WWW Wednesday, 22-February-2017

22 Feb

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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The Three Ws are:

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

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Currently reading: We didn’t make any progress on Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs during our trip this weekend. We had a few things on our minds and used the time to talk instead. There are worse things in this world!
Not much with The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler because I’ve been out-of-town so much but I’m still really enjoying the book and I hope to keep moving on it!
I started another comedian memoir because I needed something light to read over my vacation. I grabbed You’re Not Doing It Right by Michael Ian Black from my shelves. I enjoyed his commentary on the VH1 I Love The… series and I watched Wet Hot American Summer last summer and remembered how funny he was. The book is a great delivery of his dry humor and I’m really liking it.
I also just started The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson. I’m glad Bryson seems as fascinated by the English language as I am! Sometimes I find myself wondering how much money a linguist could make because it’s so fun!

fantastic-beastsRecently finished: I finished Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling last Thursday. It was a super quick and fun read. I’m super excited for the movie to come out so I can watch it again from home this time! I’ll likely post a review tomorrow.
I also finished The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom on Thursday, it was a big day for me! This was a good audiobook and I really liked that Albom narrated it himself. I posted my review on Monday so please go check it out and see why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

I posted one other review, Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars, please check it out!

nightsoldiersReading Next: I know I’ve been saying it for weeks but I picked up Night Soldiers by Alan Furst from the library last night! I’m going to start in on this one as soon as I finish Black’s book, which I hope is really soon!


Leave a comment with your link and a 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?

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80 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 22-February-2017”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow February 22, 2017 at 1:43 AM #

    Impressive list of books…I hope you enjoy them all. Here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 12:19 PM #

      Thanks, they’re all fun so far. Happy reading!

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  2. alilovesbooks February 22, 2017 at 1:55 AM #

    Happy to hear you liked Fantastic Beasts so much. I’ll be keeping an eye out for your review.

    I’ve had a bit of a strange reading week: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-22nd-february-2017/

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 12:20 PM #

      I was glad I liked it, too! I don’t read a lot of screen plays so it was different but having seen the film helped. Happy reading!

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  3. cleopatralovesbooks February 22, 2017 at 2:04 AM #

    I’m always impressed by the number and variety of your books Sam – Here is my Wednesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/this-week-in-books-february-22/

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 12:20 PM #

      I’ve got a book for every setting haha. Happy reading!

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  4. Emily Witt February 22, 2017 at 2:49 AM #

    The Mother Tongue sounds fantastic!

    Here’s my post for the week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/www-and-wippet-wednesday-22-february-2017/

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 12:21 PM #

      It’s really fun so far. I hope to listen a lot this weekend. Happy reading!

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  5. Keira February 22, 2017 at 3:03 AM #

    I loved Fantastic Beasts! Would you say its better or worse than Harry Potter?

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 12:22 PM #

      Oh gosh, that’s hard. I love the 20s but I know the HP characters better so I have to say the original seven… for now! Happy reading.

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      • Keira February 22, 2017 at 2:05 PM #

        Mmm, well I definitely like Newt more than Harry because he just has more of a personality and is more eccentric, but otherwise my answer is definitely the same at the moment. I do prefer the Fantastic Beasts film to the original films though.

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      • Sam February 22, 2017 at 3:07 PM #

        I think I liked FB so much because I hadn’t read the story already. I didn’t have a preconceived idea of what the film would be like and every little thing that was different from the text bothered me. With FB, I went in with no clue of what I would see and everything delighted me.

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  6. dez | the fun in reading books February 22, 2017 at 4:29 AM #

    I haven’t read Fantastic Beasts (or Harry Potter for the matter) which is just so sad but I’m glad you enjoy it! I’m thinking of watching the movie this weekend and I’m so excited! Hope you enjoy your other books as well!
    Here’s my WWW: https://thefuninreadingbooks.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-february-22-2017/

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 12:23 PM #

      The movie is really great, I hope you like it. I hope you can read Potter soon! Happy reading!

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  7. Sarina Langer February 22, 2017 at 4:57 AM #

    I hope Night Soldiers lives up to your expectations, Sam! 🙂
    Here’s my WWW (on my new, shiny blogsite!) : https://sarinalangerwriter.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-22nd-february-2017/

    Happy reading! 🙂

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 12:23 PM #

      Haha, me too! I’ve been waiting forever. Happy reading!

