WWW Wednesday, 26-June-2019

26 Jun

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: We had a lot of work lunches over the past week so progress on Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min has been almost non-existent. But, as always, I’m still moving forward!
I’m optimistic about A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin but my renewal will end again next week. I think one more should do it, I have about ten disks left.
I’m able to return to A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers! This one has been really fun so I’m glad to be able to devote some time to it again.
I started listening to Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. It’s not exactly exhilarating listening for workouts, but it’s making me appreciate my health and youth more than any other book I’ve listened to. It’s very humbling and makes me look at my parents and grandparents in a new light.

Recently finished: I was able to wrap up Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray and posted my review earlier this week. I think the book was going well but seemed to have a bit of middle book syndrome kick in at the end. I want to keep moving forward with the series, though. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t take me four years to get to the next book this time. I gave it Four out of Five Stars
A marathon reading session on Saturday means I finished Wolf’s Mouth by John Smolens before my Monday book club meeting. I don’t usually cut these so close but I had a hold up with another book with a deadline. I hate deadlines for reading. I hope not to have one again for a while. I’ll be posting my review in the next week or so.

Reading Next: Hubby and I have a long car trip this weekend. The audiobook we have picked out for the drive is Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. This is a title I found at Powell’s when we went two years ago. We’ve tried to start it a few times and failed. I’m hoping these two ten-hour drives will push us to listen this time!


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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52 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 26-June-2019”

  1. Sascha Darlington June 26, 2019 at 1:40 AM #

    I seem to always have deadlines for reading, fortunately it hasn’t made me hate reading yet. I keep missing WWW Wednesdays. I usually realize at about 10 pm that it’s Wednesday. argh. Here’s my link: http://saschadarlington.me/2019/06/26/www-wednesday-6-26-2019/ Happy reading everyone!

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 6:40 AM #

      I tend to schedule mine a few days in advance so I can’t forget haha. Happy reading!

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  2. Jocelyn June 26, 2019 at 2:00 AM #

    I just recently read Lair of Dreams. It wasn’t as good as The Diviners, but it was still a lot of fun. I agree about it having middle book syndrome!

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 6:41 AM #

      I’m hoping to get to book three reasonably soon. I hope it’s not the same. Happy reading!

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  3. Louise June 26, 2019 at 2:24 AM #

    I like having goals but strict reading deadlines stress me out!

    https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/wow-pumpkinheads/

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 6:41 AM #

      For sure! I try to stay well ahead of book club dates. Happy reading!

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  4. alilovesbooks June 26, 2019 at 3:31 AM #

    I love that you and your hubby listen to audios on long car journeys. I wish I could convince my family to do that but unfortunately we have very different tastes (and I just know someone would talk over it). How do you go about choosing something?

    Here’s my www https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/www-wednesday-26th-june-2019/

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 8:29 AM #

      I give my husband a list of books I want to listen to and let him pick from there. He’s not sold on the one we’re listening to. We tried starting it before and he fell asleep lol. Happy reading!

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  5. cleopatralovesbooks June 26, 2019 at 3:48 AM #

    I’m not a fan of deadlines for book reading either… Here is my Wednesday post for this week https://wp.me/p3NfGl-3cL

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  6. Emily Wrayburn June 26, 2019 at 4:04 AM #

    I am still only a bit over halfway through Lair of Dreams but I agree with you about it feeling a bit middle-book-syndrome-y. I think part of my issue is there isn’t the same race to solve the mystery that there was in the first book, so the pacing is entirely different.

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 8:29 AM #

      Great point! I go into that a bit in my review. You may want to wait to finish the book before you read my review, though! Happy reading.

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  7. whatcathyreadnext June 26, 2019 at 4:12 AM #

    I take part in quite a few blog tours (but many less than I used to) which I enjoy because it often introduces me to new authors but obviously it does mean reading deadlines. Occasionally this creates a little too much pressure but I quite like the discipline of having a reading schedule. I try to strike the right balance though and leave room for books from my TBR pile. Enjoy everything you’re reading.

    Here’s my WWW: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/www-wednesdays-26th-june-19/

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 8:31 AM #

      I’ve avoided blog tours because I hate reading deadlines so much haha. I’ve been tempted to pick a few lately, though. Happy reading!

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  8. Whispering Stories June 26, 2019 at 4:55 AM #

    I hope you two long drives go well and that you finally get to enjoy Good Morning, Midnight. Do you have a backup audio in case you are not enjoying it? Happy reading and travels. here’s my WWW – https://whisperingstories.com/www-wednesday-reading-26th-june-2019/

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 8:31 AM #

      We have eaudio services from our library so we can download something if we’re not enjoying it. Happy reading!

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      • Whispering Stories June 26, 2019 at 2:05 PM #

        That’s a good idea. I don’t read audio books so had no idea that you could just download them from the library.

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  9. Denise @ Life With No Plot June 26, 2019 at 8:09 AM #

    I’m interested to read your review of Lair of Dreams. I haven’t read that series of Libba Bray’s, but I’ve read some of her other books and really enjoyed them. Happy reading!

