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WWW Wednesday, 20-April-2016

20 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?

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PrincipeCurrently reading: I’ still making my way through Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling and thoroughly enjoying it. There’s so much I’d forgotten about and I’m having a great time reading it all again.
Unfortunately, still on hold with A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. I’m not happy about it. Urg.
I think I read three pages of In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. This is just the nature of me and ebooks, we’ll see how it goes.
I’m getting worried about finishing Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith before my book club meets. It’s really not a book for me, I’m not a fan of the thriller genre and this narrator is still grating on me with terrible Russian accents. Blah.
I’m enjoying Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones while I wait to get Martin back. I was hoping to put this one aside and finish Martin if I got the hold back quickly, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen. Sigh.

Recently finished: I’m sad to say I haven’t finished anything! I need to buckle down and focus on some of these books but my semester will be over in another two weeks and I’ll be a lot more available then… until the next semester starts. Ugh.

I posted my review of Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg. A lot of you were asking about that so go check it out!

VirginReading Next: I’m still planning on The Virgin Blue by Tracey Chevalier. I’ll put Potter aside for this one so my ‘currently reading’ list is only going to grow, much to my chagrin. I put too many things on hold. Ugh.


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WWW Wednesday, 13-April-2016

13 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?

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SparrowCurrently reading: It’s been great to work on Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling lately. I love this story and there’s so much I’ve forgotten since I last read it. I’m half way through now!
I wasn’t doing too well with A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin and then I lost the hold! I still have the physical audiobook but I have to finish Child 44 first so as of now, this one is unfortunately on hold.
I don’t think I’ve read any of In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson since last week. Being on vacation slowed that down a lot. If you’ve been here a while, you know I’m slow on ebooks anyway. This one will take a while.
Slow progress still on Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. I’m still not enjoying it much at all. The narrator does a terrible Russian accent for each character and I can’t see any semblance of a plot yet. It’s very meandering and there were two prologues which turned me off right away.
While I’m waiting to get A Clash of Kings back (again), I started listening to Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. This is a book that appeared on the book calendar I had in 2013 that grew my list exponentially. I’m glad I found it on eaudio.

Texts from JaneRecently finished: Hoping my loss of Martin would only be 24 hours while the system reset, I took Mallory Ortberg’s Texts from Jane Eyre with me on a business trip. It was really fun and passed the hour drive quickly. Review to come next week.

Two reviews to share! I posted my thoughts on Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut on Friday. I liked it enough though I probably would have liked it more had I read it in a shorter time-span. Three out of Five stars.
I also reviewed Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller while I loved. I’m excited to talk to my book club about this one in a few weeks and see if anyone else felt the same.

VirginReading Next: Next will likely be The Virgin Blue by Tracey Chevalier for my book club. This is one I’ve had on my shelf for a while because I’m a fan of Chevalier’s books. I suggested it for the book club and they said yes! Hahaha! I’m hoping to finish Potter before I start this, but no promises with how long it takes me to get through one of those in Spanish.


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Book Review: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (3/5)

7 Apr

I always struggle to review ebooks because I read them so slowly. A few of you commented on how long it was taking me to finish it and it’s because of how I read ebooks. Usually, while waiting for the doctor or while eating lunch at work. Not the longest stretches of time, I’m telling you. So this was a good ebook for me because it was short and I can remember the beginning now that I’ve arrived at the end.

Cover image via Goodreads.com

Cover image via Goodreads.com

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Summary from Goodreads:

Slaughterhouse-Five introduces Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow him simultaneously thru all his life’s phases, concentrating on his (& Vonnegut’s) shattering experience as a prisoner of war who witnesses the Dresden firebombing.

The aliens were a surprise. When I said that in a WWW post, a lot of people were surprised that there were aliens in this book but I assure you there are. It was a surprise for me, too. It was a good tool to use for Billy to travel through time and I liked them. They were even my favorite part of the plot. I wasn’t a fan of Billy, though. He was a fool and I know that was Vonnegut’s purpose but it made him hard to like. It’s how I felt about Daisy in Gatsby. You want to like him, but he’s too foolish to be someone you sympathize with. The time jumping was fine with me, I tend not to mind that in books. Overall, it was enjoyable but not something I’d instantly deem a classic. Maybe with some distance (or this review) I’ll see why. I think it’s interesting that Vonnegut chose Slaughterhouse-Five as the title. It was a small, yet significant, part of the plot. I’ll have to focus my pondering on that.