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  8. whatadifferenceawordmakes February 22, 2017 at 5:46 AM #

    I haven’t read any comedian memoirs, I don’t seem to read that many memoirs in general, but I do want to read Amy Poehler’s. I’ve wanted to read a Bill Bryson book for a while. He seems to know so much about everything!

    Here’s my post: https://whatadifferenceawordmakes.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesdays-22nd-february-2017/

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 12:25 PM #

      Poehler’s is funny but I personally preferred Tina Fey’s. Bryson is an amazing researcher so I’m really looking forward to this book. Happy reading!

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  9. Karen (@wellreadpirate) February 22, 2017 at 5:52 AM #

    I think I’ll have to pick up the Michael Ian Black one. I follow him on Twitter and at 140 characters a pop, at least, he’s almost always enjoyable to read 🙂
    Here’s mine:
    http://wellreadpiratequeen.blogspot.com/2017/02/www-wednesday-22-february-2017.html

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 12:25 PM #

      Haha, I’ll have to follow him on Twitter. If you get his dry humor, I think you’ll like his book. Happy reading!

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  10. Shona February 22, 2017 at 7:03 AM #

    I’m thinking about getting Fantastic Beasts for my daughter. Would you say it’s child-friendly?

    Here’s my link for this week: WWW Wednesday 22/02/2017 | shona kinsella
    https://shonakinsella.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-22022017/

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 12:27 PM #

      I would say so. There might have been one curse word and two characters die, but it’s not gory because it’s magic. I think the film was PG13 if that helps. Happy reading!

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  11. faithrivens February 22, 2017 at 8:08 AM #

    Glad you enjoyed the screenplay 🙂 I look forward to reading it for myself soon. Hope you find some time to get through The Library of Souls.
    Thanks as always for hosting this!
    Happy Reading 🙂
    https://aliasfaithrivens.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-22-02-17/

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 12:28 PM #

      I wish my husband and u had more time together. Dang school! Happy reading!

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      • faithrivens February 23, 2017 at 8:44 AM #

        Hope you can find more time together, my dear. 🙂

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  12. Maggie February 22, 2017 at 8:21 AM #

    I love the ease of reading celebrity memoirs! I’m excited to read Mindy’s! Here’s my WWW post! 😀
    https://thecaramelfiles.com/book-blast/

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 12:28 PM #

      Mindy’s was fun to be sure. Black’s is good in a different way, though. He’s very dry. Happy reading!

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  13. ReadingMaria February 22, 2017 at 8:35 AM #

    Great list!!! 🙂

    Here’s my WWW post: https://mariazuppardi.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-february-22-2017/

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  14. Clare Stone February 22, 2017 at 8:42 AM #

    I loved the Fantastic Beasts screenplay!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 12:29 PM #

      Great! I hope to read more of them soon. Happy reading!

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  15. awayinneverland February 22, 2017 at 9:31 AM #

    Night Soldiers sounds good, can’t wait to hear what you think!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday for this week!
    https://awayinneverland.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-22-february-2017/

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 2:59 PM #

      I’m really hoping to start it soon! I’ve got a busy weekend so positive thoughts. Happy reading!

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  16. hmills96 February 22, 2017 at 9:48 AM #

    I still haven’t seen Fantastic Beasts. I’m not sure if i’ll read the actual screenplay–i wasn’t too keen on Cursed Child…but the book is SO pretty I might need it for my collection…
    Here’s my linky (10:30 CST). http://ilayreading.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-2222017/

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM #

      I haven’t thought to compare it to Cursed Child too much. I think my letdown with CC was based on the plot, but since I’d already seen FB, I wasn’t thinking that way. Happy reading!

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  17. anovelglimpse February 22, 2017 at 10:43 AM #

    You’re Not Doing It Right sounds like it would be a fun read. Enjoy!
    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM #

      It has been fun. It’s a good laugh before bed each night, haha. Happy reading!

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  18. Kwizgiver February 22, 2017 at 11:23 AM #

    Sounds like another great reading week! I’m off to check out your reviews. 🙂

    http://www.kwizgiver.com/2017/02/www-wednesday_22.html

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 3:01 PM #

      It’s been good so far, I hope it continues that way. Happy reading!

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  19. readinaflash February 22, 2017 at 11:56 AM #

    I loved Michael Ian Black on a little show called Ed, that nobody watched me. Here’s my WWW https://readinaflash.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-35/.

