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WWW Wednesday, 20-May-2015

20 May

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading 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?


CloudAtlasCurrently reading:  Minor progress on La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Two more book club books coming my way so I can’t even promise I’ll get to this soon.
Still going with A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I’ve been having to make a lot of calls in my care lately or have been with someone else so I’ve slowed this down a bit. I hope to pick it up again soon.
Things are going more quickly with The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine. The plot is moving very quickly and I’m really enjoying it.
I started a new eBook, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I’m really excited about this one because it’s been #1 on my TBR for about a year now. I tried starting it once  a while back and never made it past page five. I’m beyond that already now. This should be a fun ride.
I’ve got a new book club selection as well.  The Bohemians by Ben Tarnoff. Not too far into it yet and I’m excited that it will help me fulfill the 1800s for my When Are You Reading? Challenge. I need to focus on this one more.

OceanRecently finished: I absolutely flew through Waiting to be Heard: A Memoir by Amanda Knox. I haven’t read a memoir in a while and it was really refreshing. Knox’s story is fascinating, even if what I read was biased and has been called into question. I hope to review it soon.
I also finished The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. This was a great little story. It was a bit more fantastical than I was anticipating, but I still enjoyed it a lot.

I wrote one review this week, Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Take a look and let me know what you thought of these books.

WidowReading Next: My work book club selected our next book and it will be A Widow for One Year by John Irving. I’m stupidly excited for this selection because it’s off of my TBR and Irving is my favorite writer of all time. I can’t get my hands on it soon enough!


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Book Review: Left Behind by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye (3/5)

19 May

Another ebook done! I’m getting better at reading in this format, but I still don’t like it. Anyway. I asked a friend a long time ago about book series and he said the only book series he’d ever read was the Left Behind Series. So naturally, I added it to my reading list and was lucky enough to find an e-copy at my library. And it only took me three months to read it.

Cover image via Goodreads.com

Cover image via Goodreads.com

Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth’s Last Days by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

Summary from Goodreads:

An airborne Boeing 747 is headed to London when, without any warning, passengers mysteriously disappear from their seats. Terror and chaos slowly spread not only through the plane but also worldwide as unusual events continue to unfold. For those who have been left behind, the apocalypse has just begun.

This book fell flat for me early on and then tried to redeem itself and almost succeeded. Almost. My problem was with Rayford as a character. I didn’t buy him. He seemed like a man whose actions were very thought out before the apocalypse. He flirted with Hattie, but never too much. He had a steady job and approached religion with a skeptical eye. Then in a heartbeat, he converts to Christianity. Believable given the events that have just happened. But then he throws himself into it 100%, converting everyone he knows and joining a task force to oppose the Antichrist. It seemed out of character. Or maybe too unlike myself. I related to Buck and Chloe’s struggles to accept what was around them and was happy when they decided to become devout Christians. But Ray, as the main character, bothered me. I couldn’t see myself in him and it ultimately ruined the novel for me.

Besides Rayford, I thought all of the characters were very credible. Buck was my favorite. It showed that such a traumatic event can turn even the biggest skeptic into a Godly man. And I thought his character arc was very natural. I won’t spoil it too much, but the last few pages with him had me on the edge of my seat! He had the most exciting plotline in this book and I wish he had been more prominent than Rayford.

Chloe was my favorite character (though probably a close tie with Buck) because she was the most like me. She was the only favorable female character (I started disliking Hattie early on) and she seemed very real. I hope she’ll feature more prominently in future novels though I’m unsure if I’ll continue reading this series.

Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins Image via the Left Behind Kids Blog

Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins
Image via the Left Behind Kids Blog

I loved the ending of this book. It was well paced and exciting! I only wish it had come sooner in the book so there could have been some action following it. I don’t like feeling like I’m left dangling with a book and this one did that to me. This is probably why I don’t read a lot of series. Regardless, I liked the action and the direction the characters took because I did not see it coming.

The aftermath of the rapture was something else I really enjoyed. I felt the writers thought out the realities of what would happen and small details such as the parking garage and car accidents were interesting

As I’ve said, Rayford’s quick conversion was hard for me to believe and made me dislike the book. I won’t get into it again but having this major event at the beginning of the book set a bad tone for me that lasted the rest of the novel. Even with redeeming events and character conversions later, I had a foul taste in my mouth.

Obviously this book is meant to educate the reader what the Bible says about the apocalypse and what will happen after. It’s obvious that the writers are very well-educated and I think they did a good job of communicating this point in a fictional book. This is a very handy educational tool for those who need to learn about Christian teachings. I think the message to not wait and to give yourself to Christ in earnest is a good one and well communicated here.

