WWW Wednesday, 14-August-2019

14 Aug

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 have some time on an airplane and a long trip coming up where I can read some of Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min. I’m really hoping that this means I can finish it soon!
I made the hard decision not to take The Map of Time by Félix Palma on my trip with me. I was super tight on space and it’s a very long book! I’ll pick it up when I get back home and hope I can power through next week.
I should be finishing A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab any day now. I’m very close to the end and excited to see what the final book holds! Hopefully, I don’t take as long to get to the final book. I’m going to make this my main audiobook, even if I’m still listening when I get home from my trip. I need to get through it so I can start some book club selections.

Recently finished: I was able to wrap up Burial Rites by Hannah Kent on the day I left! I’m glad I was able to finish something eventually. The story was really well written and I’m glad I read it. I wish I’d gotten to it before I visited Iceland, but I think after was still OK. I wish I’d gotten out of the capital a bit more, now. I would love to see the countryside described in this book.

No reviews this week. I’ve been busier than I can describe and I’m hoping to take this week ‘off’ and then get back to blogging next week when life has calmed down.

Reading Next: I hope to have downloaded An American Marriage by Tayari Jones before I get home from my trip and have it going ASAP. I can’t wait to listen to this one and get to a few others as soon as I can! I don’t like feeling behind with reading.

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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84 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 14-August-2019”

  1. stargazer at 2:13 AM #

    Burial Rites sounds like an interesting story. Are you going to write a review later? I can confirm that Iceland’s nature and countryside is definitely worth a visit. Here is my debut WWW:



    • Sam at 5:18 AM #

      Yes, I’ll probably have a review up next week. I’m on vacation so I’m running a little behind. I was able to visit but stayed in Reykjavik the whole time. I wish I’d been able to see more of the countryside. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jen | Books on the 7:47 at 2:47 AM #

    I’m feeling like I have no time to read at the moment too! When things get so busy, reading feels like a luxury. I’ve had Burial Rites on my TBR for a while, determined to actually read it one day 😊

    My WWW: https://booksonthe747.com/2019/08/14/what-im-reading-www-wednesday-14th-august-2019/



    • Sam at 5:22 AM #

      I was so happy to finish it on my way to the airport! The timing was perfect. I’m hoping to visit some bookstores and find another book to enjoy. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. ivysbooks at 4:15 AM #

    Oh, I really want to read Burial Rites! I currently got a kick on Icelandic writing and reading some Icelandic crime, but I also just finished a very weird but lovely Icelandic trilogy about a boy; Heaven and Hell by Jon Kalman Stefansson. Highly recommended! Also excited you are getting to Conjuring of Light soon 🙂

    Here is my post: https://ivyslibrarycard.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesday-14th-august-19/


    • Sam at 5:24 AM #

      Glad you’ve been enjoying Icelandic stories! Sounds like a but focus to have. I’m enjoying Schwab as well and hoping to have more time to finish it this week. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. phdscientist101 at 5:52 AM #

    Honestly I have never heard of any of these books, this is the reason I love these posts so much… I get so many new ideas for reads! ❤

    My WWW post: https://mylifeinthelab.home.blog/2019/08/13/www-wednesday-14th-august-2019-2/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam at 8:48 AM #

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


  5. Lola at 5:55 AM #

    Good reason to go back to Iceland one day? It is still on my bucket list 🙂 Just like a gazillion other places 🤣 Here’s my WWW for today: https://lolaetlavie.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesdays-14-august-2019/


    • Sam at 8:49 AM #

      Maybe one day. WOW closing down is making it a bit less likely, though. Happy reading!


  6. Nicole at 6:51 AM #

    A Darker Shade of Magic is high on my tbr, I keep hearing really great things about it! I’m glad you’re enjoying the series. Happy reading!

    Here’s my WWW: https://theanatomyofabookworm.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesday-14-08-19/


    • Sam at 8:50 AM #

      It’s really fun I think you’ll like it! Happy reading.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Lilyfae at 7:06 AM #

    I hope your plane ride gives you time to indulge in your books!!!!


