WWW Wednesday, 9-May-2018

9 May

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’m enjoying Mister Monkey by Francine Prose and I think I’ll have it finished by next week. The audiobook is well done and I’ve started doing my long runs so I get through audiobooks on my phone fairly quickly. I like finding the connections between the plot lines and I’ve had fun guessing who the next narrator will be.
I’m not too far into The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne but it’s a joy so far. Hanagarne is able to make fun of himself and his childhood and at the same time convey how hard it is to live with Tourette’s. I’m enjoying the tone he picked for the book and I’m excited to keep reading.
My next ebook is The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver. I added it to my list after I enjoyed another Shriver book. I’m a bit too early in this one to tell how I feel about it and I’m not reading it quickly so expect this one to linger here for a while.
Over the weekend, I started a new physical book with The Sellout by Paul Beatty. I almost read this about a year ago but was going to miss the book club meeting so I decided not to read it and now I get a second chance! Again, early in, but so far soon good!

Recently finished: I was able to wrap up An Abundance of Katherines by John Green late last week. It’s not my favorite Green by any means, but it was still enjoyable. I’ll have a review up next week so I can go into some more detail on it.
I sped through What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self by Ellyn Spragins. The letters were all really short so I’d binge-read five or so at a time and got through the book really fast. I’ll have a review for this one up next week, also. I’m catching up on reviews!

A few reviews as well! I posted about my feelings on Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs last Thursday. I love this author and I gave him a glowing review. He always makes me laugh. I gave him 5 out of 5 Stars.
I also wrote about The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro earlier this week. I’ve liked Ishiguro in the past, but this book was not for me. Please check out my review for more details, but still read Never Let Me Go! I gave the book 2 out of 5 stars.

Reading Next: I’m trying to keep ahead of my book club picks so I can lazily pick up my own books. The next one I’ll grab will be Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. I’m worried the audiobook I have is abridged because it’s only 2 hours and 30 minutes long! If you’ve read this before, does that seem right? It looks like the book is about 200 pages so I’m surprised it would be so short.


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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87 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 9-May-2018”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow May 9, 2018 at 1:39 AM #

    I enjoyed Another Brooklyn, and I am curious about The World’s Strongest Librarian. Have a great week, and here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 8:21 AM #

      It’s been really funny so far. Happy reading!

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  2. Emily Wrayburn May 9, 2018 at 2:04 AM #

    That does sound quite short! I usually estimate about 40-50 pages per hour of audio book, give or take… There’s nothing in the description about it being abridged?

    Here’s my post for this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesday-may-09-2018/

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 8:22 AM #

      No, I checked twice and looked at other audiobook sources. I thought it was so strange. Happy reading!

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  3. Books tales by me May 9, 2018 at 2:13 AM #

    I am thinking to read AAK
    Here’s my post for this week
    https://bookstalebyme.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesday09-may-2018/

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 8:23 AM #

      I’d recommend his other books first, but it’s still enjoyable. Happy reading!

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  4. Holly May 9, 2018 at 2:27 AM #

    Agreed about An Abundance of Katherines– definitely not my favorite John Green novel, but still great! Happy reading 🙂

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 8:37 AM #

      I don’t think there’s a bad John Green novel, just better ones. Happy reading!

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      • Holly May 10, 2018 at 2:25 AM #

        ACCURATE 🙂

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  5. lilisblissfulpages May 9, 2018 at 3:41 AM #

    What’s your favorite by Green? I can’t seem to like his works but I’m trying…

    Here’s my WWW: https://lilisblissfulpages.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesday-21/

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    • silverbuttonbooks May 9, 2018 at 10:11 AM #

      I am with you! People seem to love his books but I just haven’t read one yet that I loved. Anyone have a favorite? Maybe I missed it….

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      • lilisblissfulpages May 9, 2018 at 11:04 AM #

        I watched TFIoS and thought it was okay. i read the book, it was also just Okay. then I read Paper Towns and I got depressed. i really didn’t like it. lol.

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      • Sam May 9, 2018 at 5:29 PM #

        I’m not a big fan of Paper Towns. I didn’t see what was so great about Margo and it didn’t feel like it had an ending to me.

