WWW Wednesday, 23-October-2019

23 Oct

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: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter has been a good listen over the past week. I’m enjoying the multiple plot lines and multiple timelines and waiting to hear them come together. The blend of history and modern is really fun and I’m enjoying the variety of characters.
I started Eastbound from Flagstaff by Annette Valentine over the weekend. I’m so glad to finally have this one going after having it on my bedside table for so long. Not too far into it yet so I’ll have a better report next week.
I needed a new ebook and decided to jump into My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart. I enjoyed her YouTube series a lot and I’m interested to see how her comedy translates to a book.

Recently finished: I finished When I Crossed No-Bob by Margaret McMullan finally. I’d hoped to finish it earlier but work got really crazy and ate into my lunch reading a bit. It’s going to be a while before I get to my review, though. I’m got quite the backlog.|
I work up early on Saturday to finish The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli before I left for a road trip. I didn’t want to bring it along with me again! And I need to get it back to the library so I don’t lose my ILL privileges.

I finally got some reviews up! So glad to say that. Monday I reviewed The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory. I liked this one well enough, but it wasn’t a favorite for me at all. There are other Gregory books I like much more. I gave it Three out of Five Stars.
I also reviewed A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. I was happy with the final book in this series and how it wrapped up the character progression through the series. I gave the book Four out of Five Stars.

Reading Next: I haven’t thought a lot about books I’ll read next. I’m just trying to make it to NaNoWriMo. However, I’m looking forward to getting some historical fiction in and I think Caveat Emptor by Ruth Downie will be my next audiobook. I need a book from that time period for the When Are You Reading? Challenge and I adore the characters in this series.


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, 23-October-2019”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow October 23, 2019 at 1:54 AM #

    I am intrigued by My Drunk Kitchen, and also want to know more about Eastbound from Flagstaff.

    Enjoy…and here is my WWW POST

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 6:46 AM #

      It’s mostly a memoir with some silly recipes thrown in. Hart has a YouTube channel that’s fun to watch and see if you like her humor. Happy reading!

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  2. whatcathyreadnext October 23, 2019 at 3:46 AM #

    Your reading selections are always so interesting. I read your review of The King’s Curse and I understand exactly what you mean when you say there was a little too much history. I have found that in other historical fiction. I appreciate authors want to honour historical accuracy but if you’re reading fiction you want creativity in bringing the characters to life, don’t you?

    Here’s my WWW: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/www-wednesdays-23rd-october-19/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 6:47 AM #

      Exactly! I don’t mind sparing historic details in favor of some creativity. It makes for a more interesting novel. Happy reading!

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  3. Jen | Books on the 7:47 October 23, 2019 at 3:51 AM #

    Great review of The King’s Curse! Might not pop it on the TBR list straight away though 😂

    Here’s my WWW: https://booksonthe747.com/2019/10/23/what-im-reading-www-wednesday-23rd-october-2019/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 6:48 AM #

      I don’t blame you haha. It was a bit of slog. Happy reading!

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  4. alilovesbooks October 23, 2019 at 6:16 AM #

    I can definitely relate to the review backlog but at least you seem to be making good progress.

    Here’s my www https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/www-wednesday-23rd-october-2019/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 6:49 AM #

      So true! I hate to complain when I’m moving forward well. I just hate feeling behind haha. Happy reading!

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  5. Darnell October 23, 2019 at 6:20 AM #

    Nice list you have. I definitely need to read a Conjuring of Light.

    Here’s my list: https://darnellouis.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/www-wednesday-10-23-2019/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 6:49 AM #

      The whole series is wonderful. I think she finished it well with this book. Happy reading!

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  6. Sammie @ The Writerly Way October 23, 2019 at 7:11 AM #

    My Drunk Kitchen sounds really interesting and like it’d be a funny read. Looking forward to seeing what you think of it. 🙂

    How’s your NaNo prep going? Still hanging in there?

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 1:35 PM #

      I think I’ve drafted the whole thing! I hope it’s enough to get me through 50k words haha. Happy reading!

