WWW Wednesday, 21-June-2017

21 Jun

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: Still nothing with A Son of the Circus by John Irving. One more book to go before I jump back into it, though! Soon enough I’ll be back on this one.
I got through a bit of Love in the Elephant Tent by Kathleen Cremonesi. I had some technical difficulties opening it on my phone but those cleared up and I’m able to read it during lunch again.
I really pushed to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig this weekend. I didn’t make great progress, but I got through the first 150 pages or so. I think this is a book where if I don’t finish it, I can still go to the book club discussion and not have too much ruined for me. At least I hope it’s one of those books!
I started two new audiobook. The first is one for my phone, Abraham by Bruce Feiler. I heard Feiler speak a few years ago and have a signed copy of this book I haven’t gotten around to. Feiler narrates the audiobook so I’m having a good time of listening to him read it.
The second one is Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith AKA J.K. Rowling. I could only find this audiobook on CD so I grabbed it to listen to in my car. Car audiobooks are usually a slow-go for me so I expect this to be on here for a while.

Recently finished: I finished up Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay on Friday. I really liked this one and I posted my review of it yesterday if you want to go check that out. I gave it Four out of Five Stars.
I forgot this one last week because I was determined not to write a review of it. I had to read a full book for my class so I wanted to count it toward my Goodreads goal for this year. The book was People Analytics in the Era of Big Data by Jean Paul Isson and Jesse S. Harriott. It was well written but doesn’t go along with the theme of this blog so I’ll leave my review at that.

Reading Next: I’m still not making plans! I need to get through what’s already on my plate before I even think of something else. I’m hoping to get back to Son of the Circus soon so I’ll concentrate on that.


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?

Until next time, write on.

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85 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 21-June-2017”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow June 21, 2017 at 1:58 AM #

    I’m curious about the Robert Galbraith books…hope you enjoy Career of Evil. Here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 6:27 AM #

      I’ve enjoyed the first two and so far, this one is equally engaging. Happy reading!

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  2. alilovesbooks June 21, 2017 at 2:07 AM #

    I’m still not too sure whether I want to try a Robert Galbraith. I keep hearing mixed views. Is this your first or have you read one before?

    Here’s my www https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-21st-june-2017/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 6:33 AM #

      This is my third. I enjoyed the first two. It’s not the mystery I enjoy as much as the characters. Rowling/Galbraith knows how to write a great plot with great characters! Happy reading.

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      • beckylindroos June 22, 2017 at 1:13 PM #

        I’ve enjoyed all of Galbraith’s books. I love the two main characters in the series but each book has a rather unique plot, too. The last one is quite interesting in it’s approach to the bad guy – three possibilities, inside their heads but you don’t know which is whom!

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  3. Emily Witt June 21, 2017 at 3:26 AM #

    I hope you get to return to Son of the Circus soon. How much more have you got to go with it?

    Here’s my post for today.

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 6:35 AM #

      I think I’m about half way through. It’s a 500 page book so that’s still a lot to go! Happy reading!

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    • beckylindroos June 22, 2017 at 1:14 PM #

      I had to read Son of the Circus twice because I almost skimmed it the first time. The second time I was careful and turned out loving it. I think the book needs to be loved.

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      • Sam June 22, 2017 at 3:35 PM #

        I wish he’d edited it down a bit, though. It’s really long and has a lot of set up before the plot gets going.

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  4. Allison M June 21, 2017 at 4:02 AM #

    That is an interesting mix of books! I have some Robert Galbraith novels on my bookshelves but haven’t read any yet, too nervous to read them in case I don’t like them…
    Here is my WWW post: https://marystewartreading.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-reading-mary-stewart/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 6:35 AM #

      I had the same fear but I ended up enjoying them a lot. They’re different enough from Potter that it was never an issue for me. Happy reading!

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      • Allison M June 21, 2017 at 6:56 PM #

        Thanks for the reassurance!

