WWW Wednesday, 1-July-2020

1 Jul

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: One chapter a day of Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian by Anthony Ervin and Constantine Markides is still my goal but it’s not happening as I planned. I’m getting about two a week, so I’m still moving through just a bit slower. The narrative is covering Ervin’s return to the sport and I’m enjoying this journey a lot.
I’m back to reading The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. My buddy and discussed Part 1 and we’re on to Part 2. I’ll probably zip through this soon so we can meet and talk again. I’m really loving Mandel’s plot here.
I’ll probably wrap up These Women by Ivy Pochoda today, I’m so close to finishing it! This is a really dark book but I’m making a lot of connections to current cultural issues and it’s been fascinating to hear the stories from the women who are so often overlooked.

Recently finished: I stayed up way too late Saturday night to finish The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. My swim the next morning was a bit of a struggle. I enjoyed it well enough, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending and it left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. I’m glad I read it, but I probably won’t reread it any time soon. I posted my review yesterday if you want to read more of my thoughts. I gave the book Four out of Five Stars.

Reading Next: I’ll grab my copy of How to Speak Midwestern by Edward McClelland as soon as I finish the second section of Mandel. It shouldn’t take more than a day or two.
I’ll start another book club pick on audio soon. We’re reading The Book Women of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. I don’t know anything about this one but I’ve felt that books about books haven’t been going well for me lately so I’m a bit weary. Fingers crossed.


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57 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 1-July-2020”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow at 12:53 AM #

    I have been eyeing These Women…and I’m also curious about The Book Women of Troublesome Creek. Enjoy! Here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam at 10:47 AM #

      I finished These Women this morning! It was okay, not something I’ll rave about but I enjoyed it. I’m still thinking through how I feel about it. Happy reading!

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  2. I can’t decide if I want to read Ballad or not. Glad you enjoyed it for the most part! Here is my WWW post: http://www.myheartisbooked.com/www-wednesday-1-july-2020

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    • Sam at 10:48 AM #

      I don’t think it’s one to rush out and get, but it was fun to read still and revisit Panem. Happy reading!

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  3. MrsDMVH at 1:13 AM #

    How To Speak Midwestern looks so interesting!!

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    • Sam at 10:48 AM #

      Thanks, I’m hoping to start it this weekend. Happy reading!

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  4. whatcathyreadnext at 3:41 AM #

    Sorry to hear the ending of The Ballad of Songbirds was a bit of a let down but glad you enjoyed the rest of it.

    Here’s my WWW https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2020/07/01/wwwwednesday-1st-july-2020/

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    • Sam at 10:49 AM #

      Thanks. I think it was worth reading but couldn’t hold a candle to the original series. Happy reading!

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  5. higgy88 at 4:44 AM #

    I enjoyed The Ballad as well but it didn’t have the same sparkle like The Hunger Games for me. Here is my link https://ladybookdragon.com/2020/07/01/www-wednesday-1-07-2020/

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    • Sam at 10:50 AM #

      I agree, it just wasn’t the same. Lucy Gray was great, but she was no Katniss. Happy reading!

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  6. Books tales by me at 5:24 AM #

    I am reading mix reviews of The Ballad of Songbirds. Don’t know if I want to read it.
    Here is my WWW post
    https://bookstalebyme.wordpress.com/2020/07/01/www-wednesday-01-july-2020/

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    • Sam at 10:50 AM #

      I think it’s worth reading eventually, but I wouldn’t rush out to devour it. Happy reading!

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  7. Tessa Pulyer at 6:33 AM #

    The Book Women… definitely has an intriguing title. Hope you enjoy it. Look forward to seeing more ❤️
    My www: https://tessatalksbooks.blog/2020/07/01/www-wednesday-books-to-start-off-july/

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    • Sam at 10:51 AM #

      I was able to start it this morning and learn a bit more. I’ll listen again tonight. It’s almost 10 hours on audio so I’ll be with it for a while. happy reading!

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  8. Julie Anna's Books at 7:48 AM #

    I’ve seen These Women before, I’m curious to hear what your thoughts are and I’m interested in picking it up as well. Happy reading!
    My WWW: http://www.julieannasbooks.com/www-wednesday-7-1-20/

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    • Sam at 10:51 AM #

      I finished it this morning so I’ll be posting a review early next week. Happy reading!

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  9. Ryan at 8:14 AM #

    Sorry to hear The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes had a souring ending. It’s always a drag when an otherwise good book leaves a bad impression at the end. MaddAddam still sticks out to me that way. I hope you have a great week!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2020/07/01/www-wednesday-july-1-2020/

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    • Sam at 10:52 AM #

      It was just too rushed. I think the first 2/3 of the book could have been shortened so the ending could have been drawn out. With 500 pages to work with, I don’t think anything should have been rushed. Happy reading!

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  10. booksteastories at 8:27 AM #

    ‘These Women’ sounds intriguing!
    Here is my post: https://booksteastories.wordpress.com/2020/07/01/www-wednesday-1st-july-2020/

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    • Sam at 10:52 AM #

      It was enjoyable but not really my cup of tea. Happy reading!

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  11. I see you felt the same way I did about Songbirds and Snakes. I enjoyed it, but the ending was a bit meh. Definitely not as good as the original trilogy, but honestly, I didn’t expect it to be.

    My WWW: http://lifewithnoplot.com/2020/07/01/www-wednesday-7-1-20/

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    • Sam at 10:53 AM #

      True, I wasn’t expecting the same WOW factor so the letdown wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Happy reading!

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  12. Aww man, such a shame that The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes had a disappointing ending! A bad ending can really ruin an otherwise good book. D: Ooh, I’ve seen The Book Women of Troublesome Creek around and heard really good things about it. I was interested in it, too, so I look forward to seeing what you think!

