WWW Wednesday, 11-January-2017

11 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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statesofconfusionCurrently reading: I’ve made a bit of progress with World Without End by Ken Follett this week. I try to turn it on whenever possible in my car so I can keep listening to it. I’m loving it and I’ll be sad and happy when it ends.
I got to read The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge during lunch twice since last week. I’m at about 60% of this book and I hope to push through and finish it soon.
My friends and I are competing in a year-long running challenge and I’ve been very motivated to listen to South of Broad by Pat Conroy during my runs. I’m finally over half way and I think I’ll just finish before my book club at the end of the month.
I made decent progress with Misterio de la Guia de Ferrocarriles by Agatha Christie but set it aside because I have a new book! (see below)
No progress with Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs this week. My husband and I are very busy now in the beginning of the year. I’m not sure when we’ll get back to this one so it might be on here a while.
My Interlibrary Loan came in! I was able to get through a lot of States of Confusion by Paul Jury over the weekend and I read a bit more since the week started up. It’s a quick read so I’m hoping to finish this one soon.

Recently finished: With that huge list of current reads, it shouldn’t be a huge surprise I didn’t finish a single book! I keep picking up and putting down titles and starting on super long ones, it’s no wonder. I hope to add a few here soon!

I’ve gotten two reviews up since last week! The first is Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell. I really enjoyed this book and will have a report up about my book club’s discussion of it soon. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
The second review is for The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston which I put up yesterday. This book was a fun adventure through the 1920s, my favorite era. I gave it a full 5 out of 5 stars.

Hanging OutReading Next: My class this semester will conflict with my book club meetings so, until May, I’m reading my own book list! I’ve been meaning to get to Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I know it’s been on this list a few times but I really REALLY mean to read it soon.

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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101 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 11-January-2017”

  1. Clare Stone January 11, 2017 at 1:20 AM #

    I am glad you are making good progress with World Without End and that you are enjoying it! I look forward to seeing your final thoughts!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 11:59 AM #

      Thanks. It’s so exciting to be on the final few disks! Happy Wednesday!


  2. Laurel-Rain Snow January 11, 2017 at 1:26 AM #

    I am curious about the Mindy Kaling book. I hope you find time to read all of your books…I loved South of Broad.

    Here’s MY WWW POST


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 12:04 PM #

      I’m adoring it. During my run this morning, it went to their Senior year and I’m sucked in 100%. Happy Wednesday!


  3. cleopatralovesbooks January 11, 2017 at 2:03 AM #

    That is a huge list of ongoing books – Here is my Wednesday post for this week. https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/this-week-in-books-january-11/


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 12:14 PM #

      Haha, it was overwhelming to write it out haha. Happy Wednesday!


  4. Emily Witt January 11, 2017 at 3:05 AM #

    I keep seeing the Mindy Kaling book around and I think I would enjoy it but I don’t know anything about her, so I keep avoiding it for that reason. I don’t know if it would lose something if ther reader isn’t already a bit familiar with her.

    Here’s my WWW: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-and-wippet-wednesday-11-january-2017/


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 12:05 PM #

      Good point. I loved her on The Office (American) so I know that about her but not much more. Happy Wednesday!


  5. alilovesbooks January 11, 2017 at 3:19 AM #

    I’ve had the Mindy Kaling book on my want to read list for a while so I hope you enjoy and I look forward to your review. I also keep hearing great things about Beryl Bainbridge but haven’t managed to read any yet. Are you enjoying it?

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-11th-january-2017/


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 12:07 PM #

      This is my third Bainbridge book. I can’t say anything conclusive yet. Usually her books hit me over the head right at the end so I’ll have to report later. I enjoyed Every Man for Himself. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. loverofbooksmoviesandtv January 11, 2017 at 5:21 AM #

    I used to participate in WWW Wednesday on an old blog but I thought for 2017 it was time to start taking part again 🙂 here’s my link to WWW: https://loverofbooksmoviesandtv.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-11-january-2017/


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:04 PM #

      Awesome! Welcome back, I’m glad you found us. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. dez | the fun in reading books January 11, 2017 at 6:11 AM #

    That Mindy Kaling book sounds fun so I need to check it out! Also, I’m glad you’re making progress with World Without End. I hope you continue to enjoy it. Here’s my WWW: https://thefuninreadingbooks.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-january-11-2016/


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 12:10 PM #

      I hope it’s not too long before I start Mindy. I have so many books going that it might be a while haha. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • dez | the fun in reading books January 11, 2017 at 12:50 PM #

        As long as you get to read it! Haha. 🙂


  8. Jazz January 11, 2017 at 7:38 AM #

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who sometimes doesn’t finish books in time for the next WWW Wednesday 😛 It’s sometimes so difficult finding time to sit down and have a good reading session amidst the chaos that life can sometimes be. I’m always impressed by how many books you read, though! I’m not very good at reading multiple books at the same time. I can guarantee one will always become forgotten and find its way back onto my shelf ;(

