WWW Wednesday, 15-August-2018

15 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!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: Still on hold with Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. I’ll have to see about finding this in another format so I can wrap it up soon.
I’ve made slight progress in The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar. I’m reading it slowly during lunches but while the weather is nice, I’m eating outside with my mom a few times a week which takes away at my reading time. I’m enjoying the story and I hope to get back into it soon.
I was able to start Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger and I’m loving it so far. The writing is lyrical and fun and I’m very interested in the focus family!
I’m so fortunate that I’m the first person at the library to get the audiobook copy of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I’ve had my eye on this one for a while and it was recently picked as my book club selection for September and I’m beyond excited to start reading it.
I started a new book on my phone and this time around it’s The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. I read another of Lahiri’s novels a few years ago and adored it so I’m excited to see what else she’s got!

Recently finished: I finished The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan on Thursday. I’m really excited to have finished another book, especially one I was working on for a while. I enjoyed this in both audio and print forms so that I could keep it up while on vacation. My review went up yesterday. I gave it Three out of Five Stars and I’ll be reviewing the movie tomorrow!
I wrapped up Dreams of Joy by Lisa See on Monday. I’ll tell you a secret. I usually write these the Sunday before just to make sure I have it scheduled and I’m usually 99% correct. This week, I was so far off that I had to re-write this Monday night! It changed so fast. I didn’t think I’d finish this one but I powered through because the end was so good. I’ll have a review up next week. I gave it Four out of Five Stars.

My review for The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver went up on Thursday. This was a big winner for me and I gave it Four out of Five Stars.
I also reviewed The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan on Monday. Many of you saw this on my list for weeks and weeks but it’s thankfully wrapped up and I’m so excited to have moved on! I gave the book Two out of Five Stars.

Reading Next: I’ve just started so many books that I’m really not sure. I think it will be a physical book and I’m leaning toward starting something to help me finish my historical fiction challenge. I’m getting a bit anxious about finishing that. I have the 1500s, 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s to go. I’ve got to start some planning!

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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92 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 15-August-2018”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow at 1:32 AM #

    The Hate U Give is on my list. Enjoy your reading, and here’s MY WWW POST


    • Sam at 11:44 AM #

      Thanks! I’m loving it so far. Happy reading!


  2. Books tales by me at 1:36 AM #

    The Joy Luck Club title is interesting
    Here is my post


  3. alilovesbooks at 2:48 AM #

    Will be interested in your thoughts on The Hate You Give. I bought it ages ago but was put off by all of the hype around it.

    Here’s my WWW https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesday-15th-august-2018/


    • Sam at 11:54 AM #

      I’m loving it so far! Started disk 2 last night (out of 10). Happy reading!


  4. lilisblissfulpages at 3:04 AM #

    Same with Ali… I can’t bring myself to read The HateU give due to the hype but i saw the traailer of the film adaptation and Oh My God.. It’s one of the best trailers I’ve seen my whole life. hehe..
    Here’s my WWW:


    • Sam at 12:04 PM #

      I don’t think hype has ever prevented me from reading a book. Happy reading !


  5. Emily Wrayburn at 3:26 AM #

    Can’t wait to see what you think of The Hate U Give. I read it earlier in the year and thought it was really insightful.

    Here’s my WWW post this week.


    • Sam at 12:04 PM #

      I’m liking it so far. It feels very real. Happy reading!


  6. Ceri at 3:48 AM #

    I hop you enjoy The Hate U Give. The writing isn’t exactly the best but the story is brilliant and it’s such an important book of our time.

    You’re finally done with The Feminine Mystique! I’m so happy for you haha.


  7. Whispering Stories at 3:52 AM #

    I read The Hate you Give last May and thought it was a very powerful book, especially for a YA book. I hope the movie is good as some adaptations really ruin a book. Here’s my WWW for this week – https://whisperingstories.com/www-wednesday-reading-15th-august-2018/


    • Sam at 12:20 PM #

      I’m hoping to see the movie as soon as possible to compare the two. Happy reading!


  8. Margaret at 4:55 AM #

    I’m never really sure what I’ll read next – until the time comes!

    Here’s my post – https://booksplease.org/2018/08/15/www-wednesday-15-august-2018/


    • Sam at 12:21 PM #

      So true! I’m trying to give myself a little flexibility. Happy reading!


