WWW Wednesday, 4-September-2019

4 Sep

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: No progress with Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min, as predicted. Once I figure out my new work routine, I’ll have a better idea of when I can expect to finish this book. I’m hesitant to focus on it because reading on a device before bed will probably make it harder for me to sleep.
I need to finish Beautiful Music by Michael Zadoorian before Monday so I’m focusing on it a little more than I normally would. I’m thinking of going for a walk after I write this post where I listen to it (and play Wizards Unite) just to get some time in listening. It’s not a chore by any means, but a much more compressed time frame than I was hoping for.
I’ve made decent progress with The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory though I think I’ll be getting through it faster once I start my new job and have a longer commute. I’m not sure what the main action is that I should focus on yet, but I’m sure it will become clear soon.
I was able to pick up a new book from the library last night, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by Josephine Leslie. This is one a fellow writer recommended to me years ago at a writers’ group meeting. I’ve only just started it so no telling yet how I feel about it.

Recently finished: I finished up Writing and Selling the YA Novel by K.L. Going yesterday. It’s probably a bad idea to keep reading books on writing while I’m trying to finish editing my book. It keeps me wanting to make more and more changes so I feel like I’ll never be done! There was some good advice in this book, but I felt it could have used some more details. A review might take a while because I’m very behind on them right now!

Reading Next: I still plan to get to A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab soon but it’s not ‘next up’ anymore. I’ve given that spot to Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. This is an upcoming book club selection and I’ll need to get through the audiobook pretty quickly. Some upcoming half-marathon training should help with that!


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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74 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 4-September-2019”

  1. Rachael at 2:25 AM #

    Good luck with the edits! Look forward to seeing what you make of Hillbilly Elegy, it was a popular one in work but I never got round to reading it.
    My WWW Wednesday post is here https://bellisdoesbooks.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/www-wednesday-4-9-19/

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    • Sam at 6:08 AM #

      My book club has been looking forward to it for quite some time. Happy reading!

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  2. I’d love to check out The King’s Curse! And VE Schwab is another I’d love to pick up, especially the ADSOM series.
    My WWW: http://www.whisperingchapters.com/2019/09/www-wednesday-4-9419.html?m=1

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    • Sam at 6:09 AM #

      Are you a big Philippa Gregory can, too? I like some of hers much more than others. Happy reading!

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  3. BookerTalk at 3:30 AM #

    You’ll have enough stress in your life adjusting to the new job so last thing you want is to feel pressured into reading or reviewing. They can all wait a while 🙂

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    • Sam at 6:09 AM #

      I was lucky and was able to use the last two weeks off to get far ahead in reviews so I don’t have to worry about much my first week. Happy reading!

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  4. whatcathyreadnext at 3:48 AM #

    Like you, I’m juggling quite a few books currently (some for blog tour commitments) but at least I’m fortunate enough to no longer work so how you fit it all in amazes me! Hope you enjoy whatever reading you manage to fit in this week.

    Here’s my WWW: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/wwwwednesdays-4th-september-19/

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    • Sam at 6:10 AM #

      How you can do blog your deadlines amazes me! I’m terrible at reading on a schedule. Happy reading!

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  5. Lola at 5:15 AM #

    How are you finding Philippa Gregory’s novels? They seem to be very polarizing. People either love or hate them. I have read a couple and I have enjoyed them, but so many peeps seem to actively dislike her books!

    My WWW for this week: https://lolaetlavie.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/www-wednesdays-4-september-2019/

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    • Sam at 6:11 AM #

      I like her writing and her books but I find some a lot better than others. I feel sometimes she’s telling a story and other times she’s rehashing history. I’m not sure where this one falls yet. Happy reading!

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  6. nen & jen at 5:54 AM #

    Listening to a book while half-marathoning?! Your motivation puts me to shame 😛 A Conjuring of Light is also on my TBR list and keeps getting pushed down… hopefully we’ll get to it one day!