Writer’s Takeaway: Not all books with a message are dull. This book has an obvious message and agenda but was able to communicate them and show them in a very entertaining way and without overburdening the reader with quotes and facts. I always try to write with a message in mind, but I’m afraid I come off heavy-handed. I’m not sure you can avoid it and deliver your message and this book assured me that a message in fiction doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Overall, well written and enjoyable but with a protagonist I didn’t relate to which ruined it for me. Three out of Five stars.

Note: Upon further research, I found that these books promote the idea that Catholics cannot go to Heaven. As a Catholic, I find this offensive and will not continue reading this series. This is (obviously) a core belief of my faith and I do not want to immerse myself in something that opposes it.

Until next time, write on.

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WWW Wednesday, 6-May-2015

6 May

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading 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?


KingfisherCurrently reading:  No movement with La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I’m hoping to get back to it really soon, though. I’ve sped through a few books so have some time to read this between book club selections.
Still going with A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I’m liking it so far. I hope the story lines start to cross more because they seem a bit disjointed.
I’m enjoying The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine. It’s pretty great and I’m sad that it’s only 8 hours.
I began a new book club selection, The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer. The author is going to be in town soon to speak so there will be a few more posts on this book and this author. Stay tuned!
I just grabbed a new eBook, Waiting to be Heard: A Memoir by Amanda Knox. I haven’t read a memoir in a while and the Amanda Knox story sounds like a really good one!

White TigerRecently finished: I finished The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. I didn’t expect to like it too much, but I did enjoy it. My book club discussion will hopefully be tomorrow and I’ll get to see what the other ladies though.
I also finished Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins which was my ebook for the past few months. It was very different from what I normally read and I liked the story but wasn’t a fan of the characters. I’m looking forward to writing a review on it and sorting out my feelings on it.

OceanReading Next: Nothing immediate, especially because I hope to work on ‘Sombra.’ In a few weeks, I’ll be getting a copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman for book club. I’m excited to read my first solo Gaiman work. The only other one of his I’ve read was Good Omens, co-written with Terry Pratchett.


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WWW Wednesday, 29-April-2015

29 Apr

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading 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?


White TigerCurrently reading:  No movement with La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Please don’t be mad. I want to finish this and I will return to it.
Steady progress with Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. I’m close to the end but know that I’m nowhere close to the end of this story. It’s obvious this first book will barely touch the tip of the iceberg in the series.
I’ll be a long time reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. It’s been a good journey so far, but I’ve only just begun. Not sure how long this is going to take, but I’m guessing a while.
I finally started The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga! Yes, after such a long wait, I’ve finally started. So far, it’s alright. The narrator has a very strong voice that makes the whole thing really fun.
I’m unable to cook without an audiobook now so I started another on my phone, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine. My amazing friend Katherine suggested this one to me because it’s set in the 1920s and she knows how much I love the 20s. So far it’s really fun. I’m excited to get more into it.

DarklyRecently finished: I finished A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick last week. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was ok. Review coming next week.

Speaking of reviews, I posted two this week. I reviewed Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling on Monday and posted a review for Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell yesterday. Take a look and tell me what you think!

Reading Next: My book club met Monday and our next book is going to be The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer. This is part of the ‘Everyone’s Reading’ program so I’m sure there will be some other posts about this book. I hope I enjoy it!


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WWW Wednesday, 22-April-2015

22 Apr

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading 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?


GameofThronesCurrently reading:  No movement with La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It will come, I promise, but not just yet.
I’ve made some minor progress on Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. It’s getting there, just taking longer than I thought. I’m about 60% done now and 10% of that was in the last week so don’t give up on my yet.
Will making my way through A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick. Not a huge fan so far. Science Fiction I like is rare so I’m not surprised by this one, but we’ll see how I like it when I’m done.
New audiobook to announce! I hope some of you will be happy to hear I started A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin! It’s too early for me to say how I’m feeling about it, but this will be here for a long time for me to give out my opinion.

VeryGoodLivesRecently finished: I finished the audio for Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell on Friday. Look for a review coming soon!
I also picked up a copy of J.K. Rowling’s Very Good Lives. It’s a super short book and I read it in about a half hour, but totally worth picking up. I was proud that the man ringing me up at Barnes & Noble didn’t know about the book. I’m such a trendsetter, haha!

A few of you were asking for my review of Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo. I posted it yesterday if you want to see what I thought.

White TigerReading Next: It will be The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. I’ll start it as soon as I finish Scanner so hopefully it’s off this list next week!


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WWW Wednesday, 15-April-2015

15 Apr

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading 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?


DarklyCurrently reading:  No movement with La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. So many of you comment on this each week that I regret I haven’t had time to work on it, but I hope to get to it soon.
No movement on Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. It’s just been a bad week for ebooks I guess. Maybe books in general, I feel like this is going to be a short update.
Minimal progress on Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell. Or maybe it just feels that way. With the vacation I took last week, it seems I didn’t get through much.
I started a new book, A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick. So far, it’s reminding me a bit of China Mieville and I haven’t decided how I feel about it yet. I’ll have a better update next week.