I liked Billy’s feeling of misplacement within the world during the war. I can understand why he felt that way and I’ve seen similar themes in other war novels. I liked when Vonnegut would tell me that he was one of the other soldiers in the war with Billy. I liked how that let me believe he was writing from memory but not about himself. It’s hard to say if I thought Billy’s behavior with the aliens was credible or not. I can’t imagine how I would react if I were kidnapped by aliens but I think I would be a bit more like Montana. I found that relationship a bit odd. I’ve heard she shows up in some of Vonnegut’s other books and I’d be interested to see in what capacity.

There wasn’t a character I particularly liked in the novel. Billy annoyed me and everyone else was minor. I liked the fellow soldiers best, the British soldiers at the POW camp. They had a very startling attitude toward the war and it was a great contrast in the book. I thought their attitude toward the Americans was appropriate and it made me dislike the Americans and feel sorry for them at the same time, the way the British felt.

I could understand Billy’s sense of loss after experiencing the Tralfamadorian time travel. He knew how life would end. He knew when people would die and could jump from time to time. It’s like watching the movie you’ve already read the book of. You remember some parts better than others, but you understand who will live, who will die, and who isn’t important. It would be weird to live like that, but it made for a cool view on life for the character.

Kurt Vonnegut Image via Wikipedia

Kurt Vonnegut
Image via Wikipedia

I liked the scenes on Tralfamadore. I’ve read a lot of WWII books but this was the first involving aliens and it was a nice change. The feeling of displacement between Germany and Tralfamadore were similar and maybe that’s why Billy adjusted to life on the planet better than Montana did. It was funny to hear how the aliens reacted to the humans and the things we did that might confuse them most.

I didn’t like old Billy. He was so passive-aggressive and pitiful that he was annoying and unlikable. He felt sorry for himself so I wasn’t about to feel bad for him. I felt the same way his daughter did: frustrated. I wanted those scenes to end so I could get back to the war or Tralfamadore.

 

Billy couldn’t change anything. He knew what was going to happen and was powerless to stop it. The phrase ‘So it goes’ comes up constantly. Billy couldn’t change the things to happen, so life continued on the way it was always going to happen. People would die and terrible things would happen. So it goes. Billy couldn’t change the war or his death, it just happened. Most of us are powerless to stop what happens around us and even if we think we’ve made a change, maybe it would have happened that way regardless. We can’t see the future but if we could, could we change it? Not likely.

Writer’s Takeaway: There were devices Vonnegut used in the book that I liked and made the style stick out to me. The first was, as mentioned above, the repeated use of ‘So it goes.’ Having a phrase like this is memorable and helped me when book switching to get back into the novel. It’s memorable and talks about a major theme of the novel. I also enjoyed when Vonnegut would identify himself in the book. It was cool to see what parts of the book might have been his memories and what parts were imagined or observed. It felt more legitimate to have Vonnegut tell me he was part of the book.

An enjoyable book with memorable characters, but to me, it wasn’t an instant classic. Three out of Five stars.

 

Until next time, write on.

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WWW Wednesday, 30-March-2016

30 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?

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BeastsCurrently reading: Still holding on Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling. I’m hoping to pick it up gain soon but I’ve been moving slowly through physical books lately.
I’m back to A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin on audio. I actually have the eaudio and the CD audio right now but I’m going to stick to eaudio so I can listen to it more for a while. I’ll probably switch back and forth a few times before I finish it, haha.
So far, I’ve really enjoyed Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller. The main character, Sheldon it great and I really enjoy the parts he narrates. Maybe I’ll get a bit more reading done on my mini-vacation next week.
I was at my in-laws when I finished my ebook and the next one available was In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. I’m a big fan of Larson’s so I’m excited to read this one. I owned a copy but lent it to a co-worker who got fired before he returned it to me! I think it’s never coming back so the ebook is a good option.

