WWW Wednesday, 29-April-2020

29 Apr

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: Forward progress! I’m reading White Oleander by Janet Fitch in print now. I have a copy on my shelves so when I was ready for a new book, I grabbed this. Much easier than trying to renew an ebook every three weeks.
I moved The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz only my phone and I’m speeding through it. I suspect I’ll be done with it next week!
I finished the fourth section of The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern and I’m ready for my next Reading Buddy meeting. I hope it’s this week because I can’t wait to finish this one and write up a full review. Then we’ll have to pick another book. Oh boy, haha.
I’m glad to say I’m still moving forward with The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel. I’m enjoying the story which encourages me to pull it out and squeeze in a few pages when I can. I’m not sure how far into the book I am (trouble with my reading app) but I’d have to guess getting toward the middle. I’m excited to keep moving forward with this one.

Recently finished: I finished up Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn after posting last week. I really enjoyed this one! I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it or how I’d get through some non-fiction when escapism was really what I needed but it was enjoyable and a quick read. I posted my review on Monday and gave it a full Five out of Five Stars.
I was able to finish up The Alice Network by Kate Quinn with my increased listening time due to training. This one was pretty good but with the large number of WWII stories I’ve read in the past few years, it did seem a bit unoriginal. I’d still recommend it as a good story, but I wouldn’t say it stands out more than others. I posted my review yesterday and gave it Four out of Five Stars.

Reading Next: I think I need to start making plans again! For an audiobook, I’m hoping to start on The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson. This one came recommended by another blogger a while back and I do love some books about books!
For a physical book, I think I’m going to grab Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich. This was a gift many moons ago from a writer friend. I’m hoping it inspires me to do some writing and editing. I have a terrible NaNo that needs some love and quarantine should be a good time to do it, but I’ve had no motivation to try.


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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63 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 29-April-2020”

  1. Kyles April 29, 2020 at 12:55 AM #

    The Bookseller looks like a wonderful read. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on it. 🙂

    My 3 WWWs post is here: https://bookish-me.com/2020/04/29/www-wednesday-29-4-2020/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 7:36 AM #

      Thanks! I’ll be starting it soon! Happy reading.

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  2. whatcathyreadnext April 29, 2020 at 3:39 AM #

    I enjoyed reading your recent reviews and it seems you’re powering through the books at the moment.

    Here’s my WWW https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/wwwwednesday-29th-april-2020/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 7:37 AM #

      I’ve been giving myself a lot of reading time with the quarantine. It’s nice to find comfort with stories. Happy reading!

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  3. Jen | Books on the 7:47 April 29, 2020 at 3:42 AM #

    I’m going to add The Lola Quartet to my TBR, Station Eleven is one of my all-time faves so I want to read more by the same author.

    Here’s my WWW: https://booksonthe747.com/2020/04/29/www-wednesday-29th-april-2020/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 7:37 AM #

      She has a new book out that got rave reviews. I think it’s called The Glass Hotel. It’s already on my TBR. Happy reading!

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  4. jessicabookworm April 29, 2020 at 4:08 AM #

    Really pleased to hear your reading is really zipping along now, Sam and that you’ll able to start making plans for future reads again. Happy reading! 😃

    Here’s my WWW post this week: https://thebookwormchronicles.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/www-wednesday-29th-april-2020/ 🙂

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 7:38 AM #

      Yes, finally getting things under control! Took me long enough haha. Happy reading!

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  5. _tirilu April 29, 2020 at 5:06 AM #

    I’m still wondering how you manage that thing with the sections in a buddy read. I’m always either too far or too behind and while it’s always a laugh, I still feel like I’m not the most reliable reading buddy. :/

    https://tirilu.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/www-wednesday-ft-dragons-and-denial/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 7:39 AM #

      I put sticky notes in both copies before we started and we stop when we get to a sticky. And we only set our dates once one of us has finished so there’s not much of a rush on us both. It’s crude but it works for us. Happy reading!

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  6. boyishbookworm April 29, 2020 at 5:56 AM #

    I love Kate Quinn but I’ve only read her books that are set in ancient Rome so far.

