WWW Wednesday, 6-May-2020

6 May

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 over halfway through White Oleander by Janet Fitch now that it’s in print next to my bed. Crazy demands from work have kept me from reading quite as much as I’d like but I’m making good progress with it and hope to be finished in a few weeks.
It’s been slower with The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel since work picked up. I need to be away from a screen when I’m not working so an ebook isn’t as appealing as print. I’ll keep moving forward with it, I’m sure, but it might slow down to my usual ebook pace.
I started The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson as an audiobook. This isn’t quite the ‘book about books’ I thought it was going to be. Honestly, the titled bookseller could have any other job and it wouldn’t have a huge impact on the plot. I’m a bit up in the air about this one, still. We’ll see.

Recently finished: I wrapped up The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz fairly quickly once it was on my phone. I’m a bit disappointed in this one and I’ll be posting my review tomorrow to detail why. I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the series. I gave the book Three out of Five Stars.
I powered through to the end of The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern once I met with my Reading Buddy. We’ll meet very soon to discuss it, I’m sure. I’m still thinking this one over and my review will be up next week. I don’t think I would have gotten nearly as much out of it without my Buddy Reader. There were a lot of references to pop culture and to earlier parts of the book that would have gone over my head.

Reading Next: I still plan to grab Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich as a physical book. I really hope it pushes me to do some writing or editing. That’s one thing this pandemic has stopped that I’d love to get a little motivation to continue.
With the speed I’m going through audiobooks, I have to plan for another one soon. Next up is Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani. This seems like the perfect time for a little YA.


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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71 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 6-May-2020”

  1. _tirilu May 6, 2020 at 2:48 AM #

    I’m curious to see what you will have to say about the Starless Sea. I still think I wanna read it but maybe when the libraries are open again.
    I’m pretty much over books that have to do with bookshops besides the ones that tell funny anecdotes. It’s mostly not about the bookshop or it’s told in a way that often doesn’t really have to do with how things go in a bookshop.

    My post today: https://tirilu.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/www-wednesday-3/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 8:10 AM #

      This is more about a magical library, not a bookshop. But it’s mostly an adventure story that takes place in a magical library. I haven’t read much that I could compare it to, honestly. It’s very unique. Happy reading!

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  2. whatcathyreadnext May 6, 2020 at 4:39 AM #

    I don’t blame for expecting a book titled The Bookseller to be mainly about, well, a bookseller! I think I’m the opposite to you in that I read physical books during the day and read ebooks on my Kindle or listen to audiobooks in the evening or in bed at night.

    Here’s my WWW: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/wwwwednesday-6th-may-2020/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 8:21 AM #

      I will listen to audiobooks in the evening while I’m cleaning up but not once I’m in bed. I try to get away from a screen before turning the lights off, it helps me sleep. Happy reading!

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  3. jessicabookworm May 6, 2020 at 4:50 AM #

    Sam, sorry to hear your heavy workload has been slowing down your reading – I hope it eases off a bit soon! And I can understand you wanting to read more physical books if you are already spending so much time at a screen for work.

    Here’s my WWW post for this week: https://thebookwormchronicles.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/www-wednesday-6th-may-2020/ 🙂

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 3:46 PM #

      There’s no end in sight yet so I might be slow for a bit. I’ll look forward to a calmer work schedule soon. Happy reading!

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      • jessicabookworm May 6, 2020 at 4:09 PM #

        Thank you 🙂 And hopefully you can maybe fit in some shorter, lighter reads if you have a heavy workload for the foreseeable future!

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  4. evelynb98 May 6, 2020 at 5:14 AM #

    I hope work is okay and it calms down a bit so you have more time to yourself or to read! I also hope The Bookseller picks up soon for you, it’s a bit annoying when the title has nothing to do with the book sometimes and you’re left wondering why the book was called that if it’s not relevant! I’m still looking forward to your review on ‘The Starless Sea’, I’m thinking of picking it up this month (hopefully) and it’s really useful to read your thoughts on it as the weeks go, especially now I know to look out for references!

    My WWW: https://moonlitbooks.home.blog/2020/05/06/wwwwednesday060520/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 3:47 PM #

      The Bookseller is clearly titled after the main character who owns a bookstore, but her job doesn’t seem relevant. My husband likened it tomorrow Click Bait for readers which I think is a fair comparison. Happy reading!

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      • evelynb98 May 7, 2020 at 4:24 AM #

        Oh it’s totally click bait for readers!

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  5. Lola May 6, 2020 at 5:43 AM #

    I keep meaning to read something by Emily St John Mandel, but haven’t yet. I have heard mixed things about The Starless Sea, but I do want to read it!

    My WWW this week: https://lolaetlavie.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/www-wednesdays-6-may-2020/

    Have a great (reading) week, everyone!

