FEBRUARY ROOT - Progress thread
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February's birth flowers are the violet and primrose. While many relate red roses with February thanks to Valentine's Day on the 14th, the violet is actually the February birth flower. This purple-hued bloom is a symbol of modesty, faithfulness and virtue.
Violets are one of the cheeriest little flowers to grace the landscape. True violets are different from African violets, which are natives of east Africa. Our native violets are indigenous to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere and may bloom from spring well into summer, depending upon the species. There are around 400 types of violet plants in the genus Viola. The many violet plant varieties guarantee there is a sweet little Viola perfect for almost any gardening need.
True violets have been cultivated since at least 500 B.C. Their uses were more than ornamental, with flavoring and medicinal applications high on the list. Today, we are fortunate to have a plethora of different types of violets readily available at most nurseries and garden centers. Violas encompass the dog violets (scentless blooms), wild pansies and sweet violets, which are descended from wild sweet violets from Europe. With so many choices, it can be hard to decide which of these endlessly charming flowers to choose for your landscape.
Both pansies and violets are in the genus Viola. Some are perennials and some are annuals but all sport the sunny, uplifted face-like flowers characteristic of the family Violaceae. While both are technically violets, each has a slightly different characteristic and genesis. Pansies are a cross between the wild violets, Viola lutea and Viola tricolor, and are often called Johnny-jump-ups for their ability to crop up readily anywhere. Sweet violets are descended from Viola odorata, while bedding violets are deliberate hybrids of Viola cornuta and pansies. The mounding form and leaves are the same, but pansies have more distinctive “faces” then bedding violets, which feature more streaking. Any of the types of violet flowers are equally as appealing and easy to grow. Pansies are distinguished by their four petals pointing upwards and one pointing down. The violas have two petals pointing up and three pointing down.
Wild Violas may be field pansies, yellow wood violet, hairy violet, dog violet, downy yellow or early blue violet. All these types of violet plants should thrive in dappled light, well-draining soil and average moisture. Most will self-seed and double the dainty flower display the next year. Violets of any name are one of nature’s sweet treats that shouldn’t be missed in the landscape.
The current total ogf the group would mean that our group goal for January would have been 249 which just manage to pass. Maybe with that extra in February for leap year, we can leap farther toward our goal. Below you will see the totals for January.
The percentages are calculated and a star awarded for those on target to reach their goals. More stars for farther toward their goal. If anyone's number is incorrect, please let me know and I will make the necessary adjustments. If your name isn't in the list, please be sure that you have joined the group. So go out there and dig those ROOTs.
ahef1963 0 / 100 0.0%
Ameise1 2 / 12 ★★ 16.7%
arubabookwoman 0 / 36 0.0%
benitastrnad 6 / 60 ★ 10.0%
bg853 0 / 25 0.0%
bookworm148 1 / 20 5.0%
bragan 6 / 50 ★ 12.0%
brakketh 1 / 30 3.3%
clue 5 / 50 ★ 10.0%
connie53 6 / 42 ★ 14.3%
crazy4reading 1 / 38 2.6%
curioussquared 3 / 50 6.0%
CurrerBell 2 / 40 5.0%
cyderry 8 / 84 ★ 9.5%
detailmuse 8 / 40 ★★ 20.0%
DissamblyOfReason 6 / 100 6.0%
enemyanniemae 0 / 50 0.0%
Erratic_Charmer 3 / 40 7.5%
Familyhistorian 10 / 65 ★ 15.4%
FAMeulstee 1 / 24 4.2%
floremolla 0 / 50 0.0%
fuzzi 18 / 100 ★★ 18.0%
HelenBaker 6 / 48 ★ 12.5%
Henrik_Madsen 3 / 50 6.0%
H-mb 0 / 0 #DIV/0!
Jackie_K 3 / 60 5.0%
Jacksonian 4 / 75 5.3%
kac522 7 / 45 ★ 15.6%
karenmarie 9 / 30 ★★★ 30.0%
klarusu 1 / 36 2.8%
Kristelh 10 / 45 ★★ 22.2%
Kwharton 0 / 12 0.0%
LadyBookworth 0 / 30 0.0%
lindapanzo 5 / 48 ★ 10.4%
lilisin 4 / 50 8.0%
LoraShouse 1 / 15 6.7%
leslie.98 18 / 75 ★★ 24.0%
lilisin 4 / 50 8.0%
madhatter22 3 / 50 6.0%
majkia 11 / 60 ★★ 18.3%
mandymarie20 2 / 25 8.0%
martencat 5 / 30 ★★ 16.7%
Miss_Moneypenny 15 / 50 ★★★ 30.0%
MissSos 1 / 25 4.0%
MissWatson 8 / 50 ★ 16.0%
nebula21 3 / 48 6.3%
Nickelini 2 / 15 ★ 13.3%
rabbitprincess 8 / 60 ★ 13.3%
rainpebble 5 / 36 ★ 13.9%
readergirliz 2 / 32 6.3%
readingtangent 7 / 24 ★★★ 29.2%
Rebeki 3 / 24 ★ 12.5%
Robertgreaves 12 / 90 ★ 13.3%
rocketjk 4 / 27 ★ 14.8%
rosalita 2 / 36 5.6%
Sace 2 / 18 ★ 11.1%
sallylou61 3 / 30 ★ 10.0%
si 1 / 20 5.0%
sibylline 1 / 30 3.3%
This-n-That 2 / 20 ★ 10.0%
torontoc 1 / 30 3.3%
tuna.moriarty 0 / 200 0.0%
Val_Reads 1 / 100 1.0%
vestafan 7 / 60 ★ 11.7%
wandaly 2 / 18 ★ 11.1%
Now everyone go cuddle up with a ROOT and read!
