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WWW Wednesday, 1-February-2023

1 Feb

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!

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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 read a chapter in Why We Swim by Bonnis Tsui but not much more than that. I’ve been trying to get as much time away from screens as possible while work is crazy so I’ve prioritized physical books. And the kiddo has a bundle of energy and is keeping me on my toes so I’m struggling to find a few spare minutes to squeeze it in.
I started Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Peña but I’m not too far into it. The beginning has been alright, nothing too exciting, so I’m hoping it picks up a little bit for me as I get more into it.
It’s about time I knocked some of my own books off of my shelf. I’m grabbing The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo. My sister in law gave this to me for Christmas a few years ago and I’ve been waiting for a good time to pick it up.

Recently finished: Can you believe it? I finished Sophie’s Choice by William Styron! I was so close on Friday that I decided to push through during the weekend and was able to wrap it up! I’ll be watching the movie soon but I hope to write my review first.
I also finished Any Way the Wind Blows (Simon Snow #3) by Rainbow Rowell! What a good week. I have some mixed feelings on this one and I’m a bit conflicted about how to rate it. I’m also not sure if I want there to be a fourth book in this series, or if I’m okay leaving these characters behind and hoping Rowell will start something new. Probably the later, honestly.

I was able to post my review of Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline! Please check it out and let me know what you thought of the book. Do we want to see this one on the big screen, too?

Reading next: It’s likely I’ll need an ebook next. I think I’ll try and grab Broken (in the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson. I’ve loved Lawson’s funny books in the past and the short-story format of these will be easy to digest in my short reading bursts.

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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WWW Wednesday, 25-January-2023

25 Jan

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!

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Note: For users of Blogspot blogs, I’m unable to comment on your posts as a WordPress blogger unless you’ve enabled Name/URL comments. This is a known WordPress/Blogspot issue. Please consider enabling this to participate more fully in the community.


REAL QUICK! If you haven’t heard, I’m running the When Are You Reading? Challenge for the tenth year! Please consider joining in for this landmark year!

Currently reading: I’ve kept moving in Sophie’s Choice by William Styron now that we’re back. I’m noticing significant improvements in my sleep reading on paper before bed instead of a screen so I’m pushing myself to read a few pages each night. I’ll get through this eventually!
I’ve been grabbing all the time I can to listen to Any Way the Wind Blows (Simon Snow #3) by Rainbow Rowell. This is a fun book, though I’m not sure I’m enjoying it as much as the first two. I like Rowell’s writing but I think I’m ready for some different characters.
I haven’t made much progress in Why We Swim by Bonnis Tsui this week. I’ve not been spending as much time on my phone. Catching up at work has me exhausted and wanting away from a screen as soon as it hits 5pm.

Recently finished: Nothing finished this week. Maybe next week, but I’m in the middle of all of my books right now. I was able to post a review of Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner. It was my last book of 2022 so I’ve finally wrapped that year up! I gave the book Two out of Five Stars.

Reading next: I think an audiobook will be my next need and I’m sticking with Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Peña for that. I’ll start planning for future ebooks and physical books next week if I make some good progress in my reading. Fingers crossed!

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.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Some of the links on this post may be affiliate links. Taking on a World of Words is a participant in affiliate programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to products. If you purchase a product or service through an affiliate link, your cost will be the same but Sam will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated.

WWW Wednesday, 18-January-2023

18 Jan

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!

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Note: For users of Blogspot blogs, I’m unable to comment on your posts as a WordPress blogger unless you’ve enabled Name/URL comments. This is a known WordPress/Blogspot issue. Please consider enabling this to participate more fully in the community.


REAL QUICK! If you haven’t heard, I’m running the When Are You Reading? Challenge for the tenth year! Please consider joining in for this landmark year!

