffiest mystery series I read (the fluffiest is probably the Book Collector series by Victoria Abbott). A fluffy series is nice to have on hand.


I took advantage of a train ride on the weekend to polish off two books.

The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad
ROOT 59 of 50
Source: Project Gutenberg
Rating: 2.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/114311013

I managed to finish this, but it took a long time. The action felt very distant.

Gideon's Art, by J.J. Marric
ROOT 60 of 50
Source: BMV
Rating: 3.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/112440875

Art heists and London. What's not to like? My favourite Gideon novel so far.

Sep 28, 2016, 12:09am

>213 rabbitprincess: Sounds like you are getting past your recent reading slump!! Yay!

Editado: Oct 31, 2016, 10:02pm

>214 This-n-That: Yep, a little! September turned out to be a slower month for me overall, but I am in the middle of some good ones.


September recap: 6 ROOTS pulled (YTD: 60)

*The Lyre of Orpheus, by Robertson Davies
The Great Fire of London, by Samuel Pepys
The Troubled Man, by Henning Mankell (trans. Laurie Thompson)
McNally's Risk, by Lawrence Sanders
*The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad
*Gideon's Art, by J.J. Marric

ROOT of the month: The Lyre of Orpheus. An excellent conclusion to an excellent trilogy.

I read three books from the 2016 pool (indicated by asterisks) and three are on the on-deck pile. Two of them are the same as last month. One of them is an Edward Rutherfurd book (Russka), and I always need to have a LOT of time set aside for his books. Maybe October will be the month of getting big books done.


And because it is the end of the third quarter, time for another pool update:

I need to get working on some of the "moderately old" books in this pool (third row). I've been good about the really old and the really new.

I sincerely doubt the Pierre Berton will get read, even just the first half (I've already read the second half), so I'm not going to be fussed about not getting a perfectly X-ed out card.

Oct 1, 2016, 3:44am

I need to learn how to do that X thing!

Oct 1, 2016, 10:30am

>216 Tess_W: I opened the image in a basic Paint program and used the "insert text" function to type an X over the appropriate cover.

Oct 2, 2016, 12:59am

>217 rabbitprincess: I might try something like that next year! I "live" on the computer, computerized lesson plans, computerized grade book, making forms/charts all the time, BUT I haven't really used Paint before. I think maybe this old dog should learn a new trick!

Oct 2, 2016, 12:07pm

>218 Tess_W: I keep thinking I ought to figure out how to post pictures on LT. Maybe 2017 is the year :)

Oct 2, 2016, 1:34pm

>219 Jackie_K: Let's go for it, Jackie!

Oct 3, 2016, 11:25pm

>218 Tess_W: >219 Jackie_K: >220 Tess_W: And there are plenty of people on here who can help! :)


After worrying about my slow September, I started October off by finishing two books. One is a ROOT.

South by Java Head, by Alistair MacLean
ROOT 61 of 50
Source: bought somewhere secondhand on my "Irish Sea Tour" in 2014
Rating: 3.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/109001330

This is MacLean's third novel, beginning in Singapore during the Second World War, and still pretty good in terms of an action-packed story. Also, lots of nautical stuff for those who like boats. Therefore I'd recommend this one more if you liked his books HMS Ulysses or Ice Station Zebra. However, I should mention that there are some cringe-inducing descriptions of the Japanese troops that would not pass muster in a novel set during this period and written today.

Oct 8, 2016, 3:01pm

This was a bus book earlier this week, and it is precisely the sort of book that makes me glad I always carry two backups in my purse.

The Tower, by Richard Martin Stern
ROOT 62 of 50
Source: pilfered from Grandma's shelves
Rating: 1/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/88387512

The basis for the movie The Towering Inferno. Didn't get to the actual inferno part because the first 60 pages were taken up with repetitious scenes and a totally unnecessary plot involving two couples cheating on each other with the other person's spouse. I am tempted to recycle it rather than send it to the used book sale; that's how tedious I found it.

Editado: Oct 8, 2016, 3:53pm

>222 rabbitprincess: That sounds just awful. When I have that type of experience, I am very grateful when it happens to a library book versus one I own. Recycling sounds like a reasonable option!

