WWW Wednesday, 7-December-2016

7 Dec

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: I’m tearing through World Without End by Ken Follett. I’m hoping to finish it before it gets returned again and I’m listening every chance I get. I’m on track 20 out of 36 so wish me luck!
I got through only a few pages of The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge. The ship is just about to leave so I’m expecting the action to ramp up very soon!
I’m loving Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass. I’m been taking notes on its pages and writing notes to myself on index cards after I’ve thought about something Maass brings up. It’s given me a lot of ideas for improving my book and I’m excited to implement them!

Recently finished: Nothing this week but I started putting up reviews again! Go check out my review for The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing by Marilyn Durham. I wrote it a few weeks ago but was holding off posting it until NaNo was over. Many more reviews to come in the next few weeks!

onceuponReading Next: I’m still planning on Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell. I haven’t picked it up from the library yet but I’m leaving for vacation tomorrow and I better grab it to bring with me and read on the plane! I can’t go anywhere without a book. Check out Instagram to see my vacation pictures!

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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52 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 7-December-2016”

  1. cleopatralovesbooks December 7, 2016 at 1:47 AM #

    Enjoy your holiday and I do hope you manage to pick up Once Upon a River before you leave – Here is my Wednesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/this-week-in-books-december-7/


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 11:58 AM #

      It’s nestled in my suitcase but I’m not sure I’ll have time for it. Happy Wednesday!


  2. Clare Stone December 7, 2016 at 2:01 AM #

    You’re so close to finishing World Without End!! Fingers crossed you finish it before it needs to get returned!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday; http://dualreads.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/wednesday-catch-up-7th-december-2016.html


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 12:02 PM #

      Thanks! I’m listening every chance I get. Happy Wednesday!


  3. Emily Witt December 7, 2016 at 2:08 AM #

    I thiink I need to check out Writing the Breakout Novel. My writing’s going well but I could do with an extra push/dash of guidance. Glad to hear you’re finding it so useful. I clicked on the GR link and two of my other friends have given it four and five stars, too.

    Here’s my WWW post for this week.


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 12:04 PM #

      Good to hear others agree!! I hope to start utilizing the corresponding Workbook soon. Happy Wednesday!


  4. 1happywhale December 7, 2016 at 3:36 AM #

    Once upon a river looks really interesting… I am currently reading Tales of the Peculiar which is very interesting. 🙂 https://ahappylittlebookworm.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/www-wednesday-71216/


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 12:07 PM #

      I’m getting more and more excited for Once Upon a River. Happy Wednesday!


  5. Jazz December 7, 2016 at 6:27 AM #

    Have fun on vacation! Where are you going? 🙂 By the way, I just started following you on Instagram 😀 Looking forward to seeing your vacation photos!

    I definitely need to check out ‘Writing the Breakout Novel’. I have so many ideas but they always end up abandoned and half finished in a random folder on my computer. It’s about time I developed some good writing habits!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://swooningoverfictionalmen.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/www-wednesday-week-2-7th-december-2016/


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 12:09 PM #

      I’m going to Phoenix, Arizona to get away from the cold Midwest. Maass has great ideas about developing ideas for books, I think you’d like it. Happy Wednesday!


  6. Claire | Art and Soul December 7, 2016 at 6:28 AM #

    Good luck with finishing the Follett this week!
    I’m glad the Maass book is being helpful. I still have to read “On Writing”! If I ever get to that I’ll feel like I can branch out to others 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/www-wednesday-7th-november-2016/


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 12:11 PM #

      On Writing is fun because it’s both memoir and advice. I hope you find time to read it soon. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Curious Daisy December 7, 2016 at 6:50 AM #

    I need to read the second Pillars of the Earth book myself hehe 😀 Hope you’re enjoying it hehe 😀 http://www.curious-daisy.com/www-wednesdays/www-wednesday-december-7-2016/


    • Sam December 15, 2016 at 6:33 AM #

      It’s so amazing. I might have found a way to finish it sooner rather than later. Sorry for the delay in approving your comment, I’m not sure how I missed it!


  8. The Gal Herself December 7, 2016 at 7:04 AM #

    I read The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing decades ago and just happened upon my paperback when going through my books. I’ll have to check out your review.

    I’ve got two mysteries this week featuring detective series. After Christmas, I’ll move back to bios.


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 12:13 PM #

      It was hard to find a copy of Cat Dancing. I think my copy is from the 70s. Happy Wednesday!


  9. rosebooks December 7, 2016 at 7:26 AM #

    Yey for progress!!!
    Here’s mine: https://rosebooksblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/www-wednesday-7th-december-2016/

    Liked by 1 person

  10. yvonne473 December 7, 2016 at 7:47 AM #

    Once Upon A River looks good. Have a great trip!

    Here’s my WWW: http://socratesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2016/12/www-wednesdays-december-7th.html


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM #

      Thank you, I’m really looking forward to getting out of the cold. Happy Wednesday!


  11. Alecia @ The Staircase Reader December 7, 2016 at 7:56 AM #

    I’m the same way, I can’t go anywhere without a book. Have a great Day 🙂
    Here is my WWW post: https://thestaircasereader.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/www-wednesday-dec-7th-2016/


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 12:17 PM #

      Thanks! I have a book for every moment of my life. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. sarinalangerwriter December 7, 2016 at 8:05 AM #

    Sounds like you’re really enjoying World Without End! 🙂 Writing the Breakout Novel sounds interesting, too, I’ll definitely look into it!

