WWW Wednesday, 11-September-2019

11 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: I’ll be moving faster through The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory now that I’ve started my new job with a longer commute. I’m actually a little excited to have a bit of time for myself and my audiobook each day. It helps me to calm down or get ready for the day, whichever is needed.
Now for all the updates! I started listening to A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab when I went for my ‘last run’ on Friday before my Saturday race. It was just a half-hour but it was enough to get me invested in the story! This one is picking up right where the last left off so it’s all systems go and I’m enjoying that a lot.
Due to availability, I decided to read a physical copy of Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. I’m enjoying the mix of anecdote and research so far so I’m excited to see how this one develops.
I decided on a shorter book for my next ebook and picked up When I Crossed No-Bob by Margaret McMullan. McMullan teaches at my alma mater so it seemed like one I should pick up!

Recently finished: All of the updates! I realized I only had a chapter left in Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min so I finished it up while I was at my parents’ cottage and had time to relax. I’m so glad I’m finally done with this one! I was reading it for far too long.
I was able to wrap up Beautiful Music by Michael Zadoorian on Thursday morning and I was a little disappointed with the ending. It just could have been a bit more conclusive, it kind of left off with not much closure. My book club just met to talk about it so I’m sure I’ll have more to share about it soon.
I sped through The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by Josephine Leslie. It was a very short and sweet book and I’m glad I read it, though there wasn’t too much of a story to it. I’ll get into that more in my review. I’m curious to see how a movie and a TV show came out of this small little book!

Two book reviews up as well! I reviewed The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma on Friday. It was a fun read and I really enjoyed it! Four out of Five stars.
I also reviewed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. My book club already met about this book so there’s more coming on it in the near future. I also gave it Four out of Five stars.

Reading Next: I put in an interlibrary loan request for The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli. It’s been a while since I read some non-fiction so I think this will be a welcome break. I’m not sure when it will come in but I hope I’m close to finishing Vance when it does!


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.

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Until next time, write on.

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84 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 11-September-2019”

  1. Louise September 11, 2019 at 2:31 AM #

    Congratulations on your new job! I find listening to audiobooks really helps pass the commute time and help me wind down too.

    https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/wow-tarnished-are-the-stars/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 8:34 AM #

      I’ve been flying through them already which makes the commute so much better. It’s not horribly long anyway so no complaints here. Happy reading!

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  2. BookerTalk September 11, 2019 at 3:18 AM #

    I find it hard to engage with a book if I am reading it over an extended period of time. I just keep forgetting g where I am in the narrative and who is who.

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 8:35 AM #

      I’m going to try to keep my ebooks to YA or shorter titles to avoid that. It was a problem with Madame Map for sure. Happy reading!

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      • BookerTalk September 11, 2019 at 12:04 PM #

        That’s a sensible and very workable plan 🙂

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  3. Just_Me :) September 11, 2019 at 3:55 AM #

    I’m so glad to join this!
    https://happymesshappiness.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-11-sept-2019/

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  4. whatcathyreadnext September 11, 2019 at 4:43 AM #

    Well done on finishing off so many books and writing up your reviews. It’s a great feeling to get things off your To Do list isn’t it. Hope your new job turns out well and gives you plenty of time for reading.

    Here’s my WWW: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesdays-11th-september-19/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 8:37 AM #

      My ‘to write’ list seems so long right now! I hope to tackle it this weekend. Happy reading!

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  5. lilisblissfulpages September 11, 2019 at 4:55 AM #

    I also read 3 books this week. And I have a few of Philippa Gregory’s books on my shelf but haven’t read any of them. I tried reading one before but it seemed the writing is not for me. I’m glad you’re enjoying them though. 🙂 🙂 have a great week.

    Here’s my WWW: https://lilisblissfulpages.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-09-11-19/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 8:37 AM #

      She’s been a favorite for a long time. Congrats on finishing three books! Happy reading.

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    • whatcathyreadnext September 11, 2019 at 12:48 PM #

      I’ve enjoyed her Tudor novels but I first got into her books by reading her Wideacre trilogy which I loved.

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  6. Ryan September 11, 2019 at 6:15 AM #

    Congrats on finishing Becoming Madame Mao! That book became with the fixture on your WWW posts for a while. It must be a relief to be able to say you’re finally done. I hope you have a great week.

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-september-11-2019/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 8:38 AM #

      I’m always slow with ebooks haha. I think No-Bob is short enough that I won’t have the same problem. Happy reading!

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  7. ashley @ socially awkward bookworm September 11, 2019 at 7:30 AM #

    Congrats on your new job! I hope you enjoy your books.
    Here’s my post:
    https://sociallyawkwardbookworm.com/2019/09/11/wwwwednesday64/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 8:39 AM #

      Thank you. It’s going well so far. Happy reading!