I was thinking that you must have a sturdy and roomy purse to carry three books with you. :)

Oct 11, 2016, 9:55pm

>223 This-n-That: Yes, it's much easier to ditch a library book than one you own! Fortunately, I didn't pay any money for The Tower.

And yes, I have a very roomy purse. It can hold three decent-sized paperbacks or two hardcovers. I actually own two of the same model, just different colours.


A much better ROOT!

The Game of Kings, by Dorothy Dunnett
ROOT 63 of 50
Source: Christmas gift
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/114932800

I read this as a buddy read over in the Category Challenge group and we agreed that it was a very meaty book. It contains allusions, poetry in multiple languages, well-crafted writing, and swashbuckling. I enjoyed it best when reading for long periods and will be continuing with the series eventually. Glad for the group read because otherwise it would have taken me several years to get around to this one!

Oct 18, 2016, 2:02pm

>221 rabbitprincess: Yes there are lots of people who can help. There is even a thread with instructions on the 75-group


Oct 21, 2016, 10:19pm

>225 connie53: I've added this to my "favourite posts" for future reference! Thanks for sharing :)


This is decidedly fluffier than my last ROOT, but I enjoyed it. Was feeling the need for some science fiction.

Festival of Death, by Jonathan Morris
ROOT 64 of 50
Source: BMV
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/116825078

This is an extremely convoluted Fourth Doctor adventure and a hair-raising ride. Also, the Arachnopods are revolting. The part where someone shot one with a blaster and it then proceeded to eat the bits that had fallen off, proclaiming them "Freshly baked eats!", actually made me gag. But really anything with "arachno" in the name was bound to be disgusting, so I am not about to fault the author for that ;)

Oct 25, 2016, 10:00pm

Two more ROOTS! Yay!

Is There Life Outside the Box?: An Actor Despairs, by Peter Davison
ROOT 65 of 50
Source: Book Depository
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/135400916

I enjoyed this memoir a great deal (although it could have used more stringent copyediting) and I'm now revisiting Davison's work. Watched his episode of Miss Marple on the weekend and have requested Campion from the library.

Poor Caroline, by Winifred Holtby
ROOT 66 of 50
Source: Berry and Peterson, Kingston, ON
Rating: 2.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/82818705

Better for those who prefer character sketches rather than a fast-paced plot. I was probably never going to be in the right mood for this.

Oct 27, 2016, 1:33pm

>227 rabbitprincess: Oh I love Peter Davison! Excuse me while I swoon :)

Oct 27, 2016, 8:01pm

>228 Jackie_K: I'm rather tempted by that book, myself! I had no idea he'd written one.

Oct 28, 2016, 9:12pm

>228 Jackie_K: I posted this on my Category Challenge thread, but I think it deserves to be reposted here: for your swooning pleasure, it's Peter Davison modelling a Fair Isle knitted "slipover" vest:

This picture is one of many in the book.

>229 bragan: Just came out earlier this month! It was with another publisher for a while and then he brought it over to the folks who did end up publishing it. I found it took a little bit to get used to the narrative style -- present-day scenes alternating with scenes from his earlier life -- but very quickly I ended up devouring the whole book in a weekend.

I also ended up re-watching The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot after finishing this book. Confession: I like the reboot a little bit better than the actual 50th anniversary special.


Poles Apart, by Terry Fallis
ROOT 67 of 50
Source: Chaptigo
Rating: 3.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/122405071

Light and fast-paced with amusing moments. The plot is somewhat predictable in places, and a couple of characters had unnatural-sounding dialogue at the beginning, but it kept me entertained. I would recommend this to someone who's already read a Terry Fallis novel, so that you know roughly what to expect.

Oct 29, 2016, 5:44pm

>230 rabbitprincess: I like the 50th anniversary special, but The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot was something, well, special. :)

And I am totally adding Davison's book to my wishlist.

