WWW Wednesday, 18-May-2016

18 May

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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BeastsCurrently reading: I feel like I can finally say I’m getting toward the end of Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling. I’ve got 150 pages left, but it feels so obtainable at this point. I’m ecstatic.
I read a few chapters of In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson and got the renewal again. I’ll be working on this one for a while still, probably.
I’m getting to the end of The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer already. I’ve had a lot of long runs and cooking in the past week and I feel confident this one will be on my ‘finished’ list next week.

Recently finished: Nothing this week. BUT! I did write reviews for both A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin and The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier. Check it out!

27 Days_HighResReading Next: There’s still some time until my next book club book will come up so I’m planning on 27 Days to Midnight by Kristine Kruppa next. She’s a friend of mine and I can’t wait to read the book!

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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70 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 18-May-2016”

  1. Emily Witt May 18, 2016 at 2:01 AM #

    I saw your review for Clash of Kings. Congrats on finally making it through to the end of that one! Your “currently reading” is little by little getting smaller. 😀

    Here’s my post for this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/www-and-wippet-wednesday-18-may-2016/


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 12:40 PM #

      Haha I usually have better control in the summer. I hope it stays that way. Happy Wednesday!


  2. cleopatralovesbooks May 18, 2016 at 2:03 AM #

    I do hope you enjoy your friend’s book! Here is my Wednesday post for this week https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/this-week-in-books-may-18/


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 12:42 PM #

      I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve enjoyed Steampunk before. Happy Wednesday!


  3. samfalston May 18, 2016 at 4:01 AM #

    Hi Sam, are you enjoying In the Garden of Beasts so far? It looks interesting from the Goodreads blurb.
    27 days to midnight also looks really good.
    My WWW Wednesday is: https://theliterarysam.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/www-wednesday-4/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 12:44 PM #

      I’m liking it so far, I’m at 25% complete. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Lindsay | Bookboodle May 18, 2016 at 4:10 AM #

    Such a short list from you this week Sam, what’s happening? I hope you enjoy your friend’s book 🙂

    Here’s my WWW – https://bookboodle.co.uk/2016/05/18/www-wednesday-may-18th


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 12:46 PM #

      Haha I’m finally getting down there!!! Let’s see how long I keep this up. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Claire | Art and Soul May 18, 2016 at 5:16 AM #

    Well done on finishing Clash of Kings. I agree that sometimes there are just far too many characters in the GoT universe. It’s been a long time now since I finished the last book and I’m very worried I’m not going to remember enough about who’s who when Martin finally publishes the next one.

    I’m very glad Chevalier didn’t disappoint 🙂

    I really love the cover of 27 Days to Midnight. I hope it’s a great success!

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/www-wednesday-18th-may-2016/


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 12:49 PM #

      I saw Kristine last night and she said the launch is going well. It’s out to book bloggers at the moment so keep an eye open for it! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Clare Stone May 18, 2016 at 5:33 AM #

    27 Days to Midnight looks great – haven’t heard of that one before so I will definitely have to check it out!


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 12:51 PM #

      Please do! I’m personal friends with the author and her release is going well. Happy Wednesday!


  7. martinarg May 18, 2016 at 6:06 AM #

    Here is my WWW Wednesday post: https://themysterycorner.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/www-wednesday-18-may-2016/

    Liked by 1 person

  8. alilovesbooks May 18, 2016 at 6:59 AM #

    Well done for getting reviews up even if you haven’t finished anything. I am so behind in my reviews it’s scary. I should probably slow my reading and set some time aside for reviews.

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/www-wednesday-18th-may-2016/


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 3:33 PM #

      It’s always a struggle for me to write reviews but I had a good run at it this weekend and got what I needed to done. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. charliegirlteachergirl May 18, 2016 at 7:21 AM #

    I just finished 27 Days to Midnight. Ohhhhhhh….so much. Still caught in the book high.



    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 3:36 PM #

      Awesome! So glad to hear and I can’t wait to read it. Happy Wednesday!


