WWW Wednesday, 16-January-2019

16 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!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: It’s a little depressing to think about how long The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan will be on this list. I’m going through it very slowly in my car. I’m about 20% done at this point and it’s already been on my list the longest. Get settled in, folks!
I’m enjoying Origin by Dan Brown and I’ve made lunch reading time so I can keep working my way through it. I’m about 20% done, which is fast for me with an ebook! It helps that I’ve had a lot of time alone at home to work on it, too. I’m trying to keep the TV off when I’m home alone and I’ll read a few pages on my phone instead.
I feel like I’ve forgotten Spanish completely when I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. There are a lot of slang words I don’t know and I’m having to look them up. When I find how colloquial they are, I usually feel a bit better about not knowing them, but I still feel like I need a refresher course.
I’ve only just started Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. I’m sure I’ll get some more of this under my belt soon but it’s too early to make a call on it.

Recently finished: I was able to wrap up Before the Fall by Noah Hawley on Saturday, just in time for my Monday book club! I liked this one a lot and my husband and I had some good discussion on it. I wrote my book review, which will be up tomorrow, before my book club met in order to keep my opinions separate from theirs. I gave the book Four out of Five Stars.

I managed to get two book reviews up already this week. The first was People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. I liked this one a lot (ignoring the last few paragraphs) and I hope my review explains my rating. I gave the book Three out of Five Stars even though I enjoyed it so much. Read the review to see why!
I also reviewed Henry VIII by William Shakespeare. This was the last book I needed for the 2018 When Are You Reading? Challenge and I finished it just in time! Unfortunately, the review is quite delayed. I also gave this one Three out of Five Stars.

Reading Next: Book club on Monday means I got a new book to read. This time it’s Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani. Trigiani will be coming to my area to speak early this year so our club is reading this in anticipation. Look for several more posts about it as the year goes on!


Leave a comment with your link and 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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77 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 16-January-2019”

  1. lafemmelivresque January 16, 2019 at 6:08 AM #

    It’s been a while since I attempted to read Dan Brown (I was a kid and half the stuff went over my head then). Maybe it’s time I try again. I put my post up a few hours ago:

    https://areadertowhateverend.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesday-16-jan-2019/

    This is my first time participating in this meme, and also my first week as a blogger. 🙂

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 8:53 AM #

      I read my first of his when I was 14 and I think some of it went over my head. I’ve read more since and it’s been enjoyable. Happy Wednesday!

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  2. Meeghan reads January 16, 2019 at 6:32 AM #

    I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to read Will Grayson, will grayson in another language! I thought it was a difficult read in English (but I also hate that one of them doesn’t believe in grammar)
    My post for today: https://meeghanw.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesday-16-jan-2019/

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 9:56 AM #

      I wasn’t aware that one Will was so opposed to the conventions of writing! It’s been a bit difficult but I think I’ve figured it out, much like I would if I read it in English. Happy reading!

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  3. The Gal Herself January 16, 2019 at 7:39 AM #

    Just saw coming attractions for the film version of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, starring Cate Blanchett. I’m thinking of squeezing it in before the movie comes out. Let us know what you think!

    I’ve got a novel and a biography on tap this week.
    https://onegalsmusings.blogspot.com/2019/01/wwwwednesday.html

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 10:46 AM #

      I’ll be sure to! Is it going to theaters or streaming? Happy reading!

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  4. Jen | Books on the 7:47 January 16, 2019 at 7:58 AM #

    I enjoyed Where’d You Go, Bernadette, bit of a different read than my usual choices – in a good way! Hope you like it!

    My WWW post… https://booksonthe747.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesday-16th-january-2019/

    x

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 10:47 AM #

      Thank you! It’s been enjoyable so far, I like the style. Happy reading!

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  5. boyishbookworm January 16, 2019 at 8:01 AM #

    It’s been quite a while since I last read a Dan Brown book but I enjoyed them a lot back in the day.

    My WWW post

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 11:47 AM #

      I read one every few years and it’s usually a good time. Happy reading!

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  6. Chai (Like Chai Tea) January 16, 2019 at 8:17 AM #

    I’ve seen Where’d You Go, Bernadette around and I just recently found out that it’s gonna be adapted into a film (thank you for that, goodreads). Maybe maybe.. I’ll read this way before the movie comes out.

    This is my first time participating for WWW so here it is – https://likechaitea.blogspot.com/2019/01/www-stain-they-both-die-at-end-hard.html

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 8:55 AM #

      Sounds like I’ve got great timing on that one! Awesome. I like it a lot so far. Happy Wednesday!

