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WWW Wednesday, 28-September-2022

28 Sep

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 keep reminding myself to pick up Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner when I find a minute. It means I read a few screens worth of it at a time, but I’m picking my way through it slowly.
I’ve been making good progress in Like No Other by Una LaMarche during drives and runs. I’m over half way through this one and the plot has been really enjoyable!
I picked up Powering Up by Anne Doyle finally! I’ve been looking forward to a change to non-fiction for a while so I’m excited to get into this.

Recently finished: I wrapped up The 158-Pound Marriage by John Irving during a vacation day last Friday. I wanted to like this book, but it really wasn’t for me. I like some of Irving’s other work so I was optimistic, but after a start I didn’t really enjoy, it didn’t get better for me. And the ending left me wanting more so I was disappointed. I’ll get more thoughts together in a review eventually. I’m giving this one Two out of Five Stars.

Speaking of reviews, I finally finished mine for Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols! It went up on Monday. I couldn’t bring myself to change my rating on this from my original call at Three out of Five Stars. I can’t say why, but it just didn’t do it for me.

Reading next: It looks like I’ll need an audiobook next. Next on the docket is Easy Prey by Catherine Lo. This is another YA book that I got as a library download a few years ago. I’m into that part of my TBR. I’m going to reserve the right to switch this one out, though. I might need a bit of a change of genre and I’ll make that call later.

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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!

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WWW Wednesday, 21-September-2022

21 Sep

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.


Currently reading: We had another crazy week at my house so finding time to read Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner was not a priority. My partner started a new job so we’re adjusting to the hours and what it means for our house. Maybe we’ll settle down soon? Maybe?
I’ve been distracted with a show I’m watching on my phone so I haven’t read too much of The 158-Pound Marriage by John Irving. I usually concentrate on this one before bed but I’ve had the screen up which I know is bad. However, I’m watching the finale now so hopefully that means I’ll be less distracted and get back to this soon.
I’m enjoying Like No Other by Una LaMarche which has been a great rest. I haven’t always liked the books I got through this program at my library so I was nervous going in but I’m enjoying the ride.

Recently finished: Nothing new this week. I owe y’all a review of Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols which I hope to work on soon. We had a busy weekend again which ate into my reviewing time. I’ll get it done as soon as I can.

Powering Up Book Cover

Reading next: Thinking about starting Powering Up by Anne Doyle might get me to remember to pick up Irving more often. Maybe I’ll put it next to my bed to keep me motivated.

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!

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WWW Wednesday, 14-September-2022

14 Sep

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.


Currently reading: I haven’t found a new time to focus on ebooks so I didn’t read anything from Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner this week. We have a lot of change in our house this week so I’ll see what new times might become available.
I made some headway on The 158-Pound Marriage by John Irving but we had a houseguest this weekend which had us going to bed late. I’m catching up on sleep and then I hope to be back to reading this at a better rate!
I started Like No Other by Una LaMarche at the end of last week. I’d forgotten what it was about and I’m enjoying it a lot so far. I’m less than 20% in but this one’s got me so far and I’m looking forward to getting deeper into it!

Recently finished: I was able to wrap up Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols! No review yet, but I’m giving myself space to recover from houseguests before I get back to my reviewing pattern. I liked it, but I’m waffling between Three and Four Stars for the rating. I think writing the review will help me decide. At least I hope it does! The review should be up before next week.

Powering Up Book Cover

Reading next: If I’m feeling my reading right, I’ll start Powering Up by Anne Doyle next. I haven’t had a nonfiction book for a while so I think it will be a welcome change of pace.

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!

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WWW Wednesday, 7-September-2022

7 Sep

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.


Currently reading: I read just a bit of Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner while I was at the doctor’s office. Not great, but progress. I’m afraid I’m getting back to my habit of moving slowly with ebooks, but I’m picking up in other places!
I made good progress in Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols. I’ve been running more and finding productive cleaning/cooking time after the baby goes to sleep that I’ve been able to listen. I think I’ll have this one finished next week!
I got back to The 158-Pound Marriage by John Irving but haven’t been flying in it. It’s a bit similar to Hotel Iris (see below) and I think that they’re running together a bit too much for me to enjoy. I’ll keep moving but I may be slow down a bit.