Currently reading: I made a decent dent in Sophie’s Choice by William Styron on vacation! I’m over half way through it now. I can’t say I’m absorbed by any means, but I’m slightly more invested than I was and I’m hoping that carries me through to finishing it.
There wasn’t a lot of time for audio so I haven’t done too much with Any Way the Wind Blows (Simon Snow #3) by Rainbow Rowell. I’m still liking this one a lot and I know I’ll push through and finish it soon.
I had a change of plans with my ebook. I’d put in a bunch of holds and way too many of them came through at once! I ended up going with Why We Swim by Bonnis Tsui. I love swimming so when this one came out in 2020, it was on my radar. Reading it on the beach with waves crashing was wonderful. I’m already half way through and hope to keep pushing on.

Recently finished: I finished a book! I was loving Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline and sped through it on my vacation. It was really fun, though not as much as the first book. I didn’t expect to as I find the sequels to hugely popular books are rarely as good at the first. I’m very behind on reviews right now though I’m trying to catch up! I’m giving this one Four out of Five Stars for now. Cline is a fun writer and so imaginative. I’ll look forward to other books he writes in the future.

I also (finally) wrote a review! Please check out my thoughts on The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant. I gave it Three out of Five Stars.

Reading next: I still plan on Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Peña being my next eaudiobook. I’m looking forward to getting through many of these Summer Reading Downloads I have. I’m not sure about my next ebook at the moment so I’ll refrain from guessing here just yet.

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.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Some of the links on this post may be affiliate links. Taking on a World of Words is a participant in affiliate programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to products. If you purchase a product or service through an affiliate link, your cost will be the same but Sam will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Author Event with Bonnie Tsui featuring Des Linden

26 Apr

This event was on my radar for very non-reading related reasons. If you’ve ever heard of Des Linden, you might be as impressed with her as I am. Des won the 2018 Boston Marathon in the worst weather conditions recorded for the event. She’s run in the Olympics and is the first alternate for the US at Tokyo (she came in 4th at Olympic Trials). The week before this event, she broke the World Record for the 50K. To just elevate my fandom even more, she lives and trains in Michigan. So I heard about the event on her Instagram account.

Tsui’s book had been on my periphery for a while. As a swimmer, the title Why We Swim was instantly appealing. A swimmer friend of mine posted about wanting to read it and I had the book on my TBR already. So I thought I’d jump in.

It was clear Tsui is a fan of Des, like me, so they talked about running for quite a while to start off. Des had read the book and posted about how much she liked it on Twitter. Tsui was touched and responded which sparked a friendship. Though Tsui will run, Des is not a swimmer. She described herself as a ‘sinker’ which was part of what appealed to her to pick up the book. She associates the water with being injured because water jogging is where she’ll go for recovery. Her husband is a triathlete and rather than swim with him, she leads him in a kayak. (I had to laugh because my husband follows me in a kayak for many of my lake swims in a similar way.) The two of them will run together, however, along with their dog. Their dog can run a 6:30/mile pace, which just blows my mind!

Enough about Des, even though she was what drew me to the event. Tsui was an engaging speaker. She wanted to talk about swimming in a way that was tangible for people who don’t call themselves swimmers, like Des. As humans, we’re built to excel on land, to run well. But we’re drawn to water. Many animals have the natural inclination to swim, even ones you wouldn’t expect like eagles (whose swimming Tsui called a sort of butterfly stroke) and bats. She wrote the book to get a good understanding of what drives people to pursue water-related endeavors like epic swims and venturing into what could be dangerous waters. The open water is full of life and it makes the pool feel like an artificial environment. Yet we still find pools very comforting.

Tsui commented on how funny it felt to publish a book about swimming during lockdown (especially strict in her native California) when no one could swim. The open water was the only option for many. She wanted to talk about the relief water can give you when it wasn’t available to many people during lockdown. Tsui also mentioned that in her spare time, she reads a lot of fiction because her job as a journalist and non-fiction writer drives her to read so much non-fiction. She needs a little fun to escape work.

This was a fun event to join and thank you to Bookshop Santa Cruz for putting on such a great event! I hope to be able to travel and visit them in person one day.

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

Some of the links on this post may be affiliate links. Taking on a World of Words is a participant in affiliate programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to products. If you purchase a product or service through an affiliate link, your cost will be the same but Sam will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated.