WWW Wednesday, 13-May-2020

13 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 getting really close to finishing White Oleander by Janet Fitch! This book is taking me much longer than I would like so I’m really excited to finish it off. It’s a very sad story but very intriguing at the same time so I’m engrossed.
I made an effort to make more progress with The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel. I like this one, but the mystery is still a bit too shrouded for me to be completely engaged. I’m hoping to get more into it soon, though.
I’m loving some fun YA right now so I decided to keep it going and picked up Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell on audio. It’s been a while since I read the first in this series (Carry On) so it might take me a minute to pick up on the plot and characters again. However, the parallels to Harry Potter make it a bit easier to pick up on.

Recently finished: I sped through The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson. It wasn’t what I expected and it came across as a disappointment because of that. I wanted more about books and bookselling but that wasn’t the focus. It felt like a bait and switch so I ended up frustrated. I posted my review yesterday if you want to check that out. I gave it Three out of Five Stars, though I contemplated Two.
I got through Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani much faster than I expected to. It was a fun YA read and I enjoyed it well enough. It didn’t have much for me that was really a standout, though. I gave it Three out of Five Stars and I’ll have a review up tomorrow.
I had way too much fun listening to the short novella The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee. This is installment 1.5 in the Montegue Siblings series and I wanted to read it before I picked up the second which I’m sure I’ll do this summer.

I posted my review of The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David LagercrantzThanks for those who have commented about their opinion of Lagercrantz taking over the series. I’m still unsure if I think it was the best move but I’m glad I’m not the only one who has marked the difference.  I gave the book Three out of Five Stars.
I posted my review of The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern on Monday and my final meeting with my reading buddy is tonight! I’m excited to see what she thought of the ending of the book. I finished it over a week ago so I hope my memory is sharp enough and my notes detailed enough to have a good discussion.

Reading Next: I’ll pick up Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich as a physical book very soon. I hope this can give me a little inspiration to read.
I’ll need another audiobook soon and I requested Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray but I’m not sure how quickly it will come in. Fingers crossed.
If that fails, I’ll likely start my next book club selection, Old Baggage by Lissa Evans. I don’t know anything about this one but I see that it’s pretty long so it will be a nice one to settle in with during my long training hours.

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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82 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 13-May-2020”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow May 13, 2020 at 1:26 AM #

    I replaced my copy of White Oleander, as my original was “lost” in the move. I haven’t reread it for a long time, but occasionally watch the movie.

    I have a copy of Old Baggage, but haven’t read it yet. Here’s MY WWW POST


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 6:59 AM #

      I’ll have to watch the movie when I’m done. Plenty of time for that now with the lockdown. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Shreeya May 13, 2020 at 2:03 AM #

    Carry On and Wayward Son have been on my TBR for so long now! I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to them 😅

    Here’s my WWW post : https://absorbedinbooks.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/www-wednesday-13-may-2020/


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 6:59 AM #

      They’re so much fun, I hope you find the time. Happy reading!


  3. _tirilu May 13, 2020 at 3:06 AM #

    I finished two books since last week! I’m feeling good! Today is gonna be a good day! ❤



    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 7:00 AM #

      That’s awesome, congrats! Have a great Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. whatcathyreadnext May 13, 2020 at 3:07 AM #

    Well done on catching up on your reviews. I enjoyed reading them and I think I would have felt as disappointed as you were with The Bookseller. I hope you enjoy Old Baggage. I read it quite a while ago and really liked the main characters.

    Here’s my WWW https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/wwwwednesday-13th-may-2020/


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 7:00 AM #

      Great to hear, I hadn’t heard anything about it before. I’ll look forward to diving in. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. jessicabookworm May 13, 2020 at 4:10 AM #

    Good to see you have flown threw a couple of books this week, even if they were particularly stand out reads, and well down that you are close to finishing White Oleander, as it does sound like an epic read! Happy reading for the coming week. 😃

    Here’s my WWW post for this week: https://thebookwormchronicles.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/www-wednesday-13th-may-2020/ 🙂


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 7:54 AM #

      White Oleander is so emotional that it’s become hard to read in long stretches. I look forward to something more lighthearted next. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Margaret May 13, 2020 at 4:15 AM #

    This is my first WWW post for a month – glad to be back! I’m sorry you were disappointed with The Bookseller – from what you say I think I would be too.

    Here’s my WWW post


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 7:55 AM #

      Welcome back! I was sad because I got so invested in the story and I felt a huge letdown. I’ve heard other readers felt similarly. Happy reading!


  7. Angie May 13, 2020 at 5:21 AM #

    I have just joined the WWW fun!
    I’ve been meaning to pick up Carry On for a while. Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy The Bookseller, but I hope you will enjoy everything else!

    Here’s my WWW post


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 7:56 AM #

      Welcome! Carry On was so fun and I’m enjoying Wayward Son just as much. And I listened to the Kansas song this morning; I start humming it every time I see the title. Happy Wednesday!