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    • Sam at 6:12 AM #

      I hope I don’t put it off for too long, the second book is fresh in my mind now. Happy reading!

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  7. Ambi at 6:30 AM #

    Happy Wednesday! Enjoy all your reads, I seem to be in a kind of slump at the moment! 😛 My WWW

    https://edwardsghostengine.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/www-wednesday-4-9-19/#more-7863

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    • Sam at 6:32 AM #

      Oh no! Have you tried rereading an old favorite? Happy reading!

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  8. amanda at 6:33 AM #

    good luck on the editing!! it’s a tedious process but you’ll get there 🙂

    http://aelilyreads.home.blog/2019/09/04/wretched-wizard-wednesday-09-04/

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    • Sam at 7:39 AM #

      Thanks! I think I need a little distance and a good read-through at this point. So close! Happy reading.

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  9. Nicole at 8:27 AM #

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Philippa Gregory’s books, would you recommend them? Happy reading! 😀

    Here’s my WWW: https://theanatomyofabookworm.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/www-wednesday-04-09-19/

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    • Sam at 8:38 AM #

      There are some I recommend above others. The Constant Princess is a favorite. Happy reading!

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  10. Yvo at 8:50 AM #

    I’m curious about Hillbilly Elegy… Have a wonderful week and happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam at 9:01 AM #

      I’ve been looking forward to it, my group had been talking about it for a while. Happy reading!

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  11. I loved Philippa Gregory’s book of short stories, Bread & Chocolate. Here’s my link https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/www-wednesdays-28-08-19/

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  12. How was Writing and Selling the YA Novel? I have been piddling around with writing for years but finally have a few projects that actually might have some merit. Besides, I always like reading books about writing. Would you recommend that one?

    My WWW: http://lifewithnoplot.com/2019/09/04/www-wednesday-9-4-19/

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    • Sam at 9:13 AM #

      I read ‘Writing Fiction for Dummies’ a few months ago and would recommend that one over Going. It had a lot more practical advice on how to approach the writing process. The last two chapters of Going had some good YA advice, but the rest of it was generic to fiction in general and the Dummies book had better advice.

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  13. Whitney at 9:11 AM #

    Your list always makes me want to branch out and pick up something I don’t usually lean toward. Maybe one day I will pick up one of your recommendations! Happy Wednesday!

    My WWW – https://sincerelywhitney.com/wwwwednesday-so-many-good-books/

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    • Sam at 9:13 AM #

      I hope you find time to some day! That’s what I like best about WWW. Happy reading!

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  14. Ryan at 9:26 AM #

    I can relate to constantly wanting to go back and change your writing, though I’ve got a long ways to go with the first draft of my own book. I keep wanting to redo the intro and other early scenes, but I have to rein that impulse in so I can actually make progress. Good luck and happy reading!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/09/04/www-wednesday-september-4-2019/

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    • Sam at 9:52 AM #

      Thanks! I’m enjoying writing a lot and I’ve recently learned to love editing, but it’s still a struggle. Happy reading!

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  15. higgy88 at 9:28 AM #

    Great blog as usual!
    My WWW Wednesday is here
    https://ladybookdragon.com/2019/09/04/www-wednesday-3-09-2019/

    Thanks.

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  16. Robyn at 9:45 AM #

    I love a good haunting story – The Ghost and Mrs. Muir sounds interesting. I’ll have to check it out! Here is my WWW Wednesday – https://www.autismfamilypower.com/www-wednesday-september-4th-2019/

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    • Sam at 9:52 AM #

      It’s nice a short! I might be able to knock it out in a week. Happy reading!

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  17. Lauren is Reading at 10:06 AM #

    I’ve been meaning to pick up some Philippa Gregory for years now haha. Which has been your favorite of hers?

    My post

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    • Sam at 10:25 AM #

      The Constant Princess, The Virgin’s Lover, and The Other Boleyn Girl are my favorites! Happy reading.

