WWW Wednesday, 16-August-2017

16 Aug

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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**So, it’s worth noting that I am AGAIN out-of-town and writing this quite in advance. Hey, it’s the summer and I’m going to take my vacation while I can! I may be a bit slow in responding but I am around and in the country this time. Send me some love while I explore NEW ORLEANS! I’m going to try to hit up a few bookstores here to report back.

Currently reading: Moderate progress on Love in the Elephant Tent by Kathleen Cremonesi. Probably some of my best progress in months, actually. It’s nice having time to read during lunch again! I think I’m about 2/3 of the way through and I’ll keep pushing forward.
New books for this list! The first is a new audiobook, The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer. Before I met Meltzer a few years back, I was at a church used book sale and picked up a few of his books, including this one. I’m listening to the audio to get to it sooner than I would my paper copy. So far, he’s delivering on the fast-paced thriller!
I also got to start Chemistry by Weike Wang! I’m really hoping to do an author interview with this book as I knew Wang in high school. If you want to read more about that, check out this post.

Recently finishedI finished I’m Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum while cooking last Wednesday and I’ve been waiting a week to tell you all. I enjoyed it, but not for the reasons I expected to. It was sad but I could have known that if I read book summaries. I’ll have a review up next week. I gave the book Three out of Five Stars.
I also finished
 Empire Falls by Richard Russo on Friday. I knew this book was going to come to a quick end and I kind-of saw it coming, but I still gasped out loud near the end! I think I woke my husband up from his nap. I gave the book Four out of Five Stars. I also plan to have this review up next week.

Many of you have commented on it, but I posted a review of Commonwealth by Ann Patchett last Thursday. Please go check it out if you haven’t yet and let me know what you think! I gave the book Four out of Five Stars.

Reading Next: As of writing, I think my next book will still be The Sellout by Paul Beatty. This might change just before I leave on my trip, though! I got invited to a conference that would interfere with me attending the book club meeting on this book. As much as I’m looking forward to it, I’ll skip the book if I can’t make the meeting and read something off my TBR instead. If that’s the case, I’ll probably pick My Jesus Year by Benyamin Cohen. It’s at the top of my TBR books that I own. Or I might grab something from the library before I leave. I’ll have to report back next week.

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, 16-August-2017”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow August 16, 2017 at 1:35 AM #

    I am glad you enjoyed Empire Falls and Commonwealth…I hope you have a great time in New Orleans. Here is MY WWW POST

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 10:22 AM #

      Thank you! The ending was really good. Happy reading!


  2. Emily Wrayburn August 16, 2017 at 2:28 AM #

    Ahhh, New Orleans! I’m jealous. Have a fabulous time.

    Here’s my post: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/www-wednesday-august-16-2017/


  3. alilovesbooks August 16, 2017 at 3:13 AM #

    Hope you’re having a great time in New Orleans. I’m very jealous as I’ve always wanted to visit

    Here’s my WWW https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/www-wednesday-16th-august-2017/


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 10:23 AM #

      Thanks! I’m going to try to make it out of the conference a few times haha. Happy reading!


  4. Idontwearahat. August 16, 2017 at 3:49 AM #

    Here are my responses! http://wp.me/p6YiO5-VS

    Liked by 1 person

  5. booksarge August 16, 2017 at 4:00 AM #

    Interesting reads, those are books I wouldnt consider reading until I read the post. My Jesus Year looks interesting, I would consider adding it to my reading list. Here is my WWW post


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 10:24 AM #

      I love books about religious understanding. They give me hope! Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. MarinaSofia August 16, 2017 at 4:24 AM #

    Always dreamt of going to New Orleans… ah, well, some time! Perhaps in 4 years’ time, if there is a change of president…
    You’re the first person I’ve heard who’s read I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You. I read it a couple of years ago when I was still based in France and quite liked it, although I did think perhaps there was some wishful thinking involved…
    Here’s my WWW:

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 10:26 AM #

      Traveling in the US still very safe. If our currency plummets, it might be a good time to come haha. I’m glad you liked the book. I think it was a lot of wishful thinking on Richard’s behalf. Happy reading!