SlaughterhouseRecently finished: Waiting for Easter dinner to be reading, I finished Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I know it took me a long time but I’m just happy to have finished it. I liked it but didn’t love it. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Review to come!
In order to meet the deadline of tomorrow, I flew through Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. I’ll post my review tomorrow but know I really liked it but found the ending a little disappointing. I’m looking forward to watching the movie soon because I think I’ll really enjoy the story

Child44Reading Next: I had book club meeting on Monday and we got our next book, Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. I’m not usually big on thrillers but they tend to be fast reads. I’m not sure if this will be a physical or audiobook for me so we’ll see how this plays out.


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WWW Wednesday, 23-March-2016

23 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?

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BrooklynCurrently reading: I’ve had to put Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling on hold for the moment. I’ve got some other reading obligations to attend to first.
I’ve been making a point to get through Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I’m on chapter 8 of 10 so I know I’m getting close to the end. Maybe I can finish this in a week or two? Maybe?
After some intense audiobook switching, I’m still listening to A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin on CD audio in my car. I’m moving along fine and with some other books requiring my attention, this seemed the best decision at the moment.
I put Potter aside to pick up a copy of Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller. My book club is going through this one right now and I’m only a few chapters in but I’m really enjoying it so far. The writing reminds me of my friend John’s style and it’s making me happy to read it. The premise is a bit different than I expected from the title, but I’m enjoying it.
A sudden decision, I’m listening to Brooklyn by Colm Toibin on my phone. I was sent a copy of the BlueRay movie if I would post a book and movie review by the end of the month. Agreed! I was supposed to get a copy of the book in the mail, but it hasn’t arrived and I had an hour and a half drive on Friday so I jumped into it. So far, so good!

Black DuckRecently finished: I finished off Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle AND got the book review posted on Monday! Look at that efficiency! Super proud of myself and glad I was able to finish a book. Woo!

Reading Next: I’ve got enough going right now that there’s no plan on starting another book anytime soon. I’ll get through what’s in front of me first.


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WWW Wednesday, 16-March-2016

16 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?

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PrincipeCurrently reading: I’m a bit farther Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling. It’s been a crazy few weeks but I’m on Spring Break right now with grad school so I’m using it to my advantage and trying to read a bit more.
Still going slowly with Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. My husband has been working late a bit more so I’m eating dinner alone and trying to have this with me and make some progress. I’m on chapter 6 now so it’s coming along.
I’ve gotten through a lot more of the A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin audio than I thought I would. I believe I’m on disk 13 now (out of 30) and I’m waiting to get the eaudio back. I need to start another book soon and it’s going to account for a big jumbling around (that’s totally a thing) of my audiobooks to keep it all going. I have a plan.
Part of that plan involves finishing Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle. I’ve got two hours left on my audio and I’m listening every spare second I can to get through it and hope the A Clash of Kings eaudio comes back so I can make it my phone audiobook and start a new car-audio for my book club.

Recently finished: You all guessed it, no change here. Second week in a row I haven’t finished anything. Yikes!

NorwegianReading Next: My book club met on Monday and our next selection is Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller. I’m hoping to listen to this one on audio so I can keep on with Potter and try to get through it. Let’s hope all the pieces fall into place for me. (Fingers crossed.)


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WWW Wednesday, 9-March-2016

9 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?

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Black DuckCurrently reading: I’ve made good progress with Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling. Having him finally show up at school is making me read as fast as I can because I love that setting. I’m still a long way out but I know I’ll enjoy the ride.
Not much with Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut this week. I tend to read my ebook while I’m eating lunch at work but last week was a lot of working lunches for me, just trying to get a few more minutes of work done each day!
The audio of A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin is still awesome. I’m doing slow but steady progress with the disks until the eaudio comes back. It makes me want to drive more!
I couldn’t stand waiting around with no audiobook on my phone so I grabbed Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle. My husband brought this book to my attention and thought I might like it a few months ago. It’s short, only about five hours on audio, so should make for some fun listening while I’m doing things around the house.

Recently finished: Nothing finished this week. Sad day.