Recently finished: I wrapped up Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa and got it back to the library. I wasn’t sold on the book. It was a little more explicit than I’d expected and it took me by surprise. I’m not sure how to process it. I gave it Three out of Five Stars and posted my review on Tuesday if you want to read more about my thoughts on it. It was very different from the other Ogawa book I’ve read.

Powering Up Book Cover

Reading next: I still plan on my next audiobook being Like No Other by Una LaMarche. With luck, I’ll start it soon!
I’m feeling I might need a new physical book, too. I have a few unread books on my shelf and the next up would be Powering Up by Anne Doyle. I got this as a free giveaway at a conference for women in business during my MBA program. We’ll see how it goes!

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!

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WWW Wednesday, 31-August-2022

31 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!

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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.


Currently reading: I haven’t touched Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner. Work was very difficult this week and I didn’t feel like starting a new habit of picking this up. It will be here for me when I’m ready, right?
I’ve been enjoying Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols. I had to commute one day which got me more listening time than I’m used to! It was a silver lining for me.
I made some OK progress in The 158-Pound Marriage by John Irving before I put it aside (see below). It’s funny when you read enough of an author that you can pick out the things they include most often. Even though this is an early novel by Irving, I still see those patterns.
My ILL for Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa came in! I picked it up right away and I’ve been trying to dedicate more time to it. I’ve done alright and I’m about half way through! I think this will be a quick read. It’s short and the chapters are a good length for me to read in a sitting or before bed. I’ll be optimistic and say this will be finished by next week.

Recently finished: Nothing new. BUT! I published my review of Rebeldes (The Outsiders) by S.E. Hinton on Monday. I love this book and gave it Five out of Five Stars. Please take a look if you have time!

Reading next: I’ll guess that I’ll need an audiobook next. Next up for me would be Like No Other by Una LaMarche. This was a free download through my library from 2020 so it seems as good a time as any to get around to it.

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, 24-August-2022

24 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!

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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.


Currently reading: I made some better progress in Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner this week. Nothing incredible, but I kept reminding myself to pick it up so I got through it. I’m enjoying it a bit more now so I’m going to stick with it and see where it gets me.
I started Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols and am enjoying it so far! It has an interesting premise and I can tell there’s a lot of mystery to it which I’m curious to see develop.
I had put in an ILL for my next physical book (see below) but it was too slow to come in so I’ve picked up The 158-Pound Marriage by John Irving. Irving is a perpetual favorite of mine so I’m excited to read one of his earlier works and see what I think of it.

Recently finished: I found a stride in Rebeldes (The Outsiders) by S.E. Hinton and wrapped it up on Friday. The ending grabbed me more than I thought. It’s quite different from the movie, which I’ve seen more recently than I reread it so I was intrigued because it felt like reading a new book for a minute. I’ll work on a review eventually but this one might be a while.
I wrapped up Dollface by Renée Rosen, too! I even found time to write and post a review. I impress myself. Please check it out. I gave the book Three out of Five Stars.

Reading next: I put in an ILL for Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa but it didn’t arrive before I wanted to start it. I’ll pick it up when it does come in, probably putting Irving on hold. It shouldn’t be too much longer, but I can’t figure out how to look up the status.

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!

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‘The Door In the Floor’ Movie Review (Based on John Irving’s ‘A Widow for One Year’)

15 Mar

Poster image via Amazon

I’m making more of an effort to see the movies based on the books I read soon after I finish them. I’d say this one was a pretty solid success as I finished the book less than a month ago and it took a while to find time with how busy I’ve been! It took me a bit to realize the movie had a different title from the book. I gathered from reading the plot description that the movie only covered the first half of the book which surprised me a bit. I was pleasantly surprised by what resulted.

