WWW Wednesday, 8-May-2019

8 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: Still going slow with Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min but I did squeeze a bit in this week. I’m not worried about this one taking a while, I figured it would. I’ll get there eventually.
Maybe I’ll finish A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin before I finish Min. It’s not going quickly, but it’s going. I adore the narration of this one and I think I’ll continue to enjoy it for another month or so.
I picked up Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi while I was on my vacation and finished about half of it. I thought I’d get through more but I was so tired on the plane that I slept a lot. The author really focuses on the survival aspect of the camps and I’m really getting a good sense of what he remembers and went through.
I started  Exit West by Mohsin Hamid on audio. Still too early to really say, but I’m excited to start this one after hearing so much about it! It’s a nice, short one, so expect this finished quickly.

Recently finished: I finished Hawkes Harbor by S.E. Hinton right before I left on my trip. I was really disappointed with it if I’m being honest. It’s from the author of my favorite book and it lacked a lot of the emotion I love about that book. If it had been by another author, I’m not sure I would have liked it anymore. The subject matter was just not what I expected.
I wrapped up The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob and really enjoyed it. I was worried about the author narrating this one but she was amazing. Honestly, I’d listen to her narrate any book and I’d be very happy with it. I saw the author has another book out and I’m excited to see how that one is received.

I posted my review of Midwives by Chris Bohjalian. This was one that kept me up late reading. I really adored it, a full 5 out of 5 Stars.

Reading Next: I’m going to keep chipping away at my TBR. I want to read one of my autographed books next since I don’t like those leaving the house and I’ll be home for a few weeks. So I’ll tackle A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. I’ve liked most things I’ve ready by Eggers so I’m excited to read his memoir as well.


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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72 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 8-May-2019”

  1. mhmcneill May 8, 2019 at 2:14 AM #

    I read “A Heartbreaking Work” about 10 years ago. It’s the only Eggers book I’ve read but I really liked it.

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:47 AM #

      Great to hear! I think he’s fascinating so I’m looking forward to it. Happy reading!

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  2. Lilyfae May 8, 2019 at 3:23 AM #

    These are all new to me apart from the George RR Martin Book! happy reading!!
    https://lilyandthefae.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/pausing-for-www-wednesday-08-05/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:47 AM #

      I hope you find something new to enjoy. Happy reading!

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  3. ivysbooks May 8, 2019 at 3:43 AM #

    You always read such interesting books that I have not read nor considered reading, but because you reading I tend to check them out. Thank you!
    here is my WWW post: https://ivyslibrarycard.com/2019/05/08/www-wednesday-8th-may-19/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:48 AM #

      That’s awesome! I hope you end up liking at least some of them. Happy reading!

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  4. Louise May 8, 2019 at 4:00 AM #

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the audio on A Storm of Swords. I listened to all but the first book and I really think the narrator adds so much more to the story.
    My WWW this week.

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:48 AM #

      True! He’s really amazing. I think if I did read them, it would be in his voice. Happy reading!

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  5. Margaret May 8, 2019 at 4:17 AM #

    It’s so disappointing when you read a book you expected to love only to find it’s not as good as you hoped!

    Here’s my WWW post – https://booksplease.org/2019/05/08/www-wednesday-8-may-2019/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:49 AM #

      Ain’t that the truth. I’m trying not to think about it, honestly. Happy reading!

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  6. Naomi the book girl May 8, 2019 at 4:30 AM #

    The Survival at Auschwitz sounds like an interesting read. I am currently reading a Storm of Swords 2:blood and gold. I am on 70 pages (ish) into it. here is my www post.

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:49 AM #

      Aushwitz has been a surprise to me. After reading Night, I thought I knew what to expect but everyone’s experience is unique. Happy reading!

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      • Naomi the book girl May 8, 2019 at 2:25 PM #

        That is what I like about reading from that time. Everyone experienced it differently and you always get a different view

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  7. Emily Wrayburn May 8, 2019 at 5:03 AM #

    I have never heard of David Eggers but I do like the title of his memoir! Hope you enjoy.

    Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:50 AM #

      Some of his books are just incredible. I recommend him! Happy reading!

