WWW Wednesday, 24-June-2020

24 Jun

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 keep trying to read one chapter of Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian by Anthony Ervin and Constantine Markides every day but I’m often failing. I’m still reading some, though, so I’ll continue moving through this one. I’m over halfway so far but this will probably be here another few weeks.
My buddy and I are meeting to talk about the first section of The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel tomorrow. I sped through Part I and I’m looking forward to moving deeper into it. There’s a lot to unpack with these characters and I think we’ll have a lot to talk about with the book, too.
I started The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins! Finally. I want to rewatch the movies for the original trilogy now. I’m not sure I have the time to re-read them. And Jennifer Lawrence does such a great job that the movies are a joy. This might move off of here quickly, I’m picking it up at every opportunity.
I started a new audiobook for my book club. We’re reading These Women by Ivy Pochoda. I’m not sure what to expect from this one. All I know is that it’s a mystery and I’m in the mood for one right now, so bring it on!

Recently finished: I sped through Semper Fidelis by Ruth Downie and wrapped it up Saturday morning. I posted my review yesterday so you can see my full thoughts there. This one wasn’t my favorite of the series, but I liked it and will continue reading the series. It looks like there are currently eight so I still have some time before I catch up. I gave the book Four out of Five Stars.

I posted my review of Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich last Thursday. This book was very mediocre for me. There were a few helpful nuggets, but for the most part it fell a bit flat in my eyes. I gave it Three out of Five Stars.

Reading Next: I think it will be time for a little non-fiction soon. I have a signed copy of How to Speak Midwestern by Edward McClelland on my shelf and I’m probably running out of quarantine time to get through my signed books. I heard McClelland speak at the library a few years ago. My language degree got me really interested in dialect and this seems like a fascinating look at my own accent and dialect. I’m excited to dig in.


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75 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 24-June-2020”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow June 24, 2020 at 1:05 AM #

    These Women looks like one I might enjoy, and I’ll be watching for your review. Have a great week with your books.

    Here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 7:39 AM #

      Thank you. It’s a bit different from what I normally read but I’m liking it so far. Happy reading!

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  2. My Book Jar June 24, 2020 at 1:09 AM #

    That’s so interesting that you’ll be reading nonfiction that focuses on language. Carmen and I will be reading Amanda Montell’s wordslut: a feminist guide to taking back the english language. To say we are excited is an understatement!

    Here is our WWW Wednesday: https://mybookjar.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-45/

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 7:40 AM #

      Very cool! I’ve been watching an early 2000s show lately and I keep thinking that the things the female characters say would never make it to television today. It’s crazy how quickly things change. Happy reading!

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    • Leslie June 24, 2020 at 9:53 AM #

      Honestly, I know that Twilight kind of paved the way for YA movie adaptations but Jennifer Lawrence MADE it what it is. She’s so brilliant in those movies!!
      Happy reading!!

      https://booksarethenewblackblog.wordpress.com/2020/06/24/w-w-w-6-24-20/

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      • Sam June 24, 2020 at 11:45 AM #

        Yes! I keep talking to my husband about how much I adore her as we watch. Happy reading!

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  3. nickimags @ The Secret Library Book Blog June 24, 2020 at 2:48 AM #

    I love it when I get a book that I want to pick at any opportunity. Here’s my link https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesdays-24-06-20-wwwwednesdays-with-that-gif-again%f0%9f%98%89/

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  4. stargazer June 24, 2020 at 3:10 AM #

    I enjoyed Station Eleven very much, so I am considering to pick up The Glass House as well. Hope you enjoy it! I also look forward to your thoughts on The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Everybody seems to be reading it, but I’m still not sure I’ll be joining in. Here is my WWW: https://stargazer-online.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-24-06-2020/

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 7:41 AM #

      If nothing else, Ballad has me rewatching the HG movies. That’s been fun. Happy reading!

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  5. whatcathyreadnext June 24, 2020 at 3:46 AM #

    Glad to hear The Ballad of Songbird and Snakes is living up to your expectations. Here’s my WWW https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2020/06/24/wwwwednesday-24th-june-2020/

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 7:41 AM #

      I’m enjoying it a lot and I’m glad it’s so long. Happy reading!

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  6. Wit & Verve June 24, 2020 at 4:13 AM #

    The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is on my TBR. Looking forward to your review. My WWW- http://witandverve.home.blog/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-23-june-2020/

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 7:44 AM #

      I’ll be sure to get it up quickly after I finish. Happy reading!

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  7. The Gal Herself June 24, 2020 at 4:20 AM #

    Can’t wait to hear about How to Speak Midwestern. A lifelong Chicagoan, I hear different dialects throughout this region.

    Here’s my WWW. I’ve got possibly the world’s most famous memoir and a biography.
    https://onegalsmusings.blogspot.com/2020/06/wwwwednesday_23.html

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 7:49 AM #

      I heard so many differences when I moved to Indiana! It’s fun how diverse our regions are. Happy reading!

