WWW Wednesday, 20-February-2019

20 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’m getting really close to finishing The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan. I think it will be off this list next week and I’m so excited! This one feels like it’s been dragging a bit and I’m excited to start something new.
I keep making steady progress on Origin by Dan Brown. Right now, they’re in Barcelona and it’s bringing up memories of my trip there this summer and it’s helping draw me in more!
I keep moving forward with Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson but I’m feeling more and more that this isn’t a book for me. I might be YA-ed out after reading Green and Levithan. Maybe I should have taken a break before starting this one.
I began listening to You Are an Ironman by Jacques Steinberg and it’s been wonderful while running and biking. I think I’ll get through it pretty fast. The narrator isn’t my favorite (I’ve listened to him before) but the story is great.

Recently finished: I was able to finish Hunger by Roxane Gay and post my review on Monday. I liked the book a lot and I think it will make for a great discussion at my club’s next meeting. It made me a little uncomfortable and I think that was the intention. It’s hard to have your privilege called out and that’s what Gay did. It was eye-opening and I hope I can retain the lessons she taught. I was also excited to learn that she’d studied at Michigan Technological University in my home state. I talk more about this school in my review but if you’re interested and have five minutes, Google it. It’s very different (because of its location) than most schools I know about.

Reading Next: I’m ready for another audiobook in my car (finally) and have decided that it’s going to be Books for Living by Will Schwalbe. I read Schwalbe’s first book, The End of Your Life Book Club, for my book club (ha) and I got to meet him at the Midwest Literary Walk last year where I bought this book. I know it’s going to add to my TBR. I’m bracing myself.


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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88 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 20-February-2019”

  1. I haven’t read any of these but I’m definitely going to be checking out Origin. 🙂🙂

    Here’s my WWW post: https://areadertowhateverend.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-20th-feb-2019-or-how-did-this-happen/

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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow at 1:50 AM #

    I like the sound of Hunger. Enjoy your books, and here’s
    MY WWW POST

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    • Sam at 5:02 AM #

      I think the discussion will be great. Happy reading!

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  3. Emily Wrayburn at 3:42 AM #

    I haven’t read any of Roxane Gay’s books but I have read some of her online writings and I really should read some of her books. She is very articulate and I like to be challenged.

    Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam at 5:03 AM #

      I wonder how much of this book was taken from her blog. It was implied some of it was at least. Happy reading!

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  4. Meeghan reads at 3:42 AM #

    I love it when books remind you of actual trips you have taken. That’s the best!!
    My post this week: https://meeghanw.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-20-feb-2018/

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  5. Julie at 4:00 AM #

    There is so much talk about Hunger. I am glad to read your thoughts on it.
    My post: https://julietyuk.blogspot.com/2019/02/www-wednesday-and-library-loot-february_20.html

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    • Sam at 5:04 AM #

      I’m happy I could help. I’ll share my book club thoughts as soon as I can. Happy reading!

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  6. Whispering Stories at 4:35 AM #

    I’ve read Books for Living. Quite a few of the books I’d never even heard of before. It was a really good, eye-opening read. Here’s my WWW – https://whisperingstories.com/wednesday-reading-20th-february-2019/

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    • Sam at 5:04 AM #

      I’m afraid it will grow my TBR haha. Happy reading!

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  7. Rachael at 7:23 AM #

    I know what you mean about being ‘YA-ed out’ – I usually have to break up my YA reads with MG or adult books too. My WWW Wed is here: https://bellisdoesbooks.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-20-2-19/

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    • Sam at 11:43 AM #

      I feel this way about most genres. Gotta mix it up! Happy reading.

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  8. bitchbookshelf at 8:12 AM #

    Ooh, Hunger is on my TBR!

    Here’s my WWW post: https://twitter.com/bitchbookshelf/status/1098096296123088896?s=21

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    • Sam at 11:43 AM #

      I hope you enjoy it when it comes up. Happy Wednesday!

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  9. Jana T at 9:08 AM #

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Valley of Amazement!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post: https://reviewsfromthestacks.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-2-20-2019/

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  10. Deanna at 9:18 AM #

    Hunger has been on my to read list since I finished Bad Feminist last year. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it.

    Here’s my www this week https://deannawritesabout.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-2-20-19/

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    • Sam at 11:46 AM #

      I’m now thinking of adding Bad Feminist to my list. Happy reading!

