WWW Wednesday, 12-August-2020

12 Aug

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 haven’t made much progress with In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner. I’m still not gripped and am really struggling to dedicate time to reading it. At this point, I think I’ll just have to push through.
I went over a week without touching Running with a Police Escort by Jill Grunenwald just because I’d been so busy. It’s got a great tone and I enjoy Grunenwald’s writing, but I’m just lacking time to read it. I miss my lunches where I’d read ebooks. That’s the only thing I miss about office life.
I started a new audiobook, The Narcissism of Small Differences by Michael Zadoorian. This was a book club pick and it takes place in my hometown of Detroit, which is always fun to read about.

Recently finished: I was able to wrap up Old Baggage by Lissa Evans just in time for my book club meeting. Nothing like finishing a book on Sunday for a Monday meeting! I liked it more than I thought I would when I started it, but it still didn’t grip me very much. I gave it Three out of Five Stars and posted a review yesterday.

I also reviewed Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray on Monday. I adored this book and I can’t wait to continue with the series and listen to book four. I might push it up my TBR because I’m looking forward to it so much. Five out of Five Stars.

Reading Next: I’ll probably need another audiobook before anything else. I’m going to go in a completely different direction than my recent reads and go with Joy, Inc. by Richard Sheridan. It’s a business book and the business featured is about 30 minutes from my new house. I heard Sheridan speak at a recent HR conferences and I’m interested to hear his full story.
I’ll optimistically think I need a physical book soon as well. I’ve requested The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides from my library. I might bail on this because it’s a possible next read for me and my reading buddy. But I’ve suggested it twice and she hasn’t picked it, so I figure I might as well get to it myself.


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76 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 12-August-2020”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow August 12, 2020 at 1:04 AM #

    I am curious about The Narcissism of Small Differences…and The Virgin Suicides is one I might want to reread. Here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 7:51 AM #

      I’m optimistic about starting The Virgin Suicides soon. Maybe it will push me to finish Banyan faster. Happy reading!

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  2. JoAnne August 12, 2020 at 1:54 AM #

    Yay! I’m glad you liked Before The Devil Breaks You!

    Here’s my post: https://www.theskippedprologue.com/book-nerd-yoga-3-on-the-types-of-book-reviews/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 7:51 AM #

      Great book and a wonderful series. Happy reading!

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  3. nbiblioholic August 12, 2020 at 3:52 AM #

    I can’t wait to start that series by Libba Bray, simply because of your positive words about it.

    Here’s my post: https://www.nbiblioholic.com/2020/08/www-wednesday-august-12.html

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 7:52 AM #

      I’m glad! It’s well deserved and I’m anxious to finish the series. Happy reading!

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  4. whatcathyreadnext August 12, 2020 at 3:53 AM #

    Sorry to hear Old Baggage missed the mark for you. I hope your next books are more enjoyable.

    Here’s my WWW https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/wwwwednesday-12th-august-2020/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 7:52 AM #

      Thanks. I hope to get out of this rut soon. Happy reading!

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  5. Lola August 12, 2020 at 3:57 AM #

    I definitely plan on starting The Diviners series at some point in the next couple of months! Hope you will find a bit more time to read soon!

    My WWW: https://lolaetlavie.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesdays-12-august-2020/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 7:53 AM #

      I hope you love it. I think I need to force myself to read a bit more. Happy reading!

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  6. jessicabookworm August 12, 2020 at 4:21 AM #

    Sam, sorry to hear it has a been a bit tough for reading recently, with time being short and some disappointing books. I hope your reading picks up and find a bit more time soon!

    Here’s my WWW post for this week: https://thebookwormchronicles.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-12th-august-2020/ 🙂

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 7:53 AM #

      Thank you. I’m hoping that some books that I have coming up can excite me. Happy reading!

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  7. _forbookssake August 12, 2020 at 5:12 AM #

    I’m intrigued by The Narcissism of Small Differences!

    Here’s my WWW: http://forbookssake.home.blog/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-12th-august-2020/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 8:14 AM #

      It’s been interesting so far. The characters feel very real but I’m not sure if that’s because they live in my city or I’d they’re as well developed as I think. Happy reading!

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  8. evelynb98 August 12, 2020 at 5:23 AM #

    Sorry to hear your reading and finding time for it has been a bit to difficult of late! I’m happy to hear you loved one of the instalments in the diviner series, I really need to pick that up!

    My WWW: https://moonlitbooks.home.blog/2020/08/12/wwwwednesday8/

    (http://moonlitbooks.home.blog/)

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 8:15 AM #

      It’s a great series and I really recommend it. Happy reading!