    Anyway, here’s my WWW Wednesday for this week: https://swooningoverfictionalmen.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-week-5-11th-january-2017/

    Liked by 2 people

    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 12:17 PM #

      I like to have a story at every moment so I have books for the car, housework, runs, lunch at work, etc. It’s always worked best for me. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. ReadingMaria January 11, 2017 at 8:02 AM #

    All of these books look pretty interesting! Can’t wait to read your thoughts on them! Here is my WWW Wednesday post: https://mariazuppardi.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-january-11-2017/


  10. Diana January 11, 2017 at 8:10 AM #

    I like Mindy Kaling, her shows are wonderful. I definitely hope to read her book soon. It does have some wonderful mentions. I hope that you will enjoy it. Happy reading.

    Here is my WWW: https://ahavenforbooklovers.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-january-11th/


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 12:18 PM #

      I never got to watch The Mindy Project but always wanted to. Happy Wednesday!


  11. sarinalangerwriter January 11, 2017 at 8:13 AM #

    I’m sorry there’s been no progress on Library of Souls and that World Without End is still going slowly. I think if I had six books on the go at once I’d struggle, too! Any progress is good progress 🙂

    Here’s mine: https://sarinalangerwriter.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-11th-january-2017

    Ooh, also, it’s been a year (roughly) since I first joined this little meme! ^-^ Thank you for hosting it every week, Sam!


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 12:20 PM #

      Thanks for coming back for a year! That’s crazy awesome. Maybe I’ll finish one this week? Haha. Happy Wednesday!


  12. Disappear Into Reading January 11, 2017 at 8:24 AM #

    Ah Kaling, got to love her 🙂 That book has been on my TBR pile for months.



    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:08 PM #

      I think I bought it two years ago, haha. I need to get around to it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. The Gal Herself January 11, 2017 at 8:42 AM #

    I haven’t read any Follett in a million years, but I recall that when he’s good, he really sucked me in. Do you find yourself circling the block a few times or sitting in the driveway, just to hear more of it?

    I’m starting 2017 in a rather lightweight mode with a highly readable biography and a cozy mystery:



    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 12:25 PM #

      Lol I do sit in my car once I get home haha. It’s amazing. Happy Wednesday!


  14. Kelly | Kelly's Rambles January 11, 2017 at 8:51 AM #

    I’ve had ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?’ on my TBR for a while. I do really want to read it this year though as I’ve heard good things about it.

    Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:10 PM #

      Same here. I think it’s finally the year to read Mindy! Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Kailana January 11, 2017 at 8:51 AM #

    I am also picking up too many books at once. But, I was in a bit of reading slump at the end of 2016, so it could be worse!


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:12 PM #

      Haha, you’re probably just finding what can get you out of the slump. Good luck and happy reading!


  16. bevbaird January 11, 2017 at 8:51 AM #

    I’ve never read any of Follett but I can imagine it would be a looong read. I still haven’t been able to return to book 2 of Library of Souls but I will – sometime. The scrapbbok book looks so interesting – enjoyed your review of it.


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:13 PM #

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. Folletts books rival George RR Martin in length. You could consider them blunt objects in an assault case. Happy Wednesday!


  17. awayinneverland January 11, 2017 at 8:58 AM #

    Here’s my post for the week!
    Good luck with your list of current reads!


  18. Claire | Art and Soul January 11, 2017 at 9:18 AM #

    Your mention of Library of Souls reminds me I have to get to the Miss Peregrine’s books this year… at least start the series. It’s been on my list for ages!
    I was really pleased to see your 5-star review for The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt. Lovely that you found such a good book about your favourite era.

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-11th-january-2017/


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:19 PM #

      I know I’m inclined to like anything in the 1920s, but that book really blew me away. Good luck with Miss Peregrine. I liked the first book better than the second and the jury’s still out on the third. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads January 11, 2017 at 9:28 AM #

    Despite being a huge fan of the Miss Peregrine’s series, I still haven’t read Library of Souls. I didn’t want to buy the hardcover because I have the first two books in paperback and for some reason, I haven’t borrowed it from the library, either. I do hope you’ll enjoy it whenever you’re able to pick it back up, though 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-11117/


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:22 PM #

      I’m hoping it’s not too long. The hubby and I are going away for a weekend in February so we can listen to it then. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  20. anovelglimpse January 11, 2017 at 10:46 AM #

    I hope you adore Mindy’s book! It’s nice to get a chance to read off your own list for a while. 🙂 Happy reading!
    Here’s what I’ve been reading.