Oct 29, 2016, 9:14pm

>227 rabbitprincess: Thank you for the review of Is There Life Outside the Box?: An Actor Despairs. I didn't know he was writing an autobiography. Also, thanks for the photo. I had a major crush on him. This goes on my wish list for sure.

Oct 31, 2016, 10:11pm

I hope you both like the book!

>231 bragan: I loved how cheeky and affectionate the reboot show was, and how they weren't afraid to poke fun at themselves. Also, it contained MUCH less Clara Cleverpants.

>232 craso: It's such a great photo! I am glad he included it.


October recap: 7 ROOTS pulled (YTD: 67)

*South by Java Head, by Alistair MacLean
The Tower, by Richard Martin Stern
*The Game of Kings, by Dorothy Dunnett
Festival of Death, by Jonathan Morris
Is There Life Outside the Box?: An Actor Despairs, by Peter Davison
*Poor Caroline, by Winifred Holtby
Poles Apart, by Terry Fallis

ROOT of the month: Fiction: The Game of Kings. Non-fiction: Is There Life Outside the Box?

I read three books from the 2016 pool (indicated by asterisks) and two are on the on-deck pile. Poor Russka; it's still there. I may have to add it to my 2017 pool at this rate.

Nov 2, 2016, 10:32am

>210 rabbitprincess: ugh, heat and humidity.... but it's already November and ... no more of that for a few months, at least! ;)

>215 rabbitprincess: your pool update looks very impressive!

And congrats on all your ROOTs progress!! You've certainly found your way out of that funk :)

Nov 4, 2016, 4:58pm

>230 rabbitprincess: I know you've posted that picture elsewhere, but it still cracks me up. And, I just noticed, he's smoking in that catalog photo! The times, they have a-changed. :)

Nov 6, 2016, 12:15pm

You're making great progress with your pool - it looks like that is a really good system for you!

Nov 12, 2016, 10:12am

>9 rabbitprincess: Maybe I've already gushed about this, but THANK YOU for these instructions. I am making full use of them these days! It really keeps me from having to fill up my junk drawer with individual images of book covers and with each new read I can just replace the previous screen shot.

Nov 14, 2016, 10:14pm

>234 avanders: Yes, hopefully no more heat/humidity for a while! And thanks! I have found the pool to be a most useful way to pick books. Will probably use it next year.

>235 LauraBrook: Haha yes it is quite incongruous!

>236 Jackie_K: Thanks! It sure is! I may end up adding any leftovers to the 2017 pool, because there aren't quite as many in that pool yet as there were last year.

>237 Sace: You're very welcome! Glad to be of assistance!


I have two ROOTs to report on!

A Folly of Princes, by Nigel Tranter
ROOT 68 of 50
Source: Abebooks
Rating: 2.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/118713725

The second volume of the House of Stewart trilogy. A bit of a slog, also rather naughty in places. (Me: "Did that REALLY happen?!") Still, glad to have finished it, as this was my second attempt.

The Crime on Cote des Neiges, by David Montrose
ROOT 69 of 50
Source: Paragraphe Books, Montreal, QC
Rating: 1.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/126834504

Meh. One of those books that has a good premise but that devolves into boredom. Perhaps it was my mood as well. I have had better luck with another Montrose, The Body on Mount Royal.

Nov 15, 2016, 6:43am

>238 rabbitprincess: Hooray for two more ROOTs! I'm sorry they weren't more enjoyable, though. I'll keep my fingers crossed for The Body on Mount Royal.

Nov 15, 2016, 10:27am

Woo hoo congrats on 2 more ROOTs pulled! Even if they weren't amazing.... ;) Nice to get them off the shelves!

Nov 17, 2016, 9:35pm

>239 Sace: The Body on Mount Royal was a good one! I've read it before. I do have one other book of his on the pile: Murder over Dorval. Keep your fingers crossed for that one for me! :)

>240 avanders: Yes, well one is off the shelves at any rate! I am selfishly hanging on to all my Nigel Tranters ;)


This one gets bonus points, at least in my head, because it ended up being a Going Through the Stacks book!

