WWW Wednesday, 27-July-2016

27 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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PeaceBreaksCurrently reading: I don’t think I read a page of In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. This is being a lot slower than I wanted it to be because I am enjoying this book. I like that it’s there when I need it, so I’m actually okay with this.
I’m enjoying 10% Happier by Dan Harris so far. I’m not familiar with Harris as a TV personality so it’s teaching me about him as well as his philosophy. This is reading more like a memoir than a self-help book so far and I like that a bit better. I’m a sucker for a good memoir and I’m open to what Harris is going to say. I think we could all do with being 10% happier.
I’ve only just started Peace Breaks Out by John Knowles. I watched the movie for A Separate Peace last week but I’m not sure the plots will overrun at all. The summary makes me think it will be only the setting so I’m excited to see if any characters reappear.

WingsRecently finished: I rushed through The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd to have it finished by the time my book club met and it was a good read. I liked the historical context and setting a lot and give Kidd a lot of credit for the research she was able to do for the book. I posted my review yesterday so please go check it out!

I also posted a review for The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart last Thursday so please go check that out as well! Please know my rating is for the audiobook and if I’d read it as a coffee table book, I might have rated it differently.

OnePersonReading Next: My next physical book will be In One Person by John Irving. It’s a book club selection and Irving is one of my all-time favorite writers so I’m really excited to read this one. I’ve had the book on my shelf for almost three years and I’m pumped to crack the spine.

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, 27-July-2016”

  1. cleopatralovesbooks July 27, 2016 at 1:42 AM #

    I haven’t read that book by Irving although I’m also a fan! Here is my Wednesday post for this week https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/this-week-in-books-july-27/


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 6:38 PM #

      I’m looking forward to starting it soon. I’ve read most of his recent books and a lot of the backlog as well. Happy Wednesday!


  2. laurelrainsnow July 27, 2016 at 1:47 AM #

    In One Person looks tempting….and I also still want to read The Invention of Wings. Here’s MY WWW POST


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 6:39 PM #

      I hope to start Irving soon. He’s like a comfort blanket to me. Happy Wednesday!


  3. Agnes July 27, 2016 at 3:44 AM #

    Agree with reading books slowly when you’re enjoying them! Or putting them on pause for times when you can savor them better.

    Here’s my WWW: http://haphazardbookshelves.blogspot.com/2016/07/www-wednesday-12.html


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 6:39 PM #

      I might have to do that again soon. I don’t mind saving the flavor, haha. Happy Wednesday!


  4. sarinalangerwriter July 27, 2016 at 4:36 AM #

    I haven’t read any of your books, but John Irving rings a bell! I’ll have to look him up since you enjoy his books so much 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://sarinalangerwriter.com/2016/07/27/www-wednesday-27th-july-2016/

    Happy reading! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 6:42 PM #

      Most people know him from ‘The Cider House Rules’ or ‘The World According to Garp,’ both of which are films. Happy Wednesday!


  5. Emily Witt July 27, 2016 at 4:38 AM #

    Hope you get to move forward with In The Garden of Beasts this week!

    Here’s my post: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/www-and-wippet-wednesday-27-july-2016/


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 6:44 PM #

      Me, too. I might have to end up taking it on vacation. Happy Wednesday!


  6. Margaret @ BooksPlease July 27, 2016 at 4:43 AM #

    I have Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany to read for my book club in September – it’ll be my first book of his and I’m hoping it will live up to my expectations.

    Here’s my post – http://www.booksplease.org/2016/07/27/my-week-in-books-27-july-2016/


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 6:47 PM #

      Meany was my first Irving, too. I fell in love with Owen and I hope you do, too! Happy Wednesday.


  7. Claire | Art and Soul July 27, 2016 at 4:49 AM #

    I’ve only read one John Irving book – A Prayer for Owen Meany – but I have vague memories of thinking it was tremendous. I hope you enjoy In One Person 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/www-wednesday-27th-july-2016/


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 6:49 PM #

      Owen Meany is one of my favorite Irving’s. It was the first one I read. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. alilovesbooks July 27, 2016 at 5:50 AM #

    I think I could definitely do with being at least 10% happier (or possibly 100% at the moment) so I may need to check out that book. I admire your self control on In the Garden of Beasts. If I’m enjoying a book I tend to abandon everything else to read it constantly even though I kind of wish I could take the time to savour it.

