WWW Wednesday, 21-October-2015

21 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?

CloudAtlasCurrently reading:  Not much with Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell this week. Unless it gets really interesting really quickly, I’m not sure I’ll finish it this year.
Still nothing with I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.  I’ve got to get through Cloud Atlas first. Yikes.
Steady progress Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson. The writing in this book is really great and I’m excited I’m finally finding the time to read it.
I’m super close to finishing Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States by Bill Bryson. I’ve made a few longer car trips this month which helped me get through it. I’m wondering if Bryson’s other books are like this. I have A Walk In the Woods on my shelf and I hope it’s a little different as a memoir than this non-fiction.
Steady progress on  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.I’m about half-way through and I don’t remember much of the story at all. This all feels really new to me so it’s exciting to see what happens next still.

SamuraiRecently finished: I finished  The Samurai’s Garden by Gayle Tsukiyama on Friday. I liked the ending and found it fitting, but it still felt very open-ended. This will be an interesting book club discussion.

Just one book review this past week and I think a lot of you already checked it out. Please take a look at my review of Robert Galbraith’s (J.K. Rowling’s) The Silkworm. I gave it Four out of Five stars and really enjoyed the story. I’m glad she’s started a mystery series!

AnneFrankReading Next: I hope to start Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut pretty soon as I’m getting close on 451. It’s a good time for classics.
Even more classics, I should have time to start Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen before my next book club selection. I might have to stretch this one out a bit to fit in those other books, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
The next audiobook for my car is going to be The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never read this one. I’ve seen the play, but never read the book in school or had another reason to pick it up. I’ve been admonished enough and I’m excited to read the word’s right from Anne’s hands.

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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65 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 21-October-2015”

  1. cleopatralovesbooks October 21, 2015 at 1:16 AM #

    Oh The Diary of a Young Girl will make for sombre, but in my opinion, excellent reading. I read it at school and visited the house in Amsterdam a few years back. Here is my Wednesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/this-week-in-books-october-21/


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 6:40 AM #

      I might be able to start it today. I’m not looking for anything uplifting, that’s for sure. Happy Wednesday!


  2. Rachel K October 21, 2015 at 3:26 AM #

    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed The Silkworm! I’ve been considering adding it to my TBR, but I’m not completely sure yet.
    Here’s my WWW: https://onelittlebookshelf.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/www-wednesday-4/


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 6:42 AM #

      With the third one coming out, I wanted to get the second one in. It sounds like the third is going to build off the relationships that formed in the second so I think it will be really important to the series. Though, knowing Rowling, every sentence is a clue of what’s to come! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Claire | Art and Soul October 21, 2015 at 3:59 AM #

    I’ve never read Anne Frank either and feel bad about it. I hope to get round to it one day.
    I’m you enjoyed The Silkworm. I heard some rather negative things about The Casual Vacancy, so perhaps i should start her mystery series instead.
    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/www-wednesday-21st-october-2015/


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 7:42 AM #

      I wasn’t a big fan of The Casual Vacancy. I’d recommend the Cormoran Strike series over it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. bookboodle October 21, 2015 at 4:09 AM #

    I’m another who’s never read Anne Frank; shameful really!
    The Casual Vacancy is a long old slog so glad to hear The Silkworm is a good read.
    Here’s my WWW – http://bookboodle.co.uk/2015/10/21/www-wednesday-october-21st 🙂


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 5:14 PM #

      I wasn’t a fan of The Casual Vacancy. The Strike series is much more enjoyable. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Clare October 21, 2015 at 5:59 AM #

    I read Anne Frank a long time ago and I cried a lot. I really need to start The Cuckoo’s Calling! I’ve heard so many good things about that series.
    Here’s my WWW: http://dualreads.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/wednesday-catch-up-21st-october-2015.html


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 5:17 PM #

      Oh gosh, I hope I don’t cry too much while I’m driving. Happy Wednesday!


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 5:19 PM #

      Still having trouble on my phone with your site. I hope you enjoy Cary On. I’m looking forward to that one as well. Happy reading!