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  8. kbraggy May 8, 2019 at 5:34 AM #

    A review posted this week and on to the next novel! Here’s my WWW Wednesday: braggkevin.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/www-wednesday-05-08-19/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:50 AM #

      Good luck keeping up with reviews. I’m failing at that lol. Happy reading!

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  9. Whispering Stories May 8, 2019 at 5:39 AM #

    Your books all look so good. Fabulous to hear you loved The Midwives. Hope your upcoming reads are just as good. Happy reading! Here’s my WWW – https://whisperingstories.com/www-wednesday-reading-8th-may-2019/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:51 AM #

      Thanks, I hope to keep the good streak up. Happy reading!

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  10. ashley @ socially awkward bookworm May 8, 2019 at 7:42 AM #

    I’ve been wanting to read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius for awhile now. I’ve owned a copy and just never got around to it. Hopefully soon!
    Here’s my post:
    https://sociallyawkwardbookworm.com/2019/05/08/www-wednesday-60/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 8:49 AM #

      It will all happen eventually haha. Mine has been sitting for quite a while. Happy reading!

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  11. I don’t recognise any of these glad you got a 5 star read! Here’s my link https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/www-wednesdays-08-05-19/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 8:49 AM #

      Thank you. It’s not something I give out very often. Happy reading!

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  12. JoBeth @ Blue Binding May 8, 2019 at 9:07 AM #

    It’s always disappointing when a book is not what you thought it would be. Happy reading for the next week! https://bluebinding.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/www-wednesday-may-8-2019/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 11:26 AM #

      Thanks! Things are looking up. Happy reading!

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  13. Robyn May 8, 2019 at 10:03 AM #

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the Dave Eggers book. I have also enjoyed some of his work. Here is my WWW https://www.autismfamilypower.com/www-wednesday-may-8-2019/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 11:26 AM #

      I like how each of his books is so different. Happy reading!

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  14. sarahrmorrison May 8, 2019 at 10:18 AM #

    How was your vacation? I’ll have to check out “Midwives”. I have had “Exit West” on my bookshelf since it came out and still haven’t read it yet. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on it. Here is my WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/www-wednesdays-may-8-2019/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 11:27 AM #

      The vacation was fun but left me so tired I didn’t have much time to read. I’m enjoying Exit West so far. I’m still figuring out the structure. Happy reading!

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      • sarahrmorrison May 8, 2019 at 1:17 PM #

        I understand completely. Sometimes you need a vacation to recover from vacation. I took a mini break as well, but then went back to working overtime with little time for reading as well. Exit West definitely sounds interesting, which is why I got it. I think I need to convince my book club to read it.

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  15. silverbuttonbooks May 8, 2019 at 11:06 AM #

    I too had a favorite author give me a bit of a let down this week! I didn’t realize you were listening to the audiobook of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dreaming – I need a new audiobook after finishing Magnus Chase, I’m going to see if I can find this one. Have a great week!
    https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2019/05/08/www-wednesday-may-8-2019/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 11:28 AM #

      I hope you can, I really enjoyed the narration. Happy reading!

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  16. Ryan May 8, 2019 at 11:20 AM #

    I’m curious how the narrator of A Storm of Swords approaches different characters’ chapters, since the perspective shifts entirely to a respective character. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it. Happy reading!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/05/08/www-wednesday-may-8-2019/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 11:28 AM #

      He uses his own voice for the narration across chapters but he has different voices for spoken parts for each character. Happy reading!

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  17. Denise @ Life With No Plot May 8, 2019 at 12:30 PM #

    Ack! Got my post ready last night, scheduled it to post today, but then forgot to actually link it up here. Shows you how my day has been going – crazy! 😀

    Hope everyone is having a good week so far!

    http://lifewithnoplot.com/2019/05/08/www-wednesday-5-7-19/

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  18. Sammie @ The Writerly Way May 8, 2019 at 12:31 PM #

    I was just talking yesterday with someone who can only read through audiobooks, and he was wanting to start GRRM, and he said the first book was something like 33 hours long. So it’s no wonder it’s taking you some time to get through it. xD

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:34 PM #

      The first two were quite the haul, too! And they only get longer. Happy reading!

