Floremolla ROOTs around in 2023

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Floremolla ROOTs around in 2023

Editado: Fev 1, 4:26 pm

Back for a seventh year of reading my own TOMES. Previous years’ reading here:


Going for a conservative goal again this year, same parameters: any books owned or in my home before 2023, books gifted to me or left in my home during 2023, plus coursework books.

Non-ROOTs are allowed in moderation but will be counted separately.

Did well on restricting acquisitions last year, with mainly coursework books being acquired. Lost track of my cataloging so will aim to update that, stat!

Editado: Abr 1, 11:36 am

ROOTs Read
1. Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains by AL Kennedy
2. New Nordic Gardens - Scandinavian Landscape Design by Annika Zetterman
3. The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen
4. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence (audiobook)
5. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (audiobook)
6. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope (audiobook)

Editado: Abr 1, 11:36 am

Non-ROOTs Read

1. The 100 Best Novels in English by Robert McCrum
2. The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

Editado: Jan 1, 7:42 am

Acquisitions monitoring

Jan 1, 7:52 am

Looking forward to seeing what 2023 brings you! Does your course finish this year?

Jan 1, 8:02 am

Thanks, Jackie, it finishes in March 2024. I’m a bit behind. Had lots of distractions last year (mainly happy ones!) combined with procrastinating about, and being hyper-self-critical of, my design submissions.

Going to try to focus on just finishing the assignments more quickly this year! Yay!!

Jan 1, 11:15 am

Welcome back and good luck with your course!

Jan 1, 6:30 pm

>7 rabbitprincess: thanks, RP! :)

Jan 2, 1:18 pm

Welcome back!

Jan 3, 5:06 pm

Welcome back, Donna! Always interested in your reading and I love your posts about your coursework. Good luck with all of it!

Jan 5, 5:47 am

Lovely to see you, Donna! Happy ROOTing!

Jan 5, 9:37 am

Happy New Year, Donna and Happy ROOTing

Jan 5, 2:06 pm

Happy new year, Donna! I have you starred :)

Fev 1, 4:30 pm

Thanks, Chèli, MJ, Birgit, Connie and Natalie!

It’s nice to be back :)

Editado: Fev 1, 4:47 pm

Slow start to reading in January. Busy at home, busy with coursework, and suddenly getting lots of informal requests for planning advice - some from garden designers, unsure as to whether their proposed paving, or shed, requires permission, or if a terrace requires a barrier where there’s a >600mm change in level... And then some actual paid work. Yay!

I like being busy but reading for leisure is being squeezed to less than an hour before I nod off at night. Thank goodness for audiobooks, but this month I chose a 26 hour chunkster and haven’t finished it yet.

My tally for January is therefore three - Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains by AL Kennedy; The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowden; and New Nordic Gardens - Scandinavian Landscape Design by Annika Zetterman. Each in its own way an excellent read. Reviews to follow….

Fev 1, 6:20 pm

Hello, Donna. Thanks for dropping by my thread. I thought I'd left a New Year's greeting here but I hadn't, so happy February.

Fev 2, 5:51 pm

>16 Robertgreaves: thanks, Robert!

Fev 2, 5:58 pm

Embarrassing to relate, I forgot to add an audiobook that I finished a couple of weeks ago. It was Lady Chatterley’s Lover - not quite sure how that one slipped my mind!

Will add it to February’s total.

Abr 1, 12:00 pm

Alas, February seemed to morph unnoticed into March with only one ROOT other being tackled, Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance (audiobook). Possibly one of my favourite reads ever.

In March I read Peter May's Lockdown and listened to Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers.

Also read one non-ROOT, The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller.

Still prevaricating too long in my design assignments. I much prefer looking at plants, growing plants, buying plants...you get the picture. About to delve into a lovely book by Piet Oudolf and Henk Gerritson Dream Plants for The Natural Garden which will keep me happy till I can get outside in the real thing :)

Abr 1, 12:38 pm

>19 floremolla: A Fine Balance should really count as two or even three ROOTS! I have the print edition on my "read soon" shelf.

Maio 22, 7:15 am

>19 floremolla: I completely agree on the book by Rohinton Mistry book. It was great

So I've been reading and keeping my own thread up to date but neglected all other threads. I'm trying to visit some of them now and I do hope you are doing fine and did some nice gardening and reading since your last post!