WWW Wednesday, 23-May-2018

23 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 haven’t made much progress with The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver. I’ve been getting my school reading done during lunch at work so I’m not falling behind in that, but I’m not getting ahead in reading. I expect this will be on this list for a while.
I sped through The Sellout by Paul Beatty but didn’t quite finish it in time for my book club meeting. I’m still going to finish it but it’s a little bittersweet knowing more about the ending than I otherwise would. Oh well.
I’ve had some good movement with audiobooks! I wasn’t able to get The Joy Luck Club as fast as I wanted to so I started A Walk In the Woods by Bill Bryson instead. This is making me excited for summer and thinking about getting the gear so I can be a backpacker soon! I’ve wanted to do some longer hikes for a while but I don’t have the gear… yet.
I also started another eaudiobook. I picked up Critical Chain by Eliyahu Goldratt. I read his critically acclaimed The Goal in college and I’m excited to see what else this business master has to share.

Recently finished: I wrapped up The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne last Wednesday right before bed. I really adored this book and I’m surprised how few reviews of it I found after posting. It seems it wasn’t widely distributed even though it was well received. My review will be up tomorrow.
I plowed through Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson on my errands and drive to school. This was a great, albeit short book and it’s making me curious about what else Woodson has written. Does anyone have recommendations for more by her?

I posted my review of Mister Monkey by Francine Prose on Thursday last week and my book club reflection of it went up yesterday. The book was good but it didn’t blow me away. I gave it Three out of Five Stars.

Reading Next: I’m set on audiobooks for a while so it looks like I’ll get to pick a physical book next. I keep knocking down my towering TBR from the top and next up is Brainiac by Ken Jennings. My mom raised me on Jeopardy! so I watched Jennings in his legendary run on the show. I’m interested to see what he has to say about the world of competitive trivia and learn a little more about a person who can pack so many facts into his head!


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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86 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 23-May-2018”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow at 1:29 AM #

    I liked Another Brooklyn, and haven’t read any of her other books, but I’ve heard good things about Brown Girl Dreaming. Enjoy your books, and here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam at 5:14 AM #

      I believe I’ve seen that one around. Thanks for the recommendation. Happy reading!

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  2. Kay Wisteria at 1:29 AM #

    These look like great books! Happy reading 🙂

    https://hammockofbooks.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/www-wednesday-5-23-18/

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    • Sam at 5:14 AM #

      Thanks, it’s been a good week. Happy reading!

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  3. alilovesbooks at 3:11 AM #

    Sounds like a good reading week despite school and work. I keep meaning to pick up a Bill Bryson but somehow never get around to it. Hopefully it’ll get you in the backpacking spirit.

    Here’s my WWW https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-23rd-may-2018/

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    • Sam at 7:31 AM #

      True! I’m doing a bit different kind of backpacking this summer (discount airlines and and hostels) but it’s pumping me up for summer. Happy reading!

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  4. Lindsay | Bookboodle at 3:16 AM #

    Fortunately I’ve always managed to finish my book club reads before the meeting but others haven’t. It’s then really hard to not give away spoilers whilst trying to have a decent discussion especially if the ending made or killed the book! 🙂

    Here’s my WWW – https://bookboodle.co.uk/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-may-23rd

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    • Sam at 7:55 AM #

      I don’t think much was ruined with this one despite the discussion. I was within 30 pages of finishing at the meeting and I’ll probably wrap it up tonight. Happy reading!

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  5. cleopatralovesbooks at 3:29 AM #

    Brown Girl Dreaming has caught my eye out of this list. Here is my Wednesday post https://wp.me/p3NfGl-2TM

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    • Sam at 7:55 AM #

      I’ve heard that ones good, too. Happy reading!

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  6. Happywhale at 3:45 AM #

    The Post Birthday World looks interesting.
    ahappylittlebookworm.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-23-05-18/

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    • Sam at 7:56 AM #

      I’m hoping to read a chunk of it today. Happy reading!

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      • Happywhale at 9:42 AM #

        Thanks. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it once you’re finished 🙂

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  7. Ambi at 4:58 AM #

    Good to see you’re getting through you books! Here’s my WWW 🙂

    https://edwardsghostengine.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-31-23-5-18/#more-6345

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    • Sam at 7:56 AM #

      Thanks, it’s nice to make progress. Happy reading!

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  8. Whispering Stories at 5:13 AM #

    Looking forward to reading your review of ‘The World’s Strongest Librarian’as I like the look of it. Here’s my WWW – https://whisperingstories.com/wednesday-what-reading-23rd-may-2018/

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    • Sam at 7:57 AM #

      I recommend it! The audio was great, too. Happy reading!

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  9. Brainiac looks quite good!

    Here’s my link: https://wp.me/p6C2DX-1J3

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    • Sam at 10:29 AM #

      Thanks, I hope to start it soon. Happy reading!

