WWW Wednesday, 24-July-2019

24 Jul

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: It’s been even slower with Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min. I’ve been having lunch with a friend a lot the past few weeks since it’s nice out. We can’t do this as much come winter so we’re enjoying the sun and I’m reading less. Oh well.
My husband and I haven’t moved forward with Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. We have a drive coming up this weekend (more on that tomorrow) so we’ll get a bit more in then. This one might be a long time running.
I was finally able to start The Map of Time by Félix Palma! It’s been really interesting so far, though I’m not far into it. The narration style is reminding me a bit of Marcus Zusak. We’ll see if that continues.
I’ve already made great progress with A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab due to some longer training sessions last week. I’m optimistic that I’ll finish this in two weeks, but we’ll see. Optimism!
I start Burial Rites by Hannah Kent in my car. Not too far into it yet, so no real opinion. I added this to my TBR when I planned my trip to Iceland but I’m a year late on reading it. Oh well, better late than never!

Recently finished: Finally, there is so much to report! I wrapped up The Golden Rules by Bob Bowman which was a great one to listen to while training for a Half Ironman. It was really inspiring to push toward your goals. It helps that I’m an avid swimmer and swim fan and this focused on Bowman’s most famous athlete, Michael Phelps. My review went up last Thursday and I gave it Three out of Five Stars.
I was glad to finish A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers late last week. It was dragging on more than I wanted and I was eager to start something new. My review went up yesterday so you can check that out. I gave it Two out of Five Stars.
I finally finished A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin! 39 disks and over 47 hours completed. It feels amazing to be done. I’ll have a review up next week I expect. I hope I can remember it all.

Reading Next: I’ve got one more book club pick coming up soon that I need to start so I’ll be listening to Tayari Jones’s An American Marriage next. I’ve read Jones before and liked her and this one has had a lot of good press so I’m looking forward to it.


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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66 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 24-July-2019”

  1. Keri July 24, 2019 at 1:21 AM #

    Oooh, The Map of Time sounds really interesting! And the cover looks so cool!
    I’m glad you were able to accomplish a lot of reading this last week! And good luck on your training!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post if ya want to check it out:
    http://www.areyoumybook.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesday-july-24th-2019/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 8:31 AM #

      It’s been really fun so far. It felt like a great week and I’m hopeful about the one upcoming. Happy reading!

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  2. Louise July 24, 2019 at 2:23 AM #

    The Map of Time looks really interesting!

    https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/wow-the-tyrants-tomb/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 8:31 AM #

      I’m just getting into the time travel and it’s fun. Happy reading!

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  3. Maura @ A Bookish Star July 24, 2019 at 3:11 AM #

    Would you recommend V.E. Schwabs The Darker Shade of Magic? I’m thinking of reading it. I got a card deck from Owlcrate of A Gathering of Shadows and it made me want to read the series. It seems super hyped.

    https://abookishstar.blogspot.com/2019/07/july-24-2019-cww-my-favourite-and-www.html

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 8:33 AM #

      I liked the first one, A Darker Shade of Magic. I’m sad it took me a while to start the second one, A Gathering of Shadows. I’m liking this one a lot so far as well. I hope to get to the third one in short order. Happy reading!

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  4. whatcathyreadnext July 24, 2019 at 3:43 AM #

    Well done on finishing A Storm of Swords! I’m hoping that investment of time has been worth it. I’ve been meaning to read Burial Rites ever since I read her book The Good People which I really enjoyed.

    Here’s my WWW: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesdays-24th-july-19/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 3:34 PM #

      It was well worth it! I enjoyed the book a lot and I look forward to continuing the series. Happy reading!

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  5. Lola July 24, 2019 at 4:43 AM #

    I did say a couple of weeks ago that you would be finishing loads of stuff in one go! 🙂 I am intrigued by Burial Rites – that one sounds really interesting! I don’t think I have ever read anything set in Iceland.

    My WWW this week: https://lolaetlavie.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesdays-24-july-2019/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 3:37 PM #

      And it finally happened! I think the author lived there for a time. It’s a very unique setting. Happy reading!

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  6. alilovesbooks July 24, 2019 at 5:14 AM #

    Congrats on finishing A Storm of Swords, sounds like a marathon listen. I hope you enjoyed it.