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  19. Shantall Elizabeth May 8, 2019 at 12:46 PM #

    Midwives is one of those books that I’ve heard off but just never got around to reading it but your review definitely put it on my TBR. Exit West is just tethering in my side view about whether or not I should add it to my TBR so I look forward to your opinion on it.

    My own WWW can be found at https://shantallandbooks.com/2019/05/08/www-5-8-2019/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:35 PM #

      Glad you are going to read Midwives! It was really enjoyable. I hope to get through a big chunk of Exit West tomorrow. Happy reading!

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  20. Jessie May 8, 2019 at 12:51 PM #

    I’m very curious about Exit West and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, so I hope you enjoy them!

    My WWW: https://dwellinpossibilityblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/www-wednesday-may-8-2019/#more-20094

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  21. anovelglimpse May 8, 2019 at 1:09 PM #

    I can’t imagine any of George R.R. Martin’s books going quickly, but I think it’s awesome you’re listening to one.

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:40 PM #

      It makes me want to drive around! And I’m motivated to finish it so I can get the case out of my car. Happy reading!

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  22. Stephanie May 8, 2019 at 1:09 PM #

    I’ve liked everything I’ve read from Chris Bohjalian, so I’m always glad to see one of his books getting some love!

    Thanks for hosting! I’ve got my post up here: https://shesprobablyatthelibrary.home.blog/2019/05/08/www-wednesday-may-8-2019/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:41 PM #

      I’m at about 80% with Bohjalian’s, which is a great average. Happy reading!

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  23. Jolie May 8, 2019 at 1:33 PM #

    I’ll have to look up Survival at Auschwitz. Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/05/08/www-wednesday-may-8th-2019/

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:41 PM #

      I went through a WWII reading phase for a while and this is left over from that. Happy reading!

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  24. Mini May 8, 2019 at 2:52 PM #

    Midwives sounds an intresting read. Enjoy! My WWW

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:42 PM #

      It was good and I’m recommending it! Happy reading.

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  25. L.M. Durand May 8, 2019 at 4:31 PM #

    Speaking of George RR Martin, I need to read the last book in the GoT series. I still have hopes we’ll have the last book one day. LOL
    https://wp.me/p7RMVp-28r

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    • Sam May 8, 2019 at 5:43 PM #

      Fingers crossed! Everyone needs to help keep him alive. Happy reading!

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  26. mistysbookspace May 8, 2019 at 9:42 PM #

    I’ve only heard of the George RR Martin book but I haven’t read it yet. https://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/www-wednesday/

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    • Sam May 9, 2019 at 6:44 AM #

      It’s a long haul so make sure you’ve got time when you do. Happy reading!

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  27. I’ve heard of some of the authors you’ve mentioned but haven’t read from any of them yet. The Sleepwalker’s Guide To Dancing sounds interesting. So do Midwives and Survival In Auschwitz. I’ll check them out!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post:
    https://areadertowhateverend.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/www-wednesday-8th-may-2019/

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    • Sam May 9, 2019 at 6:47 AM #

      I really liked Sleepwalker in the end. It was a well written story. Happy reading!

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  28. Destiny May 9, 2019 at 12:30 AM #

    I need to read A Dance with Dragons. I read the first four books in quick succession, but for some reason, I stopped at the fifth. With the show ending, I’m thinking I want to return to the books. (Though I’m behind on the show as well.)

    Here’s my post: https://www.destinytwilliams.com/2019/05/www-wednesday-may-8-2019/

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    • Sam May 9, 2019 at 6:48 AM #

      I hope the books end very differently. I feel like the show has been really rushed and I think Martin has different ideas from the ones the show runners have picked. Happy reading!

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  29. Bean May 9, 2019 at 1:12 PM #

    We read Survival in Auschwitz when I was taking a class in college called History of the Holocaust. It’s intense! I hope you enjoy it still. Happy Reading!!

    Here’s the link for my WWW Wednesday, I know I’m a day late, but I did get it up last night before passing out 🙂
    https://beansbookshelfandcoffeebreak.com/2019/05/08/www-wednesday-53/

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    • Sam May 9, 2019 at 3:48 PM #

      This would be a good book for that class. He has a really interesting slant on his time there that is all news to me. Happy reading!

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