WWW Wednesday, 3-January-2018

3 Jan

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!IMG_1384-0

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: There wasn’t much movement on The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I didn’t work a lot last week so I didn’t have work lunchtime to read. I’m hoping this picks back up now that work has started again.
It’s a slow go with A Widow for One Year by John Irving but I knew it would be. I don’t drive a lot so having one book dedicated to driving time will be a book I don’t finish quickly. I’m only on the second disk and I’m having some trouble remembering where I left off before the holidays.
I’m over half way through Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin and really enjoying it. I thought the second person narration was going to throw me off a lot when I started but I got used to it very fast and I’m liking it a lot now.

Recently finished: I finished one last night and had to update this post right away so I could tell you all! I got through The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides thanks to cooking before my husband got home, haha. I finished it just before dinner was done and I’m so proud of myself for timing it just perfect. The review might not be up for a bit, I have a lot of posts I want to get up!
I did manage to write a review of The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester which was posted yesterday. Go check it out! I gave the book 3 out of 5 Stars. I liked it enough, but there were some slow bits. I’ve shared my full thoughts in the post.

Reading Next: I have Harry Potter y las Reliquias de la Muerte by J.K. Rowling ready to go as soon as I finish Mom. I’m hoping that will be this weekend at the latest.
I’ll be starting a new audiobook this morning but depending on what time zone you’re in, you might see this before I start it! My next audioboook will be How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I found a beautiful old copy of this book at a used book sale and brought it home. It wasn’t a priority so I lent it to a friend who found out the hard way that the glue was drying out and the pages were coming out! I figured it was better to audiobook this one now that I’m ready to read it.


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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80 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 3-January-2018”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow January 3, 2018 at 1:18 AM #

    You have an interesting assortment of books….I can’t imagine listening to books, but for people who drive a lot or can listen while doing other tasks, it must work out well. Enjoy! Here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 7:40 AM #

      It’s great while running! That’s when I get most of my audiobooking done. Happy reading!

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  2. Margaret January 3, 2018 at 2:02 AM #

    I don’t often listen to audio books, mainly because I don’t drive very far – I’d end up hearing just a paragraph or two! I loved the film A Color Purple and have been meaning to read the book ever since.

    Here’s my Wednesday post.

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 7:49 AM #

      I’ll have to find a copy of the movie to watch when I finish reading it. I love being able to compare the two. Happy reading!

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  3. alilovesbooks January 3, 2018 at 2:14 AM #

    I’ve always been really curious about How To Win Friends and influence people. Will this be a reread for you?

    I had the Book of Dust as a car only listen (all on disc) and it was so slow to get through it drove me nuts. I hope you manage better than I did.

    Here’s my WWW https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-3rd-january-2018/

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:35 PM #

      This is my first time reading Carnegie. I’m a half hour in and still feel like it’s an introduction. I’ll get there. Happy reading!

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  4. cleopatralovesbooks January 3, 2018 at 2:37 AM #

    You have so many good books – I loved A Widow for One Year and The Colour Purple so I hope you manage to find some time to move these along soon. Here is my Wednesday post wp.me/p3NfGl-2GU

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:35 PM #

      I’m a big fan of Irving so I’m excited to read another one of his books. Happy reading!

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  5. Lindsay | Bookboodle January 3, 2018 at 3:03 AM #

    Here’s my WWW – https://bookboodle.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-january-3rd
    It’s been a long time since I last participated so looking forward to checking out everyone’s recommendations 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:36 PM #

      Welcome back! I always get too many recommendations from this meme, haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. whatcathyreadnext January 3, 2018 at 3:19 AM #

    I found your review of the Simon Winchester book really interesting. I think, like you, I’d have wanted more about the process of producing the dictionary.

    I reckon in writing a book you’d definitely be a planner not a pantser as you seem to have such discipline about when and where you read the various books you have on the go! Since I stopped working my days are very unstructured (which I like) so it means my reading can happen anytime. But I did used to get a lot of reading done in my lunch break at work, I recall.