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:23 PM #

      True! I love book clubs because they push what I read, but I’m looking forward to shortening my TBR! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Hayley at RatherTooFondofBooks January 11, 2017 at 11:40 AM #

    I was just pondering getting the Mindy Kaling book with my Audible credit as it sounds like it’d be a fun, easy listen. I hope you finally get to read it this week, or at least very soon, it’s always nice to be able to read some of your own books that you’ve had for a while.

    Here’s my WWW post: https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesdays-11-jan-what-are-you-reading-this-week/


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:25 PM #

      Maybe not this week, but soon, as you say. I’ve got a lot of books going on right now and I’d love to finish some, haha. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Hayley at RatherTooFondofBooks January 12, 2017 at 1:47 PM #

        I know that feeling… haha! I’ve got eight books on the go at the moment as I kept being tempted to start another one. I like to read multiple books at once but eight feels a bit too many for me. I hope you manage to finish some of your books soon and that you get to the Mindy Kaling before too long.


  22. charliegirl January 11, 2017 at 12:08 PM #

    I didn’t make a post this week because everything is the same. :/ I hope you can finish Birthday Boys soon so you can get to Mindy’s book!


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:28 PM #

      Thank you! Sometimes I think ‘why post because nothing changed’ but I would get so many angry tweets, haha. Happy reading.


  23. Sam January 11, 2017 at 12:12 PM #

    I love having stories at every moment so I keep multiple going for the car, runs, curled up in bed, lunch at work, etc. Happy Wednesday!


  24. Karen (@wellreadpirate) January 11, 2017 at 12:45 PM #

    I can’t bring myself to read more than one book at a time. Good luck! My WWW is here: http://wellreadpiratequeen.blogspot.com/2017/01/www-wednesday-11-january-2017.html


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:29 PM #

      I have too much fun confusing myself in the stories to stop reading too many books, haha. Happy Wednesday!


  25. readinaflash January 11, 2017 at 12:49 PM #

    Happy New Year! Here’s my post https://readinaflash.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-30/

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Aww, good luck with your book ADD!

    My WWW: http://wp.me/p4mJnf-1L6


  27. Yvo January 11, 2017 at 1:01 PM #

    Listening to an audiobook during your runs is such a great idea! I might have to steal that one. And I hope you will enjoy the Mindy Kaling memoir. Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

    (P.S. my sign up post for this year’s When Are You Reading Challenge will be posted shortly. 😉 )


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:34 PM #

      Running and audiobooks is a great combination, please steal and pass on to friends! Let me know when your post goes up and I’ll add your link. So happy to have you join! Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo January 11, 2017 at 6:12 PM #

        I’ve actually tried to combine listening to audiobooks to my speedwalking workout today! I should have listened to something else instead of a classic though, because my time was quite slow in the end haha. I’ll link up in a second!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo January 11, 2017 at 6:15 PM #

        Ok somehow the challenge post doesn’t have the option to leave a reply?? Here’s my When Are You Reading? sign up post.


      • Sam January 11, 2017 at 6:42 PM #

        Huh, how weird! Which one did you try? I’ll add it now.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo January 11, 2017 at 6:46 PM #

        I followed this link and the comment section is missing… It might just be my PC; weird though.


  28. hmills96 January 11, 2017 at 1:11 PM #

    Here’s my link: http://ilayreading.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-1112017/

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Candy @ So little time... January 11, 2017 at 1:20 PM #

    ‘States of Confusion’ looks so interesting! I would love to travel the country that way – visiting as many states as I could. I hope you enjoy it.

    Here’s my post: https://candy-m.blogspot.com/2017/01/what-are-you-reading-january-11-2016.html

    Thanks for hosting and happy reading!


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:37 PM #

      I’m trying to make States of Confusion my next finished read. I’m making steady progress in it. Happy Wednesday!


  30. Kendra January 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM #

    I’m glad you’re making process with some of your reads! Here’s to hoping you finish them up soon! 😀

    Here’s my post: http://readsandtreats.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-74/


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:39 PM #

      I hope to have at least one finished by next week. Happy Wednesday!


  31. Denise @ Life With No Plot January 11, 2017 at 2:09 PM #

    I am forever in awe of the number of books you read at a time.