  10. Stefani Tabakovska May 18, 2016 at 7:34 AM #

    Yaay for you reading Harry Potter in Spanish. Happy reading! http://www.curious-daisy.com/www-wednesdays/www-wednesday-may-18-2016/


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 3:43 PM #

      I’m determined to finish it. Happy Wednesday!


  11. Lauren May 18, 2016 at 8:04 AM #

    I’ll need to check out “The Virgin Blue” for sure based on your review. And I feel your pain with “In the Garden of Beasts.” It took me longer to get through than I expected :/

    My WWW : https://thelaurenest.com/2016/05/18/www-wednesday-518/


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 3:47 PM #

      I hope you like Chevalier. I’m a big fan or her work! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. stacey0829 May 18, 2016 at 8:41 AM #

    Hope you enjoy your friends book. Happy reading. It’s my first time here. I hope you have a wonderful day. 🙂



    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 5:10 PM #

      Welcome! Glad to have you, Stacey. Happy Wednesday!


  13. Curious Daisy (@curious_daisy) May 18, 2016 at 9:03 AM #

    Yaaay for readinf Harry Potter in Spanish. Happy reading! http://www.curious-daisy.com/www-wednesdays/www-wednesday-may-18-2016/

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Chapter One May 18, 2016 at 10:52 AM #

    27 Days to Midnight sounds really good. Added to my TBR now haha



    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 5:12 PM #

      Awesome! I’m really looking forward to it. I need a little Steampunk right now. Happy Wednesday!


  15. anovelglimpse May 18, 2016 at 10:54 AM #

    I’ve heard great things about In The Garden of Beasts. I hope you enjoy it!
    My WWW: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/05/18/www-wednesday-may-18-2016/


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 5:14 PM #

      I’m liking it so far but I haven’t devoted much time to it, it’s my ‘in between’ book for when I have a spare minute. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. siderealday May 18, 2016 at 11:21 AM #

    Glad to hear you’re making progress with Harry Potter again. I will eventually get to 27 Days to Midnight – just not this week or next – but I’m also really looking forward to it.
    Here’s my post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/www-wednesday-518/
    Thanks for hosting, and happy reading!


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 5:17 PM #

      We missed you last night! I’m really determined to take a big bite out of Potter in the next few weeks. It’s so nice to revisit the story. Happy Wednesday!


  17. dezocampo May 18, 2016 at 11:47 AM #

    The cover of 27 Days to Midnight is lovely! I’ll make sure to check it out when I have time. And I’m happy you got to write a couple of reviews last week! 🙂 Here’s my WWW: https://thefuninreadingbooks.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/www-wednesday-may-18-2016/


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 5:18 PM #

      I love the cover, too. I talked with Kristine a lot about it and she’s really happy with how it came out. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  18. rainandcheese May 18, 2016 at 11:56 AM #

    I love the cover of 27 Days to Midnight. Hope you like it!!


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 5:20 PM #

      I know Kristine is really proud of how it turned out. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads May 18, 2016 at 12:02 PM #

    In The Garden of Beasts sounds like a really interesting book. I love reading books about WWII.
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/www-wednesday/


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 5:21 PM #

      It’s an angel I never thought of before so it’s been really interesting so far. I hope I keep enjoying it so much. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Loreen May 18, 2016 at 3:24 PM #

    Will you review The Art of Asking? I would love to see what you thought of it. Here is a link to my WWW post. Have a great Wednesday!


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 5:24 PM #

      I review every book I read so it will eventually pop up here. I finished it on the way home from work today so probably soon. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Loreen May 18, 2016 at 5:43 PM #

        I just recently started following you, so I wasn’t sure. I’m looking forward to your review!

        Liked by 1 person

  21. faithrivens May 18, 2016 at 3:33 PM #

    Congrats with Harry! Hope you get through it this week! How are you enjoying the Art of Asking?

