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Editado: Dic 30, 2016, 12:27pm

Unlike 2015, where I counted ROOTS for both print books and Kindle books, in 2016 I plan to count only print books. That's where I'd love to have more room.

My goal is 24 ROOTS for 2016.


1. Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson--finished on 1/10/16
2. Meeting Tom Brady by Richard J. King--finished on 1/31/16
3-6. Four books donated to library on 2/9/16
7. Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon--finished on 2/10/16
8-11. Four books due to work clean-up.
12. Chicago Noir: The Classics edited by Joe Meno--finished on 2/26/16
13. The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn--finished on 3/5/16
14-21. Eight books donated, so far, from work library cleanup
22. The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys
23-55 Thirty-three books to conclude work clean up
56. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson--finished on 4/21/16
57. A Scout's Report: My 70 Years in Baseball by George Genovese--finished on 4/27/16
58. Theft on Thursday by Ann Purser--finished on 5/15/16
59. Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian by Anthony Ervin--finished on 5/25/16
60. Grace Interrupted by Julie Hyzy--finished on 6/6/16
61. The Only Rule Is It Has to Work by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller--finished on 6/23/16
62. The Evening Spider: A Novel by Emily Arsenault--DNF--6/5/16
63. Some Like It Cold: Surfing the Malibu of the Midwest by William Povletich
64. The Punch by John Feinstein--finished on 8/1/16
65. Guest of Honor by Deborah Davis--finished on 9/7/16
66. Tall Tail by Rita Mae Brown--finished on 9/21/16
67-68. Two books donated to the library--10/8/16
69-73 Five books donated to the library--11/14/16
74-78 Five books donated to the library--11/18/16
79-88 Ten books donated to the library--11/20/16
89. Caged Eyes: An Air Force Cadet's Story of Rape & Resilience by Lynn K. Hall--finished on 11/23/16
90. Bill Clinton by Michael Tomasky (ER book)--finished on 11/24/16
91-94. Donated 4 books to the YWCA
95. The Mystery of the Cape Cod Tavern by Phoebe Atwood Taylor--finished on 12/29/16

Dic 23, 2015, 2:18am

>1 lindapanzo: We have matching goals! Good luck ROOTing them out :-)

Dic 23, 2015, 2:59am

Good luck, Linda!

Dic 23, 2015, 4:06am

Welcome back and good luck!

Dic 23, 2015, 8:16am

Good luck with clearing the physical shelves!

Editado: Dic 23, 2015, 1:57pm

Thanks. It's nice to be back again. No doubt most of my 2016 reading will be on my Kindle but clearing space there doesn't mean nearly as much to me as clearing some physical space with regular print books.

I think I've finally got my ticker problem sorted it. It seemed to duplicate the 2015 ticker such that, either I've read 118 ROOTS so far in 2016 (ha!!) or I've read 0 ROOTS so far in 2015.

Dic 23, 2015, 5:32pm

>6 lindapanzo: I had some problems with my tickers too, Linda. But they are looking good now as is yours.

Dic 23, 2015, 6:19pm

Welcome back, Linda! Good luck in 2016!

Dic 24, 2015, 1:25am

Nice to see you all here again for 2016.

Most of my book purchases are on Kindle but I hope to keep track of physical books I buy/receive, in 2016, to see whether there's a net increase or net decrease at the end of the year.

I've got 4 ER books to read, plus countless others around the house. Reading 24 physical books would barely make a dent in the total but it'd be a nice start. I would hope to go well beyond that number.

Dic 24, 2015, 9:20pm

Glad you're back, Linda!

Dic 25, 2015, 12:20am

Glad you're back!

Dic 26, 2015, 9:42pm

Happy Rooting!

Dic 31, 2015, 9:55pm

Good luck with your ROOT reading, Linda!

Ene 1, 2016, 3:06am

Ene 1, 2016, 5:35am

Ene 1, 2016, 11:50am

Happy New Year to all, filled with 366 days of wonderful books.

Ene 1, 2016, 12:52pm

Happy New Year, Linda! I wish you luck on ROOTing once again! Can't wait to see what book #1 will be!

Ene 1, 2016, 8:31pm

Hi Laura, happy new year!!

My first book of 2016 will probably be a hockey bio of an old favorite Chicago Blackhawks player.

My first ROOT will probably be an overdue ER book, a history of the composer Shoshtakovich and the siege of Leningrad. After I won it, I wondered why I'd even asked for it but it's geared to a YA audience I think and it's a quicker read than I expected.

Ene 23, 2016, 9:56pm

Oh yeah, I remember being interested in that book, but then I wasn't sure if it would really be my kind of "thing" or not. I'll decide for sure once I see what you thought of it!

Feb 27, 2016, 12:02pm

Yay. In the wee hours, I finally finished my longest standing ER book, Chicago Noir: The Classics.

Good feeling to get somewhat caught up on ER books. I think I have two left, as of now. Maybe I can read those two in March and be all caught up, for now.

Thanks to the work clean-up, I'm adding, er, discarding, more ROOTs than expected. I also browsed the library friends book sale today and bought NO books.

