WWW Wednesday, 6-July-2016

6 Jul

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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Stewart_DB_USA_POB_03_28_13.inddCurrently reading: I used my new eReader and got through a chapter or two of In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. It helps that I’m struggling with my current book a lot and needed something to break the monotony so I gave this title a little more attention than I would have otherwise. I’m about 1/3 of the way done with it.
Though there’s more of a plot of In the Hand of Dante by Nick Tosches, there are still annoyingly long chapters about a religious theory that I hope will tie into the plot, but I’m not sure how. I’m getting tired of it and I really do not like this book. I’ll push through to the end because the modern plot line is interesting, but expect a low rating of this one!
My newest audiobook is The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart. Steward did a virtual talk at my library over a year ago and I’ve been looking for a way to read her book since then. The ebook was a pain because the pages were PDFs and they didn’t come out well on my phone, so audiobook it is!

TruthBeautyRecently finished: I finished Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett over the weekend and really loved it. My review will be up next week but I have to say I’m not tempted to read some other Patchett novels and Lucy Grealy’s books because I feel like I’d have a deeper insight to all of them having read this book. I recommend this one to anyone who loves a good memoir.

No reviews this week because I’ve only finished this one book and took Monday ‘off’ from blogging to celebrate the 4th of July. Stay tuned for next week!

WingsReading Next: The plan is still The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. I should be picking it up soon and it will be a welcome read after I finish Tosches. I hope it’s like being held by my mom after a bad swim meet. Fingers crossed.

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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56 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 6-July-2016”

  1. samfalston July 6, 2016 at 2:59 AM #

    Some interesting books here, Truth & Beauty intrigues me and I’m looking forward to reading your review. Here is my WWW Wednesday:


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 8:14 AM #

      The review will be up next Monday. Happy Wednesday!


  2. Vanessa @ BookLoveWithV July 6, 2016 at 4:40 AM #

    In the Garden of Beasts sounds like a really interesting book. I’m going to look more into it and may add it to my TBR. I’m looking forward to your reviews and congrats on your new e-reader!!!!!!! Great post and thanks for sharing. Here’s my WWW Wednesday:


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 10:28 AM #

      I love Larson and I’m enjoying Beasts so far. Happy Wednesday!


  3. Agnes July 6, 2016 at 5:13 AM #

    If you ever change your mind about Ann Patchett, Bel Canto is a great book. 🙂

    My WWW: http://haphazardbookshelves.blogspot.com/2016/07/www-wednesday-10.html


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 12:05 PM #

      I’ve heard that from a few people. I might be persuaded. Happy Wednesday!


  4. Claire | Art and Soul July 6, 2016 at 5:14 AM #

    Sorry to hear In the Hand of Dante is proving such hard-going. The ideas of long chapters about a religious theory make me shudder! 😦
    I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed Truth and Beauty so much. Hopefully that, plus The Drunken Botanist will balance out the less than wonderful experience with ItHoDante.

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/www-wednesday-6th-july-2016/


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 12:08 PM #

      Drunken Botanist is fun. I’m not sure I would recommend the audio format but it would be a fun coffee table book. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Curious Daisy July 6, 2016 at 5:33 AM #

    I´ll be coming back to read your review of Truth and Beauty.
    Happy reading! http://www.curious-daisy.com/www-wednesdays/www-wednesday-july-6-2016/


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 12:10 PM #

      Its scheduled for Monday. Happy Wednesday!


  6. Lindsay | Bookboodle July 6, 2016 at 5:35 AM #

    I had the same problem with my book club read this week, it was so boring I just didn’t want to pick it up so I squeezed in a good murder thriller in between (which I read in a weekend!). I too have The Invention of Wings on my TBR…been there for well over a year, infact I believe it was an ARC (that’s so bad!).

    Here’s my WWW – https://bookboodle.co.uk/2016/07/06/www-wednesday-july-6th 🙂


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 12:12 PM #

      I’ve been side-reading some Potter to keep me reading. It’s such a drag to get through the book. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Bathtime Reads July 6, 2016 at 5:43 AM #

    I’ve had The Invention of Wings on my TBR list for a while. I really enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees, and I’ve heard this is even better. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

    Here is my first ever WWW: https://bathtimereads.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/%EF%BB%BFwww-wednesday/


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 12:14 PM #

      I hope to pick it up soon, I need something light to read. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. SnazzyBooks July 6, 2016 at 5:48 AM #

    I really want to read The Invention of Wings soon too, heard so much about it! Just got such a towering pile of Netgalley books to get through first! Not a bad thing though 🙂 Truth and Beauty looks like a great read too!
    Great post, here’s mine: https://snazzybooks.com/2016/07/06/4567/ 🙂


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 12:17 PM #

      I’m afraid of signing up for NetGalley and having that happen to me. I’m behind in 90% of my life, but not reading haha. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Emily Witt July 6, 2016 at 6:22 AM #

    The Drunken Botanist sounds really fascinating! I hope it ends up being a good read.

    Here’s my post this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/www-and-wippet-wednesday-22-june-2016-2/


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 12:20 PM #

      It’s fun but would be better as a coffee table book to read slowly and have the book to reference for recipes. Happy Wednesday!


