WWW Wednesday, 17-August-2016

17 Aug

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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WithoutEndCurrently reading: Unfortunately, I have no new update on In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. I was out-of-town for the weekend (again) and couldn’t find the time. I hope to make some more progress soon.
I’m really enjoying In One Person by John Irving. It has all of the classic Irving tropes so far and for some reason, they never get old for me. I have two weeks to finish this for my book club and it’s a bit long so I hope I make it!
I started the audiobook for World Without End by Ken Follett and so far I absolutely love it. Follett is an amazing writer and this one is just as enjoyable as the first. It’s 26 files on my phone and I’m on file three. It’s going to be a long run.

5LL-7.09.F.inddRecently finished:I really enjoyed The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman a lot more than I thought I would. His advice makes sound sense to me and I’ve been trying it out a bit with my husband. I’m still trying to figure out his language by speaking them all and seeing what he responds to.

Three reviews for you all this week! It’s crazy, I know. Last Thursday was 10% Happier by Dan Harris. I enjoyed the book for its memoir qualities but I’m not going to start meditating anytime soon. Three out of Five stars.
The second is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. No surprise here, I loved it. A full Five out of Five stars and a possible reread at any point in the future.
The third is Peace Breaks Out by John Knowles. This was a solid read that reminded me of A Separate Peace but was enjoyable in its own way. Four out of Five stars.

BoySnowReading Next: I’ve got Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi on my bedside table. I don’t know how soon I’ll be able to pick it up, but I’m looking forward to this one. So many people have said wonderful things.

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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82 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 17-August-2016”

  1. Agnes August 17, 2016 at 2:08 AM #

    I liked Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl, and have also read gread things about Boy, Snow, Bird. Hope you like it. Happy reading!

    My WWW: http://haphazardbookshelves.blogspot.com/2016/08/www-wednesday-13.html


    • Sam August 17, 2016 at 3:05 PM #

      Glad to hear it. Happy Wednesday!


  2. cleopatralovesbooks August 17, 2016 at 2:40 AM #

    Interesting to see you’re trying to use the 5 Love Languages on your husband – Here is my Wednesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/this-week-in-books-august-17/


    • Sam August 17, 2016 at 3:09 PM #

      It made a lot of sense to me and I can see the logic in it based on relationships with my family. Happy Wednesday!


  3. Hfineisen August 17, 2016 at 3:18 AM #


    I read The 5 Love Languages and thought it had good information but found both partners need to read for implementation. My husband loves baseball. John Irving is one of my favorite authors and I found In One Person insightful and timely. Happy Reading!


    • Sam August 17, 2016 at 3:11 PM #

      I’m glad to hear from another Irving fan! I’m really enjoying the narrative so far, much like I’ve enjoyed most of Irving’s novels. Happy Wednesday!


  4. Margaret @ BooksPlease August 17, 2016 at 3:26 AM #

    The 5 Love Languages sounds intriguing! And so does Boy, Snow, Bird.

    Here’s my Wednesday post – http://www.booksplease.org/2016/08/16/my-week-in-books-17-august/


    • Sam August 17, 2016 at 3:13 PM #

      I’m looking forward to Oyeyemi a lot! Happy Wednesday.


  5. Diana August 17, 2016 at 3:38 AM #

    I like what you are doing with 5 Love Languages. I am still stuck on chapter 9 of that book trying to figure out my own language, that is where I reached and stopped.I will get back to the book soon though.I hope that you will enjoy Oyeyemi’s book. Happy reading.

    Here’s my WWW:https://ahavenforbooklovers.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesday-august-17th/


    • Sam August 17, 2016 at 3:15 PM #

      I’ve been meaning to look for the quiz online. I think I know what my language is but it would be good to double check. I listened to the audiobook so there was no copy of the quiz included. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. alilovesbooks August 17, 2016 at 4:57 AM #

    Was so glad to hear you loved Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’ve been going back and forth trying to decide whether to get it and so far the majority of reviews seem to be good.