    My WWW post

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 7:40 AM #

      It’s only her most recent books that moved out of Ancient Rome. I believe this was the first one. Happy reading!

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  7. Jocelyn April 29, 2020 at 6:07 AM #

    I read White Oleander in high school and remember really liking it. The Bookseller is one I see around all the time, I really need to read it! I hope you like it.

    My WWW: https://alittlenerdtoldme.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/www-wednesday-29th-of-april-2020/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 7:40 AM #

      I can’t believe I haven’t read White Oleander yet. It’s been a great read so far and I’m glad to finally give it the time it deserves. Happy reading!

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  8. evelynb98 April 29, 2020 at 6:15 AM #

    I can’t wait to see your review for The Starless Sea! And good luck with your writing!:)

    My WWW: https://moonlitbooks.home.blog/2020/04/29/www-wednesday-290420/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 7:41 AM #

      It will feel so good to finish it! I can’t wait for our next meeting so I can power on to the finish. Happy reading!

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  9. Tessa Pulyer April 29, 2020 at 6:21 AM #

    I find writing workshop books help inspire me to put words on paper, but like you my poor NaNo piece is sitting there waiting for love. Can’t wait to here more about The Starless Sea!

    My www: https://tessatalksbooks.blog/2020/04/29/www-wednesday-my-bookish-week-april-29th/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 7:42 AM #

      My NaNo needs some serious attention haha. I finished the story and still had to write 3000 words. Happy reading!

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  10. _forbookssake April 29, 2020 at 8:09 AM #

    The Alice Network looks really interesting! I love a WWII book!

    Here’s my WWW: https://forbookssake.home.blog/2020/04/29/www-wednesday-29th-april-2020/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 9:03 AM #

      This one combines WWI and WWII which I thought was really interesting. Happy reading!

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      • _forbookssake April 29, 2020 at 9:37 AM #

        Oh even better! 🙂

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  11. Julie Anna's Books April 29, 2020 at 8:10 AM #

    I’m curious to hear your thoughts on White Oleander! I’ve had it on my shelves for a while and have yet to pick it up.
    Here’s mine:
    http://www.sincerelyjulieanna.com/www-wednesday-4-29-20/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 9:04 AM #

      Yeah, this one has languished for a while. I hope to finish it soon. Happy reading!

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  12. Teri Polen April 29, 2020 at 8:13 AM #

    I enjoy books about books also. Sometimes I’ll read a book simply because the character works in a bookstore, lol. Happy Reading! https://teripolen.com/2020/04/29/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-amreading-37/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 9:04 AM #

      That’s about why this one made my list haha. Happy reading!

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  13. Ryan April 29, 2020 at 8:17 AM #

    Glad to hear about the progress, after the speed bumps in past weeks. Happy reading!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2020/04/29/www-wednesday-april-29-2020/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 9:04 AM #

      Thank you! It feels like my master plan is finally working itself out. Happy reading!

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  14. Laurel-Rain Snow April 29, 2020 at 9:25 AM #

    I really enjoyed The Bookseller. I hope you finally finish White Oleander, and that you find it memorable. Here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 9:31 AM #

      I’m excited to start The Bookseller soon. I think I’ll get through it quickly. Happy reading!

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  15. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den April 29, 2020 at 9:56 AM #

    I’m glad to see that you enjoyed Moby Duck! Fiction Writer’s Workshop sounds interesting! I’m always looking for more craft books, so I’ll wait to see what you think of it, and if you find it useful, I might just have to pick up a copy. :3

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 10:44 AM #

      I’ll be sure to write a review, as always, so I can let you know what I find useful. Happy reading!

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  16. Sarah @The Great Morrison Migration April 29, 2020 at 10:07 AM #

    Glad you liked “Alice Network”. It is on my TBR, but as you mentioned there are a lot of WWII novels, so I try to space them out. My one book club doesn’t have a lot of rules but one they do have is no history fictions related to WWII. Sounds like you are enjoying “The Lola Quartet” as well, which is also on my TBR. I have been wanting to read more Emily St. John Mandel ever since I really enjoyed “Station Eleven” a few years back. Hope you continue to get some reading time in! My WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/www-wednesdays-april-29-2020/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 10:44 AM #

      I spoke with another friend who’s book club had a strict ‘no Holocaust’ rule for their books. Some things do get repetitive. Happy reading!