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  8. Books tales by me June 24, 2020 at 5:01 AM #

    Your current read is looking interesting…
    Here is my WWW post
    https://bookstalebyme.wordpress.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-24-june-2020/
    Happy Reading 🙂

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  9. evelynb98 June 24, 2020 at 5:09 AM #

    The Glass Hotel sounds fascinating! I think I’ll have to add it to my TBR after looking up the synopsis. I’m hoping to start the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes soon but I also want to reread the original trilogy first (but I may just steal your idea and watch the movies!)

    My WWW: https://moonlitbooks.home.blog/2020/06/24/wwwwednesday-3/

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 7:50 AM #

      Going through the movies and the new book at the same time is really fun. I’m finding a lot of parallels and it’s fun. Happy reading!

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  10. Tessa Pulyer June 24, 2020 at 6:12 AM #

    Glad your enjoying Ballad of Songbirds and Snake!
    My www: https://tessatalksbooks.blog/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-check-out-what-im-reading-this-week-june-24th/

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  11. ems_shelflove June 24, 2020 at 7:03 AM #

    So excited to hear more about what you think of Glass Hotel, I loved Station Eleven! Happy reading! Here’s my WWW Wednesday post https://emsshelflove.wordpress.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesday/

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 7:51 AM #

      Same, which is why I wanted to read this one. Happy reading!

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  12. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den June 24, 2020 at 7:35 AM #

    Glad you’re finally able to get to The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes! Hope you love it as much as you think you will. 😀 Oooh, I LOVE dialects! If you end up liking How to Speak Midwestern, I might have to check it out, too. 😉

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 7:52 AM #

      I’m liking it so far and getting into the old Panem world is a joy. Happy reading!

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  13. Teri Polen June 24, 2020 at 7:58 AM #

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – I haven’t seen a bad review yet. Hoping to get to it in the next month or so. Happy Reading! https://teripolen.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-amreading-40/

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 11:43 AM #

      That’s great to hear! I’m halfway through and enjoying it so far. Happy reading!

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  14. Em June 24, 2020 at 8:16 AM #

    I want to read Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes so bad but I can’t decide if I want to reread the trilogy first. I’m glad you are enjoying it so far!

    Here’s my WWW post: https://emilytalksaboutbooks.wordpress.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-june-24-2020/

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 11:43 AM #

      I dove in and even though it’s been years it all came flooding back. I’m rewatching the movies while I read. Happy reading!

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  15. Denise @ Life With No Plot June 24, 2020 at 8:28 AM #

    Hope you enjoy Songbirds and Snakes! I loved it!

    My WWW: http://lifewithnoplot.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-6-24-20/

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 11:44 AM #

      I’m liking it a lot so far. I can’t wait to keep reading. Happy reading!

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  16. Literary Leisha June 24, 2020 at 9:42 AM #

    I have the audiobook for The Glass Hotel! Will be interesting to hear your thoughts!

    My WWW Wednesday post –

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  17. Rachel @Waves of Fiction June 24, 2020 at 9:53 AM #

    The Glass Hotel Looks interesting. Thanks for hosting!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday:
    https://wavesoffiction.blogspot.com/2020/06/www-wednesday-2.html

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 11:45 AM #

      Always a pleasure. I’m excited to talk this one through with my reading buddy. Happy reading!

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  18. jessicabookworm June 24, 2020 at 10:22 AM #

    You have been a busy reading and reviewing bee this past week! So pleased to hear you’ve started and are moving rapidly through The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins! You’re also making me want to re-watch the films – I agree they are so well done! I don’t have them on DVD though, so I think that is something I need to remedy soon. Take care and happy reading. 😃

    Here’s my WWW post for this week: https://thebookwormchronicles.wordpress.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-24th-june-2020/ 🙂

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 11:46 AM #

      Thank you! This lockdown has given me a lot of time for reading and I’m glad I’ve kept up on reviews. Happy reading!

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  19. The Unseen Library June 24, 2020 at 10:56 AM #

    Good luck with all that reading.
    Here is my WWW Wednesday for the week:
    https://unseenlibrary.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-24-june-2020/

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  20. booksteastories June 24, 2020 at 11:27 AM #

    A signed copy sounds so cool! I’ve never had one!
    Here’s my post:
    https://booksteastories.wordpress.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-24th-june-2020/

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 11:46 AM #

      I love going to author events which is how I collect signed books. Happy reading!

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  21. Sascha Darlington June 24, 2020 at 11:41 AM #

    I read the Fiction Writers Workshop many years ago. It would be fun to revisit it with what I know now. Have you read Janet Burroway’s Writing Fiction? It has always been highly recommended to me.

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday for the week. https://saschadarlington.me/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-6-24-20/

    Thanks, Sam!