Editado: Feb 27, 2016, 12:29pm

>20 lindapanzo: Bought NO books! Yeah!

Feb 27, 2016, 12:30pm

>21 connie53: Note that I'm still at the library so I shouldn't count my chickens yet. I am checking 3 books out of the library but, thankfully, I'll have to return those.

Feb 27, 2016, 1:40pm

>22 lindapanzo: Okay, but checking out books of the library is much better than buying!

Feb 29, 2016, 12:07pm

>20 lindapanzo: fun - I've been meaning to read one of those city noir books ... the Chicago one would have been nice bc of the familiarity, but I think I'd also like one where I'm unfamiliar w/ the city :)
Congrats on finishing!

Also congrats on browsing a library book sale and purchasing no books!

Editado: Mar 8, 2016, 11:53am

Today is our official clean up day at work. It's odd to be wearing sweats and an old shirt but at least I'm comfortable and don't care how dirty things get.

Anyway, I am expecting to find at least 15 or so books that I can donate, which I can count towards my ROOT goal.

I think I also have a handle on those Donna Leon books I was looking for. I hope so, anyway.

I'm a pack rat by nature but all this cleaning/tossing is very therapeutic. I've been sitting in this exact same work area for 12 years. Next month is my 30th anniversary with the company.

You might wonder why I have regular reading books at work perhaps. At one time, I was thought of as the "lending library." People would give me books and I'd put in my own already read books and people would come choose books to take. Well, over the years that was forgotten.

ETA: Hurray!! I've read the first two Donna Leon books and just found numbers 3, 4, 5, and 6 in the series!! I am eager to clean out ones I want to get rid of but happy to find exactly what I was looking for.

Mar 8, 2016, 2:17pm

>25 lindapanzo: So good you found those missing books, Linda.

I did wonder why your books were at work. I think that's really nice to have a 'library' at work. I lend books out to colleagues too, but I have no shelve with books there.

Mar 8, 2016, 2:29pm

>26 connie53: One woman had a spot where people could exchange different tea bag flavors. Going back probably 20 years, I had extra books on a shelf. Also, there's the matter of the at least once, sometimes twice, charitable book sale at work, too.

I also found a copy of Jane Smiley's Moo, which is another I'd hoped to get to soon.

Mar 8, 2016, 7:48pm

>25 lindapanzo: Being the office librarian sounds like fun! Maybe I'll become the office librarian at my place.

Glad to hear you found the books you're looking for and early congratulations on your 30th anniversary with the company! Wow!!

Mar 25, 2016, 3:15pm

While I finished reading another ROOT last night, I realized that those "work library" books I'm donating have put me close to my goal for the year, already.

I haven't done much cleaning during the past few weeks but it is looking like I won't reach the 15 ROOTs I thought I'd find, though I am finding an occasional book I do want to read.

Editado: Abr 17, 2016, 1:38pm

>29 lindapanzo: Hurrah for finding books you really want to read, Linda!

Editado: Abr 8, 2016, 5:51pm

I'm probably now through about 3/4 of the work cleaning I need to do.

The final tally for today...

33 books to donate and 15 books I want to read.

One book I "found" namely Sue Grafton's D Is for Deadbeat is actually on my Christmas wishlist.

Now the hassle will be taking books out and actually donating them, on a piecemeal basis (based on how much one person can carry).

It feels great to be able to "travel light" around the office, going forward.

Abr 8, 2016, 11:52pm

>31 lindapanzo: Congrats!

Jul 2, 2016, 11:28am

Still plugging away. I finished two ROOTs and gave up on another book in June (and then donated it), giving me three ROOTs for the month.

Jul 4, 2016, 1:10pm

Wow, that's a lot of books! And what a relief to find some of the books you've been looking for and/or wanting to read. I just found a few myself, and it was a weight off of my mind.

Happy Fourth of July!

Editado: Jul 4, 2016, 1:17pm

Sorry, my post doubled. :-/

Ago 30, 2016, 1:01pm

>33 lindapanzo: plugging away is what gets you there!

Nov 14, 2016, 11:59am

I haven't been reading all that many print books lately.

However, I finally got fed up with the big piles of books in my bedroom and plan to go through my shelves to free up shelf space, either by donating or giving some away.

Nov 15, 2016, 10:41am

>37 lindapanzo: that counts as pulling roots! Good luck! :)

Nov 18, 2016, 12:48pm

>38 avanders: Absolutely. I've probably got about 1,500 to 2,000 books and could easily move out at least a third of them. If I had the time and/or energy. It'll probably be an ongoing project into next year.

Nov 18, 2016, 2:43pm

>39 lindapanzo: phew - sounds like quite the project! But a fun one :)

Nov 27, 2016, 4:48pm

>39 lindapanzo: Same here. And I just ordered literally dozens of books through various sales online and in person. I have a problem! My big goal for next year will be to actually get rid of more physical books, and to ditch the duplicates of books too. (That is, the ones that I'm not actively collecting.) If I have it on kindle, then I don't need a print copy and vice versa. And unless it's a cherished favorite, I do not need multiple copies!

Here's hoping we have enough energy (and our backs hold out) long enough to complete this task over the coming months!