    I love that you’re trying out the 5 love languages on your hubby. Has he noticed you’re experimenting on him? 🙂

    Here’s my Wednesday post: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/www-wednesday-17th-august-2016/


    • Sam August 17, 2016 at 3:18 PM #

      Haha, I told him I was going to experiment and see how he reacted. He seems to have forgotten that, though. 🙂 I enjoyed Cursed Child a lot and I think if you approach it knowing it won’t be like 1-7, you can enjoy it a lot more. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Claire | Art and Soul August 17, 2016 at 5:00 AM #

    I’m really glad you enjoyed Cursed Child. It’s been sad to see the reviews of Potter fans who were disappointed by it.
    I’m hoping they eventually adapt it into a TV mini series or some films as I doubt I’ll be able to go to London to see the 2 shows.

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesday-17th-august-2016/


    • Sam August 17, 2016 at 3:21 PM #

      I hear it’s hopefully going to travel and if it ever crosses to the states, I might have to find a way to go see it! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Emily Witt August 17, 2016 at 5:16 AM #

    I got around to reading Cursed Child this week, too, and enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to! I think you’re more fannish about HP than I am, so I’m glad it was everything you hoped it to be.

    Here’s my post for the week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/www-and-wippet-wednesday-17-august-2016/


    • Sam August 17, 2016 at 4:14 PM #

      Haha, I’m proud do be so fannish haha. Glad you enjoyed it! Happy Wednesday!


  9. Spuds August 17, 2016 at 5:55 AM #

    This is the first time I’ve joined WWW Wednesday, and I’m quite embarrassed to share how slow my reading pace is now. 🙂 Anyway, here’s my first post! https://archivesofenigma.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/in-threes-they-come/


    • Sam August 17, 2016 at 4:18 PM #

      No problems! We all read at a different pace haha. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Bathtime Reads August 17, 2016 at 7:44 AM #

    Glad you’re enjoying World Without End. Ken Follett’s books are always a bit daunting to dive into, considering how ridiculously long they are, but I feel like I should give this one a go!

    My WWW: https://bathtimereads.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesday-18th-august-2016/#more-2884


    • Sam August 17, 2016 at 8:55 PM #

      Is read Pillars of the Earth first. It’s amazing and World Without End is the sequel. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian August 17, 2016 at 7:46 AM #

    Boy, Snow, Bird is intriguing to me. I’m going to find out more about it.

    My WWW post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2016/08/www-wednesday.html


    • Sam August 17, 2016 at 8:59 PM #

      Let me know if you pick it up! I’m excited to read it. Happy Wednesday!


  12. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads August 17, 2016 at 8:14 AM #

    I hadn’t heard of Boy, Snow, Bird before but after reading the synopsis on Goodreads, I’m really intrigued by it. I can’t wait to see what you think of it when you get around to it!

    Here’s my WWW: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesday-817/


    • Sam August 17, 2016 at 9:03 PM #

      Thanks! It’s one I’ve been anticipating for a while now. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. sarinalangerwriter August 17, 2016 at 8:34 AM #

    I haven’t heard of any of these and they’re not my usual genre, but good luck finishing In One Person in time for your book club! I hope you make it on time without pushing yourself too hard 🙂

    Here’s my (slightly delayed) WWW: https://sarinalangerwriter.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesday-10th-august-2016/

    Happy reading! 🙂


    • Sam August 17, 2016 at 9:05 PM #

      Thanks! I love Irving and I’m hoping to devour a good chunk of the book this weekend. Happy Wednesday!


  14. Incessant Bookworm August 17, 2016 at 8:39 AM #

    The 5 Love Languages is one of my favorite personality assessment books!! I’m Quality Time and Physical Touch 🙂


    • Sam August 17, 2016 at 9:08 PM #

      Awesome! I think I might have two as well but I’m still trying to figure it out. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Denise @ Life With No Plot August 17, 2016 at 8:48 AM #

    I can’t wait to read Cursed Child. I’ve heard so many mixed reviews of it. Glad you enjoyed it though!