Things I Thought Were Awesome

The dialogue. It was so true to the book that it was almost comical at times. I wasn’t expecting so many lines directly from the book to make their way out of the actor’s mouths but it was really great how true to the book they were able to keep.

Seeing Ted in action. It was a bit hard to understand how Ted could be so attractive to so many women, but seeing him played out made it a bit easier to understand. He was charming and Jeff Bridges did a great job of bringing him to life and making him believable.

Changes That Didn’t Really Bother Me

Focusing on only the first third of the novel. I thought this would bother me a lot, but it didn’t. The movie set up the relationships between the characters that carried them on their ways through the last half of the book. Marion, Ruth, Ted, and Eddie are the backbone of the book and it was great to see them established so strongly.

Cover image via Goodreads

The time period. The summer in question in the book was in the early 1950s. The movie moved it to the release date, 2005. It seemed a bit incongruous when Ted was typing away at a typewriter and we’re supposed to believe it’s 2005. I’m not sure why they’d change it because the story is universal and except when it was said what year it was and when Timmy’s show was an Air Jordan instead of a high-top, I never would have questioned it.

Things That Were Taken Out and I’m Still Wondering Why

The picture Marion left for Eddie. That made an impact on me in the book. She leaves the picture of Tommy and Timmy at Exeter and says it’s for Eddie but Ted takes it from him. She left it for Eddie because it was after looking at it that they were together for the first time. It had nothing to do with her sons, it was about their relationship.

Honestly, I can’t think of anything else. The movie kept really close to the book! Well, if you’re only considering the first third that is.

Things That Changed Too Much

The ending. I’m not talking about the last 2/3 of the book missing, I’m talking about how it was wrapped up. It’s stated in the film, and implied in the reading, that a door in the floor represents death. With Ted crawling into the door at the end, it’s implied that he’s committed suicide. I hated this. There’s no way Ted (book or movie) would abandon Ruth by leaving her. Ruth is the one thing he stays focused on and is devoted to. I was really mad at the end when I saw that, it’s not like him.

Marion’s plan. In the book, she planned it perfectly. Ted got back too late to see her again before she drove away. It bothered me that Ted got to see her and knew she was leaving in the movie. Him acting like he didn’t know she was leaving confused me when he talked to Eddie. He’d seen her driving away!

I loved it right up until the end and then I got mad. At least there were extras with an Irving interview that cheered me right up. Reader, have you seen The Door in the Floor movie? What did you think?

Until next time, write on.

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Book Review: A Widow for One Year by John Irving (4/5)

8 Mar

I love John Irving. It’s twisted in a way that makes him fun to read and even after reading so many of his books, he can still surprise me. I meant to read this book three years ago with my work book club but I transferred to a new building and it never happened. This book has been looming over my head ever since so I’m glad to finally have finished it.

A Widow for One Year by John Irving

Other books by Irving reviewed on this blog:

In One Person (and Book Club Reflection)
A Son of the Circus

Summary from Goodreads:

In A Widow for One Year, we follow Ruth Cole through three of the most pivotal times in her life: from her girlhood on Long Island (in the summer of 1958) through the fall of 1990 (when she is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as her literary career), and at last in the autumn of 1995, when Ruth is a forty-one-year-old widow and mother (and she’s about to fall in love for the first time).

I wasn’t surprised to see a lot of Irving’s staples in this book. The main character was a writer, it took place in New England, sports were a major part of one or more character’s lives, their intimate relations were a bit screwy, and there was at least one tragic death. I liked Ruth’s character and, unlike many Irving inventions, I actually found her a bit relatable. She made some decisions I never would have made, but she was a genuinely good person in the end and I liked her. The plot wasn’t so unbelievable that it felt like fiction. This book felt like it could really happen.

