WWW Wednesday, 13-July-2016

13 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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WingsCurrently reading: I started keeping my ereader at the kitchen table to read a bit of In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson during breakfast. I got to read a bit during lunch at work a few days, too. I’m making a bit of progress and still enjoying this one.
While The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart is really interesting, it’s not my favorite audiobook. I talked with a friend of mine on Goodreads about it and he’s reading it like a coffee table book, a bit at a time. I think I’d prefer reading it that way because it’s a lot of information all at once and I wish I could go back and reference some of those cocktail recipes!
I was able to pick up The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd recently. Anything is better than my last physical book but I’m still deciding how I feel about this one. Stay tuned!

DanteRecently finished: I crawled my way through In the Hand of Dante by Nick Tosches and I’m so glad it’s over. I did not like this book much at all. The modern setting was interesting, but the historical settings of Dante were so dense and hard to read that I struggled with it a lot. I don’t plan to read anything by this author again.

I got my review for Truth & Beauty posted on Monday. It was a really pretty book that I enjoyed. However, reading some of the Grealy family’s reactions to the book are giving me second thoughts. Please check out my review and if you have time to read some of the links at the end, let me know how you feel about them!

PeaceBreaksReading Next: For a physical book, I’d like to finally pick up a copy of Peace Breaks Out by John Knowles. I found out about this sequel when I first started with Goodreads and I’ve been wanting to read it ever since. I was a big fan of A Separate Peace in high school and would love to read more from the author.
For an audiobook, I’ll see about snatching up 10% Happier by Dan Harris. This was a Goodreads Award winner in 2014 that intrigued me and I’ve wanted to read Harris’ advice ever since.

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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63 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 13-July-2016”

  1. cleopatralovesbooks at 1:21 AM #

    I’m interested to see your verdict on An Invention of Wings as I have a copy of this one which I haven’t read yet.

    Here is my Wednesday post for this week https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/this-week-in-books-july-13/


    • Sam at 5:05 PM #

      So far, really good! I’m looking forward to finishing it. Happy Wednesday!


  2. Emily Witt at 2:55 AM #

    Yay you for finally slogging through Dante! It does sound like a difficult one to get through. The Drunk Botanist does sound like the sort of one that would be best digested in bits and pieces. I do want to take a look at it, but I’ll make sure I get the print version.

    Here’s my post for the week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/www-and-wippet-wednesday-13-july-2016/


    • Sam at 5:07 PM #

      I have a suspicion the layout of the print out would be full of great picture and formatting. Hope you like it. Happy Wednesday!


  3. alilovesbooks at 3:08 AM #

    Well done for persevering with In The Hand of Dante. I probably would have given up.

    Here’s my www: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/www-wednesday-13th-july-2016/


  4. I echo what everyone else has said about you sticking with In The Hand of Dante. Sounds like it would have been one you could have DNF’d quite easily 😦 At least it’s over now!

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/www-wednesday-13th-july-2016/


    • Sam at 5:15 PM #

      I’m so bad at giving up on books. It’s a terrible trait. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Bathtime Reads at 6:40 AM #

    Looking forward to seeing what you think of The Invention of Wings.

    Here’s my WWW: https://bathtimereads.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/www-wednesday-13th-july-2016/


  6. arelireads at 7:08 AM #

    Been wanting to read a work of Sue Monk Kidd! 🙂
    Here’s my first ever WWW: https://arelireads.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/www-wednesday-no-1-07132016/


    • Sam at 5:19 PM #

      I tried one in high school and couldn’t get into it. This is much better. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. faithrivens at 8:21 AM #

    Oh my goodness! I absolutely loved A Separate Peace in high school. And the movie was a decent adaptation as far as I remember. I can honestly say I never realized that there was a sequel! Thanks for pointing it out 🙂 I’ll have to check it out for sure!
    Happy Reading 🙂


    • Sam at 5:20 PM #

      I never saw the movie!! I’ll have to see if I can grab a copy and refresh myself on the plot a bit. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Incessant Bookworm at 8:54 AM #

    The only Erik Larson book I’ve read is The Devil in the White City – not bad but I think I’ll hold up for others he has written! https://incessantbookworm.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/www-wednesday-3/


    • Sam at 5:24 PM #

      I loved Devil. I read another of his earlier this year and enjoyed it as well. I’ve made fair progress with Beasts, but I knew it would be slow going. Happy Wednesday!


  9. siderealday at 9:19 AM #

    Sounds like you’ve got a lot on your reading plate, as usual. And I have to say, based on your reactions to In the Hand of Dante, almost anything would have to be better. Glad that you’re making progress on In the Garden of Beasts again. I guess that ‘e-reader’ was a pretty good gift, huh?
    Here’s my WWW post for the week: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/www-wednesday-713/


    • Sam at 5:28 PM #

      Haha, I keep it on the kitchen table to read during dinner. It’s made me even more anti social haha. Happy Wednesday!


  10. stacey0829 at 9:26 AM #

    All your books look like good reads. I hope you enjoy them. Here is mine for this week. I hope you have a wonderful week.



  11. Clare Stone at 9:50 AM #

    I am looking forward to your thoughts on The Invention of Wings!


    • Sam at 5:31 PM #

      Thanks, only good things so far. Happy Wednesday!


