si: Root Challenge 2021

Discussão2021 ROOT CHALLENGE

Aderi ao LibraryThing para poder publicar.

si: Root Challenge 2021

Editado: Nov 24, 2021, 9:23 am

Setting a target of 25 books for 2021.

No real restrictions on what counts as a ROOT this time.
Would like to read a few of the books I had originally lined-up for last year, but never got to, and perhaps tick off the books I did buy in 2020 - 11 in total.
ETA: decided to include as roots, books added this year. Will list below:

Acquired 2021
1. The Thursday Mystery Club - Richard Osman (✔)
2. The Sound of Things Falling - Juan Gabriel Vasquez (✔)
3. Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights Volume 1 (✔)
4. Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights Volume 2
5. Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights Volume 3
6. The Day The Sun Died - Yan Lianke (✔)
7. Ghachar Ghochar - Vivek Shanbhag (✔)
8. Kew Gardens - Virginia Woolf (✔)
9. The Following Story - Cees Nooteboom
10. Rituals - Cees Nooteboom (✔)
11. Roads to Santiago - Cees Nooteboom
12. The Man Within - Graham Greene

Editado: Dez 31, 2020, 1:41 pm

Dez 31, 2020, 11:49 am

Welcome back, Simon! Glad to see you back again in 2021. Happy ROOTing.

Dez 31, 2020, 1:16 pm

Welcome back from me too! Happy new year when it comes.

Dez 31, 2020, 1:42 pm

>3 connie53: >4 Jackie_K:

Thanks. Happy New year everyone!

Dez 31, 2020, 2:41 pm

Welcome back and have a great reading year!

Dez 31, 2020, 3:22 pm

Hope you have a good time rooting in 2021!

Dez 31, 2020, 8:27 pm

Happy New Year, Simon, and good luck with your 2021 reading goals!

Jan 1, 2021, 6:17 am

Have a happy and healthy year of ROOTing, Simon.

Jan 2, 2021, 4:31 pm

Welcome back!

Jan 3, 2021, 1:58 pm

Round Dozen by Elizabeth Cadell

Starting the year with a light read - a gentle romantic comedy. It's a little dated, but the characters are engaging and there's a nice twist towards the end.
The story revolves around William Helder, the head of a successful family firm who is encouraged by his stepmother to continue his late father's search for a missing silver flagon - part of a set of twelve given to the family back in 1689. Complications ensue...

Jan 5, 2021, 9:23 am

Happy ROOTing!

Editado: Dez 25, 2021, 12:04 pm

>12 MissWatson: thanks Birgit & everyone else ...

Have completed my second ROOT - Sweet Days Of Discipline by Fleur Jaeggy.
This is an exceptional novella set mainly in a Swiss boarding school. In truth I'm surprised how much I enjoyed it.
I had hoped to read this last year following on from Jakob von Gunten, which is credited as a big influence on this book.

May actually be on target for a star this month! Don't think I managed any last year until the start of December.

Jan 17, 2021, 9:05 am

Saying I'm on target has of course slowed my reading to a crawl! Currently reading Orphan X, which is the type of thriller i should be racing through - but I'm not.

Today is my 10th anniversary of being on LT, so I have a new badge - which was a nice surprise when I signed -in.

Jan 17, 2021, 9:45 am

>14 si: Ah that's Sod's Law! It's like when I'm working on the ward, if anyone dares say "isn't it quiet?" they get jumped on and shushed! No easier way of guaranteeing the shift going bonkers from that moment on!

Jan 17, 2021, 10:05 am

>14 si: Happy Thingaversary! You joined not long before I did; my 10th is in February :)

Jan 17, 2021, 12:04 pm

Happy Thingaversary, Simon. I forgot about my 11th a month or 2 ago. I joined in November 2009.

Jan 18, 2021, 6:43 am

Happy Thingaversary and congrats on the badge!

Editado: Jan 18, 2021, 9:02 am

>15 Jackie_K: Yes I should have known better!

>16 rabbitprincess: >17 connie53: Thanks.

Jan 29, 2021, 10:57 am

Third ROOT - Elephants Can Remember

This is a later Agatha Christie mystery from 1972. Ariadne Oliver & Hercule Poirot share the sleuthing duties. Quiet funny in parts and the two very different main characters made for a interesting twist.

Editado: Fev 7, 2021, 11:43 am

Fourth ROOT: Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

2016 thriller about a former assassin, who turns his talents to helping people; mainly by killing other people.

The book is dedicated to a long list of fictional vigilantes, from Jason Bourne to Zorro. And Hurwitz has quilted together bits and pieces, from these past hits (plus a few others), to conjurer up a new anti-hero who feels very familiar.
It's fast paced, violent but not gory, and the main characters are engaging; but unfortunately it was too long and simplistic to hold my attention.

Fev 27, 2021, 9:17 am

Fifth ROOT: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

This was a gift last month, because of which I've dropped my ROOT cut-off date and decided to count 2021 acquisitions.

Fev 27, 2021, 11:11 am

>22 si: Excellent reason to change your ROOT cutoff date! That book came in at exactly the right time for me and I adored it.

