WWW Wednesday, 24-January-2018

24 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: Still making steady progress with The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Things have finally started to turn around for Celie and I can see a possible happy ending for her! I hope it lasts.
I have a few drives this week that will give me some time to enjoy. A Widow for One Year by John Irving. I made some decent progress this week but nothing to be too proud of. I hope to keep pecking away at this one for a while. Maybe the news will be less depressing when I finish and I can go back to that while I drive.
I slowed down a bit with Harry Potter y las Reliquias de la Muerte by J.K. Rowling this week because I’ve been so tired! I’m training hard now for my first swim meet in ten years and I’m not getting as much sleep as I’d like. It’s what I get for deciding to swim again.
I started  The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White and I’ll probably finish it really soon. It’s only a 90-minute audiobook! The narrator is really terrible and I have to concentrate a lot as he reads out the sentences and words to hear where the commas fall. This one might have been easier to read.

Recently finished: I got through How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie like I suspected. There was so solid advice in here and I hope I can retain some of it. I’m trying it out on a co-worker of mine that I find frustrating to deal with. We’ll see if I get anywhere!

I posted my review of Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin on Monday. Please check it out! My book club meets next week to discuss it.

Reading Next: It’s hard to guess. The next book I’ll finish will be The Elements of Style so I’ll need an audiobook for my phone. Next up will probably be The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl. I’ve wanted to read this since I found out about it after enjoying Pearl’s other book, The Dante Club. I’ll see if this one stands up to his first.


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, 24-January-2018”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow January 24, 2018 at 1:28 AM #

    Interesting selection of books. I am curious about The Poe Shadow. Enjoy! Here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM #

      Thank you, I’m excited to see what else this author has up his sleeve. Happy reading!

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  2. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders January 24, 2018 at 1:29 AM #

    Yes – let me know how those strategies work on your coworker! I might need to invest in that book. 🙂

    https://girlof1000wonders.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/tuesday-teaser-intro-the-christmas-cowboy-hero/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:01 PM #

      I utterly failed at them today when she talked to me because I was too tired to think! I’ll have to try it again tomorrow. Happy reading!

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  3. alilovesbooks January 24, 2018 at 1:59 AM #

    I’m now really curious about whether those strategies work on your co worker. There are a few people in my office that I have problems with so I may need to try them myself if they work 😀

    Here’s my WWW https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-24th-january-2018/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:01 PM #

      I hope it goes well, I’ll have to do a long-term study. Happy reading!

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  4. Rosie Amber January 24, 2018 at 2:06 AM #

    Best of luck with the co-worker and the Pearl books both have interesting titles, I shall check them out.
    Here’s my post for this week https://wp.me/p2Eu3u-aZO

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:02 PM #

      I was intrigued by The Poe Shadow because I’ve enjoyed Poe’s work so much and I found The Dante Club a great combination of literature, history, and mystery. Happy reading!

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  5. Margaret January 24, 2018 at 3:18 AM #

    I enjoyed The Poe Shadow when I read it years ago – I haven’t read The Dante Club, maybe I should? The Color Purple is one of my TBRs – I hope it has a happy ending too.

    Here’s my Wednesday post – https://booksplease.org/2018/01/24/my-week-in-books-24-january-2018/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:03 PM #

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it! I liked The Dante Club but can’t tell you yet if it’s similar to The Poe Shadow. Ask me in a few weeks! Happy reading!

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  6. camillesbookishadventures January 24, 2018 at 3:42 AM #

    I like the cover of the Poe Shadow, it’s intriguing!

    https://camillesbookishadventures.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-24-1-18/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:03 PM #

      I agree, can’t wait to start it. Happy reading!

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  7. Lindsay | Bookboodle January 24, 2018 at 3:47 AM #

    Had to laugh at you trying out the How to Win Friends and Influence People tactics on your colleague! That’s a whole blog post of its own 🙂

    Here’s my WWW – https://bookboodle.co.uk/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-january-10th

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:04 PM #

      Haha, I’m starting to think it will be! I’ll feel like a scientist because I’ll have to take notes. Happy reading!