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      • lilisblissfulpages May 10, 2018 at 1:14 AM #

        The ending is what threw me off too. It’s like nonsense and everything happened turned to nothing.

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      • silverbuttonbooks May 9, 2018 at 8:47 PM #

        Depression has been my main take-away. He’s a bit like Nicholas Sparks but for teens with cancer and other issues.

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      • Sam May 9, 2018 at 9:29 PM #

        Katherines didn’t deal with depression in any way. It talked about being happy with who you are instead of what you think you should be. It was a good message, just not a great ending or premise in my opinion.

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      • silverbuttonbooks May 9, 2018 at 10:28 PM #

        Thanks for that Sam! There are so many great books out there that sometimes when an author turns me off I just stop reading them which means I miss out on a fair number of good ones. (I didn’t like Eleanor and Park for example but have loved everything else by Rainbow Rowell). So, I appreciate other readers highlighting the differences in one author’s books. Thank you!

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      • lilisblissfulpages May 10, 2018 at 1:08 AM #

        Yeah maybe that’s why I couldn’t love them… I do read Sparks’ books but teens issues I’m not particularly fond of. Besides some of them are silly and tropey. I’m not realy that much into YA contemporary.

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      • Sam May 9, 2018 at 5:26 PM #

        Looking for Alaska is good! And if you want to cry, The Fault in Our Stars.

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      • silverbuttonbooks May 9, 2018 at 8:54 PM #

        No, no crying! I hates it. Thanks for the warning. 🙂

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 1:53 PM #

      I liked The Fault in our Stars and Looking for Alaska. I wasn’t a big fan of Paper Towns, to be honest. Happy reading!

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      • lilisblissfulpages May 9, 2018 at 2:09 PM #

        Oh thank God, I thought I’m the only one who didn’t love Paper Towns. 🙂 🙂
        And happy reading too.

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  6. boyishbookworm May 9, 2018 at 4:03 AM #

    I still haven’t read a John Green book and I feel I’m missing out. Which book of his is your favourite?

    My WWW post

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 3:35 PM #

      The Fault in our Stars or Looking for Alaska so far. Happy reading!

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  7. alilovesbooks May 9, 2018 at 4:23 AM #

    I have been kinda tempted by both the Buried Giant and the Sellout. I’ll go check out your review for the first now and will be keeping an eye out for your thoughts on the second 😁

    Here’s my WWW https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesday-9th-may-2018/

    Happy reading.

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 3:35 PM #

      It wasn’t too positive for The Buried Giant. I wish it was better, but the book wasn’t for me. Happy reading!

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  8. Margaret May 9, 2018 at 4:27 AM #

    The World’s Strongest Librarian sounds a remarkable book – glad you’re enjoying it. I’m sorry The Buried Giant wasn’t for you – my favourite of Ishiguro’s books is Remains of the Day – I loved it.

    Here’s my Wednesday post – https://booksplease.org/2018/05/09/my-wednesday-post-9-may-2018/

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    • whatcathyreadnext May 9, 2018 at 9:58 AM #

      Another The Remains of the Day fan here and I love the film version. I always find myself at the end thinking (no, let’s be honest, sometimes shouting at the screen), ‘Go after her!’

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 4:58 PM #

      My favorite was Never Let Me Go. Have you read it? Happy reading!

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      • Margaret May 10, 2018 at 1:40 AM #

        Yes I have read Never Let Me Go. Beautifully written but, I thought it was very chilling. I didn’t know what it was about before I read it and I was both shocked and horrified by it.

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  9. The Gal Herself May 9, 2018 at 7:11 AM #

    Hadn’t even heard of An Abundance of Katherines until this moment. How could a John Green book fly under my radar? 🙂

    I’ve got a biography and a mystery this week, and recommend them both.

    http://onegalsmusings.blogspot.com/2018/05/wwwwednesday.html

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 4:59 PM #

      I think it was his first. I’ll write up a review this weekend so look for it early next week. Happy reading!

