WWW Wednesday, 1-June-2016

1 Jun

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm 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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27 Days_HighResCurrently reading: I don’t think I’ve read a word of In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. I might grab a little of it this afternoon, but I’m in no rush to read this one. I’ll savor Larson’s writing for a while.
I’m just about finished with The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose. This has been a great audiobook and is very thought provoking! I really recommend it. I’ve had Evangelical friends before, but I never knew very much about the culture.
I finally started  27 Days to Midnight by Kristine Kruppa over the weekend. I’m not too far into it yet but I’m so excited to read this one! Kristine is a personal friend of mine and I was at her book launch party a few weeks ago where I got my copy signed.

PrincipeRecently finished: I finished Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling! That’s a good speed for me to finish my Spanish read of the year so I’m really happy about this one. I won’t tell you how many times I cried, but it was more than five.

I posted my review of The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. Thank you so much to everyone who popped over and took a look at my thoughts! It really meant a lot to me to see you all over there for the day as well. Like I said, I enjoyed it, but I don’t think I would have read it if it weren’t for my book club. 4 out of 5 Stars.

Cat DancingReading Next: I’m going to have time to read off of my bookshelf for a while! This is so exciting, I’m not sure I know what to do with myself. Next on my shelf is The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing by Marilyn Durham. Yes, this is a very obscure title for me, but the author was educated at my university and it was turned into a movie so I’m super curious. I looked for years before finding a copy in a Grand Rapids bookstore. I think it was waiting for me.

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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52 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 1-June-2016”

  1. Emily Witt June 1, 2016 at 1:55 AM #

    Congrats on getting to the end of HBP in Spanish. Is your plan to get through the whole series?

    Here’s my post this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/www-and-wippet-wednesday-01-june-2016/


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 5:20 PM #

      Yes, I own the last one but I’ll probably take a year off before I read it. Happy Wednesday!


  2. cleopatralovesbooks June 1, 2016 at 1:59 AM #

    Congratulations on finishing Harry Potter (and crying more than 5 times) Here’s to another great reading week! Here is my Wednesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/this-week-in-books-june-1/


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 5:22 PM #

      Thank you. I don’t think I’ll ever read it and not cry. Happy Wednesday!


  3. Clare Stone June 1, 2016 at 3:30 AM #

    Congratulations on finishing Harry Potter! I am looking forward to your thoughts on 27 Days to Midnight!


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 5:24 PM #

      I got through the first one hundred pages last night and it’s very fast paced. Happy Wednesday!


  4. Claire | Art and Soul June 1, 2016 at 3:52 AM #

    I’m also looking forward to hearing what you think of 27 Days to Midnight 🙂
    I’m off to Goodreads now to check out The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing – what a title!

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/www-wednesday-1st-june-2016/


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:18 PM #

      I’m hoping to have 27 Days finished by next week. Let’s see if I can do it! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. alilovesbooks June 1, 2016 at 4:04 AM #

    As soon as I saw the title I had to go look up The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing. Have to say I’m a little disappointed that Cat Dancing is a person rather than a hobby but it does sound like an interesting story.

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/www-wednesday-1st-june-2016/


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:21 PM #

      I thought Cat Dancing was a kind of dance at first, too! I wish it was. We’ll see how that one goes. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. sarinalangerwriter June 1, 2016 at 4:38 AM #

    27 Days to Midnight has such a pretty cover! Would you recommend it? 🙂
    I’m back this week! 😀 Here’s my WWW, if you’d like: https://sarinalangerwriter.com/2016/06/01/www-wednesday-1st-june-2016/


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:25 PM #

      I’m 100 pages in and I’d recommend it so far. I haven’t read much steampunk but the writer is an engineer by trade and she explains everything really well. Happy Wednesday!


  7. Kwizgiver June 1, 2016 at 7:08 AM #

    I adore the Harry Potter books but am not fluent enough in any other language to tackle them other than in English.

    I had a pretty good reading week–I finished the Raven King and am satisfied with how the series ended.



    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:28 PM #

      I read in Spanish more to practice Spanish than to read HP. It’s exhausting, I’ll tell you! 🙂 Happy Wednesday.


  8. Anna at A Wondrous Bookshelf June 1, 2016 at 9:52 AM #

    Wow, Sam! I’m impressed. You read Harry Potter in Spanish? How was it? Was the translation good? I have read books in Spanish but that are usually originally written in Spanish, like books from Gabriel Garcia Marques never a book translated to Spanish. Here is my WWE Wednesday https://awondrousbookshelf.com/2016/06/01/wwe-wednesday/


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:37 PM #

      I enjoy reading in Spanish but it’s exhausting! That’s why I keep it to one a year. I read a lot slower in Spanish, too. I haven’t braved Marquez in Spanish but I did read “La sombra del viento” in the original Spanish. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Curious Daisy (@curious_daisy) June 1, 2016 at 10:28 AM #

    Yaay for book launch parties!! Wish I could go to one hehe. Happy reading! http://www.curious-daisy.com/www-wednesdays/www-wednesday-may-reading-wrap/


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:39 PM #

      I’m sure you can find one in your area sometime. They are really fun to experience. Happy Wednesday!


  10. anovelglimpse June 1, 2016 at 10:39 AM #

    I need to check out your review on The Art of Asking. It sounds interesting. 🙂 Happy Wednesday!
    My WWW: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/06/01/www-wednesday-june-1-2016/


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:42 PM #

      I hope you enjoy it. The book was not my usual cup of tea but it was enjoyable. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. erinsdavis78 June 1, 2016 at 11:37 AM #

    I can’t wait to hear what you think about 27 Days of Midnight, and yay! for book launch parties! Have a good rest of the week. Here’s my WWW:



    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:45 PM #

      I’m hoping to finish it this week. I’m enjoying the fast pace so far. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • erinsdavis78 June 1, 2016 at 7:22 PM #

        I’m glad you’re liking it. I’ll have to put it on my TBR.

