WWW Wednesday, 15-May-2019

15 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: I made a point to read more of Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min during my lunches this week. I got through another chapter and then some so I’m happy with the progress. I knew this would be slow going so I’m not worried about it.
I’m taking small bites out of A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. I’m not yet a third done, but I’ll keep going steadily. I don’t mind drives right now and I’m taking the time to enjoy it as it comes.
I started on A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers and I’m hoping I can finish fast. I have a trip out of town next weekend and I don’t like to take signed books out of the house. I might just have to power through, though. I don’t think it will be much of a chore.
I’ve just started Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I adore Noah on The Daily Show and I’ve liked the stand-up I’ve seen from him. I even watched his documentary on getting started in comedy in South Africa and enjoyed that. I’m really excited about this, to say the least!

Recently finished: I wrapped up Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi this week. It was a short book but it hit me hard! I thought after reading several other accounts of survival in concentration camps, I knew what I was getting into. But Levi kept shocking me. He was in the camp for a long time and his memory is very vivid. I’m glad he wrote this haunting book, the world needs to remember the atrocities we are capable of.
I also finished Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. I should have guessed that I’d finish it in a week but it still came as a surprise to me. I liked this one a lot and the bit of magical realism didn’t bother me too much. I usually hate it, but this wasn’t too overwhelming. My book club meets in a few weeks to discuss so expect a few more posts on this going forward.

I only got one review up this week which means I’m slipping seriously behind. I posted my review of The Power by Naomi Alderman last Thursday. It was very OK to me, nothing that blew me away. My book club met earlier this week to discuss so I’ll be sharing some more thoughts soon.

Reading Next: It seems too early to pick another book to read. I guess I’ll have to pick. I’m working through books that will need an Interlibrary Loan when I can so I’ve put in a request for Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson. I’ve yet to be let down by the ‘Dummies’ series and it seems like a good time for this one. With my manuscript being wrapped up, I need to start another and I’m a bit lost on how to go about it this time. I’m hoping for a bit of inspiration.


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.

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Until next time, write on.

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74 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 15-May-2019”

  1. Jen | Books on the 7:47 May 15, 2019 at 2:45 AM #

    I like the idea of having a specific book to read during lunch breaks, it feels like a great way to get another read in, might try it!

    Here’s my WWW 😊

    https://booksonthe747.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-15th-may-2019/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 6:06 AM #

      I recommend shorter books, it’s a slow go. Happy reading!

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  2. Margaret May 15, 2019 at 3:07 AM #

    Survival in Auschwitz does sound harrowing – maybe a book I should read though.

    I’m always behind writing reviews – glad I’m not the only one. 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://booksplease.org/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-15-may-2019/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 6:06 AM #

      The only down side to being behind is feeling like you forgot something you wanted to say. Happy reading!

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  3. alilovesbooks May 15, 2019 at 3:30 AM #

    Sounds like you’re making great progress. I didn’t realise Exit West had magical realism elements to it. It kind of makes me want to read it more now.

    Here’s my www https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-15th-may-2019/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 6:41 AM #

      It wasn’t what I expected but I liked it. I’m not a fan of magical realism but this was just enough that it worked for me. Happy reading!

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  4. whatcathyreadnext May 15, 2019 at 3:42 AM #

    I have Exit West in my TBR pile and, like you, I’m not that keen on magical realism but the fact you enjoyed the book makes me feel more positive about picking it up.

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesdays-15th-may-19/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 7:26 AM #

      It was very minimal and not the focus of the story so it didn’t take away from the story much for me. Happy reading!

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  5. Whispering Stories May 15, 2019 at 4:04 AM #

    I hadn’t heard of Born a Crime until now. I also have never heard of the author. Not my usual kind of book to read but it looks interesting and eye opening. Here’s my WWW – https://whisperingstories.com/www-wednesday-reading-15th-may-2019/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 7:30 AM #

      Noah is a late night show host, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. If you look him up on YouTube, you can see some of his clips. I think he’s really funny. Happy reading!

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  6. Diana May 15, 2019 at 4:20 AM #

    Born a Crime is one of my favorite autos. I love Trevor and his autobiography just provided even more insight into his life. I think you will enjoy it. I have heard the audio is even better since he is the narrator but either way, it’s a wonderful read. Enjoy!

    Here is my WWW: https://ahavenforbooklovers.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-may-15th/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 11:31 AM #

      I watched the documentary with the same title but I’m interested to see how this is different. Happy reading!

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  7. Naomi the book girl May 15, 2019 at 6:04 AM #

    such a good post. I haven’t read to much this week, I did manage to finish 1 book though

    here is my post.

