WWW Wednesday, 9-November-2016

9 Nov

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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lostdaughterCurrently reading: Nothing with In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. I got it renewed again but I’m not sure I’ll find the time to devote to it. I know, it’s sad. I’m enjoying the book, too! I think I’m not too far from the end.
I’m so certain I’ll get World Without End by Ken Follett soon. I’m next in line for the hold and I’ll dedicate my time to the book 100% when I get it.
I’ve enjoyed Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald so far. The narration is great but I’m starting to feel really bad for Zelda! I want better things to happen to her but having read more about the end of her life, I know it’s not all rosy.
I began The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante on Friday and I’m already making substantial progress on it. The file is just under 5 hours long so I’m expecting to finish this one soon. Which will leave me time for Follett as soon as it comes back!
I started reading Only the Paranoid Survive by Andrew S. Grove. This is a book my old boss recommended and said it was very influential to him so I’ve wanted to read it forever. Finally going to get to it!

Cover image via Goodreads

Cover image via Goodreads

Recently finishedStiff by Mary Roach was really fun. I finished it early Thursday morning while I was running and was thinking about it most of the rest of the day. My review of it went out yesterday so please go check that out. I gave it a full 5 out of 5 stars.
I finished The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing by Marilyn Durham on Friday so WOOO for finishing books! It was a better week than I expected. My review will be up around December 1st as I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo and will not be posting (besides WWW Wednesday, of course) until December. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Reading Next: I’m thinking of reading a Shakespeare to finish up the When Are You Reading? Challenge but haven’t decided on one yet. Can anyone recommend one that’s specifically set in the 1600s? If not, I’ll pick any because they were written in the time period. Close enough!

I have MY FINAL TODAY (!!!!) so please be patient with me due to delayed responses.

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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56 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 9-November-2016”

  1. cleopatralovesbooks November 9, 2016 at 1:31 AM #

    Oh shame that you haven’t got the time for the Erik Larson but good to know you have your eye on the next prize read – Here is my Wednesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/this-week-in-books-november-9/


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 8:32 PM #

      I’m motivated to work on Larson because I think I’m closer to the end than it seems due to notes/references at the end. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Cathy November 9, 2016 at 1:40 AM #

    Just coming back to memes and was delighted to see this one hadn’t faded completely. My you’ve got a lot on your plate at the moment, however do you find time to read?

    Anyway here’s my WWW post for this Wednesday

    Take care


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 8:35 PM #

      I read to de-stress so I always make time for it, haha. Welcome back, glad you found us. Happy Wednesday!


  3. Emily Witt November 9, 2016 at 3:48 AM #

    My favourite Shakespeare is Much Ado About Nothing, not sure if it’s got a specific time period, though.

    Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 8:37 PM #

      Thanks! If it’s written in the time period, I’m tempted to still count it, haha. Happy Wednesday!


  4. alilovesbooks November 9, 2016 at 4:10 AM #

    I really hope World Without End lives up to your expectations when you get it. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you get it soon.

    Good luck with your final.

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/www-wednesday-9th-november-2016/


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 8:40 PM #

      The part I’ve listened to already was amazing! I hope the second half is just as great. I’m so glad my final is over! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. abookdragon November 9, 2016 at 5:01 AM #

    You’ve commented so I must have done something right. Here’s this week’s post. It really bugs me when I check a book out and keep renewing it and it doesn’t get finished before I have to take it back. Even worse is when I finish it quick but forget to return it on time and get dinged a late fee.


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 8:43 PM #

      Late fees are the absolute worst! It’s like a punishment for enjoying the book at your languid pace. Some books deserve that. Happy Wednesday!


  6. benlaedry November 9, 2016 at 5:16 AM #

    I’ve just started to read Heart of Darkness written by Joseph Conrad. But previous reading was Utopia by Thomas More. As you know it is a Renaissance work about an ideal society… If you think, it could be a good choice. Thank you 🙂



    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 8:46 PM #

      I hadn’t thought of Utopia. I thought it was written in the 1500s, though. Wasn’t Moore killed by Henry VIII in the 1500s? Happy Wednesday!


  7. abigaildelphic November 9, 2016 at 5:24 AM #

    Thank you for this. I’m not sure most of Shakespeare’s plays had a time setting – I reckon you’ll be fine with anything that wasn’t a history. Good luck! My post is here: https://doddyaboutbooks.com/2016/11/09/www-wednesday-nov-9%EF%BB%BF/


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 8:47 PM #

      Very true! I’ve read most of the fantasies, so I guess it’s a tragedy for me! Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Curious Daisy November 9, 2016 at 5:33 AM #

    Good luck with your Shakespeare read 😀 http://www.curious-daisy.com/www-wednesdays/www-wednesday-november-9-2016/


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 8:48 PM #

      Thanks! It’s looking like a tragedy for me. 😦 Happy Wednesday!


  9. rose November 9, 2016 at 7:38 AM #

    Here’s mine: WWW WEDNESDAY: 9th November 2016 – http://wp.me/p7zL11-kv

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Clare Stone November 9, 2016 at 7:39 AM #

    I just finished doing Othello for an assignment so thats the one most on my mind at the moment and it’s set in 1603.


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 8:51 PM #

      Ah! A solid time stamp is so helpful. Thanks for the suggestion. Happy Wednesday.


  11. sarinalangerwriter November 9, 2016 at 8:06 AM #

    I hope you enjoy World Without End when you get it 🙂 Good luck for your finals!!

    Here is my WWW: https://sarinalangerwriter.com/2016/11/09/www-wednesday-9th-november-2016/

    Happy reading! ^-^


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 8:54 PM #

      The final is over! Woo! I’m really looking forward to finishing World Without End. The beginning was so great that I have high expectations for the end. Happy Wednesday!


