WWW Wednesday, 4-December-2019

4 Dec

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 back to Wild Ink by Victoria Hanley now that my vacation is over and I’m reading at lunch again. Maybe this will keep me inspired to submit my first book and keep working on my second? Maybe? I’m hoping it has some unique advice about writing for a YA audience. I’ve been missing that reading so many of these books on craft close to each other.
I started my January book club selection, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. It’s a nice long one so I had to start early! I heard Lee speak at the Midwest Literary Walk this year and my copy is signed! Exciting.
I also started in on The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I’m excited to wrap up my reading challenge with this one! It’s always nice to get more YA reading in, too!

Recently finished: I finished Not Without my Daughter by Betty Mahmoody on the plane home from California. It was terrifying and inspiring at the same time. I hope to watch the movie soon so I can compare the two while it’s still fresh in my mind.
I finished The Maximum Security Book Club by Mikita Brottman once I started driving to and from work again. This made me look at convicts differently and see them the way the system looks at them. I hear a lot about prison ministries and other programs where volunteers go into prisons and I wonder if I’d be a fit for something like that. I also wonder if I have a skill worth knowing for someone in prison.

Reading Next: My next audiobook is a book club selection, Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. I have until January to listen to it so I’m not really concerned about getting through it before I need it finished.


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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62 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 4-December-2019”

  1. Kyles December 4, 2019 at 1:44 AM #

    Looking forward to your thoughts on Pachinko. I haven’t read it yet…a little put off by the length of it…but it is on my ‘want to read’ list.

    Here’s a link to my WWW post https://bookish-me.com/2019/12/04/www-wednesday-27-11-2019-2/

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 5:48 AM #

      I’m out off by the length too but I’m five chapters in and loving it. Her writing is incredible. Happy reading!

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  2. Just_Me :) December 4, 2019 at 3:19 AM #

    I’m looking forward about what you think about Pachinko! I loved it. 🙂

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 5:49 AM #

      I’m in love so far but very early on. Happy reading!

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  3. alilovesbooks December 4, 2019 at 4:08 AM #

    I hope you enjoy The Gentleman’s Guide, it’s such a fun read.

    Here’s my www https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2019/12/04/www-wednesday-4th-december-2019/

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 5:49 AM #

      I’m devouring it, listening at every opportunity. Happy reading!

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  4. whatcathyreadnext December 4, 2019 at 4:08 AM #

    Pretty sure I have Pachinko on my Kindle waiting to be read…with oh so many others! Will be interested to read your thoughts.

    Here’s my WWW: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/12/04/wwwwednesdays-4th-december-19/

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 5:49 AM #

      It’s been incredible so far and I’m just started. Happy reading!

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  5. Nikki @The Night is Dark and Full of Books December 4, 2019 at 4:12 AM #

    The Maximum Security Book Club sounds really cool. I’ve always been interested in prisons and criminals. I study psychology and have even considered going towards forensic psychology, to one day work in a prison. So that might be a good book for me too. I hope you like all of your next reads as well! 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://thenightisdarkandfullofbooks.wordpress.com/2019/12/04/www-wednesday-16-completing-my-goodreads-goal-🎉/

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 5:50 AM #

      Her take on the convicts is really unique and she explores it most in the afterward. I enjoyed it a lot. Happy reading!

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  6. Katie December 4, 2019 at 4:58 AM #

    I’ve been wanting to read Pachinko for a while but it keeps getting pushed down the list, for some reason. I loved Sing, Unburied, Sing — I hope you enjoy it too!

    This is my first time participating in WWW! Thanks for hosting this linkup. Here’s my link: https://katiegilley.com/2019/12/04/unraveled-and-www-wednesday-12-4-19/

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 5:51 AM #

      I hope I can start Ward’s book soon. I get through audiobooks fast with my commute. Happy Wednesday!

