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WWW Wednesday, 6-April-2022

6 Apr

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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Ghost

Currently reading: I wasn’t able to open The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson, though I did try! Baby is going through some big changes at their age so I keep looking up parenting advice instead of reading. Who knows if it’s helping.
I read just a little bit from True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey but I have found I’m moving forward slowly. I think I can get it done in a reasonable time frame, but I’m still going to prioritize sleep first.
I’m still on the prologue of Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati. It’s a long prologue so that’s not a bad thing, per say. This is going to be a long haul!

Recently finished: Nothing new this week but I was able to post my review of Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie on Monday so please to check that out! I gave it Three out of Five Stars. I’m excited for the next in the series!

91tzXN8Fp0LReading next: I know I’ll start A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman eventually. I’m in no rush.

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Have any opinions on these choices?

Until next time, write on.

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Challenge Update, First Quarter 2022

5 Apr

I think quarterly is going to be my new thing. I can actually finish a few books in that time frame (I hope) so there’s something to post about! You can look at my progress at any time on my challenge page.

Books finished in January, February, and March:

The Ghosts of Eden Park by Karen Abbott (3/5)
Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie (3/5)

Unsurprisingly, this was all audio again. I’m slowly starting to get back to print books, but I’m not going to be surprised if it takes me a while.

When Are You Reading? Challenge

2/12
As usual, I’m starting off strong at the beginning of the year. It’s easy to knock out new time periods when you’re only finished with one or two books. This will be a bit challenge this year so I’ll have to focus on it and be very deliberate about my books.

Goodreads Challenge

2/15
I’m already behind, haha. I know 15 is a really low goal compared to where I am normally, but I think it’s reasonable with how much my life has changed. The lack of a work commute also makes this a lot harder. I think I can hit 15, but it’s going to take some work.

41JYZlm4QsLBook of the Quarter

This doesn’t mean a whole lot when there are only two to choose from, but I’ll pick Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie for this quarter with full recognition that this might be a recency bias. Downie is always good for a laugh and I did laugh my way through this one. It was enjoyable and got me to add the seventh book to my TBR. Speaking of which…

Added to my TBR

39 is a very manageable number! Though higher than last month. I hope I can keep picking away at this.

  • The Puzzler // A.J. Jacobs. I will read almost anything Jacobs writes. He’s a perpetual favorite and I can’t wait to see what else he’s explored.
  • Running with Sherman // Christopher McDougall. I loved McDougall’s other running related book so I’m excited to see what else he can share about running culture.
  • Vita Brevis // Ruth Downie. I’ll be happy to dive into book seven in this series. I’ve not been let down yet.

How are your challenges going? I hope your year is starting off well. If you’re interested in the When Are You Reading? Challenge for 2022, I’m hosting again so you can click here to learn more and let me know if you want in.

Until next time, write on.

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Book Review: Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie (3/5)

4 Apr

This series has been so fun to read and enjoy. I’ve been reading it for probably about a decade now in total, but it’s easy to come back to and enjoy. This book took me longer to read than I would have liked. Life hasn’t given me a lot of audiobook time between Baby and the weather. Spring might actually arrive soon which would make it a lot easier.

41JYZlm4QsLTabula Rasa (Medicus Investigation #6) by Ruth Downie

Other books by Downie reviewed on this blog:

Terra Incognita (Medicus Investigation #2)
Persona Non Grata (Medicus Investigation #3)
Caveat Emptor (Medicus Investigation #4)
Semper Fidelis (Medicus Investigation #5)

Summary from Amazon:

The medicus Ruso and his wife, Tilla, are back in the borderlands of Britannia, where he is tending the builders of Hadrian’s Great Wall. Having been forced to move off their land, the Britons are distinctly on edge and are still smarting from the failure of a recent rebellion that claimed many lives.

The tension grows when Ruso’s recently arrived clerk goes missing and things go from bad to worse when the young son of a local family also vanishes. While struggling to keep the peace between the Britons and the Romans, Ruso and Tilla uncover an intricate deception involving slavery and fur trappers, and it becomes imperative that they solve the mystery of the two disappearances before it’s too late.

