WWW Wednesday, 31-July-2019

31 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: Well, I read some of Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min. That’s a start, right? I’ll keep moving forward with this but it feels like it’s never-ending. But it has to at some point. I just feel like I’ve stalled.
I’m really enjoying The Map of Time by Félix Palma. I’m moving through it as fast as my schedule allows but I’ve already had to renew it once at the library. I’ll make it through eventually but I know this thick book is a long haul. I’m hanging on tight for the ride!
I’m at a lull with A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Now that my race is over, I’m taking a short break from running and biking to concentrate on a 2-mile swim I’m doing this weekend. It’s hard to listen while I swim so I’ll get back to this soon. I’m really liking it so I can’t wait to dive back in.
I’ve enjoyed Burial Rites by Hannah Kent so far. I’m amazed at the narrator attempting (successfully?) to pronounce all the Icelandic names and locations in this book. They sound impossible to pronounce. When we were in Iceland, I didn’t even try.

Recently finished: In a weird twist, the library e-copy of Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton my husband and I had been listening to is no longer available. I guess we were the only ones using it and it was removed from the collection. I dug out my physical copy and we took turns reading it out loud to each other on the drive home from Ohio. We had one chapter left when we got home and finished it that night! Review to come.

I posted my review of A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin yesterday. It feels so good to have finally finished that book! Please go check it out. I hope I don’t wait as long before I start the fourth book. I gave it Five out of Five Stars, my highest rating in the series so far!

Reading Next: The plan is still to get an e-copy of An American Marriage by Tayari Jones next. While I’m taking a break from running, I’m still doing a half marathon in the fall so I’ll be back at it soon enough and I’ll get to this after Schwab.


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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82 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 31-July-2019”

  1. BookerTalk July 31, 2019 at 1:47 AM #

    I didn’t care for An American Marriage much despite all the awards it picked up. You might like it better though.

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 7:51 AM #

      I hope I do! An uninteresting audiobook is such a drag. Happy reading!

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  2. Louise July 31, 2019 at 3:22 AM #

    AGOS is such a great book for being out and about with. It’s so action packed!

    https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/wow-gideon-the-ninth/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 7:53 AM #

      I’m about to start the Games and I’m so excited for those scenes. Happy reading!

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  3. Dr B July 31, 2019 at 4:20 AM #

    Great idea! But, I’m confused as to where I write my answers to those three questions?

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 8:36 AM #

      You can leave your answers in a comment if you can create your own post and link to it here. If there’s another way you want to participate, try it! Happy reading.

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  4. Lola July 31, 2019 at 6:26 AM #

    I love that you and your husband were reading to each other. I love my husband dearly, but I can’t imagine him doing that 😂Though he is very good at reading Harry Potter to my daughter!
    My WWW this week: https://lolaetlavie.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/www-wednesdays-31-july-2019/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 8:37 AM #

      My hubby used to each middle school English so he’s great at reading out loud. Much better than me for sure! Happy reading.

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  5. Lilyfae July 31, 2019 at 6:26 AM #

    Hope you a reading buzz soon, you sound like you need a breather from the big books!!
    https://lilyandthefae.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/pause-for-www-wednesday-31-07/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 10:52 AM #

      Haha, thanks! Maybe a nice short one for my next vacation. Happy reading!

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  6. The Gal Herself July 31, 2019 at 6:41 AM #

    Reading about all your ambitious physical activity inspired me. Today I’m taking the stairs! Burial Rites sounds intriguing. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a book set in Iceland.

    Here’s my WWW. I’ve got another biography and a reboot of a mystery series. I always approach with caution when a new author takes up for one who has passed away, but this time, so far, so good.

    https://onegalsmusings.blogspot.com/2019/07/wwwwednesday_30.html

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 10:53 AM #

      This is the first book I’ve encountered set in Iceland. It’s been interesting so far. Reboots always make me nervous, too! I always hope the style doesn’t change too much. Happy reading!

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  7. Nicole July 31, 2019 at 7:25 AM #

    A Darker Shade of Magic has been on my tbr for a while now. I’m glad you’re enjoying the sequel, I’ll have to pick it up soon! Happy reading 😀

    Here’s my first WWW Wednesday post: https://theanatomyofabookworm.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/www-wednesday/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 8:37 AM #

      The first book was very fun and I’ve enjoyed this one so far as well. Happy Wednesday!

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  8. Julie July 31, 2019 at 7:35 AM #

    I really want to pick up Hannah Kent, I have heard good things about her book. The topic is thought not a summer read.

