WWW Wednesday, 28-August-2019

28 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’m probably going to slow down on Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min for a few weeks. I’m sad because I’m finally getting close to finishing it, but there’s not a lot of good time to work on reading it without work lunches to keep my structured. I’m sure I’ll find my groove again soon.
Time for a lot of new books! I picked up a new physical book, Writing and Selling the YA Novel by K.L. Going. I’m really pushing myself to finish my edits and it seemed like a good time to have a craft book fresh in my mind. I’m hoping this is a pretty fast read and that I can learn from it.
I started in on Beautiful Music by Michael Zadoorian on Monday so I’m still at the early stages. I have two weeks to finish it so I’m not worried and I think I’ll be able to take my time and enjoy it.
Because I’m not in such a rush to finish my eaduiobook, I picked up a CD audiobook for the car. I’ll be reading The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory, a favorite author. Gregory is also helpful when trying to fill in rogue time periods from the When Are You Reading? Challenge. I’m excited for more Tudor England.

Recently finished: I was desperate to finish The Map of Time by Félix Palma and lugged it to a wedding weekend with me only to not finish it until I got home. Oh well, I tried. I adored this book but I’m wondering about the other two in the series. There wasn’t much left that needed to be wrapped up. Right now, I’m not sure I’ll keep reading the series. I did love the writing, though, so that has me tempted. I gave the book Four out of Five Stars.
I sped through An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and finished it the morning of my book club meeting! I really liked it which made the speed-listening no trouble at all. I’ve read Jones before so I knew the emotional journey I was about to jump in on and I adored it. The narration was great, all of it. I’ll have a full review coming soon. I gave the book Four out of Five Stars.

I posted two reviews this week. The first was for 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. This was a delightful little book and I’m so glad I read it. It was the perfect vacation book, too. Four out of Five Stars.
The second went up yesterday. I reviewed A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab and I can’t describe how excited I am to finish this series soon. This was a great second novel in the trilogy. I also gave it Four out of Five Stars.

Reading Next: It seems odd to talk about my next books when I’ve just started so many. I do expect to get to A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab soon. I so often leave series unfinished and it would feel really good to wrap this one up.


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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59 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 28-August-2019”

  1. nen & jen August 28, 2019 at 2:24 AM #

    The Map of Time looks really interesting – I love the cover art for it ❤️ I agree with you that sometimes books don’t always need sequels (even if they’ve got sequels already published). I hope enjoy A Conjuring or Light. I’ve seen some good reviews on that! 😊

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 8:05 AM #

      Thank you! That’s one that needs a sequel and I can’t wait to read it. Happy reading!

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  2. Rachael August 28, 2019 at 2:53 AM #

    Good to hear what you thought of An American Marriage.
    I’m awful for leaving series unfinished too – I’m thinking if having a Sequel September to try and get through some if those I’ve left dwindling!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday https://bellisdoesbooks.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/www-wednesday-28-8-19/

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 8:06 AM #

      That sounds fun! I hope you end up enjoying it. Happy reading!

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  3. whatcathyreadnext August 28, 2019 at 4:42 AM #

    Good to hear you enjoyed The Map of Time which means it can keep its place on my wishlist.

    Here’s my WWW: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/wwwwednesday-28th-august-2019/

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 8:06 AM #

      Yes, do keep it! It was really fun. Happy reading!

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  4. Ryan August 28, 2019 at 5:41 AM #

    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed The Map of Time as much as you did. I’m still really intrigued by it. Perhaps future books in the series share a universe but are self-contained, since you said everything seemed wrapped up? Sometimes I prefer that be the case. I love Discworld for that especially. I’m always returning somewhere familiar, but I don’t have to job my memory about what came before. Happy reading!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/08/28/www-wednesday-august-28-2019/

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 8:08 AM #

      I have the impression that’s how the three are. I prefer it that way as well. I think each focuses on a different work by HG Wells, this one being The Time Machine. I believe the second focuses on The War of the Worlds. Happy reading!

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  5. Genesis @ Whispering Chapters August 28, 2019 at 6:41 AM #

    Ve Schwab is one I want to read, especially her ADSOM series! I hope you can continue the series 🙂
    http://www.whisperingchapters.com/2019/08/www-wednesday-3-82819.html?m=1

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 8:08 AM #

      I think I can pick up the third one soon. Books seem to be flying by this week. Happy reading!

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  6. Ambi August 28, 2019 at 6:45 AM #

    Good luck with all your books!

    My WWW 🙂

    https://edwardsghostengine.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/www-wednesday-28-8-19/#more-7763

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  7. amanda August 28, 2019 at 7:27 AM #

    absolutely just added all these books to my tbr 🥰 great as always

    mine

    http://aelilyreads.home.blog/2019/08/28/windblown-wildflower-wednesday-8-28/

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 8:09 AM #

      I hope you enjoy them! WWW Wednesday can be dangerous in that regard. Happy reading!

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  8. Anna J. Jacobson August 28, 2019 at 7:41 AM #

    I’ve almost finished A Gathering of Shadows and hope to move onto A Conjuring of Light sooner rather than later.

    https://jumbledthoughtsofawriter.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/www-wednesday-28th-august-2019/

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 8:09 AM #

      Good luck! I should be right behind you. Happy reading!

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  9. Mina @Stacked August 28, 2019 at 8:27 AM #

    I haven’t read The King’s Curse yet, but Philippa Gregory is one of my favourite historical fiction writers and the one whose works actually got me to fall in love with the genre. Can’t wait to see your review of this novel!

