WWW Wednesday, 14-September-2016

14 Sep

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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Henrietta LacksCurrently reading: Total fail on reading In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson this week. I haven’t had a lot of chances to read on my phone. No doctor’s appointments or a lot of waiting this week. I’m not worried, this book is good whenever I get back to it.
Still waiting for World Without End by Ken Follett. None too pleased but being patient.
I’ve just begin The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It’s too soon to say much but I’m hoping this lives up to the hype I’ve gotten around it.
I needed to grab another audiobook and I decided on SuperFreakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. I listened to the first one two or three years back and I’ve been excited ever since I heard that there’s a sequel out there. I’m pumped to get further on this one.

BoySnowRecently finished: Two done! The first is Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi which I finished Saturday evening. I liked it enough, but I found the ending really disappointing. My book club met on Monday to talk about it so expect a book club reflection early next week. I gave the book Three out of Five stars.
I also finished The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo on Friday. This book feel really flat for me. I got a few good organizing tips from it and I’ve started throwing out a lot of things and putting some clothes in my ‘donate’ pile if I don’t wear them a lot or at all. So I guess I got something out of it and I gave it Two out of Five Stars. My review went up yesterday so check that out.

slade-houseReading Next: My next book club book will be Slade House by David Mitchell. I’m a little nervous about this one. This is the same author who wrote Cloud Atlas and those of you who have been around here for a while might remember my long battle with that book. I’m glad this one is much shorter and I’m told it’s a Halloween-ish feeling book so I’m looking forward to that.

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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65 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 14-September-2016”

  1. Cleo Bannister (@cleo_bannister) September 14, 2016 at 1:41 AM #

    Another good looking selection here for this week Sam – I haven’t read an of them though I do have The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on my TBR – here is my Wednesday post for this week https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/this-week-in-books-september-14/


    • Sam September 14, 2016 at 5:33 PM #

      I’m in love with it already. I hope you can grab it soon. Happy Wednesday!


  2. cleopatralovesbooks September 14, 2016 at 1:42 AM #

    I’m not sure why but your blog won’t let me post under either my WP account or Google today like normal Sam – Have you changed your settings?


    • Sam September 14, 2016 at 5:42 PM #

      No change in settings on my end. It looks like your comment wasn’t recognized as a previously allowed commenter. I allowed the comment this time so hopefully we don’t run into this again.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. theadventuresofafangirlblog September 14, 2016 at 1:57 AM #

    I’ve never read anything by David Mitchell before, even though I’ve been curious to check out the movie Cloud Atlas, I hope you enjoy reading Slade House. Here’s my link – https://theadventuresofafangirlblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/www-wednesday-14-september-2016/


    • Sam September 14, 2016 at 5:46 PM #

      The movie for Cloud Atlas was really good. I liked what they did with makeup and the actors they choose. I recommend it over the book. Happy Wednesday!


  4. Diana September 14, 2016 at 4:39 AM #

    I am sorry to hear that Boy, Snow, Bird didn’t meet your expectations especially due to the ending. I look forward to reading your book club reflections though. Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday.

    Here’s my WWW:https://ahavenforbooklovers.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/www-wednesday-september-14th/


    • Sam September 14, 2016 at 5:48 PM #

      I’ll write up my book club’s thoughts this weekend. I’m hoping to post it Monday or Tuesday. Happy Wednesday!


  5. sarinalangerwriter September 14, 2016 at 4:53 AM #

    I’m sorry Boy, Snow, Bird was disappointing. I hope Slade House will make up for it and be a faster read for you than Cloud Atlas 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://sarinalangerwriter.com/2016/09/14/www-wednesday-14th-september-2016/

    Happy reading!


    • Sam September 14, 2016 at 5:49 PM #

      Haha, it’s much shorter than Cloud Atlas which should help! I’m liking my current reads which is making me less upset about Boy, Snow Bird. Happy Wednesday!


  6. Emily Witt September 14, 2016 at 6:23 AM #

    I remember your slog through Cloud Atlas! Good luck with Slade House, sounds like it might be a bit easier.

    Linky link: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/www-wednesday-13-september-2016-2/


    • Sam September 14, 2016 at 5:51 PM #

      I’m sure hoping so! Shorter will hopefully help. Happy Wednesday!


  7. alextheshadowgirl September 14, 2016 at 6:42 AM #

    I’ve heard about The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, hope you’re enjoying it. Here’s my Wednesday post http://wp.me/p57dGY-18r


    • Sam September 14, 2016 at 5:53 PM #

      So far I’m really liking it and keep telling my husband about what I read before we go to sleep. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian September 14, 2016 at 8:03 AM #

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an eye opening read.