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 3:48 PM #

      Station Eleven is amazing! I’d start with that one. Happy reading!

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      • Lola May 6, 2020 at 4:41 PM #

        Thanks for the recommendation! I will check that one out – I think I may have it on my Kindle… 😮

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  6. Gee Jen May 6, 2020 at 6:15 AM #

    I read Words in Deep Blue last year, an awesome book set in a bookshop which I’d highly recommend. Here is my WWW https://geejenmotw.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/www-wednesday-6th-may-2020/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 3:48 PM #

      My favorite had been Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Amazing bookish adventure. Happy reading!

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  7. Tessa Pulyer May 6, 2020 at 7:07 AM #

    I can’t wait to see your review on The Starless Sea. Buddy reads are the best! Happy reading 📚
    My WWW: https://tessatalksbooks.blog/2020/05/06/www-wednesday-my-bookish-week-may-6/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 3:49 PM #

      I can’t wait to have our final meeting and y’all about it! Happy reading.

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  8. I just started a biography today and think I’m going to get through it really quickly as it’s very easy to read and under 200 pages. Here’s my list https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/www-wednesdays-06-05-20-wwwwednesdays-with-gifs-again%f0%9f%98%89/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 3:49 PM #

      Quick reads are the best. Very helpful for the Goodreads goal as well haha. Happy reading!

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  9. Darnell May 6, 2020 at 8:25 AM #

    The Starless Sea has been on my TBR for a while now.I am curious to see what you think of it. Here is mine:
    https://darnellouis.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/www-wednesday-5-6-2020/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 3:50 PM #

      It was good but not as good as the Night Circus for me. Happy reading!

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  10. Leslie May 6, 2020 at 8:30 AM #

    Can’t wait to see your review on Starless Sea! I wonder if I would have gotten more out of it with a buddy read!

    https://booksarethenewblackblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/w-w-w-5-6-20/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 3:50 PM #

      It helped so much! I’m sure there were things we still missed but the two of us caught a lot. Happy reading!

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  11. arodriguez283 May 6, 2020 at 8:46 AM #

    My job is reopening on Friday so things are starting to pick up for me too. Less time for reading 😢

    My WWW: https://marcsandarcs.wordpress.com/?p=669

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  12. Shreeya May 6, 2020 at 9:10 AM #

    I saw The Bookseller’s e-book on my library’s online catalog. Since I couldn’t quite figure out if I wanted to check it out or not, it’s been on my wishlist for weeks. I am eagerly waiting for your review of The Starless Sea! It has been on my TBR ever since it came out.

    Here is my first WWW Wednesday: https://absorbedinbooks.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/www-wednesday-6-may-2020/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 3:53 PM #

      The Bookseller is enjoyable but it’s not at all about selling books. The plot has an entirely different focus. I had The Starless Sea on my TBR for that long as well. It feels great to finally get it off. Happy reading!

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  13. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den May 6, 2020 at 9:20 AM #

    The Starless Sea sounds like it makes a better group read than it does a single read. I’ve read a few books like that, that just really need at least a second person to hash them out to really get much out of them sometimes.

    Man, my writing has really suffered during this pandemic, too. I’m not sure why, but I just have absolutely no motivation or will to sit down and write. I keep trying, and I just end up staring at the stupid computer for half an hour. Hope you’re able to find that motivation soon!

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 8:33 PM #

      Good luck finding your motivation! I have enough to blog but not much beyond that. Happy reading!

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  14. _forbookssake May 6, 2020 at 9:22 AM #

    Looking forward to seeing what you thought of The Starless Sea! I’ve heard so much about it, but I’m still not sure if I should check it out or not…

    Here’s my WWW: http://forbookssake.home.blog/2020/05/06/www-wednesday-6th-may-2020/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 8:34 PM #

      It was a fun read. I would have gobbled it up much faster if it wasn’t a buddy read. Happy reading!

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  15. Ryan May 6, 2020 at 9:28 AM #

    Feeling a little more drained from a night shift than normal, so I’ll just say that I hope you have a great week!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2020/05/06/www-wednesday-may-6-2020/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 8:34 PM #

      That’s rough. Good luck figuring out your schedule. Happy reading!

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  16. Rose @ Bookish Teacher May 6, 2020 at 10:18 AM #

    I’ve been happily stuck in the middle of two fantasies, I am just savouring every word and fantastical element about them. It’s also my first time doing this meme, and I had a lot of fun doing it, so thank you for doing this! 🙂

    My post: https://thatbookishteacherblogs.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/www-wednesday-1/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 8:35 PM #

      Welcome! And enjoy those fantasies. I think I need to escape into one soon. Happy Wednesday!