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  8. Teri Polen September 11, 2019 at 8:23 AM #

    So glad you’re enjoying A Conjuring of Light! I just went to Victoria Schwab’s book signing on Sunday. Always enjoy seeing her. https://teripolen.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-amreading-32/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 8:40 AM #

      How awesome! I’m very jealous. I didn’t realize how long this one is. I’m excited to see where it goes, the tension is already so high. Happy reading.

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  9. Lola September 11, 2019 at 8:35 AM #

    Looks like you’re making such good progress! Hope you’re enjoying the new job 🙂

    My WWW this week: https://lolaetlavie.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesdays-11-september-2019/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 8:40 AM #

      Thank you. It’s going well so far. Happy reading!

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  10. Literary Leisha September 11, 2019 at 9:18 AM #

    Congrats on the new job! Hope it goes well 🙂
    I haven’t read any Philipa Gregory but I want to! Heard such good things.

    My WWW post:
    https://literaryleisha.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-11-09-2019/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 11:35 AM #

      Thanks, so far so good. Good luck getting to Gregory. Happy reading!

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  11. Denise @ Life With No Plot September 11, 2019 at 9:25 AM #

    It’s so nice to finally check off books that you’ve been working on for a while! I’ve been doing that this year with series I never finished and it feels so good!

    My WWW: http://lifewithnoplot.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-9-11-19/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 11:35 AM #

      I’ve been terrible at finishing series so this feels great. Happy reading!

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  12. Rachel @Waves of Fiction September 11, 2019 at 9:30 AM #

    This is my first WWW Wednesday! Thanks for hosting. I listen while I run, too. Much better than a playlist for me, because I tire of the songs quickly. I have A Conjuring Light on audio too, but I haven’t got around to listening.

    Here’s my WWW:

    https://wavesoffiction.blogspot.com/2019/09/www-wednesdays-1.html

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 5:08 PM #

      It’s been a good audio for running. Glad to find another book nerd runner! Happy Wednesday!

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  13. Nicole September 11, 2019 at 9:31 AM #

    Congrats on your new job! Happy reading and have a great week. 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://theanatomyofabookworm.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-11-09-19/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 5:09 PM #

      Thanks! It’s been fun so far. Happy reading!

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  14. amanda September 11, 2019 at 9:36 AM #

    congrats!! that’s awesome!

    here is mine 🙂

    http://aelilyreads.home.blog/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-9-11/

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  15. nickimags @ The Secret Library Book Blog September 11, 2019 at 9:45 AM #

    The Ghost and Mrs Muir seems very familiar, I wonder if I saw the film a long time ago? Here’s my link this week https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesdays-11-09-19/

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    • whatcathyreadnext September 11, 2019 at 1:02 PM #

      I remember the TV series which probably means I’m showing my age!

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 5:10 PM #

      There was a movie and a TV show. Happy reading!

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  16. Hannah September 11, 2019 at 10:21 AM #

    Happy Wednesday! Sounds like you’re powering through those audiobooks!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday https://alphabetahannah.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 5:12 PM #

      I am, thanks! It feels good to keep moving forward so quickly. Happy Wednesday!

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  17. The Unseen Library September 11, 2019 at 10:21 AM #

    Sounds like you are making progress, best of luck.
    https://unseenlibrary.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-11-september-2019/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:45 PM #

      Thank you! It’s always good to be finishing a book. Happy reading!

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  18. anovelglimpse September 11, 2019 at 10:22 AM #

    Way to wrap up so many books this week! I’m sorry that one didn’t end as well as you were hoping.

    My WWW Wednesday

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:45 PM #

      Nothing is ever perfect but this has been pretty great so I’ll take it. Happy reading!

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  19. Sheri September 11, 2019 at 10:41 AM #

    Congratulations on your new job:) https://wordpress.com/post/tvaddictedbookworm.com/16322

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:45 PM #

      Thank you! Going well so far. Happy reading!

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  20. Zoe's Library September 11, 2019 at 10:54 AM #

    This is such a wonderful meme, so simple yet fun to do! It looks like you’ve got a lot of great books on your radar right now 🙂 I personally really want to read Hillbilly Elegy and An American Marriage

    Here’s my post: https://zoeslibrary.home.blog/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-september-11-2019/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:46 PM #

      I wish I wasn’t so tired and had more time for Hillbilly Elegy. I’m really enjoying it. Happy Wednesday!

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  21. Jolie September 11, 2019 at 11:13 AM #

    Congrats on the new job!! 🙂 https://readwithme2018.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-september-11th-2019/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:47 PM #

      Thank you, happy reading!

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  22. sarahrmorrison September 11, 2019 at 11:29 AM #

    Great list of books this week. I actually love The Ghost and Mrs. Muir movie from the 1940s. I’m all about the classics with strong female roles. Gene Tierney is amazing! I never read the book though. Have a great week! My WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesdays-september-11-2019/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:48 PM #

      I want to see the movie now. My mom said she remembered the show and liked it. The book is so quick and fun! Happy reading.