    • Sam September 14, 2016 at 5:55 PM #

      So far I’m really impressed with the research Skloot did! How crazy. Happy Wednesday!


  9. Clare Stone September 14, 2016 at 8:15 AM #

    Hopefully Slade House won’t be a Cloud Atlas style battle!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday


    • Sam September 14, 2016 at 5:56 PM #

      Haha, I’m sure hoping not. Happy Wednesday!


  10. 4thhouseontheleft September 14, 2016 at 8:33 AM #

    I’ll be interested to know your final thoughts about Slade House!

    Here’s my WWW: https://4thhouseontheleft.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/www-wednesday-14-september-2016/


    • Sam September 14, 2016 at 8:27 PM #

      I hope to start it soon. Henrietta is proving to be a fast read. Happy Wednesday!


  11. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads September 14, 2016 at 8:50 AM #

    I think I’ve said this before on one of your posts, but I really am looking forward to seeing what you think about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It looks fascinating.
    Sorry to hear about the disappointing end to Boy, Snow, Bird! I actually bought it a few weeks ago because I found it really cheap at B&N (I think I’ve mentioned this too…). Hopefully I’ll enjoy it whenever I get around to it.
    Here’s my WWW: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/www-wednesday-914/


    • Sam September 14, 2016 at 8:29 PM #

      The story is well written, it was just the ending that didn’t feel conclusive to me. My book club agreed that we still liked it, just wished the last 20 pages were different. I hope you can find enjoyment in it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads September 14, 2016 at 8:41 PM #

        Good to hear it was still enjoyable overall! 🙂


  12. Alex @ Young At Heart Books September 14, 2016 at 8:52 AM #

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of Henrietta Lacks, its on my shelf waiting to be read 🙂

    Here’s my WWW:


    • Sam September 14, 2016 at 8:32 PM #

      I’m only a few chapters in (and the chapters are very short) and I love it so far. I can’t wait to read a lot this weekend. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. dez | the fun in reading books September 14, 2016 at 9:21 AM #

    Interesting books! And maybe I should recommend The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to my sisters! Haha. Here’s my WWW: https://thefuninreadingbooks.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/www-wednesday-september-14-2016/


    • Sam September 15, 2016 at 10:09 AM #

      Haha messy family members are no fun. Maybe just start throwing out their junk. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • dez | the fun in reading books September 15, 2016 at 10:48 PM #

        I know! I’ve been nagging my sisters to be neat but nevermind. -___- Haha xD


  14. Kee The Reader September 14, 2016 at 9:35 AM #

    Really want to read Boy, Snow, Bird. I’m sorry the ending was disappointing. My WWW http://wp.me/p7KAUt-4B


    • Sam September 14, 2016 at 5:42 PM #

      The story was really beautiful. I wish it had wrapped up 20 pages earlier or had a sequel. Happy Wednesday!


  15. siderealday September 14, 2016 at 9:38 AM #

    Hopefully Slade House won’t be as big of a challenge as Cloud Atlas. Since it doesn’t sound like it’s got Cloud Atlas’s weird format, that will hopefully help. I hope you get World Without End back soon.
    Here’s my WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/www-wednesday-914/
    Thanks for hosting and happy reading!


    • Sam September 15, 2016 at 10:48 AM #

      Thanks! I’m really hoping for WWE soon. I don’t want to start forgetting it. Happy reading!


  16. faithrivens September 14, 2016 at 9:47 AM #

    Sorry to hear that your past reads fell a little flat. Disappointing endings can be even worse when the rest of the book has promise. Hopefully things will pick up for you this week!
    Happy Reading & thanks as ever for hosting!


    • Sam September 15, 2016 at 10:50 AM #

      Yeah, bad endings are the worst. All of my book club was upset about it! Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. mreadsbooks September 14, 2016 at 9:58 AM #

    I haven’t read Cloud Atlas but I’m really intrigued by Slade House, so I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of it! 🙂
    Here’s my post:


    • Sam September 15, 2016 at 10:53 AM #

      I hope it’s a faster read than Cloud Atlas which took me forever! Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  18. anovelglimpse September 14, 2016 at 10:44 AM #

    Superfreakanomics would be so fun to listen to! I read that one when it came out. Those guys are amazing!
    My WWW Wednesday.


