WWW Wednesday, 2-May-2018

2 May

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!IMG_1384-0

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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Currently reading: I’m still moving forward at a fair pace in An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. It’s fun for me but I think it started off with some large stretches of the imagination so it’s hard for me to enjoy it even though the rest has been really great.
So many new books now! I did start Mister Monkey by Francine Prose like I’d hoped to. The preface threw me off a lot and I’m still deciding how I felt about the book. It’s a lot different from the premise and I think I’ll like it. I’ll have a much better idea next week.
I also got my copy of What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self by Ellyn Spragins through inter-library loan. It came in just as I was about to finish my previous book so it’s beyond perfect! It’s a bit shorter than I thought so I’m being hopeful that I can power through this one and keep scaling Mt. TBR!
I grabbed a copy of The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne on CD at the library. I got this book at an awesome bookstore in Cincinnati a few years ago and I’m excited to finally enjoy it!

Recently finished: So many to report! The end of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah had me crying while I was working out and it made push-ups a lot harder! I enjoyed the book a lot and posted my review of it yesterday. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
I finished Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs Friday. I flew through it and loved every minute. Jacobs is one of my favorite writers. I have only one of his books still to read and I want to get to it right away, but he doesn’t publish very often so I also want to pace myself. I’ll have a review up tomorrow and I’m excited to gush about this book.
I also finished The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. I had to pick my husband up late Friday night and I finished it waiting for him in the car. I think him being out of town for the week helped me finish so many books this week! I’ll post a review sometime next week.

Reading Next: Being at the beginning of so many, it seems a bit presumptuous to put anything here. However, my book club met on Monday and our next selection is The Sellout by Paul Beatty. My other book club read this when I thought I was going to be out of town so I missed it. I’m excited to get another chance at this book! I’m curious about a Man Booker winner from America!


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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103 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 2-May-2018”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow May 2, 2018 at 1:46 AM #

    You have quite a collection of books. I am curious about The Sellout…and What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self.

    Enjoy! Here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:26 PM #

      I hope I can start The Sellout soon! Happy reading.

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  2. alilovesbooks May 2, 2018 at 1:55 AM #

    Wow lots of books this week. Sorry to hear An Abundance is not quite living up to expectations but glad to hear the end of The Nightingale was so good (I’ve been very tempted by it)

    Here’s my WWW https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-2nd-may-2018/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:27 PM #

      I recommend done tissues if you pick it up. Happy reading!

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  3. aquapages // eline May 2, 2018 at 2:19 AM #

    I didn’t like an abudance of katherines as much as other of John Green’s books either. It gets really slow and a bit repetitive.
    This week’s WWW: https://aquapages.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-2-may-2018/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:28 PM #

      I feel there are a lot of plot lines that aren’t tired up. It didn’t feel complete to me. Happy reading!

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  4. Books tales by me May 2, 2018 at 2:50 AM #

    Here’s my WWW post
    https://bookstalebyme.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday01-may-2018/
    Happy Reading 🙂

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  5. lilisblissfulpages May 2, 2018 at 3:13 AM #

    I’m adding Letters to Myself on my TBR. I need it. Lol.
    Here’s my www:
    https://lilisblissfulpages.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-20/

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  6. Margaret May 2, 2018 at 3:15 AM #

    The Nightingale had me in tears too! Here’s my post – https://booksplease.org/2018/05/02/my-week-in-books-2-may-2018/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:29 PM #

      Those last chapters should come with a warning! Happy reading.

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  7. Lindsay | Bookboodle May 2, 2018 at 3:18 AM #

    I recently read my first Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day, which I enjoyed so would be interested to read more 🙂

    Here’s my WWW – https://bookboodle.co.uk/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-may-2nd

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:29 PM #

      I liked Never Let Me Go best of his books. Happy reading!

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  8. Whispering Stories May 2, 2018 at 3:33 AM #

    Wow lots of great looking books, Mister Monkey and he Worlds Strongest Librarian look interesting. Here’s my WWW – https://whisperingstories.com/wednesday-reading-2nd-may-2018/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:30 PM #

      Both have me laughing so far which is a great change. Happy reading!

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  9. Loved your review of The Nightingale. I feel the same about WW2 books, although I really enjoyed one partly set in Egypt, I think it helped that I didn’t know about this side of the conflict. Here’s my link for WWw this week https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesdays-22/ PS I got History of Wolves out from the library in an effort to finally pick it up!

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  10. whatcathyreadnext May 2, 2018 at 6:10 AM #

    So glad you enjoyed The Nightingale and I know exactly why it would have had you sobbing. I’ve seen The Buried Giant mentioned a lot. I loved The Remains of the Day (and the film version of it) that I’m almost scared to read something else by him that might disappoint and this sounds so different.

