WWW Wednesday, 22-January-2020

22 Jan

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: Not much with Wild Ink by Victoria Hanley. This will be here for a while and I’m OK with that, I’ve just got to keep moving forward with it.
I wrapped up the next segment of The Dutch House by Ann Patchett for my Buddy Read. It’s really hard not to put through to the end but I’m determined to make it!
I finally started Sarah’s Quilt by Nancy E. Turner as an audiobook. I had a long drive for a swim meet this weekend and was glad to have a long book to keep me company for the two-hour drive (each way!).
I also started The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 by J.B. Morrison. I’m still early on but I think that it will be a quick read so far. I hope so because I’ve got a lot of other books I want to read!

Recently finished: It feels like forever, but I’ve finally finished Colombiano by Rusty Young. This one was exhausting. Young wanted to give his readers an idea of the lives of child soldiers in Colombia and I’d say he did that and then some. Pedro’s story is tragic and engrossing at the same time. It was quite a haul to get through it, but this book was worth it. Four out of Five Stars.

I posted two reviews this week! I think I’m finally caught up from November when I didn’t review anything. I hated being that far behind. I posted a review of Pachinko by Min Jin Lee on Monday. I absolutely loved this book and I can’t recommend it highly enough to everyone. A full Five out of Five Stars.
I also reviewed American by Day by Derek B. Miller. This was really powerful in the wake of recent American racial violence and I’m glad Miller offered a foreigner’s perspective because I felt it was powerful. Four out of Five Stars.

Reading Next: The Running Man by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King) came in at the library so I hope to start that as soon as I finish Frank Derrick. It will be quite a different pace but I look forward to it.


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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67 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 22-January-2020”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow January 22, 2020 at 1:09 AM #

    You have some interesting sounding titles here…I am curious about Sarah’s Quilt, and I keep meaning to start reading my copy of The Dutch House. Here is MY WWW POST

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 10:49 AM #

      The Dutch House is really wonderful. I can’t wait to finish it. Happy reading!

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  2. alilovesbooks January 22, 2020 at 2:00 AM #

    Sounds like you’ve got a good mix of books and you’ve made a lot of progress with them.

    Here’s my www https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/www-wednesday-22nd-january-2020/

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 10:49 AM #

      Thanks! It does finally feel like I’m making progress. Happy reading!

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  3. Kyles January 22, 2020 at 3:00 AM #

    Some interesting book choices here….I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81…it sounds a little ‘Man Called Ove’esque.

    Here’s my 3W’s https://bookish-me.com/2020/01/22/www-wednesday-22-1-2020/

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 10:50 AM #

      It’s a slow start so far, not much going on. Happy reading!

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  4. _tirilu January 22, 2020 at 3:54 AM #

    Hey, guys!
    I’m not in the best mood today but I will always have time to post a WWW. I hope you’ll like Running Man!

    https://tirilu.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/its-wednesday-my-dudes/

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 10:50 AM #

      Thank you! Finally picked it up so I hope I can start soon. Happy reading!

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  5. whatcathyreadnext January 22, 2020 at 4:10 AM #

    I really enjoyed reading your review of Pachinko and I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. It’s a great feeling when you catch up on reviews. Two more to go for me and then I’ll be in that position 😀

    Here’s my WWW: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/wwwwednesday-22nd-january-2020/

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 10:51 AM #

      Good luck! I didn’t think it would take me so long to catch up. Though I’m writing the reviews sooner after I finish which is nice. Happy reading!

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  6. Katie January 22, 2020 at 4:41 AM #

    Oh boy, Colombiano sounds really difficult! I’m glad you got to start Sarah’s Quilt – 4 hours of listening seems like a pretty good start!

    Here’s my WWW at The Cozy Burrow. Please stop by and say hi!

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 10:53 AM #

      It’s a nice chunk to start. Happy reading!

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  7. Lola January 22, 2020 at 5:24 AM #

    Pachinko has been on my TBR for aaaaaages! You loving it just bumped it up on my list! 😉
    My WWW this week: https://lolaetlavie.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/www-wednesdays-22-january-2020/

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 10:55 AM #

      I’m so glad! It deserves the attention. Happy reading!

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  8. lilisblissfulpages January 22, 2020 at 7:15 AM #

    I’m planning to have a Stephen King Month this year and will include The Running Man. I’m a new fan of his. 🙂 🙂 And Happy Reading.

    Here’s my WWW Sam: https://lilisblissfulpages.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/www-wednesday-1-22-2020-i-read-7-books-last-week/

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 10:58 AM #

      That sounds awesome! I hope you enjoy this one as much as his others. Happy reading!

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  9. Sammie @ The Writerly Way January 22, 2020 at 8:21 AM #

    Oooh, is Richard Bachman a pseudonym Stephen King writers under?! I didn’t know that. I was going to say, the cover looks suitably ominous, and I like it!

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 10:59 AM #

      Yep, it’s a pseudonym. The copy I have has a forward from him talking about why he uses it. I can’t wait to read that. Happy reading!

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  10. MomsBookCollection January 22, 2020 at 8:24 AM #

    I have not heard of any of these, Have a happy reading!

    https://momsbookcollection.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/14319/

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  11. Andie January 22, 2020 at 9:04 AM #

    Here is the lunk to mine

    http://itsareadingthing.com/www-wednesday-01-22-20/

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  12. The Unseen Library January 22, 2020 at 9:17 AM #

    Sounds like everyone had an amazing week reading some fantastic books.

