WWW Wednesday, 13-February-2019

13 Feb

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 finally feel like I’m getting close to finishing The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan. There was just a huge change in narration and I’m not sure where it’s going but I’m optimistic that it will wrap up soon!
I got through a bit of Origin by Dan Brown and I’m returning to it as often as I can. I’m enjoying this one a lot and it’s a good one to have on my phone. I might have to stick to thrillers here.
I started Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson over the weekend. I’m not sure how I’m feeling about it yet. I never was a fan of the paranormal romance genre and I’m a bit put off by it already. We’ll see if it gets better.
I started listening to Hunger by Roxane Gay on Sunday and I’m already halfway done with it! I’ll probably have this finished up next week which means I’m way ahead for my book club instead of scraping by. I’ll get to pick something I want to listen to next! I’m way more excited than I should be for this.

Recently finished: I wrapped up Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan at the beginning of a stressful weekend. It was a fun read and while the ending was a bit much, I enjoyed it. It was a very successful Spanish read as well and I’m really glad I read it. I posted a review for it on Monday so please go take a look!
I was able to finish Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani over the weekend as well. I finished the review hours before my book club meeting on it and I was able to put some original thoughts down before my book club influenced me. Whew! The club discussion should be up tomorrow. My review was posted yesterday.

Reading Next: Oh boy, freedom to choose an audiobook! Next on my TBR is a very appropriate title, You Are an Ironman by Jacques Steinberg. I think this will be particularly motivating as I’m sweating through long runs or bike sessions. I’m really looking forward to this one and seeing how it makes me feel about my own 70.3 in July.


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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83 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 13-February-2019”

  1. I love audiobooks! I’m listening to two of them at the moment and it’s very helpful when I want to read but I’m tired and can’t keep my eyes open too long. Happy reading!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post for today: https://areadertowhateverend.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesday-13th-feb-2019/

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    • Sam at 5:18 AM #

      Sounds like you use the sleep feature! I’ve always been cautious to do that, I’m afraid I’d fall asleep too fast lol. Happy reading!

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      • Oh, no, I just listen for a while and then put the phone away when I can’t seem to be following anymore. It does make me sleepy (or relaxed) which I need, but I’ve only once fallen asleep while the audiobook was still playing. 🙈
        Or I listen to the audiobook when I’m taking a walk – that takes my mind off the fact that I hate any form of exercise. 😜

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      • Sam at 8:03 AM #

        I listen while exercising as well. It’s a great distraction lol. Happy reading!

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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow at 1:58 AM #

    I haven’t enjoyed my brief experiences with audiobooks…I seem to need the visualization of actually reading books. I might try again someday.

    I’ve only read one John Green book, but have another on my Kindle (Paper Towns).

    Enjoy your week, and here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam at 5:19 AM #

      It’s not for everyone but it may be worth a second try. I hope you enjoy Paper Towns, though it wasn’t a favorite of Green’s books for me. Happy reading!

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  3. Jen | Books on the 7:47 at 2:53 AM #

    What do you think of Hunger? It’s on my TBR, worth a read?

    My WWW post:
    https://booksonthe747.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesday-13th-february-2019/

    Have a great Wednesday! 😊

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    • Sam at 5:19 AM #

      So far I’m liking it, but it’s hard to read at times. She’s very honest and it’s making me take a look at my bias in a very uncomfortable way. Happy reading!

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      • Jen | Books on the 7:47 at 7:57 AM #

        Interesting, I like books that make you look at things differently, think I will give it a read!

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  4. I’ve tried to get into John Green’s work but so far I’ve not read one I’ve liked! Maybe I’ll give Will Greyson a go if I see it in the library.
    Here’s my link! https://bethsbookishbackpacking.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesday-13-02-2019/

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    • Sam at 5:20 AM #

      I hope you can enjoy it! The Fault in Our Stars has been my favorite of his. Happy reading!

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  5. Louise at 2:56 AM #

    I’ve been really interested in Hunger, although I don’t read much non-fiction. I’m glad you’re enjoying it.

    https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/wow-miranda-in-milan/

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    • Sam at 5:20 AM #

      Thank you. It’s brutally honest but that’s kinda refreshing. Happy reading!

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  6. Julie at 3:16 AM #

    I read a couple of John Green’s books and did not love them, but still want to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

    https://julietyuk.blogspot.com/2019/02/www-wednesday-february-13th.html

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    • Sam at 5:21 AM #

      The ending is very John Green, as a warning. But the whole thing is delightful. Happy reading!

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  7. alilovesbooks at 4:18 AM #

    I kind of miss going to a book club and chatting about books but I don’t really miss having to read someone else’s choice. I hope you enjoy your reads.

    Here’s my www https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesday-13th-february-2019/

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    • Sam at 5:22 AM #

      It’s a blessing and curse, right? I like being introduced to books I never would have picked up otherwise. Happy reading!

