WWW Wednesday, 2-March-2016

2 Mar

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?

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SlaughterhouseCurrently reading: I’m back to Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling and am really loving it. It’s fun to read in Spanish. I read it out loud at night to practice pronunciation and sounding out words I don’t know. My husband has no idea what I’m saying until a word like ‘Harry’ or ‘Hogwarts’ pops up and sometimes he laughs. I like it.
Slow progress Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I’m able to get a few pages at a time read while I’m eating lunch, but it’s very minimal, really. This could take me a while.
I lost my eaudio of A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. Now I have the physical disks but I’m reluctant to put in the time to find my spot in it. I’m hoping I get the eaudio back soon and I don’t have to worry about it. I left the files on my phone hoping it would come in soon.

ShanghaiRecently finished: I finished Shanghai Girls by Lisa See Thursday night. I really liked it, but I wasn’t a fan of the ending. I believe that books in a series should be complete stories in and of themselves instead of feeling like one long book arbitrarily cut in half to make for a reasonably sized novel. I felt like this one cut off too suddenly and had no resolution of it’s own so I was frustrated. Review to come next week.

NorwegianReading Next: I’m not sure I’ll have time to start Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling before I have to pick up yet another book club read. I’m giving myself two weeks to push through it but I’m thinking it will take longer than that. If I do have to pick up another book club selection first, it’s going to be Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller. I’ve never heard of this book before but it looks interesting, maybe a bit like Out Stealing Horses? We’ll see.

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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59 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 2-March-2016”

  1. alilovesbooks March 2, 2016 at 2:01 AM #

    I think reading HP in Spanish is a great idea. I remember slogging my way through a couple of books in French when I was studying it but they weren’t very enjoyable. HP would have been much better.

    Anyway, here’s my WWW. https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/www-wednesday-2nd-march-2016/


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:22 PM #

      The bright side is HP is very easily available in so many languages that getting a copy was no problem. It’s a great way to practice the language. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. cleopatralovesbooks March 2, 2016 at 2:15 AM #

    Like you I think even books in a series should have a complete ending in their own right! Here is my Wednesday post for this week https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/this-week-in-books-march-2/


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:23 PM #

      I’m glad someone else agrees with me. Cut-off endings are so frustrating. Happy Wednesday!


  3. rathertoofondofbooks March 2, 2016 at 3:03 AM #

    I agree with you about how each book in a series should still have an ending in their own right. I’ve given up on a few series over the years where I felt I’ve just been left hanging, it really annoys me. I hope you get your eaudio of A Clash of Kings back soon.

    Here’s my week in books:


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:27 PM #

      Listening to it in the car is just too slow. I have a short drive to and from work so I don’t get near enough listening time in. It’s frustrating! Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

      • rathertoofondofbooks March 3, 2016 at 7:39 AM #

        What a shame, I hope you can somehow squeeze some more listening time in or otherwise switch to a print book to read it.


  4. Emily Witt March 2, 2016 at 4:35 AM #

    I totally know what you mean about series where it feels like it’s one book cut into bits. So annoying!

    My post is here.


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:29 PM #

      I’m glad so many people also hate this. It drives me crazy! Happy Wednesday.


  5. Claire | Art and Soul March 2, 2016 at 4:41 AM #

    I love the idea of you reading aloud in Spanish and your husband being bemused! That wouldn’t work in my case… he’d just roll his eyes and correct my pronunciation (I can’t roll my ‘r’s. I just can’t do it. Really ruins my Spanish pronunciation!).
    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/www-wednesday-2nd-march-2016/


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:31 PM #

      I had a pronunciation class where being able to roll your ‘R’s was VERY important. It was a great class but a few people really struggled with that part, it’s super hard for an English speaker! Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Lindsay | Bookboodle March 2, 2016 at 5:26 AM #

    Really good idea to read aloud to practice your language skills; I’ve never read a book in another language so kudos to you. What an achievement that will be when you finish.
    Here’s my WWW – http://bookboodle.co.uk/2016/03/02/www-wednesday-march-2nd


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:34 PM #

      I’m going to feel the accomplishment most when I finish the series! I’m not doing it at any speed so it might be another year before I pick up book 7, but I know it’ll happen eventually. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. dreamzandclouds March 2, 2016 at 6:24 AM #

    Have a great reading week! 🙂
    I am participating after a long time – https://dreamzandclouds.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/this-week-in-books-vol-8/


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:35 PM #

      Welcome back! It’s good to see you posting again. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. kath-reads March 2, 2016 at 7:05 AM #

    I agree that it’s fun to read books in different language out loud. I sometimes read German books. Here’s my WWW: http://kath-reads.com/2016/03/www-wednesday-march-2nd/


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:37 PM #

      German is the language I want to learn next so I’ll have to start getting some beginner books in German to practice. It should be fun. Happy Wednesday!


  9. alextheshadowgirl March 2, 2016 at 7:54 AM #

    I want to learn Spanish just so I could read books in the language. Hope you find the eaudio of A clash of Kings http://wp.me/p57dGY-vX


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:41 PM #

      It’s a great way to learn and practice another language. Why Spanish? Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. sparklingbooks March 2, 2016 at 8:35 AM #

    Reading out loud was how i finished learning english, i would just read as much as i could. I think its a great way! 🙂 Good luck with that! ahah
    here’s my www :https://sparklingbooks.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/www-wednesday-getting-off-this-slump/


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:46 PM #

      Glad to know it worked for you. I wish I had someone who could correct me when I’m wrong, but I’ll take whatever I can get right now. Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

      • sparklingbooks March 2, 2016 at 6:03 PM #

        Haha, just practice it. you’ll get there. 🙂 Good luck with all that!

