WWW Wednesday, 27-May-2020

27 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 making my way through Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich but it’s a slow go. I’m feeling a little more motivated to write, but not a lot like I’d hoped. I’ll see about picking up with my editing or maybe start something new. Something new might be freeing.
I’m making good progress with The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai and really enjoying it. It’s a long audiobook, but it’s nice to have a story last a while instead of flying through it. The plot has been great and I’m looking forward to getting further into this one.
I started an ebook of The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits by Emma Donoghue. Our book club made a switch and this is our new book for June. I’m not very excited about it if I’m being honest. I don’t like short story collections very much. I’ll probably finish it without issue, but I’m not sure how much we can talk about.

Recently finished: I pushed to finish The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel so I could start my new ebook. It was a good story but I wasn’t as excited about it as I should have been. Stretching it out over so long dulled how I felt about it. I’ll plan to review it next week.

I posted my review for White Oleander by Janet Fitch on Thursday. I’m glad I read this again, it was a beautiful story. I’m hoping to find the movie soon and see if it’s similar and as enjoyable. I gave it Four out of Five Stars.
I also reviewed Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell and posted that review yesterday. This was fun and I’m so glad I read it. I’m excited for the third book and I hope the release date hasn’t been delayed.

Reading Next: I recently checked for an update to what’s available on my audiobook services and was excited to see that there’s a copy of It’s All Relative by A.J. Jacobs. Jacobs is one of my favorite non-fiction writers so I’m excited to read about this project. He narrates the audiobook himself so I’m getting excited about that, too.


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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78 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 27-May-2020”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow May 27, 2020 at 2:00 AM #

    I loved White Oleander, which I read once several years ago. I own the movie and have seen it several times, which might suggest to you that I enjoy it even more than the book. That would be true. I may have already mentioned how much I loved the movie. LOL

    Here is MY WWW POST

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 6:01 AM #

      I’m trying to find somewhere to stream it until my library reopens but I’ve had no luck. It might be a few more weeks that I have to wait. Happy reading!

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      • Laurel-Rain Snow May 27, 2020 at 10:08 AM #

        I found it on Amazon Prime.

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      • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:58 PM #

        Yeah, it was $3 when I saw it and I was hoping to get it for free from the library.

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  2. whatcathyreadnext May 27, 2020 at 3:10 AM #

    You seem to be having a good spell of enjoyable reading. I hope that continues.

    Here’s my WWW: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/wwwwednesday-27th-may-2020/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 6:03 AM #

      Thank you! I feel like it’s slowed down and I might need a little YA to speed me up again soon. Happy reading!

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  3. jessicabookworm May 27, 2020 at 4:19 AM #

    Sorry to hear it’s been a bit of a mix bag of reading for you, but at least your audio read of The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai is proving to be good. Take care and happy reading! 😀

    Here’s my WWW post for this week: https://thebookwormchronicles.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-27th-may-2020/ 🙂

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 6:04 AM #

      I’m really enjoying it and getting a lot of listening in today. Happy reading!

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  4. Tessa Pulyer May 27, 2020 at 6:23 AM #

    White Oleander intrigues me more and more every time I see it. Sounds like a great reading week. ❤️
    My WWW: https://tessatalksbooks.blog/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-what-a-great-reading-week-may-27th/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:50 PM #

      It’s a worthy read, very powerful. Happy reading!

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  5. Matt Sweeney May 27, 2020 at 6:35 AM #

    I’m really intrigued by It’s All Relative. It’s been a while since I’ve read a nonfiction book.
    My www:https://www.woodpeckerbooks.com/2020/05/26/www-wednesday-middle-grade-featured-titles-2/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:51 PM #

      Jacobs is great. I read Drop Dead Healthy last and just loved it. Happy reading!

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  6. lilisblissfulpages May 27, 2020 at 6:36 AM #

    I might try The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits because I wanna read Emma Donoghue and I love short stories. Enjoy your other reads Sam.

    Here’s my WWW: https://lilisblissfulpages.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/9761/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:51 PM #

      You’ll probably enjoy it more than I am, then. Sounds like it’s more up your ally. Happy reading!

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  7. elizabethjoy May 27, 2020 at 6:45 AM #

    I think Wayward Son is one of the few Rainbow Rowell books I’ve not read, will need to check out your review 🙂

    My WWW ~ https://complexchaos.blog/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-27th-may-2020/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:52 PM #

      I liked it more than Carry On, I think. For sure worth a read. Happy reading!

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  8. My Book Jar May 27, 2020 at 6:56 AM #

    I’ll be starting Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell soon myself. I haven’t read anything from her since Fangirl. I’ll have to check out your review on Wayward Son.
    Check out our WWW Wednesday https://mybookjar.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-41/
    Happy Reading!