Ruth wasn’t the only character who seemed real to life. Allan was very realistic and seemed like the kind of man Ruth would have been very happy with. Heck, he seems like the kind of man many women could be happy with. Eddie wasn’t too far from believable. He seemed both shy and forward, which was a bit hard to understand, but he was a good guy, someone I could be friends with. Ted was a little unbelievable to me, but there’s always someone in a John Irving novel whose life and choices are a bit unbelievable and around who the story takes on a fantastical element.

Ruth was my favorite character and having her as the protagonist was a joy. She was strong but loving and she was very sure of herself. I’d love to read some of her novels in full and see what makes her one of the most influential writers of her time. I’d guess it’s similar to what makes Irving so influential today.

Unfortunately, it’s Eddie’s self-doubt and bumbling personality that I related to most. I always feel like I’m making my way through life like a blind spelunker. Things seem to appear out of nowhere no matter how much I plan and there are always rocks to trip on. I liked Eddie a lot because he loved with his whole heart and he was always searching for something. He wanted a perfect ending to his life that he knew he’d have to search for over many years.

John Irving
Image via the author’s website

I enjoyed the part of the book set in Amsterdam. It was a bit of a deviation from what Irving normally writes and I enjoyed exploring another country and another culture from the norm of his books. Rooie was a fun character and I liked learning more about her and what drove her to be a prostitute and how she tried to help younger girls. I thought it was very appropriate that Ruth should go back there and I liked how Harry figured out who she was.

I don’t particularly like books about writers. Hearing about a book the writer wrote but not being able to read that book is frustrating for a bibliophile like me. I also don’t like hearing the premise and being told it was a best-seller or classic. I want to hear the popular opinion, not the author’s idea of popular opinion. Honestly, Eddie and Ruth’s books didn’t sound like they would be best sellers to me and that rubbed me the wrong way while I was trying to enjoy this book.

My edition of the audiobook was narrated by George Guidall. I thought he did a fair job bringing the story to life. I’m always put off by a book about a female protagonist that’s narrated by a man and that’s what seemed off to me about this one. Granted, the book was written by a man and a lot of the dialogue seemed a bit masculine to me. There’s nothing wrong with who Guidell did the narration, just that I would have preferred a female narrator for this story.

There was a major loss in Ted and Marion’s lives that, without being in the book, shaped the whole story. Ruth would not have been born, Eddie would not have fallen in love with Marion, and the characters we met would never have come together. That loss set this whole story into motion. You never know if there’s something positive that can come from loss. Many, like Marion, are too focused on what’s gone that they can’t see what’s coming next. It’s hard to look past grief but when Marion finally did, she met her grandson; a person who wouldn’t exist if her boys had lived.

Writer’s Takeaway: The raw sexuality of some of Irving’s scenes are off-putting to me. He doesn’t use euphemisms and things are always described in what could only be the most gritty details Irving could imagine. I wish he’d tone it down a bit. I wish some of these scenes didn’t make me uncomfortable listening in my car, wondering if my car is soundproof or if the guy in the turn around next to me can hear what’s being said. I think the stories would be the same and the endings would be as enjoyable. Sometimes, I’m a bit nervous to say Irving is one of my favorite writers because I don’t want people to assume I enjoy the gritty scenes he writes. They make me rather uncomfortable.

This is one of my favorite Irving books and by far one of the best I’ve read in a few years. Four out of Five Stars.

Until next time, write on.

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Book Review: A Widow for One Year by John Irving | My Seryniti

Challenge Update, February 2018

1 Mar

I went through a long draught in February. For a long time, I wasn’t finishing anything and just starting more and more books! It wasn’t until the end of the month when things finally started coming together. You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in February:

A Widow for One Year // John Irving (4/5)
My Brilliant Friend // Elena Ferrante (4/5)
X // Ilyasah Shabazz (4/5)

Yes, I know I owe you reviews for all of them. I’ll be working on it this weekend, I promise!

When Are You Reading? Challenge

5/12
Not too much more this month, but I was able to add one more. X by Ilyasah Shabazz took place in the 1930s and 1940s but a large chunk of it was set in the 1940s so I’m going to count it for that time period.