  10. alilovesbooks July 6, 2016 at 7:16 AM #

    That’s a shame about In the Hand of Dante. There’s nothing worse than long boring chapters. I usually end up just skimming through rather than reading properly.

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/www-wednesday-6th-july-2016/


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 12:22 PM #

      I’m for sure skimming. I find myself thinking of hundreds of other things besides the book. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Incessant Bookworm July 6, 2016 at 9:04 AM #

    I’ve really got into memoirs lately, so I’ll add Truth and Beauty to my TBR (like it’s not long enough as is!)



    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 12:27 PM #

      It’s an always growing thing for sure. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Claire aka Coffeeholic Bookworm July 6, 2016 at 9:27 AM #

    Looking forward to your review of Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett 🙂 Here’s my www for this week: https://coffeebookmom.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/www-july-6/


  13. charliegirlteachergirl July 6, 2016 at 9:28 AM #

    Glad to see you’re using your ereader!



    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 5:02 PM #

      Haha I’m trying! A few pages at a time at least. Happy Wednesday!


  14. faithrivens July 6, 2016 at 9:30 AM #

    Glad that you enjoyed Truth & Beauty! I have State of Wonder at home but keep skipping over it even though I hear good things.
    Sorry that it’s been hard going with In the Garden of Beasts & In the Hand of Dante — perhaps it’s a warning to avoid titles that begin with ‘In the’… ;P
    Thanks as ever for hosting & Happy Reading 🙂


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 7:13 PM #

      Haha, I don’t have another ‘In the’ title coming up any time soon so I should be in the clear for a bit. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. laurelrainsnow July 6, 2016 at 9:32 AM #

    Truth and Beauty sounds good to me….it’s on my list. Enjoy! Here is MY WWW POST


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 5:01 PM #

      Awesome, I hope you like it. Happy Wednesday!


  16. siderealday July 6, 2016 at 9:56 AM #

    Well, at least you’re using the ereader you accidentally acquired. 😛
    I hope you’re still enjoying Larsen’s book even though it’s taking you so long to get through thanks to format and everything else going on.
    Here’s my WWW post this week: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/www-wednesday-76/
    Thanks for hosting and happy reading!


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 7:15 PM #

      I really like Larson’s writing so no loss of interest, just lack of time and desire to read that format. I’ll push on! Happy Wednesday!


  17. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads July 6, 2016 at 11:04 AM #

    Sorry to hear you aren’t enjoying In the Hand of Dante.
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/www-wednesday-76/


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 7:18 PM #

      I’m still hoping it gets better. Happy Wednesday!


  18. hmills96 July 6, 2016 at 12:15 PM #

    THROWS BEL CANTO AT YOU!!!! OMG READ MORE PATCHETTTTTTTT. http://ilayreading.com/2016/07/06/www-wednesday-762016/


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 7:21 PM #

      Haha, is the writing similar to ‘Truth & Beauty?’ I’m wondering the difference between her fiction and nonfiction. Happy Wednesday!


  19. anovelglimpse July 6, 2016 at 12:55 PM #

    The Drunken Botantist sounds like it has potential to be very funny! I’ll be interested in reading your review for that one! Happy Wednesday!

    My WWW: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/07/06/www-wednesday-july-6-2016/


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 7:23 PM #

      It’s not too funny, but it’s very lighthearted for being a’dense’ nonfiction topic. It would likely be a better coffee table book, but I’m still liking it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • anovelglimpse July 6, 2016 at 11:23 PM #

        Good to know! I just like the title. 😉


  20. Random Reads July 6, 2016 at 1:28 PM #

    Lots of interesting covers! You read a lot at once. Great post


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 7:25 PM #

      Thanks. I like to have a few going so I’m always interested in something. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Random Reads July 6, 2016 at 8:11 PM #

        You’re welcome! That’s a great way to keep your self entertained. Thanks, happy reading to you too 😀


  21. erinsdavis78 July 6, 2016 at 1:51 PM #

    In the Garden of Beasts is on my TBR. I’m looking forward to reading it. Here’s my WWW:



    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 7:25 PM #

      I’m enjoying it a lot, just not a lot of it at once. Happy Wednesday!


  22. Kwizgiver July 6, 2016 at 3:18 PM #

    I love Ann Patchett–she’s one of my favorite authors.



    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 7:27 PM #

      Have you read this title? I’m curious how it compares to her nonfiction. Happy Wednesday!


      • Kwizgiver July 7, 2016 at 2:48 PM #

        Bel Canto is one of my top 10 favorite books.


  23. stacey0829 July 6, 2016 at 3:50 PM #

    Looking forward to your book review. Here’s mine for this week. Have a wonderful day.



    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 7:28 PM #

      My Truth & Beauty review will be out Monday. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Yvo July 6, 2016 at 7:27 PM #

    The Drunken Botanist sounds like a great read; I hope you audiobook works better for you! At least it will be a distraction from In The Hand Of Dante…

    Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 7:30 PM #

      Haha, audio is the best distraction from bad books. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Sally Allen July 6, 2016 at 8:22 PM #

    So glad you enjoyed Truth and Beauty! I thought it was gorgeous writing. If you haven’t read her Bel Canto, it’s wonderful.

    And here is my WWW post 🙂 Thank you for hosting!


    • Sam July 6, 2016 at 8:23 PM #

      So many of y’all have been saying that! I’m becoming intrigued. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person


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