WWW Wednesday, 31-January-2018

31 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: I was able to make some good progress on A Widow for One Year by John Irving. I had a lot of meetings to drive to last week so I got through three disks! I’m still just over halfway through this book but I’m feeling good about finishing it before the library makes me bring it in to prove I didn’t lose it.
I made steady progress in Harry Potter y las Reliquias de la Muerte by J.K. Rowling. I’ve been training hard and some nights I go to bed without reading so I know I could have read more, but I’m still happy with what I’ve gotten through.
Sad news that the audiobook I have access to for The Poe Shadow was abridged! I decided to pass it up in favor of the full novel sometime in the future. Instead, I started listening to My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. A very good friend of mine said a literature professor she had during her MFA said this was her favorite novel of all time and I’ve had it on my shelf for years. I’m glad I’m finally getting to it.
I needed a new ebook and the next on my list is one I’m very excited about: The Circle by Dave Eggers! I really wanted to read this one a while ago and never got around to it. I’ve just started but I’m very excited.

Recently finished: No surprise that I finished The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. It was a quick audiobook though I wish I’d had a different narrator for my experience. I posted my review yesterday if you want to read all my thoughts. I gave it 4 out of 5 Stars.
I also finished The Color Purple by Alice Walker which was a pleasant surprise. I was also glad to have a happy(er) ending. I should have my review of that up tomorrow and a movie review up next week. I love when there’s a movie!

I posted my review on How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie on Monday if you want to check that one out. I gave it 3 out of 5 Stars.

Reading Next: I’ll be out-of-town for my next book club meeting so I don’t have any pressure there to put aside Harry for another book. If I had to guess, I’d say I’ll need a CD Audiobook next and I’ll turn to Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire. I read Wicked when I was in high school and I’ll have to find a refresher on what happened so I can continue with the next book in the series!


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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94 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 31-January-2018”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow January 31, 2018 at 1:28 AM #

    I’ve heard good things about My Brilliant Friend. Enjoy! Here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 11:20 AM #

      Thanks, it’s been fun so far. Happy reading!

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  2. alilovesbooks January 31, 2018 at 1:59 AM #

    Wow sounds like you’ve managed to get a lot of reading done. I need to find some way to sneak some in at work.

    Here’s my WWW https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-31st-january-2018/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 11:21 AM #

      Haha good luck! I only manage it during lunch. Happy reading!

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  3. cleopatralovesbooks January 31, 2018 at 3:04 AM #

    Glad to hear you are making progress with the John Irving – here is my Wednesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/this-week-in-books-january-30/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 11:23 AM #

      Thanks, I always enjoy an Irving story. Happy reading!

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  4. Whispering Stories January 31, 2018 at 4:26 AM #

    I tried to read My Brilliant Friend but couldn’t get into it. Son of a Witch looks interesting. Here’s my post – https://whisperingstories.com/www-wednesday-reading-31st-january-2018/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 11:19 AM #

      I’ve read Ferrante before so I knew it would be a slower book going in, which has helped. Happy Wednesday!

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  5. Margaret January 31, 2018 at 4:53 AM #

    You’ve been making great progress! i’m looking forward to your review of The Color Purple. Here’s my post – https://booksplease.org/2018/01/31/my-week-in-books-31-january-2018/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 11:24 AM #

      I wrote it last night and will post it on Monday. I hope to watch the film tonight. Happy reading!

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  6. Sue Featherstone January 31, 2018 at 5:22 AM #

    I’ve only just discovered this. Great idea – see what I’m reading here https://bookloversbooklist.com/2018/01/31/what-im-reading-come-and-join-me-today-on-www-wednesday/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 11:17 AM #

      Welcome, I’m glad you’re joining us. Happy Wednesday!

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      • Sue Featherstone January 31, 2018 at 11:19 AM #

        You too!

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  7. Lorna January 31, 2018 at 7:10 AM #

    My Brilliant Friend was one of my top books last year. Here’s my link for the link up: https://ginlemonade.com/2018/01/31/january-reading-wrap-up-whats-on-next/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 11:15 AM #

      Great! I’ve only heard good things about it. Happy Wednesday!