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    • Ijeoma at 2:42 AM #

      I’m with you on that. I loved being part of a book club but more so when I liked the book choices and not so much when I didn’t.

      I do miss getting to chat with others live and in person about the books though 🙂

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  8. Whispering Stories at 4:35 AM #

    I do like the sound of Minutes Before Sunset. Not my usual genre but something I dabble in now and again. Here’s my WWW – https://whisperingstories.com/www-wednesday-reading-13th-february-2019/

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    • Sam at 5:22 AM #

      Sounds like you’re more equipped for it than I’ve been. I know next to nothing about this genre. Happy reading!

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  9. whatcathyreadnext at 5:33 AM #

    I really enjoyed reading your review of Kiss Carlo as, like you, I’d been completely misled by the cover about the type of book it was. And I always find your ‘writer’s take’ comments on characterization, narrative structure, etc. so interesting. I’ll look forward to learning what your book club made of it.

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesdays-13th-february-19/

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    • Sam at 8:02 AM #

      I’ve got the post half finished, it should be up tomorrow! Happy reading.

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  10. Robyn at 6:49 AM #

    I’ve never listened to an audiobook or read on a electronic device – there is something about holding a book that I enjoy. I really enjoyed the John Green book and have read some Amy Tan in the past – may have to check that one out! Here is my WWW Wednesday. https://www.autismfamilypower.com/www-wednesday-13-february-2019/

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    • Sam at 8:05 AM #

      The only other Tan I’ve read was The Joy Luck Club and this one is nothing like that. I much preferred Joy Luck. Happy reading!

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      • Robyn at 8:57 AM #

        Good to know! Thanks!

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  11. Amanda McGill at 7:01 AM #

    My husband just completed his first Ironman last summer. I’ll have to get him that book!
    My WWW: https://thelimitofbooksdoesnotexist.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesday-february-13-2019/

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    • Sam at 8:06 AM #

      That’s awesome, congrats to him! The time commitment for this training is intense! Happy reading.

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  12. J R Lynn at 7:34 AM #

    You are an Iron-man sounds super motivational! I hope you enjoy.

    My WWW

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    • Sam at 8:07 AM #

      Thanks! I downloaded it last night with the ambitious intention of starting it today lol. Happy reading!

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  13. Emily Wrayburn at 7:56 AM #

    Glad you’re enjoying Origin! I’ve heard a number of people say it was an enjoyable one.

    Here’s my WWW this week.

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    • Sam at 8:25 AM #

      I think I’ll be along them. It keeps getting more and more interesting! Happy reading.

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  14. Teri Polen at 8:14 AM #

    I wish I was way ahead on my book club selection – I’ll be the one barely scraping by this month. Happy Reading! https://teripolen.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-amreading-22/

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    • Sam at 8:26 AM #

      That was me for the Monday meeting lol. I finished the book late on Saturday. Though another had finished it that morning! Happy reading.

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  15. Oh, I loved Hunger by Roxane Gay! She’s such a powerful and insightful writer and someone I sincerely admire. Please tell me you’ve already read Bad Feminist!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post this week!

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    • Sam at 8:27 AM #

      I haven’t but I’m thinking about adding it to my TBR. Happy reading!

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  16. the reading chemist at 8:46 AM #

    I still haven’t tried an audiobook, but I definitely need to!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post:
    https://thereadingchemist.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesdays-13-february-2019/

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    • Sam at 8:54 AM #

      It doesn’t work for everyone, but I love it. Happy reading!

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  17. WordsAndPeace at 8:52 AM #

    Sounds like you have lots of interesting books on your plate. Here’s my post: https://wordsandpeace.com/2019/02/11/mailbox-monday-february-11/

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    • Sam at 8:55 AM #

      I’m very fortunate that I do right now. I wish it were always true! Happy reading.

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  18. Ryan at 9:13 AM #

    Romance is a genre I typically steer clear of too, though I have dabbled before. A few years ago I read a zombie romance story that had its moments, but a lot of issues too. I hope it picks up in some way for you.

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesday-february-13-2019/

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    • Sam at 9:21 AM #

      Thank you. It’s an easy read so it will be fast if nothing else. Happy reading!

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  19. sarahrmorrison at 9:38 AM #

    It has been a long time since I picked up a book just because I wanted to read it, so I really understand your excitement. I’m normally reading for book clubs, reading goals, and to get ARCs read before they come out to the public. Here’s my WWW this week: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesdays-february-13-2019/

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    • Sam at 11:05 AM #

      It’s a very liberating experience! I’m glad I’m not the only one. Happy reading!

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  20. anovelglimpse at 10:49 AM #

    Congrats on almost being ahead for book club! I was down to the wire on my last book club read. It’s so stressful, so being ahead would be great. Happy reading!
    Here’s my what I read last week.

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    • Sam at 11:06 AM #

      I’m glad I’m able to for once. I’m usually cutting it close. Happy reading!