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  7. The Gal Herself December 4, 2019 at 7:50 AM #

    The Maximum Security Book Club sounds fascinating. It’s important for us to humanize convicts because when they’re ex-convicts, they’ll be among us again, and recidivism is a big problem.

    This week I’ve got a VERY popular memoir and the first in a mystery series.
    http://onegalsmusings.blogspot.com/2019/12/wwwwednesday.html

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 10:10 AM #

      Very true! I deal with a lot people with criminal records at my job and it’s very important to separate someone from something they did a long time ago. Happy reading!

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  8. The Unseen Library December 4, 2019 at 9:03 AM #

    Here is my WWW Wednesday for the week, hope everyone has been having similar reading success:

    https://unseenlibrary.com/2019/12/04/www-wednesday-4-december-2019/

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  9. Theresa (Tessa) Pulyer December 4, 2019 at 9:28 AM #

    I think submitting a book is harder than writing it. I haven’t gotten up the courage yet. ❤️
    My WWW this week is full of thrillers https://theresapulyer.blog/2019/12/04/what-i-am-reading-this-week-2/

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 10:11 AM #

      I’m hoping to very soon! I’m so close to being ready, I just have to pluck up my courage! Happy reading.

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  10. Sammie @ The Writerly Way December 4, 2019 at 9:56 AM #

    I’m so excited to see what you think of Gentleman’s Guide! Can never have too much YA. 😉 Sing, Unburied, Sing is also on my TBR! I tried to read the first book and really didn’t like it, but I’ve heard great things about that one, so I’ll be interested to see what you think of that, too!

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 10:11 AM #

      I’m adoring Gentleman’s Guide so far. Very fun and fast paced. Happy reading!

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  11. higgy88 December 4, 2019 at 10:11 AM #

    Another great WWW Wednesday here is the link to mine. Thanks
    https://ladybookdragon.com/2019/12/04/www-wednesday-4th-december-2019/

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  12. sarahrmorrison December 4, 2019 at 10:13 AM #

    I should follow your reading lead. I have had Pachinko and Sing Unburied Sing on my bookshelf for more than a year now and still haven’t read them even though I really want to. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on them! My WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/12/04/www-wednesdays-december-4-2019/

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 10:44 AM #

      My book clubs have picked them for January so that was a good motivator. Happy reading!

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  13. alisbooks December 4, 2019 at 10:40 AM #

    These all sound like interesting reads. Enjoy! Here’s mine: https://alisbooks.wordpress.com/2019/12/04/www-wednesday-12-4-19/

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Denise @ Life With No Plot December 4, 2019 at 10:40 AM #

    Hope you are having a good week. I actually haven’t heard of any of the books on your list, so that gives me some stuff to look up! Always love that!

    My WWW: http://lifewithnoplot.com/2019/12/04/www-wednesday-12-4-19/

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  15. Rukky @ Eternity Books December 4, 2019 at 11:01 AM #

    I’ve heard that The Gentleman’s Guide is amazing, so I really hope you enjoy it 🙂

    My WWW

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 11:58 AM #

      I’m loving it so far. Can’t wait to listen more after work. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Jolie December 4, 2019 at 11:16 AM #

    I have read a few reviews on Sing, Unburied, Sing. They have all been good. Hope you enjoy!! Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/12/04/www-wednesday-december-4th-2019/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 11:59 AM #

      Thanks! I’m optimistic about starting it soon. Happy reading!

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  17. The Love of Books December 4, 2019 at 11:20 AM #

    Another great post!! These books sound great. You can find my WWW post here: http://www.theloveofbooks.co.uk/www-wednesday-4-december-2019/

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  18. anovelglimpse December 4, 2019 at 11:24 AM #

    Yes, watch the Not Without My Daughter movie. I think I remember it being good… It’s been a LONG time since I watched and read that book.

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 11:59 AM #

      Sally Fields looks pretty young in it. Happy reading!