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesday-24th-july-2019/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 3:40 PM #

      I did, very much. I hope to read/listen to the next one soon. Happy reading!

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  7. Naomi the book girl July 24, 2019 at 5:19 AM #

    Well done on finishing A Storm of Swords, I have put down the remaining books for now.

    Here is my WWW post.

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 3:40 PM #

      I think a break is needed but I hope to continue on. Happy reading!

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      • Naomi the book girl July 26, 2019 at 7:19 AM #

        A break is definitely needed when reading these books they are so intense and I was combine reading them all so you read two off the books at the same time in a specific chapter order

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      • Sam July 26, 2019 at 8:20 AM #

        Oh geeze. I’ve heard about that and how some people prefer it but I’m going to do them as published with the audio. Happy reading!

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  8. silverbuttonbooks July 24, 2019 at 6:46 AM #

    When I pick out an audiobook I always look at how long it will be because I know that more than 9 hours and I start to feel….disinterested. I am SO impressed that you managed to listen to 47 hours of the same book! Wow!

    Here is my WWW post! https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesday-july-24-2019/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 3:43 PM #

      I knew it would be long and I saved it for when I was mentally prepared. I try to keep it under 15 because anything more is intimidating! Happy reading.

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  9. laurenbodiford123 July 24, 2019 at 6:54 AM #

    Based on the cover, The Map of Time looks really interesting! Happy Wednesday!

    Here’s mine: https://laurenbodiford123.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/www-7-24-19/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 4:10 PM #

      It’s starting to get into the time travel section and I’m excited to see how it unfolds. Happy reading!

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  10. Anna J. Jacobson July 24, 2019 at 7:32 AM #

    I’ve currently got A Gathering of Shadows on hold at my local library and am looking forward to reading it.

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post https://jumbledthoughtsofawriter.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesday-24th-july-2019/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 8:33 AM #

      I hope you enjoy it as much as I am so far. Happy reading!

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  11. Lilyfae July 24, 2019 at 7:37 AM #

    Congratulations on completing Storm of Swords!!! What an achievement!!
    https://lilyandthefae.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/pausing-for-www-wednesday-24-07/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 4:11 PM #

      Thank you! It feels like a huge landmark. Happy reading!

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  12. Bookish Hooker July 24, 2019 at 7:37 AM #

    Burial Rites has been on my TBR I feel like forever. I seriously need to read it!

    Here’s my WWW: https://bookishhooker.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesday-2/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 8:36 AM #

      I’m through the first disk and so far I like it but it’s very dark! Happy Wednesday!

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  13. Ambi July 24, 2019 at 7:48 AM #

    Hope you’re having a fantastic Wednesday wherever you are! 😀

    https://edwardsghostengine.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesday-24-7-19/#more-7363

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 6:59 PM #

      Thank you! Have a good one as well. Happy reading!

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  14. alisbooks July 24, 2019 at 8:25 AM #

    It always feels awesome when you finish a big book! Here’s my WWW!

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 6:59 PM #

      So true! It’s freeing to have something smaller to carry with you. Happy reading!

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  15. amanda July 24, 2019 at 9:13 AM #

    oh my god bless you for listening to a storm of swords haha. it’s a pretty good book though! here’s my list 🙂

    https://aelilyreads.home.blog/2019/07/24/www-wednesday/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM #

      It was a great book! I really enjoyed it. Happy reading!

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  16. sarahrmorrison July 24, 2019 at 9:27 AM #

    You finished a lot this week! I am trying to go back and finish all the books I started and never finished. I don’t know how you keep track when you are reading that many at a time lol. I think An American Marriage is a good book club book. I think there will be a lot of varied opinions based on my own discussions on it. Here’s my WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesdays-july-24-2019/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 7:01 PM #

      I’m looking forward to An American Marriage. Based on the other Jones book I read, I have a few suspicions of what I may find. And it should be great for book club. Happy reading!

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  17. nickimags @ The Secret Library Book Blog July 24, 2019 at 9:32 AM #

    I hope you get on better with Burial Rites than I did, I dnf’d it as it was too slow for me. Here’s my link this week https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesdays-24-07-19/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 7:01 PM #

      Slow books are easier for me to tolerate on audio. Especially when I’m stuck in the car. Happy reading!