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  10. bettylouise31 May 9, 2018 at 8:04 AM #

    Your books are all new to me. Enjoy reading. My link is
    https://idahobluebird50.com/2018/05/09/wwws-wednesday-may-9-1918/

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  11. Whispering Stories May 9, 2018 at 8:24 AM #

    I’ve never read any of John Green’s books. I like the look of ‘The Worlds Strongest Librarian’. Here’s my WWW – https://whisperingstories.com/wednesday-reading-9th-may-2018/

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 5:16 PM #

      John Green is good if you enjoy YA. Librarian is good for a laugh! Happy reading.

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  12. Teri Polen May 9, 2018 at 8:24 AM #

    I read The Post Birthday World several years ago and it fascinated me – how your life could change so radically based on one decision. Hope you enjoy it! https://teripolen.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesdays-what-am-i-reading-amreading/

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 5:17 PM #

      Thanks! I’m really looking forward to it but not very far in yet. Happy reading!

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  13. doriesreadingcorner May 9, 2018 at 9:03 AM #

    Happy Wednesday! Here’s my WWW Wednesday post for this week: https://doriesreadingcorner.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesday-may-9th-2018/

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  14. Ryan May 9, 2018 at 9:06 AM #

    I definitely liked Never Let Me Go more than The Buried Giant as well. I had trouble emotionally connecting with the characters in the latter; the memory element of the plot made it impossible for me. I enjoyed your review 🙂

    Here’s WWW post:
    https://musewithmeblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesday-2018-05-09/

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 5:18 PM #

      Thanks! I didn’t realize it was an allegory for old age until I’d finished it. I’m not sure if I’d have liked it more knowing that. Happy reading!

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  15. Musings Of A Bookish Nerd May 9, 2018 at 9:37 AM #

    I also still have not read anything by John Green yet…Is there one you would recommend starting with?

    Here is my WWW: https://musingsofabookishnerd.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesday-9/

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  16. whatcathyreadnext May 9, 2018 at 9:39 AM #

    I know the pleasure of feeling you’re all caught up with reviews as I’m in that happy state at the moment! However, if I know anything, it won’t be long before they’re stacking up again… I read your review of The Buried Giant and concluded that, although I loved The Remains of the Day, I should probably give this one a miss and go for your recommendation of Never Let Me Go.

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesdays-9th-may-18/

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 5:25 PM #

      I hope you love Never Let Me Go! I adored it. I hope to get caught up this weekend, but I’m never fully caught up, haha. Happy reading!

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  17. silverbuttonbooks May 9, 2018 at 10:13 AM #

    I have The World’s Strongest Librarian on my TBR list and I cannot wait to read it. I have a few friends with TS and I am looking forward to seeing his approach. And, apparently I am with quite a few other people in wanting to know people’s favorite John Green!

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  18. Alexia Cambaling May 9, 2018 at 10:17 AM #

    I haven’t read a John Green book in a while. I might try An Abundance of Katherines once I get on a contemporary kick.

    Here’s my link: https://thebookwormdaydreamer.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesday-9-may-2018/

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 5:27 PM #

      I’d recommend Looking for Alaska first. Happy reading!

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  19. Maddie // Munch Reviews May 9, 2018 at 10:29 AM #

    What a great week of reading!!

    Here’s my list for the week!
    https://munchreviews.ca/2018/05/09/www-wednesday-2/

    Thanks and have a good week!

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  20. anovelglimpse May 9, 2018 at 10:38 AM #

    I haven’t read that book before, but that seems extremely short for an audio book! I hope it’s the entire book for your sake.

    My WWW Wednesday.

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 5:28 PM #

      Thanks, I’m thinking of grabbing a library copy just to check. Happy reading!

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  21. Sheri May 9, 2018 at 10:39 AM #

    The World’s Strongest Librarian sounds interesting. Here is my post http://tvaddictedbookworm.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesday-5-9-18/

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 5:28 PM #

      I’m loving it so far. It makes the late drives home from school less miserable. Happy reading!

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  22. laurenisreadingblog May 9, 2018 at 11:07 AM #

    I look forward to seeing what you think about The Sellout. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, I just haven’t gotten around to it. Happy reading!

    My post: https://laurenisreading.blog/2018/05/09/www-wednesday-24/

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 5:29 PM #

      I’m so early into it that I don’t have an opinion quite yet. I’ll see how I feel next week. Happy reading!

