WWW Wednesday, 13-April-2016

13 Apr

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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SparrowCurrently reading: It’s been great to work on Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling lately. I love this story and there’s so much I’ve forgotten since I last read it. I’m half way through now!
I wasn’t doing too well with A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin and then I lost the hold! I still have the physical audiobook but I have to finish Child 44 first so as of now, this one is unfortunately on hold.
I don’t think I’ve read any of In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson since last week. Being on vacation slowed that down a lot. If you’ve been here a while, you know I’m slow on ebooks anyway. This one will take a while.
Slow progress still on Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. I’m still not enjoying it much at all. The narrator does a terrible Russian accent for each character and I can’t see any semblance of a plot yet. It’s very meandering and there were two prologues which turned me off right away.
While I’m waiting to get A Clash of Kings back (again), I started listening to Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. This is a book that appeared on the book calendar I had in 2013 that grew my list exponentially. I’m glad I found it on eaudio.

Texts from JaneRecently finished: Hoping my loss of Martin would only be 24 hours while the system reset, I took Mallory Ortberg’s Texts from Jane Eyre with me on a business trip. It was really fun and passed the hour drive quickly. Review to come next week.

Two reviews to share! I posted my thoughts on Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut on Friday. I liked it enough though I probably would have liked it more had I read it in a shorter time-span. Three out of Five stars.
I also reviewed Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller while I loved. I’m excited to talk to my book club about this one in a few weeks and see if anyone else felt the same.

VirginReading Next: Next will likely be The Virgin Blue by Tracey Chevalier for my book club. This is one I’ve had on my shelf for a while because I’m a fan of Chevalier’s books. I suggested it for the book club and they said yes! Hahaha! I’m hoping to finish Potter before I start this, but no promises with how long it takes me to get through one of those in Spanish.

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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66 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 13-April-2016”

  1. cleopatralovesbooks April 13, 2016 at 2:07 AM #

    Texts from Jane Eyre does sound like an awful lot of fun – here is my Wednesday post for this week https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/this-week-in-books-april-13/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:14 PM #

      As a fellow book lover, you might enjoy it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Emily Witt April 13, 2016 at 3:35 AM #

    Ergh – terrible accents on an audio book are the worst! It’s not quite the same issue but on a similar note – the first audio book I ever tried was The Picture of Dorian Grey but the narrator was American and it just sounded wrong to hear conversations about London high society sounding that way.

    Here’s my WWW this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/www-wednesday-130416/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:15 PM #

      Hahaha I can’t imaging how wrong that would sound. I’m so sorry. Happy Wednesday!


  3. alilovesbooks April 13, 2016 at 3:43 AM #

    There’s nothing worse than a narrator doing funny voices and accents. It’s very off putting and I usually find myself giggling away at parts that are supposed to be serious and dramatic.

    I’m currently loving listening to James Marsters narrating the Dresden Files.

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/www-wednesday-13th-april-2016/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:17 PM #

      I thought I would get more used to the accents, but I’m not at all. It’s going to be rough to finish this one. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Lindsay | Bookboodle April 13, 2016 at 4:12 AM #

    I was listening to Tracey Chevalier a couple of weeks ago on BBC Radio 2; it was a reallyy interesting interview about her new book etc. I was looking for the link incase you were interested in listening to it but it’s not available ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03lm7xn ) boooooo!

    Here’s my WWW – https://bookboodle.co.uk/2016/04/13/www-wednesday-april-13th/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 11:41 AM #

      Boo for sure. I’m looking forward to reading her again. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Margaret @ BooksPlease April 13, 2016 at 4:58 AM #

    I’m a Chevalier fan too – but I haven’t read The Virgin Blue. I hope you enjoy it.

    Here’s my post: http://www.booksplease.org/2016/04/13/my-week-in-books-13-april-2016/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:19 PM #

      I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m thinking positive thoughts. Happy Wednesday!


  6. Claire | Art and Soul April 13, 2016 at 6:20 AM #

    I read your review of Norwegian by Night and then completely forgot to add it to my TBR. I’m going to Goodreads now before I forget!
    I hope you enjoy The Virgin Blue. I’ve read any enjoyed all of Chevalier’s books (except the very latest one).

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/www-wednesday-13th-april-2016/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:22 PM #

      How was Virgin blue? Am I getting into something awesome? I hope you like ‘Norwegian by Night!’ So excited to talk it over with my book club next week. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Claire | Art and Soul April 13, 2016 at 5:40 PM #

        I’ve never enjoyed any of Chevalier’s books quite as much as Girl with a Pearl Earring but I think The Virgin Blue was one of my favourites (least favourite so far: The Lady and the Unicorn).
        I need to see if I can get Norwegian by Night from my library 🙂


      • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:53 PM #

        I can’t remember the name of my least favorite right now, but it was about William Blake and a country family in London. I didn’t mind ‘The Lady and the Unicorn’ but I agree that ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ was my favorite.