    My WWW: https://lifewithnoplot.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesday-for-august-17th/


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 6:59 AM #

      It was so fun to see my favorite characters again. Happy reading!


  16. faithrivens August 17, 2016 at 8:58 AM #

    Glad to hear that you loved Cursed Child. I wanted to enjoy it more than I did, but I still appreciate the nostalgia it inspired. 🙂
    I hope World Without End continues to be enjoyable! I nearly put Pillars of the Earth on my ‘what I’ll be reading’ this week but I think it’s going to end up being a 2017 read! Oh well 😉
    Thanks for hosting as always!
    Happy Reading!


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:08 PM #

      It’s a long haul to get into. Don’t take it lightly! haha. Glad you enjoyed the nostalgia for CC. I missed Harry so much. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. Lauren | Bookmark Lit August 17, 2016 at 9:19 AM #

    I did WWW back in 2014 when it was hosted elsewhere and am starting up again now!


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:15 PM #

      Glad to have you back! Sorry for the delay in approving your comment, it should show up right away next time. Happy reading!


  18. kaitgoodwin August 17, 2016 at 10:43 AM #

    Those all look good!
    My WWW Wednesday!

    Liked by 1 person

  19. laurelrainsnow August 17, 2016 at 10:49 AM #

    I am curious about Boy, Snow, Bird. Glad you had a nice break. Here’s MY WWW POST


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:19 PM #

      I hope to start it soon and let you all know about it. Happy reading!


  20. Clare Stone August 17, 2016 at 11:04 AM #

    I loved Harry Potter and the Cursed Child too! Definitely want to re-read it – I raced through it this time so I’d like to take it slower next time!


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:19 PM #

      Same! I need to slow it down and absorb all the details so I can talk about it even more, haha. Happy reading!


  21. Curious Daisy August 17, 2016 at 11:11 AM #

    I’ve only read The Pillars of the Earth by Follet so Far but I’m looking forward to reading some more from him 😀 http://www.curious-daisy.com/www-wednesdays/www-wednesday-august-17-2016/


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:21 PM #

      This one is the long-awaited sequel and so far, it’s just as good as the first. I hope you can enjoy it soon. Happy reading!


  22. The Story Collector August 17, 2016 at 11:18 AM #

    Boy, Snow, Bird looks great – will probably add it to my reading list as well.

    My WWW: https://thestorycollectorblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesday/


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:23 PM #

      I hope you like it! Sorry for the delay in approving your comment. It should show up immediately next time. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. rantsandravesofabibliophile August 17, 2016 at 11:31 AM #

    I’ve heard great things about Boy, Snow, Bird too. I hope you enjoy it.


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:24 PM #

      Thanks! I’m excited to dive in one I finish Irving. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Alex @ Young At Heart Books August 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM #

    So glad you’re enjoying World Without End! Its a great book.

    Here’s my WWW https://youngatheart1blog.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesday-4/


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:25 PM #

      I’m in love with Follett’s writing. I’ll probably start reading more and more of his titles because this one has been so perfect. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Booklighting August 17, 2016 at 12:16 PM #

    These all look really interesting! It’s so good to find out about some books I never would have looked at through these posts. Here’s mine! https://booklighting.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesday-17th-august-2016/


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:27 PM #

      I love learning more about good books with this meme. Enjoy and happy reading!


  26. anovelglimpse August 17, 2016 at 12:55 PM #

    That’s great to hear you’re loving the Irving book. I haven’t read one of his in a while, but I used to love them.

    My WWW: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesday-august-17-2016/


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:29 PM #

      It’s been since 2010 for me so it’s been long overdue! Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  27. readinaflash August 17, 2016 at 1:06 PM #

    Thanks for hosting. Here is my list. https://readinaflash.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesday-20/

    Liked by 1 person

  28. hmills96 August 17, 2016 at 1:46 PM #

    I grew up with the love languages. I think my church did a seminar with the parents at some point so we all have heard it all our lives. http://ilayreading.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesday-8172016/


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:31 PM #

      I wish I’d heard it sooner. It’s some great advice. Happy Wednesday!