This book didn’t grab me in the same way some of the previous books in the series did. However, I think it’s because of how long it took me to get into and finish this book, which I blame more on life circumstances than anything else. Branan’s disappearance was the main focus of the book to me and Candidus seemed like an afterthought for a lot of the book, which I thought was unfair to Albanus. I’m sure there were some clues dropped into the story that I missed because of how infrequently I would pick this one up. Instead, it seemed like there were long stretches that were unimportant to the plot which is why this has been my lowest rating of the series.

I love Downie’s characters. Ruso and Tilla are a bit ahead of their time, but it comes off as comedic and the other characters are more representative of ancient Britain. The commentary about hierarchies and bureaucracy are always funny. I like the range of characters Downie has included because modern readers are able to connect with Ruso and Tilla while still experiencing those typical of the era.

Ruso is my favorite character in this series. He’s easy to relate to and empathize with. I understand his motivation and share his frustrations. I can understand why he reacts the way he does and his motivations. I think he’s a great character to connect the modern reader to the ancient world.

Tilla is very relatable as well. She gives a good non-military perspective to the story and she’s very logical and intelligent. I like seeing her work as a midwife and the ways she’s able to help Ruso and connect the Romans and Britons together. I think she exists well between cultures and it reminds me of times I studied abroad and felt not quite at home.

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Ruth Downie Image via the author’s website

I thought Tilla’s relationship with the locals was the most interesting part of the book. She is very much an outsider with both groups, not being accepted because she’s ‘one of the others’ on both sides. I liked how she was able to develop a relationship with them and how it grew into something much more.

I felt the middle of the book dragged. All of the searching for Branan seemed a bit much with the way the book resolved. I thought the search for Candidus was pushed aside a bit too much. The book seemed to lack some focus even though it was full of fun characters.

Simon Vance does an amazing job narrating these books. I hope the next two are also in his voice because it’s such a joy to listen to him. His voices for women are not too distracting and he has a good range of inflections and tones for the men in the story. He’s really a joy to listen to.

The title refers to a Blank Slate. I think it’s referring to how Tilla and Ruso have a very new page now that they’re headed to Rome for the next book. I’m not sure how much the events of this book contributed to that, but I am excited to see what happens to them next.

Writer’s Takeaway: I’m not sure how necessary a lot of the character development in this book will be in the overall series. Since the characters are now leaving Britannia, the side characters we’ve come to know and love might be distant memories. As I’ve said, I didn’t really like the plot on this one but did enjoy the character development. I just wonder how necessary it all was.

An entertaining and enjoyable book, but not the strongest in the series. Three out of Five Stars

This book fulfilled the ‘Pre 1300’ time period for my 2022 When Are You Reading? Challenge.

Until next time, write on.

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WWW Wednesday, 30-March-2022

30 Mar

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 managed to read some of The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson and for a minute I thought I might finish it. But that didn’t happen. I’m getting really close, though!
I got through very little of True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey this week. I’ve been really tired and not sleeping well so time to read before bed has gone away. I’m trying to commit to sleeping more so we’ll see if I can make more time!
I started Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati! I’m still on the prologue, but I’ll get there. It’s so fun to start something new.

41JYZlm4QsLRecently finished: I finished Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie on Saturday! I’m so glad to have finally finished this. I gave it Three out of Five Stars. I hope to write the book review this weekend and have it for you all early next week! It can be hard to find time with the Baby, but I’ll try to sneak away during a nap or pass them off to Dad for a little bit and sneak away.

91tzXN8Fp0LReading next: If I can keep making some progress with my ebook, I should be able to start A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman soon! Remaining optimistic.

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WWW Wednesday, 23-March-2022

23 Mar

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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Kelly

Currently reading: I don’t think I read any of The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson again. I wish this book grabbed me more so I had a reason to push forward with it, but it hasn’t demanded my attention as some have.
I read a chapter from True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey which felt great! I’d love to make more progress with this one since I’ve enjoyed it a lot. Hopefully I can keep that up.
The weather has finally started to turn warm so I’ve been able to listen to Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie while running consistently. I’m so close! I know I’ll have this one finished next week.

Recently finished: I’m feeling confident I’ll have something next week!

51FUsCV0vdLReading next: I’ll get to A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman. Eventually
I’m really hopeing I’ll start Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati next week. It seems like a good time to start a nice long audiobook.