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  23. shadowriverdaleharley May 9, 2018 at 11:45 AM #

    An abundance of katherine’s wasnt my favorite either
    here’s mine https://shadowriverdaleharley.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesday-18/

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 5:29 PM #

      What was? Happy reading.

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  24. Jolie May 9, 2018 at 12:05 PM #

    I have been eyeing The World’s Strongest Librarian. Maybe if I ever get my TBR pile down, I will read it. Here is mine for this week: https://readwithme2018.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesday-may-9th-2018/

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 5:30 PM #

      It’s really funny! I love how he can poke fun at himself and still be serious. Happy reading!

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  25. Leslie May 9, 2018 at 12:31 PM #

    Yay, you finished the John Green book!!

    https://booksarethenewblackblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/w-w-w-wednesday-10/

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 5:30 PM #

      Haha, yes! YA seems to be good on ebook for me. I’ll have to keep that in mind as I didn’t do it that way this time around. Oh well. Happy reading!

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      • Leslie May 9, 2018 at 8:52 PM #

        That’s good to know for the future though! Happy Reading to you too! Have a great week!

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  26. Stephanie May 9, 2018 at 12:40 PM #

    I’m sorry The Buried Giant was not a favorite; it definitely different. Ishiguro’s writing style is beautiful, but it didn’t quite transfer that well to fantasy. I’m not sure what he was trying to do. Never Let Me Go is one of my favorites and a book that I often teach in my university Interpreting Literature class. You’re current reads sound fascinating! Enjoy! Here is my WWW post: https://stephsfictionandfamilylove.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesday-may-09-2018/

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 5:31 PM #

      I think he was trying too hard to talk about Alzheimer’s and old age that he dropped the story. I wish every book could be as good as Never Let Me Go! Happy reading.

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      • Stephanie May 9, 2018 at 7:46 PM #

        I agree. I have a fellow professor who insists on teaching The Buried Giant in his Interpreting Literature class and thinks it is Ishiguro’s best work next to The Remain’s of the Day; we’ve discussed the book because I’ve been very interested in why he thinks that, etc; however, I still can’t agree. To each their own, which is why books are so wonderful! But yes, if all books were as great as Never Let Me Go, then that would be great! You too!

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  27. bettylouise31 May 9, 2018 at 3:22 PM #

    The Jodi Picoult book sound good. My link today is My thanks to Overdrive and Meridian Library for my copy. Anne Perry did not disappoint in the 23rd book on the William Monk series, it as good as all her books. The book covers family secrets, the horror of war, mob violence and deceit of an individual.
    Monk’s current case is the vicious death of Hungarian living in London. Scuff is learning to be a doctor and he meets an army surgeon, Fritz who is living in the area. Fritz is an old friend of Hester. She believed that he died in the war. She had found a body as we’re saving the living. This surgeon has blackouts with memories of the Crimean battlefields. As more similar deaths occur in the Hungarian community tensions escalate as Monk does not make an arrest. Fritz is found on the streets covered in blood and the Hungarians are convinced he is the killer. Mob violence takes over and Monk is forced to arrest Fritz for the murder. Hester is determined to save him from the gallows. Will she succeed? I HIGHLY recommend this book and series.

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  28. BookerTalk May 9, 2018 at 6:06 PM #

    Just managed to do this before wednesday became thursday https://bookertalk.com/2018/05/09/wwwednesday-9-may-2018/

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    • Sam May 9, 2018 at 9:22 PM #

      Kudos! I have to schedule it in advance to be on time. Happy reading!

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      • BookerTalk May 11, 2018 at 11:38 AM #

        At but then how can I saw what I am reading or just finished??

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      • Sam May 11, 2018 at 12:21 PM #

        I’m right 95% of the time haha.

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  29. Peachy May 10, 2018 at 8:11 PM #

    I’ll be watching out for your review of An Abundance of Katherines 😀
    I haven’t heard at all of the other books, which is a little bit unusual, but I guess not really surprising – there are so many great (and not-so-great) books out there.

    Here’s my link for the week if you want to check out what I’ve been reading: https://bookdragonlair.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/www-wednesday-05-09-2018/

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    • Sam May 10, 2018 at 8:13 PM #

      I’ll be writing the review this weekend. Look for it early next week. Happy reading!

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