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  11. Hasanthi Navaratne at 9:34 AM #

    I have read Origin by Dan Brown which was amazing. Happy Reading for you!!!
    Here is mine;
    https://hasanthisbookworld.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-20-february-2019/

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    • Sam at 11:46 AM #

      Thanks! I hope I can squeeze a bit in. Happy reading!

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  12. sarahrmorrison at 9:51 AM #

    I think I am one of the few people I know who disliked Hunger. As a person who was in an abusive relationship for years, I understand the anger, despair and shame. I actually did the opposite with my body and stopped eating altogether, because it was my way of punishing myself. However, there is also hope, and this book didn’t really focus on that positive way of thinking and overcoming until close to the very end, which made this a difficult read when it could have been more inspirational. I am glad you liked it, and I do believe it will lead to a good book club discussion. Here is my WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesdays-february-20-2019/

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    • Sam at 11:48 AM #

      I’m sorry to hear about your past relationship. I’m glad you made it out. I think she’s still struggling with it and might not feel that there is a lot of hope just yet. It seemed unresolved to me when I finished it and I felt there would be an update a few years from now. I don’t think she’ll remain silent. Happy reading!

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      • sarahrmorrison at 12:03 PM #

        I guess I’m a bit more critical than I probably should be. I’m a bit jealous of her family support and wish that I had had that. She is very lucky to have that. At some point I just decided that I wasn’t going to let that individual and those years of my life break me or define who I am. I hope that her writing is helping her overcome.

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  13. J R Lynn at 10:01 AM #

    Enjoy your books and happy reading Sam!

    My WWW

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  14. Ryan at 10:12 AM #

    Books for Living sounds interesting. I want to be reading more books about books; makes me think of The Book of Forgotten Authors, which I’ve also been meaning to check out. Happy reading!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-february-20-2019/

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    • Sam at 11:49 AM #

      The danger of books about books is adding so many to your TBR haha. Happy reading!

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  15. whatcathyreadnext at 10:58 AM #

    I really enjoyed your review of Hunger – I left a separate comment on that post. Books about books (or authors) are always dangerous for the TBR pile!

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesdays-20th-february-19/

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    • Sam at 11:50 AM #

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’ve worked so hard to shrink my TBR. Seems like it might topple soon. Happy reading!

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  16. dez | the fun in reading books at 11:08 AM #

    I hope you enjoy your books! I haven’t been around but I’m posting my WWW after weeks!! Here it is: https://thefuninreadingbooks.wordpress.com/2019/02/21/www-wednesday-february-20-2019/

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    • Sam at 11:51 AM #

      Welcome back! Happy reading.

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      • dez | the fun in reading books at 9:43 PM #

        Thank you! I’m happy to be back. 🙂

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  17. alilovesbooks at 11:28 AM #

    Despite a towering TBR I couldn’t resist looking at Books for Living and it sounds so interesting. I suspect though that I should stay away from it as no doubt I’d end up adding a lot more books to my list and I’m already struggling.

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-20th-february-2019/

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    • Sam at 11:52 AM #

      I told the author that I was nervous to read his book for just that reason. He said it made him happy to hear it! Happy reading.

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  18. silverbuttonbooks at 11:42 AM #

    I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on Books for Living! I wouldn’t be able to listen to this because I would be a hot mess trying to write down all of the books. I’m picturing you exercising with a little notepad! https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-february-20-2019/

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  19. I read Minutes Before Sunset when it came out as part of a blogging release event (not really a blog tour, but something similar). I enjoyed it, but wasn’t wowed.

    Here’s mine this week: http://lifewithnoplot.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-2-20-19/

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    • Sam at 5:29 PM #

      I think I’m in the same camp. I should finish this weekend. Happy reading!

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  20. Jolie at 12:39 PM #

    I need to start listening to audiobooks. Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-february-20th-2019/

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    • Sam at 5:55 PM #

      They work for some people and I am one of those. Happy reading!

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  21. L.M. Durand at 12:53 PM #

    I’ve heard of Hunger and really need to check this one out. Here is mine: 🙂
    https://wp.me/p7RMVp-1Xx

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  22. the reading chemist at 1:03 PM #

    This is a great list! I’ve always wanted to try some of Dan Brown’s works, so I definitely need to.

    Here’s mine this week: https://thereadingchemist.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesdays-20-february-2019/

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    • Sam at 8:03 PM #

      I wouldn’t start with this one, it’s part of a series. Angels and Demons is a good place to start. Happy reading!