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  5. whatcathyreadnext June 21, 2017 at 5:04 AM #

    I like the sound of Sarah’s Key. I must be one of the few people in the world who’ve never read anything by J K Rowling, whether writing under her own name or as Robert Galbraith! Here’s the link know to my WWW post: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesdays-21st-june/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 6:49 AM #

      Sarah’s Key was a great read. I recommend it if it sounds good on the surface. Rowling/Galbraith is great at plotting and I think mysteries like this one suit her really well. Happy reading!

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  6. Renuka June 21, 2017 at 5:26 AM #

    Haven’t read any of these books but it sounds interesting.
    My WWW post – https://pastbedtimeblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-2/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 6:49 AM #

      I hope you found something to enjoy. Happy reading!

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  7. readwithkatie June 21, 2017 at 5:44 AM #

    I have yet to read a Robert Galbraith book yet! Here’s my link https://readwithkatie.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-6/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 6:49 AM #

      The plotting is great. She’s a master of that. Happy reading!

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  8. Ryan June 21, 2017 at 5:48 AM #

    I wasn’t aware J. K. Rowling had written so much under a pseudonym. Happy reading! Here’s my post for this week.

    https://musewithmeblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-20170621/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 6:50 AM #

      This is her third as Galbraith. I’m not sure when the next one is due out. Happy reading!

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  9. pocketfullofpages June 21, 2017 at 6:10 AM #

    We haven’t read any of these books however, ‘A Son of the Circus’ by John Irving sounds really interesting😊.
    https://pocketfullofpagesblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-june-21st-2017/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 6:50 AM #

      It’s great so far and I really want to get back to it soon. Happy reading!

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  10. Stephanie June 21, 2017 at 6:23 AM #

    I hope you enjoy the Robert Galbraith book. I did read the first one, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and I did enjoy it and have the other two on my TBR list. They are of course different that HP, but so many people complain they aren’t like HP. No, they are crime fiction. Anyway, i hope you enjoy them!! Here is my WWW post! Happy Wednesday!

    https://stephsfictionandfamilylove.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-june-21-2017/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 6:51 AM #

      I really like them. They’re totally different from HP but that’s part of why she wrote them under a pseudonym. I see a lot of parallels to her writing in HP, though. Happy reading!

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      • Stephanie June 21, 2017 at 7:14 AM #

        Exactly so people wouldn’t compare them to HP, but that didn’t work too well since she was outed as the author just like with Casual Vacancy, which I enjoyed as well. They read her adult works and expect to be transported to Potterland quite unfairly to Rowling, I think, who is a brilliant author. I teach a Contemporary lit class each semester, and she’s always a favorite of my students.
        I see the similarities too, and I think it is in her use of wording, dialogue, and language more than anything. She’s very formal in her writing style, and it almost comes across as old fashioned. I don’t mind it too terribly, but it does make her distinctive.

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      • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:29 PM #

        I didn’t know she tried to write CV under a pen name. I wasn’t a big fan of that one, honestly. Too many characters! I had trouble keeping them straight. Happy reading!

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      • Stephanie June 21, 2017 at 12:46 PM #

        It did have too many characters; I do agree with you there!! 😊

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  11. Nadene @Totally Addicted to Reading June 21, 2017 at 7:26 AM #

    You have an interesting miix of book.Happy reading. Here is my post
    WWW

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:29 PM #

      Thanks, happy reading!

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  12. The Gal Herself June 21, 2017 at 7:26 AM #

    I’ve always *meant* to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. People I know who read it back in their college days say it was a powerful positive influence.

    This week, I’ve got the mystery of a con man who may be a crime victim himself — at this point, we don’t know — and memories of a former First Lady.

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:30 PM #

      I hope I finish it before my book club meets. It’s been really enjoyable. Enjoy your mix this week, sounds like a lot of different books! Happy reading.

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    • beckylindroos June 22, 2017 at 1:15 PM #

      Zen wasn’t so hot the second time around (I read it first when it came out) but it’s still good – a classic, I suppose.

