WWW Wednesday, 23-November-2016

23 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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birthdayboysCurrently reading: I’m so anxious to get World Without End by Ken Follett. All my audiobooks are about to wrap up and it would be the perfect time to jump back into it full-force. Soon enough…
I’m still making only minor progress with Only the Paranoid Survive by Andrew S. Grove. It’s slow reading and a lot of it is about the computer industry which is outside what I know. Also, the book is really dated sometimes, asking if the Internet is going to be a big thing for companies to adapt to. Ha!
I was given a copy of The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge a few weeks ago and finally started in on the ebook. It’s exactly what I suspected so far, which is a good thing! I’m a fan of Bainbridge’s style so I’m looking forward to this one.
I also started listening to The Tempest by William Shakespeare. My husband has read almost all of the Bard’s works and of the ones written in the 1600s that I haven’t read, he recommended this one. It’s quite short so I should be done soon!

BeastsRecently finished: SO MUCH PROGRESS! I, unexpectedly, finished In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson on Thursday. I was only at 79% but it turns out the rest of the book was notes and references! That was a pleasant surprise. It was a good read and I almost wish Dodd had been in Germany a bit longer, but I can’t change history.
I also finished Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler on Thursday. It was a bit more abrupt than I was expecting but it was appropriate. The part of Zelda’s life when she was in treatment was glossed over a lot so it sped to the end quickly. Still, the book was really enjoyable.
I’ll have a lot of book reviews to write at the beginning of December because I also finished The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante. I didn’t enjoy this one much, to be honest. I’m a bit nervous about reading another Ferrante novel but I’ve got one on my shelf so I’ll get to it eventually.

breakoutReading Next: There are a few options. I’d like to start working with Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass as part of NaNoWriMo. I should get through this re-read of my novel and be able to start on some serious editing with the book before the end of the month.
The other option is Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell, my book club’s January selection. For that club, January will be my last meeting before I have to miss three months due to class. (I’ve already cried over this.) I might delay starting it a bit so it’s fresh in my mind for the meeting.

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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43 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 23-November-2016”

  1. cleopatralovesbooks November 23, 2016 at 1:44 AM #

    I only got into Beryl Bainbridge this year so haven’t got around to reading The Birthday Boys yet – hopefully this one will grace my shelves in 2017. Here is my Wednesday post for this week https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/this-week-in-books-november-23/


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 11:18 AM #

      I think I only discovered her a year ago and I’ve really enjoyed her work. Happy Wednesday!


  2. Laurel-Rain Snow November 23, 2016 at 1:52 AM #

    I must read Beryl Bainbridge! I keep seeing so many of her titles that look appealing. I still want to read the Zelda book, too.

    Enjoy! Here’s MY WWW POST


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 11:44 AM #

      Bainbridge’s books tend to be short, too, which is always nice. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Emily Witt November 23, 2016 at 3:32 AM #

    I am not a big fan of the Tempest but that is probably because I had to study it in high school.

    I hope you get World Without End back soon!

    Here’s my post for this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/www-and-wippet-wednesday-23-november-2016/


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 11:52 AM #

      My nerd math says I should have it by Monday! Fingers crossed I’m right! Happy Wednesday!


  4. abookdragon November 23, 2016 at 4:32 AM #

    I still need to finish Night School (I just don’t like it as well as the others yet) but I’m all about Christmas this week for a read-a-thon. Here’s my post


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 11:56 AM #

      Ahh, too early for Christmas still! I’ll be ready in another week, though haha. Happy Wednesday!


  5. alilovesbooks November 23, 2016 at 4:43 AM #

    Sounds like you’ve had a really good reading week with so many books finished. Good luck with The Tempest. I’ve only ever read Shakespeare in school and I remember it being a bit of a struggle although I suspect an audio might be easier.

    Here’s my WWW https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/www-wednesday-23rd-november-2016/


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 11:58 AM #

      The audio isn’t as helpful as I’d hoped. I still feel a bit lost as to what’s happening at times. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • alilovesbooks November 23, 2016 at 6:20 PM #

        Would it be cheating to watch it? With a play I wouldn’t think there would be much difference from the audio 😉

        Liked by 1 person

  6. 1happywhale November 23, 2016 at 5:11 AM #

    An interesting collection of books! How did you manage to finish so many in one week? I barely finished one! 🙂
    Here is my WWW for this Wednesday! 🙂


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 11:59 AM #

      I started them all over a week ago so it just happened to line up! Happy Wednesday!


  7. sarinalangerwriter November 23, 2016 at 5:58 AM #

    Well done for finishing In the Garden of Beasts!! Are you relieved that you’re done with it, given how long you’ve been going? I hope you get to World Without End soon. Having a book you want to start can be torture!

    Here’s my WWW: https://sarinalangerwriter.com/2016/11/23/www-wednesday-23rd-november-2016/

    Happy reading! 🙂


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 12:01 PM #

      I was enjoying it all along so I wouldn’t say I’m relieved but it will be nice to try something else out. Happy Wednesday!