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesdays-3rd-january-18/

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:37 PM #

      I have to find time to read now which can be really frustrating, but I’m making due. I have to squeeze it in wherever I can, be that driving or while cooking dinner. Happy reading!

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  7. lilisblissfulpages January 3, 2018 at 5:05 AM #

    Happy New Year Sam…
    I remember trying reading A Widow for One Year before (I have the same exact edition as yours) but I couldn’t finish it. I’ll wait for your review. 🙂 🙂

    Here’s my post:
    https://lilisblissfulpages.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-10/

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:38 PM #

      Oh geeze! Haha. It seems like typical Irving at this point and I’m a fan of his work. Have you read anything else by him? Happy reading!

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      • lilisblissfulpages January 4, 2018 at 2:14 AM #

        No I haven’t… Maybe if I liked this novel of his, I’d be reading the others too. 🙂

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  8. The Gal Herself January 3, 2018 at 7:27 AM #

    As one who loves the romance of used books, I’m sorry to hear about the glue situation on How to Make Friends. I’ll be interested to hear how you feel about The Color Purple. I have one friend who found it life changing and worth reading and rereading, and another who thought it was a yawn and can’t believe it’s been both a movie and a musical, as well. (I agree 100% with one of them, but I won’t say which.)

    This week I’ve got two highly successful women writers: Sue Grafton and Ann Perry.

    http://onegalsmusings.blogspot.com/2018/01/wwwwednesday.html

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    • whatcathyreadnext January 3, 2018 at 2:46 PM #

      I haven’t read any of Sue Grafton’s book but I was sad to hear of her passing.

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      • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:48 PM #

        I haven’t read her either but heard of her passing. Did she finish the alphabet with her titles?

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:39 PM #

      I like it a lot so far but it seems slow. I think that’s because I’m reading it in chunks during lunch, which always makes a book seem slower than it is. I’ve got half of it left to make my decision. Happy reading!

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  9. bettylouise31 January 3, 2018 at 8:15 AM #

    I found your way of reading different from mine. I read one book at a,time. Since I have a hearing problem I don’t listen to audio books. They remind of radio I listen to as a child. My link today
    https://wordpress.com/post/idahobluebird50.com/24126

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:40 PM #

      Everyone reads differently. The important thing is that we read at all! Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Sarah January 3, 2018 at 8:20 AM #

    I read The Color Purple many years ago while I was still at school

    My WWW Wednesday

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:40 PM #

      I never had to read it in school so I’m glad I’ve found the time now. Happy reading!

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      • Sarah January 4, 2018 at 5:38 PM #

        We didn’t read it for school but my English teacher did recommend it for me along with Beloved and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

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  11. deannalcooley January 3, 2018 at 8:27 AM #

    A Widow for One Year is my second favorite John Irving Novel. His books are so weird, but I really enjoyed that one. I hope you can get into it.

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:41 PM #

      Thanks! I love his work and my favorite is A Prayer for Owen Meaney. I’ve got my fingers crossed that this one picks up soon. I am enjoying what I’ve heard so far. Happy reading!

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      • deannalcooley January 4, 2018 at 1:02 AM #

        A Prayer for Owen Meany literally not playing, saved my life. I love that book more that anything. Enjoy 🙂

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  12. Emily @ Reaching While Rooted January 3, 2018 at 8:52 AM #

    Lots of audiobooks going! I am slowly making my way through War and Peace… It’s a slog! Here’s my WWW: https://reachingwhilerooted.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-01-03-18/

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:41 PM #

      Oh, wow. Good luck! That’s a long one. Happy reading!

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  13. Ryan January 3, 2018 at 9:51 AM #

    I liked your review of The Professor and the Madman, I really want to check that book out. I feel like I don’t read enough nonfiction.

    Here’s my post for this week. Happy 2018 🙂

    https://musewithmeblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-2018-01-03/

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:42 PM #

      Awesome! It was a really interesting topic and I’m glad he researched the men and the dictionary so thoroughly. Happy reading!

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  14. Jamie @ Fantasy Book Chick January 3, 2018 at 10:32 AM #

    I hope you enjoy your books!

