WWW Wednesday, 25-January-2017

25 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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dallowayCurrently reading: I’m on the last disk for World Without End by Ken Follett and I hope to wrap it up today or tomorrow. I’ll be sad when this one ends but it was a great ride and if there’s a third in this series, I’ll read it in a heartbeat.
I’m making steady progress with Misterio de la Guia de Ferrocarriles by Agatha Christie. Reading in another language puts me to bed really fast so I don’t get a ton of this read each night, but some. I’ll keep chipping away at it.
Again, nothing with Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs. I’ll have to wait until February when we have a few road trips planned. Sigh.
I started a new audiobook on my phone, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. Maybe this is one not to listen to but I’m not enjoying it very much. It’s turned very inward and jumps around between the characters a lot which I wasn’t ready for and I’m having trouble following it.
I need a new ebook and decided to turn to The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler. I have a lot of time to read at lunch this week so it will be nice to escape for a while. This book was really hot for a while but seems to have faded out a bit since then. I’m excited to pick it up and see what it’s all about!

Rbirthdayboysecently finished: I decided not to get out of bed on Saturday until I finished The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge. It didn’t take too long as most of the last 10% of the book was a biography of Bainbridge full of pictures. My review will be up tomorrow. As always, I enjoyed Bainbridge’s style but this time I had a slightly harder time following the characters than I have before.
I finished South of Broad by Pat Conroy on Thursday and absolutely loved it. My review went up on Monday so please check that out if you have the time. It was a great book. I gave it a full Five out of Five stars and I now want to go to Charleston.

Hanging OutReading Next: I keep having to stop myself from grabbing Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling off my shelf. I will as soon as I finish Christie but not before then.

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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91 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 25-January-2017”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow January 25, 2017 at 1:31 AM #

    I tried to read Mrs. Dalloway once, but it was a DNF. I might give it another go some time. Enjoy! Here’s MY WWW POST


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:19 PM #

      It hasn’t been my favorite so far so I understand why. Happy Wednesday!


  2. cleopatralovesbooks January 25, 2017 at 2:41 AM #

    Good to hear the Birthday Boys is done, I’ll look forward to your review of that one – Here is my Wednesday post for this week https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/this-week-in-books-january-25/


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:20 PM #

      It was a part of history I never heard of so I’m glad I read it. Happy Wednesday!


  3. Margaret @ BooksPlease January 25, 2017 at 3:07 AM #

    I think Mrs Dalloway is an acquired taste- all that stream of consciousness. I enjoyed The Birthday Boys – looking forward to your review. Here’s my post –


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:22 PM #

      I’m having trouble with Mrs Dalloway on audio because it’s hard to determine what is a thought and what is dialogue. Happy Wednesday!


  4. alilovesbooks January 25, 2017 at 3:18 AM #

    I decided to stay in bed on Saturday morning until I’d finished my book too. It was unfortunately one I’d just started so it ended up being around 3 in the afternoon when I finally got up 🙂

    Sounds like you’ve had a good reading week.

    Here’s my www: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday-25th-january-2017/

    Liked by 2 people

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

      Haha, I’ve done that before! It’s absolutely wonderful. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. martinarg January 25, 2017 at 3:32 AM #

    I love when people read Agatha Christie 🙂 she is one of my all time favorite authors. I hope you enjoy it!
    Here is mine: https://themysterycorner.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday-6/


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:28 PM #

      Thank you! I wonder how much of it I’m losing by reading in another language but I’m having a lot of fun with it. Happy Wednesday!


      • martinarg January 26, 2017 at 3:54 AM #

        I think that her books are amazing! It’s hard to get used to read in another language, especially in the beggining cause you read slower, it happened to me but you’ll get used to. So you speak spanish?


      • Sam January 26, 2017 at 11:47 AM #

        I have a bachelors degree in Spanish and studied in Spain and Mexico. My current work doesn’t utilize that skill so I have to find other ways to practice. Reading is a fun one!

        Liked by 1 person

      • martinarg January 26, 2017 at 11:49 AM #

        Nice!im spanish so this happens to me but with english!

        Liked by 1 person

  6. whatadifferenceawordmakes January 25, 2017 at 6:02 AM #

    I read Mrs. Dalloway last year. I can imagine it’s pretty hard to follow as an audiobook. I sometimes had to re-read sentences because it would flip from one character to another so suddenly that I missed it. I almost picked up an Agatha Christie yesterday. I’ve never read any of her novels but I’ve seen so many TV adaptions!