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 11:49 AM #

      I haven’t read Burroway’s book. I think I’ll take a short break from writing books since I’ve read more this past year than I have in the rest of my life. Happy reading!

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      • Sascha Darlington June 24, 2020 at 12:27 PM #

        I’ll have to check out your reviews of the others. I haven’t stuck with too many lately–maybe because none are offering that magic elixir. Ha. Thanks. Happy reading to you!

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  22. debagenstose June 24, 2020 at 12:23 PM #

    Love the variety of the books you’re reading! Here’s my first WWW Wednesday http://www.myheartisbooked.com/www-wednesday-24-june-2020

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 2:17 PM #

      Welcome! I like having a big variety because I’m less likely to confuse the plots haha. Happy reading!

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  23. Yvo June 24, 2020 at 2:33 PM #

    You’ve inspired me to push The Glass Hotel to the top of my TBR now; I hope you will keep enjoying it!

    Have a wonderful week and happy reading! Here’s my WWW. xx

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    • Sam June 24, 2020 at 2:55 PM #

      That’s awesome! I hope you like it. I can’t wait to keep reading. Happy reading!

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  24. AJ Hartmann June 24, 2020 at 3:11 PM #

    I hope you enjoy The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. I loved the movies, too.
    Hoe To Speak Midwestern looks great! Hope you enjoy it!

    My WWW is https://bloodrosewritings.blogspot.com/2020/06/www-wednesday-62420.html

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    • Sam June 25, 2020 at 8:54 AM #

      I’m enjoying rewatching the movies along with reading the prequel. It’s a cool parallel of how things evolved. Happy reading!

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  25. Sarah @The Great Morrison Migration June 24, 2020 at 3:39 PM #

    Happy Wednesday! I look forward to hear how you are liking the Suzanne Collins book now that you started it. “These Women” might be interesting. I too have been in the mood for mysteries lately more than any other genre. Hope you enjoy it! My WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesdays-june-24-2020/

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    • Sam June 25, 2020 at 8:54 AM #

      I’m enjoying the Collins a lot. It’s very long, which I wasn’t really ready for but I’m not complaining! Happy reading.

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  26. _forbookssake June 24, 2020 at 4:15 PM #

    Here’s my WWW:

    http://forbookssake.home.blog/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-24th-june-2020/

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  27. anovelglimpse June 24, 2020 at 4:40 PM #

    We just rewatched The Hunger Games and it was so much fun! I highly recommend doing that to save yourself some time. I’m glad you’re enjoying the start of the new book.

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam June 25, 2020 at 8:55 AM #

      I finished the second one last night and I’ll start the third tomorrow. Happy reading!

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  28. dearbookshelves June 24, 2020 at 4:44 PM #

    I’m definitely interested in The Glass Hotel! It’s been on my radar for a while but I just haven’t picked it up yet.

    My post: https://dearbookshelves.wordpress.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-june-24-2020/

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    • Sam June 25, 2020 at 8:55 AM #

      I’m loving it so far, really engaging! Happy reading.

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  29. MrsDMVH June 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM #

    How To Speak Midwestern looks different and interesting!

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    • Sam June 25, 2020 at 8:57 AM #

      Yeah, I’m excited to get into it. Happy reading!

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  30. Ryan June 24, 2020 at 7:35 PM #

    I need to stop getting these up so late. Glad to hear you’re excited about The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Finally getting to a book you’re eager to start is always invigorating. I really ought to read those books sometime. I’ve only ever seen the first film, but I quite liked it. Have a great week!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-june-24-2020/

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    • Sam June 25, 2020 at 8:58 AM #

      I think the second one is really powerful and was probably my favorite. I just finished rewatching the movie last night. Happy reading!

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  31. bookswithcassie June 24, 2020 at 11:01 PM #

    How to Speak Midwestern sounds so fascinating. I’m from California so I don’t have a cool accent haha

    http://bookswithcassie.com/2020/06/24/www-wednesday-6-24-20/

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    • Sam June 25, 2020 at 8:58 AM #

      Everyone has an accent! I think I don’t have one until it’s pointed out to me. Happy reading!

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  32. smellincoffee June 25, 2020 at 2:21 PM #

    I’ve been curious about St. John Mandel since reading her Station 11 earlier in the year — during the first week of the corona business.

    I just finished reading…Goosebumps #4, Say Cheese and Die
    I’m currently reading…The Left, The Right, and the State
    And I’ll probably next read Aerial Geology.

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    • Sam June 25, 2020 at 3:44 PM #

      I loved Station Eleven. I suggested my husband read it at the start of COVID but he thinks it feels too real haha. Happy reading!

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      • smellincoffee June 26, 2020 at 12:20 PM #

        I read it RIGHT before things got serious — in Alabama, that was March 13th, easy to remember because it was a Friday. The first case was found in Montgomery, followed by closures and toilet paper hoarding. I don’t think I’d want to read it now!

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