WWW Wednesday, 14-December-2016

14 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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onceuponCurrently reading: A lot of my progress with World Without End by Ken Follett came to a halt while I was on vacation. There wasn’t a good time to listen to the audiobook between enjoying the weather and hanging out with my traveling companion. I lose the hold tomorrow and I’m afraid it’s going to be another small eternity until I get it bad. Sad face.
I didn’t make much progress The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge. Her books are easy to get back to so I’m looking forward to it when I find the time.
I am devouring Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell. I’m completely in love with Margo and her terrible life that she’s managing to not only survive but thrive in. I can’t wait to keep reading this one!

breakoutRecently finished: I finished Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass the morning I left Phoenix and I enjoyed it a lot. I got some great ideas for things to change in my book. I’ll be starting on the workbook as soon as I get those changes incorporated into the story and I’m excited to get it out to beta readers!

And reviews! This tidal wave will keep coming, I promise. First was Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler which I really enjoyed. It had the flapper view of Zelda I missed in an earlier book. 4/5 Stars
The second was In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson, a long-awaited one for those who have been with WWW for some time. It was worth the wait and, as it happens, I ran into a man at the airport on Sunday who was reading it! He had wonderful things to say about the book as well. 4/5 Stars.
Finally, The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante. This book was not my favorite but I’m still determined to read another of Ferrante’s books that’s on my shelf. 2/5 Stars

southofbroadReading Next: I have another book club selection on my shelf, South of Broad by Pat Conroy. This one is a chunkster so I’m hoping to get started on it with plenty of time to read it before the book club meets at the end of January.

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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61 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 14-December-2016”

  1. Emily Witt December 14, 2016 at 3:08 AM #

    It’s been a bit of a slow reading week for me, but I’m hoping that will improve in the coming week Here’s my post: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/www-and-wippet-wednesday-14-december-2016/

    Liked by 2 people

  2. cleopatralovesbooksc December 14, 2016 at 3:32 AM #

    Good to hear you are being inspired by Writing the Breakout Novel. Here is my Wednesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/this-week-in-books-december-14/


    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 6:02 PM #

      Thanks! I hope to utilize it in my writing soon. Happy Wednesday!


  3. SnazzyBooks December 14, 2016 at 4:02 AM #

    Will be adding Once Upon a River and In The Garden of Beasts to my TBR list, they both look great! I haven’t done a WWW post for ages so have had loads to include this week! Here’s mine: https://snazzybooks.com/2016/12/14/www-wednesday-14-december-2016/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 6:06 PM #

      Welcome back! I hope you enjoy Once Upon a River as much as I’ve been liking it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Clare Stone December 14, 2016 at 4:47 AM #

    It’s a shame you didn’t get to finish World Without End but at least you had a good time on vacation! Hope you get it back sooner than you expect to.
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday

    Liked by 1 person

    • xxertz (Fiction is My Addiction) December 14, 2016 at 1:54 PM #

      The world is against me commenting on you lol. Couldnt log into my wordpress on your page and the page froze on this one so i lost it 😦 Hope you have a great reading week 🙂


      • xxertz (Fiction is My Addiction) December 14, 2016 at 2:05 PM #

        And if you get ten comments from me on accident, im sorry!


      • Sam December 14, 2016 at 6:36 PM #

        No problem, hope you figure things out! Happy Wednesday!


    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 6:33 PM #

      I might have found a way around it muhaha. I’ll find out Friday. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. alilovesbooks December 14, 2016 at 6:54 AM #

    Sorry to hear you’ll have a wait to get World Without End out again. Are you not tempted just to buy it? It would drive me nuts having to keep waiting.

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/www-wednesday-14th-december-2016/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 6:36 PM #

      A bit but an audiobook that long can run about $50! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Claire | Art and Soul December 14, 2016 at 8:02 AM #

    I was so pleased to see your review of In the Garden of Beasts. Not only did you finally finish it, but you enjoyed it too! 🙂

    Sorry to hear that The Lost Daughter didn’t make your favourites list, but at least it hasn’t put you off reading further books by the author (I always try to give authors 3 tries, just in case).