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  18. Lilyfae at 10:24 AM #

    Hoping you get into a better rhythm with reading soon 💜
    https://lilyandthefae.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/pause-for-www-wednesday-04-09/

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    • Sam at 10:25 AM #

      Thanks! I think I’ve got one or two I can finish soon. Happy reading!

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  19. silverbuttonbooks at 10:45 AM #

    I think I love reading books about writing more than I love writing. Or, perhaps, as a way to avoid the actual work of writing. Have you read Stephen King’s book On Writing? It kind of made me feel like I was not worthy but it was wonderful.

    Happy training! You’ve inspired me to work audiobooks into my workout routine and, while I struggle with speed a bit, its getting better.

    https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2019/09/04/www-wednesday-september-4-2019/

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    • Sam at 10:54 AM #

      Yes, I liked On Writing a lot! It might be time for a reread, or maybe that’s just how I’ll put off editing haha. Glad audio is working for you! It’s made running really fun for me. Happy reading!

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  20. anovelglimpse at 11:04 AM #

    Good luck with the new job!

    A Novel Glimpse

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  21. Good luck with the new job! Longer commutes can be both a blessing and a curse. I totally feel you on the being behind on reviews thing, too. xD That’s pretty much my whole mood right now.

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam at 2:08 PM #

      I’ve used today to catch up but now I’m planned out for two weeks! Lol. Happy reading.

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  22. Taylor at 11:16 AM #

    All of these books sound great! Happy reading!

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    • Sam at 2:08 PM #

      Thanks, I hope you’re reading something you enjoy. Happy reading.

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  23. CaffeinatedFae at 12:31 PM #

    I LOVED Hillbilly Elegy! I read it when I was in a book club. It was one of my favorite reads that year!

    Here is my latest WWW Wednesday!
    https://caffeinatedfae.com/2019/09/04/www-wednesday-9-4-2019/

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    • Sam at 2:09 PM #

      So glad to hear that! I’ll look forward to it. Happy reading!

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  24. Jolie at 12:51 PM #

    Good luck with the edits!! I also understand being crunched for time and reading. Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/09/04/www-wednesday-september-4th-2019/

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    • Sam at 2:09 PM #

      I want to knock out two or three more before I start the new job. Maybe that’s overly optimistic. Happy reading!

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  25. alilovesbooks at 4:07 PM #

    Good luck with the new job. I’m sure you’ll find a new routine and be back at full reading speed in no time. I don’t tend to find reading on a device before bed interferes with my sleep too much. It’s reading on a device when I wake up at 3am and can’t get back to sleep that’s more of a problem 😉

    Here’s my WWW https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/www-wednesday-4th-september-2019/

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    • Sam at 8:27 PM #

      Oh geeze haha. That would cause quite a problem for me. The light differences get to me. Happy reading!

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  26. Looks like lots of good picks! Happy reading! (:
    Here is my post today: https://katelynpdickinson.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/www-wednesday-9-4-19/

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  27. tiny triangle book reviews at 7:03 PM #

    Hi Sam it was still Wednesday when I wrote my post! x https://tinytrianglebookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/www-wednesday-04-09-19/

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  28. Sascha Darlington at 7:34 PM #

    I’ve read Hillbilly Elegy and found it insightful…or at least it gave me insights. I had no idea that The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was a book! I’ve seen the movie and tv show. Can’t wait to hear how the book is.

    It’s been awhile since I’ve done WWW Wednesday. Nope, I didn’t backtrack. That would have been a mess! Here’s my link: https://saschadarlington.me/2019/09/04/www-wednesday-9-4-2019/

    Thanks! 🙂

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    • Sam at 8:33 PM #

      I knew there was a movie but now I’m excited about the TV show too! Happy reading!

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      • Sascha Darlington at 3:29 AM #

        The tv show was much lighter than the movie, the 70s, ya know. Evidently you can see some of the show on youtube. I don’t know if it’s anywhere else.

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