    Here is my post

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 11:22 AM #

      I don’t think anything set in Iceland can be a summer read haha. The writing is really good, though. Happy reading!

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  9. Teri Polen July 31, 2019 at 7:54 AM #

    Glad you’re enjoying A Gathering of Shadows – love that series! https://teripolen.com/2019/07/31/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-amreading-30/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 11:22 AM #

      I wish I had more time to listen to it. Happy reading!

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  10. Chai @ Like Chai Tea July 31, 2019 at 8:32 AM #

    Aww I miss swimming. It used to be part of my weekend exercise but nowadays I just go with running and HIIT workouts.

    I need to get into V.E. Schwab’s books more. A lot of people seem to like her books so I wanna dive in and see what the fun’s about.

    My WWW: https://likechaitea.blogspot.com/2019/07/www-wednesday-04-these-witches-dont.html

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 8:40 AM #

      I’ve got a half marathon coming up so I’ll have to get running again soon. Unfortunately those require training. This series is the only parts of Schwab’s work I’ve tried but I’ve liked it a lot. Happy Wednesday!

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  11. silverbuttonbooks July 31, 2019 at 8:35 AM #

    How weird that the library removed the e-book! I’m so glad that you had a physical copy to finish and I am interested to hear your thoughts on this book. It is so sweet that you guys read it to each other!

    Here is my WWW: https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2019/07/31/www-wednesday-july-31-2019/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 12:09 PM #

      It’s a service the library subscribes to so who knows what level made the decision to remove it or why. Happy reading!

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  12. whatcathyreadnext July 31, 2019 at 8:35 AM #

    I love the idea of you and your husband stepping in as each other’s audio book narrator. I hope you both did different voices for characters where appropriate 😀

    Here’s my WWW: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/www-wednesdays-31st-july-19/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 12:10 PM #

      I’m not good at that but he rocked it. He remembered which character was from Texas to do the appropriate accent. Happy reading!

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  13. Denise @ Life With No Plot July 31, 2019 at 8:51 AM #

    Hope you’re having a great week!

    My WWW: http://lifewithnoplot.com/2019/07/31/www-wednesday-7-31-19/

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  14. Lorna July 31, 2019 at 9:16 AM #

    My husband and I read to each other, too. That’s our date night!
    https://ginlemonade.com/2019/07/31/catching-up-on-reading-with-www-wednesdays/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 12:11 PM #

      Glad we’re not the only ones! We’ve resorted to it when audiobooks are unavailable. Happy reading!

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  15. sarahrmorrison July 31, 2019 at 9:29 AM #

    Huge props for being so active. I formally enjoyed running a lot, and then I moved to Texas. This is not a good environment for any outdoor activities. LOL I hate that you the library just randomly stopped offering your audiobook, but I love that you guys took turns reading it to each other. Hope you enjoyed it! My WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/www-wednesdays-july-31-2019/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 12:11 PM #

      I visited Texas for Thanksgiving and remember how warm it was. I can’t imagine training there in the summer! Happy reading.

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      • sarahrmorrison July 31, 2019 at 12:26 PM #

        I never thought in a million years I would buy a treadmill, but it is literally the only way I can keep running for most months out of the year in TX. The winter weather is often great here though. 🙂

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      • Sam July 31, 2019 at 12:28 PM #

        You probably don’t have the same ice and snow problems I do four months a year haha.

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      • sarahrmorrison July 31, 2019 at 2:13 PM #

        No I do not…and I’m okay without that LOL

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  16. Ambi July 31, 2019 at 9:52 AM #

    Hope you enjoy all your books 🙂

    https://edwardsghostengine.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/www-wednesday-31-7-19/#more-7439

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  17. Robyn July 31, 2019 at 10:04 AM #

    My kids hate reading but I thought they would love Harry Potter if they gave it a chance. Anyway, I TRIED reading it out loud to them, but got tired of hearing my own voice. I do read them a Ray Bradbury short every Halloween – I can get through that – but found novels were way too much for me – but I think it’s cool you guys were able to share that book that way. And the title has me intrigued! Here is mine: https://www.autismfamilypower.com/www-wednesday-july-31-2019/ Happy reading!

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 12:13 PM #

      I used to read to the kids I babysat and I had a very strict ‘One Chapter’ policy so I wouldn’t get sick of my voice. Happy reading!