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 11:32 AM #

      One is better than none! Happy reading.

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  8. Darnell May 15, 2019 at 6:20 AM #

    Born a Crime is on my TBR. I love Trevor Noah.

    Here is my post:
    https://darnellouis.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-5-15-19/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 11:32 AM #

      Same! I’m excited to see what he has to say. Happy reading!

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  9. Lilyfae May 15, 2019 at 6:22 AM #

    I’m still in awe of how you juggle books! I have to do one at a time!

    My post this week is https://lilyandthefae.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/pausing-for-www-wednesday-15-05/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 11:32 AM #

      Different formats is key for me. Happy reading!

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  10. Emily Wrayburn May 15, 2019 at 7:43 AM #

    I read Randy Ingermanson’s book on the “Snowflake Method” for outlining and found it really helpful. I don’t follow all the steps but I realised there are certain things that were really worthwhile for my writing process. I hope you enjoy the “for Dummies” book!

    Here’s my WWW

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 11:33 AM #

      Thanks! I’m pretty sure this will be mostly snowflake method based. Happy reading!

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  11. Incessant Bookworm May 15, 2019 at 8:11 AM #

    wow! I might have to give that Dummies book a try too!!!

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 11:33 AM #

      Go for it! There are a few I want to read. Happy reading!

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  12. ashley @ socially awkward bookworm May 15, 2019 at 8:16 AM #

    I got an audiobook version of Exit West from my library to hopefully listen to soon!
    Here is my post:
    https://sociallyawkwardbookworm.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-61/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 11:34 AM #

      The audio I had was very good. Happy reading!

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  13. Sammie @ The Writerly Way May 15, 2019 at 8:22 AM #

    Listening to audiobooks during drives sounds like a great way to break up the monotony. Oh! I haven’t read Born A Crime yet, but I do love Trevor Noah. 😀 That reminded me that I should read it. I look forward to seeing what you think when you’re done.

    I love the “For Dummies” series. I’d be interested to know whether Fiction Writing For Dummies ends up being useful for not. I’m always a bit wary of books like that and feel like they’ll just end up stating the obvious.

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 11:35 AM #

      I’m hoping to get a few nuggets out of the For Dummies book. Maybe not a lot, but something. Happy reading!

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  14. Books tales by me May 15, 2019 at 8:28 AM #

    Happy Reading
    Here is my WWW post
    https://bookstalebyme.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-15-may-2019/

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  15. MrsDMVH May 15, 2019 at 8:41 AM #

    I’m reading Tell Me Goodnight by Kelsey Kingsley and The Scent Keeper by Erica B. One I’m loving and one I’m just going through the motions of reading 😂🤣.

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 11:36 AM #

      I hope you pick up something you love more next. Happy reading!

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  16. silverbuttonbooks May 15, 2019 at 9:56 AM #

    I am a third of the way into The Power and I am glad I popped over to read your review. This book’s beginning has kept me up at night! I am already annoying though with all the different characters and names (and multiple characters names for some people) but I like it so far. It helps that I had zero expectations going in!

    Have a great week! https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-may-15-2019/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 11:37 AM #

      Mother Eve/ Allie confused me a bit but I figured it out. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. obsessedwithfairytales May 15, 2019 at 10:30 AM #

    I hope you have a great reading week! 😀

    https://obsessedwithfairytales.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-may-15th-2019/

    Liked by 1 person

  18. sarahrmorrison May 15, 2019 at 10:32 AM #

    Are you listening to Born a Crime on audio? I thought it was wonderful! Have a great week of reading! Here’s my WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesdays-may-15-2019/

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  19. Ryan May 15, 2019 at 10:38 AM #

    I’m happy to hear magic realism plays a factor in Exit West. I wasn’t sure from reading the description how prominent it would really be, though it has been a while since I skimmed that. Happy reading!

    https://musewithmeblog.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-may-15-2019/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 11:38 AM #

      Not a lot, but just a bit to make a good point. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  20. L.M. Durand May 15, 2019 at 11:02 AM #

    Oh Let me know what you think of Writing fiction for Dummies. I saw that and was thinking about reading it too. 🙂
    https://wp.me/p7RMVp-28X

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  21. noreadstoogreat May 15, 2019 at 11:03 AM #

    Exit West sounds really interesting! I hadn’t heard of any of these but now I will have to go look them up. Here’s a link to mine: https://noreadstoogreat.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-may-2019/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 11:39 AM #

      I hope you find something to enjoy. Happy reading!

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  22. alisbooks May 15, 2019 at 11:07 AM #

    Hope you find some inspiration!! Here’s my WWW!