    Here’s mine: https://fantasybookchick.blogspot.com/2018/01/www-wednesdays.html

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  15. faithrivens January 3, 2018 at 10:57 AM #

    Such amazing reads! Glad to be back checking in! Hope you have an amazing week in books 🙂
    https://booksspringeternal.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-01-03-18/

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:43 PM #

      Thank you so much! I think I’ll have a good week. Happy reading!

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  16. Stacey January 3, 2018 at 11:12 AM #

    Please ignore if duplicate as when I hit post comment it went to 405 –

    I know what you mean about not being in work and getting less reading done, you would think it would be the other way around. I used to travel into the city centre for work, an hour on the bus each way. I got through so many books.

    Here’s my first www – https://whisperingstories.com/www-wednesday-blog-post/

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    • Sam January 7, 2018 at 4:30 PM #

      Sorry for the response delay! I used to have a 45-minute commute each way. I got so many audiobooks finished in the car, it was ridiculous. I only miss that a little bit, though. I have an 8-minute commute now! Happy reading!

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  17. Jenn @ Bound to Writing January 3, 2018 at 11:17 AM #

    Happy New Year! Great books that you’re reading!
    Here’s my WWW post https://www.boundtowriting.com/www-wednesday-january-3/

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    • Sam January 7, 2018 at 4:30 PM #

      Sorry for the delay, this got sent to my junk folder for some reason. Happy new year and happy reading!

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  18. Sheri January 3, 2018 at 12:05 PM #

    Happy New Year – sorry for missing last week. I was busy being lazy… https://tvaddictedbookworm.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-75/

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:43 PM #

      Haha, I almost missed all of last week because of the holidays! Even when I’m busy, I try to post on Wednesdays (but I have to because I host it!). Happy reading.

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  19. Jessie @ Dwell in Possibility January 3, 2018 at 12:05 PM #

    I really need to read John Irving soon. Happy 2018 reading, Sam!

    My WWW: https://dwellinpossibilityblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-january-3-2018/#more-17753

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:44 PM #

      Thank you! A Prayer for Owen Meaney is my favorite Irving book. Happy reading!

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  20. The Bibliographe January 3, 2018 at 12:11 PM #

    Just started my blog with my first WWW Wednesday!! https://thebibliotaph.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-january-3-2018/

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:44 PM #

      Wonderful! Welcome to blogging and to WWW Wednesday. Happy Wednesday!

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  21. Ambi @Scaredy Engines End of Line Library January 3, 2018 at 12:17 PM #

    May your new year be filled with lots of exciting new books! 🙂

    https://edwardsghostengine.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-13-3-1-18/#more-5879

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:46 PM #

      Thank you! What a wonderful bookish blessing. Happy reading!

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  22. Alysha January 3, 2018 at 1:11 PM #

    This is my first WWW Wednesday post! Can’t wait to do more! https://floralreads.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-january-3/

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:46 PM #

      Amazing! Welcome to the community. I hope you find some books you like. Happy Wednesday!

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      • Alysha January 3, 2018 at 5:47 PM #

        Thanks! Looking forward to more posts!

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  23. Eden January 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM #

    Since last April when I followed Emily Wrayburns posts, I’d wanted to join this hop but never felt “ready”. Today I took the plunge:
    https://edenmabee.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/something-doing/

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:49 PM #

      Wonderful! Maybe a New Year push? Welcome and happy Wednesday!

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  24. laurenisreadingblog January 3, 2018 at 3:36 PM #

    Please Look After Mom and The Marriage Plot both sound quite good! And Harry Potter in Spanish seems fun. Happy reading!

    My post: https://laurenisreadingblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-11/

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:51 PM #

      Thanks! I’m liking Please Look After Mom but it’s very sad as well. Happy reading!

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  25. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders January 3, 2018 at 4:24 PM #

    This year I am going to try listening to more audiobooks!

    https://girlof1000wonders.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesdays-1-3-18/

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 5:52 PM #

      Good luck! I’m (obviously) a huge fan. Happy reading!