  6. rathertoofondofbooks October 21, 2015 at 6:00 AM #

    I’ve just clicked the link to your review of The Silkworm – I’ve yet to read the Robert Galbraith books but I’m very tempted to now! 🙂 I just posted on my blog yesterday about my first time reading The Diary of Anne Frank, so it’s great to hear that you’re about to read it for the first time now. I’ll be interested to read your thoughts afterwards.

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday:


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 5:20 PM #

      I was able to start today and I hope it doesn’t take too long. Hope you enjoy the Galbraith series. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Emily Witt October 21, 2015 at 6:47 AM #

    I haven’t read Anne Frank either, if it makes you feel better. And I know I really need to get onto it.

    Here’s my post

    Happy Wednesday!


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 5:22 PM #

      A lot of people are saying the same thing today. Happy Wednesday!


  8. Ryna October 21, 2015 at 6:56 AM #

    Happy Wednesday. Go check out my post for WWW Wednesday

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Denise October 21, 2015 at 7:30 AM #

    Wow, you have a lot on your reading plate! Happy Wednesday to you!

    My post: https://lifewithnoplot.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/www-wednesday-for-102115/


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 5:25 PM #

      I love having a lot going on at once. I never get bored! Happy Wednesday!


  10. Aubrey Joy October 21, 2015 at 7:37 AM #

    You’ve inspired me to start writing these posts! I think that they’re a great idea. How do you keep track of reading so many books at once? I can successfully read 2 or 3 books at a time.
    Aubrey Joy


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 6:47 PM #

      I’m glad you’re joining in, they’re very fun! Please post your link if you do one for this week. I have books in different formats that help me keep them separate. I have a ‘driving book’ and a ‘before bed’ book’ and a ‘cooking book.’ It helps a lot. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Analee @ Book Snacks October 21, 2015 at 7:52 AM #

    I hope you enjoy Sense and Sensibility if you get around to reading it this week! Although I had some issues with it, I personally enjoyed it. ❤ Here's my WWW if you want to check it out!


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 6:48 PM #

      I hope I can get to it this week. It’s turned out to be a much crazier week than I was anticipating. Happy Wednesday!


  12. laurelrainsnow October 21, 2015 at 8:42 AM #

    I have Slaughterhouse Five somewhere around here…and I’ve always wanted to read the Anne Frank book. Here’s my WWW WEDNESDAYS POST


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 6:51 PM #

      I feel like both are books I should have had to read earlier in line and somehow got away from. Happy Wednesday!


  13. Run Wright October 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM #

    I just found this link up via Laurelrainsnow and will be following you now. I hope you guys will follow me too.
    I am currently reading: Fiction – Jennifer Weiner Who Do You Love
    Non-Fiction: John C. Maxwell Intentional Living. (See what I’m thinking about that at http://runwright.net/2015/10/21/3-frogs-on-a-log/)
    Recent reads at http://runwright.net/2015/10/14/weekly-read-wednesdays/
    My next book – Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 6:56 PM #

      I have ‘Bird by Bird’ on my shelf. I hope to read it soon but I’m never very good at getting to the books on my shelf. Glad you found me. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Run Wright October 21, 2015 at 8:45 PM #

        Haha. Don’t I know about the neglected TBR shelf – mine has become a small bookcase.


      • Sam October 21, 2015 at 9:07 PM #

        Mine’s a big shelf and I’m afraid I’ll re-fill it this weekend at a book sale. Yikes!

        Liked by 1 person

  14. The Country Bookworm October 21, 2015 at 10:39 AM #

    The problem with joining in on this memes…is every week I add to my TBR! here’s my WWW list:


  15. readersandmore October 21, 2015 at 10:47 AM #

    Happy Wednesday! Looks like you’ve been doing lots of amazing reading 🙂 My WWW is up but I can’t currently link it.


  16. klgd2008 October 21, 2015 at 11:36 AM #

    Happy Wednesday!


    Liked by 1 person

  17. Amanda Marie October 21, 2015 at 12:08 PM #

    I really want to write the Cormoran Strike books! Happy reading, Sam!
    My WWW- http://www.amandasnoseinabook.com/2015/10/21/what-im-reading-writing-wednesday-35/


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 8:50 PM #

      I wish I could write such a fun and twisted novel. Rowling is a real talent! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Yvo October 21, 2015 at 12:19 PM #

    The Diary Of A Young Girl is a very powerful book and one of my favorite WWII reads. I really want to read a few classics soon as well… And I had Cloud Atlas on my wishlist, but I’ve heard so many people struggling with this read that I’ve decided to take it off the list for now.