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  18. amanda July 31, 2019 at 10:15 AM #

    Just added Becoming Madame Mao to my TBR. Great list 🙂

    Here’s my own! https://aelilyreads.home.blog/2019/07/31/wacky-wonderful-windy-i-wish-wednesday/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 12:13 PM #

      Thanks! It’s an interesting ride. Happy reading!

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  19. anovelglimpse July 31, 2019 at 10:16 AM #

    I’ve heard American Marriage is spectacular. I hope you love it!

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 12:13 PM #

      Thanks, I’m looking forward to it. Happy reading!

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  20. Sammie @ The Writerly Way July 31, 2019 at 10:48 AM #

    Whaat? you mean you can’t just thrown on headphones and listen to audiobooks while you swim? Pffft. 😛 Good luck with your swim. Sounds like fun.

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 12:14 PM #

      They’re actually starting to develop MP3 players for that but I’d be annoyed having to get an audiobook onto it haha. Happy reading!

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      • Sammie @ The Writerly Way July 31, 2019 at 12:27 PM #

        Are they really?! Mind = blown. That’s pretty neat, though. But yeah, that’d be super annoying, because audiobooks aren’t formatted for MP3 players, unfortunately.

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      • Sam July 31, 2019 at 12:28 PM #

        Especially if they shuffle lol.

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  21. Jolie July 31, 2019 at 11:11 AM #

    I had the same issue with pronouncing names when I reviewed a couple of mysteries set in Iceland. Here’s my link: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/07/31/www-wednesday-july-31st-2019/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 12:15 PM #

      There are just too many consonants! Happy reading.

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  22. MrsDMVH July 31, 2019 at 11:18 AM #

    Great choices! I’m currently reading The 3rd Mrs. Durst and have Things You Save In A Fire on deck!

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  23. Ryan July 31, 2019 at 11:35 AM #

    That seems so strange to me that Good Morning, Midnight was removed from your library’s catalogue. Does popularity really effect if something stays on the shelf? At least you had another copy to fall back on. Have a great week!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/07/31/www-wednesday-july-31-2019/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 12:16 PM #

      It was a digital file through a service they subscribe to. I’m not sure if the library or the service made the call. Happy reading!

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  24. laurenbodiford123 July 31, 2019 at 12:13 PM #

    I’ve heard great things about ADSOM series, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I hope that you can finish it soon!

    Here’s mine: https://laurenbodiford123.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/www-7-31-19/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 12:17 PM #

      Thank you. I’m optimistic about wrapping up the series soon. Happy reading!

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  25. The Unseen Library July 31, 2019 at 12:21 PM #

    I really need to read more of the books in A Song of Ice and Fire, especially after how much I enjoyed A Game of Thrones.

    Here is my WWW Wednesday for this week:
    https://unseenlibrary.com/2019/07/31/www-wednesday-31-july-2019/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 12:27 PM #

      There is so much more to love in the books, too. Happy reading!

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  26. Yvo July 31, 2019 at 3:24 PM #

    I hope you’ll find time for A Gathering Of Shadows soon! It’s without doubt one of my favorite series… I really enjoyed An American Marriage as well. Have a wonderful week and happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 4:14 PM #

      Glad to hear positive reviews of both! I’m excited to keep moving forward with them. Happy reading!

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  27. I really want to get to the Darker Shade of Magic series! It’s just that series in general really intimidate me, fantasy series even worse! Hopefully, someday I will be ready to binge read the entire series. Here is my WWW post for today: https://thenightisdarkandfullofbooks.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/%E2%80%8Bwww-wednesday-recently-read-currently-reading-to-read/

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  28. jenniefromthebook July 31, 2019 at 5:09 PM #

    So excited to join in on this!!!! here is my link 🙂

    https://jenniefromthebook.blog/2019/07/31/www-what-are-you-reading-wednesday-7-31-19/

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  29. theycallmetater July 31, 2019 at 6:03 PM #

    Just found out about this a minute ago. Here’s a real fast post I wrote at the end of my dinner break at work. I love this and will be participating again. https://theycallmetater.com/2019/07/31/spending-the-end-of-my-dinner-to-do-www-wednesday/

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    • Sam July 31, 2019 at 6:14 PM #

      Glad you could join! We’re here every week. Happy Wednesday!

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      • theycallmetater July 31, 2019 at 7:42 PM #

        I’ll be looking for it next week. I’m hoping to find some good reads in other people’s posts.

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  30. Whimsically Meghan July 31, 2019 at 6:21 PM #

    That’s really cute that you read the book out loud for each other because you could no longer get the audiobook! 😀

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