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/www-wednesday-14th-december-2016/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 6:39 PM #

      I usually give an author two tries before I give up and I try to read highly recommended ones to be fair. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. xxertz (Fiction is My Addiction) December 14, 2016 at 9:54 AM #

    Cant say I’ve read any of these, but I hope they treat you well. Welcome back from vacation!

    A Week In Review #15, WWW #11 – http://wp.me/p4mJnf-1Fp


  8. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads December 14, 2016 at 10:28 AM #

    So glad to hear that you’re loving Once Upon a River! It sounds great.
    I’ve finished quite a few books over the past week or two as well – it makes me feel so accomplished haha
    Here’s my WWW: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/www-wednesday-121416/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Penny Valentine December 14, 2016 at 1:25 PM #

      Can’t wait to see you review to The Sun is also a Star!
      It’s on my list!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads December 14, 2016 at 9:24 PM #

        I’m hoping to get to that one very soon! I keep hearing amazing things about it!

        Liked by 1 person

    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 7:01 PM #

      That’s awesome, I love finishing a lot of books. Once Upon a River is amazing. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Laurel-Rain Snow December 14, 2016 at 10:33 AM #

    I loved South of Broad, but yes, it took a while, being a chunkster and all. I also want to get my hands on Z.

    Thanks for hosting and sharing…and here’s MY WWW POST

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 8:36 PM #

      I’m thinking of at least starting South of Broad on audiobook to get through it. I have the time to languish with the audio and it sounds wonderful. Happy Wednesday!


  10. anovelglimpse December 14, 2016 at 10:38 AM #

    I’m going to be keeping an eye out for your thoughts on South of Broad. I’ve always been interested in that book. Happy reading!
    My WWW Wednesday.

    Liked by 1 person

    • xxertz (Fiction is My Addiction) December 14, 2016 at 6:16 PM #

      It shows I’m blocked from commenting because it suspects me as a bot 😦

      I hope you don’t mind me posting it here instead:

      “Yummy reads!!! (Thats right, yummy enough for THREE exclamation points. 😉 )

      I have seen The Fifth Petal around, but the plot synopsis doesnt draw me in. I look forward to seeing your thoughts on it.

      Awesome about Harry Potter. My mom read the books to us when we were kids and I hope someday to be able to read thrm to my children as well. (The stepson doesnt like books and I dont have the authority to get him to sit still for 30 mins :,( ) How old is your daughter?

      Happy Wednesday 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • anovelglimpse December 14, 2016 at 11:28 PM #

        I don’t mind at all. I actually just got it all fixed. Finally!
        Have you read Brunionia Barry before? I actually didn’t even read the synopsis because I like going into her books blind. The Lace Reader was nothing like I expected from the synopsis.

        Liked by 1 person

      • xxertz (Fiction is My Addiction) December 15, 2016 at 12:51 AM #

        I haven’t read Brunionia Barry at all yet. Not sure what I’m missing 😛

        I enjoy going into books blind too, elysian popular ones, but sometimes you get taken bizarre places lol!

        Happy to hear the comments are fixed now 🙂 ❤


    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 8:38 PM #

      It might be a while before I get through it with how thick it is. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. thebookbloglife December 14, 2016 at 11:11 AM #

    The Breakout Novel book looked really good. I’m always looking for books about writing.

    Here’s my first ever WWW Wednesday!




    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 8:40 PM #

      It was great because he gave advice that can apply to most books in most genres. Happy Wednesday!


  12. Yvo December 14, 2016 at 11:40 AM #

    I’m glad to hear you are enjoying Once Upon A River! It sounds like an excellent read. Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 8:42 PM #

      It’s really great. I’m trying to go to bed early to read more before bed, haha. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. readinaflash December 14, 2016 at 11:51 AM #

    Happy reading all https://readinaflash.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/www-wednesday-29/

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Penny Valentine December 14, 2016 at 1:23 PM #

    Loving this post! Thanks for sharing!
    Here’s what going on in my world!