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  7. Teri Polen January 16, 2019 at 8:34 AM #

    Bought Origin when it came out, but embarrassed to admit I haven’t gotten to it yet. I may be behind a couple of the Robert Langdon books now. Hope you enjoy it! https://teripolen.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-amreading-20/

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 11:47 AM #

      I think I’m caught up after this one… I hope haha. Happy reading!

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  8. The Bibliovert January 16, 2019 at 8:35 AM #

    Two book reviews up this week, and it’s only Wednesday!! I’m impressed!

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 11:48 AM #

      Thank you! I’m a bit behind with them haha. Happy reading!

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  9. MrsDMVH January 16, 2019 at 9:15 AM #

    I will be taking part in this next week, I just saw it from a blogger I follow today, how interesting!!! So quickly: I just finished The Innocent by David Baldacci, I’m currently reading The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman, and I want to read Silent Patient next!

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 11:49 AM #

      Thanks for joining in! I’ve never read Baldacci but please don’t tell my mother haha. She’s a huge fan. Happy Wednesday!

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  10. silverbuttonbooks January 16, 2019 at 9:31 AM #

    I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on Bernadette! Also, I always mean to read more (some, any) Shakespeare. Do you have a recommendation on where to begin? I think I have only read Romeo and Juliet. I blame my Catholic schooling. Here is my WWW: https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesday-january-16-2019/

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  11. 🎨 Lena's Notebook 📚 (@lenasnotebook) January 16, 2019 at 9:51 AM #

    I want to take part in this WWW Wednesdays post! Am I allowed? 😀

    -Lena

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 11:51 AM #

      Of course! The more the merrier. Happy Wednesday!

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  12. Jana T January 16, 2019 at 9:58 AM #

    I’m also trying to read more Shakespeare this year, so I’m going to check out your review of Henry VIII! I haven’t read any of his histories before, but hope to change that this year. Here’s my WWW Wednesday post: https://reviewsfromthestacks.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesday-1-16-2019/

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 11:51 AM #

      They’re my least favorite, honestly. I prefer the comedies. Happy reading!

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  13. Victoria @ The Contented Reader January 16, 2019 at 10:24 AM #

    I’ve never read a Dan Brown book, buy my dad has enjoyed them! Maybe it’s time I put one on my TBR!

    Here’s my post this week: https://thecontentedreader.ca/2019/01/16/www-wednesday-january-15th-2019/

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 11:52 AM #

      They’re fun thrillers to be sure. I hope you’d find one to enjoy. Happy reading!

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  14. sarahrmorrison January 16, 2019 at 10:28 AM #

    Happy New Year! Glad you were able to finish Before the Fall just in time and that you enjoyed it with your husband. I thought that would be a good one for you both to listen to. Here is my WWW post: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesdays-january-16-2019/

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 11:53 AM #

      He ended up finishing it before me and couldn’t wait to talk about it. We enjoyed the discussion. Happy reading!

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  15. anovelglimpse January 16, 2019 at 10:42 AM #

    You have some great current reads going on! I haven’t read Origin yet, but I want to. I love hearing it’s good so far. Happy reading!

    A Novel Glimpse

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 11:53 AM #

      I’ll squeeze in a few pages soon. Must utilize the lunch break! Happy reading.

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  16. Jen (Pop! Goes The Reader) January 16, 2019 at 10:59 AM #

    I’m so thrilled and excited I discovered this weekly series to participate in! Thank you so much for hosting it, for sharing what you’re reading and encouraging others to do the same. ❤

    Here's my post this week: http://www.popgoesthereader.com/www-wednesday/www-wednesday-issue-1/

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 11:54 AM #

      Welcome! Always glad to have new people join us. Happy Wednesday!

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  17. Laurel-Rain Snow January 16, 2019 at 11:14 AM #

    You have quite a few tempting books on the list Enjoy! Here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 11:56 AM #

      Thank you, happy reading!

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  18. Sheri January 16, 2019 at 11:15 AM #

    Dan Brown? I haven’t read him in a while. Maybe I should check it out. https://wordpress.com/post/tvaddictedbookworm.com/15604

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 11:57 AM #

      I think it’s been five years for me. Happy reading!

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      • Sheri January 16, 2019 at 12:26 PM #

        Deception Point is in my top 10 favorite books!!

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      • Sam January 16, 2019 at 12:42 PM #

        It’s been more than a decade since I read that, haha. I can’t remember what I thought of it.