  12. dez | the fun in reading books at 9:51 AM #

    You have interesting books on your plate! I’m currently reading only one and yet I’m still struggling to finish it. Haha.
    Here’s my WWW: https://thefuninreadingbooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/www-wednesday-july-13-2016/ Happy Reading! 🙂


    • Sam at 5:33 PM #

      Good luck with it! Having a slow one going can be rough. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. readinaflash at 10:07 AM #

    I know I read a Separate Piece in high school but I don’t remember much about it. Here’s my list: https://readinaflash.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/www-wednesday-15/


    • Sam at 5:36 PM #

      It’s been a while for me, too. I heard there’s a movie so I might have to check that out. Happy Wednesday!


  14. anovelglimpse at 10:53 AM #

    I’ll be interested to see what you think of The Invention of Wings. I’ve always wondered about that book.

    My WWW: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/07/13/www-wednesday-july-13-2016/


  15. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads at 11:15 AM #

    In the Garden of Beasts has been on my TBR for a few months now so I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying it. I’m not sure what it is, but something about that book intimidates me. But it really does seem like a book that I’d like so I need to get over it haha
    Here’s my WWW: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/www-wednesday-713/


    • Sam at 5:43 PM #

      Larson has a very conversational tone. Don’t be scared haha! Happy Wednesday

      Liked by 1 person

  16. laurelrainsnow at 11:27 AM #

    I will also be watching for your thoughts on The Invention of Wings. I don’t know why I haven’t yet bought it, but I definitely want to know more.

    Here’s MY WWW POST


    • Sam at 5:44 PM #

      I’m looking forward to finishing it. Very enjoyable so far. Happy Wednesday!


  17. sarinalangerwriter at 11:35 AM #

    I haven’t rad any of your books, but I’m seeing In the Hand of Dante around a lot recently! I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy it.

    I’m quite late to the party this week, but here’s my WWW: https://sarinalangerwriter.com/2016/07/13/www-wednesday-13th-july-2016/

    Happy reading! 🙂


    • Sam at 5:46 PM #

      I would caution against it, I really disliked the style. Happy Wednesday!


  18. Yvo at 12:56 PM #

    I will be looking forward to your thoughts on The Invention of Wings! It has been on my wishlist for a long time now, although I still have to get a copy.

    Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.


  19. jaleenajo at 1:03 PM #

    I’m curious to hear your thoughts on In the Garden of Beasts–I’ve heard great things about Erik Larson but have yet to pick up any of his books.

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday:


    • Sam at 9:02 PM #

      This is my third Larson. I’m a big fan of his writing and I highly recommend him! Happy Wednesday!


  20. Random Reads at 2:19 PM #

    You always do great reading! I love the book covers you showed. They’re so unique 🙂


  21. hmills96 at 2:24 PM #

    Here’s my WWW! Almost forgot to do it! http://ilayreading.com/2016/07/13/www-wednesday-7132016/

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Aggie Unsworth at 2:50 PM #

    I haven’t heard of any of the books you are reading but they do sound rather interesting!

    Here is my post…



    • Sam at 9:07 PM #

      Thanks for stopping by! Happy Wednesday!


  23. A Peace Breaks Out seems interesting. I had never heard of that book. Here’s my WWW Wednesday https://awondrousbookshelf.com/2016/07/13/www-wednesday-7/


    • Sam at 9:30 PM #

      I don’t think I would have heard of it if not for Goodreads! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Kwizgiver at 10:00 PM #

    Such a variety of books! 🙂


    Liked by 1 person

  25. I’ve heard about In The Garden of Beasts from my friends, and they said it’s a great book. Hoping to read it soon 🙂 Here’s my www for this week: https://coffeebookmom.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/this-week-in-books-www-7132016/


  26. S B Williams at 12:22 AM #

    I totally feel you. When historical or fantasy or sci fi books get into the dense descriptions of settings and whatnot, I tune it out. Also, with sci fi, if an author feels it necessary to explain every itty bitty piece of science to the reader, I will put the book down. I loved Jarrasic Park but I couldn’t finish the Lost World for that reason. However, I might go back and read it again, now that I”m a lot older. 🙂
    Here’s my WWW. I have decided to do mine on a monthly basis. It’s easier for me. ‘shrugs’.



    • Sam at 8:24 PM #

      We’ll welcome you however often you visit. How strange the second book was more explain-y. Happy Thursday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • S B Williams at 9:03 PM #

        Yes I agree, it was strange. I am not sure. I think I will reread it someday. If I remember correctly, one of the characters was a scientist who was prone to going off on science-y tangents. Ugh turned me off lol


  27. Sally Allen at 11:53 AM #

    I love that you powered through a book you didn’t love. This is something I definitely want to think more about because when I stick with a book, I’m usually glad I did, even if I didn’t enjoy the process.

    I’m late this week, but here is my WWW anyway 🙂 http://sallyallenbooks.com/2016/07/wednesday-reading-roundup-july-14/


    • Sam at 9:49 AM #

      I regret giving up on books. One I gave up on I went back to later and loved it. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  28. Juliet | Not Capulet at 1:08 PM #

    Well done for sticking with In The Hand of Dante, I wish I had that sort of perseverance!
    I’m a little late but here’s my first ever WWW: https://notcapulet.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/books-www-wednesday-13th-july/


    • Sam at 11:40 AM #

      Welcome! So great to have some new people joining in. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Juliet | Not Capulet at 11:42 AM #

        Thank you?


      • Juliet | Not Capulet at 11:42 AM #

        *! Oops



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