        Liked by 1 person

  11. Kwizgiver March 2, 2016 at 10:52 AM #

    I don’t mind a series book ending with a cliff-hanger, but I agree with what you said about each book being a stand alone.

    Here’s mine: http://www.kwizgiver.com/2016/03/www-wednesday.html


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:49 PM #

      At least having some kind of resolution between books. Cutting it off like that makes me wonder why it wasn’t published as one book. Happy Wednesday!


  12. siderealday March 2, 2016 at 11:03 AM #

    I agree completely about books in a series needing their own conclusions. They should be split because they’re separate books not to cut down on length.
    Here’s my WWW: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/www-wednesday-32/


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:51 PM #

      Thank you! I want to ask her why she chose to publish them as two books when I meet her, but that would require me to read the second one very soon and I don’t think I have the time. Happy Wednesday!


  13. Aggie Unsworth March 2, 2016 at 11:28 AM #

    YAY I am not that late for a change!

    I also agrre with you on books needing their own ending even in a series. Wouldn’t want to just cut off and having to wait a year to pick that story up again 😦

    Here is my post!



    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:53 PM #

      True! I wish it had been combined with it’s sequel if it’s going to cut off like this. Happy Wednesday!


  14. girlinbookland March 2, 2016 at 11:30 AM #

    I’ve been thinking about reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me. I love Mindy! I hope it’s great. Here’s my WWW Wednesday- https://girlinbookland.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/www-wednesday-9/


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:55 PM #

      I hope I’m able to start it soon. HP is taking me a while to get through. Happy Wednesday!


  15. klgd2008 March 2, 2016 at 11:45 AM #

    Happy Wednesday!


    Liked by 1 person

  16. hmills96 March 2, 2016 at 11:51 AM #

    Slaughterhouse Five is no joke. That book is INTENSE. http://ilayreading.com/2016/03/02/www-wednesday-322016/


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 5:59 PM #

      I hope I get more into it soon. It’s been slow going for me. Happy Wednesday.


  17. erinsdavis78 March 2, 2016 at 12:05 PM #

    I’m finally going to start A Game of Thrones this month after saying I’m going to read it for months and months. The goal is to finish the entire series in March. We’ll see if it happens. Here’s my WWW Wednesday:




    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 6:02 PM #

      Wow! Good luck. I know I couldn’t get through it that fast. Happy Wednesday!


  18. Michaela Joy March 2, 2016 at 12:08 PM #

    That’s such a cool idea to read Harry Potter in Spanish. I’m really needing to practice my Spanish and reading it would help a lot. Haha, great post! Here’s my WWW post for today… https://themeaningofwrittenwords.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/www-wednesday-march-2/


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 6:04 PM #

      I also watch movies with Spanish subtitles on so practice that way. It’s a good warm-up to reading completely in another language. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Michaela Joy March 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM #

        Awesome! I visited Peru and Panama this past summer, so that helped me learn quite a bit. I’ve lost a lot though. I’ll definitely try that. Thanks 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  19. Thechroniclesofabookworm March 2, 2016 at 2:04 PM #

    Happy Wednesday, heres my WWW Wednesday https://thechroniclesofabookworm.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/www-wednesday-7/

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Geronimo Reads March 2, 2016 at 2:12 PM #

    Reading Harry Potter sounds like an amazing way to study Spanish! What a great idea.

    Here’s my first one! 🙂 http://geronimoreads.blogspot.com/2016/03/www-wednesday-1.html


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 6:05 PM #

      Welcome! So glad to have you. Happy Wednesday!


  21. wonderfilledreads March 2, 2016 at 2:22 PM #

    Everyone loves Slaughterhouse-Five but I just couldn’t see what the big deal was when I read it. Maybe I should try again?

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post:


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM #

      I’m not too into it either. I’m hoping it becomes more likable going forward. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  22. Clare Stone March 2, 2016 at 3:22 PM #

    Shanghai Girls looks good but that ending sounds like it would annoy me a lot! I agree with you that books in a series should be complete in themselves.


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 6:12 PM #

      It is both good and annoying, you’re 100% right. If you pick it up, be warned and ready with the sequel. Happy Wednesday!


  23. Yvo March 2, 2016 at 6:31 PM #

    Reading out loud in Spanish is actually a brilliant idea! A very good way to practise a foreign language… I will probably read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? this month as well, although like you I have other titles I want to read first.

    Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 7:01 PM #

      I only wish I had someone to correct me when I’m wrong. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo March 2, 2016 at 7:26 PM #

        I guess I’m lucky my hubby could do that for me, although I’m not sure if he would be patient enough haha. He is not really a reader himself…


  24. Bookish Realm March 2, 2016 at 7:14 PM #

    I’m definitely supposed to be reading Shanghai Girls this year, but we’ll see how that goes lol. I think it’s really cool that you’re reading Harry Potter in Spanish! I think maybe I should try it in French. Here’s my WWW


    • Sam March 2, 2016 at 7:18 PM #

      Good luck with Shanghai Girls. It’s an enjoyable one but have the sequel ready to go. Happy Wednesday!


  25. readersandmore March 3, 2016 at 11:07 AM #

    It would be pretty fun to read HP in a different language!!


    • Sam March 3, 2016 at 5:18 PM #

      It is! If you can, I recommend it. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • readersandmore March 3, 2016 at 7:25 PM #

        I’d love to 🙂 Happy reading to you as well.


  26. charliegirlteachergirl March 4, 2016 at 2:04 PM #

    I’m baaaaaack! Finally!

    I think I came across a copy of Shanghai Girls on my Kindle a while back. I love the cover, but might skip based on your review.



    • Sam March 4, 2016 at 2:09 PM #

      Welcome back! It’s a good read so long as you have time to read the sequel right after.



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