  9. Rachael at 6:31 AM #

    I thought The Hate U Give was one of those rare books that deserved the hype. Yes, it does read like a YA book, but it’s no less powerful for it. I thought it was excellent and am looking forward to seeing the film.

    MY www post for this week is here: https://bellisdoesbooks.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesday-15-8-18/


    • Sam at 12:22 PM #

      Glad to hear it! I’ve gotten some trusted recommendations so I’m excited. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. thoughtsofthereader at 6:33 AM #

    I’ve had a look at The Hate U Give on Goodreads today, it’s definitely a book I’d love to check out, it sounds very interesting.

    Here’s the link to my WWW Wednesday: https://thoughtsofthereader.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesday-15-08-2018/

    Happy reading! 🙂


  11. stephaniereadsweb at 6:43 AM #

    I hope you enjoy The Hate You Give. I read it last year and it’s a book that I would like to reread in the future.


    • Sam at 12:23 PM #

      Awesome! That’s high praise. Happy reading!


  12. itsmylifejen at 7:08 AM #

    I enjoyed The Joy Luck Club. Happy Wednesday!


    • Sam at 12:24 PM #

      It’s a good read, I’m glad I finally got to it. Happy reading!


  13. The Hate U Give is an mazing book and I imagine it will be fantastic as an audiobook. Here’s my link today https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesdays-15-08-18/


    • Sam at 12:24 PM #

      I heard the audiobook won awards so I’m excited. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. I want to read The Hate U Give. I think I’ll have to buy it.



    • Sam at 12:24 PM #

      Or get lucky at the library! Happy reading.


  15. Teri Polen at 8:30 AM #

    The Hate U Give should be required reading – read it for one of my book clubs earlier this year. Glad you enjoyed The Post Birthday World – read it years ago and it’s one that’s stuck with me. https://teripolen.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-amreading-12/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam at 12:25 PM #

      THUG is a great book club pick. I can’t wait to discuss it. Shriver is a very gifted writer. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. silverbuttonbooks at 9:11 AM #

    I have so much historical fiction to read before the end of the year if I want to complete my “When” challenge! I’ll be excited to see your picks for your missing eras. I have picked up and put down The Hate U Give several times. I want to be in the right head space to read it. Here is my WWW – happy reading! http://silverbuttonbooks.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesday-august-15-2018/


    • Sam at 12:26 PM #

      I’ve got to start making a real effort to finish. How embarrassing if the host doesn’t finish! Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • silverbuttonbooks at 9:03 AM #

        If it makes you feel better – you hosting and not finishing would just raise you to a higher level for me. Don’t stress!


      • Sam at 12:57 PM #

        Hahaha thank you!


  17. sarahrmorrison at 9:19 AM #

    Great choices! I’ve actually read three of your “currently reading” books (Lowland, THUG and Bel Canto). The Hate U Give is amazing! It was my favorite book I read in 2017. I hope you enjoy it too! Here is my WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesdays-august-15-2018/


    • Sam at 12:27 PM #

      That’s awesome! Seems we have similar taste. I’m liking THUG so far and I’m really interested to see where it goes. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  18. I read The Hate U Give, but I didn’t love it as much as everyone else did. It was still pretty good thing and I’m looking forward to see the movie take on it.
    Here’s my reading update post:


  19. Ryan at 9:53 AM #

    Always feels really good to be able to move on from a book that’s been sitting on the “currently reading” list for ages. Happy reading 🙂



  20. whatcathyreadnext at 10:27 AM #

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your reviews of the books you finished recently and found your thoughts on them really fascinating. I feel sorry for you slogging your way through 500 pages of The Feminine Mystique when it really didn’t do it for you. Recently I find myself awarding a lot of four stars to books that I really enjoyed but that just lacked that certain something that would make me feel I could give them the full five stars. I wonder if those of us who read a lot perhaps have our expectations raised over time or it’s just that our critical faculties become more developed?

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesdays-15th-august-18/


    • Sam at 12:29 PM #

      I have very high standards for a five star review as well. I’ve only given three this year. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. noreadstoogreat at 10:37 AM #

    Haven’t read any of those but they look super interesting! Here’s my post https://noreadstoogreat.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesday-august-2018/


  22. Beware Of The Reader at 11:14 AM #

    Enjoy The Hate U Give!!! I loved it 😉


    • Sam at 12:30 PM #

      I’m feeling the same thus far. Happy reading!


  23. anovelglimpse at 11:23 AM #

    You are lucky! I want to listen to THUG, too!
    My WWW Wednesday.


