WWW Wednesday, 4-January-2017

4 Jan

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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libraryCurrently reading: I wasn’t able to make much progress with World Without End by Ken Follett during the holiday break. I didn’t drive anywhere alone and didn’t feel like forcing my husband to listen in so I didn’t make much progress. I’ll press on, though! It’s still really enjoyable.
Also not much with The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge. It’s still enjoyable and I’m moving through it at a moderate pace, but it will still be a while.
I had a cold over the weekend so all of my plans of listening to South of Broad by Pat Conroy and enjoying some long runs were dashed and replaced by me cooped up in bed. Sigh.
I was able to start Misterio de la Guia de Ferrocarriles by Agatha Christie as my Spanish-language read of the year. I hope I can move through this one quickly but my Spanish books always take longer because of the brain power they devour.
My husband and I started an audiobook together while we were driving to Ohio and back. We picked Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, the third and final book of the Peculiar Children trilogy. We both enjoyed the first book but were not big fans of the second. We’re a bit skeptical about this one and we keep trying to pick out if there’s a traitor. It’s fun trying to be one step ahead of everyone.

trapRecently finished: I flew through The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston. It was a much shorter read than it at first appeared because so much of the story was told through pictures. I would compare it to a graphic novel in that respect. The story was a bit bare boned but it was really enjoyable and I would recommend it highly.
I picked up a book I didn’t intend to this week. My brother’s girlfriend got us all books for Christmas and I finished Frankie Pratt sooner than expected so I picked up my gift, Trap by Robert K. Tanenbaum. It wasn’t my usual genre but I read it quickly. I’ll say that’s partly due to interest and partly due to being sick and unable to get out of bed or off the couch much.

statesofconfusionReading Next: I’m still waiting for States of Confusion by Paul Jury to come in from the library. I’m not sure how long ILLs take so this might be here for a while.

Shameless Plug: If you’re still looking for reading challenges in 2017, take a look at my historical fiction reading challenge, When Are You Reading? Let me know you’re interested and I’ll add you to the participant list. I had 13 people participate last year and I’d love to have a bigger group this year!

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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75 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 4-January-2017”

  1. cleopatralovesbooks January 4, 2017 at 1:35 AM #

    Happy New Year Sam – Hopefully you can pick up with the Ken Follett once the holiday period is over. Here is my Wednesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/this-week-in-books-january-4/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 5:38 PM #

      I was able to listen to a little bit today. Fingers crossed I can make more progress soon. Happy reading!


  2. Clare Stone January 4, 2017 at 1:36 AM #

    I never finished the Peculiar Children trilogy – I liked the first book but wasn’t enthusiastic enough to keep reading straight away. I do own the second and third books though so I look forward to seeing what you think of the series!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 5:41 PM #

      I had similar feelings about the first book, just ‘very okay.’ I hope it ends with a thrill. Happy Wednesday!


  3. xxertz (Fiction is My Addiction) January 4, 2017 at 2:10 AM #

    I hope you’re feeling better! I’m just getting sick myself..

    I am interested in how you feel about Library of Souls. I have been hesitant to continue the series because of what I have heard about the second book (and, if we are being honest, a bit turned off that they changed the characters around for the movie, which I didn’t watch so I’m not sure why I care anyways). I won’t lie, the creatures in the first book gave me nightmares.. like.. months after I read it. Lol

    Happy www! Hope you get more sign ups for your challenge 🙂 ❤


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 5:56 PM #

      I started feeling better late last night and much better when I woke up this morning. I have a race on Sunday so I’m glad I’m better now!
      I’m so hesitant with LoS that I’m not sure I can say I’m unbiased, haha. We’ll see how it goes. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Karen (@wellreadpirate) January 4, 2017 at 2:21 AM #

    I’m so glad to see that I’m not the only one who wasn’t overly thrilled with the second Peculiar Children book! I absolutely adore the first one and have been putting off reading the third because the second was just so “eh” for me.

    My first WWW Wednesday post just went up! Hooray!


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 5:57 PM #

      Welcome to WWW! We delayed starting LoS for a long time because HC was such a disappointment after the first book was so enjoyable. So far, it’s really fun and I hope it stays this way. Happy Wednesday!