  8. Claire | Art and Soul November 23, 2016 at 6:07 AM #

    Like Emily, I had to study The Tempest at school. Unlike Emily, it’s still one of my favourite plays. I still say it all comes down to the teacher who takes you through Shakespeare! It’s one that bears up under repeat reading too. And reading Prospero’s big “goodbye to magic” speech as Shakespeare saying goodbye to writing makes it all the more moving. I hope you like it!

    I’m finally back with a ridiculously long WWW post: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/www-wednesday-23rd-november-2016/


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 12:03 PM #

      Welcome back! I wish I had a teacher to go through Shakespeare with me now. I didn’t appreciate it enough at the time. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. rosebooks November 23, 2016 at 6:40 AM #

    What a diverse kind of books. I still don’t know those books (I don’t know much books.)
    Here is my Wednesday post: https://rosebooksblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/www-wednesday-23rd-november-2016/


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 12:08 PM #

      This meme is a great way to discover more. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • rosebooks November 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM #

        I know!


  10. Clare Stone November 23, 2016 at 8:38 AM #

    I have heard some good things about Once Upon a River! Hope you enjoy it!
    Here is my post; http://dualreads.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/wednesday-catch-up-23rd-november-2016.html


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 12:09 PM #

      Thanks! I’ve heard praise as well. Happy Wednesday!


  11. faithrivens November 23, 2016 at 9:11 AM #

    Wow! Congrats on finishing Garden of the Beasts! You’ve been busy with books — not a bad thing of course 🙂
    I love the Tempest. Definitely one of my favourites as well. I hope you enjoy it!
    I’ve read a few books on the art/science of writing, but not Maass. I hope it proves helpful for you! And best of luck with NaNoWriMo!
    Here’s my post: https://aliasfaithrivens.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/www-wednesday-23-11-16/
    Happy Reading 🙂


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 12:12 PM #

      NaNo is going well enough. I can’t believe it’s almost over. I hope I can finish a few books this week. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • faithrivens November 24, 2016 at 9:12 AM #

        It went by so quickly, didn’t it? Just a month til Christmas now! How is that possible??

        Liked by 1 person

  12. bevbaird November 23, 2016 at 10:31 AM #

    I saw The Tempest at Stratford (in Ontario) and so enjoyed it. I do want to read In the Garden of Beasts. I’ve read a number of books about WWI and WWII
    Here’s my reading log for the week:


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 12:14 PM #

      I went to Stratford Canada and saw a Tennessee Williams play. How wrong is that?! Happy Wednesday!


  13. anovelglimpse November 23, 2016 at 10:36 AM #

    Yay for unexpectedly finishing In the Garden of Beasts! That had to feel good. 🙂
    My WWW Wednesday.


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 12:16 PM #

      It was a nice surprise at the dentist haha. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. siderealday November 23, 2016 at 11:08 AM #

    Congrats on getting through Garden of the Beasts! It must have felt really rewarding to get there after how long it took. And, as predicted, it looks like you had a flood of books you finished this past week, even with NaNo going on. I always like waiting to read required reading/book club books until closer to the date I’m going to talk about them so that I don’t forget what I want to say, but you could also read it now and take notes to bring up later. I guess it depends on how many other books you want to get through first.
    Here’s my WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/www-wednesday-1123/
    Thanks for hosting and happy reading!


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 12:18 PM #

      Haha I don’t see myself taking notes so I might as well wait a bit. Maybe until the new year at least. Happy Wednesday!


  15. hmills96 November 23, 2016 at 12:13 PM #

    Here’s my link for this afternoon, Happy Thanksgiving! http://ilayreading.com/2016/11/23/www-wednesday-11232016/


    • Sam November 23, 2016 at 12:39 PM #

      You as well! Happy Wednesday!


  16. Kwizgiver November 23, 2016 at 12:52 PM #

    Happy reading!


    Liked by 1 person

  17. Yvo November 23, 2016 at 7:49 PM #

    Congrats on finishing so many books and starting your 1600s read! Here’s my WWW. Happy reading!


    • Sam November 24, 2016 at 9:08 AM #

      Thanks! I’m really excited to be close to finishing the challenge. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  18. dez | the fun in reading books November 24, 2016 at 9:50 AM #

    Congrats on finishing several books last week! I have a lot of reviews to write this December too so good luck to us! Happy reading and here’s my WWW (a day late!): https://thefuninreadingbooks.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/a-late-www-wednesday/comment-page-1/#comment-1107


    • Sam November 24, 2016 at 9:57 AM #

      It’s going to be a frantic first few days of December haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Kailana November 25, 2016 at 9:28 AM #

    It is always nice when you finish a lot of books in a row!


    • Sam November 25, 2016 at 11:55 AM #

      It feels so great! I’m hoping for one more this coming week!


  20. poseidons99 November 27, 2016 at 9:26 AM #

    listened this week Rocannon’s World and Planet of Exile by Ursula K. Le Guin. Didn’t like them as much as The Dispossessed or The Word for World is Forest – https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/izlasiju-lasu-lasisu-53-21-11-27-11/


    • Sam November 27, 2016 at 1:52 PM #

      I love listening to books. I hope you enjoyed it! Happy reading.


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