Fev 27, 2021, 1:22 pm

Your challenge, your rules, Simon.

Fev 27, 2021, 1:52 pm

>23 rabbitprincess: I enjoyed it a lot too. Definitely a book for these uncertain times...

Editado: Jun 23, 2021, 5:21 am

Sixth ROOT: From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

This reduces my 2020 list to 8 still unread. Which include:

An Awfully Big Adventure - Beryl Bainbridge
Zazie in the Metro - Raymond Queneau
New Cardiff - Charles Webb
(✔) The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker - Charles Webb
Pretty Maids All In A Row - Francis Pollini
Blindfold - Lucille Fletcher
The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even - Chris F. Westbury
(✔) The Spectre of Alexander Wolf - Gaito Gazdanov

Editado: Nov 22, 2021, 9:48 am

Seventh ROOT: Seconds by David ELy

Interesting story of a man who is offered the chance to just walk away from his life and start again. This dates from 1963 (I haven't had my copy quite that long!) and has the feel of a twilight zone episode or an Ira Levin novel.

Editado: Mar 18, 2021, 10:52 am

Eighth ROOT: The Eve of St. Agnes and other Poems

Short collection of poetry by John Keats. Last month was the 200th anniversary of his death.

Mar 28, 2021, 10:54 am

Ninth ROOT: The Spectre of Alexander Wolf by Gaito Gazdanov Translated from the Russian by Bryan Karetnyk.

A Russian born journalist now living in Paris after the Russian Civil War comes across a book which includes a real life tale in which he was involved.
Less plot driven than that opening suggests and more interested in the role of fate, guilt, love, etc have on life, this slim novel is well written but does drip in the middle.

Abr 4, 2021, 5:22 am

Just popping in to wish you and yours a Happy Easter, Simon.

Abr 5, 2021, 7:09 am

>30 connie53: Hi Connie.
Not reading much this last week.
Need to energise my reading/life now spring has arrived! Although a cold snap is forecast for the UK over the next few days.

Abr 5, 2021, 1:33 pm

>31 si: Here in the Netherlands too. Hail, snow, rain and lots of heavy wind and alternating with some sun. Weather will be better for the coming weekend.

Abr 11, 2021, 9:33 am

Tenth ROOT: Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag
Translated from the Kannada by Srinath Perur

This is a short novel set in Bangalore told by an unnamed narrator sitting in a coffee house. He's trying to make sense of the tangled mess that's descended on his family since their new business has allowed them to move out of poverty to being relatively rich.

Interesting story with a wonderful opening chapter. Perhaps doesn't follow through on its promising beginning but is easy to read.

Jul 2, 2021, 6:57 am

Hi Simon. Good job on the ROOTs! Near the half way point. Probably you have read another one by now.

Jul 2, 2021, 5:45 pm

Hi Connie, kind of you to drop by.

I do read your thread; so you are in my thoughts at this difficult time.

ROOT-wise I'm still plodding through Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - it's good, but I've never read a book so slowly!

Jul 3, 2021, 12:46 pm

>36 si:, that is a good book, read it a long long time ago and gave it 4 ****. So it's worth your time and attention, Simon. Good to read you are reading my thread too and thank you for your kind words.

Jul 9, 2021, 12:07 pm

>37 connie53: I think I agree with 4 stars!

Thirteenth ROOT: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Well I started this back in March, but despite my inattention I've somehow reach the end.
My thoughts are all fairly positive. It does move at its own leisurely pace and in a seemingly aimless way. But at the end Susanna Clarke pulls all the elements together in a very satisfying way.

Jul 26, 2021, 9:52 pm

>38 si: I loved Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. It took me a long time to read it too, but I was sorry to see it end.

Jul 29, 2021, 11:49 am

>39 Charon07: Welcome to the group & good luck with your challenge.

Editado: Ago 25, 2021, 9:58 am

14. The Sound of Things Falling

Just managed to finish this before the month's end!
This is a 2011 novel by the Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean

Antonio Yammara is a law professor in Bogota who is injured in a drive-by shooting of a casual friend. Two years on he's physically recovered enough to return to the scene of the shooting and to began looking for answers.

Less a mystery, more a journey into Colombia's recent history from the late 1960s to the present day.

Editado: Ago 25, 2021, 9:59 am

Fifteenth ROOT:
The Day The Sun Died by Yan Lianke

Over one increasingly bizarre and violent night the people of Gaotian, a small rural Chinese town, start dreamwalking. At first this appears harmless. It's harvest time and the farmers continue baling wheat, even though asleep, by lamplight. But as the hours pass events take a darker turn. Shops are looted, revenge for long-held grudges taken, rape and murder soon follow. Outsiders flood the area and a full-scale pitched battle starts.

There are countless horror / sci-fi stories with similar set-ups but Yan Lianke complicates his story by constantly shifting genre. He hides his real targets under layers of satire and a deadpan, repetitive narration by Li Niannian - a 14 year old boy whose family are the book's main characters.