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  7. Lilyfae October 23, 2019 at 7:46 AM #

    Well done finishing and on those reviews!!! I have a little backlog thanks to a challenge I did but am chipping away – only problem is then I have so many it floods the blog!!

    https://lilyandthefae.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/pause-for-www-wednesday-23-10/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 1:35 PM #

      True! I like having a variety and right now it’s very review heavy. Happy reading!

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  8. The Unseen Library October 23, 2019 at 8:28 AM #

    It has been a couple of weeks since I have been able to do WWW Wednesday, so its good to get back in the saddle. Hope you enjoy my latest entry.
    https://unseenlibrary.com/2019/10/23/www-wednesday-23-october-2019/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 1:36 PM #

      Welcome back! I find it’s a great rock to return to. Happy reading!

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  9. Anna October 23, 2019 at 9:55 AM #

    Nice list. I have yet to read anything by V.E Schwab. I Include City of Ghost on my WWW list.

    My WWW:

    https://annabookcritter.blogspot.com/2019/10/www-1.html

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 1:36 PM #

      I’ve enjoyed this series but haven’t read more from her. Happy reading!

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  10. amanda October 23, 2019 at 9:56 AM #

    i really love when books blend the modern and historical together. happy wednesday to you!!

    https://aelilyreads.com/2019/10/23/www-wednesday-10-23/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 1:37 PM #

      I think timelines can be the hardest things to balance. I’m really enjoying g this one. Happy reading!

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  11. jessicabookworm October 23, 2019 at 10:41 AM #

    Sam, I like the sound of Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. Happy reading! Here is my WWW post this week: https://thebookwormchronicles.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/www-wednesday-23rd-october-2019/ 🙂

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 1:37 PM #

      It’s been really good so far. Should be finished off next week. Happy reading!

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  12. Jolie October 23, 2019 at 10:46 AM #

    Loved your review of A Conjuring of Light. Also, My Drunk Kitchen sounds like it would be hilarious. Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/10/23/www-wednesday-october-23rd-2019/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 1:38 PM #

      Her humor translates pretty well to a book so I’m enjoying it. Happy reading!

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  13. stephaniereadsweb October 23, 2019 at 11:44 AM #

    i have added The Travels of a T-Shirt to my TBR. My reading taste seems to be changing by adding more non-fiction books to my TBR instead of chic lit.

    https://stephaniereadsweb.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/www-wednesday-23-10-2019/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 1:38 PM #

      I try to sprinkle it in from time to time for variety and I’ve enjoyed it. Happy reading!

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  14. anovelglimpse October 23, 2019 at 11:57 AM #

    You had a very productive week! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed Beautiful Ruins. I’ll get to it…someday.

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 1:39 PM #

      I hope to finish it up really soon. Happy reading!

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  15. KCR Book Blogger October 23, 2019 at 12:32 PM #

    It’s such a good feeling when you finally get to that book that you look at every night for so long! I hope you enjoy Eastbound from Flagstaff. Here is my WWW! Happy reading!!! http://readandreviewbooks.home.blog/2019/10/23/www-wednesday-10-23-2019/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 1:39 PM #

      It’s had a very eventful first few chapters so I’m interested to see where it goes. Happy reading!

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  16. silverbuttonbooks October 23, 2019 at 12:38 PM #

    You’ve got to keep this Interlibrary loan privileges! I applaud you for getting up early to finish it. I’ve been trying to lay out my day so that I carve out time for reading and writing but the world continues to conspire against me at every turn. Mornings are the only thing that stay in my sole control.

    Have a great week!

    https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2019/10/23/www-wednesday-october-23-2019/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 1:40 PM #

      I usually work out in the mornings for that exact reason! Happy reading.

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  17. ashley @ socially awkward bookworm October 23, 2019 at 12:56 PM #

    I hope you enjoy your upcoming reads and good luck with nanowrimo. Here’s my post:
    https://sociallyawkwardbookworm.com/2019/10/23/www-wednesday-65/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 1:40 PM #

      Thank you! I’ll need all the luck I can get. Happy reading!