    My WWW Wednesday:

    https://unseenlibrary.com/2020/01/22/www-wednesday-22-january-2020/

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  13. WordsAndPeace January 22, 2020 at 9:18 AM #

    Are you enjoying Dutch House? I was disappointed by her last book.
    I have heard a lot about Pachinko.
    Here is my post https://wordsandpeace.com/2020/01/19/sunday-post-21-1-19-2020/

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 11:02 AM #

      I’m really liking it. I read Bel Canto and Commonwealth and liked both of those as well. Happy reading!

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  14. _forbookssake January 22, 2020 at 10:11 AM #

    Here’s my WWW post: https://forbookssake.home.blog/2020/01/22/www-wednesday-22nd-january-2020/ 🙂

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  15. Nikki @The Night is Dark and Full of Books January 22, 2020 at 10:18 AM #

    I’m glad Colombiano was worth it in the end! I hope Sarah’s Quilt will be a good one too since you’ve been putting it on your to-read next for so long. Have a great week 🙂

    Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 11:02 AM #

      Haha, it does feel like it’s been there forever. Glad to finally start it. Happy reading!

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  16. anovelglimpse January 22, 2020 at 10:19 AM #

    I don’t know that I would be able to buddy read like you do! It would be so hard to stop!

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 11:03 AM #

      I don’t think I could have done more than four chunks. It allowed me to do some solid reading chunks and not feel too limited. Happy reading!

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  17. Sarah @The Great Morrison Migration January 22, 2020 at 10:36 AM #

    You have so many interesting picks! Hope you are enjoying all your reads! My WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/www-wednesdays-january-22-2020/

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  18. alisbooks January 22, 2020 at 11:12 AM #

    Audiobooks are definitely awesome for those long trips! Here’s my WWW – https://alisbooks.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/www-wednesday-1-22-20/

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 11:13 AM #

      Makes me look forward to them. Happy reading!

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  19. Jolie January 22, 2020 at 11:36 AM #

    I put Columbiano on my TBR list!! Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2020/01/22/www-wednesday-january-22nd-2020/

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 11:43 AM #

      That’s awesome! I hope you end up enjoying it. Happy reading!

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  20. Moa (The Reading Faery) January 22, 2020 at 12:06 PM #

    I hadn’t heard of any of these, but I’ll have to check out Colombiano.
    My WWW post: http://thereadingfaery.blogspot.com/2020/01/www-wednesdays-1.html?m=1

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 6:19 PM #

      It’s an intense read but I learned a lot reading it. Happy Wednesday!

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  21. silverbuttonbooks January 22, 2020 at 12:27 PM #

    Sarah’s Quilt looks interesting but I am pretty desperately waiting for my copy of Pachinko to finally arrive in the library. Your review makes me feel like I will have to block a weekend and hole up and read it all.

    Have a great week!

    https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2020/01/22/www-wednesday-january-22-2020/

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 6:20 PM #

      I hope it comes to you soon, I really adored it. I’ll be impressed if you can finish it in a weekend. Happy reading!

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  22. Denise @ Life With No Plot January 22, 2020 at 1:11 PM #

    Hope you have a good reading week!

    My WWW: http://lifewithnoplot.com/2020/01/22/www-wednesday-1-22-2020/

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  23. jessicabookworm January 22, 2020 at 1:35 PM #

    Sam, I will be interested to see what you make of The Running Man, as I have Bachman’s (a.k.a King’s) Thinner on my TBR shelf but have so far been too scared to read it! 😉

    Here’s my WWW post for this week: https://thebookwormchronicles.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/www-wednesday-22nd-january-2020/ and happy reading to you! 🙂

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 6:38 PM #

      I’m hoping the Bachman books aren’t scary! I like Kong’s writing but I don’t like horror. Happy reading!

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  24. Ryan January 22, 2020 at 4:39 PM #

    I’ve been terrible at being on time with these posts the last couple weeks. I really need to fix that 😓 I hope you have a great week of reading!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2020/01/22/www-wednesday-january-22-2020/

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 6:42 PM #

      I schedule mine in advance so I don’t have to think hiding in the morning. Happy reading!

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      • Ryan January 22, 2020 at 7:01 PM #

        That would certainly be the smart thing to do lol but I’m always on a nighttime schedule when they go up so I always feel like doing it the night/morning off. I’m usually better about it, but I’ve been more tired lately.

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  25. Jen E @ mommablogsalot January 22, 2020 at 5:05 PM #

    I haven’t read Sarah’s Quilt yet but I really liked These Is My Words.
    Here’s my post:
    https://mommablogsalot.com/2020/01/22/www-wednesday-jan-22/

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 6:42 PM #

      That’s what pushed me to read this one. I’m enjoying it so far. Happy Wednesday!

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  26. BookerTalk January 22, 2020 at 5:34 PM #

    Well done on catching up with the reviews – I’m still way behind! The Dutch House is getting such mixed reactions, i’m curious to read it now.

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 6:45 PM #

      I hope the ending doesn’t flip me because I’m enjoying it so much so far. Happy reading!

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  27. shanaqui January 22, 2020 at 6:11 PM #

    The Running Man will definitely be a change of pace! I think I probably read that one all in one go.

    Here’s my WWW post!

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    • Sam January 22, 2020 at 6:45 PM #

      Great! I love fast paced books like that. Happy reading!

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