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  18. The Unseen Library July 24, 2019 at 10:15 AM #

    Looks like a lot of people have a had a great reading week, keep up the good work:
    https://unseenlibrary.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesday-24-july-2019/

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  19. Denise @ Life With No Plot July 24, 2019 at 10:53 AM #

    Congrats on finishing A Storm of Swords! I know that feels good!

    My WWW: http://lifewithnoplot.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesday-7-24-19/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 7:02 PM #

      So good! Returning it to the library was borderline therapeutic. Happy reading!

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  20. anovelglimpse July 24, 2019 at 10:54 AM #

    You got a lot of books finished this week. I bet that feels great! — especially a GoT book because those suckers are LONG. Happy reading!

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 7:03 PM #

      I’m a glutton for punishment taking up Palma. It feels like a brick! Gotta love the long reads. Happy reading!

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  21. Ryan July 24, 2019 at 11:03 AM #

    Congrats on finally getting A Storm of Swords finished up! It must feel immensely satisfying.

    I’m still curious about The Map of Time, I look forward to reading more of your thoughts on it as you get further.

    Have a great week!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesday-july-24-2019/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 7:03 PM #

      I think I’ll have a much better picture of it next week. It’s had a lot of backstory so far. Good writing, just backstory. Happy reading!

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  22. Sammie @ The Writerly Way July 24, 2019 at 11:39 AM #

    Oooh, how are you liking A Gathering of Shadows so far, now that you’ve made some progress on it? Sorry to hear that A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius didn’t work for you.

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 7:04 PM #

      I’m enjoying it a lot! The two main characters’ plots are advancing at different rates and it’s keeping it very interesting. Happy reading!

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  23. CaffeinatedFae July 24, 2019 at 12:45 PM #

    I really loved Game of Thrones but the length of it was so daunting. I’m waiting for the right moment to start A Clash of Kings & then A Storm of Swords.

    Here’s my first ever WWW https://caffeinatedfae.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesday-7-24-2019/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 7:04 PM #

      I think you’ll enjoy it when you find the time. I waited a fair bit between to recharge. Happy Wednesday!

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  24. Jolie July 24, 2019 at 2:53 PM #

    Congrats on finishing A Storm of Swords!! Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesday-july-24th-2019/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 7:07 PM #

      Thank you, it was my major win for the week. Happy reading!

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  25. mistysbookspace July 24, 2019 at 2:58 PM #

    I’m still jealous that you are able to listen to audiobooks with your husband!

    https://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/www-wednesday-12/

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 7:07 PM #

      It keeps us both awake and gives us something to talk over when we stop for food. A very good mix! Happy reading.

      Liked by 1 person

  26. Larry N Johnson July 24, 2019 at 9:19 PM #

    Here’s my entry on your WWW Wednesdays,

    What are you currently reading? Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch, the 7th book in the Peter Grant / Rivers of London Series.

    What did you recently finish reading? The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch, book 6 in the Peter Grant / Rivers of London Series.

    What do you think you’ll read next? Blood Lines by Angela Marsons, the 5th book in the DI Kim Stone series. After that, I’m going to start the Nick Louth – DCI Craig Gillard series.

    https://lqlarry.blogspot.com/2019/07/i-like-to-push-this-along-to-everybody.html

    I’ve read The Storm of Swords a long time ago and only set my Goodreads goal at 50 this year because I wanted to re-read the 5 books in the series, but now I think I’ll put it off a couple of years, maybe after Martin announces a release date on book 6, The Winds of Winter.

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    • Sam July 24, 2019 at 9:46 PM #

      I’m stretching my reading of the series out. I’m hoping he’ll announce the sixth book and I can push through but I’m letting them languish and enjoying in the meantime. Happy reading!

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  27. rabbitearsblog July 24, 2019 at 11:44 PM #

    Oooh! I really need to read the Game of Thrones series!

    Here’s my WWW:

    https://rabbitearsblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/www-wednesdays-18-july-24-2019/

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    • Sam July 25, 2019 at 5:38 AM #

      It’s amazing but get ready for some long books! Happy reading.

      Liked by 1 person

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