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  10. boyishbookworm at 5:17 AM #

    It’s so bad when you know the ending of a book before reaching it.. 😦 My WWW post

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    • Sam at 10:30 AM #

      I don’t think this one will be much of a surprise. I was close to the end when we met and the prologue started with the end, if that makes sense. Happy reading!

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  11. Emily Wrayburn at 5:36 AM #

    That’s too bad about getting a bit spoiled in the book club meeting. I feel like that would end up happening to me all the time if I were in a book club.

    Here’s my post this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-may-23-2018/

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    • Sam at 12:22 PM #

      It wasn’t as bad as I thought. Most people hadn’t finished the book! Happy reading.

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  12. I love audiobooks and listened to a fab non-fiction one just recently by Jon Sopel, the BBC’s North America Editor. Here’s my link to my WWW post this week https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesdays-25/

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  13. samslifeinbooks at 6:20 AM #

    Oh no, it is shame you already know the ending. I am keen to read The Sellout as well. I hope you enjoy finishing it nonetheless. Here is my link: https://samslifeinbooks.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-13/

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    • Sam at 12:24 PM #

      It wasn’t too spoiled thankfully. I should finish it tonight. Happy reading!

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  14. whatcathyreadnext at 6:54 AM #

    I’m always in awe of how you manage to have so many books on the go at the same time. I used to have three or four books I was reading at any one time, albeit different genres usually, but I find myself becoming more monogamous of late and two is my limit now. I find it easier to draw together my thoughts to write a review if I’m not already immersed in more books. But that may say more about the challenge of writing reviews!

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesdays-23rd-may-18/

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    • Sam at 12:25 PM #

      I try to only have one in each format going at a time or I have similar problems. Happy reading!

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  15. Amanda McGill at 8:32 AM #

    I really enjoyed The World’s Strongest Librarian and I’m glad you did too!

    My WWW – https://thelimitofbooksdoesnotexist.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesdays-may-23-2018/

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    • Sam at 12:25 PM #

      Awesome! I’m glad you had a chance to read it. Happy reading!

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  16. Teri Polen at 8:34 AM #

    I haven’t read A Walk in the Woods, but watched the movie with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte – a thumbs up all around. https://teripolen.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesdays-what-am-i-reading-amreading-2/

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    • Sam at 12:26 PM #

      I can’t wait to see the film. I keep picturing Redford, haha. Happy reading!

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  17. bettylouise31 at 9:05 AM #

    I often books I read don’t have many reviews. The STRONGEST LIBRARIAN. sounds interesting. Link is https://idahobluebird50.com/

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    • Sam at 12:26 PM #

      It was a really solid read, I recommend it. Happy reading!

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  18. Ryan at 9:13 AM #

    I remember when I was in school my reading was usually behind of the lectures, so I’d often find out plot developments ahead of time too. It really irked me when it was a book I was enjoying. Could only blame myself though.

    Here’s my post 🙂
    https://musewithmeblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-2018-05-23/

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    • Sam at 12:27 PM #

      Haha that would be a hard way to have a book ruined. I hope fewer books are ruined for you now. Happy reading!

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  19. rules640 at 10:37 AM #

    The world’s strongest librarian sounds really interesting. I would definitely check that out soon.
    Here is my WWW Wednesday post:
    https://lifeat17.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-3/

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    • Sam at 12:28 PM #

      I hope you can, I’ve really enjoyed it. Happy reading!

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  20. Leslie at 10:39 AM #

    l love how much you are always reading at one time!

    https://booksarethenewblackblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/w-w-w-wednesday-12/

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  21. anovelglimpse at 10:53 AM #

    You have me curious about The World’s Strongest Librarian now! I’ll have to watch for your review.
    My WWW Wednesday.

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  22. Sheri at 11:08 AM #

    Thanks as always for hosting:) http://tvaddictedbookworm.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-5-23-18/

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  23. jennabookish at 11:27 AM #

    Love this concept! Here’s my WWW Wednesday post! 🙂
    jennabookish.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday/

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  24. Stephanie at 11:35 AM #

    I think I need to read The World’s Strongest Librarian; it sounds wonderful! You have so many good books you’re reading right now. Happy reading! Here is my WWW post: https://stephsfictionandfamilylove.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-may-23-2018/

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    • Sam at 12:31 PM #

      It’s a really fun book, I think you’ll enjoy it. Happy reading!

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      • Stephanie at 12:46 PM #

        It sounds like it! Thank you! You too 🙂

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  25. Wow the World’s Strongest Librarian sounds like it would make me cry ugly tears lol. Glad to hear you adored it!

    Here’s my link!!
    https://munchreviews.ca/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-4/

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    • Sam at 12:32 PM #

      Not too ugly haha. It had a lot of laughs to balance it out. Happy reading!