However! I did post a review of Shanghai Girls by Lisa See on Monday. Go check that one out, I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Hanging OutReading Next: I’m still hoping to start Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling before my next book club selection. If I don’t have time, I’ll have to go straight to Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller. Either one will be good by me.


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WWW Wednesday, 2-March-2016

2 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?

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SlaughterhouseCurrently reading: I’m back to Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling and am really loving it. It’s fun to read in Spanish. I read it out loud at night to practice pronunciation and sounding out words I don’t know. My husband has no idea what I’m saying until a word like ‘Harry’ or ‘Hogwarts’ pops up and sometimes he laughs. I like it.
Slow progress Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I’m able to get a few pages at a time read while I’m eating lunch, but it’s very minimal, really. This could take me a while.
I lost my eaudio of A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. Now I have the physical disks but I’m reluctant to put in the time to find my spot in it. I’m hoping I get the eaudio back soon and I don’t have to worry about it. I left the files on my phone hoping it would come in soon.

ShanghaiRecently finished: I finished Shanghai Girls by Lisa See Thursday night. I really liked it, but I wasn’t a fan of the ending. I believe that books in a series should be complete stories in and of themselves instead of feeling like one long book arbitrarily cut in half to make for a reasonably sized novel. I felt like this one cut off too suddenly and had no resolution of it’s own so I was frustrated. Review to come next week.

NorwegianReading Next: I’m not sure I’ll have time to start Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling before I have to pick up yet another book club read. I’m giving myself two weeks to push through it but I’m thinking it will take longer than that. If I do have to pick up another book club selection first, it’s going to be Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller. I’ve never heard of this book before but it looks interesting, maybe a bit like Out Stealing Horses? We’ll see.


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WWW Wednesday, 24-February-2016

24 Feb

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?


PrincipeCurrently reading: I’ve put Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling on hold for a minute while I work on my book club selection. I’m hoping to jump back on it soon, though. I miss the story in light of the Cursed Child news!
Not sure what’s going on with Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I wasn’t expecting aliens, to be honest with you. Are they going to be here the whole time?
I was able to listen to a bit of A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin while on vacation. It was something to listen to while I did my workouts and my husband slept. It’s still enjoyable, but I feel a build to a war that I wish I could jump to because it sounds like a good plot point.
I’m really enjoying Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. This was a good book to bring with me on vacation and I got through about 200 pages of it while I was gone which is really impressive with how tired I was most of the time we were there. I think 95% of that reading was done on the planes. I passed out from exhaustion at night.

Recently finished: Again, nothing. I’m hoping Shanghai Girls will be here next week. Fingers crossed!

I did manage to get a review up for you all. Many of you were interested in Bellwether so go check out my review to see how much I liked it (4 out of 5 stars).

Hanging OutReading Next: I’ve got a while before another book club selection grabs me so I’m going to get back to Harry. Then I’ve got a Mindy Kaling book on my shelf I think will be a quick read, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Then I’ll try some of my TBR books that I have to get from the library. I skip over those a lot but I want to read them, too!


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WWW Wednesday, 17-February-2016

17 Feb

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?


This week only: I am on vacation and will not be visiting every blog as I normally do. I will respond to comments here as I’m able and will return to my visits next week. Enjoy!

ShanghaiCurrently reading: I made good progress with Harry Potter y el misterio del príncipe (Half-Blood Prince) by J.K. Rowling but put it down on Friday. It’s a bit bulky to bring on a plane when my space is so limited. I hope to return to it soon.
I’m still lost in Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Will we ever return to the original narrator? He was a lot easier to understand.
I got through the fifth file of A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. Running time has been much more fun with Arya and Tirion along and I find myself enjoying this book a lot.
I just started Shanghai Girls by Lisa See on Saturday. It’s the book I’m taking on vacation because it will fit in my carry on with my massive textbook. Size is key!

Recently finished: Nothing this week. The books I’m in are a bit long so I might not finish anything for a while. I hope that’s not the case, though! I hate these long stretches without finishing anything. And no reviews either! You can tell I’m on vacation.

Reading Next: No plans right now. I want to pick Potter back up when I finish Shanghai Girls so I don’t want to psych myself up over anything new. 🙂 Geez, what a boring week for me!


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