    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 8:44 PM #

      Welcome, happy Wednesday!


  15. Kwizgiver December 14, 2016 at 1:35 PM #

    How cool to bump into the man reading the Larson book!


    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 8:45 PM #

      I thought so! It felt like the universe wanted me to talk to him about it. Happy Wednesday!


  16. Jazz December 14, 2016 at 1:56 PM #

    Loving your review for ‘In the Garden of Beasts’! I’ll be sure to check it out. Having studied WW2 and the Holocaust both in school and briefly in a literature module at university, I’ve become quite interested in this era of history. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://swooningoverfictionalmen.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/www-wednesday-week-3-14th-december-2016/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 8:50 PM #

      The book’s great because it really focuses on Hitler’s rise in Germany, something that’s glossed over a lot, or was in my education. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. Alecia @ The Staircase Reader December 14, 2016 at 4:16 PM #

    I hope you enjoy South of Broad! I’ve been searching for novels outside of my comfort zone. After reading the synopsis of South of Broad on goodreads i’m intrigued! i just added it to my TBR. Thank you 🙂

    Here is my WWW Wednesday:

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 8:51 PM #

      Awesome! I’m excited to jump in, a friend from book club highly recommended it. Happy Wednesday!


  18. Shoshi Hornum December 14, 2016 at 5:34 PM #

    Here is my WWW Wednesday: http://shoshireads.weebly.com/home/www-wednesday6051629

    Liked by 1 person

  19. siderealday December 14, 2016 at 7:19 PM #

    Congrats on the flood of finished books! And too bad about World Without End since I remember how long you were waiting for it. Hopefully it’ll come back to you sooner this time around.
    I really must read Writing the Breakout Novel, myself. Especially if it’s been helping you!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/www-wednesday-1214-2/
    Thanks for hosting and happy reading!


    • Penny Valentine December 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM #

      Oh yay! Another Heartless reader! Will you review it?!?


    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 8:54 PM #

      I found a CD copy at the library so I’m hoping to finish it up that way, haha. Happy Wednesday!


  20. rabbitearsblog December 14, 2016 at 9:23 PM #

    Wow! That’s a lot of great books you got there! I hope you enjoy them all!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday:



    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 9:43 PM #

      Thanks! I’m looking forward to some reading this weekend. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Agnes December 14, 2016 at 9:32 PM #

    Glad you liked the Zelda Fitzgerald novel. I saw it in a bookstore once and was sorely tempted.

    My WWW: http://haphazardbookshelves.blogspot.com/2016/12/www-wednesday-15.html


    • Sam December 14, 2016 at 9:45 PM #

      I recommend it if you can go back. Happy Wednesday!


  22. Candy @ So little time... December 14, 2016 at 11:10 PM #

    ‘Once Upon a River’ sounds great! I hope you keep enjoying it! Glad you made it back from Phoenix, and I hope you had a fantastic time!

    Here’s my post: http://candy-m.blogspot.com/2016/12/what-are-you-reading-december-14th-2016.html

    Thanks for hosting! Have a great week!


    • Sam December 15, 2016 at 5:08 AM #

      I was 4 hours delayed but I made it home. The book is awesome. I can’t wait to keep reading it. Happy reading!


  23. poseidons99 December 18, 2016 at 12:40 PM #

    finally finished horrible debut novel, self published, that doesn’t seem to have met an editor – https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/blogmas-2016-18-dienaizlasiju-lasu-lasisu-56-12-12-18-12/
    Hopefully nice, little picture book Dear Dad with good quotes will lift up the mood (:


    • Sam December 18, 2016 at 6:42 PM #

      I’m always nervous about self-published debut novels for that exact reason. I hope the next one is better. Happy reading!



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