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    • Sam at 1:29 PM #

      Sorry for the delay, this got stuck in spam. Your comment should be posted immediately next week. Happy reading!

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  21. L.M. Durand at 11:03 AM #

    I love audiobooks and trying out something new this week with Illuminae. 🙂
    https://wp.me/p7RMVp-1VM

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  22. silverbuttonbooks at 11:15 AM #

    70.3 of what?!? Are you doing an Ironman? Either way, if that is a running distance I can manage that in…feet, maybe. Kudos to you! I hope the book is an inspiration. And, I’m glad you get to chose an audiobook – such joy! Here is my WWW: https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesday-february-13-2019/

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    • Sam at 11:22 AM #

      70.3 is a half IronMan. The full is 140.6. I think a half is more than enough for me, though! It’s been a personal goal for a while. Happy reading!

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  23. Sheri at 11:23 AM #

    Kudos to you for your Ironman! Best of luck:) https://tvaddictedbookworm.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesday-2-13-18/

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    • Sam at 11:28 AM #

      Thank you! I have until July to get myself ready. Happy reading!

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  24. Stephanie at 12:31 PM #

    I’m glad you enjoyed Will Grayson! I will have to read Hunger; it’s been on my TBR far too long. Have a great reading week! Here’s my WWW post: https://stephsfictionandfamilylove.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesday-february-13-2019/

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    • Sam at 8:38 PM #

      It’s a really quick read! The audiobook is less than six hours. Happy reading!

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      • Stephanie at 8:52 PM #

        That’s good to know! I always end up with ones that are almost 30 hrs and wonder why I did that, lol. Thanks–you too!

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  25. Lola at 12:58 PM #

    I always struggle with paranormal romance it seems. I like the idea of it, but it seldomly works for me. It’s usually either really cliche or cringey…. My WWW: https://lolaetlavie.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesdays-13-february-2019/

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    • Sam at 8:39 PM #

      I’m not sure if this is either, but the world isn’t clicking with me well. There are a lot of nuances of the way the paranormal elements work and I keep getting confused. Happy reading!

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  26. Jolie at 2:48 PM #

    I read your review of Will Grayson, Will Grayson and it got me very interested!!! So, it was added to my want to read list!! Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesday-february-13th-2019/

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    • Sam at 8:39 PM #

      That’s awesome! I’m glad you liked the review. It’s a really fun book. Happy reading!

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  27. Yvo at 3:25 PM #

    Congrats on finishing your Spanish read! I’ll go check out your review as I still have to read that book. Have a wonderful week and happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam at 8:40 PM #

      Thank you! I’m excited to have finished it so early in the year. It usually takes a few months. Happy reading!

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  28. I really want to look into reading Origin. I hear so much about it!

    Here is my post: https://katelynpdickinson.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesday-2-13-19/

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    • Sam at 8:41 PM #

      It’s been really fabulous so far. It helps that it’s set in Barcelona and I visited that city this past summer! Happy reading.

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  29. Keri at 12:05 AM #

    Oooh, I’ve read a couple of the authors that you listed, but not those particular books. I’ve only read Angels & Demons by Dan Brown and Roxane Gay’s Difficult Women. Hmm, I should probably change that, shouldn’t I?
    Glad to hear that you’re enjoying most of your current reads! I hope you continue to pick up great books. 🙂

    I know I’m a little late in commenting, but here’s my WWW Wednesday post:
    http://www.areyoumybook.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/www-wednesday-february-13th-2019/

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    • Sam at 7:04 AM #

      I liked Angles & Demons and I remember thinking the movie was fairly true to the book. This is my first read by Gay. Happy reading!

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  30. Ijeoma at 2:47 AM #

    Everyone one of the authors of your WWW books are new to me so now I have more to add to my list to check out 🙂

    I too, like some others above, am more of a physical book kinda gal than audiobook but to be fair, I haven’t tried to listen to an audiobook yet so maybe I should at least try.

    I do enjoy podcasts so maybe I just might like audiobooks too!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post: https://justhalfanhour.com/2019/02/14/www-wednesday-february-13th-2019/

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    • Sam at 7:05 AM #

      Audiobooks aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but they’ve been a Godsend for me. I wouldn’t survive long runs without them. Happy reading!

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  31. joyh82 at 11:05 AM #

    Sounds like a fun Meme, this is my first week participating so I hope I posted it the correct way. Love to find out what everyone else is reading and has on their list to read.
    Joy@Books&Life

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    • Sam at 11:51 AM #

      There’s a post for today as well. Try posting there to share with more readers! Happy Wednesday!

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  32. Book Rambler at 2:30 PM #

    I have listened to only two audiobooks so far and they’ve been very helpful.
    Here’s my post:https://bookramblerblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/27/www-wednesday-4-weekly-reading-update-2/

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    • Sam at 4:51 PM #

      I’m glad it’s been a good experience! I love listening to them. Happy reading!

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