Recently finished: I did finish a book! Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo was a book club selection and I liked it well enough. You’ll probably see a review coming soon. Stay tuned.

White TigerReading Next: I have The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga on my bedside table. I know, I know. I keep saying it’s next but it really is! I promise I’ll be reading it soon. Stay tuned.


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WWW Wednesday, 8-April-2015

8 Apr

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading 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?


SombraCurrently reading:  No movement with La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It’s on hold for a while as I work my way through some book club selections.
I got Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins back! Nothing major with this one, just moving forward slowly. I hope I can hang on to it for a while and make some more progress with it.
The audiobook is Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell. It’s interesting but a really long story. The characters’ names a bit hard to keep separate because they’re all so strange and 2000 BC-esque. I’ll have to look up a character list to write the audiobook review.
I’m really enjoying Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo. It’s a lighter story in my opinion, which doesn’t seem to go with the subject well but is still enjoyable.

Recently finished: Fail, again. Nothing new. On the bright side, I posted a review of The Round House by Louise Erdrich yesterday. Check it out!

White TigerReading Next: I’m now very definitive that The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga will be my next book. I promise I’ll get to it soon and I hope to speed through it to get back to ‘Sombra.’


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WWW Wednesday, 1-April-2015

1 Apr

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading 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?


BreakfastCurrently reading:  There’s been a lot of forward movement on La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I took the book with me on a flight to Texas over the weekend and made a big dent in it. I still have about 200 pages to go, but I’m a lot closer.
I lost my eBook, Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins until another copy becomes available. I hope it comes back soon, I’m missing this book!
The audiobook on my phone is Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell. This is my only audiobook at the moment so I’m hoping to make some big progress on it this week and next.
I got a new book club selection this week! I’ll be reading Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo this month and I know nothing about it. We’ll see where this goes.

round houseRecently finished: Yes, I actually finished something. I got to the end of The Round House by Louise Erdrich on Friday. It was a great book and I really enjoyed it! I’m excited for the book club discussion of it on the 8th.

White TigerReading Next: Yes, I know The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga has been on here for ages, but I finally have my copy of it! Big steps here. I’ll get to it after ‘Buddha’ so it might be a bit, but at least we’re making forward progress.


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WWW Wednesday, 25-March-2015

25 Mar

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading 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?


round houseCurrently reading:  There’s been a lot of forward movement on La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. My goal is to finish this book by the end of the year, and I’m hoping to finish it off this summer if not sooner. It’s slow going to read in another language, but it’s been enjoyable.
I lost my eBook, Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins until another copy becomes available. On hold.
The audiobook on my phone is Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell. It’s slowing down a bit, but I’m still enjoying it. Seven hours into a seventeen-hour story.
The audiobook in my car is The Round House by Louise Erdrich. I’m making great progress on this one and the only problem seems to be that the narrator’s voice makes me sleepy! I have to turn it off for a minute and listen to some rock music if I’m going to stay awake for the drive home. Audiobook problems.

Atomic CityRecently finished: Yikes. Nothing yet again. This is bad, I know. The books I’m moving through are all very long so it’s going to be a while before I finish any of them! This will make for an interesting post at the end of the month. Oh boy.

I was able to do one book review this week, The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. I really enjoyed the story and recommend it to anyone interested.

White TigerReading Next: I’m still waiting to read The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. I heard the other two woman in my book club talking about this one and I think it will be interesting to read because it seems very ingrained in Indian culture and I might put my knowledge to the test! And have to Wikipedia a few things.


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WWW Wednesday, 18-March-2015

18 Mar

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading 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?


StonehengeCurrently reading:  I’ve made a lot of progress on La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. My goal is to finish this book by the end of the year, but I suspect that I’ll finish it sooner than that. It’s very tiring to read in another language, but I’m really enjoying it at the same time.
I lost my eBook, Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins until another copy becomes available. So you can consider this one on hold for a bit. It’s a shame because I was really enjoying it and the plot was starting to move a lot faster!
The audiobook on my phone is Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell. The story just took a really interesting turn so I’m enthralled and want to keep it moving. It gives me a good excuse to cook some complicated dishes this week!
The audiobook in my car is The Round House by Louise Erdrich. This is no happy read but I’m in love with the author’s style and it makes my commute really enjoyable.

Atomic CityRecently finished: I finished The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan last week after this post went up. I really liked the writing and I learned more about the Manhattan Project than I ever would have otherwise.

Only one book review this week, The (Forgotten) Laws of Expectation by Nicole M. Jacob. Let me know how my first poetry review went!

White TigerReading Next: I’m still waiting to read The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. My other co-worker-reading-buddy has it now so we’re finally moving forward with this one.


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