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  19. Ryan December 4, 2019 at 11:26 AM #

    I often feel like I need to read more books on writing, there just seem to be so many I don’t want to get too swept away by them. I hope you find Wild Ink helpful. Happy reading!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/12/04/www-wednesday-december-4-2019/

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 12:00 PM #

      Thanks! Looks like I’ll have some time for it today. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  20. _forbookssake December 4, 2019 at 11:39 AM #

    Not Without My Daughter sounds like an extremely interesting read! I had never heard of it until now, but I definitely want to read it!

    My WWW post: https://forbookssake.home.blog/2019/12/04/www-wednesday-4th-december-2019/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 12:00 PM #

      Parts of it were really hard to read because they’re very violent. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • _forbookssake December 4, 2019 at 12:03 PM #

        Thank you for the warning! 🙂

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  21. Lori Palmer (@palmerspageturn) December 4, 2019 at 11:41 AM #

    I’ve heard Pachinko is a good one and worth the long commitment! Happy Reading!!

    My WWW:

    http://www.palmerspageturners.com/2019/12/www-wednesday-december-4.html

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 12:01 PM #

      So far I’m really loving it. But it’s a big daunting in length. Happy reading!

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  22. Katelyn @ From Cover to Cover December 4, 2019 at 12:38 PM #

    Excited to see your thoughts on The Gentleman’s Guide. It has been on my shelf for a very long time. I really need to get to it!

    Here is my post for today: https://katelynpdickinson.wordpress.com/2019/12/04/www-wednesday-12-4-19/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 12:46 PM #

      I’m really enjoying it so far. The writing is really fun. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. jessicabookworm December 4, 2019 at 1:08 PM #

    Sam, looks like you have done some powerful and intriguing reading with Not Without My Daughter and The Maximum Security Book Club. Happy reading in the coming week.

    Here’s my WWW post for this week: https://thebookwormchronicles.wordpress.com/2019/12/04/www-wednesday-4th-december-2019/ 🙂

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 6:15 PM #

      It’s a lot more non fiction than I usually go for but I enjoyed both of them. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Sarah Anne Carter December 4, 2019 at 1:43 PM #

    I’ve been seeing the Gentleman book around – is it good?
    My monthly reading roundup is here: https://sarahannecarter.com/sarah-annes-bookshelf-november-2019/

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 6:16 PM #

      I’m really liking it. The characters are great. Happy reading!

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  25. Anna December 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM #

    I seen Pachinko in quite a few stores. I been wanting to pick it up.

    Here my WWW post: https://annabookcritter.blogspot.com/2019/12/www-4_4.html

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 7:02 PM #

      I’m enjoying it a lot! It’s worth the press it’s gotten. Happy reading!

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  26. kerrimcbooknerd December 4, 2019 at 9:36 PM #

    Ohh, I’ve been wanting to read Pachinko! I look forward to hearing what you think of it 🙂

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://kerrimcbooknerd.home.blog/2019/12/05/www-wednesday-dec-4-2019/

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    • Sam December 4, 2019 at 10:01 PM #

      I’m about to pick it up now. Happy reading!

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  27. Pratibha December 4, 2019 at 11:39 PM #

    Gentleman’s guide .. was a fun read for me. I enjoyed that one and surprisingly it made me realize I was not averse to gay men stories [ this was my first ].

    I read Not without my daughter about 15 years back.. and I had been thinking of giving it a re-read some time next year. Maybe this was the correct nudge !

    I joined the tag this week and here is my post –
    http://www.a-lotofpages.com/2019/12/pratsreads-www-wednesday-book-i-read.html

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    • Sam December 5, 2019 at 12:22 PM #

      I’m glad I could nudge you. Happy reading!

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  28. Robyn December 5, 2019 at 7:26 AM #

    I read Pachinko last year and loved it – hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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    • Sam December 5, 2019 at 12:22 PM #

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

      Liked by 1 person

  29. Meeghan reads December 17, 2019 at 6:29 AM #

    OMG, Sam!! I think I forgot to link back to this post!! I’m so sorry!!

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