WWW Wednesday, 3-February-2016

3 Feb

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?

PrincipeCurrently reading:  I’m really enjoying Bellwether by Connie Willis. The narrator is sarcastic and cynical but also very smart and determined. She studies fads and is always analyzing things around her to see what’s in style. It’s really fun.
I’m still at the very beginning of Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling. I can’t remember if I’ve read this once or twice before, but there’s always things you forget about a book between the times you read it and I love re-discovering those things. This will be fun.
I haven’t had a lot of time to read Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I can tell it’s going quickly, though. I think I’m already 8% into it and I feel like I’ve read three pages! I hope it goes by quickly.

DeadWakeRecently finished: As predicted, I finished Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. I actually finished it on Wednesday after I’d posted here. It was really great and I think I’ll have the review for it up as early as next week! I’m a bit short on material at the moment so reviews are going up quickly.

I’ve had one book reviews posted this week. It was One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The book club reflection should follow next week but be warned, I was not a big fan of this book. I gave it Two out of Five stars.

ShanghaiReading Next: Because of Spirit Airlines size/weight restrictions, I’m going to stop reading Potter when I go to Florida and start Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. It’s a nice, small paperback which will be good for the plane. If it doesn’t last me the week, I’m sure I can find another book to pick up in Orlando.

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, 3-February-2016”

  1. cleopatralovesbooks February 3, 2016 at 1:20 AM #

    I hope you have a good trip and your paperback lasts for you – Here is my Wednesday post for this week https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/this-week-in-books-february-3/


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 6:28 AM #

      Thank you! We’re going to Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. I’m so excited. Happy Wednesday!


  2. kay February 3, 2016 at 3:52 AM #

    Hm, I haven’t heard of Bellwether. I’ll be curious to see what you think by the end of it. Shanghai Girls sounds interesting! Hopefully it’s a good book for your trip.

    My post: https://kaywritesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/www-wednesday-february-3-2016/


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 6:30 AM #

      I’m really enjoying it so far. I was listening to it during my morning run and I think I might have figured out the ending! Happy Wednesday.


      • kay February 3, 2016 at 1:50 PM #

        Oh, that’s a good idea. Multitasking for the avid reader! Awesome. That’s exciting. Happy wednesday!


  3. alilovesbooks February 3, 2016 at 4:16 AM #

    I try to read Harry Potter every so often but tend to find myself getting muddled with the films which I’ve watched far too many times.
    Bellwether sounds interesting. Haven’t heard of it so might have to look out for it.

    Here’s my WWW


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 6:37 AM #

      I’d forgotten about the scene at the beginning with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Magic. I loved it so much! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 2 people

  4. Emily Witt February 3, 2016 at 4:18 AM #

    I look forward to your review of Dead Wake – it sounds really interesting!

    Here’s my post for this week: https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/3667112


  5. Lindsay | Bookboodle February 3, 2016 at 4:39 AM #

    Yeah, I like the sound of Dead Wake too! Not heard of it before so shall look out for your thoughts 🙂
    Here’s my WWW – http://bookboodle.co.uk/2016/02/03/www-wednesday-february-3rd


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 6:39 AM #

      My review will be up next Tuesday. I really enjoyed Larson’s writing. I’ve enjoyed the other book of his I’ve read, “The Devil in the White City” as well. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Claire | Art and Soul February 3, 2016 at 4:42 AM #

    I remember when I re-read the HP series being even more impressed at all the little details which become relevant in books 6 and 7 that Rowling had got in at the beginning. Some serious forward planning!
    I hope your reads this week are far less headache-inducing that the Garcia Marquez 🙂
    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/www-wednesday-3rd-february-2016/


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 12:09 PM #

      She always says she knew how it would end from the very beginning and it really shows. It’s why I trust her mystery series to be full of relevant details. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Alice @ Raptureinbooks February 3, 2016 at 5:22 AM #

    Are you really reading the Spanish version of Half-Blood Prince?! Amazing.