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  23. Stephanie at 1:25 PM #

    I’m really glad you’re enjoying Origin! I need to move it up my TBR and get caught up with the series. Enjoy your reading week! Here is my WWW post: https://stephsfictionandfamilylove.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-february-20-2019/

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    • Sam at 8:04 PM #

      Thank you, I hope to read more this weekend. Happy reading!

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  24. anovelglimpse at 1:38 PM #

    It looks like you had a great reading week! I hope Amy Tan’s book is good.

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam at 8:05 PM #

      I finished it today! I should have a review up next week. Happy reading!

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  25. Jacob Collins at 3:29 PM #

    I’ve always been tempted to try a book by Dan Brown but I’ve never got round to picking one up, I’ll have to give one of his books a go one day. Here’s my WWW post. https://hookedfrompageoneblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-20th-february-2019/

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    • Sam at 8:27 PM #

      Angels and Demons is a good place to start. Happy reading!

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  26. Lola at 3:51 PM #

    I am slumpy, so YA is the way to go for me at the moment, I think 🙂 If even Agatha Christie is not working, it will have to be YA. https://lolaetlavie.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesdays-20-february-2019/

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    • Sam at 8:28 PM #

      YA is amazing for ending a slump. Enjoy and happy reading!

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  27. laurenisreadingblog at 4:15 PM #

    I’m the opposite of you – I’m feeling adulted-out with all these grown up books I’m reading! I’m hoping to get back to the Robert Langdon series soon – I read Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code years ago and loved them! I’ve been seeing Origin everywhere and it keeps reminding me. Happy reading!

    My post

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    • Sam at 8:29 PM #

      Inferno was really fun, too. I think you’ll enjoy them. Happy reading!

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  28. Lady of Bookland at 4:20 PM #

    I haven’t read or heard about any of the books that you mentioned here, except Origin is on my TBR, but who even knows when I will get to it…
    Here is my WWW post: https://journeyinbookland.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-february-20-2019/

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    • Sam at 8:29 PM #

      I’m surprised I’m getting to it after so long. Happy reading!

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  29. The Bibliovert at 5:14 PM #

    I’m a little late to the game today. Sorry all. I will be visiting other sights later this evening So for now here is my very late post of WWW Wednesday. Hope you all are having a great day! https://wp.me/p9Ui7S-g4

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  30. Forever jealous of your ability to read multiple books at one time! Haha!
    Here is my post: https://katelynpdickinson.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-2-20-19/

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  31. Chloe at 5:23 PM #

    oooo I haven’t read any of those I can feel my TBR growing though which is always dangerous! Here’s my WWW Wednesday https://paintandbutterfliesbooks.com/2019/02/20/www-wednesday-20-2-19/

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    • Sam at 8:32 PM #

      It’s the blessing and curse of Wednesdays. Happy reading!

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  32. joannechillhouse at 8:03 PM #

    Appreciate your note re blogspot/wordpress; there are so many posts I read but don’t comment on because of this issue.

    I too got through a book recently that was seriously dragging. Don’t regret reading it though. Black Rose (review on my blog).

    I just started reading Inferno, my first Dan Brown in forever…so funny to see his name here.

    Re you being YA’d out. I actually just finished one Inner City Girl (the review’s on my blog); if you ever feel like revisiting the genre, there’s that …or my own Musical Youth (you can find info on it on my Books page on my blog; oh and my reviews can be searched for or go to Joanne’s Picks).

    I haven’t read Hunger but I do enjoy Roxane Gay’s voice, whether on social media or in her writing.

    I enjoyed engaging with your post. If you wish, check mine out at https://jhohadli.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/cant-wait-but-i-have-to

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    • Sam at 8:37 PM #

      I enjoyed Inferno. I think I started it on my honeymoon, actually haha. I’m sure I’ll go back to YA. I’ve just read more than I usually do in the past few months. I may have to visit Gay again. I enjoyed her honesty and insight. Happy reading!

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  33. thebloggerandthegeek at 8:35 PM #

    I’m glad you’re enjoying Origin a bit more ^^ I hope you end up liking this one.

    https://thebloggerandthegeek.com/2019/02/21/www-wednesday-february-20-2019/

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    • Sam at 8:37 PM #

      Thanks! I’m hopeful it will be a good one. Happy reading!

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