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  17. nickimags @ The Secret Library Book Blog April 29, 2020 at 10:23 AM #

    I loved your reviews for The Alice Network and Moby Duck!
    Here’s my link for this week https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/www-wednesdays-29-04-20-wwwwednesdays-with-gifs-again%f0%9f%98%89/

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  18. anovelglimpse April 29, 2020 at 11:25 AM #

    That’s awesome that you’re making so much progress with your reading!

    My WWW Wedesday.

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 1:25 PM #

      Thanks! It feels like a breakthrough. Happy reading!

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  19. abookishbalance April 29, 2020 at 11:53 AM #

    I’m looking forward to reading your review of The Starless Sea 🙂 I had some pretty mixed feelings on it.

    Here’s my WWW https://abookishbalance.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/www-wednesday-3/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 1:26 PM #

      I’m coming up on the end quickly now. Happy reading!

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  20. The Unseen Library April 29, 2020 at 12:30 PM #

    Good job getting through those books.
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday:
    https://unseenlibrary.com/2020/04/29/www-wednesday-29-april-2020/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 1:26 PM #

      Thanks! I finally have some reviewing to do. Happy reading!

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  21. arodriguez283 April 29, 2020 at 12:48 PM #

    I’ve had White Oleander on my shelf for years! I really need to get around to it!
    Here’s my WWW: https://marcsandarcs.wordpress.com/2020/04/29/www-wednesday-4-29-2020/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 1:26 PM #

      It took me forever as well. Better late than never. Happy Wednesday!

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  22. silverbuttonbooks April 29, 2020 at 1:02 PM #

    I also loved the Alice Network but had a similar sense of feeling that I might have read something so very similar. I am about 40% into The Starless Sea but I had to put it aside to finish up my library books that were coming due. I also need to focus on my own shelf!

    Here is my WWW: https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2020/04/29/www-wednesday-april-29-2020/

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 1:28 PM #

      Our library suspended due dates for all physical items so I took my sweet time with those haha. That’s one plus side I guess. Happy reading!

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  23. Yvo April 29, 2020 at 1:55 PM #

    I’m definitely curious about The Alice Network and The Bookseller! I also can’t wait to read The Starless Sea myself. Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 4:38 PM #

      We scheduled a meeting for tomorrow so I’ll be reading through to the end soon afterward. Happy reading!

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  24. Rae Reads April 29, 2020 at 3:46 PM #

    The Bookseller might be perfect for my Books About Books challenge/goal I set for myself. As soon as the library opens…sigh!
    My www Wednesday is posted on http://powerfulwomenreaders.wordpress.com
    Take a look. It is patterned after yours. I did give credit where credit is due, for I think this is a lovely meme.

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    • Sam April 29, 2020 at 4:40 PM #

      The Starless Sea would be a book about books, too. Maybe more so than The Bookseller so far. Happy reading!

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      • Rae Reads April 30, 2020 at 5:14 PM #

        Thanks for the tip/information

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  25. Davida Chazan April 30, 2020 at 3:08 AM #

    If you liked The Alice Network, try her next book The Huntress – even better!

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    • Sam April 30, 2020 at 10:46 AM #

      I think I need a break from WWII fiction for a minute but I’ll keep it in mind for later, thanks! Happy reading.

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      • Davida Chazan April 30, 2020 at 10:55 AM #

        I get that. I haven’t read any Tudor era fiction for decades. Just can’t get into it anymore. Also, I hardly ever read any Ancient Rome or Ancient Greece stuff.

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  26. WordsAndPeace April 30, 2020 at 10:04 PM #

    Lots of great titles here! I’m curious about The Bookseller. My post is here: https://wordsandpeace.com/2020/04/26/sunday-post-30-4-26-2020/

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    • Sam May 1, 2020 at 6:11 AM #

      I was able to start it and it’s not what I expected. We’ll see what I think next week when I think I’ll be mostly through it. Happy reading!

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