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 3:01 PM #

      I remember my dad watching Ed. The bowling ally lawyer, right? The guy who stared in that was in The Flash. I didn’t know Michael Ian Black was in it! Happy reading.

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      • readinaflash February 22, 2017 at 4:15 PM #

        Yes, he worked in the bowling alley. He was super snarky and funny.

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  20. Hayley at RatherTooFondofBooks February 22, 2017 at 12:12 PM #

    Mother Tongue sounds like such a fun and interesting read – I love Bill Bryson’s books anyway so will definitely look out for this one. I’ll go read your review of the Mitch Album book shortly, it sounds like a great read. I’ve read a couple of his others and enjoyed them so might have to get a copy of this too. Hope you enjoy your reading this week! 🙂
    Here’s my WWW post: https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-22-feb-what-are-you-reading-today/

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 3:02 PM #

      I’m not too far in Bryson’s book yet but he is on point with this one, very enjoyable.
      Albom was a fun read. He had a great twist on it at the end that I wasn’t expecting. Happy reading!

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  21. Kelly | Kelly's Rambles February 22, 2017 at 12:14 PM #

    I’ve not heard of many of these but I am glad to see you enjoyed the Fantastic Beasts script. I’m saving that one 🙂

    Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 3:03 PM #

      I thought about saving it, but I knew I would devour it in a heartbeat and I had a few days between books, haha. Happy reading!

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  22. I found Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything fascinating, but have been afraid to try anything else of his. I rating Kaling’s book about the same as you. Was it the one where she had a short story that was an alternate reality? If so, that story really threw me off..

    Hope you have a wonderful reading week ❤

    Here’s my WWW .

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 3:04 PM #

      I haven’t read that one, but I liked another of his books about English so I thought I’d give this a try.
      I remember Kaling’s books with short stories she’d tell herself while running to make her run faster, but I don’t remember an alternate reality per say… Maybe you read a different one of her memoirs than I did. Happy reading!

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  23. Alex @ Young At Heart Books February 22, 2017 at 12:26 PM #

    Fantastic Beasts! I still need to pick up a copy for myself. Its so pretty :D. I loved the movie though. Here is my WWW:

    https://youngatheart1blog.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-10/

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 3:05 PM #

      It’s gorgeous and the art inside it is amazing as well. Happy reading!

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  24. Sarah February 22, 2017 at 2:06 PM #

    I’ve been thinking about getting Fantastic Beasts – I read the Cursed Child script and enjoyed it. I’ll keep an eye out for your review!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 3:07 PM #

      I’ll be writing it up tonight. Happy reading!

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  25. siderealday February 22, 2017 at 2:25 PM #

    As always, you’re reading so much right now! I’m trying to get back in the swing of reading more than two books at a time. Maybe once I’ve had more time to recover from this blasted cold….
    I hope you enjoy your reads!
    Here’s my WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-222/
    Thanks for hosting and happy reading!

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 3:10 PM #

      Ugh, speaking of colds… Not feeling my best today and I had to leave work early! It’s so exhausting to be sick. I hope you feel better soon and can get back to reading a ton. Happy reading!

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  26. bevbaird February 22, 2017 at 2:32 PM #

    Just watched Fantastic Beasts on the weekend and enjoyed it. I hadn’t planned to read it – but your praise has made me add it to the ever-growing TBR list.
    Here’s my post:
    https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-my-reading-week-3/

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 3:14 PM #

      Haha, I hope the read is worth it! I enjoyed reading the stage directions and such after having the movie in my head. It helped me understand it a little better. Happy reading!

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  27. Yvo February 22, 2017 at 3:05 PM #

    I still have to get a copy of Fantastic Beasts! It sure sounds like a fun read… And I imagine having The First Phone Call From Heaven told by Mitch Albom himself is a huge bonus. I hope you will enjoy your books this week and happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 3:15 PM #

      Fantastic Beasts really is a fun read and such a beautiful publication. Phone Call read by the author was fun. Albom sets a lot of books in Michigan so hearing him talk about his home state is really fun. Happy reading!

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      • Yvo February 22, 2017 at 3:21 PM #

        I’ve seen a lot of beautiful photos of Fantastic Beasts and it looks like it’s worth getting a copy for its looks alone! And I can definitely imagine that. Happy reading and thanks for hosting!

