Crazy4reading (Monica) ROOTs in 2024

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Crazy4reading (Monica) ROOTs in 2024

1crazy4reading
Editado: Jan 1, 3:09 pm

I am back again. I really enjoy this challenge because my goal is to clean out my books and get them organized and to do that I need to make room in my spare room for ,my books. I still have my books in boxes because I do not have enough shelves to store all my books on. Last year I read a total of 41 books that I owned. This year I am shooting for 30 ROOTS.

I consider a ROOT any book that I own in my house as of January 1, 2024. I am trying to count physical books more than ebooks for this challenge.

2crazy4reading
Editado: Jan 1, 3:12 pm

My Trackers

ROOTS 2024:

3crazy4reading
Editado: Jan 16, 4:33 pm

ROOTS read in 2024:

1. Look At Us by T. L. Toma

4connie53
Jan 2, 3:20 am

Hi Monica. Happy New Year and great to see you back again for another year. Happy ROOTing!

5Jackie_K
Jan 2, 6:36 am

Good luck with your goals. I'm trying not to think about clearing the spare room (it will be amazing when it's done, but before that, not amazing at all).

6rabbitprincess
Jan 2, 5:57 pm

Welcome back, Monica! Good luck with your ROOT goal and your clear-out! I keep sporadically cleaning out the second bedroom but then make more of a mess because I move things around :D

7cyderry
Jan 2, 8:20 pm

Welcome back!

8crazy4reading
Jan 3, 3:27 pm

>4 connie53: I am happy to be back. Hopefully I stay consistent and post my notes as I finish books.

>5 Jackie_K: Thanks! I need to get the books out of boxes and onto shelves, but I do not have room to put shelves up because of all the other stuff I keep throwing into my spare room. I am slowly cleaning things out so I can move the boxes around and actually read more of my ROOTS.

>6 rabbitprincess: Thanks! I do the same thing! Now the mess is moving into my living room and kitchen. I feel like every time I start removing items from my house more seem to show up.

>7 cyderry: Thanks!

9MissWatson
Jan 5, 6:42 am

Happy ROOTing in 2024, Monica, and good luck with your goal!

10crazy4reading
Jan 5, 8:23 am

>9 MissWatson: Thank you!

I will be visiting some threads this weekend.

11crazy4reading
Jan 16, 4:16 pm

I finished my first book of 2024.

1. Look at us by T. L. Toma

I won this book in 2021 and I never got around to reading it. That was the year my father passed and just dealing with life I forgot all about it. This is my goal is to read books that I own more then library books. I am not sure how I feel about this book. It was different and sometimes interesting. You have a family that hires a nanny from Ireland and the dynamic in the house changes. There is sexual tensions and parts that could be trigger warnings for some.

I did enjoy the characters but also felt at times that they were lacking something. You have Lily and Martin, the au pair Maive and the twin boys. Lily and Martin and two people that seem to be in their own worlds at times. He is in finance and she is a lawyer. Maeve is more of a mother to the children then Lily is at times.

3 stars

I am currently reading: Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

I will be starting my new ER book Pushing Back the Desert Operation Ajax by Gordon Zuckerman

I will also be starting Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling My sister and I are hoping to go on a bus trip to New York to see the play in May. I have to go purchase tickets this week.

12crazy4reading
Fev 27, 10:16 am

2. Undead & Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

I seem to have read this book before. Here is my review. Well I seem to be on binge of reading series and vampires. I bought this book because the cover interested me along with the title.

Undead and Unwed was a funny book. I found myself laughing or cracking a smile while reading. Elizabeth Taylor or Betsy as she likes to be called gets hit by a car saving her cat one night and wakes up in the funeral home wondering what happened.

Once she finally figures out what happened she sees her father and stepmom then visits her mother. Her best friend is thrilled to see her up and walking even if she is a vampire. The abilities that she has make her a very unique vampire and the possible Queen.

This book would probably still be sitting on my TBR pile if not for the SOS Bingo game. I look forward to reading the next books in this series.

5 stars

3. When I'm Dead by Hannah Morrissey

This is my first book by Hanna Morrissey and I did not realize it was part of a series. I loved this book and will go back and read the previous 2 of the Black Harbor series. I was gifted this book and as soon as I read the synopsis I was interested in reading it.