    My WWW post: https://lifewithnoplot.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-january-11-2017/


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:41 PM #

      Haha it’s reflected in how few I finish! Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

  32. rabbitearsblog January 11, 2017 at 2:51 PM #

    I really need to read Mindy Kaling’s books someday! They look so good! Here’s my WWW:



    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:42 PM #

      I’ve been dying to read it for ages. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  33. closetreaders January 11, 2017 at 3:03 PM #

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post… come share yours over at Closet Readers


    Liked by 1 person

  34. tfaulcbookreviews January 11, 2017 at 3:45 PM #

    hi there here is my post


    Liked by 1 person

  35. Kristen January 11, 2017 at 5:33 PM #

    I love this idea!! Thanks so much. Mindy’s book is on my TBR too, love her! My post is here: http://www.theeverydayk.com/?p=758


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:46 PM #

      I’m a big fan of her character on The Office and I can’t wait to learn more about her. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  36. mikaela January 11, 2017 at 5:41 PM #

    Ha, I finished a book yesterday in one day, and I have no incentive to pick up another one. I keep picking up books and having zero interest in them, which always sucks. >_<

    Here's my WWW Wednesday: https://thewellthumbedreader.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-1/


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 5:49 PM #

      Dang, one day?! That’s awesome. I hope something pique’s your interest. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  37. Gee Jen January 11, 2017 at 8:02 PM #

    I’ve been reading these posts for awhile and only just clicked this week you were reading Ken Follett, LOL! Partly inspired my to read selection 🙂



    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 8:27 PM #

      Awesome! I’m a big fan of Pillars of the Earth and this sequel is amazing. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Gee Jen January 11, 2017 at 8:36 PM #

        Still wednesday for you? I’m glad :p Thanks Sam and same to you

        Liked by 1 person

  38. TJ Loves Books January 11, 2017 at 8:49 PM #

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday. It’s late, but “better late, than never RIGHT?”

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 8:50 PM #

      For sure! It’s still Wednesday here in Michigan haha. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  39. the bohemian bookworm January 11, 2017 at 9:17 PM #

    I haven’t read any of these but I will have to check them out! Happy reading this week 🙂

    Here is my WWW post


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 9:56 PM #

      I hope you find something you like. Happy Wednesday!


  40. Kay - The Desert Bibliophile January 11, 2017 at 9:23 PM #

    World Without End has been on my TBR for such a long time. You’ll have to let me know what you think of it!

    Here’s my WWW post! https://thedesertbibliophile.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-january-11-2017/


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 9:56 PM #

      I’m almost done and absolutely loving it! Happy Wednesday.


  41. themeganerdblog January 11, 2017 at 9:44 PM #

    I really want to read Mindy Kaling’s book as well! So many books, so little time! haha here is my link to my own WWW! https://themeganerdblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-2/


    • Sam January 11, 2017 at 9:59 PM #

      We just have to hope we pick the best books, right? 🙂 Happy Wednesday!


  42. wcs53 January 11, 2017 at 10:05 PM #

    I used to do WWW years ago and am so glad to have rediscovered it here! My post for this week is: https://wcs53new.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-jan-11/


    • Sam January 12, 2017 at 6:54 AM #

      Welcome back! Glad to have you join again. Happy reading!


  43. Bella January 11, 2017 at 10:53 PM #

    The ending of Library of Souls is epic! Just trying to give you some incentive to keep reading (it really is though). Here is my WWW Wednesday post: https://bellablogsbecausebooks.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/www-wednesday-jan-11-2017/comment-page-1/#comment-26


    • Sam January 12, 2017 at 6:57 AM #

      I’ve got my fingers crossed now, thanks for the encouragement. Happy reading!


  44. Random Reads January 12, 2017 at 3:25 AM #

    That’s a huge list of books! Hopefully you can lessen the list soon 🙂


    • Sam January 12, 2017 at 6:56 AM #

      Thanks! I think I’ll finish at least one this week. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Random Reads January 12, 2017 at 2:13 PM #

        You’re welcome 😊 That’s awesome! Thanks, happy reading to you too!


  45. faithrivens January 12, 2017 at 9:47 AM #

    Glad to hear that you’re making progress with World Without End. I completely understand the bittersweet sentiment that comes with reaching the conclusion of a book. At least it’s a good sign of the story’s merit 🙂
    Happy Reading!


    • Sam January 12, 2017 at 10:54 AM #

      The story is amazing. I’m so excited yet sad haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  46. poseidons99 January 15, 2017 at 7:01 AM #

    This week I started King’s The Dark Tower series on audio. Because he thinks of it as one big book my plan is to listen to the whole series. Also read good book ”Istaba” about perestroika time in ’80s in Latvia. It’s part of series about Latvia throughout the 20th century. An article about it – http://www.latvianliterature.lv/en/news/the-series-we-latvia-the-20th-century-13-writers-talk-about-their-country-s-history (:



    • Sam January 15, 2017 at 10:57 AM #

      A lot of series for you this week! I love audio for long books. I hope you enjoy Dark Tower. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  47. mikaela January 25, 2017 at 4:18 PM #

    Ugh, reading has been so slow this week. I’m blaming school for ruining everything since I read two books over the weekend. XD Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://thewellthumbedreader.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday-1%E2%80%A225%E2%80%A217/


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:28 PM #

      I start school in two weeks and I’m nervous that I’ll slow my reading a lot, haha. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person


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