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  17. Sarah @The Great Morrison Migration May 6, 2020 at 10:27 AM #

    I am anxiously awaiting your review on Eye for an Eye, as I recently read the one after that. I don’t know that I the last two have the same feel as the original trilogy, but I still find them thrilling – at least the end tends to be thrilling. Also, I am right there with you on not wanting to read an ebook after hours working on a computer for work. I spend at least 9 hours a day on the computer, and it is a bit much. Hope you have a great week! My WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/www-wednesdays-may-6-2020/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 8:39 PM #

      I’m not sure I’ll continue with the series, honestly. This one was too far from the original trilogy for me to enjoy it much and I think I’d rather invest myself in a different set of characters. Happy reading!

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  18. anovelglimpse May 6, 2020 at 10:57 AM #

    I’m sorry The Girl Who Took an Eye for an Eye didn’t turn out as well as you were hoping. Hopefully, White Oleander will make up for it. Happy reading!

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 8:39 PM #

      I hope so, too. It’s been really fun. Happy reading!

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  19. The Unseen Library May 6, 2020 at 11:54 AM #

    Been a bit of a slow reading week for me, only managed to finish one book off. In the middle of a couple of really good fantasy novels at the moment though, hoping to finish them off in the next week. Good luck with all your reading.
    https://unseenlibrary.com/2020/05/06/www-wednesday-6-may-2020/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 8:40 PM #

      Good luck finishing a few books! I’m looking forward to finishing at least one. Happy reading!

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  20. Julie Anna's Books May 6, 2020 at 12:12 PM #

    I hope your workload slows down so you have more time! I’m curious about The Fiction Writer’s Workshop too. A few years ago I used to write more but I’ve lost the motivation – would love to get back into it again!

    http://www.sincerelyjulieanna.com/www-wednesday-5-6-2020/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 8:40 PM #

      I don’t see work slowing down any time soon but I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Happy reading!

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  21. Rae Reads May 6, 2020 at 2:09 PM #

    Am finishing my first ever on line semester of teaching. No time to read anything, but I was very interested in what you are reading.

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 8:40 PM #

      Congrats on finishing! My mom had the same experience and she’s glad it’s over haha. Happy reading!

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      • Rae Longest May 11, 2020 at 4:20 PM #

        II put grades on line today. Everyone did well, but there was an F from a student who did not turn in a single assignment. Sigh…

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  22. Yvo May 6, 2020 at 4:32 PM #

    You’ve made me curious about The Starless Sea now! I’m not sure I would get the pop references either… Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 8:41 PM #

      I think I got half? I’d be happy with half. Happy reading!

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      • Yvo May 10, 2020 at 8:05 PM #

        Half is not bad at all! xx

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  23. silverbuttonbooks May 6, 2020 at 5:49 PM #

    I hope that you find some inspiration in a new book on writing. I am having a hard enough time organizing my thoughts for basic reviews!

    I am also looking forward to reading your review of The Starless Sea. I am stuck at about 40% through.

    What did you think about The Alice Network?

    Have a great week! Here is my WWW: http://silverbuttonbooks.com/2020/05/06/www-wednesday-may-6-2020/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 8:43 PM #

      I thought The Starless Sea was best right at the middle so it might be worth picking up again. I really enjoyed The Alice Network! It didn’t have a slow point and Eve’s story was really engaging. Thanks for asking. Happy reading!

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  24. shanaqui May 6, 2020 at 6:03 PM #

    Aah, I still need to pick up The Starless Sea — did you like it?

    My post.

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  25. bookswithcassie May 6, 2020 at 9:21 PM #

    I can’t wait for your review about the Starless Sea. Everyone has such mixed opinions about it that it makes me want to read it for myself and see where I fall on the spectrum 😂

    http://bookswithcassie.com/2020/05/06/www-wednesday-5-6-20/

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    • Sam May 6, 2020 at 9:30 PM #

      I think I would have liked it less if I didn’t read it with my buddy. There were a lot of details that we needed to pick up on and she caught a lot that I missed. Happy reading!

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  26. Melanie (@LoveBeingVegan) May 6, 2020 at 10:35 PM #

    Here’s my link: https://christianbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com/2020/05/www-wednesday-may-6.html

    It’s been soooooooo long since I’ve done one of these. 🙂

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    • Sam May 7, 2020 at 9:01 AM #

      Welcome back and happy reading!

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  27. clarice @ thalassics May 7, 2020 at 1:29 AM #

    i’ve been meaning to read the starless sea haha, looking forward to hear your thoughts about it!

    https://thalassics.wordpress.com/2020/05/06/www-wednesday-6-may-2020/

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    • Sam May 7, 2020 at 9:01 AM #

      I hope my buddy finishes soon so we can talk about it! Happy reading.

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