WWW Wednesday, 23-December-2015

23 Dec

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?

DeadWakeCurrently reading:  I placed a hold on I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. I hope it comes to me soon because I don’t want to start anything while I wait for it and I’m impatient.
I’m still listening to A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab around the house while I’m working out or cooking or cleaning, etc.It makes for some good listening. I think I’m finally getting into the action. I thought the build-up with Kel was a bit slow.
I’m slow getting into One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I’ve read the first two chapters, but it hasn’t grabbed me yet so I’m finding it easy to put down. I hope that changes.
I started a new audiobook on Thursday, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. I really enjoyed The Devil in the White City and I’m hoping I like this title just as much.

CloudAtlasRecently finished: I finished Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited about this. I had twenty minutes to spare before I went to the gym and figured I could finish it off and BAM! Now I can watch the movie and indulge myself in that to remind myself how it started. It took me seven months to the day to read it and I’m so proud that I finished it.

Three book reviews for you as well. The first was Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Thank you to those of you who read that review already. I welcome other opinions on my takeaway.
The second is All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I really enjoyed this audio, a lot more than I thought I would, too. I’m glad I jumped on the bandwagon and read it.
Finally, Animal Farm by George Orwell. I don’t plan on reading a lot of other ‘classics’ in the next few weeks so it will be nice to have that behind us.

PrincipeReading Next: The plan is still to pick up Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling. I don’t think I’ll finish Marquez before the beginning of the year so I’ll put some more ‘for fun’ books in the beginning of the year when my book clubs are overlapping.

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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50 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 23-December-2015”

  1. rainandcheese December 23, 2015 at 2:27 AM #

    Ohh. Cloud Atlas looks like one peculiar book. Will add it in the list. Seems like one heck of a ride though.

    My WWW. Happy reading!


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 7:26 AM #

      It was quite the journey! It would have been better to read it in one go. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. klgd2008 December 23, 2015 at 3:02 AM #

    Happy Wednesday!


    Liked by 1 person

  3. cleopatralovesbooks December 23, 2015 at 3:33 AM #

    You’ve cleared a few off your stack – here’s my Wednesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/this-week-in-books-december-23/


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 8:03 AM #

      It’s been good movement this week! I hope it continues. Happy Wednesday!


  4. rathertoofondofbooks December 23, 2015 at 5:13 AM #

    Well done on finished Cloud Atlas!! I gave up on that one so I really admire you for sticking with it.

    Here’s my WWW:


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 8:36 AM #

      It was a long haul for sure but I’m glad I finished it. I watched the movie and it made a lot more sense and helped me remember things. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Claire | Art and Soul December 23, 2015 at 5:46 AM #

    Yay!! Well done on sticking with Cloud Altas all that time. I haven’t seen the movie either, but it has an incredible cast and I hear it’s really ambitious.
    I’m glad A Darker Shade of Magic works as an audio book. There is plenty of action coming!
    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/www-wednesday-23rd-december-2015/


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 1:08 PM #

      I watched the movie and ambitious is a good word. A lot of characters! It would be hard to keep straight info hadn’t read the book. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Emily Witt December 23, 2015 at 5:53 AM #

    Yay for finally finishing Cloud Atlas! I admire your stamina!

    Here’s my post this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/www-and-wippet-wednesday-23-december-2015/


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 3:25 PM #

      Thank you! It took a lot of persistence. Happy Wednesday!


  7. Dublin Bookworm December 23, 2015 at 6:04 AM #

    Enjoy Harry Potter. Km just finished my reread of the series. Here’s my WWW Wednesday. Merry Christmas. http://dublinbookworm.com/2015/12/23/this-week-in-books-22-12-15/


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 3:38 PM #

      I’m looking forward to it because HBP is my favorite movie. GoT is my favorite book, though. Merry Christmas and happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Clare Stone December 23, 2015 at 6:07 AM #

    I am so glad you finished Cloud Atlas! Such an achievement!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 5:55 PM #

      Thanks! I’m glad it’s over, too. Happy Wednesday!


  9. Go4theCookieJar December 23, 2015 at 6:21 AM #

    I really love Jane Austen! I just do. Persuasion & Mansfield Park are my favorites but S&S is fabulous too! Thanks for hosting this meme. Happy holidays to you. Here’s my WWW: http://www.greysanatomyblog.com/2015/12/www-wednesday-1-december-23-2015.html


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 6:55 AM #

      I know there are people who love her, I’m just not one of them. I don’t have that appreciation you single her style. I tried George Elliot and felt the same way. Happy Wednesday!


  10. curiousdaisy December 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM #

    Glad you put Malala on hold. You’re going to love it heheh 😀 Here’s my post https://ireadboooks.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/www-wednesday-december-23-2015/


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 4:52 PM #

      I’m enjoying getting back into it already. This one will likely move faster than ‘Cloud Atlas’ did. Happy Wednesday!