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:52 PM #

      E&P is one of my favorites! I hope you love it. Happy reading!

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  9. shanaqui May 27, 2020 at 7:26 AM #

    It’s All Relative sounds interesting! Looking forward to seeing what you think of it!

    Here’s my post!

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:52 PM #

      I’m hoping to start it soon. Happy reading!

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  10. Julie Anna's Books May 27, 2020 at 8:01 AM #

    The Great Believers looks like a great multidimensional story. I know I’ve seen it around a few times but I never knew what it was about!

    Here’s my WWW:
    http://www.julieannasbooks.com/www-wednesday-5-27-20/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:53 PM #

      I’m really enjoying it! I think I’ll finish this week so I should be reviewing soon. Happy reading!

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  11. Teri Polen May 27, 2020 at 8:05 AM #

    People may throw rocks at me, but I’ve never read Rainbow Rowell. If friends in my book club knew that, they’d probably kick me out, lol. Happy Reading! https://teripolen.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesdays-what-am-i-reading-amreading-12/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:53 PM #

      She’s a great writer. I always end up flying through her books. Her characters feel very real. Happy reading!

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  12. Angie May 27, 2020 at 8:23 AM #

    Starting a new project can be extremely freeing in my experience, I hope it helps you regain some writing momentum! I always have two or three projects going on at the same time because I know that switching among them when one isn’t working helps me keep active and creative. The Great Believers looks cool, I’ll be looking forward to its review 🙂

    Here is my WWW post: https://angiesbookmarks.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-may-27-2020/

    I seem to be on a Middle-Eastern fantasy reading spree? I’ll see where this takes me!

    Happy reading everyone 🙂

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:54 PM #

      I know I should start something new but I have an unedited NaNo waiting around for some love that is guilt tripping me. Enjoy the fantasy! Happy reading.

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  13. Denise @ Life With No Plot May 27, 2020 at 8:27 AM #

    I really need to read that Rainbow Rowell series. The only book of hers that I’ve read is Eleanor & Park, which I absolutely loved.

    My WWW: https://lifewithnoplot.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-5-27-20/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:55 PM #

      E&P is great. I liked Fangirl a lot as well. I recommend that before reading Simon Snow. Happy reading!

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  14. Jocelyn May 27, 2020 at 8:29 AM #

    Short story collections are hit or miss for me. I only really started going out of my way to read them in the last couple of years. The ones I found I’ve enjoyed the most tend to be Sci-fi or speculative fiction. And Joe Hill can’t be beaten when it comes to short stories!

    My WWW: https://alittlenerdtoldme.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-27th-of-may-2020/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:55 PM #

      I’ve never enjoyed them much before so I’m skeptical going in. I’m trying to be a bit more open minded because I like this writer. Happy reading!

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  15. Kristan @ Lit Listening May 27, 2020 at 8:30 AM #

    Ooo I want to check out AJ Jacobs! I haven’t heard of anything by him before, but if anyone makes a “face nonfiction writer” list, I need to check them out.

    Here’s how my WWW worked out: https://litlistening.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-weekly-reading-wrap-up-may-27-2020/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:56 PM #

      He’s great; a mix of wit and honesty and seriousness that I find really engaging. Happy reading!

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  16. booksteastories May 27, 2020 at 8:42 AM #

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Great Believers!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post for this week:
    https://booksteastories.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-27th-may-2020/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:56 PM #

      It’s well deserved. This book has brought out so many emotions. Happy reading!

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  17. silverbuttonbooks May 27, 2020 at 9:09 AM #

    My book club’s pick for June is also something I don’t want to read (American Dirt) but at least there will be a lot to discuss! I really need to get a copy of Wayward Son back in my hands. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it.

    Have a great week! Here is my WWW: http://silverbuttonbooks.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-may-27-2020/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:57 PM #

      Sometimes books I dislike make for the best discussions. Happy reading!

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  18. _forbookssake May 27, 2020 at 9:41 AM #

    Here’s my post: http://forbookssake.home.blog/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-27th-may-2020/

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  19. nickimags @ The Secret Library Book Blog May 27, 2020 at 10:02 AM #

    Glad you’re reading is going well I’ve hit another slump so not much to show on my post this week: https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesdays-27-05-20-wwwwednesdays-with-that-gif-again%f0%9f%98%89/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:57 PM #

      I think next week will be slow unfortunately. On the plus side, it’s because life is starting to pick up again. Happy reading!