    Here’s my www: https://whatadifferenceawordmakes.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesdays-25th-january-2017/


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:33 PM #

      It’s been a big challenge on audio to deal with the head-jumping and differentiating between narration and thought. I get lost a lot and have to think seriously about who is speaking/thinking and how they’re related to other people. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Clare Stone January 25, 2017 at 6:20 AM #

    I’ve never read anything by Virginia Woolf – I think I would avoid the audiobook though since you are not enjoying it!
    Here’s mine; http://dualreads.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/wednesday-catch-up-25th-january-2017.html


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:33 PM #

      Yeah, it’s been a bit rough. Maybe print would be better. Happy Wednesday!


  8. Shona January 25, 2017 at 6:26 AM #

    I haven’t read any of the books that you’ve talked about today but Ken Follett is definitely on my TBR list – which grows ever longer!

    Here’s my post: https://shonakinsella.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday-2512017/


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:36 PM #

      I’ve only read his historical fiction but I absolutely love it. I hope you can read him soon. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads January 25, 2017 at 8:06 AM #

    I hear such great things about Ken Follett, especially from my older brother. 😛 I might have to check out one of his books/series soon.
    Mindy Kaling’s book is another one that I’d love to read. I don’t even really like memoirs, but I like her enough that I would read hers, haha.
    Here’s my WWW this week: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday-12517/


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:38 PM #

      I love Follett but his books are a bit long so be ready for a commitment! Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. awayinneverland January 25, 2017 at 8:12 AM #

    The Book of Speculation is on my TBR! Hope you enjoy it!
    Here’s my post for this week:


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:41 PM #

      Thank you. I’m only a chapter in and so far I like it. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. yvonne473 January 25, 2017 at 8:49 AM #

    The Mindy Kaling book looks good. Have a great week! Here’s my WWW


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:42 PM #

      Thank you, I look forward to reading it. Happy Wednesday!


  12. Ashley January 25, 2017 at 9:10 AM #

    I really want to read Mindy’s book! I heard it’s really good.
    Here is my post:


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:48 PM #

      Glad to hear it. I’m looking forward to a comedy after the mystery I’m in now. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. I find myself picking up new books when I dont want to admit that Im not into the current books Im reading. Its not necessarily that they are bad, but I find it hard to find a suitable book after finishing one that I feel in love with. Hope your reading this week picks up and yay for 5 star books!

    A Week In Review, #19, WWW #15 – http://wp.me/p4mJnf-1Lm


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:53 PM #

      Haha, I’ve found myself doing that as well. I go ahead and pick up the new book telling myself it’s a ‘fling’ but I know I’ll have trouble going back to the original book. Gosh, it sounds like infidelity in a relationship, haha. Happy Wednesday.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. hmills96 January 25, 2017 at 9:41 AM #

    I LOVE Mrs. Dalloway, but Virginia Woolf can be very introspective. I also suggest maybe reading (or watching) The Hours by Michael Cunningham, that can help put Dalloway in perspective. I read it first and it made VW make a lot more sense. Here’s my link (posts at 10:30 cst) http://ilayreading.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday-1252017/


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:55 PM #

      That’s great advice, thank you. I’m having trouble with this one on audio. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. ReadingMaria January 25, 2017 at 9:46 AM #

    Mrs. Dalloway is even less impressive in print form! It was horrible getting through way back to my first year of university!

    Here is my post: https://mariazuppardi.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday-january-25-2017/


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:57 PM #

      Haha, glad I’m not alone. It’s been a bumpy ride. Happy Wednesday!


  16. anovelglimpse January 25, 2017 at 9:57 AM #

    Just do it — Grab yourself some Mindy!!!

    Here’s what I read this week.


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 5:59 PM #

      Haha, I’m trying so hard to restrain! It might be good to start reading her book around when school starts. Maybe it will make school seem less terrible, haha. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. Kwizgiver January 25, 2017 at 10:13 AM #

    I always enjoy your thoughts on books. 🙂



    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:01 PM #

      Thank you for stopping by and reading them. Happy Wednesday!


  18. Lauren January 25, 2017 at 10:14 AM #

    I read Kaling’s other book and loved it. I’ll have to get to “Hanging Out” at some point too! I’m also going to join the When Are you Reading Challenge – https://thelaurenest.com/2017/01/14/2017-reading-challenges/


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:03 PM #

      Awesome, glad to have you joining the challenge! Shoot me your link and I’ll add you to the list. Welcome back for another year. I felt pushed to read ‘Hanging Out’ when I realized she already had another book. Yikes. Happy Wednesday!