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  13. Amanda @ Literary Weaponry June 21, 2017 at 7:50 AM #

    I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Career of Evil. I haven’t picked up one of Rowling’s with her pseudonym but the temptation has been there.
    https://literaryweaponry.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-june-21/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:31 PM #

      I read the first two already and liked both. You just can’t expect Potter magic! Happy reading.

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  14. whatadifferenceawordmakes June 21, 2017 at 7:59 AM #

    I’m always impressed by how many books you have on the go! I haven’t read any of J K Rowling’s works apart from the Harry Potter series. I’m curious to see how her writing for adults compares. I hope you have a good reading week!

    Here’s my WWW post: https://whatadifferenceawordmakes.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/misc-www-wednesdays-21st-june-2017/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:40 PM #

      There a similarity in her writing style to be sure, but the topics are vastly different! I like the Galbraith books. Happy reading!

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  15. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads June 21, 2017 at 8:25 AM #

    I’ll be interested to see what you think of Career of Evil. I want to check out some of Rowling’s non-HP books, haha.
    Here’s my WWW: https://kourtnireads.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-62117/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:40 PM #

      This is my third and I’ve liked the first two. Happy reading!

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  16. Kathryn Helgren June 21, 2017 at 8:50 AM #

    I have had Sarah’s Key on my Kindle for several years. I need to get to it. I recently added it to my Overdrive wishlist.

    Here a my WWW: http://4thelvofreading.blogspot.com/2017/06/www-wednesday-june-21-2017.html?m=1

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:41 PM #

      Awesome! It’s a great read. I listened to it on Overdrive, too. Happy reading!

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  17. j9reads June 21, 2017 at 9:05 AM #

    What an eclectic reading list! Here is my WWW Wednesday post https://hersforthereadingsite.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/w-w-w-wednesday-june-21-2017/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:41 PM #

      Thank you, happy reading!

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  18. Darnell June 21, 2017 at 9:56 AM #

    Nice mix of books.
    Here is mine: https://darnellouis.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-62117/

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  19. hmills96 June 21, 2017 at 10:02 AM #

    Here’s my linky (10:30 CST): http://ilayreading.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-6212017/

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  20. Kwizgiver June 21, 2017 at 10:22 AM #

    I loved the “Galbraith” books! And I’m reading a new De Rosnay book called The House I Loved. It’s been a good reading week for me.

    http://www.kwizgiver.com/2017/06/www-wednesday_21.html

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:45 PM #

      I didn’t know about her other titles! How is The House I Loved? Happy reading!

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  21. Jazz June 21, 2017 at 10:27 AM #

    ‘Love in the Elephant Tent’ sounds pretty good! I hope you’re enjoying it 🙂 Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://swooningoverfictionalmen.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-21st-june-2017/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:46 PM #

      Thank you! If today wasn’t Wednesday, I’d be reading it during lunch haha. Happy reading!

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  22. anovelglimpse June 21, 2017 at 10:55 AM #

    I love that you’re still leaving things open for your next read. I love when I’m able to do that!
    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:46 PM #

      I’ll get another book club selection soon but I’ll deal with that then. Happy reading!

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  23. LairOfBooks June 21, 2017 at 10:58 AM #

    Happy Wednesday Sam! I am very interested in hearing your thoughts on the 1st of the Cormoran Strike series. I heard that this may be a little slow to start but worth it because of the well fleshed out characters J.K. (not a fan of her other pen name lol) delivers. I own the physical copies but haven’t gotten around to them yet *sobs* Happy Reading! 😉

    My WWW Wednesday:
    https://lairofbooksblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesdays/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:48 PM #

      This one is the third in the series. I’ve already reviewed the first two if you want to check that out. Don’t go into them expecting Potter and they’re really enjoyable. Happy reading!

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      • LairOfBooks June 21, 2017 at 3:50 PM #

        Ah! well then that must be a good sign then, you didn’t DNF the series lol. I def don’t get Potter vibes from those books, I do however think that she writes one hell of a character so i’m def looking forward to reading her work in another genre 🙂

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  24. readinaflash June 21, 2017 at 11:39 AM #

    Good luck getting back to Son of the Circus. https://readinaflash.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-51/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:48 PM #

      Thanks! I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Happy reading!