  7. whatcathyreadnext August 16, 2017 at 5:55 AM #

    Enjoy New Orleans, such a fascinating city. Hope the bookshops live up to expectations. You enjoyed Empire Falls – phew, that’s a relief as I was one of the people who voted for that!

    Here’s my WWW post: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/www-wednesdays-16th-aug-17/


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 10:27 AM #

      Thanks for picking it! It was a fun read. I’m hopping to make it to two shops if I’m lucky. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Emily @ Reaching While Rooted August 16, 2017 at 6:31 AM #

    Yay! Enjoy New Orleans. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts, it was one of my favorite summer memories this year.

    I have a book club book in this week’s TBR list as well. Here is my WWW: https://reachingwhilerooted.com/2017/08/16/www-wednesday-08-16-17/


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 10:28 AM #

      Anything I should hit up? I don’t have much of an agenda. Happy reading!


  9. Ryan August 16, 2017 at 6:38 AM #

    I hope you’re enjoying your travels 🙂 Here’s my post for this week.


    Liked by 1 person

  10. Nicole @whatadifferenceawordmakes August 16, 2017 at 7:34 AM #

    Enjoy New Orleans! I hear they have some amazing stores! I hope you get to finish Love In The Elephant Tent soon! I like having a good read at lunch!

    Here’s my WWW post:


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 10:28 AM #

      I’m not much of a shopper but I’m excited about the food. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. pocketfullofpages August 16, 2017 at 8:16 AM #

    Have a lovely time in New Orleans!

    Here is our WWW post:

    Liked by 1 person

  12. hmills96 August 16, 2017 at 8:39 AM #

    BELCANTOBELCANTOBELCANTOBELCANTOBELCANTO…have you read it yet? :-p Here’s my linky (10:30 EST) http://ilayreading.com/2017/08/16/www-wednesday-8162017/


  13. Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books August 16, 2017 at 9:12 AM #

    So jealous! I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans! I bet there are some really cool bookstores there!



    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM #

      I’m hoping to explore some today. Happy reading!


  14. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads August 16, 2017 at 9:40 AM #

    That’s so cool that you’re reading a book by someone you knew in high school! Hopefully you’ll like it, haha.
    Here’s my WWW: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/www-wednesday-81617/


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 10:32 AM #

      I didn’t have time to update this but I finished it on the plane last night. I’ll be writing a review in the next week or so. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads August 17, 2017 at 10:55 AM #

        Can’t wait to see your review! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  15. ambiammonia385 August 16, 2017 at 10:52 AM #

    So jealous! would love to go to New Orleans (or anywhere in the States for that matter)…. hope you’re having a great time there though 😀 and hope you’re finding loads of good books!

    My WWW:


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 10:55 AM #

      Thank you! So far it’s very hot lol. I’m going book exploring this afternoon. Happy reading!


  16. dez | the fun in reading books August 16, 2017 at 10:59 AM #

    I hope you’re enjoying your vacation! 🙂
    I’m not familiar with your books but I’m glad you’re enjoying them.
    Here’s my WWW: https://thefuninreadingbooks.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/www-wednesday-august-16-2017/


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 2:55 PM #

      I’m replying from Cafe Du Monde, what’s not to love? Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. readinaflash August 16, 2017 at 11:10 AM #

    Oh, I loved The Millionaires! I hope you like it too. https://readinaflash.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/www-wednesday-58/


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 2:55 PM #

      Great! I’m enjoying it so far. Happy reading!


  18. bookandswordblog August 16, 2017 at 11:15 AM #

    I love www Wednesday , it’s especially helpful when I’m in a rut and have nothing to blog about 🙂


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 2:56 PM #

      Glad to help. Hope your books are good this week. Happy reading!


  19. The Reader August 16, 2017 at 11:41 AM #

    Have a great time in New Orleans! Here’s my WWW post for the week:


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 2:56 PM #

      Thank you! It’s dang hot lol. Happy reading!


  20. anovelglimpse August 16, 2017 at 11:50 AM #

    I don’t always read blurbs of popular books either. It makes discovering the story so much fun — even if it’s a sad one. Happy reading!
    My WWW Wednesday.