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  28. Denise @ Life With No Plot February 22, 2017 at 3:50 PM #

    I’ll get to reading Fantastic Beasts one day. I completely missed seeing it in theaters when it was out. Need to buy it as soon as it’s available. Working my way (slowly) through Cursed Child and it’s . . . interesting. I’ll leave it at that.

    My post: https://lifewithnoplot.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-february-22-2017/

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    • Sam February 22, 2017 at 7:25 PM #

      I’ll be at the store the day it comes out, too! I’m so excited to own it. Cursed Child was different only because after so long, it almost felt like fan fiction! Happy reading.

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  29. TIjuana February 22, 2017 at 5:24 PM #

    https://tjlovesbooks.blog/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-february-22-2017/

    Happy Reading Sam!

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  30. Ryan February 22, 2017 at 10:21 PM #

    First time contributing a post of my own 🙂 Happy reading!

    My post: https://musewithmeblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-20170222/

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    • Sam February 23, 2017 at 10:24 AM #

      Welcome! Happy reading.

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  31. S B Williams February 22, 2017 at 10:26 PM #

    I’ve heard mixed reviews of the new one from JK Rowling. Glad you liked it though 🙂 I’ve been waiting around to hear from actual Harry Potter fans in more detail about this book (as I’m not a big Harry Potter fan myself…)

    My WWW post is up.

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    • Sam February 23, 2017 at 10:27 AM #

      I’m a huge Potterhead. I liked that this book was in the same world but dealt with completely different characters and villains. It was really fun. Happy reading!

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      • S B Williams February 24, 2017 at 11:25 PM #

        Great! I’ve heard good things about the movie from friends. You’ve seen the movie too? Does it compare to the book?

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      • Sam February 25, 2017 at 1:03 AM #

        The movie was great and it was exactly like the book. Nothing cut or added, it’s the final version screenplay. Happy reading!

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  32. wcs53 February 22, 2017 at 10:45 PM #

    Glad you enjoyed ‘Fantastic Beasts’. I got it for Christmas, but haven’t managed to get round to it yet. Here is my WWW post for this week:
    https://wcs53new.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-feb-22/

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    • Sam February 23, 2017 at 2:38 PM #

      It took me this long to start it but once I did, I flew through it. I hope you can enjoy it soon, too. It was a fantastic Christmas present. Happy reading!

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  33. Kathryn February 22, 2017 at 11:10 PM #

    I originally thought I’d read Library of Souls in March, but I have couple ARCs that I need to read for March and a few more in April. Here is my post a bit late, but still Wednesday, at least here. http://4thelvofreading.blogspot.com/2017/02/www-wednesday-february-22-2017.html

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    • Sam February 23, 2017 at 2:39 PM #

      I put off reading it a long time just because my husband and I didn’t have any time to listen to it for so long. I’m still not sure when we’ll finish it, haha. Happy reading!

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  34. Candy @ So little time... February 22, 2017 at 11:58 PM #

    Glad you enjoyed Fantastic Beast. I have even seen the movie, and I still need to read HP and the Cursed Child. Someday! 🙂

    Here’s my post: http://candy-m.blogspot.com/2017/02/what-are-you-reading-february-22-2017.html

    Have a fantastic week, and thanks for hosting.

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    • Sam February 23, 2017 at 2:40 PM #

      The movie was really well done. I’m glad they got the same director who did the last few HP movies because it had the same feel to it despite all the different characters and setting. Happy reading!

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  35. Emma February 23, 2017 at 5:14 AM #

    How would you say Fantastic Beasts is to read, having seen the film? I’m not sure if it’s worth reading now as I’ve seen the film since it’s just the screenplay, but I am itching to buy it because it’s such a beautifully put together book. 🙂

    Happy reading!

    (My post)

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    • Sam February 23, 2017 at 2:41 PM #

      It was a really fast read and of course having seen the film, I knew what was going to happen, but I was still able to enjoy it. It helped me see some details in scenes that I hadn’t noticed watching the movie which was fun. Happy reading!

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  36. poseidons99 February 26, 2017 at 10:56 AM #

    Haven’t read neither the play or the screenplay from Harry Potter series. Are they necessary to that world?

    didn’t read much this week but added bunch of books to my shelves after Latvian Book Fair – https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/3-dienas-kipsala-izlasiju-lasu-lasisu-66-20-02-26-02/

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    • Sam February 26, 2017 at 11:27 AM #

      The stage play is like a sequel to the original seven. The screen play is a prequel with completely different characters, just in the same universe. You could read it as a standalone. Happy reading!

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