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesdays-2nd-may-18/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:32 PM #

      It’s almost too different. I liked Never Let Me Go. I wasn’t a huge fan of The Remains of the Day but maybe the movie would help. Happy reading!

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  11. Emily Wrayburn May 2, 2018 at 6:54 AM #

    I’m so glad to hear The Nightingale was good! The World’s Strongest Librarian sounds interesting. My workplace was fundraising last year for a colleague who had to undergo deep brain surgery to try to treat his Tourette’s. It sounds like a dibillitating thing to live with if it’s not under control.

    Here’s my post for this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-may-02-2018/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:34 PM #

      Wow! I’m really early into it so I can’t tell how well controlled his condition is. I’m excited to keep reading. Happy reading!

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  12. Alexia Cambaling May 2, 2018 at 7:24 AM #

    I’m really interested in The Buried Giant. Is it more like Literary Fantasy? I want to get into Kazuo Ishiguro’s works.

    My post: https://thebookwormdaydreamer.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-may-2-2018/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:35 PM #

      It’s like an Arthurian legend which isn’t at all what I expected. I liked Never Let Me Go best of his works. Happy reading!

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  13. Sharon Taylor May 2, 2018 at 7:36 AM #

    Just finished Persuasion by Jane Austen. Have read all of her books at least once. Always enjoy her insight and wit. Currently reading A Shade of Difference by Allen Drury mostly to meet Sam’s reading challenge and to see if the political intrigue still is relevant. Read his entire series back in the 60s and 70s. Going to see King Lear today, so reread a synopsis of that happy tale. Next up is 9 Stories by J.D. Salinger. Again, another fav of my glory days!!

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  14. Aislynn d'Merricksson May 2, 2018 at 8:04 AM #

    You have quite a diverse shelf this week 😃

    Here’s my link- https://wp.me/p6C2DX-1FP

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:37 PM #

      Thanks, I like to read a bit of everything so things don’t overlap so much. Happy reading!

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  15. Leslie May 2, 2018 at 8:10 AM #

    Woot! Cincinnati here! 🙂 I’m glad that you enjoyed The Nightingale!!

    https://booksarethenewblackblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/w-w-w-wednesday-9/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:37 PM #

      Thank you, my club loved talking about it. Happy reading!

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  16. Kaila May 2, 2018 at 8:12 AM #

    I need to read The Nightingale! I keep hearing great (albeit emotional) things about it 🙂

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:38 PM #

      Very emotional, grab some tissue! Happy reading.

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  17. bettylouise31 May 2, 2018 at 8:34 AM #

    haven’t read any of your books. My link is
    https://idahobluebird50.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-may-2-2018/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:38 PM #

      I hope you find something you like. Happy reading!

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      • bettylouise31 May 2, 2018 at 12:42 PM #

        Yes, there are some that I wouldn’t mind reading. Have good week!

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  18. deannalcooley May 2, 2018 at 9:04 AM #

    I really loved Katherines, I hope you find it enjoyable.

    Here’s my post for this week https://deannawritesabout.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-5-2-18/

    Have a great week!

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:39 PM #

      I feel like there’s a lot left unfinished with this book. It’s not my favorite of his works and for me, it’s just OK. Happy reading!

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  19. Maddie // Munch Reviews May 2, 2018 at 9:09 AM #

    Wow soooo many in one week! The Sellout looks interesting! Happy Reading!!

    Here is my post for the week!
    https://munchreviews.ca/2018/05/02/www-wednesday/

    See you next week!

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:40 PM #

      Thanks! And I hope to have some more on next week’s as well. Happy reading!

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  20. Amanda McGill May 2, 2018 at 9:45 AM #

    I really enjoyed The Nightingale! Glad you liked it!

    My post for this week – https://thelimitofbooksdoesnotexist.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesdays-may-2-2018/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:15 PM #

      Thank you. The characters were great and I thought her historical detail was incredible. Happy Wednesday!

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:43 PM #

      Thanks, it was really well written. Happy reading!

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  21. Sheri May 2, 2018 at 10:36 AM #

    Glad you enjoyed The Nightingale. Will have to go check out your review. http://tvaddictedbookworm.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-5-2-18/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:43 PM #

      I’ll have a post about my book club’s discussion up in a week or so, also. Happy reading!

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  22. shanaqui May 2, 2018 at 10:42 AM #

    How did you find The Buried Giant in the end? I’m very curious!

    My post.

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:44 PM #

      I wasn’t a big fan. I gave it two stars and I could have gone without it. Happy reading!

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  23. anovelglimpse May 2, 2018 at 10:48 AM #

    Yeah, The Nightingale isn’t one to listen to while working out! I’m sorry I didn’t warn you!
    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:44 PM #

      No worries! It made planks even harder haha. Happy reading!