Ago 23, 2021, 6:39 am

Sixteenth ROOT:
Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason. English translated by Bernard Scudder

Bleak crime novel from Iceland. Detective Erlendur has a body found on a building site to investigate while continuing to try and help his drug addicted daughter - this is the 4th book in a series.

Acquired in 2013.

Ago 29, 2021, 8:00 am

Interesting ROOT's, Simon.

>43 si: That book might be on my digital shelves.

Editado: Set 10, 2021, 8:36 am

Seventeenth ROOT:
Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf. Illustrated by Livi Mills.

A single short story republished in a hardback edition with new illustrations; published by Kew Gardens themselves. Probably looks right at home in their gift shop.
The text was first published in 1919 and it's included in various short story collections including Monday or Tuesday and A Haunted House.

Short but enjoyable story; simple black and white drawings.

Editado: Nov 25, 2021, 4:13 am

Eighteenth ROOT:
Endless Night by Agatha Christie

A later, stand-along, Christie (1967). Brilliantly plotted but a little slow to catch fire.

Nineteenth ROOT:
A Model and Other Stories by Anais Nin
Part of Penguin 60s collection. Seven short stories, taken from Little Birds.

Twentieth/Twenty-first ROOT:

It Just Occurred To Me by Humphrey Lyttelton
China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh

A couple of false starts! Don't like to DNF books but it at least clears some space.

Editado: Nov 25, 2021, 4:14 am

Twenty-second ROOT:
The Arabian Nights Tales of 1001 Nights Volume 1, Translated by Malcolm C Lyons

This is volume 1 of 3. And this 2008 English translation is the first complete version of the Arabic text known as the Macnahgten edition or Calcutta II (1839-1842), since Richard Burton's 1885-8 translation.

Apparently there is no original Arabic text remaining for the stories of Aladdin or Ali Baba, so they're classed as 'Orphan Stories' (a new tag for me), so Ursula Lyons's has translated them from Antoine Galland's 18th century French text.
Aladdin & Sindbad don't appear in this first volume which runs to 982 pages + notes.

This is a very well organized and presented book, I never felt lost or confused by the story within a story structure, or the repeated themes or similar names.

Editado: Nov 25, 2021, 4:15 am

Twenty-third ROOT:

How It All Began by Penelope Lively

I've had this book since 2018.
Charlotte Rainsford has to move in with her daughter Rose after being mugged and breaking her hip.
This event has a knock-on effect on many different lives and we see the consequences play out particularly for Rose, her boss - a historian, his niece Marion, Marion's lover Jeremy, and Anton - a foreign language student being coached by Charlotte.
Their stories are told with humour. As characters face up to old age, missed chances, or new beginnings. A quiet novel beautifully written.

Editado: Nov 25, 2021, 4:17 am

Twenty-fourth ROOT:

Rituals by Cees Nooteboom. English Translation by Adrienne Dixon

Prize winning novel from 1980. Told in three parts from the 1950s to the 1970s. Inni Wintrop is a dilettante, resigned to life's disappoints who is happy to just muddle along.
It's an approach to life which costs him his marriage and also leads him into contact with two obsessive, suicidal men.

Twenty-fifth ROOT:
Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

Moving this on, not for me.

Editado: Nov 28, 2021, 8:49 am

Edging past my target for the year...

Twenty-sixth ROOT:
The White Robin by Miss Read
Gentle drama about village life. 14th book in a long running series.

Nov 28, 2021, 9:33 am

Congratulations on having reached your target. And even more congrats on passing it!

Nov 29, 2021, 11:02 am

>51 MissWatson: Thanks Birgit. I've had a much better reading year than in 2020. Thank goodness!

Dez 8, 2021, 7:10 am

Twenty- seventh ROOT:

Mystery in White A Christmas Crime Story by J Jefferson Farjeon

A crime story rather than a mystery story? Not sure. An enjoyable tale regardless. Part of a series of books reissued by the British Library.

Dez 25, 2021, 11:32 am

Hello Simon!

Trying to catch up on thread again. I want to wish you

Dez 25, 2021, 11:55 am

>54 connie53: Thanks Connie..... and Merry Christmas everyone!

Dez 26, 2021, 2:15 pm

Twenty-eighth ROOT:
Down All The Days by Christy Brown

I picked up a second-hand copy of this novel back in 2019.
It's a very raw, unflinching tale a large Catholic family & their friends and neighbours set in 1940s Dublin.

Dez 30, 2021, 9:01 am

Twenty -ninth ROOT:
4.50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie

I didn't realize when I picked up this mystery that the story begins at Christmas.

Dez 30, 2021, 5:38 pm

>57 si: That's a neat coincidence!

Dez 31, 2021, 4:21 am

Hi Simon, did you know the ROOTers 2022 is now open for action

Dez 31, 2021, 8:13 am

>58 rabbitprincess: Hi RP

>59 connie53: thanks Connie. Any chance '2022' is a typo? I guess not - time to choose a book to begin a new year!

Dez 31, 2021, 9:13 am

LOL Simon. No I'm afraid not and yes, you can select your first ROOT for the year