  29. alextheshadowgirl August 17, 2016 at 2:50 PM #

    Glad to hear that you liked The Cursed Child, I liked Scorpius’ character , Albus not so much. Here’s my post :


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:33 PM #

      I felt like Albus was a whiny teenager, just like his father, haha. Remember the 5th book and all the emotional trauma? haha. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  30. Random Reads August 17, 2016 at 3:08 PM #

    Such interesting covers!! Glad you got some reading done since life has been busy 🙂


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:34 PM #

      Amen! Life is going to speed up again in a few weeks when I start back to school. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some reading time. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Random Reads August 18, 2016 at 5:48 PM #

        I too start school soon and hope we both can have time for reading and blogging 😀 Happy reading to you too 😀


  31. siderealday August 17, 2016 at 3:33 PM #

    I’m glad you enjoyed Cursed Child so much. My feelings were a bit more mixed than yours, but I definitely appreciated it, and I think not just for the nostalgia factor of my childhood/young-adulthood.
    Here’s my WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesday-817/
    Thanks for hosting, and happy reading!


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:35 PM #

      The nostalgia factor was a big part of it. Going to a book release party was AMAZING! Happy reading!


  32. Kelly | Kelly's Rambles August 17, 2016 at 4:07 PM #

    I’ve not read any of the books you’ve mentioned, unfortunately. But it definitely gives me some searching to do on Goodreads!

    Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:36 PM #

      Haha, enjoy Goodreads exploring! Happy reading!


  33. Keeana Reads August 17, 2016 at 4:42 PM #

    I love the cover for Boy, Snow, Bird

    My WWW https://keeanareads.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/www-wednesdays-aug-17-2016/


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:38 PM #

      So do I! I’m so excited to jump into it. Happy reading!


  34. Kwizgiver August 17, 2016 at 6:08 PM #

    Happy reading!


    Liked by 1 person

  35. Candy @ So little time... August 17, 2016 at 6:33 PM #

    I’m looking forward to reading HP & the Curse Child! I’m glad you liked it!

    Here’s my post: http://candy-m.blogspot.com/2016/08/what-are-you-reading-august-17-2016.html

    Thanks for letting me link up! I wasn’t sure how to fix the Blogger/Wordpress issue, but I think I’ve figured it out. Have a great week!


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:43 PM #

      Good deal! I’ll head over and see if I can comment. Enjoy CC! Happy reading.


  36. maggiederrick August 17, 2016 at 6:34 PM #

    A very good friend of mine in university was obsessed with Ken Follett. I’ve yet to read any of his work but I’d love to get around to it one of these days (when I have a lot of spare time from the looks of things – his books are always massive!)

    Here’s my contribution for this week 🙂 http://wp.me/p7AKj9-tY


    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:44 PM #

      Yes, they’re quite long! Ones you need to devote quite a bit of time to, haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  37. Shoshi August 17, 2016 at 7:42 PM #

    Here is mine:

    Liked by 1 person

  38. Anna at A Wondrous Bookshelf August 17, 2016 at 8:04 PM #

    I love the cover of Boy, Snow, Bird. I haven’t heard about it but after reading the blurb I’m curious to read it. Here’s my WWW Wednesday


  39. stacey0829 August 17, 2016 at 8:31 PM #

    Boy snow bird looks like a great one. I hope you enjoy it. Might have to check it out myself. Here is mine for this week. Have a great week.



    • Sam August 18, 2016 at 5:50 PM #

      I’ll be sure to let you all know what I think when I start it. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  40. Amber Jerome August 18, 2016 at 9:12 AM #

    Here’s my blog sharing my WWW Wednesday!

    Liked by 1 person


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