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  8. lilisblissfulpages January 24, 2018 at 4:45 AM #

    Embarrassing to admit but I haven’t read any of the books in your list, except of course to A Widow for One Year and Harry Potter. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Have a Great week Sam. 🙂

    Here’s my List:
    https://lilisblissfulpages.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-12/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:05 PM #

      Thanks! I’m enjoying Potter immensely. A Widow for One Year is very ‘Irving-esque’ and I’m having fun with it so far. Happy reading!

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      • lilisblissfulpages January 24, 2018 at 9:44 PM #

        🙂 I’m still looking forward to your review of A widow for One year. 🙂 Speaking of Potter, I always reread all seven books every year and I’m planning to read them again soon. 🙂

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      • Sam January 24, 2018 at 9:45 PM #

        Oh my gosh, that’s amazing! What a great tradition. Happy Potter reading!

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      • lilisblissfulpages January 25, 2018 at 4:22 AM #

        Thank you. 🙂 You too. Happy reading.

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  9. Emily Wrayburn January 24, 2018 at 6:03 AM #

    I hear you on the being tired! I’m training for a trip to Nepal and I thought because I wasn’t studying this semester, I’d have so much spare time. How naive I was. At least I can use hiking time to listen to audio books, though. Good luck with getting back into swim meet mode!

    Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:06 PM #

      How fun! I love using training time to listen to audiobooks. I’m doing a trail half marathon this summer so I’ll have to start hitting trails up soon, too. Though my training doesn’t sound like it has a fun trip like yours at the end. Take pictures! Happy reading.

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  10. malanielovesfiction January 24, 2018 at 6:53 AM #

    hello!!! I’m so excited to participate in this, it was so much fun to write 🙂 Here is my link:
    https://malanielovesfiction.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-1-24-18/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 9:35 AM #

      I’m glad you had fun, welcome! Happy Wednesday!

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  11. The Gal Herself January 24, 2018 at 7:06 AM #

    Throughout my life I’ve heard about the Carnegie book. How cool that it’s still relevant!

    My reading this week was inspired by current events. One was in my TBR pile, but moved up when the author died a few weeks ago. The other is one I’ve had for decades, but I dug it up after seeing Tom Hanks in The Post.

    http://onegalsmusings.blogspot.com/2018/01/wwwwednesday_23.html

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:09 PM #

      I’ll pull books up from the bottom of my pile as they come up in the news all the time. Or, more often, when the movie is planned and I want to read the book first! Happy reading.

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  12. sarahinreaderland January 24, 2018 at 7:32 AM #

    Can’t believe it’s been a week already! Happy reading for another week all 🙂

    https://sarahinreaderland.com/2018/01/24/24th-jan-www-wednesday/

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  13. Stacey January 24, 2018 at 8:05 AM #

    Some good titles there. I’ve heard lots of good things about ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People. Here’s my WWW https://whisperingstories.com/www-wednesday-24th-january-2018/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:09 PM #

      It’s been a best seller for decades and I can see why. Happy reading!

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  14. silverbuttonbooks January 24, 2018 at 9:03 AM #

    The best of luck on your swim meet! I had wondered how listening to the (excellent but insufferably boring) Elements of Style would work. I’m impressed at your dedication to finish it! I think I have the Dante Club on my shelf. Did you really enjoy it? Have a great week! Here is my WWW https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-1-24-18/.

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:10 PM #

      I’ve got another 30 minutes to go and I’m determined to finish it soon! It’s great for distracting me from monotony so I think it will be good for me while lifting at the gym tomorrow, haha. Happy reading!

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:11 PM #

      Sorry, to answer your other question, I did enjoy The Dante Club. I actually read it twice, once in high school and again a few years ago for a book club. I’d forgotten the ending and enjoyed it the second time as much as I did the first.

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  15. JoBeth @ Blue Binding January 24, 2018 at 9:14 AM #

    I’ve always wondered about “How to Win Friends ad Influence People”, and I hope it helps you!