    • Sam at 10:13 AM #

      Sadly I was distracted with magazines. Maybe the way home? Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Amanda McGill at 7:11 AM #

    I liked An American Marriage, hope you do as well!

    My WWW Wednesday- https://thelimitofbooksdoesnotexist.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesday-august-14-2019/


    • Sam at 10:13 AM #

      Thanks, I’m excited to start it. Happy reading!


  9. Jana T at 7:18 AM #

    Surprisingly, I don’t have any opinions on this week’s books, but I’ve heard so much about An American Marriage. I hope you enjoy it! Here’s my WWW post:



    • Sam at 10:13 AM #

      Thanks! I hope to be reporting back next week. Happy reading!


  10. Incessant Bookworm at 8:15 AM #

    Ohhh Burial Rites!! Happy Reading everyone!!


  11. Teri Polen at 8:21 AM #

    Glad you’re enjoying A Gathering of Shadows – the last book is equally amazing. https://teripolen.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-amreading-31/


    • Sam at 10:14 AM #

      Great! I’m looking forward to following the characters more. Happy reading!


  12. whatcathyreadnext at 8:22 AM #

    Glad you enjoyed Burial Rites. I haven’t read that but I read her subsequent book The Good People and really liked it.

    Here’s my WWW: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesdays-14th-august-19/


    • Sam at 10:15 AM #

      Does it also take place in Iceland? Happy reading.


      • whatcathyreadnext at 10:38 AM #

        No, 19th century Ireland. But if you’re after more books set in Iceland, there’s The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea (18th century).

        Liked by 1 person

  13. Sounds like you’ve been really busy lately! Taking a week off is sometimes good for the soul. 🙂 Enjoy your upcoming trip. Looking forward to your review of A Gathering of Shadows!

    Here’s my WWW post.


  14. MrsDMVH at 9:06 AM #

    I just obtained An American Marriage myself, now I need to figure out how to fit it in to read it!


  15. Literary Leisha at 9:14 AM #

    I really need to start the Shades of Magic trilogy before the end of the year. I’ve heard such good things!

    My WWW Wednesday post – https://literaryleisha.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesday-14-08-2019/


    • Sam at 10:16 AM #

      It’s really good. I adored the first and I’m sad it took me so long to get to the second. Happy reading!


  16. amanda at 9:15 AM #

    Badly need to read about Burial Rites. So happy you enjoyed it!!

    Mine 💜


    • Sam at 10:16 AM #

      For sure! I hope you get to it soon. Happy reading!


  17. Ooohhh, Iceland sounds amazing. I’ve always wanted to visit there.

    Here’s my WWW: http://lifewithnoplot.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesday-8-14-19/


    • Sam at 10:16 AM #

      It was a fun trip though I wish we’d spent some time in the countryside as well. Happy reading!


  18. anovelglimpse at 10:52 AM #

    Maybe you will have to go back to Iceland at some point to see the country side. 😉

    My WWW Wednesday.


    • Sam at 10:56 AM #

      If another discount airline comes along, I’d love to! That was a great way to see Europe. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Ryan at 11:46 AM #

    Have a great week! I hope you enjoy your trip.



    • Sam at 1:28 PM #

      Thank you! I’m having a blast. Happy reading!


  20. Mina @Stacked at 12:20 PM #

    I honestly haven’t heard of any of these books 🙂 But, as someone in the comments has already said, this is why these memes are so great, we can discover all sorts of new books.

    Anyway, I’ve just discovered this meme, so here is my first WWW Wednesday post: https://stacked-reviews.com/www-wednesday-14-08/


    • Sam at 1:29 PM #

      Welcome! Always glad to have new people join in. Happy Wednesday!