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 2:56 PM #

      I try to go into most books like this and I enjoy it. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. WordsAndPeace August 16, 2017 at 11:53 AM #

    I have to say, I thought Commonwealth was very badly written (I did a vlog on it). It was a huge disappointment for me, as I so enjoyed other books by the same author.
    Here is my post, with links to several great books to win or review:


    • MarinaSofia August 16, 2017 at 12:44 PM #

      Maybe your review was one of the ones I read which diminished my appetite for reading Commonwealth (and I too normally like Ann Patchett). Some friends in Switzerland complained about factual inaccuracies as well.


      • Sam August 16, 2017 at 2:59 PM #

        Oh no! That’s something I never would have caught onto. One advantage of never having been to Switzerland lol. Happy reading!


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 2:57 PM #

      This is my second Pachett and the first was nonfiction. I’m glad to hear her other titles are even better! Happy reading!


  22. Abbey | threecatsandagirl August 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM #

    Have fun in New Orleans!! I’ve never been, but I’d love to at some point!! Here’s my WWW Wednesday 🙂 https://threecatsandagirl.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/www-wednesday-august-16th-2017/


  23. theliterarylaboratoryblog August 16, 2017 at 12:13 PM #

    So jealous that you’re in New Orleans. I would rather be anywhere but here at work this time of year. Hope it’s a nice trip!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday:


  24. E R August 16, 2017 at 1:24 PM #

    Here is my book journal entry! 😉


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM #

      Welcome and happy reading!


  25. Sarah August 16, 2017 at 2:24 PM #

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday

    Liked by 1 person

  26. katieandbooks August 16, 2017 at 2:33 PM #

    here’s my WWW Wednesday for the first time.https://katiejudgesbooks.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/www-wednesday-16th-august-2017/


  27. Hunida's Blog August 16, 2017 at 3:55 PM #

    Can’t wait to read your review on “I’m Having So Much Fun Here Without You” it looks like a book I’d enjoy. 😊

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://hunidasblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/www-wednesday/


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 4:08 PM #

      I hope you do. It was really engaging. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  28. Todd August 16, 2017 at 4:45 PM #

    What a cool idea – glad I came across this. Here’s my first ever one: https://serendipityencouraged.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/what-ive-been-reading-www-wednesday-post/


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 5:56 PM #

      Awesome! So glad you’re joining in. Happy reading!


  29. Kwizgiver August 16, 2017 at 6:04 PM #

    So glad you enjoyed Commonwealth and Empire Falls. I’m going to check out your review of I’m Having So Much Fun Without You–I recall liking it but not loving it.

    Here’s mine: http://www.kwizgiver.com/2017/08/www-wednesday_16.html


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 6:18 PM #

      I felt the same. The story dragged a bit but I loved the art aspect, that was refreshing. Happy reading!


  30. charlotteash August 16, 2017 at 8:15 PM #

    My first time participating and looking forward to some good book recs! https://zouxzoux.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/www-wednesday-august-16-2017/


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 8:55 PM #

      Awesome! Welcome and happy reading.


  31. Yvo August 16, 2017 at 9:24 PM #

    Congrats on finishing two titles and have fun in New Orleans! I hope you will enjoy your books this week and happy reading. Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam August 16, 2017 at 9:53 PM #

      Thank you! I’m having a blast so far. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  32. Candy @ So little time... August 17, 2017 at 11:06 PM #

    That’s awesome, figuring out you know the author of ‘Chemistry’! Have a great vacation!

    Here’s my post: https://candy-m.blogspot.com/2017/08/what-are-you-reading-august-16-2017.html

    Thanks for hosting!


    • Sam August 18, 2017 at 8:00 AM #

      Thank you! I was able to finish the book on the plane which was perfect. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  33. poseidons99 August 20, 2017 at 1:24 PM #

    Didn’t finish a lot of books this week, but it was so good! Plus almost 900 long – https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/izlasiju-lasu-lasisu-91-14-08-20-08/
    Happy reading!


    • Sam August 20, 2017 at 2:12 PM #

      Wow, that’s a big one. Happy reading!



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