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
ROOT 70 of 50
Going Through the Stacks #65
Source: physical copy: gift / e-copy: Serial Reader
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/70476280

I'd forgotten I'd marked this for rereading, because my brother currently has custody of it for some reason. (I could probably take it back if I want, but I need all the space I can get on my shelves here for all my unread books!) So that was a nice surprise to discover when I decided to reread through Serial Reader. Great story as usual.

Nov 18, 2016, 6:51am

>241 rabbitprincess:
I have loved Treasure Island since I was a small person pretending the mosquito net on my bed made it a sailing ship and my stuffed animals in their hammock my crew.
I (not too long ago) read a review someone had written who first came to TI as an adult and had many hilariously cranky things to say about the idea of using moral superiority as a battle strategy against pirates. I was a bit sad they didn't enjoy the book, but that sentiment made me laugh.

Editado: Nov 18, 2016, 2:38pm

>241 rabbitprincess: lol that's okay ... We can hold onto some ROOTs... ;)

Nov 18, 2016, 9:54pm

>241 rabbitprincess: I just signed up for Serial Reader and I'm loving it so far. I love that you can read in tiny installments. I think this is good for books that might otherwise totally bore me like Moby Dick, which I'm currently reading via Serial Reader!

Nov 23, 2016, 6:43pm

>242 Caramellunacy: That sounds like an awesome game of make-believe! And the review sounds amusing too.

>243 avanders: Haha my BF is always trying to get me to cull more books. But as long as I can make my bookshelves impersonate the TARDIS, I will keep as many as I can ;)

>244 Tess_W: Yes! I like using it to read at mealtimes when dining solo; a few installments will tide me over dinner.


My next ROOT represents a notable achievement: it is the third audiobook I have listened to this year. I'm lucky if I can get through two!

Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars, by Terrance Dicks (audio, narrated by Tom Baker)
ROOT 71 of 50
Source: iTunes
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/132059895

A Fourth Doctor story narrated by the Fourth Doctor himself is many Doctor Who fans' idea of a good time, and that is no exception with this fan. It doesn't hurt that this is also the novelization of one of the most classic Fourth Doctor stories.

Nov 26, 2016, 4:51pm

You have been reading up a storm. Looks like there is a lot of Canadian Lit in those tomes. I am intrigued by the title Murder over Dorval since I used to live close to there. Is the book good?

Nov 27, 2016, 12:11pm

>246 Familyhistorian: That's the only one I haven't read yet, so I can't say how good it is. I did like The Body on Mount Royal.

Hoping to get to even more CanLit next year, considering that it's a big birthday!


Speaking of CanLit, here's a reread of one I really liked.

Black Bird, by Michel Basilières
ROOT 72 of 50
Source: Friends of Library and Archives Canada book sale
Rating: 5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/work/203097/reviews/78161831

Montreal during the October Crisis of 1970 is one of those times and places that will always pique my interest for whatever reason. This is a slightly surreal take on those events, with tweaks to the historical record and some occasional dark humour. Hard to explain but a book that has become one of my favourites.

(this review is from my first reading, in 2010)

Dic 1, 2016, 9:55pm

I've been so distracted from LT lately that I forgot to log this, my last ROOT of November! Recap to follow shortly.

Innocent Graves, by Peter Robinson
ROOT 73 of 50
Going Through the Stacks #66
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/70475243

I decided to reread this because pulling it out of my mystery paperback shelf would leave more room for my latest purchases. I'd planned to give it away eventually, and that's still the plan. Better than Gallows View, but not going to be reread.

Dic 1, 2016, 10:23pm

November recap: 6 ROOTS pulled (YTD: 73)

*A Folly of Princes, by Nigel Tranter
The Crime on Cote Des Neiges, by David Montrose (abandoned)
Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson (reread via Serial Reader)
Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars, by Terrance Dicks (audio, narrated by Tom Baker)
Black Bird, by Michel Basilières (reread)
Innocent Graves, by Peter Robinson (reread)

ROOT of the month: Of the new ROOTs, Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars. Such fun!

I read one book from the 2016 pool (indicated by an asterisk). Russka is finally in progress, but Nation Maker is still languishing on the on-deck pile. It's looking more likely for 2017.