  8. Tessa Pulyer May 13, 2020 at 6:39 AM #

    Your review of The Starless Sea was excellent. I don’t remember if I commented on it but I found it very helpful.❤️
    My www: https://tessatalksbooks.blog/2020/05/13/www-wednesday-its-a-good-week-for-reading-may-13th/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 9:05 AM #

      Thanks so much! I’m glad I could help. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. evelynb98 May 13, 2020 at 6:49 AM #

    Good luck with Wayward Son! I just couldn’t get into the book at all so I hope you have better luck with it!

    My WWW: https://moonlitbooks.home.blog/2020/05/13/wwwwednesday130520/


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 9:19 AM #

      I usually have an easier time getting into audiobooks because I’m stuck with them a bit more. I think I’m just about to get into the meat of the plot but it’s taken a while. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Lola May 13, 2020 at 6:55 AM #

    I have Carry On on my Kindle, but haven’t gotten round to reading it yet. I feel like I should wait for when a moment when I need a light read!

    This is my WWW this week: https://lolaetlavie.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/www-wednesdays-13-may-2020/


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 9:20 AM #

      It’s a very light and fast read. The second one is the same so far. Happy reading!


  11. Fazila Reads May 13, 2020 at 7:25 AM #

    I just did my very first WWW Wednesday meme. Thank you so much for creating the tag.

    This is my link to the post –



  12. Julie Anna's Books May 13, 2020 at 7:57 AM #

    Ooh, I may need to add White Oleander to my June TBR. It’s a book I’ve had on my shelves for a while. (I feel like my June TBR is already overflowing and I haven’t even “planned” it yet!)

    Here’s mine: http://www.sincerelyjulieanna.com/www-wednesday-5-13-20/

    Happy reading!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 9:23 AM #

      You’re a better planner than me haha. I only plan one or two books ahead at any time. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Teri Polen May 13, 2020 at 8:07 AM #

    I read The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky the day it came out and laughed my way through it. It was perfect for Monty and Percy! I haven’t read the second book yet. Happy Reading! https://teripolen.com/2020/05/13/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-amreading-38/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 9:47 AM #

      Glad you liked it so much! I’m hoping to read Felicity’s story this summer. Happy reading!


  14. Jana T May 13, 2020 at 8:25 AM #

    Glad you’re enjoying some YA for a while – YA and MG can be a nice break from “regular” fiction sometimes! Here’s my WWW post: https://reviewsfromthestacks.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/www-wednesday-4-15-2020-2/

    Happy Reading!


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 9:47 AM #

      I like the faster pace. It helps keep me engaged. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den May 13, 2020 at 8:33 AM #

    Oh my gosh, I keep forgetting I need to read Carry On! Thanks for reminding me. xD Look forward to seeing what you think of the sequel!

    Here’s my WWW post.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 9:47 AM #

      There’s a third one set to release later this year! Let’s hope that doesn’t change. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den May 19, 2020 at 12:15 PM #

        Is there?! I didn’t know that.


      • Sam May 19, 2020 at 12:49 PM #

        I hope the release date isn’t affected. I’m looking forward to it. Happy reading!


  16. arodriguez283 May 13, 2020 at 9:20 AM #

    I hope that you enjoy Wayward Son, I loved it!

    My WWW Wednesday: https://marcsandarcs.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/www-wednesday-2/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 9:48 AM #

      Glad to hear! Looking forward to a third in the series. Happy reading!


  17. mmmbookreview May 13, 2020 at 9:22 AM #

    Here is my answers: https://youtu.be/qh3uQkqsO-U

    Liked by 2 people

  18. Jocelyn May 13, 2020 at 10:01 AM #

    I just started the final Diviners novel and I’m both really happy and really sad. I love this series but I don’t want it to end! I’ve read them all as audiobooks and love the narrator.

    As for The Starless Sea, looks like we had similar views. It was beautifully written, but what the heck was it actually about? Every time I started to feel like I was getting into a rhythm with it, a parable got thrown in and by the time the main narrative was back I felt like I had to start over.

    My WWW: https://alittlenerdtoldme.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/www-wednesday-13th-of-may-2020/

    Liked by 1 person

  19. anovelglimpse May 13, 2020 at 11:00 AM #

    I’m sorry the Bookseller wasn’t what you were expecting and that affected your feelings about it.

    My WWW Wednesday.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Jordan Rashell at RashellReads May 13, 2020 at 11:20 AM #

    I need to read Carry On still. I loved Fangirl and I’ve heard great things about both Carry On and Wayward Son.

    My WWW:


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 12:38 PM #

      They’re good but I still think Fangirl is my favorite. I just had so much in common with Cath. Happy Wednesday!


  21. Sarah @The Great Morrison Migration May 13, 2020 at 11:30 AM #

    You may lots of great reading progress this week. For me – less progress than I had hoped. Work is just a bit much right now and probably will be for another month or so. Hope you have a great week! My WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/www-wednesdays-may-13-2020/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 2:52 PM #

      I’m having the same experience with work, just using books as a distraction. I’m not saying it’s been a success though. Work is still overwhelming haha. Happy reading!