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  25. Ashley June 21, 2017 at 11:52 AM #

    I hope you get through all of your books, so you can finally start some new ones!
    Here is my post:
    https://sociallyawkwardbookworm.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-40/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:48 PM #

      Haha, thanks. That’s the problem with reading so many at a time. Happy reading!

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  26. coffeeandink June 21, 2017 at 11:59 AM #

    The Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance has been in my TBR since, what, eek, the 60s? May be time to dig it out…:)

    https://coffeeandink.blog/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-at-coffee-and-ink/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 12:50 PM #

      I thinking it was published in the 70s so not that long haha. It’s been enjoyable so far at about 1/3 through. Happy reading!

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  27. Trisha Jenn Loehr June 21, 2017 at 1:33 PM #

    I loved Sarah’s Key! And I just can’t do John Irving. I’ve even heard him speak, and enjoyed his talk, but I just don’t like his books.

    My WWW Wednesday: https://trishajennreads.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-june-21-2017/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 2:16 PM #

      Irving is one of my favorites. I usually read a book of his every year or so. Happy reading!

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  28. Life of a Literary Nerd June 21, 2017 at 2:08 PM #

    I’ve only read the Harry Potter series, but I’ve been curious about her other work.

    Here’s mine: https://lifeofaliterarynerd.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesdays-2/

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 2:16 PM #

      I like the Strike books. I think she’s built some great characters. Happy reading!

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  29. Leanne June 21, 2017 at 3:39 PM #

    Thanks for the post – here’s mine: http://bookishrevolution.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-21-june-2017/

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  30. siderealday June 21, 2017 at 4:14 PM #

    You’re reading a lot, as usual. Good luck getting back to Son of the Circus – the last time I had something for WWW Wednesday, you said it had just started picking up, so I’m sure you’re eager to get back to it.
    Here’s my WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/www-wednesday-621/
    Thanks for hosting and happy reading!

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 9:18 PM #

      I really want to revisit it! I was totally absorbed when I had to put it down. Happy reading!

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  31. Leeve June 21, 2017 at 7:49 PM #

    I’m not familiar with any of the books you’re currently reading, but I hope you get to enjoy them and finish them soon!

    Here’s my WWW post for today: WWW Wednesday-June 21st

    L. @ Reviews by Leeve

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    • Sam June 21, 2017 at 9:21 PM #

      I hope you find something new to enjoy today. Happy Wednesday!

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  32. Candy @ So little time... June 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM #

    I haven’t read any of Rowling/ Galbraith’s mysteries – maybe someday! I hope you enjoy it!

    Here’s my post: http://candy-m.blogspot.com/2017/06/what-are-you-reading-june-21-2017.html

    Have a great week, and thanks for hosting!

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  33. Yvo June 22, 2017 at 3:45 PM #

    I hope you will enjoy Career Of Evil! I still have to pick up the sequels some time… Enjoy your books this week and happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam June 22, 2017 at 3:48 PM #

      I’m liking the book so far and have really enjoyed the series. Happy reading!

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  34. poseidons99 June 25, 2017 at 10:05 AM #

    Read this week wonderful a collection of five stories by Frederick Forsyth. Might be the best book read this month! – https://poseidons99.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/izlasiju-lasu-lasisu-83-19-06-25-06/
    Happy reading!

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    • Sam June 25, 2017 at 4:36 PM #

      Nice! Always feels so rewarding to find some good reads. Happy reading!

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  35. hmills96 June 28, 2017 at 11:06 AM #

    Here you go! (1030 EST) http://ilayreading.com/2017/06/28/www-wednesday-6282017/

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  36. kingdombookblog August 23, 2017 at 7:29 AM #

    Recently stumbled upon this meme and I absolutely adore it! Here is my first go at it;)

    https://kingdombookblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/www-wednesday-1-9-23-17/

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