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  26. anovelglimpse January 3, 2018 at 6:46 PM #

    I love seeing yet another John Irving title on your list! I think I read that one a while back. It’s so hard to remember because he has so many!
    My WWW Wednesday: http://anovelglimpse.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-january-3-2018/

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 8:03 PM #

      Haha true! I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while so it feels good to start it. Happy reading!

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  27. Katelyn @ From Cover to Cover January 3, 2018 at 7:19 PM #

    So many good reads!! Hope you enjoy!

    Here is my post for today: https://katelynpdickinson.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-1-3-18/

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  28. silverbuttonbooks January 3, 2018 at 10:05 PM #

    I am cutting it close but here is my post! https://wordpress.com/post/silverbuttonbooks.com/4562. I cannot wait to hear what you think of The Color Purple!

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    • Sam January 3, 2018 at 10:08 PM #

      Glad you got it in! I hope to finish it up in the next mont. Happy reading!

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  29. Candy @ So little time... January 3, 2018 at 11:11 PM #

    You’ve got some great books going there! Too bad the pages were falling out of that old book. Are you able to keep it or is it beyond repair?

    Here’s my post: http://candy-m.blogspot.com/2018/01/what-are-you-reading-january-3-2018.html

    Thanks for hosting! Happy New Year!

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    • Sam January 4, 2018 at 7:09 AM #

      I still have it with a lot of the pages just tucked in. I’m not sure it’s yet old enough to be very valuable and worth repairing. Happy reading!

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  30. dancjulian January 4, 2018 at 12:13 AM #

    For what it’s worth:
    https://wordflorilegium.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/am-reading-have-read-shall-read/
    Cheers!

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  31. Andreea P. January 4, 2018 at 3:01 AM #

    Looking forward to the review for The Marriage Plot.
    How to Win Friends and Influence People was my TBR for such a long time, but I didn’t even make time to find a copy. Maybe this year!

    Here is my WWW post: https://cheekylines.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-03-01-2018/

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    • Sam January 4, 2018 at 7:10 AM #

      There’s always time to read a new book. 😊 I expect my review will be up the week of the 15th so you’ll have to wait a bit. Happy reading!

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  32. camillesbookishadventures January 4, 2018 at 8:52 AM #

    I’ve been meaning to try Eugenides for what seems like forever…

    Here is my participation this week:
    https://camillesbookishadventures.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/www-wednesday-3-1-18-a-day-late/

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    • Sam January 4, 2018 at 10:38 AM #

      I really enjoyed Middlesex. This one was also good, but Middlesex is better. Happy reading!

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  33. siderealday January 4, 2018 at 11:01 AM #

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one reading The Color Purple right now – it makes me feel better about not having read this classic before.
    Good luck with work starting back up!
    Here’s my WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/www-wednesday-1-2/
    I promise to try to be better about participating in this in 2018 – I’ve felt so bad about missing so many. Happy reading!

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    • Sam January 4, 2018 at 11:16 AM #

      It was one I never read in school and someone said I was really missing out. I’m glad you’re back and you are always more than welcome when you can be here. Happy reading!

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  34. whimsywriter3 January 4, 2018 at 11:52 AM #

    Ooops mine is late. But better late than never! 😀 https://whimsywriter3.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/www-wednesday-jan-4th/

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    • Sam January 4, 2018 at 12:33 PM #

      Always! Happy reading.

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  35. ravensvu January 4, 2018 at 5:10 PM #

    Currently – none

    Recently – I just finished The Professor and the Madman too, and quite enjoyed it. A fascinating account of how the words were defined – by how they were used. Granted, was in literature, as opposed to roaming the streets with a tape-recorder, but still great to learn about. And the two characters were well chosen, complementing each other, each with their niche in life. My review is here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2215138508?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

    Next – Caught, by Harlan Coben. Or one of the many library books I have on hold.

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    • Sam January 4, 2018 at 7:42 PM #

      I’m glad you enjoyed the book! My book club meets Monday to discuss it and I’m interested to see how people felt about Minor. I pity him but I greatly admire him as well. Happy reading!

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