WWW Wednesday, 21-August-2019

21 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: Despite good goals, I got through very little of Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min while on vacation. I’m going to happily blame it on having too much fun! Maybe this week will bode better for me.
I’m very excited to get back to The Map of Time by Félix Palma. I picked it up as soon as I got home and I’m hoping to power through and have it finished in the next week or so. The story is really fun.
I finally started An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and I’m focusing on it as much as possible. I realized the book club meeting for this one is Monday and it’s a nine-hour audiobook. That’s doable, but will require a lot of concentration!

Recently finished: I wrapped up A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab while I was getting ready for the formal dinner at my conference! It was great timing and now I’m super excited about getting to the final book in the series. Talk about a cliffhanger. I gave the book Four out of Five Stars.
I decided to take a book with me for the trip and picked the slim volume of 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. It was a perfect light read while I was on the pool deck and I had some purchased books and magazines to tide me over when I finished it. I gave the book Four out of Five Stars as well.

I posted my review for Burial Rites by Hannah Kent on Monday. I’m back to blogging this week after taking last week off. It feels good to be back and I’m feeling confident I can keep up going forward. I’m glad this busy summer is starting to wind down.

Reading Next: I have another book club pick that’s going to be ‘all hands on deck.’ Assuming I finish Jones on time, I’ll jump right into Beautiful Music by Michael Zadoorian. All I know about this one is it has a Detroit connection. I look forward to learning more about 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.

Have any opinions on these choices?

Until next time, write on.

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61 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 21-August-2019”

  1. Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. August 21, 2019 at 3:04 AM #

    I have heard so many great things about An American Marriage! I hope you enjoy it and you’re having a wonderful week 😊

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 6:53 AM #

      It’s great so far. I hope I can speed through. Happy reading!

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  2. Lilyfae August 21, 2019 at 3:19 AM #

    Sounds like you’ve had a good reading week!!
    https://lilyandthefae.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/pause-for-www-wednesday-3/

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 6:53 AM #

      For sure! I think it’s only going to get better. Happy reading!

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  3. alilovesbooks August 21, 2019 at 3:37 AM #

    A Gathering of Shadows is brilliant isn’t it but what a cliffhanger. I made the mistake of reading them as they came out so the wait for that final book killed me. I hope you manage to get to it soon.

    Here’s my www https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/www-wednesday-21st-august-2019/

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 6:53 AM #

      I think I’ll jump on it pretty soon. What an ending! Happy reading.

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  4. Lola August 21, 2019 at 3:57 AM #

    I really need to read some V E Schwab! I have A Savage Song and Our Dark Duet on my shelves somewhere, so I guess I better start with reading those.
    My WWW this week: https://lolaetlavie.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/www-wednesdays-21-august-2019/
    Happy reading!

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 6:54 AM #

      I haven’t tried her books outside of this series. I hope you enjoy them as much as I’ve liked this series. Happy reading!

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  5. Chai @ Like Chai Tea August 21, 2019 at 4:10 AM #

    Aww good to hear you’re back to blogging! And I hope your summer’s still a fun one and you get to continue reading good books as seeing you’ve been giving good ratings to your recent reads so far.

    My WWW: https://likechaitea.blogspot.com/2019/08/www-wednesday-05-romance-books-three.html

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 6:54 AM #

      For sure! I think things will finally slow down a bit. I’m optimistic. Happy reading!

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  6. whatcathyreadnext August 21, 2019 at 4:26 AM #

    Having too much fun sounds like a good reason to me for not making more progress with books!

    Here’s my WWW: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/www-wednesdays-21st-august-19/

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 6:55 AM #

      The best reason, lol. Happy reading!

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  7. ivysbooks August 21, 2019 at 5:27 AM #

    Yes! I’m so glad you loved A Gathering of Shadows. Bring on A Conjuring of Light!

    Here is my WWW post: https://ivyslibrarycard.com/2019/08/21/www-wednesday-21st-august-19/

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 6:55 AM #

      I hope to start within the month. Fingers crossed. Happy reading!

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  8. Genesis @ Whispering Chapters August 21, 2019 at 5:38 AM #

    I need to read something by Schwab! Also, An American Marriage sounds interesting!
    My WWW: http://www.whisperingchapters.com/2019/08/www-wednesday-2-82119.html?m=1

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 6:55 AM #

      I’ve really liked An American Marriage so far. I’m trying to get through it quickly to make my book club deadline. Happy reading!

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  9. Emily Wrayburn August 21, 2019 at 6:04 AM #

    I’ve just got back from travelling, too, though it sounds like you’re doing better than I am at getting back into blogging. Glad to hear you’re enjoying V. E. Schwab.

    Here’s my WWW: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2019/08/03/www-wednesday-21-august-2019/

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 6:56 AM #

      I took a full week off so that wasn’t great for me. But I’m rededicating! Happy reading.

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  10. Sakhile August 21, 2019 at 7:21 AM #

    A Gathering of Shadows is one of my favourite fantasies I’ve read this year. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
    Here’s my WWW:
    sakhilewhispers.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/www-wednesdays-jane-austen-scottish-royals-and-bone-witches/

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 11:04 AM #

      I look forward to finishing the series! Happy reading.

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  11. Nicole August 21, 2019 at 7:22 AM #

    84, Charing Cross Road sounds lovely! I’m glad you enjoyed. Happy reading!

    Here’s my WWW: https://theanatomyofabookworm.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/www-wednesday-21-08-19/

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 11:04 AM #

      Thanks! I’ll be reviewing soon. Happy reading!