  5. alilovesbooks January 4, 2017 at 3:57 AM #

    I have to admit I have been very tempted to join the When Are You Reading challenge but I just know I would never do it. The more recent periods are ok but I think I’d struggle with the older dates.

    I hope you’re feeling better. It’s awful being cooped up with a cold at this time of year.

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/www-wednesday-4th-january-2016/

    Liked by 2 people

    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:01 PM #

      If you decide to give it a try, you’re more than welcome. I always find it pushes me to read about those earlier time periods and I always learn something about history in them. I stated feeling much better this morning, thank you. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Emily Witt January 4, 2017 at 5:06 AM #

    Happy new year, Sam! Sorry to hear you weren’t well! I also ended up with a bit of a cold over the holiday period, which was weird given we’re in the middle of summer over here! But at least it meant you were able to devour a whole book! #silverlining 🙂

    Here’s my WWW post this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/www-and-wippet-wednesday-04-january-2017/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:05 PM #

      Haha, I wish it was summer right now. It was about 15F when I left work today. Burr! Finishing the book was the highlight of my illness, haha. I’m feeling much better as of this morning, fortunately. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. faithrivens January 4, 2017 at 8:47 AM #

    Hope you’re getting over your cold, my dear!
    I wasn’t a big fan of the first Peculiar Children, but I intend to read through the rest of the series anyway. Hope the third proves more diverting than the others 🙂
    Happy Reading!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:12 PM #

      I’m feeling much better today, thanks! I think I beat this cold. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I can enjoy this final book and see the series wrapped up in a good way. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. awayinneverland January 4, 2017 at 9:02 AM #

    Happy New Year! I hope you like The Library of Souls more than I did.
    Here’s my post!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:18 PM #

      Oh no! You weren’t a fan? I’m so skeptical going in that I’m not sure I would like it even if it was amazing LOL. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • awayinneverland January 4, 2017 at 9:09 PM #

        I loved the first book and I thought the series got too weird after that.


  9. Laurel-Rain Snow January 4, 2017 at 9:55 AM #

    I hope you feel better…and can enjoy some of these delightful looking books. I have a Beryl Bainbridge book that I hope to read someday (Sweet William).

    Here’s MY WWW POST


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:26 PM #

      I woke up feeling loads better this morning. I’ve enjoyed two of Bainbridge’s other books and this one has been fun so far. Happy Wednesday!


  10. tfaulcbookreviews January 4, 2017 at 10:15 AM #

    Hi here’s my post https://tfaulcbookreviews.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/www-wednesdays-04-jan-2017/

    Liked by 1 person

  11. anovelglimpse January 4, 2017 at 10:49 AM #

    I hope you enjoy The Library of Souls. Happy reading!


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:27 PM #

      Thanks! The struggle has been finding time to listen to it since we got back, haha. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Kwizgiver January 4, 2017 at 10:57 AM #

    I didn’t love the Peculiar trilogy as much as I hoped I would–also read for book group.



    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:29 PM #

      What a cool pick for a book group, though. Did you read one or all three? Happy Wednesday!


      • Kwizgiver January 5, 2017 at 8:56 AM #

        We read all three–as they were published.

        Liked by 1 person

  13. sarinalangerwriter January 4, 2017 at 11:27 AM #

    Happy New Year, Sam, everyone! ❤
    I'll be joining again next week, right now my post would look exactly like my last one in December!
    Happy reading, guys! 🙂


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:32 PM #

      Happy New Year! I look forward to your next update. Happy reading!


  14. hmills96 January 4, 2017 at 11:55 AM #

    Library of Souls has been on my list forever and I still haven’t picked it up! Someday I will get to it! http://ilayreading.com/2017/01/04/www-wednesday-142017/


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:32 PM #

      I think mine was on my TBR for 18 months. It was an ‘eventually’ read for me. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. sashwilson January 4, 2017 at 12:08 PM #

    Happy New Year! I’m so out of the loop but glad to be back!
    Here is my WWW Post https://disappearintoreading.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/www-wednesday-25-2/


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:35 PM #

      Welcome back to the loop LOL. It’s a good time to get back to it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Darnell January 4, 2017 at 12:22 PM #

    Here is mine!


    Happy New Year!


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:36 PM #

      Happy New Year and happy Wednesday!