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  8. The Gal Herself January 31, 2018 at 7:14 AM #

    Eager to see what you think of the Dale Carnegie. It’s been such an evergreen. Let’s see you believe it holds up in the new millennium.

    I’ve got two biographies this week
    http://onegalsmusings.blogspot.com/2018/01/wwwwednesday_31.html

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    • whatcathyreadnext January 31, 2018 at 10:41 AM #

      I’m interested by the Ben Bradlee book. I’m planning to see The Post soon so I’ll bear in mind your comments when considering the film’s portrayal of him.

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 11:25 AM #

      I posted my review earlier this week if you want to check it out. Happy reading!

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  9. Hasanthi Navaratne January 31, 2018 at 7:45 AM #

    Hello!!!! You have done a lot of reading! Great books. want to add Son of a Witch to my TBR. Here is mine, https://hasanthisbookworld.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-31-january-2018/

    Happy Reading

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 11:26 AM #

      I recommend reading the first in the series, Wicked, before you pick it up. Happy reading!

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  10. Emily @ Reaching While Rooted January 31, 2018 at 7:48 AM #

    I read Wicked last summer! I have all of his books on my Kindle for “some day.” I know O say it a lot, but so many books and so little time! Here’s my WWW: https://reachingwhilerooted.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-01-31-18/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 11:26 AM #

      Haha, it’s taken me years to pick up the sequel so no judgement here! Happy reading.

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  11. silverbuttonbooks January 31, 2018 at 8:08 AM #

    Wow. That is a lot of reading / listening while training! I am so impressed. I read Wicked and a few other Maguire books all in a row and then forgot about him! I am interested to hear what you think of Son of a Witch. And, The Color Purple, so good right?!? Here is my WWW post https://wordpress.com/post/silverbuttonbooks.com/4602

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 5:46 PM #

      Aw, I loved The Color Purple! I’m going to try to watch the movie tonight. I realized I didn’t push myself harder when training if I listened to books rather than music so I made the switch and I’ll never look back, haha. Happy reading!

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  12. lilisblissfulpages January 31, 2018 at 8:24 AM #

    Same here with Wicked, It’s been a long time since I read it. 🙂 🙂
    Here’s my post.
    https://lilisblissfulpages.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-13/

    Have a great week Sam.

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 5:46 PM #

      I’ll have to read a plot summary before I dive back in. Happy reading!

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      • lilisblissfulpages January 31, 2018 at 8:10 PM #

        That’s exactlywhat I did when i read your list. 🙂 Happy reading too Sam.:

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  13. Jamie @ Fantasy Book Chick January 31, 2018 at 8:25 AM #

    That is a lot of reading, I wish I could get that much read so fast. I haven’t heard of any of these books. 🙂

    Here’s my WWW post: https://fantasybookchick.blogspot.com/2018/01/www-wednesdays_31.html

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 5:47 PM #

      I try to fill up every spare moment with a story. Happy reading!

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  14. bettylouise31 January 31, 2018 at 8:29 AM #

    Reading several ebooks would confuse me. Your selection of books are a study of various different groups. My link is
    https://idahobluebird50.com/2018/01/31/wwws-wednesday-january-31-2018/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 5:47 PM #

      I find I get less confused if my books are not at all related to each other. Happy reading!

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  15. Ryan January 31, 2018 at 8:36 AM #

    Wicked is one of those books that has been sitting on my shelf for AGES. I really ought to get that read (a sentence I will probably never stop saying about books throughout life).

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

    https://musewithmeblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-2018-01-31/

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 5:48 PM #

      I hope you enjoy it when you find the time. I read it before I saw the musical back when it was touring. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 11:13 AM #

      I always try to be haha. Happy Wednesday!

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  16. Marissa Writes (@Reading_List1) January 31, 2018 at 9:36 AM #

    I adore Wicked and Son of a Witch… both got me into the whole fairy tale reimagining set up… I’m reading Splintered now… also good.

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 11:13 AM #

      How fun! I believe there’s a final Wicked book and I bet I pick it up eventually. Happy reading!