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/www-wednesday-27th-july-2016/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 6:51 PM #

      I find non-fiction easier to pace. As weird as it sounds, I know how it ends so I’m not overly anxious to get there. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Clare Stone July 27, 2016 at 7:18 AM #

    I am glad you enjoyed The Invention of Wings, will have to add it to my TBR!


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:04 PM #

      I hope you do! It’s a great read. Happy Wednesday.


  10. Bathtime Reads July 27, 2016 at 7:30 AM #

    Really glad you enjoyed The Invention of Wings, it’s only made me want to read it more! 🙂

    My WWW: https://bathtimereads.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/www-wednesday-27th-july-2016/


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:06 PM #

      Good! I posted a review yesterday and I’ll have my book club reflection up tomorrow. We all really liked it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. faithrivens July 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM #

    I’ve been meaning to read a John Irving novel. I’ve watched Simon Birch, which I know is a ‘suggested adaptation’ of A Prayer for Owen Meaney and which devastated me as a young girl.
    Did you enjoy the movie version of A Separate Peace? It’s been so long, I don’t really remember how it stands as an adaptation.
    Happy Reading 🙂
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://aliasfaithrivens.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/www-wednesday-the-sixteenth/


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:09 PM #

      It was a decent adaptation. To be fair, it’s been ages since I read the book so I didn’t think it best to write a comparison post here. I forgot the ending for the majority of the movie, which was kind of fun. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian July 27, 2016 at 8:25 AM #

    I agree with you that The Invention of Wings was a good read and well researched. I like John Irving as well–A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of my all-time favorite books.

    Here’s my WWW post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2016/07/www-wednesdays_27.html


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:11 PM #

      I love Owen. That was the first Irving I read and I’ve been hooked ever since. Happy Wednesday!


  13. Hayley at RatherTooFondofBooks July 27, 2016 at 8:46 AM #

    I’ve also had In One Person on my TBR for years and yet John Irving is an author i love. I’ll look forward to reading your updates as you read and hopefully it’ll inspire me to start reading it soon! I’m glad to hear The Invention of Wings was such a good read – that’s also on my TBR and I hope to read it before too much longer. Hope you have a great reading week 🙂

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday/ TWiB post:


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:14 PM #

      I’ll warn you to read my future reviews with care, then. Sometimes I can’t help spoiling the ending! I’m very excited to jump in. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Aggie July 27, 2016 at 9:01 AM #

    I am writing this just as I am in the cinema about to watch The BFG! Am rather excited. Hope you enjoy your books!



    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:16 PM #

      Enjoy the movie! It looks fun. Happy Wednesday!


  15. WordsAndPeace July 27, 2016 at 9:41 AM #

    good to be back!
    I enjoyed a lot In the Garden of Beasts!
    here is my post: https://wordsandpeace.com/2016/07/25/mailbox-monday-july-25/


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:16 PM #

      Good to know you liked it. I’m enjoying it a lot so far but I’m okay reading it slowly. Happy Wednesday!


  16. readinaflash July 27, 2016 at 10:34 AM #

    Here is my list: https://readinaflash.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/www-wednesday-17/

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Juliet | Not Capulet July 27, 2016 at 10:50 AM #

    I hope you enjoy In One Person — I am yet to read any Irving, a fact I know I need to change very soon! Here is my WWW: https://notcapulet.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/books-www-wednesday-27th-july/


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:19 PM #

      ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany’ was my first of his and I really loved it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek July 27, 2016 at 10:54 AM #

    My first time participating. 🙂 Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/www-wednesday-27th-july-2016/


  19. anovelglimpse July 27, 2016 at 11:09 AM #

    I’m off to check out your Sue Munk Kidd review! 🙂

    My WWW: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/07/27/www-wednesday-july-27-2016/


  20. carenksr July 27, 2016 at 11:18 AM #

    Here is my post for WWW wednesday. https://ckrich.com/2016/07/27/www-wednesday/

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads July 27, 2016 at 11:39 AM #

    In One Person sounds really good. I especially love that it has a bisexual narrator as bi representation in books is severely lacking (at least in my experience/opinion)! I’ll definitely be looking forward to seeing what you think of it. 🙂

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday for this week: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/www-wednesday-727/


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:27 PM #

      I’m really looking forward to reading it! My book club might be in for quite a shock as we tend to read very traditional ‘book club reads.’ Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  22. Alex @ Young At Heart Books July 27, 2016 at 12:19 PM #

    Love this meme! Here’s my first WWW Wednesday post 🙂



  23. hmills96 July 27, 2016 at 12:34 PM #

    I have several John Irving books on my TBR but I don’t think I’ve read him yet. Let me know what you think ! http://ilayreading.com/2016/07/27/www-wednesday-7272016/


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:29 PM #

      I’m a big fan so far and I’m looking forward to this one. Happy Wednesday!