Goodreads Challenge

8/55
Well, I’m on track, but barely. I’m a bit nervous about keeping up with this when I think about how much school and travel is going to eat into my reading time in the coming months. I’ll have to pick some shorter books so I can stay on top of this!

Book of the Month

I’ll have to pick A Widow for One Year by John Irving for this month. I’ve given all my reads 4 out of 5 Stars but this would be my favorite if I had to pick. I adore Irving and I liked that no one died at the end! Is that a spoiler? Sorry if it is!

Added to my TBR

For the second month in a row, I’ve added nothing! This is absolutely crazy. What’s even crazier is that my TBR is down to 98 books. I’m under 100! I can’t remember the last time my list was that low. I’m feeling great about this.

Personal Challenge

I used these monthly posts to keep myself accountable to my personal goals for 2017 and I’m excited to do that again this year. You all were so supportive before.

  • Graduate and keep my 4.0- I haven’t gotten any grades back in my class yet so this is still TBD. I think I’m doing alright but I’ll know more next month.
  • Travel to Europe with my husband- It’s all booked! We’re going in July and will be gone for two and a half weeks. I’m so excited. Amsterdam, Belfast, Barcelona, Brussels, and Reykjavik.
  • Complete a race per month- I had my first swim meet in ten years in February. I’m really enjoying Masters Swimming and I think I’ll keep it up for a long time. It’s not hard on my knees or back, either! I swam three events and placed first in two and second in one. While that might seem good, there was only me in one event where I got first, two of us in another, and there were three people in the one where I placed second. So I did have to beat some people, but not many!
  • Complete a 2018 Weather Blanket- I finished January’s rows, but I’ve put it aside to work on a few baby blankets which have proved quite frustrating. I’ll see when I get back to it but I’m not worried yet.

How are your challenges going so far? I hope you’re off to a good start If you love historical fiction, give some thought to my challenge for 2018, it’s fun!

Until next time, write on.

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

WWW Wednesday, 21-February-2018

21 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!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?

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.


Currently reading: Unfortunately, I’ve had to put Harry Potter y las Reliquias de la Muerte by J.K. Rowling on hold for a short while for a book club selection. I’m hoping I fly through it and can get back to this soon!
I have the saddest news. I lost the hold on The Circle by Dave Eggers! I went to read it at lunch yesterday and it had returned and when I went to check it out again, I couldn’t! I’m so sad that I’ll have to wait to get back to this story.
FINALLY! I’ve just started Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire this week! It’s great to get on to a new audiobook. I’m still getting into it so not much to report here. Trying to remember the first book is taking a lot of my concentration now, haha.
I also started Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver. I remember Taylor and Turtle better than I thought I would. It’s  the side characters I don’t remember well but I’m sure I’ll pick it up quickly.
I started a book club selection as well, X by Ilyasah Shabazz. This is a fictionalized account of the story of Malcolm X as written by his third daughter. Shabazz will be speaking in my area later this year (or maybe early next year) so look for quite a few more posts about this book going forward!
Because I lost the hold on The Circle, I started another ebook. This time I picked The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp. Yes, I realize that means I have six books going right now! This is a lot for me and I’m feeling more than a bit overwhelmed but I will press on!

Recently finished: I finished a book! I’m so excited to be able to say that after a long time of nothing making its way to this list. I wrapped up A Widow for One Year by John Irving. I adore Irving and this book was ‘classic Irving’ and it was great to read something of his. The last Irving book I read was very different from his normal style and topics so it feels like returning to an old friend.
I wrapped up My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante yesterday during my run. Woo! It ended a bit abruptly and I’m unsure if I want to keep reading the series and find out more about what happens to these characters. Let’s call it TBD at the moment.

No reviews this week! I’ll have ones for Irving and Ferrante soon.

Reading Next: I’m going to say I have no plans. I really hope to finish some of my six going on right now before I start worrying about what comes next. I think I have too much on my plate already, haha.


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