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  17. Cam @ amaranthinebooks January 31, 2018 at 9:37 AM #

    I’ve been dying to read My Brilliant Friend for a while. I’ve heard it’s amazing from many different sorts of people!
    My WWW Wednesday: https://amaranthinebooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-2/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 5:49 PM #

      I hope I can be one of them. It’s so highly recommended, I’m afraid it won’t live up to expectations. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Ambi January 31, 2018 at 10:08 AM #

    Hope you enjoy all that you’re reading!

    https://edwardsghostengine.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-17-31-1-18/#more-5959

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 5:50 PM #

      Thanks, you too. Happy reading!

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  19. whatcathyreadnext January 31, 2018 at 10:31 AM #

    I’ve seen a lot of mentions of Elena Ferrante’s books but never read one. I’ll be interested to read your review. Hers is a pseudonym isn’t it and I recall some journalist a while back claiming they’d unearthed her real identity? Perhaps it will turn out to be J K Rowling again, lol.

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesdays-31st-january-18/

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  20. Kay Wisteria January 31, 2018 at 10:49 AM #

    I enjoyed The Color Purple last year 🙂
    Here is my list! https://hammockofbooks.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-1-31-18/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 11:10 AM #

      Glad to hear it. I hope to watch the movie tonight. Happy Wednesday!

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  21. camillesbookishadventures January 31, 2018 at 11:05 AM #

    I need to read Elena Ferrante, I always hear about her books but haven’t tried them yet.

    Here is my WWW link: https://camillesbookishadventures.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-31-1-17/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 5:52 PM #

      This is my second. The world she’s writing about is very unique to Italy and I enjoy reading about it. Happy reading!

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  22. Sarina Langer (@sarinalanger) January 31, 2018 at 11:09 AM #

    I’m late to the party today 😛 I was going to comment with my phone earlier but there was no option to sign in with Twitter :/

    I’m impressed that you’ve found a way to make meetings enjoyable! Being able to listen to audio books on the way has got to help 😀

    Here’s mine: https://sarinalangerwriter.com/2018/01/31/www-31st-january-2018/

    Happy reading, Sam! ❤

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 5:52 PM #

      Better late than never! I’m just now getting to this so you see how late I am. Happy reading!

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  23. Sheri January 31, 2018 at 11:36 AM #

    Good luck with all your reading/listening:) Here’s my post https://tvaddictedbookworm.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-79/

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  24. doriesreadingcorner January 31, 2018 at 11:48 AM #

    Good morning! Here’s my WWW Wednesday post for today: https://doriesreadingcorner.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-january-31-2018/

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Jenn @ Bound to Writing January 31, 2018 at 12:30 PM #

    I want to read The Circle before I see the movie! I hope you enjoy it! Have a great reading week! 🙂 Here’s my WWW post https://www.boundtowriting.com/www-wednesday-january-31/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 5:54 PM #

      I’m going after the same thing, haha. I love Emma Watson so it’s hard to picture someone else as Mae while I read it. Happy reading!

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      • Jenn @ Bound to Writing January 31, 2018 at 6:16 PM #

        I’m going to have the same problem, but that’s alright! I’m sure the boom will still be just as good!

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  26. Lindsay | Bookboodle January 31, 2018 at 12:38 PM #

    I’m curious about Elena Ferrante and My Brilliant Friend – will look forward to your thoughts next week and if worth adding to the never-ending TBR!

    Here’s my WWW – https://bookboodle.co.uk/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-january-31st

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 5:54 PM #

      Oh gosh, haha. I’ve got about nine hours left on the Ferrante audiobook. I hope I can finish it in the next two weeks. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  27. batgirlwrites January 31, 2018 at 1:33 PM #

    Hope you have an excellent week with lovely books. Happy Wednesday 🙂

    Here’s my list : https://batgirlwritesblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-31-january-2018/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 5:55 PM #

      Thanks, happy Wednesday!

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  28. siderealday January 31, 2018 at 2:16 PM #

    I hope by pleasant surprise you mean you enjoyed where The Color Purple went. I know I was very happy to get to the ending and see at least a few things go right.
    Congrats on getting through The Elements of Style as an audio book – I am so glad I read a physical copy and can’t imagine how much trouble you had listening to some of the sections.
    Here’s my WWW post: https://siderealday.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-1-31/
    Thanks for hosting and happy reading!