  12. Kailana November 9, 2016 at 8:37 AM #

    That’s great you managed to finish some stuff! And, I am glad you enjoyed Stiff!


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 8:57 PM #

      Thank you! I’m hoping to have another finished for next week but it’s not looking too good, haha. Happy reading!


  13. mhmcneill November 9, 2016 at 8:46 AM #

    I haven’t read any of Larson’s stuff yet but I know it’s typically pretty detail-heavy. The one book of his that I absolutely must read at some point is “Devil in the White City.” It’s about a murder at the World’s Fair in Chicago. I love turn-of-the-century stuff, and the architectural firm that designed the buildings for the event was responsible for a beautiful old depot in my town (I’m such a nerd).

    “Z” is on my TBR…I look forward to reading what you think of it!


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 8:59 PM #

      I loved Devil in the White City, it was my first Larson read. I enjoyed Dead Wake as well, but Devil is my favorite. Z is great so far, I’m hoping to finish it up in the next week or two. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads November 9, 2016 at 8:54 AM #

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying the book about Zelda Fitzgerald! It sounds really interesting.
    Here’s my WWW: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/www-wednesday-119/


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 9:00 PM #

      Zelda is fascinating to me and reading about her makes me appreciate her even more. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. faithrivens November 9, 2016 at 8:59 AM #

    Best of luck with your final, my dear!
    And King Lear is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays. There’s so much thematic goodness in it ❤ Good luck choosing one!
    Happy Reading 🙂


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 9:02 PM #

      The final is over! So relieved. I’ve seen Lear in Stratford and it is amazing! I don’t think it’s possible to pick a bad Shakespeare, haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • faithrivens November 14, 2016 at 9:37 AM #

        No, Shakespeare rarely fails 🙂
        Glad the final is over! Hope you have an amazing week ❤

        Liked by 1 person

  16. Laurel-Rain Snow November 9, 2016 at 10:14 AM #

    The Lost Daughter looks really good! Enjoy! Good luck with your finals…and here is MY WWW POST


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 9:04 PM #

      I think it’s a book I would enjoy more if I were a mother. There’s a lot about children in it that’s hard for me to connect with. Pet turtles can only be a comparison to a certain extent, haha. Happy Wednesday!


  17. Kwizgiver November 9, 2016 at 11:16 AM #

    Hope your finals go well!



    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 9:06 PM #

      Thanks! Glad it’s over. Happy Wednesday!


  18. Amanda Liford November 9, 2016 at 12:17 PM #

    I love Erik Larson! I hope you get to finis that one – library deadlines are a big motivator.

    My post: http://girlwiththebooks.blogspot.com/2016/11/www-wednesday-11916.html


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 9:08 PM #

      Haha, very true! I’ve been fortunate that I can keep checking it out because no one has placed a hold. My fingers are crossed that this lasts. Happy Wednesday!


  19. Yvo November 9, 2016 at 12:21 PM #

    Stiff sounds like such a great read and as well as The Lost Daughter. I hope your finals go well!

    Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 9:10 PM #

      Yay for my final being over! Stiff was great, one of my favorite in a while. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  20. anovelglimpse November 9, 2016 at 12:27 PM #

    I’m eagerly anticipating your Cat Dancing review. 🙂
    My WWW Wednesday.


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 9:12 PM #

      Haha, I knew you would be! It’s written and ready when NaNoWriMo ends. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. readinaflash November 9, 2016 at 2:36 PM #

    Good luck on your final!


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 9:13 PM #

      Thanks! Glad it’s over now. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  22. Lindsay | Bookboodle November 9, 2016 at 3:35 PM #

    In the Garden of Beasts is becoming the next Cloud Atlas for you. Having read the Lusitania book by Larson I understand how difficult it is to make a substantial dent when you’re already pushed for time! Good luck with your exams 🙂

    Here’s my WWW – https://bookboodle.co.uk/2016/11/09/www-wednesday-november-9t


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 9:16 PM #

      Haha, it’s more that my ebooks always take me forever! I don’t prioritize them and they fall by the wayside. I prefer a physical book! My exam is over, thankfully! I’m done until February. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Cathy November 9, 2016 at 4:05 PM #

    Just wondering if my original comment went through


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 9:18 PM #

      Hi, Cathy. Yes, it went through. Because I’m on Eastern Standard time, there may be some delays. For the past 11 weeks, delays have been increased because of my Wednesday night class after a full day at work. My final was today and my next class is Monday nights so I’m anticipating a bit faster responses from now on. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Cathy November 9, 2016 at 9:50 PM #

        Thanks for the reply Sam – wasn’t pushing, just curious. And there was so much going on in your ‘neck of the woods’ as well.


  24. bevbaird November 9, 2016 at 5:00 PM #

    All the best on your final!
    Here’s my WWW: https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/www-wednesday-my-reading-life/


    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 9:19 PM #

      Thank you! Glad it’s over now, haha. Happy Wednesday!


  25. Flavia November 9, 2016 at 5:17 PM #

    Awesome! I’ll have to check those books out!

    And here is my first ever WWW post! Thanks so much for hosting 🙂



    • Sam November 9, 2016 at 9:20 PM #

      Welcome, so glad you’re joining in! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Flavia November 9, 2016 at 9:37 PM #

        Thanks so much! And Happy Wednesday to you too! 🙂


  26. poseidons99 November 13, 2016 at 3:58 AM #

    Hello! (: Here is my post – https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/izlasiju-lasu-lasisu-51-07-11-13-11/
    this week finished two Arthur C. Clarke books on audio which was great and also the third Private series book. Currently reading Latvian horror stories!


    • Sam November 13, 2016 at 9:28 AM #

      Horror stories are so perfect for the fall. Enjoy and happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

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