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  18. BookerTalk October 23, 2019 at 1:36 PM #

    I missed your review of the King’s Curse. But it sounds like Gregory has fallen foul of “The curse of knowledge” – in other words, she knows too much about the period/people and felt the need to cram it all in. But if readers wanted that much detail they would read a history book wouldn’t they??

    Sorry to go on at length – its something that irritates me about historic fiction.!

    My WWW this week is here https://bookertalk.com/reading-horizons-episode-23/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 9:36 PM #

      I agree 100%. She seems to have worked in too much of her research. Happy reading!

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  19. Kathy L. Brown October 23, 2019 at 1:37 PM #

    Currently reading Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman (His Dark Material prequel) and The Hangeman’s Daughter on ebook. Both seem very good so far. Finished Witches of New York (Ami Mckay), Black Leopard Red Wolf (Marlon James), and Being There (Jennifer Lynn). All about witches, by coincidence, really. I really loved Witches of New York, very benign, hedge witchy, women-empowered against the Victorian patriarchy, but cuddly. Leopard is up for a major award and I found it powerful, heartful, and disturbing. If violence in fiction disturbs you, maybe don’t go there. But it is a wonderful book and I’m glad I read it. Being There reminded me of Celestine Prophecy, if you are old enough to remember that New Age-y pseudo-novel. Modern take on celtic spiritual practice and philosophy wrapped in thin story line. Next? probably a bunch of graphic novels to get my numbers up for the Goodreads challenge. See my blog with storytelling content and book reviews at kathylbrown.com

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 9:38 PM #

      All of these are new to me. It’s a good time of year for witch books. Good luck with the graphic novels. Happy reading!

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  20. Literary Leisha October 23, 2019 at 2:05 PM #

    Happy Reading!

    My post – https://literaryleisha.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/www-wednesday/

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  21. Megabunnyreads October 23, 2019 at 4:02 PM #

    Great post! I love seeing what everyone is reading, especially since October has been a rough reading month for me!

    My WWW: megabunnyreads.home.blog/2019/10/23/www-wednesday-october-23rd/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 9:38 PM #

      I hope November is better! Happy reading.

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  22. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer October 23, 2019 at 4:18 PM #

    I loved Beautiful Ruins! I remember the description of the setting was so immersive.

    Here’s my WWW!

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 9:39 PM #

      I just finished it and I have to agree. I want to visit Porta Vergona with Pasquale! Happy reading.

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  23. thebrunettebookwormblog October 23, 2019 at 4:21 PM #

    I loved the Shades of Magic trilogy! And I really liked how she ended the series. 🙂

    https://thebrunettebookwormblog.com/2019/10/23/current-reads-2/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 9:39 PM #

      I’m excited to hear there’s more of the world coming! Though I hope we get Grand new characters. Happy reading!

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      • Sam October 23, 2019 at 9:40 PM #

        *brand

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  24. Ryan October 23, 2019 at 4:26 PM #

    Good luck with the NaNoWriMo prep! I often find I struggle with trying to balance my reading ambitions with my personal writing goals, so I get why focus on it would leave what you’re reading next up in the air. Have a great week!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/10/23/www-wednesday-october-23-2019/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 9:41 PM #

      I’m not sure how to balance blogging, too. It’s all got to be figured out soon. Happy reading!

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  25. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer October 23, 2019 at 8:43 PM #

    I loved Beautiful Ruins!

    Here’s my WWW for this week! 🙂

    http://abookwanderer.com/www-wednesday-10-23-19/

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    • Sam October 23, 2019 at 9:41 PM #

      I just finished it and gave it 4 stars. I liked how it all wrapped up. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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  26. Katelyn @ From Cover to Cover October 23, 2019 at 10:18 PM #

    Looks like lots of good picks! Happy reading!

    My post: https://katelynpdickinson.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/www-wednesday-10-23-19/

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