WWW Wednesday, 20-July-2016

20 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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10%Currently reading: It was a rough week at work and I didn’t get much of a chance to read. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. We were out-of-town for the weekend and I contemplated taking my eReader with me, but decided against it. Oh well, maybe next week?
I’m really loving The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. The writing is good and I love the evolution of Sarah (the main character) as she figures out her place in life. I hope this one has a happy ending because it seems it could go really really sad.
I was able to start a new audiobook and I picked 10% Happier by Dan Harris. I saw this one win the Goodreads award for nonfiction in 2014 and added it to my TBR then. I’ve been waiting for a chance to read it ever since and now seems like as good a time as any.

Stewart_DB_USA_POB_03_28_13.inddRecently finished: Though I liked it, I don’t recommend The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart as an audiobook. It was too easy to tune out and there’s no plot so it’s hard to become engrossed in it at all. For sure better as a coffee table book.

My review of In the Hand of Dante by Nick Tosches posted on Thursday. Not a surprise to many of you, but it was not a book for me at all. I explain why in my review but suffice it to say, I won’t be reading any more by this author.
I posted a semi-review of the Jim Kay illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. It was so fun to read alongside Kay’s illustrations. Let me know what you thought of it.

PeaceBreaksReading Next: My plan is still for Peace Breaks Out by John Knowles. I might just pick it up from the library so I’m forced to get to it before another book club selection pops up. It might tempt me to read fast so I can start it! I’ll see about the movie of A Separate Peace as well now that I know there is one.

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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55 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 20-July-2016”

  1. Agnes July 20, 2016 at 3:21 AM #

    10% Happier looks interesting. I didn’t know there was a movie of A Separate Peace. I didn’t finish the book.

    My WWW: http://haphazardbookshelves.blogspot.com/2016/07/www-wednesday-11.html


    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:04 PM #

      So sorry to hear that. I have the movie on hold at the library and would love to watch it tomorrow if I can. Happy Wednesday!


  2. Diana July 20, 2016 at 5:44 AM #

    I am glad that you are enjoying The Invention of the Wings. It is one of my best reads for this year. Reading the book made me learn more about Sarah Grimke, I had never heard about her until then. Happy reading.

    Here is my WWW:https://ahavenforbooklovers.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/www-wednesday-july-20th/


    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:06 PM #

      Is she based on a real person? I didn’t know that! How wonderful, I’ll have to look her up. Happy Wednesday!


  3. Emily Witt July 20, 2016 at 5:54 AM #

    The Invention of Wings sounds really fascinating. I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts on that one.

    Here’s my post this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/review-all-the-light-we-cannot-see/


    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:08 PM #

      I hope to finish it fast but life is getting in the way. Happy Wednesday!


  4. Claire | Art and Soul July 20, 2016 at 6:09 AM #

    I’ll look out for your review of 10% Happier. I still need to read another non-fiction book this year and I’m always on the look out for recommendations 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/www-wednesday-20th-july-2016/


    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:10 PM #

      Glad to hear! I read Erik Larson’s ‘Dead Wake’ earlier this year and enjoyed that if you’re interested. A comedian memoir is always a winner as well. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Holly.Evans July 20, 2016 at 6:18 AM #

    It’s a shame about The Drunken Botanist, I suppose there will always be books like that though.

    Here’s my WWW: https://chaosfoxwriting.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/www-wednesday/


    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:11 PM #

      I’d still recommend it as a coffee table book, though! Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Bathtime Reads July 20, 2016 at 6:27 AM #

    Sorry you haven’t had much time to read this week! 10% Happier sounds really interesting 🙂

    My WWW: https://bathtimereads.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/www-wednesday-20th-july-2016/


    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:14 PM #

      Summer is always like this for me. I’m always so busy it’s hard to do anything I love. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Incessant Bookworm July 20, 2016 at 8:59 AM #

    I love your plan for Peace Breaks Out, I’m always trying to knock out my library picks before something else gets my interest!



    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:16 PM #

      It’s a struggle to read something with a deadline like that! I wish libraries could trust people to have something as long as they needed it, haha. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Clare Stone July 20, 2016 at 9:15 AM #

    Fingers crossed for a happy ending in The Invention of Wings then, glad you are enjoying it.


    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:17 PM #

      Thanks! I’m not being too hopeful, but it would be nice. Happy Wednesday!


  9. laurelrainsnow July 20, 2016 at 9:49 AM #

    I am still eager to read The Invention of Wings. Enjoy all of your books…and thanks for hosting. Here’s MY WWW POST


    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:19 PM #

      The writing is great, I hope you grab it soon. Happy Wednesday!


  10. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian July 20, 2016 at 9:52 AM #

    I read The Invention of Wings with one of my book clubs and we all loved it. If you haven’t read this author’s book, The Secret Life of Bees, I highly recommend it.

    Here’s my WWW: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2016/07/www-wednesdays.html


    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:22 PM #

      I tried reading ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ when I was in high school and didn’t finish it. I think I was too young. Happy Wednesday!


  11. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads July 20, 2016 at 10:33 AM #

    I just read the synopsis of The Invention of Wings and it sounds really good. I think I’m going to add it to my TBR. Hopefully you get that happy ending!