  24. Curious Daisy July 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM #

    I’ve heard the most amazing things about John Irving’s writing. I hope you’ll enjoy his books http://www.curious-daisy.com/www-wednesdays/www-wednesday-july-27-2016/


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:31 PM #

      I’ve loved them all so far, I hope this is the same. Happy Wednesday!


  25. priyankaswonderland July 27, 2016 at 1:20 PM #

    The books seem familiar to me for some reason but I haven’t read any of them. Hope you enjoy In One Person!
    Here’s my WWW : http://abooklionshideaway.blogspot.in/2016/07/www-wednesday-1.html


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:33 PM #

      Thank you, I’m really looking forward to it. Happy Wednesday!


  26. charliegirlteachergirl July 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM #

    We could all be 10% happier! I might like that one a little better since it is written in the style of a memoir. I’m not one much for self-help books.



    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:34 PM #

      It’s interesting because Harris covered the self-help scene as a reporter for a long time so he’s skeptical of it while writing in the genre. Weird! Happy Wednesday.


  27. Random Reads July 27, 2016 at 2:34 PM #

    The Invention of Wings has a beautiful cover!! Looks like this week was both a speedy and slow week for reading 🙂


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:36 PM #

      Very true! I hope next week is fast because there’s a lot I want to read. Happy reading.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Random Reads July 27, 2016 at 7:43 PM #

        I hope so too! Thank you, Happy Reading to you as well!!


  28. Lindsay | Bookboodle July 27, 2016 at 3:53 PM #

    I still have The Invention of Wings on my TBR and having seen your comments feel like I should pick it up sooner rather than later.

    Here’s my WWW – https://bookboodle.co.uk/2016/07/27/www-wednesday-july-27th 🙂


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:36 PM #

      I hope you do, it was really enjoyable. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  29. siderealday July 27, 2016 at 4:02 PM #

    It’s always nice when book club choices coincide with books you’ve been meaning to read.
    And it must be nice to always have a Larsen book waiting for whenever you have some time for it – his books are easy to enjoy in big chunks or piecemeal, I’ve found.
    Here’s my WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/www-wednesday-727/


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:38 PM #

      It helps when you suggest books for the book club to read, haha.
      Agree on Larson. It’s easy to leave and come back to or binge when possible. Happy Wednesday!


  30. Candy @ So little time... July 27, 2016 at 4:32 PM #

    Yes, I’ve been reading “Game of Thrones’ slowly, too. There’s just so much there!

    Thanks for letting me link up! Have a fantastic week!



    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:40 PM #

      Nothing wrong with the slow read, haha. I know I’ve done it on a lot of books. Happy Wednesday!


  31. Kwizgiver July 27, 2016 at 5:09 PM #

    I’m interested to hear your insights on the Irving book.

    Here’s my reply: http://www.kwizgiver.com/2016/07/www-wednesday_27.html


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:41 PM #

      I hope to start it soon but we’ll see how life goes. Happy Wednesday!


  32. Sally Allen July 27, 2016 at 5:21 PM #

    I’ve never heard of this John Irving book! I went through a big stage with him in high school; A Prayer for Owen Meaney was my favorite. Excited to check out this title!

    And here is my WW Wednesday: Thank you for hosting!


    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:43 PM #

      Meany was my favorite in high school, too! I read a lot of his books in late high school and early college. This one came out about four years ago and I’m so excited to pick it up. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  33. stacey0829 July 27, 2016 at 6:09 PM #

    The invitation of wings look like a great read. I hope you enjoy your books this week. Here is mine for this week. Have a great day.



    • Sam July 27, 2016 at 7:48 PM #

      It was really enjoyable and I recommend it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  34. Yvo July 27, 2016 at 8:37 PM #

    I’m glad you enjoyed The Invention Of Wings! I’m going to check out your review right now. 🙂

    Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.



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