    Here’s my list: https://stacked-reviews.com/www-wednesday-august-28-2019/

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 9:01 AM #

      I’m a huge fan of hers as well. I can’t pinpoint who turned me on to the genre, but she was part of it. Happy reading!

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  10. Denise @ Life With No Plot August 28, 2019 at 8:32 AM #

    So many good books! I really need to read some V.E. Schwab. I have so many of hers on my TBR! Oh well. Maybe someday.

    My WWW: http://lifewithnoplot.com/2019/08/28/www-wednesday-8-28-19/

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 9:01 AM #

      There is always someday! Happy reading.

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  11. Arlene Somerton Smith August 28, 2019 at 8:38 AM #

    I am currently reading Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty.
    I just finished City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert.
    Next I’ll read The Horus Road by Pauline Gedge – the last book of a trilogy I read over the summer.
    My blog is: https://somertonsmith.com/blog/

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 9:02 AM #

      I’ve been meaning to read Moriarty and haven’t found time. Do you have one of hers you would recommend? Happy reading!

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  12. KCR Book Blogger August 28, 2019 at 9:45 AM #

    Sometimes I have to take a break from reading a sequel because I can sometimes tend to get bored. Not that the writing is bad or anything, but sometimes I just need to jump into another story.

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday! https://readandreviewbooks.home.blog/2019/08/28/www-wednesday-2/

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 10:16 AM #

      I totally get it, you need a mental break between. Happy reading!

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  13. Wine, Tea, & Paper August 28, 2019 at 9:52 AM #

    Lots of good books mentioned!

    https://wineteapaper.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/www-wednesday/

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 10:16 AM #

      Thanks, I hope you find one you like. Happy Wednesday!

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  14. sarahrmorrison August 28, 2019 at 10:33 AM #

    Glad you finished American Marriage just in time for the book club and that you enjoyed it! Good luck with your edits! My WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/www-wednesdays-august-28-2019/

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 10:43 AM #

      It was fresh in my head for book club, too, which was very welcome. Happy reading!

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  15. Whitney August 28, 2019 at 10:41 AM #

    I also have a bad habit of leaving series unfinished. It drives me crazy when I think about it yet I never pick it back up. Great list!

    https://sincerelywhitney.com/wwwwednesday-my-first-www-wednesday/

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 10:44 AM #

      Thanks! I find I often don’t feel bad about it, either. I guess that means I wasn’t really invested. Happy Wednesday!

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  16. Sammie @ The Writerly Way August 28, 2019 at 10:58 AM #

    I look forward to seeing what you think of Writing and Selling the YA Novel! I’m always looking for more good craft books to add to my shelf. 🙂

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 11:06 AM #

      So far, it’s ok but not great. I like and Writing Fiction for Dummies a lot more. Happy reading!

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  17. Jolie August 28, 2019 at 11:44 AM #

    I love reading about Tudor England!! Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/08/28/www-wednesday-august-28th-2019/

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 1:53 PM #

      Same, it’s a favorite period. Happy reading!

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  18. anovelglimpse August 28, 2019 at 12:19 PM #

    I’m happy to hear An American Marriage was a great listen. I want to listen to that one. Happy reading!

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 1:54 PM #

      The narrators are wonderful. And yes, there are two. Happy reading!

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  19. Katelyn @ From Cover to Cover August 28, 2019 at 12:31 PM #

    I am really, really interested in getting to the Shades of Magic series asap!

    Here is my post today: https://katelynpdickinson.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/www-wednesday-8-28-19/

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 1:54 PM #

      The first two have been great. Looking forward to the finale. Happy reading!

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  20. Yvo August 28, 2019 at 3:13 PM #

    I really like the sound of The Map Of Time and I’m glad you enjoyed An American Marriage! Have a wonderful week and happy reading. Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam August 28, 2019 at 4:18 PM #

      The Map of Time was great, really fun. Happy reading!

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  21. readlogy (ikram) August 28, 2019 at 9:35 PM #

    Glad to know that you Darker Shade of Magic trilogy! I just started A Darker Shade of Magic this month and hopefully I’ll continue the trilogy as soon as I have enough time to read them. Who’s your favorite character so far?

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://readlogy.wordpress.com/2019/08/28/www-wednesday-28-august-2019/

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    • Sam August 29, 2019 at 10:16 AM #

      I’m a big fan of Rhy. Lila doesn’t connect with me and Kell is a bit moody for me. Happy reading!

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  22. Rae Reads August 28, 2019 at 10:36 PM #

    You’ve got some good things going here. I’m frantically searching in the basket next to the bed for my TBR folder and paper and pencil. LOL I posted my WWW Wednesday on the comments box at Carla Likes to Read. It’s not complete, but it will give you an idea of what I’m up to besides starting back to teaching at the university this week. Today was my first class. It is going to be fun!

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    • Sam August 29, 2019 at 10:19 AM #

      I’m so impressed you keep a physical copy of your TBR. I just use Goodreads. Happy reading!

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  23. dez | the fun in reading books August 28, 2019 at 11:23 PM #

    Shades of Magic is probably one of the best series I’ve read in my life! I’m glad you’re loving it too. 🙂

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    • Sam September 3, 2019 at 9:51 AM #

      Sorry for the late reply, this got stuck in spam. I’m glad you like it so much! I’m really hoping to find the time to finish it soon. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

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