    Happy Reading 🙂



    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 5:51 PM #

      I finished The Art of Asking this afternoon. It was enjoyable but hard for me to connect to. It helped me understand Amanda a lot more to be sure. I think I need to think on it for a while. Happy Wednesday!


  22. jaleenajo May 18, 2016 at 5:22 PM #

    I keep meaning to read an Erik Larson book but haven’t made it to one yet. I actually abandoned the Game of Thrones series halfway through Clash of Kings; I’m glad you made it through! Here is my WWW Wednesday post:



    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 6:54 PM #

      Haha, it might be time for my abandonment, we’ll see. The Devil in the White City has been my favorite Larson so far. Happy Wednesday!


  23. Sally Allen May 18, 2016 at 7:15 PM #

    I love your friend’s book cover – very intriguing!
    Here is my reading roundup for this week – thank you for hosting! http://sallyallenbooks.com/2016/05/wednesday-reading-roundup-may-18/


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 7:25 PM #

      I love the cover, too. Christine loves to talk about the awesome designer who did it for her. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Yvo May 18, 2016 at 7:23 PM #

    Congrats on finishing A Clash Of Kings and nearing the end of Harry Potter Y El Misterio Del Principe! I’m thinking of picking up the first HP book in Spanish soon myself. I hope you will enjoy your books this week! 🙂

    Here is my WWW. Happy reading!


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 7:27 PM #

      I hope you can start it soon! I love getting back to Potter and the books that made me believe in magic! Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo May 18, 2016 at 8:32 PM #

        I always love rereading the series as well! And a Spanish reread is a great excuse to pick up the series again.


  25. msethna2012 May 18, 2016 at 9:02 PM #

    I haven’t read any of those books, but I do hear great things about Erik Larson. The history teachers always push me to read The Devil in the White City. One day! Here is my #WWW for this week: https://msethnablog.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/www-wednesday-8/


    • Sam May 18, 2016 at 9:20 PM #

      It’s my favorite of his, for sure. Happy Wednesday!


  26. rabbitearsblog May 18, 2016 at 9:38 PM #

    Hmmm..I need to reread Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince! Here’s my WWW:



    • Sam May 19, 2016 at 5:18 PM #

      It’s fin seeing how much the movie changed. I’d forgotten a lot of it. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  27. MC Frye May 18, 2016 at 10:59 PM #

    Hello! I’m back and I think I’m posting in the right article this time!

    I finished Uplift War by David Brin this week. I’m nearly done with Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber. I went looking for a novel I wanted to refer to and instead found a small hoard of novels I bought a few years ago and completely forgot about. I plan to start this treasure trove later this week, starting with Guenevere, Queen of the Summer Country by Rosalind Miles.



    • Sam May 19, 2016 at 5:20 PM #

      Yay for finding forgotten books! What a great feeling. Enjoy!


  28. Random Reads May 18, 2016 at 11:25 PM #

    You always make such great progress in your reading each week!


    • Sam May 19, 2016 at 5:22 PM #

      Thank you! It’s such a passion of mine that I find the time to read as much as possible. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Random Reads May 21, 2016 at 8:37 PM #

        You’re welcome. I’m glad you have so much time to read! Happy Reading 🙂


  29. Catherine June 1, 2016 at 8:41 AM #

    It’s cool that you’re reading the Harry Potters in Spanish – are they different at all? Because they change words and things in the American ones don’t they?

    Here’s my WWW: http://whenitdoes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/www-wednesdays-what-im-reading-and.html


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:33 PM #

      There are little things that are changed so that it translates better. Since “I Am Lord Voldemort” would be “Yo soy Lord Voldemort,” his name is slightly different. Little things like that. Happy Wednesday!


  30. martinarg April 19, 2017 at 4:56 AM #

    27 days to Midnight soungs great! Are you enjoying reading Harry Potter in spanish?
    Here is my WWW


    • Sam April 19, 2017 at 12:07 PM #

      This WWW is from last year so I’ve finished both now. Check my homepage for today’s post!



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