    Here’s my WWW: https://raptureinbooks.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/www-wednesday-25-3rd-february-2016/


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 12:11 PM #

      I started reading them in Spanish in 2012 and I’m only at six. It’s very exhausting! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. patgarcia February 3, 2016 at 5:53 AM #

    I was going to start on One Hundred Years of Solitude, but I think I’ll hold off for a while since you gave it two stars. I’ll still read it but it just lost some of its priority by me.

    Here is my WWW:



    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 12:14 PM #

      A lot of people love it, it just wasn’t for me. I explain why on my review if you want to check that. Happy Wednesday!


  9. Ash @ First Dream of Books February 3, 2016 at 7:07 AM #

    Don’t forget to stop by BOTH my blogs to check out My WWW Wednesday post!! Echoing Books (Blog I co-own) and First Dream of Books (My Personal blog)

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Denise @ Life With No Plot February 3, 2016 at 7:44 AM #

    Happy Wednesday and happy reading to you! I am forever in awe of the amount of books you tackle at once. 🙂



    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:04 PM #

      I enjoy the challenge. 🙂 Happy Wednesday!


  11. Kwizgiver February 3, 2016 at 10:12 AM #

    Happy Wednesday! I hope you have a great trip. 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: http://www.kwizgiver.com/2016/02/www-wednesday.html


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:08 PM #

      Thank you! I’ll have some great pictures. Happy Wednesday.


  12. siderealday February 3, 2016 at 10:41 AM #

    I should probably give some serious thought to rereading the Harry Potter books now that they’re all out. Have a good trip – I bet Florida’s weather is a lot nicer than ours right now, you lucky person!
    My WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/www-wednesday-23/


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:11 PM #

      Haha, I’m hoping it’s beautiful! I want to come back with a sun tan. Happy Wednesday!


  13. Michaela Joy February 3, 2016 at 10:42 AM #

    I hope you have a great trip! 🙂 This is the my first WWW Wednesday post and I’m so excited to join! Here is today’s post: https://themeaningofwrittenwords.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/www-wednesday-2/


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:13 PM #

      So glad you could join us. I’m getting really excited for my trip. I’ll have to start packing soon. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Lauren February 3, 2016 at 10:43 AM #

    I really enjoyed Larson’s work in Devil in the White City, might need to pick up Dead Wake at some point!

    My WWW


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:13 PM #

      Yes! I hope you like it, I enjoyed Devil as well. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. klgd2008 February 3, 2016 at 11:12 AM #

    Happy Wednesday!


    Liked by 1 person

  16. Katie February 3, 2016 at 11:15 AM #

    I’m hoping to reread all the Harry Potter books soon! I read The Sorcerers Stone for HARRYXMASTOYOU and really enjoyed the experience of revisiting the story now that I’m older. There is SO much that I forgot and looking back there is a lot of foreshadowing. I hope you have a great trip!

    Here is my WWW:


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:19 PM #

      I got the illustrated edition of ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ for Christmas and I’ve been reading it a few pages at a time and love seeing all the foreshadowing. She’s such a great story teller! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Katie February 3, 2016 at 5:26 PM #

        I have wanted to get The Illustrated Sorcerer’s Stone since it was released but every time I have tried to get it, it’s sold out. 😦 Hopefully I can get a copy soon!


      • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:49 PM #

        My husband snagged it from a school book fair for me. You’ve got to be sneaky, LOL.

        Liked by 1 person

  17. Alana February 3, 2016 at 11:49 AM #

    Happy Wednesday everyone! http://alanacking.blogspot.com/2016/02/www-wednesday-february-3.html

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Anette @ Anette Reads February 3, 2016 at 12:26 PM #

    I wish I had the time to re-read Harry Potter too. I’ve read them all several times but it’s been a few years since the last time I read the final books.

    My WWW.


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:26 PM #

      I honestly can’t remember if I’ve read it more than the one time when it came out. It’s time to change that. Well, at least reading the sixth one for now. Happy Wednesday!