      • Mina @Stacked at 2:49 PM #

        Thank you so much 😘

        Liked by 1 person

  21. Looking forward to your review of Burial Rites here’s my link https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesdays-14-08-19/


  22. Jolie at 2:59 PM #

    I have heard mixed reviews about An American Marriage. Can’t wait to read your review. Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesday-august-14th-2019/


    • Sam at 4:53 PM #

      I’m hoping I like it! I’m nervous with these mixed reviews. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. CaffeinatedFae at 3:22 PM #

    I really need to read a book by V.E. Schwab! Looks like you’ve been busy reading! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got done next week!

    My WWW can be found here: https://caffeinatedfae.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesday-8-14-2019/


  24. Lauren is Reading at 4:30 PM #

    Burial Rites sounds really good! Added to my TBR 🙂

    Happy reading (and travels)!

    My WWW


  25. geekyzoogirl at 4:43 PM #

    Oooh, I’ve read a couple of V.E. Schwab books but none of the Shades of Magic series, even though I have the first one on my shelf! It’s promising to see you’re enjoying it though, I really need to bump it up on the list.

    I hope you enjoy your trip and hopefully finishing a few books and feeling a bit more up-to-date. I know exactly what you mean about feeling behind, I feel like I’m behind on just about everything at the moment! We’ll get there eventually though 🙂

    My WWW this week can be found here.


    • Sam at 4:55 PM #

      Thank you! It’s a busy trip but I’ll try to squeeze some reading and blogging in. Happy reading!


      • geekyzoogirl at 5:03 PM #

        Well done if you do and if you just spend the time relaxing that’s totally cool too!


  26. mistysbookspace at 5:26 PM #

    My reading slacked this week. Stupid me ended up starting a new show and I was of course sucked in so I have been on a Netflix binge.

    Here is my WWW Wednesday post: https://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesday-15/


    • Sam at 5:29 PM #

      The perrils of Netflix. I have to make myself stay away from it! Happy reading.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistysbookspace at 5:31 PM #

        I’m usually pretty good at staying away but every now and then a show succeeds at hooking me and since they are available I want to binge them. Thanks and happy reading to you as well.


  27. kavish at 5:40 PM #

    Iceland’s at the top of my list of places I need to go. The pics I’ve seen from a friend have been so beautiful.
    Haven’t heard of any of those books, but will surely check them out. Burial Rites looks very interesting

    Here’s my (first) WWW: https://kavishrm.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesday-1/


    • Sam at 5:55 PM #

      If I could go back, I would have gotten out of the city a little more. The countryside is beautiful, or so I’ve heard. I didn’t get a chance to see it and I wish I had. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  28. theycallmetater at 5:59 PM #

    I actually remembered to do it this week! https://theycallmetater.com/2019/08/14/www-wednesday-8-14-19/


    • Sam at 6:02 PM #

      Congrats! I have to schedule it ahead of time so that I remember, haha. Happy reading!


  29. laurenbodiford123 at 7:15 PM #

    Looks like a great list of books! The Map of Time sounds so interesting!
    Here’s my post: https://laurenbodiford123.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/www-8-14-19/

    Happy Wednesday!!!


    • Sam at 6:57 AM #

      It’s really good and I can’t wait to get back to it. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  30. Tanieka at 8:02 PM #

    Burial rites sounds like an interesting read. I’ll have to check it out.

    My WWW post:



    • Sam at 6:58 AM #

      I’m glad I got to it, only wish it had been sooner. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  31. Rae Reads at 8:24 PM #

    Now that I am in three book clubs, I am REALLY behind on my reading!


  32. Ilham Alam at 1:59 PM #

    Awesome way to promote engagement & spread book love and book recommendations!

    Currently Read: “Rules or Magic” by Alice Hoffman

    Recently Finished Reading: “Alias Grace” by Margaret Atwood

    What Will I Read Next: “Ghost Bride” by Yangtze Choo- it’s waiting in my Kindle


    • Sam at 7:47 PM #

      I’ve been wanting to read more Atwood, I’ve only read The Handmaid’s Tale and loved it! There’s more to enjoy on this week’s post if you want to visit that. Happy Wednesday!



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