  11. Kwizgiver December 23, 2015 at 9:03 AM #

    I read more than I thought I would! Here’s my answer: http://www.kwizgiver.com/2015/12/www-wednesdays.html

    I hope to read a lot over my school break, too!


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 4:57 PM #

      Enjoy the vacation. Happy Wednesday.


  12. charliegirlteachergirl December 23, 2015 at 10:18 AM #

    Congratulations on Cloud Atlas!!! I’m so glad that’s behind you!



    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 4:58 PM #

      I am as well! It’s been a long journey and it’s great to say it’s over. Happy Wednesday!


  13. anovelglimpse December 23, 2015 at 10:30 AM #

    I’m very interested in Dead Wake. I can’t wait to see what you think. My WWW Wednesday: https://anovelglimpse.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/www-wednesday-december/.


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM #

      So far I’m loving it. He does a great job of telling the story for a lot of different angles. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Alana December 23, 2015 at 11:03 AM #

    Congrats on finishing Cloud Atlas. And interesting Sense and Sensibility review. I like how you also analyzed it in a writer’s sense as well as your experience as a reader.



    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 5:02 PM #

      I’m glad it’s finally finished! I always try to think about how each book I read has taught me something about writing. Jane Austen’s style works for her, but it’s not something I’d want to emulate in my own work because of the audience. Thanks for reading it. Happy Wednesday!


  15. missdarcy87 December 23, 2015 at 11:25 AM #

    I loved A Darker Shade of Magic! I agree that the action is a slow build, but it gets better as the story goes on. Here’s my post for the week. Happy reading and Merry Christmas!


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 5:05 PM #

      I think I jut got to the interesting part because Lyla and Kel just met! Finally. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • missdarcy87 December 23, 2015 at 5:08 PM #

        Yup, a lot of the action happens after that. Enjoy!


  16. alilovesbooks December 23, 2015 at 11:51 AM #

    Congrats on finishing Cloud Atlas.

    Will be interested to see what you think of A Darker Shade of Magic as it’s one I’ve been thinking about reading but the reviews seem mixed. Hope you enjoy it.
    Here’s my WWW


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 5:07 PM #

      So far it’s okay. A lot of world building made for a slow start. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. siderealday December 23, 2015 at 12:12 PM #

    Congrats on finishing up Cloud Atlas finally! Sounds like you’ve got a lot on your plate, like always. I wish I was reading more but I’ve been so busy with my sister actually back in town for the holidays.
    Here’s my WWW: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/www-wednesday-1223/


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 5:09 PM #

      I’m predicting slow/no progress this coming week so it feels good to have gotten something finished! Enjoy the time with your sister. Happy Wednesday!


  18. Felicia Sue Lynn Reviews December 23, 2015 at 12:47 PM #

    I’m so happy you were able to finish Cloud Atlas! It’s been so up and down that I feel proud you finished it. Is that weird? Lol. Here’s my WWW Wednesday!


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 5:12 PM #

      Haha, a lot of people are glad it’s off the top of my list! It was there for far too long. I’m glad it’s over, too. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. readersandmore December 23, 2015 at 2:01 PM #

    Sounds like a great week! I’m on the WordPress app so I can’t link my WWW.


  20. Yvo December 23, 2015 at 2:02 PM #

    Great job on finishing Cloud Atlas! I’m still not sure if I want to pick it up myself though… I like the sound of your current reads as well; I’m probably going to do a One Hundred Years Of Solitude reread next year and I have the other titles on my 2016 TBR as well.

    Happy Wednesday and Happy Holidays! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam December 23, 2015 at 5:15 PM #

      I’m enjoying ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude,’ but I haven’t had the time to sit down and read it so it’s slow going. Maybe eight pages a night? Yeah, that’s not a good pace for a book that long. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo December 23, 2015 at 6:17 PM #

        Eight pages still isn’t that bad for a book that is quite complex… At least you’re not forcing yourself to read if you don’t have the time. 😉

        Liked by 1 person

  21. erinsdavis78 December 24, 2015 at 12:10 AM #

    HI Sam,

    Sorry for the really late post. Today was crazy with getting ready for Christmas. Here is my post:



    • Sam December 24, 2015 at 6:31 AM #

      Glad you made it eventually. Merry Christmas!


  22. rabbitearsblog December 24, 2015 at 2:58 AM #

    Ooh! I loved Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince! I hope you get around to it! Here’s my WWW:



    • Sam December 24, 2015 at 6:34 AM #

      I’ll start it eventually. It’s just getting through Marquez first. Merry Christmas!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Lindsay | Bookboodle December 24, 2015 at 12:51 PM #

    Well done on finishing Cloud Atlas; that’s a journey all of us have been on with you! Not sure it’s one I want to undertake myself even though I do have the book.
    Here’s my WWW – http://bookboodle.co.uk/2015/12/23/www-wednesday-december-23rd
    Happy holidays 🙂


    • Sam December 24, 2015 at 1:19 PM #

      I wouldn’t recommend it unless it’s the only book you’re reading. It takes a lot of concentration. Merry Christmas!

      Liked by 1 person


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