WWW Wednesday, 10-February-2016

10 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?

ClashofKingsCurrently reading: It feels like I’m making good progress with Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling but I’m not even 100 pages in yet. It’s a chunk of a book and I wish I could report more progress with it. It will come in time, I’m sure. Let’s see how much I can get through before I have to pick up my next book club selection.
Only a few lunches reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut and I’m over 30% of the way through it. This is flying by! It will probably be the next book I finish because of how long these other selections are.
Speaking of long, I started the audiobook of A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. This will be on here a while because it’s almost 40 hours of audio! It’s the only one I’m listening to so I hope it will move quickly between car rides and listening around the house. Fingers crossed!

BellwetherRecently finished: I finished Bellwether by Connie Willis which I really enjoyed. My review will be coming up after my vacation so you’ll have to wait for a little to read it but be assured it’s positive. It’s science fiction, but only in the sense that it’s fiction writing about science. It’s rather modern in my opinion.

So many reviews! I posted about A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab last week. I gave it 4 stars and really liked it. I can’t wait for the sequel.
I also reviewed Carry On by Rainbow Rowell earlier this week. I adored the book and read it super fast. A full 5 stars.
Finally, I posted about Dead Wake by Erik Larson yesterday. He writes a great historical narrative and if you’re interested in that at all, you should check out his work.

ShanghaiReading Next: I’ll pick up Shanghai Girls by Lisa See on Sunday. I hope it’s good, but not so good I finish it before my vacation’s over. See is coming to my area this year and I’m really excited to meet her.

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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76 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 10-February-2016”

  1. cleopatralovesbooks February 10, 2016 at 1:38 AM #

    Good to hear you enjoyed the Rainbow Rowell – Here is my Wednesday post for this week https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/this-week-in-books-february-10/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 1:52 PM #

      Thanks, happy Wednesday!


  2. The Gal Herself February 10, 2016 at 2:15 AM #

    I’m an Erik Larson fan, so thanks for introducing me to that title.

    My list includes a NY Times best selling biography and an intriguing little novel by an author I’d never hear of before: Renee Rosen.


    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 1:54 PM #

      Glad to find another Larson fan. I enjoyed his latest. Happy Wednesday!


  3. kay February 10, 2016 at 2:42 AM #

    I’ll have to catch up on your reviews! I’m curious about what you thought of Bellwether, A Darker Shade of Magic, and Carry On. I really liked Carry On, and I’m planning to read those other two.

    My post: https://kaywritesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/www-wednesday-february-10-2016/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:07 PM #

      I liked ‘Carry On’ as well. I thought the story moved really fast for such a long book. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • kay February 10, 2016 at 8:15 PM #

        That’s true. For a long book, it didn’t feel very long. Especially once Baz entered the story! Thanks. Happy Wednesday.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Emily Witt February 10, 2016 at 3:39 AM #

    Oh wow, 40 hours of audio! I struggle to keep track of anything longer than about 7 (any longer and I have to read the physical version to get through it faster).

    Here’s my post this week (making sure I don’t link to goodreads like I did last week!):

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:09 PM #

      The narrator for ASOIaF is so good that I don’t mind the 40 hours. It goes by pretty quickly. Happy Wednesday!


  5. alilovesbooks February 10, 2016 at 4:03 AM #

    So glad you enjoyed A Darker Shade and Carry On as I loved both. Kind of curious about Bellwether so may have to check it out.

    Here’s my WWW

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:11 PM #

      Enjoyable for sure. Grab the audio if you can, it was really well done. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Claire | Art and Soul February 10, 2016 at 4:06 AM #

    You’ve had a great reading week what with posting 3 reviews with 4 and 5 star ratings! 🙂
    I hope you enjoy Clash of Kings. I thought the first 2 books in the Game of Thrones series were the best (so far).

    Here’s my WWW post: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/www-wednesday-10th-february-2016/


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:13 PM #

      I guess I’ll probably find a dud soon, but I have had some great books lately. Fingers crossed it continues. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Margaret @ BooksPlease February 10, 2016 at 4:41 AM #

    I like the way you manage your reading of so many books and writing reviews – I’m usually behind with my reviews. I’ve only just dipped into the Game of Thrones books – must get back to them soon.

    Here’s my Wednesday post – http://www.booksplease.org/2016/02/10/my-week-in-books-10-february-2016/


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:15 PM #

      I’ve been very on top of it lately. I can’t promise it’s always that way. I just started my semester and this is when things get away from me. Happy Wednesday!