  17. S B Williams January 4, 2017 at 12:53 PM #

    OOOO historical fiction is one of my fav genres and I will consider joining in your challenge.
    Here’s my WWW for today, with a bonus TBR list for the New Year 🙂


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:39 PM #

      Yay! Let me know if you decide to join and I’ll get you added to the participants list. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  18. bevbaird January 4, 2017 at 12:57 PM #

    Like Clare,I read book 1 of the Peculiar series, and now have 2 and 3 – just haven’t been able to force myself to finish the series. I’ve joined your historical rdg challenge – should be a good one.
    Here’s my reading for the past week:


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:41 PM #

      I’m so glad you’ve joined the challenge! I’m really looking forward to the updates through the year. I enjoyed the first Peculiar book but have taken an 18 month break since then. Oh boy. Happy Wednesday!


  19. siderealday January 4, 2017 at 1:54 PM #

    I’m sorry you were sick! Hope you’re feeling better by now.
    I’ve put off picking up Miss Peregrine’s because I’ve heard so many mixed things about the second two books in the trilogy. I’ll be interested to hear what you (and your husband) make of the final installment.
    Good luck getting through all those books. Hopefully this month will see you get through at least some of them.
    Here’s my WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/www-wednesday-14/
    Thanks for hosting and happy reading!


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:44 PM #

      I’m feeling much better this morning, thanks! I need to finish at least South of Broad this month for book club meetings, haha. I’m hopeful. I think LoS might linger a while, Jay and I don’t spend much time in the car together after the holidays, haha. Happy Wednesday!


  20. Denise @ Life With No Plot January 4, 2017 at 2:01 PM #

    Happy New Year! I still haven’t read Library of Souls, although I read the first two books and enjoyed them. The second book maybe a bit less so, but that was only because the first one was so awesome.

    My WWW post: https://lifewithnoplot.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/www-wednesday-january-4th-2016/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:46 PM #

      I will admit HC was a bit of a disappointment when compared to the first book. Maybe that’s part of why I found it a bit of a let down? I’m hoping LoS can wrap it all up. Happy Wednesday and happy new year!


  21. aryaoneil January 4, 2017 at 2:21 PM #

    Ahhh! I hope you’re feeling better. 😀 I posted my first WWW Wednesday since I just recently started my blog. Hope some of y’all like it! https://thebookwormknows.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/www-wednesday-1/


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:52 PM #

      Welcome! This is a great way to get into the blogging community. Happy Wednesday!


  22. Kelly | Kelly's Rambles January 4, 2017 at 2:24 PM #

    I read the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy last year and my favourite thing about it had to be all of the spooky but gorgeous photography! I’ll be interested to hear what you think of the final book!

    Here’s my WWW.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:55 PM #

      Listening to the books is so much different, I bet. We usually Google the pictures and it’s pretty obvious when we should look at the next ones, haha. I wonder if the narrator adds something for it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Alecia @ The Staircase Reader January 4, 2017 at 2:38 PM #

    Happy first WWW Wednesday of 2017 🙂

    Here is my post: https://thestaircasereader.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/www-wednesday-january-4th-2017/

    Liked by 2 people

  24. Candy @ So little time... January 4, 2017 at 3:22 PM #

    I think I completed half of my reading challenges for 2016, and haven’t put much thought into this year’s challenges. I think I’m going to do the Bloggiesta in a couple of weeks and devote that time to updating last year’s challenges and figuring out what I’m doing this year. At this time, I’ve only joined the Goodreads Challenge, and I’m just enjoying reading! Lol!

    Here’s my post: http://candy-m.blogspot.com/2017/01/what-are-you-reading-january-4-2017.html

    Thanks for hosting! I hope you feel better! Sickness is here, too – knock-on-wood I don’t get sick!

    Liked by 1 person

    • xxertz (Fiction is My Addiction) January 4, 2017 at 5:11 PM #

      I so understand where you’re at right now. I love reading and doing challenges, but I’m not so good on updating them or ensuring I review. It’s the main reason I’ve stalled on signing up too. Good luck!