When I'm Dead is the 3rd book in the Black Harbor series. You have a murder of a girl and one girl is missing. Chloe goes missing after leaving the local high school after her performance in the play. Her mother and father are out investigating the murder of her daughter's best friend.

The emotions that Rowan and her husband go through are nerve racking. I found myself getting upset because they wouldn't talk to each other about what they were thinking. Is their daughter the murderer or is their daughter the next victim of the killer?

You have Libby the neighbor who is friends with Chloe and is a very peculiar person. She practices taxidermy and is a little larger than most of the girls in her school. One of my fave reads so far this year.

5 stars

I will have to update my tracker when I am home because I cannot access it while at work.

13crazy4reading
Abr 3, 2:26 pm

Happy April! I have some reviews for books that I completed. I hope everyone is doing well. I have had some stressful days lately. My heater broke over the Easter weekend. I am just glad that it is the end of the winter so it isn't that cold out. I need to replace my heater, air conditioner, and hot water heater. I also need to replace my roof and gutters along with new doors and windows. Just trying to figure out my finances.

How is everyone else doing?

14crazy4reading
Abr 3, 2:26 pm

Reviews:

#4 The Night I spent with Aubrey Fisher by Christopher M. Tantillo

I have seen this book all over TikTok and decided to purchase the book. I enjoy YA books. This is a coming of age story with some trigger warnings. This deals with death, suicide and mental health. I love books that can make a reader think about things. This book made me think about life and how precious it is and how quickly life can change. Life can change from the choices we make, the choices others make and even just natural events.

The Night I spent with Aubrey Fisher is about Grayson dealing with his life after his brother dies. The emotions he keeps bottled up and how a strange person sees him and steps in to help him. The things that both Grayson and Aubrey learn about each other and themselves is one that brought tears to my eyes. I felt for all the characters in this book.

This book is the debut novel by Christopher M. Tantillo. I am glad I took the plunge into this somewhat dark book. I had an array of feelings after reading this book. Having lost friends and co-workders to suicide and not even realizing what someone is going through for them to make that decision and seeing how most of us do not even notice how people act could be away of them asking indirectly for help. I look forward to more books by Christopher M. Tantillo.

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#5 Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling

I am going to see this play in May of 2024 in New York, so I decided I needed to read this book before seeing the performance. I love Harry Potter and reading this book was a different feel. I enjoyed this story and I am looking forward to seeing the performance.

This book is differrent in the fact that it is written as a screen play and not like the other HP books in long chapters. I loved that because it made the book move faster. Meeting some of the characters from the previous books was great, now they are adults, I tried picturing the actual actors from the movies playing these roles. Not sure I can picture them as adults and with families.

So excited to see the play in almost a month!!

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

15MissWatson
Abr 4, 9:44 am

>13 crazy4reading: That looks like a lot of problems coming your way all of a sudden. I hope you can fix it without going broke.

16connie53
Abr 9, 6:58 am

>15 MissWatson: I second that! To much to do at the same time.

17Jackie_K
Abr 14, 7:30 am

>13 crazy4reading: Why is it that all these things happen around the same time? I hope everything gets fixed without costing a fortune.

18crazy4reading
Abr 16, 8:59 am

>15 MissWatson: & >16 connie53: I am getting quotes for everything. The amount for the heater, AC and hot water heater seems high but when I talk to various people I get mixed reviews. Some feel that it is too high and others think it is a good deal. Now I am working on quotes for roof, gutters, doors, windows and a fence. My back door is not a standard size so it has to be shaved down. That one could cost me more then all the other ones.

>17 Jackie_K: That is exactly what I was thinking!

I am keeping a positive additude. It needs to be done. I was just hoping to have more money saved up. I am just happy to have a roof over my head. I believe I may have more reviews coming this week.

19crazy4reading
Abr 16, 9:06 am

#6 One For the Money by Janet Evanovich

I thought I had read this book before but I did not remember it. I love Stephanie Plum. I have read a few of the books that stand-alone.

We are introduced to Stephanie Plum. She needs a job and decided to work for her cousin Vinnie, as a bounty hunter. I love meeting Ranger and Morelli.

Stephanie decides to take on the Morelli case since that has the largest payout. This book was entertaining and the fact that it takes place in nearby New Jersey is nice.

5 stars

20MissWatson
Abr 17, 9:22 am

>18 crazy4reading: Good luck with everything. It seems to eat up much of your time as well as yopur money.