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  24. Sky @ Nettle Books May 2, 2018 at 11:25 AM #

    I’ve heard so many good things about Kirsten Hannah! I need to pick up one of her books soon!

    This was my first time doing WWW wednesday and it was fun!
    https://nettlebooks.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-may-2nd/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:18 PM #

      I’d barley heard of her before this book but I really enjoyed it. Happy Wednesday!

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  25. Kay Riggs (@ItisaBookLife) May 2, 2018 at 11:47 AM #

    The Nightengale is such a good book! Happy Wednesday!

    My Post: http://itisabooklife.blogspot.com/2018/05/www-wednesday.html

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:45 PM #

      Agreed. Happy reading!

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  26. Laila@BigReadingLife May 2, 2018 at 12:14 PM #

    The Sellout is a wild ride. I enjoyed it!

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:45 PM #

      Awesome. I’m excited to pick it up. Happy reading!

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  27. shadowriverdaleharley May 2, 2018 at 12:18 PM #

    Here’s minehttps://shadowriverdaleharley.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-17/

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  28. Rebecca McNair May 2, 2018 at 12:30 PM #

    The Nightengale has been on my list for ages! I really need to pick it up. After I check out your review! 🙂

    This is my first time participating in WWW Wednesday! I had fun. Here’s my post: https://penpapersalt.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-5-2/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:45 PM #

      I hope I don’t spoil anything haha. Happy Wednesday and welcome.

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  29. Jolie May 2, 2018 at 12:35 PM #

    I have been wanting to read The Nightingale!! Here is mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-may-2nd-2018/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:48 PM #

      It’s great but keep some tissue near by. Happy reading!

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  30. Hâf May 2, 2018 at 12:41 PM #

    Just joined this meme today! Excited to be a part of it. Here’s mine:

    https://librarylooter.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-02-05-18/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 12:48 PM #

      Welcome and happy Wednesday!

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  31. VSBbooksBlog May 2, 2018 at 1:09 PM #

    One of these days I’ll have time to read a Kristin Hannah book!

    https://wp.me/p9r7ob-2is

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 3:18 PM #

      They’re pretty long! You’ll need a descent chunk of time. Happy reading!

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      • VSBbooksBlog May 8, 2018 at 12:34 AM #

        Eeep! So I better make lots of time lol

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  32. Ryan May 2, 2018 at 2:28 PM #

    I’m excited to read your review of The Buried Giant! 🙂

    Here’s my (late) post for this week:
    https://musewithmeblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-2018-05-02/

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  33. Beware Of The Reader May 2, 2018 at 3:05 PM #

    OOh I really need to read The Nightingale!!!

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 4:13 PM #

      Have some Kleenex ready. Happy reading!

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  34. laurenisreadingblog May 2, 2018 at 3:18 PM #

    Great job getting through so many books this week! I’m glad to see you enjoyed The Nightingale and you’re amazing for working out through the pain of that ending! 😛 The Sellout’s been on my TBR for a while too, so I look forward to what you think of it.

    Here’s my post: laurenisreading.blog/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-23/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 4:14 PM #

      Holding that plank while crying was torture! Haha. I’m looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about regarding The Sellout. Happy reading!

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  35. Kwizgiver May 2, 2018 at 4:34 PM #

    I took a hiatus from meme-ing, but I’m back! And still reading!

    http://www.kwizgiver.com/2018/05/www-wednesday.html

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 5:04 PM #

      Welcome back! It’s always nice to get back to a routine. Happy reading!

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  36. doriesreadingcorner May 2, 2018 at 4:42 PM #

    Congrats on finishing The Nightingale! I really need to get around to reading that.

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post: https://doriesreadingcorner.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-may-2nd-2018/

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  37. BookerTalk May 2, 2018 at 5:25 PM #

    I have a (signed) copy of The Sellout but haven’t got anywhere near reading it yet..
    Here’s my piece for this week https://bookertalk.com/2018/05/02/wwwednesday-2-may-2018/

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    • Sam May 2, 2018 at 5:48 PM #

      I find it takes me longer to read signed copies because I don’t want to ‘hurt’ them. I have to work up to it haha. Happy reading!

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      • BookerTalk May 3, 2018 at 4:36 AM #

        I know what you mean, i feel guilty I haven’t read them

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  38. Bean May 2, 2018 at 5:31 PM #

    Ooo! I’ve been thinking about reading The Nightingale! Might just have to do it…

    Here’s mine 🙂 Happy Reading!!
    https://beansbookshelfandcoffeebreak.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-25/

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  39. Musings Of A Bookish Nerd May 2, 2018 at 8:20 PM #

    I have had The Nightingale on my TBR forever. I cannot wait until I have time to get to it. Stop by and check out my WWW: https://musingsofabookishnerd.com/2018/05/02/www-wednesday-8/

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