  22. MyBookJar May 13, 2020 at 11:33 AM #

    It’s been too long since I’ve participated in WWW-Wednesday, it’s great to be back, and this time for good!
    I loved Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle series, so I can’t wait for the Diviners to come in for you and to see your review.
    Here’s my WWW-Wednesday: https://mybookjar.com/2020/05/13/www-wednesday-39/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 2:53 PM #

      Welcome back! I’ve loved the Diviner books so far. I can’t wait to keep going. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. abookishbalance May 13, 2020 at 11:37 AM #

    I loved Carry On! I hope you do too 🙂

    Here’s my post:

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 2:53 PM #

      Yeah, Carry On was great. I love that she’s continuing the series. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Talie's Adventures May 13, 2020 at 11:53 AM #

    I just recently finished Fangirl. I’m excited to read Carry On. And The Diviners is one of my favorite audiobooks. The production was amazing.

    On another note, here is my first WWW Wednesday post: https://taliesadventures.com/www-wednesdays-may-13-2020/


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 2:54 PM #

      Welcome! Fangirl was just amazing and I’m feeling the need to reread it. Carry On is so fun if you think of it in relation to Fangirl.
      The same narrator does the while Diviners series as much as I can tell. It’s pretty incredible. Happy Wednesday!


  25. Ryan May 13, 2020 at 11:58 AM #

    It’s funny to hear that Wayward Son has so many Harry Potter parallels, because it immediately makes me think of the show Supernatural. I hope you have a great week!



    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 2:56 PM #

      That’s interesting. I wonder how much the author was inspired by Supernatural. The previous books with these characters make it clear it was originally inspired by HP but the author moved away from that a lot with this book. Happy reading!


  26. _forbookssake May 13, 2020 at 12:08 PM #

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Rainbow Rowell, but haven’t read any of her work, because YA isn’t usually my thing. However, if there are parallels to Harry Potter, I may have to give this specific series a go!

    Here’s my WWW: http://forbookssake.home.blog/2020/05/13/www-wednesday-13th-may-2020/


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 2:57 PM #

      I’d say to start with Fangirl. It’s more of a New Adult feel because the characters are in college. Carry On and Wayward Son are like a companion series to that one. And Fangirl is amazing. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • _forbookssake May 14, 2020 at 7:09 AM #

        Oh amazing, I will do that! Thank you 🙂


  27. Soph May 13, 2020 at 12:38 PM #

    This is my first WWW post, hope I did it right 😄



  28. silverbuttonbooks May 13, 2020 at 12:42 PM #

    I keep borrowing Wayward Son from my e-library and letting it languish until it expires. I think I fear that Carry On was too long ago so I’ll be interested to see how you do.

    I’m into middle grade for probably the same reason you are enjoying YA, my WWW is full of them! http://silverbuttonbooks.com/2020/05/13/www-wednesday-may-13-2020/

    Have a great week!


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM #

      If you remember that Simon and Baz are together and that Simon lost his magic while growing wings and a tail, you’re good. I hope I didn’t just ruin Carry On for anyone haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • silverbuttonbooks May 14, 2020 at 12:06 PM #

        Hah!! I’m putting a request into my library right now. Thanks! (and I had forgotten about the tail!)

        Liked by 1 person

  29. leonanaan May 13, 2020 at 3:54 PM #

    I’m ashamed to say I haven’t heard of any of these books but I’m intrigued by Wayward Son. I will have to check it out.

    I’ve just joined in WWW Wednesday 🙂



    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 8:25 PM #

      I’d recommend reading Carry On first and it’s really better to read Fangirl before that to understand it even better. Happy Wednesday!

      Liked by 1 person

  30. sevensevenreads May 13, 2020 at 5:21 PM #

    I just read The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky last month and absolutely loved it, that series is shaping up to be a favorite of mine! And I hope you enjoy Before the Devil Breaks Me. I liked the first book but I REALLY struggled reading Lair of Dreams, so I’m leery of continuing on with the series. Here’s my post: https://sevensevenreads.wordpress.com/2020/05/13/www-wednesday-5-13/


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 8:28 PM #

      I’m excited to move forward with the Montague siblings. I think Felicity’s story will be fun.
      Lair of Dreams wasn’t as fun as The Diviners for me, either. I’m glad I’m not alone. Evie and Sam’s fake romance was the only fun part. Happy reading!


  31. Yvo May 13, 2020 at 8:08 PM #

    I’ve been meaning to read Wayward Son too! I hope you will enjoy it. Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.


    • Sam May 13, 2020 at 8:28 PM #

      I heard there’s a third one later this year so I figured I better get caught up, haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo May 13, 2020 at 9:18 PM #

        Oh really? I should probably follow your lead then haha. xx

        Liked by 1 person


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