WWW Wednesday, 5-August-2015

5 Aug

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Hold HandsCurrently reading:  I almost hit the middle of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. So close. I might have to return it soon so I’m hoping I can renew it without losing it this time.
Oh hold with I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Stand by in case I lose Cloud Atlas.
Half way with The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer. I’m liking it, but still not 100% bought into the main character. You would think with such a long book I would be by now, but no such luck.
I’m on a mission to finish The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. The action was really slow to start and now that I’m over half way, I can finally see where this is going. I hope it picks up a bit more and I can get on with it.
I started a new eAudio: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian. It’s his first YA and it’s not the kind of YA I’m used it. It’s very ‘raw,’ which makes sense coming from an author who normally writes for adults. I’m liking it so far. Bohjalian’s daughter narrates the audio. She’s a trained actress and does a great job.

MockingjayRecently finished: Two! Two whole books, both audio. The first is Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. It was nice to refresh this one in my mind. I remembered the major actions, but not the details. It’s going to be hard to wait for November to get here! I also finished Andy Weir. This book was really great. I highly recommend it for sci-fi or adventure fans. The narrator has a strong voice so it’s great for any writers struggling with that as well.

One book review up for you all to enjoy as well, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. I really liked this one and hope you all do, too.

WidowReading Next: I got the copy of A Widow for One Year by John Irving last week, but unfortunately that’s got to wait. First I need to read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls for a book club. I hope I can get to these soon!

Leave a comment with your link and a comment (if you’re so inclined). Take a look at the other participant links in the comments and look at what others are reading.

Have any opinions on these choices?

Until next time, write on.

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37 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 5-August-2015”

  1. Holly August 5, 2015 at 6:27 AM #

    Can’t wait to see what you think of A Widow for One Year- I read A Prayer for Owen Meany last summer, but I haven’t read anything else by John Irving since then. Happy Wednesday! 🙂


    • Sam August 5, 2015 at 8:08 AM #

      I’m a big Irving fan. I’ve read about 70% of his books and I find them all fascinating. I’m really looking forward to this one because I haven’t read one of his in a while. Happy Wednesday!


  2. Emily Witt August 5, 2015 at 8:11 AM #

    I clicked on The Museum of Extraordinary Things because it sounded intrigued, then googled the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, and now I’ve completely freaked myself out about it. Which happens a lot with me when I read about industrial disasters (I had the same reaction reading about the great molasses flood recently), so I really should know better. So now I don’t know whether to read the book or not!

    My link for this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/www-wednesday-wippet-wednesday/


    • Sam August 5, 2015 at 11:45 AM #

      The scenes about the fire are pretty graphic. It’s not a big part of the book though. None of the major characters are in the accident. Hope you can enjoy it. Happy Wednesday!


  3. charliegirlteachergirl August 5, 2015 at 8:23 AM #

    I’m so glad you finished Mockingjay! I need to go back and re-read for the smaller details, too.



    • Sam August 5, 2015 at 6:02 PM #

      It was a fun re-read. I saw the parallelisms with PTSD better the second time around. Happy Wednesday!


  4. Amanda Marie August 5, 2015 at 8:29 AM #

    I hate it when a book takes forever to get interesting. I’m actually really afraid of that with my own book and am trying to make sure there is some intrigue right off the bat. Hope The Museum of Extraordinary things picks up for you. Happy reading!

    My WWW- https://amandasnoseinabook.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/what-im-reading-writing-wednesday-27/


    • Sam August 5, 2015 at 6:04 PM #

      What I read at lunch today was interesting. I hope I can finish it soon. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. TheLiteraryCounsellor August 5, 2015 at 8:37 AM #

    I hear The Glass Castle is supposed to be really good, and quite funny. Hopefully it’s a nice quick and easy read for you. 🙂

    Here’s my WWW post: http://theliterarycounsellor.com/2015/08/05/www-wednesdays-august-5-2015/


    • Sam August 5, 2015 at 6:05 PM #

      I hadn’t heard funny before. I’ve heard it’s good. Doesn’t seem like a funny topic so I hope it’s well written. Happy Wednesday!


  6. Yvo August 5, 2015 at 8:39 AM #

    Good to know you ended up enjoying The Martian! I will be reading it this month as well.

    Happy Wednesday! Thanks for visiting my WWW.