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  23. silverbuttonbooks September 11, 2019 at 12:33 PM #

    Whew! There is nothing quite like moving a “currently reading” behemoth to the “finished” pile is there? Kudos to you for finishing Madame Mao!

    Commutes are tailor made for getting some reading done. Do you have to drive or can you really zone out on public transportation? Either way, it is my favorite part of commuting as well.
    Have a great week!
    https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-september-11-2019/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:49 PM #

      My city is terrible for public transport. We’re the motor city, so you better own your own car! The automotive companies bought the bus lines way back when and practically put them out of business. Driving it is! Happy reading.

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  24. Sammie @ The Writerly Way September 11, 2019 at 12:43 PM #

    I’m glad to hear you’re liking A Conjuring of Light so far! I’m looking forward to getting to that series myself soonish. 🙂 Glad to see you finished Becoming Madame Mao, too! You did read it for a long time, but hopefully it was worth it. That’s all that matters. 😛

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:50 PM #

      I tend to stretch ebooks out over a long time so I’m fine with how long it took to get through. It would have been better if it was shorter and I remembered the beginning better, haha. Happy reading!

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  25. Genny Savaglio September 11, 2019 at 1:14 PM #

    Wow so happy I stumbled upon this post! What a great idea!
    https://gennysbookbag.weebly.com/blog/www-wednesdays-sept-11-2019

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:51 PM #

      Glad you decided to join in. Happy Wednesday!

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  26. Whitney September 11, 2019 at 1:24 PM #

    Audiobooks are just the best. They motivate me to workout, clean, and make a trip out to run errands. They make adulting much more bearable. Ha!

    My WWW – https://sincerelywhitney.com/wwwwednesday-im-killin-it/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:51 PM #

      So true! I don’t mind cooking as much with audio along. Happy reading!

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  27. Wine, Tea, & Paper September 11, 2019 at 4:14 PM #

    I haven’t heard of any of these! Look great!
    Happy Wednesday!

    https://wineteapaper.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-9-11/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:51 PM #

      I hope you find something that you’ll enjoy. Happy reading!

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  28. Katelyn @ From Cover to Cover September 11, 2019 at 5:28 PM #

    I am jealous of your ability to listen to a book while running, haha! I can’t focus on the book enough when I’ve tried. Happy reading!
    Here is my post: https://katelynpdickinson.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-9-11-19/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:52 PM #

      It’s pretty great and helps me look forward to my long runs. Happy reading!

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  29. shanaqui September 11, 2019 at 6:11 PM #

    That’s a loooot of reading! I should pick up The Map of Time again at some point; I tried it once, but it didn’t work for me at the time. I was too busy!

    My post.

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:52 PM #

      It’s a long haul so you do need to have time for it to make it work. I hope you find something that does keep your interest. Happy reading!

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  30. tiny triangle book reviews September 11, 2019 at 6:26 PM #

    Hi Sam, I love Philippa Gregory! I hope your new commute gives you a bit more me time – I used to find it really difficult to shut off hemmed in on the bus but if you’re able to relax then that’s fantastic – and a great way to get in some more book time!

    My Ws this week – https://tinytrianglebookreviews.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-11-09-19/

    x

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:53 PM #

      I drive myself so I don’t have to tune out other people which I think helps. Happy reading!

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  31. Keri September 11, 2019 at 6:43 PM #

    Hillbilly Elegy! My memoir class is going to start reading that book later this month! Glad to hear that you’re enjoying it!

    And ooooh, Philippa Gregory and V.E. Schwab–I still need to pick up books by those authors! Hopefully someday sooner than later…

    Here’s a link to my WWW Wednesday post if ya wanna check it out:
    http://www.areyoumybook.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/www-wednesday-september-11th-2019-blogging-schedule-update/

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 6:54 PM #

      It’s keeping my attention for sure. I wanted to read more last night but my eyes kept closing, haha. Happy reading!

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  32. alisbooks September 11, 2019 at 7:03 PM #

    I still need to read A Gathering of Shadows. Hope you enjoy the end of this series!

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    • Sam September 11, 2019 at 7:53 PM #

      Thanks! I liked the second book, but it doesn’t do a lot for the plot. Happy reading!

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  33. Sandee September 11, 2019 at 9:54 PM #

    I haven’t read any of those books yet. 🙂

    Here’s my first WWW post 🙂

    https://thatgirlsandee.wordpress.com/2019/09/12/w-w-w-wednesday-1/

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    • Sam September 12, 2019 at 7:13 AM #

      Welcome to the community! Happy reading.

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  34. laurenbodiford123 September 11, 2019 at 10:02 PM #

    It’s been about a month since the last time I’ve done a WWW and it looks like you’ve been through quite a few books!!!

    https://laurenbodiford123.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/www-9-11-19/

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    • Sam September 12, 2019 at 7:15 AM #

      A month can bring either a lot of change or none at all haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

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