    Here’s my WWW for this week: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/www-wednesday-720/


    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:24 PM #

      Still hoping but it’s not looking too good. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. readinaflash July 20, 2016 at 10:54 AM #

    Good list. Here is my WWW for this week: https://readinaflash.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/www-wednesday-16/

    Liked by 1 person

  13. dez | the fun in reading books July 20, 2016 at 11:05 AM #

    I’m glad you’re enjoying The Invention of Wings. Hoping it has an happy ending!! 🙂 Here’s my WWW for the week: https://thefuninreadingbooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/www-wednesday-july-20-2016/


    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:26 PM #

      Still hoping myself but it’s not looking good. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • dez | the fun in reading books July 21, 2016 at 11:41 AM #

        Oh, that’s sad to hear. 😦 But who knows it still has some surprises or something. 🙂


  14. arelireads July 20, 2016 at 11:22 AM #

    It’s a tough week for me also, at the university. Haven’t done much reading + haven’t finished a book since Sunday. But here’s my post: https://arelireads.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/www-wednesday-no-2-07202016/
    By the way, if anyone would be interested to join my book club, you may visit http://twitter.com/thebookbingers. Thank you so much!


    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:27 PM #

      Good luck with school. School and reading at the same time can be rough. Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. anovelglimpse July 20, 2016 at 11:36 AM #

    I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying The Invention of Wings. I might have to read that one someday!

    My WWW: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/07/20/www-wednesday-july-20-216/


    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:29 PM #

      I hope you can, it’s beautiful. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. charliegirlteachergirl July 20, 2016 at 11:39 AM #

    I ordered the illustrated HP edition. I can’t wait to actually dig into it when I return home in August. I caught up on ten reviews over the weekend, so I should probably start a new audiobook soon.



    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:51 PM #

      Wow! Good weekend run. I hope you enjoy the illustrated as much as I did. So beautiful! Happy Wednesday!


  17. siderealday July 20, 2016 at 11:48 AM #

    The Invention of Wings sounds interesting. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for your review of it. And it’s nice to go back and reread books you loved, especially in new formats, as with the illustrated Harry Potter book.
    Here’s my WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/www-wednesday-720/


    • Sam July 20, 2016 at 3:53 PM #

      I’m really hoping to finish it soon and put a review up, but we’ll see what life throws at me. Happy Wednesday!


  18. hmills96 July 20, 2016 at 1:25 PM #

    In the middle of a readathon for Trees of Reverie so going fast right now! http://ilayreading.com/2016/07/20/www-wednesday-7202016/


    • Sam July 21, 2016 at 6:50 AM #

      Keep it up! Happy reading.


  19. Candy @ So little time... July 20, 2016 at 2:02 PM #

    I’m not familiar with any of your books (except Harry Potter, of course!) I hope you have a better week!

    I’m currently reading Game of Thrones. 🙂

    Here my Wednesday post: http://candy-m.blogspot.com/2016/07/what-are-you-reading-july-20-2016.html

    Thanks for letting me link up!


    • Sam July 21, 2016 at 6:53 AM #

      Potter should perpetually be on my list, I love it so much. Happy reading!


  20. Random Reads July 20, 2016 at 2:22 PM #

    10% Happier has an interesting cover! I’m glad you got some reading in. I hope next week isn’t as hectic 🙂


    • Sam July 21, 2016 at 6:54 AM #

      I hope so too but it’s not looking good so far haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Aggie Unsworth July 20, 2016 at 4:03 PM #

    Sorry its so late today, have been outside today enjoying the sunshine while it lasts.



    • Sam July 21, 2016 at 8:05 AM #

      I was out doing the same yesterday so apologies for the even later response! Happy reading!


  22. rabbitearsblog July 20, 2016 at 4:22 PM #

    All of these books sound interesting! Here’s my WWW: http://rabbitearsbookblog.blogspot.com/2016/07/www-wednesdays-9-july-20-2016.html


  23. Sally Allen July 20, 2016 at 4:31 PM #

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying The Invention of Wings – that one has been on my radar for a while. Happy reading!
    And here’s my WWW: http://sallyallenbooks.com/2016/07/wednesday-reading-roundup-july-20/


    • Sam July 21, 2016 at 5:18 PM #

      Pick it up if you can, it’s really a good read. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Kwizgiver July 20, 2016 at 4:55 PM #

    So glad you’re enjoying the Kidd book!

    Here’s mine: http://www.kwizgiver.com/2016/07/www-wednesday_20.html


    • Sam July 21, 2016 at 5:22 PM #

      I’m a breath of fresh air right now. Happy reading!


  25. alilovesbooks July 20, 2016 at 5:39 PM #

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying the Invention of Wings and I’ll keep my fingers crossed you get the happy ending you want 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/www-wednesday-20th-july-2016/


    • Sam July 21, 2016 at 5:24 PM #

      Not looking good so far! It took a dark turn last night. Oh no! Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  26. stacey0829 July 20, 2016 at 6:18 PM #

    Hope you enjoy your books this week. Happy reading. Here’s mine for this week. Have a great rest of the week. 🙂



  27. Yvo July 20, 2016 at 8:25 PM #

    Sorry to hear you had such a busy week! I’m glad you are enjoying The Invention Of Wings so far though; I really need to get a copy of that one soon.

    Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam July 21, 2016 at 5:28 PM #

      This week isn’t looking much better! Summer tends to be like this, though. I’ll make it through. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

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