      Liked by 2 people

    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 6:59 PM #

      I’m feeling much better today after a good run yesterday. I swear that helps me feel better, haha. If you do find the time to join the challenge, we’d love to have you. I’m a big fan of the Goodreads challenge myself. I think this is my fourth year doing it! Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Jazz January 4, 2017 at 3:48 PM #

    I’m sorry I couldn’t participate in the past couple of WWW Wednesdays 😦 I was completely swamped over the festive season. Looks like you’ve been reading some awesome books! I’ve been curious about the Peculiar Children trilogy. I’ll have to pick up the first book next time I go to the bookstore 🙂

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://swooningoverfictionalmen.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/www-wednesday-week-4-4th-january-2017/


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 9:15 PM #

      Welcome back! I enjoyed the first book more than the second in the Peculiar Children series. I hope you like it as well. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  26. rockabillyreader January 4, 2017 at 4:09 PM #

    Happy New Year, the Peculiar Children trilogy is also on my ever growing to-read list.

    Here’s mine


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 7:03 PM #

      I enjoyed the first one a lot! I hope you like them. Happy Wednesday!


  27. mikaela January 4, 2017 at 4:17 PM #

    I felt the same way about the Peculiar trilogy! I loved the first one, and got bored halfway through the second and just ended up quitting the series as a whole. I did love the movie, though! I’ve always thought the series should have ended after the first book, and just edited the ending!

    Here’s my first WWW Wednesday post: https://thewellthumbedreader.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/www-wednesdays-1%E2%80%A24%E2%80%A216/


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 7:05 PM #

      I’m glad you enjoyed the movie. I have yet to see it because I was so skeptical after the second book, haha. Will there be three (four) movies as well? Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  28. Juliet | Not Capulet January 4, 2017 at 6:07 PM #

    The Peculiar Children series has been on my TBR for ages! Especially since the film adaptation was released — I hate watching films before reading the books! Here’s my post for this week: https://notcapulet.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/books-www-wednesday-4th-january/


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 7:08 PM #

      The first book is really fun. My only complaint is that all the adults are portrayed as idiots, haha. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  29. Yvo January 4, 2017 at 6:18 PM #

    I hope you will enjoy Library Of Souls better! I still have to read both sequels; hopefully some time soon… And I will probably sign up for this year’s When Are You Reading? challenge next week. 🙂 Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 7:11 PM #

      Awesome! I’d love to have you do When Are You Reading? again. I’m hesitant on LoS so far and HC wasn’t a favorite. I’ll have to let you all know how the series ends. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  30. the bohemian bookworm January 4, 2017 at 9:23 PM #

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who reads with her husband! We just started listening to the 3rd book in the Dragonlance Chronicles this week. It is his favorite and he is always hounding me to read it so that was our compromise! Good luck with your reading this week.

    Here is my post:


    • Sam January 4, 2017 at 9:30 PM #

      Reading with my husband is great. It’s like an instant book club! I love talking about the story with him in real time. Happy Wednesday!


      • the bohemian bookworm January 4, 2017 at 9:32 PM #

        I think it’s great bonding time… so much we are too caught up in being busy it’s nice to snuggle and hang out and listen or read a book together!


  31. dez | the fun in reading books January 5, 2017 at 11:10 AM #

    I wasn’t able to finish anything at all during holidays so now I need to catch up! But hopefully I can get some reading done this week before I go back to work next week. 🙂 Here’s my WWW: https://thefuninreadingbooks.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/www-wednesday-january-4-2016/


    • Sam January 5, 2017 at 12:00 PM #

      You’re lucky to have a whole week off, enjoy. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • dez | the fun in reading books January 5, 2017 at 12:24 PM #

        I know!! That’s why I’m savoring it. 😀


  32. Kendra January 5, 2017 at 4:07 PM #

    Happy New Year! Some of your books look really interesting. 😀

    I always, always, always, forget to post my link! I am so horrible at that! Ugh.


    • Sam January 5, 2017 at 5:06 PM #

      Thanks! No problem about forgetting, haha. I’ve forgotten to post before haha. Happy reading!


  33. poseidons99 January 8, 2017 at 8:24 AM #

    bookwise I have fantastic start of the year, eight days and eight finished books 😀 perhaps I might match until Tuesday and not further. 😀 – https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/izlasiju-lasu-lasisu-59-02-01-08-01/


    • Sam January 8, 2017 at 1:36 PM #

      Awesome! Good luck keeping that up. Happy reading!



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