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 11:39 AM #

      Thank you, happy Wednesday!

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  23. anovelglimpse May 15, 2019 at 12:06 PM #

    Survival in Auschwitz sounds like a tough but good read. I agree that we need books like it to remind us.

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 9:15 PM #

      Amen! Sometimes the hard things to hear are the most important. Happy reading!

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  24. Jolie May 15, 2019 at 12:18 PM #

    I can’t wait to read your review for Born a Crime!! Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-may-15th-2019/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 9:15 PM #

      Thanks, I look forward to getting more into the book. Happy reading!

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  25. Stephanie May 15, 2019 at 2:59 PM #

    I too love the Dummies series! I read Shakespeare for Dummies years ago and fell in love. They’re such fun, concise overviews, and they’re really enjoyable to read. From where I’m sitting I can see my copies of Knitting Patterns for Dummies, Philosophy for Dummies, and my newest purchase, Opera for Dummies. Super excited to read that last one!!! Good luck with your writing; starting a new project is HARD (been there, still currently struggling with the one I’ve started. I love it and have so many ideas, but it’s so hard getting into a new one after living in the world of your last story for sooooooooo long).

    Happy reading (and writing!). Here’s my link:

    https://shesprobablyatthelibrary.home.blog/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-may-15-2019/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 9:16 PM #

      I’ve been with the last one for about six years. Moving on is really difficult. Happy reading!

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  26. Destiny May 15, 2019 at 3:34 PM #

    I have Writing Fiction for Dummies on my shelf. I think I’ve read some of it and it is very helpful especially the snowflake method.

    Here’s my post!: https://www.destinytwilliams.com/2019/05/www-wednesday-may-15-2019/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 9:17 PM #

      Glad to hear it. Happy reading!

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  27. rabbitearsblog May 15, 2019 at 4:41 PM #

    I haven’t read any of the For dummies series, but I think I need to check those out!

    Here’s my WWW:

    https://rabbitearsblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesdays-17-may-15-2019/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 9:17 PM #

      The ones I’ve read have been really helpful so I’m optimistic. Happy reading!

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  28. bookloverkate May 15, 2019 at 4:45 PM #

    Ooo Survival in Auschwitz sounds tough, but engaging.

    Here’s mine: https://bookloverkate.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-15-05-19/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 9:17 PM #

      That’s a good way to say it. It was hard to read, too. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  29. mistysbookspace May 15, 2019 at 8:56 PM #

    I am always behind on getting my reviews posted. For the most part I am good a writing them as soon as I finish the book but then it takes a while for them to go up on my blog.

    Here is my WWW Wednesday post: https://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-2/

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    • Sam May 15, 2019 at 9:18 PM #

      I don’t get to them as soon as I should which causes a problem for me. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistysbookspace May 15, 2019 at 9:19 PM #

        Yeah sometimes I don’t write my reviews immediately after finishing them which then becomes a problem for me because I have a really bad memory. I am trying to make it a habit to write the review as soon as I finish the book.

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      • Sam May 15, 2019 at 9:55 PM #

        I wish I was as disciplined.

        Liked by 1 person

      • mistysbookspace May 15, 2019 at 9:58 PM #

        Oh I don’t always do it. It’s still a work in progress.

        Liked by 1 person

  30. Bean May 15, 2019 at 11:20 PM #

    I have books I specifically read before going to bed, and I have ones that I tend to read for part of my lunch break. Nice! Enjoy your reads!

    Here is mine: https://beansbookshelfandcoffeebreak.com/2019/05/15/www-wednesday-54/

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    • Sam May 16, 2019 at 4:57 AM #

      Yay, another lunch book person! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Happy reading!

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  31. kbraggy May 16, 2019 at 4:30 AM #

    Good luck on your next project! Any thoughts on what it will be? And I am a bit late to the party, but my WWW Wednesday for this week: braggkevin.wordpress.com/2019/05/16/www-wednesday-16-05-19-thursday-edition/

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    • Sam May 16, 2019 at 4:57 AM #

      I like historical fiction and my only idea so far is that it could be a Depression Era setting. Happy reading!

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  32. Rae Longest May 17, 2019 at 1:17 PM #

    Great post. I miss doing WWW Wednesdays, but there’s no way I can keep up with it all without piling half-a-dozen books next to the computer, scrolling up and down to remember the three Ws…hee hee. I do enjoy reading about your “balancing act” as you read, however, for it reminds me of my own.

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    • Sam May 17, 2019 at 1:32 PM #

      I think reading is a balancing act for most serious readers. As long as you read some, it’s a good day! Happy reading.

      Liked by 1 person

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