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  9. Tessa August 12, 2020 at 6:44 AM #

    The Virgin Suicides is definitely an intriguing title. I hope you get a chance to read it soon!

    My WWW: https://tessatalksbooks.blog/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-check-out-my-reads-for-the-week/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 8:52 AM #

      I’ve enjoyed the author in the past so I’m looking forward to it. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. nickimags @ The Secret Library Book Blog August 12, 2020 at 6:49 AM #

    I’m still reading one of the same books from last week because it’s so tense and I have to keep having breaks from it! Here’s my link: https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesdays-12-08-20-wwwwednesdays-with-that-gif-again%f0%9f%98%89/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 8:53 AM #

      That doesn’t sound like a good thing.. hope you can get through it soon. Happy reading!

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  11. The Gal Herself August 12, 2020 at 8:21 AM #

    Glad to hear you ended up enjoying Old Baggage at least a little more than you did last week. Probably made for a happier book club meeting!

    I’ve got a memoir from one of America’s premier biographers. Instead of reading Doris Kearns Goodwin writing about historic figures, I heard about her own girlhood and it was magic.

    I made a sharp turn and am currently heading with Jim Jones to Guyana. (Shudder,) Jeff Guinn’s book is teaching me a lot about the story I thought I knew.

    https://onegalsmusings.blogspot.com/2020/08/wwwwednesday_11.html

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 8:54 AM #

      The book club meeting was pretty good. I was one of the lone dissenters because most people loved the book. Happy reading!

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  12. Ryan August 12, 2020 at 8:34 AM #

    The Narcissism of Small Differences sounds interesting; the title has got me wanting to dig into its meaning and details from the blurb itself hit oddly close to home about things I wonder about in my own life. Interested to hear more as you read 🙂 Have a great week!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-august-12-2020/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 8:57 AM #

      Each of the chapters have equally interesting titles and I’m enjoying that a lot. Happy reading!

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  13. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den August 12, 2020 at 8:44 AM #

    Never heard of The Narcissism of Small Differences before, but I absolutely LOVE that book title! That’s so neat that the business featured in Joy, Inc. is so close to your house!

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 8:58 AM #

      I’d never heard of this book but I’d read the author before. His last book was just OK for me but I’m liking this one a lot more. Happy reading!

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  14. Nick @ The Infinite Limits of Love August 12, 2020 at 8:48 AM #

    I’ve been meaning to try Libba Bray for so long now. I hope the rest of the series goes well for you.

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 8:59 AM #

      Thanks! I can’t wait to finish it up though I’ll be sad when it’s over. Happy reading!

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  15. Alex @pareads August 12, 2020 at 9:59 AM #

    Sorry you are having a tough reading week so far & are busy, I know what that’s like! I’m actually curious about Joy, Inc. Do you read business books often & have any you recommend? Here’s my post for this week: https://pareads.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-2/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 10:58 AM #

      I don’t read a ton of business books. The Goal is a favorite and I read that one in college. Work Rules is another good one that I recommend. I used it for a grad school term project and enjoyed it. Happy reading!

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  16. Leslie August 12, 2020 at 10:01 AM #

    So glad you liked Before the Devil Breaks You!! Have a great week!

    https://booksarethenewblackblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/w-w-w-8-12-20/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 10:58 AM #

      Thanks! It was a great story and I’m excited to see what else happens. Happy reading!

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  17. higgy88 August 12, 2020 at 10:11 AM #

    Sorry to hear you have had a tough reading week, I hope it improves soon as there is nothing worse than a bad reading week. Happy Reading.

    https://ladybookdragon.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-12-08-2020/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 10:58 AM #

      Thanks. I’m optimistic that it will turn around soon. Happy reading!

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  18. Margaret August 12, 2020 at 10:14 AM #

    I’m curious about The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides.

    I can’t decide what to read now – or next! See https://booksplease.org/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-12-august-2020/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 10:59 AM #

      I’ve enjoyed the author before so I’m looking forward to read it soon. Happy reading!

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  19. samfsm August 12, 2020 at 10:49 AM #

    I had no idea Libba Bray wrote this series! I am wary of picking it up, because the Gemma Doyle trilogy screwed me up when I was a teenager. How have you liked the Diviners Series as a whole? Happy Wednesday!

    My WWW: https://samsbeachreads.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-august-12-2020/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 10:59 AM #

      The series as a whole is great. The characters are very diverse and well developed. I’m going to miss them when the series is over. Happy reading!

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      • samfsm August 12, 2020 at 11:23 AM #

        Also forgot to ask, did you watch the Virgin Suicides movie? If not, I definitely recommend 🙂

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      • Sam August 12, 2020 at 11:38 AM #

        I plan to once I finish the book!