    Here’s my WWW: https://bluebinding.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-january-24/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:11 PM #

      Thanks, it’s one I’ve always felt I ‘should’ read. Happy reading!

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  16. Cam @ amaranthinebooks January 24, 2018 at 9:25 AM #

    Hi! This is my first time participating 🙂
    https://amaranthinebooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-1/
    I actually haven’t heard about most of the books on your list, except HP of course.

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 9:33 AM #

      Welcome! Glad you could join in. Happy Wednesday!

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  17. Ryan January 24, 2018 at 9:42 AM #

    That’s unfortunate to hear about the narrator for Elements of Style! If he’s bungled it too much to retain the book’s lessons at least it’s short, so you can easily go back to the text itself on your own.

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

    https://musewithmeblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-2018-01-24/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:12 PM #

      That’s my plan! There are some great little tid bits I think I’ll absorb, but I’ll have to review it to get a lot of the content. Happy reading!

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  18. deannalcooley January 24, 2018 at 10:02 AM #

    Here’s mine for this week https://deannawritesabout.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-january-24-2018/

    Happy reading!

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  19. bettylouise31 January 24, 2018 at 10:07 AM #

    Happy reading. My link today is
    https://idahobluebird50.com

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  20. Becky January 24, 2018 at 10:14 AM #

    These look like interesting books. Here are mine for the week!

    https://reviewsbyvandaniker.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday/

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  21. Ambi January 24, 2018 at 10:44 AM #

    Here’s my WWW for today 🙂

    https://edwardsghostengine.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-16-24-1-18/#more-5938

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  22. laurenisreadingblog January 24, 2018 at 11:13 AM #

    I’m curious to hear how your efforts with that colleague go in the long run. Good luck with them and your swim meet, and happy reading!

    My WWW: laurenisreadingblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-13/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:16 PM #

      I’ll have to see how many techniques I can use to have a better relationship with this coworker. Happy reading!

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  23. Sheri January 24, 2018 at 11:13 AM #

    Good luck with your list. Here’s mine https://tvaddictedbookworm.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-78/

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  24. faithrivens January 24, 2018 at 12:12 PM #

    It must be difficult listening to Elements of Style. The Poe Shadow sounds intriguing.
    Happy Reading!

    https://booksspringeternal.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-01-24-18/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:17 PM #

      The Poe Shadow will be a nice change of pace when I’m done with The Elements of Style, haha. Happy reading!

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  25. anovelglimpse January 24, 2018 at 12:30 PM #

    You’ll have to let us know how that book’s advice works on your co-worker!
    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:17 PM #

      So many people are asking that I’m tempted to start taking notes tomorrow, haha. Happy reading!

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  26. whatcathyreadnext January 24, 2018 at 12:32 PM #

    Yes, I can imagine The Elements of Style might be challenging as an audio book, especially if you don’t care for the narrator. I do hope the co-worker you’re planning strategies for hasn’t read Dale Carnegie also.

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-24th-january-18/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:18 PM #

      I’m just hoping to get through Elements now. I’m trying to focus more on the advice I didn’t already know and store it in my brain for later. Happy reading!

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  27. Jenn @ Bound to Writing January 24, 2018 at 12:45 PM #

    All of these books are new to me! Happy reading! 🙂
    Here’s my WWW post https://www.boundtowriting.com/www-wednesday-january-24/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:18 PM #

      I hope you find something you can enjoy later. Happy reading!

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  28. abyuwa January 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM #

    how to win friends and influence people is a good book. so much advice and interesting real life examples in it. Here is my www wednesday post. https://uwadis.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:19 PM #

      I felt some of it was common sense, but Carnegie’s advice on winning people to your way of thinking was really great. Happy reading!

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  29. Andreea P. January 24, 2018 at 1:15 PM #

    Sorry to hear it is hard to focus on The Elements of Style – I think I will look for the book, plus it sounds like the kind of book that I like to highlight and take notes.

    Hoping to hear updates on how it will go with the co-worker!