    • Sam at 12:31 PM #

      It’s been a great way to enjoy it so far. Happy reading!


  24. Jolie at 11:28 AM #

    The Hate U Give is in my TBR pile. Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesday-august-15th-2018/


  25. shadowriverdaleharley at 12:31 PM #

    I’ve been wanting to read the hate u give for a while . Hope you enjoy it. Here’s mine


    • Sam at 12:32 PM #

      I’ve had my eye on it, too. Glad my book club finally pushed me toward it. Happy reading!


  26. City of Novels at 12:50 PM #

    I’ve been wanting to read Ordinary Grace and The Hate U Give; I’m glad you’re liking the former so far. I hope the audiobook for The Hate U Give is good; the narration for some books is always a hit or miss for me. I’ve recently listened to some of the Harry Potter books narrated by Stephen Fry and those are fantastic; he narrates the story perfectly.

    Here’s my WWW: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/132948638/posts/2959


    • Sam at 2:19 PM #

      I heard that THUG won an award for the audiobook and so far it’s incredible. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  27. Leslie at 1:03 PM #

    My WWW


  28. lalafulton at 3:27 PM #

    I had hoped to read The Hate U Give before the movie comes out, but I feel like I am just not gonna make it!! I haven’t read The Joy Luck Club yet, but I remember having to watch it with my very asian aunties when the movie came out!!! 🤣🤣🤣

    Here’s my WWW: http://www.itsyagirl.com/2018/08/im-back-with-a-www-wednesday/


    • Sam at 3:34 PM #

      The movie was pretty close to the book. I heard it talked about lately with Crazy Rich Asians coming out. Apparently CRA is the first movie since Joy Luck to have a predominately Asian cast! Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  29. Jessie at 4:16 PM #

    I really want to read Bel Canto and I loved THUG. Hopefully you’re able to find a way to finish the former and I’m sure the audiobook of the latter will be amazing.

    Here’s my WWW this week: https://dwellinpossibilityblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesday-august-15-2018/


    • Sam at 4:18 PM #

      Thank you! I’m hopeful the ebook will return soon. Hopefully I don’t have to put another aside for it, haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  30. Trisha Jenn Loehr at 4:23 PM #

    I admire how you’re able to read so many books at once. Two or three can be so difficult for me. Hope you love The Hate U Give. I found it intense and emotional.

    My WWW Wednesday: https://trishajennreads.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesday-august-15-2018/



    • Sam at 4:24 PM #

      Different formats make it manageable for me. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  31. Liz Charnes at 4:50 PM #

    It’s my first time participating!


  32. Hunida at 6:16 PM #

    I’ve been wanting to read The Hate U Give for the longest but have been on hold on Overdrive since forever. Looking forward to your review on The Joy Luck Club film!

    For your historical fiction, you should read Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All. It’s based in the 1500s!


    • Sam at 6:18 PM #

      I love Tudor era stories! Thanks for the tip. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  33. Yvo at 9:32 PM #

    The Hate U Give was one of my top reads last year! I hope you will enjoy it. Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.


  34. The Hate U Give and The Joy Luck Club are amazing books. Happy reading!



    • Sam at 12:54 PM #

      I adored Joy Luck and I’m liking THUG a lot. Happy reading!


  35. doriesreadingcorner at 1:37 AM #

    The Hate U Give is on my TBR list. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post for this week: https://doriesreadingcorner.com/2018/08/16/www-wednesday-august-15th-2018/


    • Sam at 12:55 PM #

      I heard a lot of positive reviews as well. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  36. joannechillhouse at 2:15 AM #

    Great post. Recently finished and posted my thoughts on The Hate U Give. Never read The Joy Luck Club but saw the movie forever ago. I remember it was monumental.

    Here’s my post: https://jhohadli.wordpress.com/2018/08/16/book-reading-update


    • Sam at 12:56 PM #

      I’m excited for The Hate U Give movie. I think it will be really powerful. Happy reading!


  37. Rae Longest at 7:49 PM #

    WWW response: I thoroughly enjoyed The Hate U Give/The Joy Luck Club/ and Dreams of Joy. I am sure I reviewed The Hate You Give on PWR and may have done so for Dreams of Joy. Pretty sure I did NOT review The Joy Luck Club, but I do remember writing about it in my Reading Log.


    • Sam at 10:15 PM #

      Glad you liked them as well! Seems we’ve read some pretty similar books which is awesome. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person


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