Dic 5, 2016, 10:43am

Great November!

Dic 7, 2016, 8:40pm

>250 avanders: Yeah, not bad! Surprised at all the rereading I ended up doing!


First ROOT of December is another one from the pool, which I have declared finished rather than actually finished.

Dear Leader, by Damian Rogers
ROOT 74 of 50
Source: Chaptigo
Rating: 2/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/123104255

Of Damian Rogers' poetry collections, I prefer her previous one, Paper Radio. Dear Leader's poems had less of a narrative for me to hang onto and were more about setting moods with what seemed like collections of sentences juxtaposed for effect. Still, I will continue to support Rogers' poetry by picking up her books whenever she publishes them.

Dic 10, 2016, 9:14am

Second ROOT of December is one of those delightful finds from a book sale -- a book that jumped out at me and demanded that I take it home.

Happy Alchemy: Writings on the Theatre and Other Lively Arts, by Robertson Davies
ROOT 75 of 50
Source: RPPS Book Sale
Rating: 4/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/135780540

It seems as though I've been on a Robertson Davies kick this year, what with reading the Cornish Trilogy and now this book. Davies' enthusiasm for going to the theatre makes me want to go see more plays as well!

Dic 12, 2016, 8:22pm

Third ROOT of December is a delightfully festive mystery that goes with the nearly 20 cm of snow we received today.

The Santa Klaus Murder, by Mavis Doriel Hay
ROOT 76 of 50
Source: Xmas gift 2015
Rating: 3/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/124491643

Now I've read all of Mavis Doriel Hay's novels. This one is certainly festive! It's not bad but not amazing. Death on the Cherwell was probably my favourite of hers.

Dic 15, 2016, 1:58pm

Looks like some great December ROOTs pulled already! :)
Love those festive murder mysteries ;)

Dic 20, 2016, 9:46pm

>254 avanders: Yes, it was a good treat for the holidays.


My latest ROOT is a collection of short stories.

Declarations of War, by Len Deighton
ROOT 77 of 50
Source: London, England (probably Waterstones)
Rating: 3.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/85167363

This was pretty good. It may be best appreciated by existing fans of Deighton, but your mileage may vary.

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Dic 24, 2016, 7:13pm

A Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice and a Kewl Yule to you and yours, rabbit

Dic 28, 2016, 6:12am

Hi rabbit, I saw on the other thread you did not finish Russka by Rutherford. Did you not like it? That is on my TBR--give me the scoop!

Dic 28, 2016, 6:51am

>259 Tess_W: I second that request. I'm in the same boat. I've had it on my shelves for ages as well. To quote Tess-give me the scoop, too.

Dic 28, 2016, 9:48pm

>256 avanders: >257 Tess_W: >258 Robertgreaves: Thank you for the Christmas, Solstice and Yuletide wishes! It was a good Christmas. Only three new books, but all were on my list and I hope they are good!

>259 Tess_W: >260 Sace: Here goes...

Russka, by Edward Rutherfurd
ROOT 78 of 50
Source: bought with a gift card
Rating: 1/5 (DNF)
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/70474112

Of the two Edward Rutherfurds I have DNF'ed, this is my least favourite. I was really interested in learning the history of Russia, because it's a country I don't know much about, but there was a dearth of interesting female characters and an extremely icky plot point involving incest rape that pretty much killed most of my motivation to finish the book.

I have liked other Rutherfurd books, though, so I'm not about to pitch my copy of Paris: The Novel unread. It may just be that little while longer before I get to it...

So now I'm looking for a different book about Russia. Preferably non-fiction or a novel that contains more interesting women!

Dic 29, 2016, 2:35am

>261 rabbitprincess: TY TY for the review. I have read Rutherfurds New York: The Novel and I just loved it. I also have Russia and Paris in my TBR pile. I will probably start Russia, sometime, and I'll let you know if the untimely death turned me off!