    Happy Wednesday! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 8:53 PM #

      I don’t blame you for taking Cloud Atlas off the list. I thought it would be better going back through time, but my struggle continues. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo October 22, 2015 at 12:22 PM #

        I always hate it when books disappoint… I hope it will get better for you later on. 🙂


  19. Haley M. (@hmills96) October 21, 2015 at 1:41 PM #

    Girl, you just need to give up on Cloud Atlas. Just put that thing down. http://ilayreading.com/2015/10/21/www-wednesday-10212015/


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 8:55 PM #

      Haha, I wish I wasn’t so stubborn and I could! I get through a bit a day between doctors appointments and reading it at breakfast. I’m just picking at it, haha. Happy Wednesday!


  20. siderealday October 21, 2015 at 3:57 PM #

    Sorry Cloud Atlas is still dragging you down, but I’m glad Fahrenheit 451 feels like a new read – that can be really fun with books, rereading it and finding it new. I think you’ll really like Diary of a Young Girl, especially if you liked the script of the play – it’s pretty close to the book as I recall.


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 8:57 PM #

      I was able to start Anne Frank this morning. It’s pretty similar to the play so far, but I’m seeing how things that will come up later in the book are worked into the screenplay early (Mrs. Van Daan’s fur coat came to mind). I’m looking forward to it. Happy Wednesday!


  21. alilovesbooks October 21, 2015 at 5:14 PM #

    I’m impressed you manage to juggle so many books at the same time. I’m very much a one at a time reader. How do you keep track of them? I am probably due a re read of Sense and Sensibility. Wasn’t really my favourite Austen but there isn’t really a bad one is there?

    My WWW is here: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/www-wednesday-21st-october/


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 9:00 PM #

      I use different formats (audio, e, paper) to keep my books straight. It really helps me. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  22. teafunny October 21, 2015 at 5:32 PM #

    I’ve been in the mood for classics too. Here’s my WWW.
    Happy reading!


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 9:08 PM #

      This doesn’t come to me very often so I’ll respect it while it’s here. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 9:09 PM #

      I don’t get this feeling very often so I’ll respect it while it’s here. Happy Wednesday!


  23. Felicia Sue Lynn Reviews October 21, 2015 at 7:31 PM #

    I’m glad you’re enjoying Farenheit 451. It was my favorite school read. Here’s my WWW!


    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 9:03 PM #

      It’s been so long since I read it. My favorite school read was John Knowles ‘A Separate Peace’ and I know a lot of people hated that one! Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

  24. charliegirlteachergirl October 21, 2015 at 9:32 PM #

    I’ve never read Fahrenheit 451. Glad you are enjoying it! Happy reading!



    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 9:41 PM #

      It’s enjoyable so far. Bradbury has a unique style. Happy Wednesday!


  25. Lia October 21, 2015 at 9:46 PM #

    I haven’t read Anne Frank either. I own a paperback and it stood by my bedside table for quite a while until I finally came to terms with the fact that I’m just more wired towards fiction even though it is certainly a classic I would like to read in the near future.
    My WWW this week includes a non-fiction book, maybe it will open my appetite for the genre! ^^



    • Sam October 21, 2015 at 9:49 PM #

      I’m not huge on non-fiction by I do love memoirs! Welcome to the WWW Wednesday family.


  26. Abby Z. October 21, 2015 at 10:56 PM #

    Happy Wednesday Sam! You have a great selection for the week as always 🙂

    Here is my WWW: https://bookishbarrister.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/www-wednesday-15/


    • Sam October 22, 2015 at 6:09 AM #

      Thanks, Happy belated Wednesday!


  27. Kwizgiver October 22, 2015 at 10:39 AM #

    I just found you (it’s Thursday) so I will join in next week. I had been posting WWWs on my own but am glad to link up!


    • Sam October 22, 2015 at 11:10 AM #

      Glad you found us! Welcome back to the community.




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