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  20. The Unseen Library August 12, 2020 at 11:03 AM #

    Sounds like you have had a good week of reading. Keep up the great work.

    Here is my WWW Wednesday:
    https://unseenlibrary.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-12-august-2020/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 12:30 PM #

      Thanks. I feel like I’m in a bit of a rut but I’m hoping to get out of it soon. Happy reading!

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  21. Sarah @The Great Morrison Migration August 12, 2020 at 11:16 AM #

    Lots of great reads on your list today! Hope you enjoy! My WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesdays-august-12-2020/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 12:30 PM #

      Thanks. I hope to find more time for reading this week. Happy reading!

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  22. anovelglimpse August 12, 2020 at 11:22 AM #

    I’m glad you enjoyed Libba Bray’s book so much. I hope the series continues to be 5 star reads for you.

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 12:32 PM #

      Thanks! I hope I can start it soon. Happy reading!

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  23. Andie August 12, 2020 at 11:24 AM #

    I have been pretty busy lately so it’s been hard to sit down with a book. Thank goodness for audio books! They have saved my reading this summer.

    Here’s my WWW post – http://itsareadingthing.com/www-wednesday-08-12-20/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 1:38 PM #

      I’m a huge fan of audio! They’re great for when you’re busy or on the go. Happy reading!

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  24. Books tales by me August 12, 2020 at 11:27 AM #

    Before the Devil Breaks You caught my attention.
    Here is my WWW
    https://bookstalebyme.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-12-august-2020/
    Happy Reading…

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 1:38 PM #

      The Diviners series is wonderful and I really recommend it. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Julie Anna's Books August 12, 2020 at 12:18 PM #

    I read a lot of self-help books, but I haven’t read too many that discuss the workplace too too heavily – it’s moreso directed towards the individual in that environment. Curious to hear your thoughts on it!

    My WWW: http://www.sincerelyjulieanna.com/www-wednesday-8-12-20/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 12:30 PM #

      Thanks, I’m hoping to start soon. Happy reading!

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 1:39 PM #

      I hope to start it soon. I’ve been slogging through books this week for no reason. Happy reading!

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  26. dearbookshelves August 12, 2020 at 12:44 PM #

    I have a different book by Vatner on my backlog and just haven’t felt too pressed to pick it up.

    https://dearbookshelves.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-august-12-2020/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 1:39 PM #

      It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just not grabbing me. I think the young age of the narrator is part of the reason. Happy reading!

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  27. Jana T August 12, 2020 at 1:09 PM #

    Lots of interesting books this week!

    Here’s my WWW post: https://reviewsfromthestacks.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-august-12-2020/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 1:39 PM #

      Thank you. I hope I can keep moving through them soon. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  28. samanthajaynex August 12, 2020 at 3:54 PM #

    I so need to still start reading Libba Bray books they’ve been on my TBR and I just keep pushing them back!

    Here’s my https://abookhavenxx.wordpress.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-12-august-2020/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 6:36 PM #

      This series is great! I haven’t read anything else of hers but if this is any indication, I should. Happy reading!

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  29. Jolie August 12, 2020 at 4:33 PM #

    I loved your review of Before the Devil Breaks You. I added all the books to my TBR. Also, I have been wanting to read The Virgin Suicides for a while now!! Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-august-12th-2020/

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 6:38 PM #

      Thank you! I’m looking forward to finishing the series. I hope you enjoy them as well. Happy reading!

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  30. booksartjournal August 12, 2020 at 6:10 PM #

    I am sorry to hear the Old Baggage didn’t work for you. I have it on my tbr, lets see how it goes. I hope your next read is better ❤

    Here is my WWW Wednesday post:
    https://wordpress.com/view/booksartjournal.wordpress.com

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 6:39 PM #

      I was the only one in my book club that didn’t like it. I might be the one one out. Happy reading!

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  31. ari August 12, 2020 at 8:11 PM #

    I’m glad you enjoyed Before the devil breaks you. I hope you like your future reads too! 💕

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    • Sam August 12, 2020 at 9:02 PM #

      Thanks! I’m hoping for this reading slump to end soon. Happy reading!

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  32. bookswithcassie August 12, 2020 at 10:01 PM #

    I have read The Virgin Suicides twice and both times I was captivated by the story.

    http://bookswithcassie.com/2020/08/12/www-wednesday-8-12-20/

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    • Sam August 13, 2020 at 6:46 AM #

      That’s so good to hear, I’m really looking forward to it. Happy reading!

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