    My WWW: http://lifewithnoplot.com/2019/06/26/www-wednesday-6-26-19/

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 8:33 AM #

      The Diviners is the first in the series and very enjoyable. Happy reading!

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  10. Sammie @ The Writerly Way June 26, 2019 at 8:42 AM #

    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is a great title, and it sounds like a really interesting and heartfelt book. Glad you were able to finish Wolf’s Mouth in time! Happy reading.

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 9:35 AM #

      I’m enjoying it a lot. The voice is so unique. Happy reading!

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  11. booksandbabble June 26, 2019 at 9:04 AM #

    Setting reading goals definitely stresses me out as well, I feel like i’m failing as a book blogger if I don’t reach my deadlines on time! Also, thanks for the reminder to get a move on and read The Diviners Series!

    http://www.booksandbabble.co.uk/2019/06/www-wednesday-26062019.html?m=1

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 9:36 AM #

      I hope you like it! I’m glad to know theres a date for the last book. Happy reading!

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  12. sarahrmorrison June 26, 2019 at 9:15 AM #

    You did well this week! It helps to have a reading marathon. I really wish I could do that. Enjoy your road trip this weekend. Hope you both enjoy your audiobook choice! My WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/www-wednesdays-june-26-2019/

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 9:36 AM #

      I haven’t done it in years, it was really wonderful. Happy reading!

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  13. Literary Leisha June 26, 2019 at 10:37 AM #

    My first ever WWW Wednesday 🙂
    https://literaryleisha.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/www-wednesday-26-06-2019/

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  14. alisbooks June 26, 2019 at 10:46 AM #

    I hope Good Morning, Midnight makes your travels enjoyable! Here’s my WWW!

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    • Sam June 30, 2019 at 9:53 PM #

      Sorry for the delayed response, this got caught in spam! We aren’t enjoying it as much as we hoped but we’ll keep pushing through. Happy reading!

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  15. obsessedwithfairytales June 26, 2019 at 11:04 AM #

    I’m glad you enjoyed Lair of Dreams, the third book is really good! Have a great reading week.

    https://obsessedwithfairytales.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/www-wednesday-june-26th-2019/

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 11:18 AM #

      I hope to get to the third one soon! I have so many unanswered questions. Happy reading!

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  16. Jean @ Howling Frog June 26, 2019 at 11:46 AM #

    Happy Wednesday, Phew, finally finished Roderick Random. https://howlingfrog.blogspot.com/2019/06/www-wednesday-2.html

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 1:22 PM #

      Congrats! It feels good to finish those long ones. Happy reading!

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  17. nickimags @ The Secret Library Book Blog June 26, 2019 at 11:52 AM #

    I tried Good Morning, Midnight a while back but it didn’t grab me, so I’m interested to see if you get on with it better this time. Here’s my link for this week: https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/www-wednesdays-26-06-19/

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 1:23 PM #

      We started the first chapter on a previous chapter and it was a slow go. I hope it picks up. Happy reading!

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  18. anovelglimpse June 26, 2019 at 12:20 PM #

    I love that you and your hubby listen to books in the car together. I wish I could get mine to do that!

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 1:23 PM #

      It gives us something to do through the Michigan wilderness, haha. Happy reading!

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  19. Ryan June 26, 2019 at 1:44 PM #

    I’m still awestruck with how many discs long the audio book for A Storm of Swords is. I hope your optimism pays off! Have a good week.

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/06/26/www-wednesday-june-26-2019/

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 2:50 PM #

      I keep thinking that the next one is even longer! Happy reading.

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  20. Jolie June 26, 2019 at 1:46 PM #

    Deadlines for reading annoy me (says the woman who has 3 books that need to be read and reviewed for next week). Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/06/26/www-wednesday-june-26th-2019/

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    • Sam June 26, 2019 at 2:51 PM #

      Ha, I think we all deal with it, even when we don’t like it. Happy reading!

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  21. Yvo June 26, 2019 at 3:41 PM #

    You definitely make me want to pick up Lair Of Dreams… Have a wonderful week and happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam June 27, 2019 at 7:41 AM #

      Great! The series has been fun for me so far. I’m looking forward to the third. Happy reading!

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  22. L.M. Durand June 26, 2019 at 4:01 PM #

    Ah! Lair of Dreams – I’m adding this one to my TBR –
    https://lmdurand.com/www-wednesday-weekly-reading-update-6-25-19/

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    • Sam June 27, 2019 at 7:42 AM #

      Have you read the first one, The Diviners, yet? Happy reading!

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      • L.M. Durand June 27, 2019 at 10:23 AM #

        Not yet but I’m interested in the series. I looked it up and the cover of the diviners is gorgeous. I’m intrigued by the storyline. And I love paranormal.

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  23. mistysbookspace June 26, 2019 at 4:45 PM #

    I wish I could listen to audiobooks with my husband in the car but he’s not a reader so that will never happen. Here’s the link to my post. https://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/www-wednesday-8/

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    • Sam June 27, 2019 at 7:42 AM #

      My husband has an English education degree so I lucked out. Happy reading!

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