    Here’s my WWW: https://sarinalangerwriter.com/2016/12/07/www-wednesday-7th-december-2016/

    Happy reading! 🙂


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 12:19 PM #

      I’m loving World Without End. It was the only thing that made my run this morning bearable haha. Happy Wednesday!


  13. alilovesbooks December 7, 2016 at 8:51 AM #

    Best of luck with World Without End. I hope you get it finished before it goes back.

    I’ve always been suspicious of books like Writing the Breakout Novel but I’m glad to hear you’re finding it useful.

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/www-wednesday-7th-december-2016/


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 5:53 PM #

      I’m trying really hard to listen to it all the time so I don’t lose the hold before finishing it. The book is good because it provides examples on how to raise stakes and infuse elements into your book that make it more exciting to read. It doesn’t give a formulaic way of writing a book which I really like. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • alilovesbooks December 7, 2016 at 6:11 PM #

        Sounds perfect. Hope you get it to work for your book.


  14. faithrivens December 7, 2016 at 9:04 AM #

    Good luck! Good luck! Good luck! Hope you can get through it before you have to return it!
    Glad that you’re enjoying Writing the Breakout Novel and that it’s being helpful 🙂
    Have a lovely vacation and take care!
    Happy Reading 🙂


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 5:56 PM #

      I’m so excited to take off tomorrow! I’m hoping to find as much time as possible to devote to World Without End before it goes away again. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. bevbaird December 7, 2016 at 9:40 AM #

    I’m the same – can’t go anywhere without a book. Have a lovely holiday!
    Here’s my reading post:


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 5:58 PM #

      Thank you! I’m really looking forward to warm weather. Happy Wednesday!


  16. Laurel-Rain Snow December 7, 2016 at 9:45 AM #

    Writing the Breakout Novel sounds like a good one! Thanks for sharing, and here’s MY WWW POST


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 5:59 PM #

      I’m really liking it. The author doesn’t have a magical formula or anything like that, just some solid advice on exciting writing. Happy Wednesday!


  17. Shoshi @ ShoshiReads December 7, 2016 at 10:22 AM #

    My WWW post features some very different books.
    Check it out: http://shoshireads.weebly.com/home/www-wednesday3049204

    Liked by 1 person

  18. anovelglimpse December 7, 2016 at 10:23 AM #

    I hope you get to do a lot of reading on vacation! 🙂
    My WWW Wednesday.


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 6:03 PM #

      Thanks! There’s a pool so I’m hopeful. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. wallacecourtney08 December 7, 2016 at 2:16 PM #

    I’ve tried Ken Follett before but are intimidated hahaha I have Fall of Giants and Pillars of the Earth. One day 🙂


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 6:07 PM #

      I loved Pillars (thus reading the sequel). I haven’t read Fall of Giants but I might need a break before going into another chunkster, haha. Happy Wednesday!


  20. hollykerrauthor December 7, 2016 at 3:21 PM #

    I’ve still to read Pillars of the Earth. I think it might be less daunting as an audio book. I’ve never read Maas’ book but I have the workbook and it’s amazing, really helpful. Here’s my WWW list for this week. http://hollykerr.ca/my-blog/ Happy vacation!!


    • Sam December 7, 2016 at 6:08 PM #

      Glad the workbook is helpful! I thought it would parallel the book more but I think I can get to the workbook after and still be OK. I hope to start on it after my vacation. Happy Wednesday!


  21. Kwizgiver December 7, 2016 at 5:17 PM #

    Sounds like some good reading!


    Liked by 1 person

  22. Yvo December 7, 2016 at 6:23 PM #

    Good luck finishing World Without End! And Writing The Breakout Novel sounds like a really inspiring read. I hope you will enjoy your books this week and happy reading! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam December 9, 2016 at 8:08 AM #

      I’m gunning for World Without End! I’m on vacation now so I’m. It sure how much I’ll get to read this week. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Flavia December 7, 2016 at 7:06 PM #

    I haven’t posed one of these in a while but I’m back in the game now! Here’s my WWW Wednesday post! And thanks for hosing such a fun meme! 😀



    • Sam December 9, 2016 at 8:10 AM #

      Welcome back! Good to have you here. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Flavia December 9, 2016 at 6:01 PM #

        Thank you so much! And happy reading to you too! 😊


  24. Candy @ So little time... December 8, 2016 at 6:21 PM #

    Good luck with ‘World Without End”! Hope you get it done!

    Missed linking up yesterday, but here my Wednesday post now: http://candy-m.blogspot.com/2016/12/what-are-you-reading-december-7-2016.html

    Thanks for hosting!


    • Sam December 9, 2016 at 8:11 AM #

      I’ve got my fingers crossed! It’s such a sweeping story that I’m trying to figure out where it’s going still. Happy reading!


  25. poseidons99 December 11, 2016 at 10:02 AM #

    finished this week The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell and it was fantastic! (: – https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/blogmas-2016-11-diena-izlasiju-lasu-lasisu-55-05-12-11-12/


    • Sam December 12, 2016 at 8:33 PM #

      Glad you liked it! Happy reading!



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