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      • Sheri January 16, 2019 at 12:50 PM #

        I know I loved it. But that’s one reason I don’t reread books. Afraid I won’t like the second time

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  19. Ryan January 16, 2019 at 11:16 AM #

    I always hear such mixed things about Dan Brown, I’m not sure if I’ll ever get around to checking out his work. I continue to admire your Spanish reading endeavors. I always had trouble with second-language classes.

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesday-january-16-2019/

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 11:58 AM #

      I like him, but he’s not a favorite. I think spacing out the reading makes it more exciting. YA books make reading in another language a lot easier! Happy reading.

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  20. Jak January 16, 2019 at 11:20 AM #

    Here’s my first go at WWW Wednesday!

    https://childatheartbr.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesday-1-16-2019/

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    • Sam January 19, 2019 at 2:02 PM #

      Sorry for the delay! Your comments won’t be delayed again. Happy reading!

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  21. Jolie January 16, 2019 at 12:08 PM #

    Interesting choice of books. I do the same thing when I want to read. Read at lunch and I turn the TV off. I also read a half hour before I go to sleep. Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesday-january-16th-2019/

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 12:41 PM #

      Sounds like we’re similar. There are very few nights I fall asleep without reading first. Happy reading!

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  22. jenchaos76 January 16, 2019 at 12:10 PM #

    Great books though Dab Brown is not a really good writer. My opinion.
    Here’s my week .

    https://jenchaosreviews.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesday-january-16-2019/

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 12:41 PM #

      I see the flaws but I still enjoy the story. Happy reading.

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  23. Stephanie January 16, 2019 at 1:16 PM #

    I’ve had Before the Fall since it was published, read a few chapters, but never picked it back up. After reading what you said about it, I definitely need to give it another try! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. I really hope you enjoy Bernadette; I really loved the audio and I’m not an audio person unless the narrator grabs me. Have a great reading week! Here’s my WWW post: https://stephsfictionandfamilylove.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesday-january-16-2019/

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 3:28 PM #

      The audio has been great! I’m loving this narrator. I hope you can give Before the Fall another try. Happy reading!

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      • Stephanie January 16, 2019 at 5:27 PM #

        She’s a perfect narrator for the book! I definitely will give it another try! Thanks, you too!

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 3:28 PM #

      You, too. Happy reading!

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  24. whatcathyreadnext January 16, 2019 at 1:33 PM #

    I’m full of admiration for you reading a book in another language.

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesdays-16th-january-19/

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 5:16 PM #

      It’s a push to keep he skills from school! Happy reading.

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  25. lalafulton January 16, 2019 at 2:11 PM #

    I’ve never actually read anything by Dan Brown but I feel like I’d really enjoy it. I want to add some to my TBR but at this point…where do I start?!

    My WWW Here!

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 5:16 PM #

      Angels and Deamons is the first Langdon book. I really enjoyed it as well. Happy reading!

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  26. Emily Wrayburn January 16, 2019 at 3:56 PM #

    Kiss Carlo sounds like a good one! Hope you enjoy it.

    Here’s my WWW for this week.

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 5:17 PM #

      Thanks. I’m a little skeptical because I don’t tend to read romance. Happy reading!

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  27. Lauren @ Astra Reads January 16, 2019 at 4:27 PM #

    I’ve heard of Before The Fall but I haven’t read it (yet), will be interested to see the review!

    Here’s my post: https://astrareads.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesday-1-16th-january-2019/

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    • Sam January 16, 2019 at 5:17 PM #

      It will be up tomorrow and I’ll have a book club reflection up in the next week or two. Happy Wednesday!

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  28. ✩ Ashley ✩ January 16, 2019 at 10:06 PM #

    It’s been years since I read Dan Brown (and I only read Angels & Demons). I’m really intrigued by Bernadette as I’ve heard good things! I’m still working through a similar list from last week, but managed to finish a couple audiobooks and start a re-read today, so I delayed my post until tonight.

    https://bubblybooknerd.com/www-wednesday-16-jan-19/

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    • Sam January 17, 2019 at 6:13 AM #

      I’m surprised it took me this long to get to Bernadette but I’m glad I’m finally reading it. Happy reading!

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  29. Michelle January 16, 2019 at 11:08 PM #

    Ooooooh reading in Spanish sounds challenging but also so good/amazing! I wish I remembered enough Spanish (or learned enough Chinese) to be able to read in a different language. Right now I can barely translate the ads on the subway!

    But hey: my WWW Wednesday is done BEFORE 11:30PM ET. Woohooo! 😂
    https://michellewong90.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/www-wednesday-01-16-19/

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    • Sam January 17, 2019 at 6:14 AM #

      I got my degree in Spanish but I don’t have a lot of opportunities to use it so reading like this helps me refresh myself. Happy reading!

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