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:03 PM #

      Woops, realized this is your link for that. I’ll add it soon, thanks!


  19. sarinalangerwriter January 25, 2017 at 11:15 AM #

    Well done on World Without End!! Nearly there now 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://sarinalangerwriter.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday-25th-january-2017/

    Happy reading, Sam! 🙂


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:04 PM #

      I finished it on my way to work this morning! I was so excited that I left my lunch in my car, LOL. Happy Wednesday!


  20. readinaflash January 25, 2017 at 11:35 AM #

    Happy reading and thanks for hosting!! Here is my list – https://readinaflash.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday-32/

    Liked by 1 person

  21. dez | the fun in reading books January 25, 2017 at 11:44 AM #

    Oh well, I’m happy you’re about done with World Without End! And good luck with your other books.
    Here’s my WWW: https://thefuninreadingbooks.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday-january-25-2017/ Happy Reading! 😀


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:13 PM #

      I finished it on the way to work this morning! So excited. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • dez | the fun in reading books January 26, 2017 at 7:52 AM #

        Yay!! Now on with your review. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  22. tfaulcbookreviews January 25, 2017 at 12:16 PM #

    Hi there here is my WWW post


    Liked by 1 person

  23. tmorsecode January 25, 2017 at 12:18 PM #

    I definitely think Mrs. Dalloway would be a tough one to listen to! If you like it enough, I’d encourage you to read it. We studied it in one of my lit classes, and it’s really interesting form-wise. Enjoy your other reads!

    Here’s my WWW: https://teresalmorse.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/1624/


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:16 PM #

      It’s very hard to listen to but I’m not sure I could make it through it in print. I think this is a book I would prefer to have been taught so I can appreciate it more. Happy Wednesday!


  24. bevbaird January 25, 2017 at 12:56 PM #

    I haven’t read any of your listed books but several I will definitely add to my TBR recommended list.
    Here’s my post for the week:


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:18 PM #

      Good luck with the ever-growing TBR. Happy Wednesday!


  25. Hayley at RatherTooFondofBooks January 25, 2017 at 12:57 PM #

    I really enjoyed Mrs Dalloway but I read it in print form and imagine it would be quite difficult to get to grips with on audio. I hope you find a way of reading it that works for you because it is a wonderful novel. I also hope you get to the Mindy Kaling book at last this week and that it’s worth the wait.
    Here’s my www post: https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday-25-jan/


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:20 PM #

      I’ve struggled a lot with Mrs. Dalloway. I had the thought that a movie might help me ground it but I have no idea how this book could be made into a movie. Happy Wednesday!


  26. deannalcooley January 25, 2017 at 1:06 PM #

    Hi, this is my first WWW Wednesday. This is my post. I have Mindy Kaling’s book in my queue on audible I’m looking forward to it. https://deannawritesabout.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday/


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:23 PM #

      I hope you enjoy it, I hope to get to it ASAP. Welcome and happy Wednesday!


  27. Candy @ So little time... January 25, 2017 at 2:48 PM #

    Yay to finishing World Without End! I hope you enjoy The Book of Speculation. It’s new to me, but it looks really interesting. 🙂

    Here’s my post: http://candy-m.blogspot.com/2017/01/what-are-you-reading-january-25-2017.html

    Thanks for hosting! Happy Reading!


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:23 PM #

      I finished it on the way to work today! So satisfying and a great way to start my day. Happy Wednesday!


  28. Kelly | Kelly's Rambles January 25, 2017 at 4:05 PM #

    I hope the audio book of Mrs Dalloway picks up for you. This is on my TBR so I’ll avoid the audio book if it’s confusing!

    Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:26 PM #

      I would for sure recommend some print or epub version of the book! Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  29. faithrivens January 25, 2017 at 4:12 PM #

    I know the moment will be bittersweet, but I do hope you enjoy the ending of World Without End. I think you’re in luck, by the way. I hear there’s a third book coming in September.
    Happy Reading 🙂


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

      I finished it on the way to work this morning. It was amazing. If there’s a third book coming, I seriously might cry. That would be incredible. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  30. Jazz January 25, 2017 at 4:35 PM #

    I read some of ‘Mrs Dalloway’ at university. Perhaps it’s time to give it another go!

