WWW Wednesday, 7-October-2015

7 Oct

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?

Made in AmericaCurrently reading:  I’ve been picking at Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It’s renewed again and I’ll keep working on it, but I’m still not engaged. I think I’m close to this magical event in the middle that everyone says will blow my mind, but I’m not there yet. I hope it happens?
I don’t even have I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai checked out anymore. I should probably take it off this list.
I’m working my way through The Samurai’s Garden by Gayle Tsukiyama. I’m about a third of the way through it and I’m enjoying it so far. It was a bit slow to start but has a good pace now.
I haven’t read any of Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson this week, but I hope to pick it up for a bit after I finish ‘Samurai’s Garden.’
I wanted a new audiobook for my car so I went to the library and got Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States by Bill Bryson. I wanted to read this one to see what I could learn about English in the 1920s when my book is set. So far I’m in pre-Revolutionary America and I’m finding myself zoning out a lot. Not good! Maybe I’ll be more interested when we get to the 20th Century.
I also started a new phone audiobook, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. As a runner (or would be runner, darn tendonitis) and writer, I was intrigued by this book. Murakami’s really cocky but has some great insight and I’m enjoying this so far. It’s short, a little over 4 hours, so I hope to get through it quickly.

Never ToldRecently finished: I finished Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng late last week. Parts of the ending were satisfying, parts were disappointing. It raised my expectations for my Ford Audiobook Club selections to be sure. 3 out of 5 stars and a review coming next week.

One book review this week again, The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory. I liked this book though it’s not my favorite of her Tudor series. Let me know what you think.

SlaughterhouseReading Next: I’m still planning on picking up Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury next week. I’ll read some of Out Stealing Horses in the meantime, but this is next as a physical book.
For an audiobook on my phone, I’ll probably pick up Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I’ve never read this classic and it feels wrong to me.

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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35 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 7-October-2015”

  1. cleopatralovesbooks October 7, 2015 at 2:05 AM #

    I’m still disappointed that you didn’t find Everything I Never Told You more satisfying – it’s slipped down my list now. Here is my Wednesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/this-week-in-books-october-7/


    • Sam October 7, 2015 at 5:26 AM #

      I always feel bad when that happens based on my reviews. I hope my full review gives you a better explanation of what didn’t work for me. Happy Wednesday!


  2. Clare Stone October 7, 2015 at 2:22 AM #

    I’ve been half interested in Everything I Never Told You but I’ve read too many unenthusiastic reviews and I’ve kind of lost interest now!


    • Sam October 7, 2015 at 5:28 AM #

      I think it was over hyped unfortunately. It just want amazing. Happy Wednesday!


    • Sam October 7, 2015 at 5:30 AM #

      Still can’t comment from my phone. I’ve seen a lot about Patrick Ness lately. I hope you enjoy his writing. Happy reading!


  3. rachjessk October 7, 2015 at 2:49 AM #

    I’ve been considering reading both of the books on your “Reading Next” list, so I’d love to hear what you think of them when you’re finished!


    • Sam October 7, 2015 at 5:30 AM #

      I hope to start them soon and let you know. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. rathertoofondofbooks October 7, 2015 at 3:57 AM #

    I’ve got Slaughterhouse Five on my TBR too and have also never read it, and like you it feels wrong that I haven’t. I might have to bump that up my TBR soon. I’ve got Everything I Never Told You on my TBR too but I keep reading more and more mixed reviews of it so I keep pushing it further down the pile. I’ll maybe read it one of these days!

    Here’s my WWW – https://rathertoofondofbooks.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/441/


    • Sam October 7, 2015 at 5:32 AM #

      It didn’t floor me and I was hoping it would. Just fell flat. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Emily Witt October 7, 2015 at 4:08 AM #

    I’m Australian, but Made in America sounds interesting. I might look it up.

    Here is my post for the week.


    • Sam October 7, 2015 at 5:35 AM #

      It hasn’t been what I thought so far. It’s a bit more history than linguistics. Still interesting. Happy Wednesday!


      • Emily Witt October 7, 2015 at 7:55 PM #

        Oh, that is disappointing. I would have hoped for more on the linguistic side, too, going by the cover.