  19. Yvo February 3, 2016 at 12:55 PM #

    Dead Wake sounds like a great read! It’s been a while since I read a WWI book; I should try to get a copy soon…

    Happy Wednesday! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:28 PM #

      I hope you do, it’s a great book and Larson writes it amazingly. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  20. anovelglimpse February 3, 2016 at 1:39 PM #

    I’m looking forward to reading your Dead Wake review! Here’s my WWW Wednesday https://anovelglimpse.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/www-wednesday-february-3-2016/.


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:30 PM #

      Thanks! It will go up next Tuesday so I’ll link to it in the next WWW Wednesday. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. hollykerrauthor February 3, 2016 at 1:42 PM #

    I love picking books to go on vacation with! I hope you have a great time!
    Here’s my list for this week http://hollykerr.ca/3325-2/


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:32 PM #

      Thanks, Holly. I hope it’s a good fit for my possibly exhausting vacation. I”m really excited, though! Happy Wednesday.


  22. Aggie Unsworth February 3, 2016 at 2:41 PM #

    Sorry mine is a little late today! But here it is, finally 🙂



    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:35 PM #

      Sorry I’m getting to it even later! In my defense, it’s 5:35 PM in Detroit. Happy Wednesday!


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:38 PM #

      I’m unable to comment on your blog. The cover for ’13 Minutes’ is great. I hope the book doesn’t disappoint. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!


  23. hmills96 February 3, 2016 at 2:44 PM #

    First WWW of February! http://ilayreading.com/2016/02/03/www-wednesday-232016/


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:38 PM #

      Happy February! Happy Wednesday, as well.


  24. Allie February 3, 2016 at 2:46 PM #

    You’re making me want to reread the Harry Potter series now! Happy Wednesday and here’s my first ever WWW post: http://runsondoughnuts.com/2016/02/03/wcw-www-self-care-on-a-rainy-wednesday/


    • Sam February 5, 2016 at 12:36 PM #

      It’s always a good re-read! I love it more every time. Sorry for the delay in responding; this got caught in my Spam filter. It should go straight through next week. Glad you could join us and happy (belated) Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. missdarcy87 February 3, 2016 at 2:51 PM #

    It’s been a while since I’ve read any of Lisa See’s books. I’ll be interested to see what you think of this one! Here’s my post for the week. 🙂


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:40 PM #

      I have another on my shelf so I hope I like it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  26. Kelly | Kelly's Rambles February 3, 2016 at 4:18 PM #

    I’ve not read any of these, but I’ll check out a few titles so thanks! Happy reading!

    Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:45 PM #

      Hope you find something you like. Happy Wednesday!


  27. authorswilliams February 3, 2016 at 5:03 PM #

    I ready Slaughterhouse Five in High School. Lord what weird, weird book. My high school self could not keep track of anything going on. I only managed 3/4 of it and I still don’t understand what it was about lol. Maybe you’ll have better luck. I’m sure now that I’m older I could appreciate it much more If I was motivated to try and pick it up 🙂 Looking forward to hearing what you think on that one.
    My WWW link for this week. https://authorswilliams.wordpress.com/


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 5:47 PM #

      I agree so far that it’s a bit unfocused. I’m still unsure of what I’m getting myself into but at least it’s a shorter one. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  28. xxertz (Fiction is My Addiction) February 3, 2016 at 8:38 PM #

    I’m so happy you enjoyed Dead Wake and can’t wait for your review! It’s a bummer you can’t bring Potter on the plane, but hopefully Girls provides a nice change of pace. Hope you have a wonderful trip!

    My WWW: https://xxertz.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/a-week-in-review


    • Sam February 3, 2016 at 9:02 PM #

      Thank you! I don’t mind putting it on hold for a bit. It only lets me savor it longer. Happy Wednesday!


  29. kyarborough1 February 3, 2016 at 11:39 PM #

    Bellwether sounds interesting. I’ll have to check it out.

    My WWW: https://wordpress.com/read/post/feed/12408010/920753028


    • Sam February 4, 2016 at 12:24 PM #

      I finished it last night and really liked the end. Happy Thursday!



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