Editado: Dic 30, 2016, 9:53pm

>262 Tess_W: Yes, I quite liked New York as well. It covered "only" about 400 years so a short time frame for Rutherfurd! ;)


Squeaking in one more ROOT for the year. Full review to be posted in the next day or so. (edit: posted December 30)

Sad Cypress, by Agatha Christie (audio, narrated by David Suchet)
ROOT 79 of 50
Source: ripped from library *blush*
Rating: 2.5/5
Review: http://www.librarything.com/review/106522451

Two stars for the story, an extra half-star for David Suchet's narration. Would have been a full star normally, because I like David Suchet, but there was a bit of "Ooh! Me accent's slipping!" with some of the female characters, especially the Irish nurse and the New Zealand lady


December recap: 6 ROOTS pulled (YTD: 79)

*Dear Leader, by Damian Rogers
Happy Alchemy: Writings on the Theatre and Other Lively Arts, by Robertson Davies
The Santa Klaus Murder, by Mavis Doriel Hay
*Declarations of War, by Len Deighton
*Russka, by Edward Rutherfurd (DNF)
*Sad Cypress, by Agatha Christie (audio, narrated by David Suchet)

ROOT of the month: Happy Alchemy, which was a great find at the big book sale last month :)

I kicked butt at the pool this month, reading four books. I have two from this year's pool in the bus-book rotation, and a third (Nation Maker) patiently waiting on the to-read pile. But really, it will be more appropriate to read Nation Maker next year anyway, when Canada celebrates its 150th birthday.


Speaking of which, how did I do with the 2016 pool? Final total: 41 out of 48.

This was a really good exercise, helping focus my "what the heck do I read next?" energies. I've already made a pool for next year. :)

Dic 30, 2016, 9:29am

> 263 This looks great! I don't think I'm that disciplined when it come to choosing a book.

Dic 30, 2016, 9:39am

Very impressive! Will you be carrying over the 7 unread books from the 2016 pool to the 2017 pool?

Dic 30, 2016, 2:54pm

>261 rabbitprincess: Thank you for the review! I might move Russka down the pile and focus on London or see if my library has Paris.

I love your pool image and all the crossed off progress. It must feel great. AND a last minute squeak! Congrats!

Editado: Dic 30, 2016, 9:54pm

>264 clue: Thanks! I had a paper copy of this taped to the corner of my monitor, so it was more subliminal messaging than anything else -- if I needed a book to read, often something on the list would fill my mood.

>265 Jackie_K: I've made a separate list of the unread books and kept it out near my monitor, but I didn't include them in the 2017 pool. If I read them next year, great! If not, no fuss.

>266 Sace: London was good, lots of interesting facts. I think I want to reread that one. Paris looks really interesting too. And yes, it has been very satisfying to cross off the books as they're read. I've been crossing them off the printout I made, but somehow it's even more satisfying to update the electronic image each quarter ;)


Edit: added review of Sad Cypress to >263 rabbitprincess: above.

Dic 31, 2016, 7:00pm

A brief recap of my ROOTS of the year. It's a baker's dozen (13) this year because I had two "best of" books in October.

Never Saw it Coming, by Linwood Barclay
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams (audio dramatization by Dirk Maggs)
Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth, by Terrance Dicks
For Who the Bell Tolls: One Man's Quest for Grammatical Perfection, by David Marsh
The Rebel Angels, by Robertson Davies
The Orenda, by Joseph Boyden
The Game: A Thoughtful and Provocative Look at a Life in Hockey, by Ken Dryden
Each Man's Son, by Hugh MacLennan
The Lyre of Orpheus, by Robertson Davies
The Game of Kings, by Dorothy Dunnett
Is There Life Outside the Box?: An Actor Despairs, by Peter Davison
Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars, by Terrance Dicks (audio, narrated by Tom Baker)
Happy Alchemy: Writings on the Theatre and Other Lively Arts, by Robertson Davies

The group read of Robertson Davies in the Category Challenge group helped me discover some mighty fine writing, and I also enjoyed Doctor Who a fair bit. Have to mine my Doctor Who stash a bit more next year!

Ene 2, 2017, 7:00pm

Happy New Year! See you in the new 2017 group... :)

Ene 2, 2017, 7:54pm

>269 avanders: Happy New Year to you as well!