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  26. Peachy at 12:20 PM #

    Brainiac looks interesting! It’s not quite the same, but recently I’ve been watching Genius Junior with my parents and I’m just amazed with our brain works. They have this section where the kids have to memorize all 52 cards in a deck (this grows to 2 decks in the semifinals) in a particular order. My mom and I have been trying to do it but so far we can only do up to 26 cards and the accuracy is lower than 100% – although we only take about 20 to 30 min to memorize them, and I discovered the kids in the show get to take their particular decks home.

    How is the Critical Chain so far? I remember having to read The Goal for my Supply Chain Management class in college and liked it. I was surprised we get to read a “fiction” book for a business class. Every time I hear or use the word “bottleneck” I still think of this book!

    https://bookdragonlair.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-05-23-2018/

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    • Sam at 12:34 PM #

      It’s a little too early to tell with Critical Chain. I might pick up another hold that came in and finish it when I’m not on school haha. Happy reading!

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  27. Nicole Evans at 12:25 PM #

    I decided to try this out for the first time, after seeing so many lovely posts pop up with this tag! I look forward to checking out what everyone is reading and hurting my TBR list yet again. 😉

    Here is my link: erlebnisseweb.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-5-23-18/

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    • Sam at 12:34 PM #

      Great, welcome and happy Wednesday!

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      • Nicole Evans at 4:27 PM #

        Thank you! I think this is a really neat meme that I’ll definitely try to be consistent of. Happy Wednesday!

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  28. Great WWW Wednesday this week! The Sellout seems super interesting!

    Here’s my post for the week: https://rockyreads.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-2/

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    • Sam at 5:06 PM #

      It’s very different from anything I’ve read recently. Happy reading!

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  29. Jolie at 2:46 PM #

    Interesting books. Haven’t heard of any of them. Here’s mine!! https://readwithme2018.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-may-23rd-2018/

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  30. classybooksxo at 4:15 PM #

    I haven’t heard of these and will now probably be looking into them!

    Here’s ours 🙂

    https://classyxbookreviews.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-12/

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    • Sam at 5:06 PM #

      I hope you find something to enjoy. Happy reading!

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  31. elfkookie at 9:38 PM #

    Here is my post: https://aemoranteacher.wordpress.com/2018/05/24/www-wednesday-on-wednesday/ I also have 2 Bill Bryson books waiting in the queue. His book Notes From a Small Island had me cracking up.

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    • Sam at 9:48 PM #

      I haven’t read one of his memoirs until now but I’ve enjoyed some of his nonfiction so I was excited to pick this up and I’m enjoying it. Happy reading!

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  32. hannahjrussell at 11:06 PM #

    I hope you’re enjoying all of your reads. Here is my post:
    https://hannacondablog.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-23-05-2018/

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    • Sam at 6:14 AM #

      Thank you! I actually finished The Sellout last night! Happy reading.

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  33. Bean at 11:20 PM #

    You always have such unique books that I don’t hear about nearly as much as others, which is super awesome!! I hope you enjoy!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday:
    https://beansbookshelfandcoffeebreak.com/2018/05/23/www-wednesday-26/

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    • Sam at 6:53 AM #

      Thank you! I know I’m not one who reads current best sellers or new releases and I’m glad you enjoy that. Happy reading!

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  34. Lynn at 3:48 PM #

    Ugh! The World’s Strongest Librarian has been on my TBR listing forever and I own it! Must get to that one! Emily of The Bookshelf of Emily J reviewed it, too: https://thebookshelfofemilyj.com/2013/05/08/a-memoir-of-being-a-librarian-with-tourettes/. I can highly recommend Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming. I keep thinking I’ll participate in this event with a posting, but never remember! I just finished The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. An excellent historical fiction read with a unique perspective of WW II. Am currently finishing The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn which is awesome! Can’t wait to know how it turns out! Next up is Stay With Me by Ayobami Adobayo for the Literary Wives book discussion group. I have no idea what to expect with this one!

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    • Sam at 5:40 PM #

      I hope you can enjoy The World’s Strongest Librarian soon. It was a quick one for me. You’re the second person to say Brown Girl Dreaming was good. Was it a quick read like Brooklyn? I hope you enjoy your next book. I’ve read a few Literary Wives books and I find them a bit hit or miss. Who is the focus of this one? Happy reading!

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  35. Colleen's Conclusions at 10:50 AM #

    I didn’t think to actually click on the link of your blog until now! This is me introducing myself weeks after joining this weekly meme…. HI! 😀 I’m Colleen and I love this weekly meme, thanks for starting it. It’s one of the ones I actually keep up with. Great idea! I haven’t read any of your books, but I added you as a friend to follow what you read too. Here’s my WWW Wednesday post! https://colleensconclusions.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/www-wednesday-5-30-18/

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    • Sam at 4:09 PM #

      Welcome to my blog! Glad you’re joining us on yours. I read a wide variety of books and followers often tell me my titles are new to them. Happy Wednesday!

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      • Thank you! And that’s good, I tend to stick to my genres but always appreciate those that can read genres I don’t read.

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