        Liked by 1 person

  12. SnazzyBooks June 1, 2016 at 11:58 AM #

    27 Days to Midnight and The Art of Asking look great! Haven’t heard of The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing but it sure sounds interesting! 🙂 great post, here’s mine: https://snazzybooks.com/2016/06/01/www-wednesday-1-june-2016/


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:47 PM #

      27 Days is good so far and Asking was a very interesting read for me. Happy Wednesday!


  13. siderealday June 1, 2016 at 12:04 PM #

    Congrats on getting through HP in Spanish. Pretty good speed, all things told. And yay for reading time!
    Here’s my post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/www-wednesday-61/
    Thanks for hosting and happy reading!


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:48 PM #

      Have you found a book in Japanese yet? I’m going to hold you to that! Happy Wednesday.


  14. Diana June 1, 2016 at 1:14 PM #

    Congrats on finishing Harry Porter.I missed your review on Art of Asking but will check it out.Happy reading.

    My WWW for this week: https://dwgitau.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/www-wednesday-12/


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:50 PM #

      I hope you like it. It’s always hard to review a memoir because it feels like passing judgement on someone else’s life. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. jessreadingnook June 1, 2016 at 2:01 PM #

    That’s so cool you read HP 5 in Spanish. I tried to read Philosopher’s Stone in Russian when I was in high school, and I didn’t make it very far.
    My first WWW: https://jessreadingnook.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/www-wednesday-1/


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:52 PM #

      I’ve read the first six in Spanish now, just one more to go. I’ll get there…eventually. Happy Wednesday!


  16. faithrivens June 1, 2016 at 2:19 PM #

    The Half Blood Prince always manages to get a good cry out of me, no matter how many times I read it 😛
    Hope you enjoy 27 Days to Midnight. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it 🙂
    Happy Reading!


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:53 PM #

      I’ll be sure to get on top of reviews when I finish 27 Days because so many people are waiting for my thoughts! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads June 1, 2016 at 2:53 PM #

    Congrats on finishing Harry Potter! Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/www-wednesday-61/


  18. hmills96 June 1, 2016 at 3:13 PM #

    Haven’t done this in awhile! Here’s my WWW http://ilayreading.com/2016/06/01/www-wednesday-612016/


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:56 PM #

      Welcome back! Happy Wednesday.


  19. lipsyy June 1, 2016 at 3:41 PM #

    Hope you have a great week! My post is here: https://lipsyy.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/this-week-in-books-twib-currentlyreading-6/

    Liked by 1 person

  20. daniellepitter June 1, 2016 at 5:23 PM #

    Good list! Is it hard reading in Spanish?
    My WWW list: http://poemsbyayoungartist.blogspot.com/2016/06/www-wednesdays-7-alexandra-bracken-annie-carr-aaron-hartzler.html#more


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 6:59 PM #

      It’s very exhausting and it makes me read much slower. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. stacey0829 June 1, 2016 at 5:41 PM #

    Wow congrats on finishing Harry Potter.
    Hope you have another great reading week. Happy reading. Here’s mine.



    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 7:02 PM #

      Thank you. Happy Wednesday!


  22. Candy @ So little time... June 1, 2016 at 7:52 PM #

    I recognised the title of ‘The Man who Loved Cat Dancing’ as a movie, didn’t know it was a book, though! I hope you enjoy it.

    Here’s my WWW post. http://candy-m.blogspot.com/2016/06/what-are-you-reading-june-1-2016.html

    Thanks for hosting! Happy Reading!


    • Sam June 1, 2016 at 9:10 PM #

      Thank you, I hope to pick it up soon. Happy Wednesday!


  23. Lindsay | Bookboodle June 2, 2016 at 2:49 PM #

    Oh well done on finishing the Harry Potter…what an achievement for you!

    Here’s my WWW – https://bookboodle.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/www-wednesday-june-1st


    • Sam June 2, 2016 at 5:26 PM #

      Thank you! I was so excited to finish it, and this is a bit faster than I normally finish a Spanish book. Happy Thursday!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Yvo June 2, 2016 at 3:15 PM #

    Congrats on finishing Harry Potter Y El Misterio Del Príncipe! I read the first book in Spanish recently, but that one is supershort compared to the sixth book. I like the sound of your current reads as well; I hope you enjoy them!

    Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam June 2, 2016 at 5:30 PM #

      I remember flying through the first four but five really slowed me down! I’ll probably wait a bit before I read six. Happy Thursday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo June 3, 2016 at 2:23 PM #

        I can definitely understand that; the last few books are not only longer but have a more ‘mature’ feel and are a bit more difficult to read in Spanish. I’m still not sure if I want to reread the whole series in Spanish, but the first book sure was a lot of fun. Happy reading!


  25. Jorie Loves A Story (@joriestory) June 4, 2016 at 2:27 PM #

    Hallo, Hallo!! 🙂

    One of these weeks I’ll actually be ‘one time’ and able to route through everyone’s posts on time! 😦 This week we had extreme lightning – oy vie! Here’s my post:

    Jorie’s #WWWeds feat. why I’m excited about a surprise #bookmail from Hachette Books


    • Sam June 4, 2016 at 4:17 PM #

      Jeeze, I hope we can hold off on extreme lightening in my neck of the woods. That sounds no fun at all.



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