    • Sam August 5, 2015 at 6:08 PM #

      It’s great and I think Damon will be a great cast for the main character. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. thehumdrumeclectic August 5, 2015 at 8:44 AM #

    I was deciding whether or not I should reread Mockingjay but decided against it. When I reread a book around the time its movie adaptaion comes out I end up comparing it to the movie too much, like all the details and stuff, rather than just enjoy the movie 😛 haha 🙂



    • Sam August 5, 2015 at 6:09 PM #

      I almost didn’t reread it for that reason! In the end, I kind of wanted to compare it because of the changes they had to make with Hoffman. We’ll see how it goes for me. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Ashley August 5, 2015 at 9:04 AM #

    Happy Wednesday! 🙂
    So many of these books I haven’t heard of, so I plan to check them out!
    I loved Mockingjay!
    Here is my post if you want to check it out:


    • Sam August 5, 2015 at 6:10 PM #

      Glad you enjoyed Mockingjay. I’m excited to see the film. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. curiousdaisies August 5, 2015 at 9:26 AM #

    Happy Wednesday Sam!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Felicia Sue Lynn Reviews August 5, 2015 at 10:27 AM #

    Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands seems really interesting. I may have to add it to my TBR. I’m glad you liked The Martian. It gives me more incentive to pick it up! Here’s my WWW Wednesday. Happy Hump day!


    • Sam August 5, 2015 at 6:13 PM #

      It’s very different from the other Bohjalian books I’ve read but I’m enjoying the main character. She’s really ballsy and strong. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Ryna August 5, 2015 at 10:44 AM #

    Interesting Books! Check out My WWW Wednesday

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Tammy Gould August 5, 2015 at 11:11 AM #

    I have been seeing The Glass Castle around the blogsphere! I hope you enjoy the book!

    WWW Wednesday


    • Sam August 5, 2015 at 6:17 PM #

      I’d seen it a lot too so I was glad to find a copy. Happy Wednesday!


  13. klgd2008 August 5, 2015 at 11:30 AM #

    Happy Wednesday!


    Liked by 1 person

  14. Abby Z. August 5, 2015 at 12:33 PM #

    I wonder how Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is going to end up being. I am undecided about adding that one to my TBR even though I LOVED Midwives, so I’m looking forward to seeing what you think when you are done.

    Here is my WWW: https://bookishbarrister.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/www-wednesday-5/


    • Sam August 5, 2015 at 9:07 PM #

      I haven’t read Midwives yet, but I have a signed copy on my shelf. I hope to read it soon. It’s been very different from Bohjalian’s other books so far. It’s his first attempt at YA. Happy Wednesday!


  15. Claire | Art and Soul August 5, 2015 at 2:52 PM #

    I’m so pleased you liked The Martian because it’s currently that or Red Queen next for me! And, on another note, so great to see so many people turning out for WWW Wednesday this week 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  16. creatingserenity2014 August 5, 2015 at 3:18 PM #

    I read A Widow for a Year a while back. Absolutely love his writing! I hope you enjoy it. I have yet to pick up Cloud Atlas but I’ve been meaning to for so long! In fact, I actually think I have it somewhere around here on one of my bookshelves… I’ll have to look. Sooner or later I’ll get to it.

    Was Mockingjay as good the second time around? I flew through the series the first time and I’ve been thinking of picking it up again. Especially before the movie comes out!

    Here’s my WWW


    • Sam August 5, 2015 at 9:13 PM #

      Really looking forward to some Irving. It’s been too long since I read one of his, five years or so. I want to get back to Cloud Atlas so I hope my hold comes back in soon! Mockingjay was still enjoyable the second time around, but I remembered how it ended and who lived which took a lot of the suspense out of it. Probably still worth rereading before the movie. Happy Wednesday!


  17. Foofy * Not Foofy August 5, 2015 at 3:24 PM #

    I Am Malala is one I keep picking up then putting down then picking back up again. I know so many people who just LOVED it and I think she is an amazing young woman. I feel a bit guilty that I can’t just get that book finished already!

    My WWW (which does not include even a word read out of that book – ARGH!) is here: http://www.foofynotfoofy.com/foofynotfoofy/2015/8/5/www-wednesday-05-08-2015


  18. Clare August 5, 2015 at 3:27 PM #

    We did our first WWW wednesday here http://dualreads.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/www-wednesday-5-august-2015.html

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Kay - The Desert Bibliophile August 6, 2015 at 1:07 AM #

    Better late than never! Hope you had a great WWW!



    • Sam August 6, 2015 at 7:10 AM #

      I was late getting it up myself this morning. Happy Thursday!


  20. bookboodle August 6, 2015 at 4:30 AM #

    As always, am impressed with your selection and dedication!
    Here’s my Wednesday post (am running behind on my WWW comments 😦 )

    Liked by 1 person


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