  8. Ela's Book Corner February 10, 2016 at 4:42 AM #

    Managed to get my WWW Wednesday post up early again today… 😉


    Happy reading everyone! 🙂


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:17 PM #

      And I’m managing to get to everything late! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. sarinalangerwriter February 10, 2016 at 4:50 AM #

    I haven’t read either of those again, but Bellwether sounds interesting!! I’ll have to look into it 🙂
    Here’s mine, if you’d like 🙂 http://sarinalangerwriter.com/2016/02/10/www-wednesday-10th-february-2016/


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:19 PM #

      I hope you do, it was a nice surprise for me. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Lindsay | Bookboodle February 10, 2016 at 6:01 AM #

    I really enjoyed your review of Dark Wake. It’s not my usual type of read but I’m going to see if my library has a copy 🙂
    Here’s my WWW – http://bookboodle.co.uk/2016/02/10/www-wednesday-february-10th


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:21 PM #

      I’m so glad! Larson is my favorite narrative-non-fiction writer. He does a great job with stories. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Cathy February 10, 2016 at 6:50 AM #

    I’ve started reading Slaughterhouse-Five after seeing it on your blog a couple of weeks ago and thinking I really must read it. So thanks for that! My WWW is at http://indie-bookworm.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/www-wednesday-8.html


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:24 PM #

      Glad to help! I’m getting through it slowly myself. We’ll persevere! Happy Wednesday!


  12. Kwizgiver February 10, 2016 at 7:35 AM #

    Enjoy your vacation!



    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:25 PM #

      Thank you, happy Wednesday!


  13. rainandcheese February 10, 2016 at 8:02 AM #

    That’s a lot of books this week! Glad you enjoyed Carry On~ Will check out your review of it later. Super curious about Bellweather. Sounds like one complicated but interesting novel. Here’s my WWW


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:27 PM #

      Bellwether was great because the topic seems heavy and complicated, but Willis write it to be easy and light. I hope you like it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. erinsdavis78 February 10, 2016 at 8:51 AM #


    I’m glad you liked Carry On, and I really want to read Erik Larson’s books, Everyone I ‘ve talked to has loved them. Are you enjoying Slaughterhouse Five? Here’s my WWW Wednesday:



    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:29 PM #

      I’m a little lost in Slaughterhouse-Five so far. The plot is a bit jumbled and I’m trying to figure out what’s a story and what’s true still. We’ll see. Happy Wednesday!


  15. Ashley February 10, 2016 at 8:56 AM #

    I can’t wait to read A Darker Shade of Magic and Carry On. I plan to read Carry On this month! 🙂
    Here is mine:

    Happy Wednesday! I hope you have a great day!


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:31 PM #

      Good! It’s a great feel-good title, like most Rowell books. I felt this had a more conclusive ending which I liked. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. curiousdaisy February 10, 2016 at 8:57 AM #

    That’s a damn long audiobook. i hope you’ll enjoy itl Happy reading! https://ireadboooks.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/www-wednesday-february-10-2016/


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:33 PM #

      So far it’s great. The narrator is fantastic. He did the first one and is probably my favorite narrator. Happy Wednesday!


  17. siderealday February 10, 2016 at 10:18 AM #

    I’m always happy to hear I’m not the only one who loved Carry On. And it might not feel like you’re making progress with Harry Potter, but it’s in a language that isn’t your native one, so any progress there is good, in my opinion.
    Here’s my WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/www-wednesday-210/
    Happy reading!


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:35 PM #

      Thanks for the encouragement! I’m sure when they finally make it to Hogwarts, I’ll feel like it’s really starting. I always feel that way about HP books. Happy Wednesday!


  18. kath-reads February 10, 2016 at 10:28 AM #

    Hi everyone! It’s my first time. I’m currently reading A Clash of Kings too and Shanghai Girls is on my TBR. Here’s my WWW Wednesday : http://kath-reads.com/2016/02/www-wednesday-february-10th/


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 11:29 AM #

      Hope you’re enjoying Clash of Kings. It’s keeping me entertained via audio during some long runs. Happy Wednesday!


  19. Lauren February 10, 2016 at 10:55 AM #

    Oh man, I don’t think I could handle 40 hours of Clash of Kings. I loved those, but I spent so much time flipping to maps and family trees in the appendices. Kudos to you!

    My WWW – http://thelaurenest.com/2016/02/10/www-and-a-case-of-the-sequels/


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:36 PM #

      I hope I’m not too confused about familial relationships. Especially with the long break I took between the first and this, I’ve probably forgot some things. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  20. hollykerrauthor February 10, 2016 at 11:10 AM #

    I’m not much for audio books but not sure I could handle 40 hours! I’ve read the series and usually need a long break between books! Great books though! Here’s my list. http://hollykerr.ca/www-wednesday-im-reading-12/ thanks for hosting!!


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:39 PM #

      Glad you liked them. I’m liking it so far, about three or four hours in, but I’ve got a long way to go! Happy Wednesday.


  21. Katie February 10, 2016 at 11:31 AM #

    I’ve been thinking about picking up the Game of Thrones series for awhile, but I never do because it’s so daunting. Maybe one day. I hope you enjoy Clash of Kings though! Happy Wednesday and happy reading!

    Here is my WWW:


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:41 PM #

      I don’t think I could have picked this up if it wasn’t audio. Thick books are scary! Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Katie February 10, 2016 at 9:00 PM #

        Thick books are scary, but they’re the best stories! Maybe I’ll look into getting the audio book.