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  20. Literary Leisha May 27, 2020 at 10:25 AM #

    Finally back to doing WWW Wednesday! It has been a while –
    https://literaryleisha.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/new-favourite-finally-reading-crescent-city-www-wednesday-27-05-2020/

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  21. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den May 27, 2020 at 10:28 AM #

    Trying something new sounds like a good approach to coaxing the writing back! I hope it works for you. I somehow didn’t realize there was going to be a third book until you mentioned it for Rainbow Rowell’s series, but now I’m debating if I should go ahead and read the first two books or just wait and read them all together. xD It doesn’t end on a big cliffhanger or anything, does it?

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:58 PM #

      The second one ends on a MAJOR cliffhanger. I’d wait until the third comes out and binge haha. Happy reading!

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      • Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den June 2, 2020 at 7:13 PM #

        Oh, thanks, that’s good to know. xD Glad I asked, because I would’ve charged right ahead haha. If I haven’t started the series yet, though, I might as well wait. I’m already suffering from multiple cliffhangers lol.

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  22. The Unseen Library May 27, 2020 at 11:12 AM #

    Here is my WWW Wednesday:
    https://unseenlibrary.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-27-may-2020/
    Hope everyone is going ok.

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  23. evelynb98 May 27, 2020 at 11:28 AM #

    I’m glad you like Wayward Son! I was so disappointed when I didn’t connect with it in the way I wanted to, but I’m glad you did! Happy reading:)

    https://moonlitbooks.home.blog/2020/05/27/wwwwednesday-2/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 4:59 PM #

      Thanks. I love Baz’s character and I thought he shone in this one. I look forward to more with him. Happy reading!

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  24. Sarah @The Great Morrison Migration May 27, 2020 at 12:02 PM #

    Glad you are enjoying Rebecca Makkai’s book! I haven’t read it, but I got to meet her a while back, and she is a lovely human being. Hope you have a great week! My WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesdays-may-27-2020/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 5:00 PM #

      That’s awesome! I love meeting writers. Did she mention if this book was autobiography at all? Happy reading!

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  25. Ryan May 27, 2020 at 1:29 PM #

    The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits caught my eye in your post. I’ve heard about the history behind that and I really enjoyed Donoghue’s novel The Wonder last year. I hadn’t heard of this book before, so I think I’ll shelve it for later. I hope you enjoy it more than you expect. Happy reading!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-may-27-2020/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 5:00 PM #

      It’s a interesting concept for a piece so I give her major credit for that. I’m very early into it so I’ll have more opinions forthcoming. Happy reading!

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  26. abookishbalance May 27, 2020 at 1:36 PM #

    I always enjoy reading your WWW posts because we have pretty different tastes so it always gives me new books to check out 😊💗

    Here’s my post
    https://abookishbalance.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-7/

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 5:01 PM #

      I hope they’re ones you enjoy. Happy reading!

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  27. Allie :: Literarily Thrilling May 27, 2020 at 2:01 PM #

    White Oleander was one of my favorite books when I read it in high school! I need to read it again. I also love the movie.

    Here is my post! :: https://www.literarilythrilling.com/blog/www-wednesday-may-27-2020

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 5:01 PM #

      I’m excited to see the movie. I hope the library reopens soon. Happy Wednesday!

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  28. Yvo May 27, 2020 at 2:39 PM #

    I like the sound of The Great Believers! I’m happy to hear you are enjoying it. Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 5:03 PM #

      I’d recommend it so far. The pacing is wonderful. Happy reading!

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  29. anovelglimpse May 27, 2020 at 2:52 PM #

    Hopefully your book club pick ends up having more talking points than you expect. Short stories are hard sometimes.

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 5:03 PM #

      That’s my concern. It usually ends up just talking about which one was your favorite. Happy reading!

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  30. Leslie May 27, 2020 at 3:42 PM #

    The cover for The Great Believers is gorgeous!! Enjoy your reads! ❤

    My WWW!

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    • Sam May 27, 2020 at 5:04 PM #

      Isn’t it great?! It fits the story well so far, too. Happy reading!

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      • Leslie May 27, 2020 at 8:39 PM #

        That’s great! I love when they match!! Thanks, you to!

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  31. bookswithcassie May 28, 2020 at 1:21 AM #

    I’m very intrigued by The Great Believers. I can ‘t wait to see what you think of it!

    http://bookswithcassie.com/2020/05/27/www-wednesday-5-27-20/

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    • Sam May 28, 2020 at 6:52 AM #

      Listening now and really liking it. Happy reading!

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  32. Katie May 30, 2020 at 3:34 AM #

    Here’s mine. It’s the first one I’ve done! http://katiejreads.co.uk/2020/05/27/www-wednesday/

    I’ve never tried audiobooks. I feel like I’d get distracted and stop listening! I agree with the short story collection. I think with me it’s because I like to feel invested in characters and you don’t really get a chance in short stories.

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    • Sam May 30, 2020 at 7:13 AM #

      That’s a big part of it, too. Especially when the stories aren’t connected. Happy reading!

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