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 5:58 PM #

      Yes, I enjoyed where it went a lot. I kept thinking the ending would be crushingly sad but it turned out well for Celie, or as well as it could.
      There were some parts of Elements I almost gave up and grabbed my copy, haha. It was a bit much. Happy Wednesday!

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  29. Rachel January 31, 2018 at 2:17 PM #

    I look forward to reading your review of The Color Purple!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://musingsofacoffeeaddictedbibliophile.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-3/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 5:59 PM #

      I wrote it last night and it will be up Monday. Happy reading!

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  30. anovelglimpse January 31, 2018 at 3:00 PM #

    I love when I make progress on audio books. It feels so good to complete each disk — especially if I’m enjoying the story! That’s awesome it was that kind of week for you!
    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 6:00 PM #

      That’s one thing I dislike about eaudiobooks. Changing the disk feels like such progress that I don’t get on my phone. Oh well, technology, haha. Happy reading!

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  31. Emily Wrayburn January 31, 2018 at 3:00 PM #

    I’m glad you enjoyed The Color Purple. I really hope to read it soon.

    Here’s my post for this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-january-31-2018/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 6:00 PM #

      I plan to watch the movie tonight to continue enjoying it even more. Happy reading!

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  32. sarahinreaderland January 31, 2018 at 3:10 PM #

    You’ve gotten through so much this week! Good work on managing to get through The Color Purple. I loved the book but never gotten around to the movie. I also love when there is a movie adaptation. So interesting to see how they bring the book to life (or don’t in some cases!

    Hope everyone else has had an awesome reading week! Have a read of my WWW Wednesday post;

    https://sarahinreaderland.com/2018/01/31/31st-jan-www-wednesday/

    Sarah x

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 6:01 PM #

      I’m so excited to compare the two. I hope I can watch it all tonight, we’ll see. Happy reading!

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      • sarahinreaderland February 1, 2018 at 5:38 PM #

        Hope you managed to get through it all and have a positive review!!

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      • Sam February 1, 2018 at 8:50 PM #

        I watched half last night and I’ll finish it tomorrow.

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  33. rabbitearsblog January 31, 2018 at 3:35 PM #

    Oooh! Son of a Witch sounds interesting! I hope you enjoy all your books!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday:

    https://rabbitearsblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesdays-12-january-31-2018/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 6:01 PM #

      I’m excited to get to it. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  34. Hayley at RatherTooFondofBooks January 31, 2018 at 4:36 PM #

    I’ve been thinking of starting My Brilliant Friend soon as I’ve also had it on my TBR for a long time. I hope you continue to enjoy it.
    My WWW post: https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesdays-31-jan-what-are-you-reading-this-week/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 6:02 PM #

      Thanks, I hope you get to it soon and can enjoy it as well. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  35. shadowriverdaleharley January 31, 2018 at 6:18 PM #

    I read son of a witch a while ago, that’s the farthest I got with that series. Enjoy it. Here’s my post https://shadowriverdaleharley.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-4/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 8:25 PM #

      Farther than me so far, haha. Happy reading!

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  36. laurenisreadingblog January 31, 2018 at 8:51 PM #

    You’ve made some good progress this week! Happy reading! 🙂

    My WWW: laurenisreadingblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-13-2/

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 8:53 PM #

      Thank you! I hope I can continue to make some progress this week. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  37. Candy @ So little time... January 31, 2018 at 10:06 PM #

    I hope you enjoy “My Brillant Friend”!

    Here’s my post: http://candy-m.blogspot.com/2018/01/what-are-you-reading-jan-31-2018.html

    Thanks for hosting! Happy reading!

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    • Sam January 31, 2018 at 10:08 PM #

      Thanks! I got a chance to listen to another hour today. Happy reading!

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  38. karenjo46 February 1, 2018 at 1:41 PM #

    Had a bad day yesterday so I’m a day late.

    Here’s my WWW – https://sincerelykarenjo.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/www-wednesdays-19/

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