  22. xxertz (Fiction is My Addiction) February 10, 2016 at 11:53 AM #

    Ooo, I’m going to have to check out your review of Dead Wake. Hope you enjoy the GoT!

    Happy Wednesday everybody! https://xxertz.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/a-week-in-review-7


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:43 PM #

      Dead Wake was great, just what I’d expect from a master like Larson. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. klgd2008 February 10, 2016 at 11:54 AM #

    Happy Wednesday!


    Liked by 1 person

  24. Almae | Books and Espresso February 10, 2016 at 12:12 PM #

    Oooh, “Shanghai Girls” is a good one! You’ll like it. Lisa See is such talented author!


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:45 PM #

      I’m glad! I’m excited to meet her when she comes to my area to speak in April. Happy reading.


  25. missdarcy87 February 10, 2016 at 12:37 PM #

    I loved A Darker Shade of Magic and Carry On so much! Some of my favorites I read last year! Here’s my post. Thanks for hosting! 🙂


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:46 PM #

      I’m only sorry I didn’t read them last year, too. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  26. anovelglimpse February 10, 2016 at 2:07 PM #

    I bet listening to George RR Martin’s books is even better than reading them! How fun! Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://anovelglimpse.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/www-wednesday-february-10-2016/.


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:48 PM #

      The narrator is amazing so it just might be. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  27. wonderfilledreads February 10, 2016 at 2:37 PM #

    Oh, I love this idea! I’ve been wanting to read A Darker Shade of Magic so I think I’ll be getting it soon! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

    Here’s my WWW post – http://wonderfilledreads.com/2016/02/10/www-wednesday-february-10th-2016/


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:49 PM #

      Thanks for joining in. The sequel comes out soon so there’s even more encouragement to read it soon. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  28. lipsyy February 10, 2016 at 2:50 PM #

    I hope you’re enjoying Slaughterhouse-5!


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:51 PM #

      Thanks! So far I like it enough, but I feel like something bigger is coming. Happy reading!


  29. hmills96 February 10, 2016 at 3:14 PM #

    I almost forgot! http://ilayreading.com/2016/02/10/www-wednesday-2102016/


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:51 PM #

      I’m even later, no worries! Happy Wednesday!


  30. Kelly | Kelly's Rambles February 10, 2016 at 3:21 PM #

    You’ve made me feel more positive about checking out ‘Carry On’. I’ve been slightly reluctant after seeing mixed reviews. I’ve read the GoT series, what is currently available anyway! 40 hours is a long time but Clash of Kings is a good book so I hope you’ll enjoy it.

    Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:53 PM #

      If you haven’t read Rowell’s book ‘Fangirl’ yet, I would recommend reading that before ‘Carry On.’ Most of the people I talked to who didn’t like ‘Carry On’ hadn’t read ‘Fangirl’ first. Happy Wednesday!


  31. Michaela Joy February 10, 2016 at 4:50 PM #

    Wow, that’s a long audiobook! But it makes sense, I’m only half way through the first book in the GOT series. They are SO long. Haha. I’m hoping to read Carry On soon as well. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it! Here’s my Wednesday post: https://themeaningofwrittenwords.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/www-wednesday-3/


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:55 PM #

      Enjoy Carry On and good luck with GoT. It was long but enjoyable in the end. I wish I’d jumped on the sequel faster. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  32. Aggie February 10, 2016 at 4:52 PM #

    Oh dear it’s so late again and I almost forgot to post my link… Better late then never 😉



    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:57 PM #

      It’s even later for me to reply. Happy Wednesday!


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:58 PM #

      I’m not able to comment on your blog without Name/URL option. I hope you liked ‘The 5th Wave.’ The movie looks good. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!


  33. Clare Stone February 10, 2016 at 5:48 PM #

    I loved Carry On! It was one of my favourite books of last year so I am glad you enjoyed it. I haven’t yet started the Game of Thrones books which is odd for me because usually I read books before watching adaptations and I love the TV show!


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 8:59 PM #

      I’m waiting to catch the TV series till I’m into the books. I think after I finish book 2 I’m safe to start season 1, right? Happy Wednesday!


  34. Yvo February 10, 2016 at 6:38 PM #

    I’m glad you liked Carry On and A Darker Shade Of Magic! I want to continue A Song Of Ice And Fire soon as well; I have the fifth book waiting for me next but I have been posponing it for ages since it’s so long.

    Happy Wednesday! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 9:01 PM #

      I feel like book 5 is ages away at this speed. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo February 11, 2016 at 11:27 AM #

        I took me a long time to get there as well, especially since I read the chapters in between other books. I’m going to try and read book five before the next comes out though!

        Liked by 1 person

  35. samfalston February 10, 2016 at 8:13 PM #


    Here is my WWW Wednesday, only a little bit late! 🙂


    I hope you enjoy Half Blood Prince, it was one of my favourites in the series.



    • Sam February 10, 2016 at 9:03 PM #

      I’m running late here, too. It’s been a long day. HBP was my favorite movie, but I somehow liked GoF better as a book. The movie left out so much! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person


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