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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, 16-March-2022

16 Mar

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The Three Ws are:

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

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Ghost

Currently reading: I didn’t read The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson this week. I know I’m really close to finishing it, I just haven’t had any good time for an ebook so it’s lingering. If I can find a good time in my schedule to open it consistently, it will finish quickly, but I haven’t found a good time for that.
I did get through some of True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. I’ve been making an effort to read a few pages before bed each night and it’s great to see some progress here!
It’s been nice enough (between snow storms) for some running so I’ve made progress with Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie, too! I’ve got about 10% left in the audio. Here’s hoping it stays nice enough to finish it up soon!

Recently finished: Optimism, optimism.

91tzXN8Fp0LReading next: Here’s hoping I get to A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman some time in March. We’ll see if I can make that happen.
With the summer rolling around, I think I can get to  Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati soon. It’s just a matter of how long it will take to finish once I start.

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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, 9-March-2022

9 Mar

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

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Currently reading: I didn’t open The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. It was one of those weeks where I blinked and it was gone. It’s one of those weeks I’m surprised I had time to write this!
I read nothing in True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey either. Our house got hit hard by a stomach bug so it was a lot of sleep, naps, and TV time on the couch. Luckily, everyone is better now so I’m optimistic about next week!
I don’t think I grabbed any time for Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie either. We finally have spring weather and I was hoping to go for a run, but the stomach bug doesn’t lend it self well to that. Maybe next weekend?

Recently finished: I’m sure no one is surprised to have me say ‘Maybe next week’ here. I’ll stay optimistic.

51FUsCV0vdLReading next: I’ll push A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman another week. I’m sure this will all happen eventually, but life has pulled me in other directions right now.
At this pace, it will take me a year to finish Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati. Maybe summer sports and time out of the house will give me some more listening time.

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, 2-March-2022

2 Mar

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

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Currently reading: I didn’t really have a lot of time for The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson this week. It felt like the week flew by since my partner had some big work deadlines and I had my hands full with Baby. Things should slow down a bit now so I hope to get back to this.
I made some minor progress with True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. I try to read at least two pages each night and I even finished a chapter last week!
Unfortunately, there was snow again so I got to listen to some of Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie while shoveling. I’m really hoping that’s the end of the snow for this season! I’m getting so tired of shoveling.

Recently finished: I feel like I’ve been saying ‘Maybe next week’ for a month, but I’ll keep with that mantra for another week.

51FUsCV0vdLReading next: I’m remaining optimistic. I hope to have started A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman next week. Keeping my fingers crossed.
With continued optimism, maybe I’ll have started Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati, too! Wouldn’t that be something?

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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, 23-February-2022

23 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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Kelly

Currently reading: I keep moving forward a page at a time with The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson. It feels like Baby wakes up the second I open it. Maybe next week?
I’ve chipped away at True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey, too. I don’t want to sacrifice sleep too much to read yet, but it does feel nice to make some forward progress.
We had more snow so I was listening to Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie while I shoveled. I’m about 2/3 done and I’m hoping I find a time other than snow shoveling to finish it!

Recently finished: I thin I’ll finish my ebook next. We’ll see.

91tzXN8Fp0LReading next: I’m hopeful that next week I’ll have started A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman. It seems like it will be a quick read so I’m excited about this.
If audio goes faster than expected, Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati will be the next book I start. I’m ready for the long haul with this one!

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, 16-February-2022

16 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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Ghost

Currently reading: I finished a chapter in The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson but nothing to brag about. I want to get back to it soon since there was a really surprising end to that chapter! Hopefully soon.
The transition to having Baby sleep in the nursery is going well! I’ve been able to read some of True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey a few nights before going to sleep. It’s slow progress, but after months of nothing, it feels wonderful.
Not much with Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie this week. There wasn’t snow to shovel and it’s too icy to run so I’m slowing down here. I’m sure I’ll find time to pick it up again, just nothing immediate.

Recently finished: Nothing again. I’m a bit up in the air what the next book I finish will be!

51FUsCV0vdLReading next: I do think I’ll need an ebook next so A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman seems a likely pick. It will be fun to have a thriller/horror book. It’s been a while since I enjoyed one.
Despite my intimidation, I’m determined to pick up Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati. I think I’m ready for the long-term commitment!

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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