    Here is my WWW post: https://cheekylines.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-24-01-reading-all-the-books/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:21 PM #

      I think it will be one to go back to when I’m writing to make sure I’m following his advice. Happy reading!

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  30. Emily @ Reaching While Rooted January 24, 2018 at 2:59 PM #

    Good luck on the swim meet! I am in the middle of learning a new form for my first Taekwondo tournament in February… Like I need something else to memorize with school back in session!

    Here’s my WWW: https://reachingwhilerooted.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-01-24-18/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:22 PM #

      Haha, I’m feeling similar. Training for something new with classes starting soon is a bit stressful! Happy reading and good luck!

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  31. daydreamingroux January 24, 2018 at 3:54 PM #

    Here is the link to me WWW Wednesday 🙂 Lots of YA books! https://daydreamingroux.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-entering-the-realm-of-the-faeries/

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  32. Hayley at RatherTooFondofBooks January 24, 2018 at 4:28 PM #

    I hope you enjoy listening to some more of the John Irving while your in the car this week. I’m really loving audio books at the moment. Also hope that How to Win Friends… book helps you with your co-worker.
    My WWW: https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesdays-24-jan-what-are-you-reading-this-week/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:25 PM #

      I’ve got a meeting after work tomorrow that will have me driving a bit more than normal and I’m actually looking forward to it! Happy reading.

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  33. thebrightspark January 24, 2018 at 4:32 PM #

    I’m tempted by the cover of the Matthew Pearl book! At least to go look it up. Hope you enjoy, if that’s your next choice!

    My post.

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:25 PM #

      I’m excited to be starting some fiction on audio again after a stretch of non-fiction. Happy reading!

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  34. lalafulton January 24, 2018 at 4:34 PM #

    I’ve always wanted to read “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, especially since I’m SO BAD at making friends as an adult!!!

    Here’s my list! http://www.itsyagirl.com/2018/01/www-wednesday/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:26 PM #

      No one ever told me making friends would be harder once you’re out of school. I feel like we should have been warned. Happy Wednesday!

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  35. siderealday January 24, 2018 at 4:49 PM #

    Good luck with The Color Purple. I just finished it a couple days ago and wow! It blew me away.
    Here’s my WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-1-24/
    Thanks for hosting and happy reading!

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:27 PM #

      I’m so glad. I think I’ll finish it in a week, two at most! Happy Wednesday!

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  36. Katelyn @ From Cover to Cover January 24, 2018 at 6:19 PM #

    The Poe Shadow looks interesting!!

    Here is my post for today: https://katelynpdickinson.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/www-wednesday-1-24-18/

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:29 PM #

      Thanks, I’m looking forward to starting it. Happy reading!

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  37. Yvo January 24, 2018 at 8:18 PM #

    I hope The Color Purple will be a good one for you! Here’s my WWW. Have a great week and happy reading!

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    • Sam January 24, 2018 at 8:29 PM #

      I’m so close to finishing it and really excited to get to the end. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  38. doriesreadingcorner January 24, 2018 at 10:57 PM #

    Happy Wednesday! Here’s my WWW Wednesday post for this week. 🙂 https://doriesreadingcorner.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/www-wednesday-january-17-2018-2/

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  39. Noel Bleu January 24, 2018 at 11:11 PM #

    I’ve added The Poe Shadow and The Dante Club to my #goodreads list. They both seem very interesting, I have a weird fascination with serial killers so the Dante club calls to me…lol
    Here’s my post for this week!
    https://wp.me/p2dXfW-12V

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    • Sam January 25, 2018 at 7:27 AM #

      Dante Club was really fun, I hope you like it. Happy reading!

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  40. whimsywriter3 January 25, 2018 at 2:31 PM #

    I’m sorry the narrator for Elements of Style is so bad! Hopefully the book is okay despite that.
    My post: https://whimsywriter3.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/www-wednesday-january-25th/

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    • Sam January 25, 2018 at 3:23 PM #

      Its got some great advice in it that I’m getting a lot out of. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

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