    • Sam September 15, 2016 at 10:55 AM #

      I’m loving it. It’s a great excuse to talk about the shoe bomber! Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. RonStephenHamilton September 14, 2016 at 11:29 AM #

    “Journey Into Now”
    Leonard Jacobson

    Completed in perpetual open page read: ” Leaves of Grass ” ( Sing the Body Electric )

    Next: planning to read WmFaulkner Works and a suggested Bio.


    • Sam September 14, 2016 at 5:44 PM #

      It’s been ages since I read Faulkner. What of his do you recommend for someone easing back into it? Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!


  20. Laurel-Rain Snow September 14, 2016 at 11:29 AM #

    I enjoyed your review on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Sam; I might not have been so kind. Some of the ideas I’d heard about infuriated me. lol.

    Enjoy your current reads…and here is MY WWW POST


    • Sam September 15, 2016 at 10:57 AM #

      It was frustrating to listen to for sure! Happy reading!


  21. readinaflash September 14, 2016 at 12:03 PM #

    Nice list. Here is mine. https://readinaflash.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/www-wednesday-22/

    Liked by 1 person

  22. hmills96 September 14, 2016 at 12:26 PM #

    No doctors appointments is generally a good thing…but no time to read isn’t! Here’s my link for this afternoon: http://ilayreading.com/2016/09/14/www-wednesday-9142016/


    • Sam September 15, 2016 at 11:01 AM #

      Haha my Chiro has been so efficient with getting me seen that I don’t even have time to pull out my phone. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Bathtime Reads September 14, 2016 at 12:35 PM #

    Sorry you didn’t get on with Boy Snow Bird. My WWW: https://bathtimereads.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/www-wednesday-14th-september-2016/


    • Sam September 15, 2016 at 11:03 AM #

      I’m hoping for some better current reads. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. jaleenajo September 14, 2016 at 2:32 PM #

    I loved Cloud Atlas and am really interested to hear how you like Slade House–I haven’t thought to pick it up yet but it seems like a good horror-ish read to pick up going into October.

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post:


    • Sam September 15, 2016 at 11:14 AM #

      The timing is why we picked it. Happy reading!


  25. kaitgoodwin September 14, 2016 at 4:12 PM #

    Very nice choices! My WWW Wednesday Post!
    Happy reading! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Sally Allen September 14, 2016 at 4:33 PM #

    Lots of interesting books on your list this week! I tried to read Cloud Atlas but couldn’t get into it. It bugs me that I never read past the first chapter… Maybe I’ll have to give it another try. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday: http://sallyallenbooks.com/2016/09/wednesday-reading-roundup-september-14/


    • Sam September 15, 2016 at 11:19 AM #

      Good luck with Cloud Atlas. That was one I really struggled to read. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  27. Shoshi September 14, 2016 at 5:23 PM #

    Here is my WWW Wednesday:

    Liked by 1 person

  28. alilovesbooks September 14, 2016 at 5:29 PM #

    I read your review of the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and really enjoyed it. Have to admit despite your less than rave review I’m kind of curious about it. I could probably do with a purge of the junk in my flat.

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/www-wednesday-14th-september-2016/


    • Sam September 16, 2016 at 7:11 AM #

      Go for it! I’m nowhere near a minimalist and I purge somewhat regularly so it didn’t click for me. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  29. Kwizgiver September 14, 2016 at 6:25 PM #

    I had a very slow reading week.



    • Sam September 16, 2016 at 7:13 AM #

      Good luck picking up! Happy reading!


  30. Hfineisen September 14, 2016 at 10:01 PM #


    Henrietta Lacks is on my list. Enjoy!


    • Sam September 16, 2016 at 7:15 AM #

      Good, I hope you find time to read it, it’s great so far. Happy reading!


  31. Curious Daisy September 15, 2016 at 5:13 AM #

    I applaud for taking on Slade House, Sam. I´ve heard it´s a tough read hehe 😀 http://www.curious-daisy.com/www-wednesdays/www-wednesday-september-14-2016/


    • Sam September 16, 2016 at 7:17 AM #

      Oh no!! I’m hoping to power through. Happy reading!


  32. erirow September 15, 2016 at 9:28 PM #

    I am a brand new book blogger, but here’s my blog post on WWW Wednesday!


    • Sam September 16, 2016 at 7:22 AM #

      Welcome! Glad to have you. Happy reading!


  33. poseidons99 September 20, 2016 at 4:29 PM #

    this seems a bit too late but oh well, here it is 😀 – https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/izlasiju-lasu-lasisu-43-12-09-18-09/

    Liked by 1 person

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