        Liked by 1 person

  7. curiousdaisy April 13, 2016 at 7:36 AM #

    I love Chevalier 😀 I haven´t read the one your book club chose though. I should look it up. Happy reading! https://ireadboooks.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/www-wednesday-april-13-2016/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:23 PM #

      It’s one of the few of hers I haven’t read either. Happy Wednesday!


  8. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads April 13, 2016 at 8:25 AM #

    I’m thinking of reading Slaughterhouse Five over the summer, so I’m definitely going to check out your review after! Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/www-wednesday-413/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:26 PM #

      Great! It would be a fast read if you dedicated the time to read it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to and stretched it out a while. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Beyond Opinions April 13, 2016 at 8:37 AM #

    I just got Slaughterhouse Five from the library but I’m not sure if I’ll get to it anytime soon and might have to take it out again. I have heard some good things about it. Here is my WWW Wednesday https://beyondopinionssite.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/www-wednesday-april-13th/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 11:43 AM #

      It’s good for sure, just not what I was expecting. Happy Wednesday!


  10. Ashley April 13, 2016 at 9:06 AM #

    Happy Wednesday! 😀
    I need to do a reread of HP! I love the audiobook versions.
    Here is mine:


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:28 PM #

      Surprisingly, I’ve never tried that. I’ve always gone for physical HP books. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Diana April 13, 2016 at 9:48 AM #

    I rad your review on Norwegian Nights. It sounds really interesting. I have never read Jane Eyre although I watched the mini-series. I hope to read it first before reading this second book. Happy Reading. Enjoy your Wednesday.

    My www: https://dwgitau.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/www-wednesday-6/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:30 PM #

      There are a lot of other novels referenced in ‘Texts from Jane Eyre’ so you may still enjoy the jokes. Happy Wednesday!


  12. Clare Stone April 13, 2016 at 10:14 AM #

    I am also slow with e-books! I also thought Texts From Jane Eyre was such a fun read.


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:31 PM #

      Glad you liked it as well. I’d like to see the artwork in the physical book. Happy Wednesday!


  13. Lauren April 13, 2016 at 10:39 AM #

    I’ll have to check out the Virgin Blue, I’ve liked everything else I’ve read by the author. I think my mom might actually own a copy, she seems to have just about everything else Chevalier wrote…. hmm.

    My WWW : https://thelaurenest.com/2016/04/13/www-wednesday-april-13th/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:33 PM #

      Sounds like you were born to be a Chevalier fan! Happy Wednesday.


  14. anovelglimpse April 13, 2016 at 10:46 AM #

    I hope you get Clash of Kings back soon!
    My WWW Wednesday: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/04/13/www-wednesday-april-13-2015/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:35 PM #

      Thank you! It’s not the same without it… Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. jboehret2 April 13, 2016 at 11:03 AM #

    Hello and happy Wednesday!

    I recently reread a favorite Harry and I totally agree – you forget how much you love it but it’s nonetheless an enjoyable new experience!

    Going to check out Norwegian Nights – thank you for the recommendation!



    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 1:05 PM #

      I hope you love it. I really enjoyed the story and the characters were great. Happy Wednesday!


  16. siderealday April 13, 2016 at 11:51 AM #

    Good luck getting Martin back. Texts from Jane Austen sounds fun – I might have to add it to my TBR list. With how much fun you seem to be having rereading Harry Potter – albeit in Spanish – I’m starting to feel the urge to go reread it myself. Maybe after I get through my current library stash I’ll try to do it in either English or Japanese.
    Here’s my WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/www-wednesday-413/
    Thanks for hosting!


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:37 PM #

      Oooh! In Japanese, that would be awesome! It’s fun to see what changes to make things make sense in another language and I think you’d have fun with that. Happy Wednesday!


  17. Sya @ Bookish Sya April 13, 2016 at 11:59 AM #

    oh no.. teribble accents on audiobooks are terrible. i guess that’s why i don’t like audiobooks much.

    my www


  18. S B Williams April 13, 2016 at 12:03 PM #

    Ah, The Game of Thrones series. My husb keeps suggesting i read it. Do you watch the show on HBO? We’ve seen the 1st season together and he says the 1st season/book are almost identical. However, I guess the TV series strays far from the books the longer it runs.
    My WWW link is here. https://authorswilliams.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/www-wednesday-april-13th/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:40 PM #

      I’m waiting till I finish the second book to watch the first season in case they don’t end in exactly the same place. I hate spoilers! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Aggie Unsworth April 13, 2016 at 12:08 PM #

    I really tried to read the Game of thrones books but I just couldn’t wrap my head around them at all 😦

    Here are my books this week.



