Jack's 2020 First Time ROOTin'

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Jack's 2020 First Time ROOTin'

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Editado: Jan 27, 2020, 3:10 pm

First time participating in ROOT but I'm also doing 2020 75 book challenge and trying to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.


Reading Now
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

Reading Next
Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card

Editado: Jan 27, 2020, 3:12 pm

Read in January: 1,281 Pages

Jan 3, 2020, 11:14 am

Rating System

Will Read Over and Over Again 5.0
Almost Perfect 4.5
Excellent 4.0
Very Good 3.5
Good 3.0
Average 2.5
Meh 2.0
Bad 1.5
Ugh 1.0
Want to Claw my Eyes Out 0.5

Jan 3, 2020, 11:15 am

Types of Books

HC = Actual paper books (hard copies)
EB = Ebook (Overdrive/Kindle)
LT = LibraryThing Early Review
A = Audio Book

Jan 3, 2020, 11:33 am

Welcome to the ROOTers, Jack. Glad to see a new face here.

Jan 3, 2020, 1:17 pm

Good luck with your 2020 reading, welcome to the group!

Jan 3, 2020, 6:41 pm

Hope ypu enjoy your reading in 2020!

Jan 3, 2020, 8:34 pm

Welcome aboard and have fun with your challenge! I laughed out loud at the 1-star and 0.5-star part of your rating system :D Hope you don't get many of those...

Jan 4, 2020, 12:39 pm

Welcome and happy reading! I hope you don't get too many of the 0.5 variety!

Jan 4, 2020, 7:49 pm

Welcome and happy reading through 2020!

Editado: Jan 17, 2020, 6:32 pm

1. EB 48 Hours by William R. Forstchen 4.0 Stars

Let me preface this by saying I'm a fan of Forstchen's disaster novels. This one is no different. Instead of an EMP this time, solar flares are threatening the world with an Extinction Level Event. Told through two story paths (a scientist at the White House and a couple in the Ozarks), the main question is: at the end, would you do the moral thing?

Jan 17, 2020, 10:13 pm

2. HC Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix 3.0 Stars

Blend the nightmare of shopping/working at an IKEA knock-off store with a traditional haunted house and you have this interesting (but not great) tale of 5 employees trying to survive overnight in their store. While there was some mild humor in places, I mostly wanted to slap the s*** out of the main characters for being so cliche.

Jan 18, 2020, 11:20 am

Welcome to the group and wishing you a good year of reading! It was fun reading the descriptions for your ratings system. :)

Jan 21, 2020, 4:22 pm

3. EB After by Ellen Datlow 2.5 Stars

An average collection of post-apocalypse/dystopian short stories for young adults (in the young adult world these two genres seem to be interchangeable...sigh). Some stories deserve a special mention though and these 4 stood out to me: "The Other Elder" by Beth Revis (set in the Across the Universe series), "Reunion" by Susan Beth Pfeffer, "Blood Drive" by Jeffrey Ford, and "How Th'irth Wint Rong by Hapless Joey @ Homeskool.guv" by Gregory Maguire (although it is hard to read as it is written in dialect).

Editado: Jan 27, 2020, 3:15 pm

4. LT Who Says You're Dead? by Jacob M. Appel, M.D. 2.0 Stars

I thought this would be an interesting book filled with new and intriguing medical dilemmas and their solutions. While some of the situations were new, most you've probably seen before on an episode of one of the many Law and Order franchises. The cases were presented (with often hilarious names), then a brief history of the ethical dilemma (e.g., prisoner's rights), then we are told it is basically up to the doctor to decide (everytime).