  6. bookboodle October 7, 2015 at 4:13 AM #

    Both Slaughterhouse Five & Fahrenheit 451 are books most people think they should have read. I hope they don’t disappoint. As Mark Twain said “‘Classic.’ A book which people praise and don’t read.”
    Here’s my WWW – http://bookboodle.co.uk/2015/10/07/www-wednesday-october-7th 🙂


    • Sam October 7, 2015 at 6:49 AM #

      Hahaha. I have read 451 but Slaughterhouse-Five will be new to me. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Claire | Art and Soul October 7, 2015 at 4:24 AM #

    I’m glad to hear the Gregory didn’t disappoint. I’m reading one of hers next (I hope to start tonight!) and my library has pretty much her complete works, so I’m hoping I become a fan!
    I’m always impressed with how you’re sticking with Cloud Atlas. I didn’t really “get” why everyone loved it so much. I’m not sure whether it’s one of those books you need to read more than once to really appreciate? (no time, never going to happen!).
    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/www-wednesday-7th-october-2015/


    • Sam October 7, 2015 at 6:52 AM #

      I hope I don’t need to reread it with how long it’s taking to get through right now! Ebooks always take me a while but this one is taking ages! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Alana October 7, 2015 at 7:07 AM #

    Happy Wednesday everyone! Here’s this week’s list: http://alanacking.blogspot.com/2015/10/www-wednesday-october-7.html

    Liked by 1 person

  9. siderealday October 7, 2015 at 10:36 AM #

    Glad to see I’m not the only one keeping busy with books. Happy Wednesday!


    • Sam October 7, 2015 at 12:08 PM #

      I love to have a lot going. Happy Wednesday!


  10. curiousdaisies October 7, 2015 at 12:08 PM #

    I recently read Farenheit 451. Wasn’t really a fan but I see why it was banned and all. Happy reading! https://ireadboooks.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/www-wednesdays-october-7-2015/


    • Sam October 7, 2015 at 12:12 PM #

      It’s part of banned book week at the library. I’m excited to revisit it. Happy Wednesday!


  11. Yvo October 7, 2015 at 12:47 PM #

    I’m curious to hear what you think of Everything I Never Told you since it sounded like an interesting read… And I really need to reread Fahrenheit 451 at some point; it’s one of my favorite dystopian classics.

    Happy Wednesday! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam October 7, 2015 at 4:09 PM #

      It was okay, just not great. And I thought the ending was a bit flat. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Kendra October 7, 2015 at 2:47 PM #

    This looks like a great list! Happy reading!
    Here’s my WWW:

    Liked by 1 person

  13. girlinbookland October 7, 2015 at 5:07 PM #

    Good list! Here is mine: girlinbookland.wordpress.com 🙂


  14. alilovesbooks October 7, 2015 at 5:26 PM #

    I’ve been thinking about slaughterhouse five for a while so will be interested to hear how you get on. I’m still working my way through fairytales and fluffy romances.


    • Sam October 7, 2015 at 5:38 PM #

      I’ve heard it’s a bit rough at one point. I don’t think my husband finished it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. anovelglimpse October 7, 2015 at 6:50 PM #

    Interesting reads! Here’s my WWW Wednesday post https://anovelglimpse.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/www-wednesday-october-7-2015/.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Abby Z. October 7, 2015 at 8:16 PM #

    Happy Wednesday Sam!!

    Here is my post for this week: https://bookishbarrister.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/www-wednesday-13/

    I think you always have good choices. I hope the Bill Bryson book gets better for you. I haven’t read any of his books but I have always wanted to!


    • Sam October 7, 2015 at 9:39 PM #

      I’ve got his book about hiking the Appalachian on my shelf so I hope I enjoy that more. Happy Wednesday!


  17. Ashley @ Sitting In The Stacks October 12, 2015 at 1:35 PM #

    What time period does The Boleyn Inheritance cover? Gregory is usually a satisfying read. Was it at least enjoyable if not in the top of her Tudor series?



    • Sam October 12, 2015 at 6:16 PM #

      It was the 1500s, cornering Anne of Cleve’s and Katherine Howard. It was quite enjoyable. I liked it, I just enjoy her other books more.



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