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam at 10:54 AM #

      I just started this morning and I’ve barely started but it’s interesting so far. I’m interested to see what I hear when I listen this afternoon. Happy reading!

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  13. evelynb98 at 9:05 AM #

    I’ve seen so many mixed things about the ballad of songbirds and snakes! I’m glad you mostly enjoyed it, I’m actually a little bit scared to pick it up myself!

    My WWW: https://moonlitbooks.home.blog/2020/07/01/wwwwednesday-4/

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    • Sam at 10:54 AM #

      I think it’s worth reading, but it’s so different from the original trilogy. Fun, though. Happy reading!

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  14. Jolie at 10:18 AM #

    I’ve heard so many different views of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Your review is right on target with the majority of what I have read. Here’s my WWW: https://readwithme2018.com/2020/07/01/www-wednesday-july-1st-2020/

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    • Sam at 10:55 AM #

      I read a lot of really positive reviews but it seems most people on this meme feel the same way I did. Happy reading!

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  15. The Unseen Library at 11:00 AM #

    The first WWW Wednesday for the second half of 2020. Let’s hope the rest of the year gets a heck of a lot better:
    https://unseenlibrary.com/2020/07/01/www-wednesday-1-july-2020/

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    • Sam at 11:03 AM #

      Haha we can only hope. Happy reading!

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  16. anovelglimpse at 11:11 AM #

    I really enjoyed reading your review for Collins’ book. Thanks for being so honest about it!

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam at 8:03 PM #

      Of course! I never want to mislead. I always appreciate a good review myself. Happy reading!

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  17. silverbuttonbooks at 11:16 AM #

    Four out of Five stars for The Ballad?! I have to check out your review immediately. Have a great week of reading!

    Here is my WWW: http://silverbuttonbooks.com/2020/07/01/www-wednesday-july-1-2020/

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  18. dearbookshelves at 12:36 PM #

    I had such weird feelings about TBOSAS too. I initially DNFd it about halfway through but then decided to go back to it a few days later and I still just didn’t like it that much. I’m glad Snow wasn’t sympathetic but like?? I just didn’t care about anything that was happening. Maybe it’s because I listened to it on audio (but I’m glad I didn’t spend money on it thanks hoopla!)

    Here’s my post: https://dearbookshelves.wordpress.com/2020/07/01/www-wednesday-july-1-2020/

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    • Sam at 9:51 PM #

      I kept wanting to be engaged more than I was. I kind of pushed through because I just wanted it to be finished. Happy reading.

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  19. Angela at 12:47 PM #

    I also just finished The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and I definitely had mixed feelings about it. This is my first time taking part in WWW Wednesday and my post can be found here: https://fortheloveofbooksblog.wordpress.com/2020/07/01/www-wednesday/

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    • Sam at 9:51 PM #

      Welcome! It seems most people were a bit iffy about it so we’re not alone. Happy Wednesday.

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  20. Em at 1:56 PM #

    I’m sorry to hear the ending of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was disappointing. I’m hoping to pick up The Book Women of Troublesome Creek sometime soon, it looks unusual. Hopefully it surprises us and is good!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://emilytalksaboutbooks.wordpress.com/2020/07/01/www-wednesday-july-1-2020/

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    • Sam at 9:54 PM #

      I’m almost two hours in and it’s very unusual so far! I hadn’t read the description before I started so I was very surprised when Cussy was introduced. Happy reading!

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  21. I can’t wait to start The Glass Hotel now! And I hope you will like The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek; I really enjoyed that one when I read it and I loved the historical facts were incorporated into the plot. Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam at 9:55 PM #

      I’m excited to pick up Glass Hotel again tonight. Happy reading!

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  22. My Book Jar at 3:37 PM #

    I was scared to read The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes but even though you gave it a pretty high rating, endings really bother me if they aren’t done well. I don’t think I’ll want to read it anytime soon haha.

    Here’s our WWW-Wednesday https://mybookjar.com/2020/07/01/www-wednesday-46/

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    • Sam at 9:55 PM #

      I don’t think there’s a need to rush to read it. I’m glad I did but I’m not sure I’d read it again any time soon. Happy reading!

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  23. shanaqui at 4:45 PM #

    I’m sort of curious about the new Suzanne Collins… but probably only curious enough to read a summary or something. I feel like my brain just accepted that the trilogy was complete and… moved on!

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam at 9:56 PM #

      True! I heard some people wanted a prequel about Haymitch and I think I would have preferred that. Happy reading!

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  24. alisbooks at 7:31 PM #

    I plan on doing a group read of The Glass Hotel soon. Glad you’re enjoying it. I’ve seen multiple people say that they didn’t enjoy the end of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Bummer!

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    • Sam at 9:57 PM #

      Yeah, the ending felt so rushed after such a long buildup. I’m glad to move over to The Glass Hotel again. Happy reading!

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  25. bookswithcassie at 10:25 PM #

    I’ve heard so many not great things about The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes that it’s kind of put me off reading it. I’m glad you gave it four out of five stars though!

    http://bookswithcassie.com/2020/07/01/www-wednesday-7-1-2020/

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    • Sam at 7:04 AM #

      I think everyone had such high expectations for it that it was bound to fall flat. It’s not horrible, but it could have been a lot better. I contemplated three stars but four seemed fair for my enjoyment. Happy reading!

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  26. Yvan at 7:50 AM #

    With the exception of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, I don’t think I’ve heard of any of these at all. Which is great as I’m always on the lookout for great books 🙂

    Here is my WWW Wednesday link: https://shereadsagain.com/2020/07/01/www-wednesday-no-1/

    🙂

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    • Sam at 8:23 AM #

      I hope you find something new to enjoy. Happy reading!

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