Goal for February is 506.
You have my name written twice on the list. I hope that is not skewing the numbers.
I've finished my first ROOT for February Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten and have only updated my personal ticker.
Happy reading, everyone!
Thanks for all your work Chèli!
Just added my 9th ROOT of 2020 to all tickers: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Vol. 3: Hyperion. This "spend Sunday afternoon with a comic book" thing is going pretty well so far :)
Every time I plan a big trip she does something like this. Do you think that she is just trying to keep me here?
My mother's been gone for over 25 years. Her favorite flower was violets, and I always think of her when I see them.
De Steen des Afscheids - Tad Williams
All tickers updated.
All tickers updated.
February is already looking much better (hah!) but that’s mainly because I’m reading a graphic novel volume which is a compilation of eight individual magazines.
I managed 4 ROOTs this first week of February! Yay!
I have completed two more roots so far this month, One Hundred Days of Happiness by Fausto Brizzi
Here At the End of the World We Learn to Dance by Lloyd Jones. I am pleased with my progress this year especially as I am also managing to slot a few library books in. Heading back to those shelves again now to choose my next book.
"Hi Ronnie, my name’s Shruti and I’m a student at Georgia Tech (in the USA). I recently joined LibraryThing to understand how well it develops communities of readers as we’re studying the site for a class project. I really appreciate your post and selection of books in the Roots Challenge group and was wondering if I could interview you to get some more perspective on what keeps you as a loyal and returning member to LibraryThing :) Thanks so much in advance!"
I think there are a few red flags in this post. First of all, there is no last name. There is no mention of a course name or number or a professor in charge.
Georgia Tech is a Research I institution. This PM doesn't sound like it comes from a university that is a Research I level. In order to use human subjects for a class project the student would have to get IRB (Internal Review Board) approval. There is no mention of that.
I participate in surveys and studies all the time, but these come to me with a university e-mail address and usually has the basic information in it that I mentioned above.
Librarything as a research project is one that I have contemplated on more than one occasion as part of my job description is to do research. However, it would be a headache to do, and the LT gods run a tight ship as far as security goes. They do get hacked but they are on it, when it happens. If you choose to answer this person only do it through the pm function on LT. That way LT takes care of the security and none of your most personal information is exposed. It could be interesting to see what happens.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
I have been binge reading in the last week. I have been reading through several of the Tor.com novellas. This week I have read four of them, but only two of them are ROOTS. I have one more to go. I had to request two of them through Inter-Library Loan, and they came in at the same time, so while I was buzzing through them I just read through several more that I got from the local public library. The two ROOTS are:
Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield - first in a time travel series set in 18th century England. Complete with highwaymen and automatons.
Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde - Some structural and writing problems with this one, keep it from floating higher on the list. As far as plot - it had unexpected twists and characters I liked. It is short and I wonder what the next in the series will be like.
Great job, United!
Read so far this year 7/25 28%
Updated personal and group tickers.
Review is on my thread- no tickers updated
Updated personal and group tickers.
Thanks Chèli, for adding those lovely violet pics for February. They are quite cheerful little flowers.
* Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagán — somewhat fluffy and comical romance that I enjoyed more than I expected to.
* Homicide Trinity by Rex Stout. An omnibus of three novellas by my favorite writer of mysteries.
* A Divided Loyalty by Charles Todd. The latest in the Ian Rutledge mystery series set in 1920s England.
I've updated the group ticker, which happily tells me I am ahead of schedule for the year. I'm so glad I joined this group. I feel like it has really pushed me to turn my perennial good intentions into action.
--Partners in Crime, Agatha Christie, a Tommy & Tuppence mystery
--Castle Richmond, Anthony Trollope, set during the Irish famine
--The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison--for Black History Month, Morrison's first novel
--Lincoln Reconsidered, David Herbert Donald--for President's Day, a series of essays & lectures Donald wrote before his epic biography Lincoln
--Young Men and Fire, Norman Maclean, about the tragic 1949 Mann Gulch fire in Montana
--Old Filth, Jane Gardam
(But this certainly wouldn't be the first time I've done something similar. I still have 60 pages left of a 1000 page book that I put down about 8 years ago. It was such a good book too.)
De Groene Engeltoren, de belegering - Tad Williams
All tickers updated.
99 pages! I will have this book done before the end of February!
UpROOTED books: 10
ROOTless books: 3
Added to the TBR shelves: 0
The ROOTs were:
The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody
The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre
All This Will I Give To You by Dolores Redondo
Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
Dead But Not Forgotten edited by Charlaine Harris
Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch
The Iron Age by Arja Kajermo
The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
Touchstones not working :-(
ROOTs in YTD: 22
Tickers have been updated but hopefully not harmed in the making of this report.
Happy reading all!
All tickers updated.
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama
Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast by Andrew Blum
I read 2 full length novels. They were:
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Through A Glass, Darkly by Donna Leon
I read 5 novellas. They were all published by TOR or Tor.com. They were:
Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde
Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
Beneath the Sugar Skyi by Seanan McGuire
I read one work of Nonfiction.
Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel
That gives me 8 ROOTs for February and 10 total, or 4 more than my goal pace. It's nice to have some wriggle room heading into warmer (outdoors) weather!