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  12. Ambi August 21, 2019 at 7:26 AM #

    Have a great week everyone 🙂

    My WWW:

    https://edwardsghostengine.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/www-wednesday-21-8-19/#more-7699

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  13. The Gal Herself August 21, 2019 at 8:04 AM #

    I enjoyed 84, Charing Cross Road but haven’t thought about it in ages. Thanks for the reminder! Maybe it’s time for a re-read.

    This week I’ve got frothy chick-lit and a non-fiction bestseller from decades gone by.

    https://onegalsmusings.blogspot.com/2019/08/wwwwednesday_21.html

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 11:05 AM #

      It’s a really quick reread! I hope you’ll like it. Happy reading!

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  14. Sammie @ The Writerly Way August 21, 2019 at 8:31 AM #

    Glad to see you liked A Gathering of Shadows! Good to know it ends on a cliffhanger, though. xD 84, Charing Cross Road sounds interesting.

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 11:05 AM #

      Yes, have the sequel close at hand. Happy reading!

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  15. Incessant Bookworm August 21, 2019 at 8:53 AM #

    Ah I have “84, Charring Cross Road” on my TBR as well! I feel it will be a great travel companion on my next trip this fall! https://incessantbookworm.com/2019/08/21/www-wednesday-122/

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 11:05 AM #

      Yes! Easy to pick up and put down while traveling. Happy reading!

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  16. Yvo August 21, 2019 at 9:01 AM #

    I’m happy to hear you enjoyed A Gathering Of Shadows and I hope you will enjoy An American Marriage! I really liked that one. Have a wonderful week and happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 11:06 AM #

      I’m liking it so far but man, there is so much drama! Happy reading.

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  17. nickimags @ The Secret Library Book Blog August 21, 2019 at 9:23 AM #

    I have a copy of 84 Charing Cross road good to know you enjoyed it Here’s my link: https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/www-wednesdays-21-08-19/

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 11:06 AM #

      You’ll fly through it, very quick and engrossing. Happy reading!

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  18. The Unseen Library August 21, 2019 at 10:59 AM #

    Hope everyone is having a great week.

    My WWW:
    https://unseenlibrary.com/2019/08/21/www-wednesday-21-august-2019/

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  19. amanda August 21, 2019 at 11:28 AM #

    beautiful music looks super interesting

    here’s mine 🙂 http://aelilyreads.home.blog/2019/08/21/wayward-wanderlust-wednesday-8-20/

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 7:44 PM #

      Thanks, I hope to start it soon. Happy reading!

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  20. Lauren is Reading August 21, 2019 at 11:36 AM #

    Good luck getting through American Marriage! It sounds like a great book!

    My WWW Post

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 7:44 PM #

      Thank you. It helps that it’s good, I don’t mind binging!

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  21. Ryan August 21, 2019 at 12:23 PM #

    I typically fall short of reading goals I give myself on vacation too. Having too much fun is a perfect reason for that though 🙂 Happy reading!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/08/21/www-wednesday-august-21-2019/

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 7:45 PM #

      Thanks! It was a blast and I’m happy with what I did read. Happy reading!

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  22. sarahrmorrison August 21, 2019 at 12:52 PM #

    I actually didn’t read at all on vacation…oops. At least you read some. I really want to read 84, Charing Cross Road. Hope you manage to finish American Marriage in time for book club. https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/www-wednesdays-august-21-2019/

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 7:45 PM #

      Reading by the pool was my favorite. So nice to enjoy some sun! Happy reading.

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  23. Jillian @ PidginPea's Book Nook August 21, 2019 at 1:48 PM #

    Ooooh A Gathering of Shadows….. that series is one of my favorites! But yeah, that cliffhanger – it’s not even right!! lol

    Here’s my WWW Wednesdays post: https://pidginpeasbooknook.blogspot.com/2019/08/www-wednesday-is-hosted-by-taking-on.html

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 7:46 PM #

      I’m glad the next book is out so I can pick it up soon. Happy reading!

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  24. Jolie August 21, 2019 at 3:46 PM #

    Loved your review of Burial Rites. I have a library tbr list and it went right on that. Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/08/21/www-wednesday-august-21st-2019/

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 7:48 PM #

      How awesome! Glad to hear it. It’s worth a read to be sure. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. anovelglimpse August 21, 2019 at 4:44 PM #

    Good luck getting your book club book listened to!

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam August 21, 2019 at 7:48 PM #

      Thanks! I think I’m about half way so fingers crossed. Happy reading!

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  26. BookerTalk August 21, 2019 at 4:57 PM #

    84 Charing Cross road is a delightful book – and a wonderful film too. Wish the shop still existed…..
    Here are my reading horizons this week https://bookertalk.com/2019/08/21/reading-horizons-episode-21/

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    • Sam August 26, 2019 at 8:08 AM #

      I added the movie to a list of those I need to see. It would be great if the shop was still there, but at least the memories are preserved. Sorry for the delay in responding to this, it got caught in Spam. You shouldn’t have an issue moving forward. Happy reading!

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  27. lqlarry August 21, 2019 at 10:33 PM #

    I’ve skipped a few weeks so I need to get in the habit of doing this, even after work.

    https://lqlarry.blogspot.com/

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    • Sam August 22, 2019 at 8:15 AM #

      It’s never too late! Thanks for jumping in. Happy reading!

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  28. elizabethjoy August 23, 2019 at 5:22 AM #

    Thinking of picking up American Marriage for my next holiday 🙂

    Forgot to post my link on Wednesday complexchaos.blog/2019/08/21/www-wednesday-21st-august-2019/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam August 23, 2019 at 5:55 AM #

      It’s not your classic beach read but it’s well written and makes you think a lot. Happy reading!

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