    Here’s a link to my WWW Wednesday: https://swooningoverfictionalmen.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday-25th-january-2017/


  31. Emily Witt January 25, 2017 at 4:43 PM #

    Good luck with Mrs Dalloway! I haven’t read any Woolf myself but I do have a copy of To The Lighthouse to get around to someday.

    Here’s my WWW: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/www-and-wippet-wednesday-25-january-2017/


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:30 PM #

      I’ve heard good things about To The Lighthouse but I’m skeptical if it’s anything like Dalloway. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  32. Karen (@wellreadpirate) January 25, 2017 at 5:35 PM #

    Virginia Woolf is my literary nemesis. No matter how many times I’ve tried I just don’t enjoy her books!
    My post is here : http://wellreadpiratequeen.blogspot.com/2017/01/www-wednesday-25-january-2017.html


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:32 PM #

      Haha, I might be in the same boat! Happy Wednesday.


  33. Hayley Reviews January 25, 2017 at 5:53 PM #

    Next Wednesday I’m so getting involved great post.


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 6:33 PM #

      I look forward to it. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Hayley Reviews January 26, 2017 at 3:14 AM #

        Thank you 🙂 your posts are awesome.


      • Sam January 26, 2017 at 11:46 AM #



  34. wcs53 January 25, 2017 at 7:33 PM #

    It sounds like you have a lot of books on the go. Hope you get through them all and find them enjoyable. My WWW covers a couple of weeks this week:


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 7:51 PM #

      Thank you! I like having a lot going on at once. Happy Wednesday!


  35. Yvo January 25, 2017 at 8:15 PM #

    Good luck finishing World Without End and congrats on making progress with your Spanish read! I really should pick one up next month myself… I hope you will enjoy your books this week and happy reading! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam January 25, 2017 at 8:25 PM #

      I finished WWE in the car this morning! It started off the day on a great foot. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo January 25, 2017 at 9:16 PM #

        That’s great to hear, Happy Wednesday!


  36. Inge | The Belgian Reviewer January 26, 2017 at 8:59 AM #

    I’m having trouble sleeping lately, maybe I should try reading in a different language too! I really like Christie in English ;-). Happy reading and thank you for your stop on my blog and reading my www! https://thebelgianreviewer.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday-25-01-2017/


    • Sam January 26, 2017 at 11:48 AM #

      It knocks me right out, I swear lol. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  37. The Book Cover Judge January 26, 2017 at 8:23 PM #

    Virginia Woolf is on of those authors who I am constantly told I will enjoy — and who I feel like I should enjoy — but my few attempts to read her work have left me feeling meh. Though I haven’t given up on her! I think I always tend to pick her work up at the wrong time, haha.

    I participated in this meme for the first time today! My link is here: https://thebookcoverjudge.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/what-are-you-reading-wednesday/


    • Sam January 27, 2017 at 7:09 AM #

      Welcome! Always good to have new participants. This is my first Woolf and I’m reading it because I was told I would like it. Happy reading!


  38. Rachel (Bookish Rachel) January 26, 2017 at 9:42 PM #

    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is an insightful and funny book. I should give it another read.

    I also had trouble following Mrs. Dalloway and didn’t finish it, but I wanted so badly to enjoy it.

    Here is my WWW Wednesday: https://bookishrachel.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/2876/


    • Sam January 27, 2017 at 7:12 AM #

      I’ll finish it only because it’s on audio. It’s easier to make myself finish something I’m listening to haha. Happy reading!


      • Rachel (Bookish Rachel) January 27, 2017 at 2:41 PM #

        Yes, it can be easier that way. I’ve come to love listening to books especially when they’re a bit more difficult to read.


  39. siderealday January 28, 2017 at 2:27 PM #

    I am so late this week and I don’t have an excuse other than tech.
    If I’m remembering correctly, World Without End is indeed part 2 of 3, but since I still haven’t managed to read it despite years of it being on my TBR, what do I know? Glad to hear you’re enjoying most of your reads, and good luck getting through Christie’s mystery so you can move onto more books.
    Here’s my WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/www-wednesday-125/
    Thanks for hosting and happy reading!


    • Sam January 28, 2017 at 10:39 PM #

      I’m so excited to hear it’s part of a trilogy! I adored this book and I can’t wait to read the third. Happy reading!


  40. poseidons99 January 29, 2017 at 12:37 PM #

    After finishing House of Leaves I started Alice in Wonderland, also I’m continuing with The Dark Tower series – https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/izlasiju-lasu-lasisu-62-23-01-29-01/

    Liked by 1 person


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