    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:42 PM #

      I’m afraid I’m lost at times but I keep pressing on! We’ll see how much I’ve gathered by the end. Happy Wednesday!


  20. Laura Agnella April 13, 2016 at 12:09 PM #

    I also have yet to read the Game of Thrones series but everyone keeps saying that I should. Haven’t decided yet. However, Texts from Jane Eyre looks appealing and seems like a book I might enjoy so thank you for sharing it.

    My WWW


    • Sam April 15, 2016 at 2:58 PM #

      I got talked into read it, too. I’m enjoying it, but it’s not my favorite. I hope you like ‘Texts from Jane Eyre.’ I thought it was really funny. Happy reading!


    • Sam April 15, 2016 at 2:58 PM #

      I was talked into read it, too. It’s not my favorite, but I’m enjoying it. I hope you enjoy ‘Texts from Jane Eyre.’ It made me laugh. Happy reading!


  21. rathertoofondofbooks April 13, 2016 at 12:31 PM #

    I find awful accents in audio books really off-putting too, it’s such a shame when it spoils what might have been a very enjoyable book. I’ve always like the sound of The Virgin Blue but have never read it, I hope you enjoy reading it this week.

    Here’s my WWW post:


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:43 PM #

      I’ll pick it up next week and I’m excited to jump into it. I’ve loved all her other books. Happy Wednesday!


  22. Yvo April 13, 2016 at 1:24 PM #

    Good to hear you are making progress with Harry Potter Y El Misterio Del Príncipe! I think I’m starting a Spanish reread of the first book soon as well; I love how the names change in different languages. I hope you’ll be able to continue with A Clash Of Kings soon.

    Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:45 PM #

      The name changes are super fun. There haven’t been a lot in my translation so far except the obvious one for Tom Rydle and the subsequent change of his grandfather’s name. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Bee Andress April 13, 2016 at 2:20 PM #

    Texts of Jane Eyre sounds completely delightful! Yet another book to add to my to-read list…

    Here’s my (first) WWW post:


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:46 PM #

      Welcome! It’s a fun and quick read so it shouldn’t bog down your TBR too much. Happy Wednesday!


  24. dezocampo April 13, 2016 at 2:27 PM #

    At least you’re on the second book of A Song of Ice and Fire unlike me who’s still stuck with the first book. Hopefully I’ll finish it soooon! 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://thefuninreadingbooks.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/www-wednesday-april-13-2016/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:48 PM #

      You’ll probably finish the second book before I do with how long it’s taking me, haha. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Ashley @ Sitting in the Stacks April 13, 2016 at 2:30 PM #

    What’s Texts from Jayne Eyre about? I really like that cover!


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:50 PM #

      It’s a series of short conversations between famous literary characters. It’s a quick read that doesn’t require too much attention. There’s no real plot, just a lot of quick jokes. Happy Wednesday!


  26. Alicia April 13, 2016 at 5:21 PM #

    Texts from Jane Eyre looks really interesting! I’m definitely going to check that out.
    Here’s my WWW post: https://caffeineandbooks42.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/www-wednesday-april-13th-2016/


    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 5:51 PM #

      I hope you enjoy the quips. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  27. Kwizgiver April 13, 2016 at 7:46 PM #

    I had to pick up Texts from Jane Eyre!



    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 9:17 PM #

      I hope you enjoy it, it was so fun! Happy Wednesday.


  28. charliegirlteachergirl April 13, 2016 at 9:14 PM #

    You have so many books going on right now! I’ve started reading more than one at a time, too.



    • Sam April 13, 2016 at 9:19 PM #

      That’s awesome! I wish I had a few less, three is my ideal, but I do enjoy having a lot going on. Happy Wednesday!


  29. readersandmore April 13, 2016 at 9:51 PM #

    How do you read/listen to so many books at once and still remember what’s going on?!


    • Sam April 14, 2016 at 9:10 AM #

      Haha they’re all very different plots so it’s not too bad. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • readersandmore April 14, 2016 at 11:38 PM #

        That’s good! I have trouble with what’s going on in one book sometimes. I wouldn’t be able to do 3-4! Happy reading to you as well 🙂



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