WWW Wednesday, 17-April-2019

17 Apr

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: It’s still steady-going with Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min. It’s not engrossing me as much as I would like and I keep waiting to be swept into it, but I’m almost halfway through and it’s not happening. I’ll keep pressing forward!
I’m obsessed with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Simon’s voice is so perfect, I’m loving it. Honestly, it’s making me feel like my YA novel is never going to get published if this is the standard I have to stand up to. I’m finding excuses to drive around so I can listen to this.
I’m getting toward the end of The Power by Naomi Alderman and finally starting to see where it’s going. There are jumps forward and backward in time and they slowly merge into a big event. I’m getting close to it now. I think it’s safe to say this one will be finished next week.
I started reading Hawkes Harbor by S.E. Hinton. Hinton is the author of one of my all-time favorite books, The Outsiders so I’m excited to pick up something new by her. This one is relatively short so I hope it doesn’t stay on this list very long.

Recently finished: I’m happy to say I finished Midwives by Chris Bohjalian. This one had me staying up late to read just a few more pages each night and I think I frustrated my husband by keeping the light on later and later. There’s a movie of this one and I can’t wait to see it. What a complicated issue Bohjalian created. I think it will play out well on screen.

I was able to post one review this week, Dodgers by Bill Beverly. My book club met this past week to discuss it as well so I’ll have another post about this one coming up soon. I enjoyed the book but the discussion actually brought up a few issues I hadn’t thought of before so I’m really glad for this group of people who have challenged me to think more about books.

Reading Next: I still plan to pick up Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi as a physical book, I’ve just pushed it back one. I’ll get to this when Hawkes Harbor is done.
My next eaudiobook will be The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob. This book was hyped a lot a few years ago and I haven’t heard much about it since but it’s lingered on my TBR all the same.
I think it may finally be time. I tend to listen to ‘bad summer books’ in the summer. I’m going to start on A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. This will be a long endeavor to be sure, but I’m ready for it. I’ll be caught up to my husband finally. And it will be good to be catching up on the books as the show ends.


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Until next time, write on.

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86 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 17-April-2019”

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow April 17, 2019 at 1:41 AM #

    I loved Midwives, my first book by Bohjalian. Now I’ll have to check on the movie. Enjoy! Here’s MY WWW POST

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 4:48 PM #

      I’m super excited to see the movie. That plot will be great to see played out on screen. Happy reading!

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  2. Emily Wrayburn April 17, 2019 at 2:19 AM #

    I had never heard of Midwives or its author, but it sounds great! I’ll have to check it out.

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Emily Wrayburn April 17, 2019 at 7:02 AM #

      Oops, it helps if I actually leave my link.

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 4:49 PM #

      I met Bohjalian’s a few years ago and have enjoyed a few of his books since. Happy reading!

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  3. The Gal Herself April 17, 2019 at 3:26 AM #

    I did not know SE Hinton was doing new work! What a great resource you are!

    This week, my WWW is all about the girls: I’m currently reading a lurid, but fascinating, memoir by a forgotten starlet and a quick-read mystery with a tough female protagonist.

    https://onegalsmusings.blogspot.com/2019/04/wwwwednesday.html

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 4:50 PM #

      Have fun with a week of women. Happy reading!

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  4. Louise April 17, 2019 at 3:30 AM #

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying Simon! 😍 The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing sounds like a fun title.

    https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/wow-sorcery-of-thorns/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 4:50 PM #

      Simon is amazing. What a great voice Albertali gave him. Happy reading!

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  5. Lola April 17, 2019 at 3:35 AM #

    I really loved Simon and I am glad you do too! Here is my WWW: https://lolaetlavie.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesdays-17-april-2019/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 4:51 PM #

      Thanks! He’s a great character. I can’t wait to see the movie. Happy reading!

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  6. whatcathyreadnext April 17, 2019 at 3:35 AM #

    I’m interested in your comments on Becoming Mrs Mao and wonder what makes you give up on a book, if you ever do? I used to plough on to the end of every book but in the past few years I’ve become better at putting a book aside if I’m really not enjoying it.

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesdays-17th-april-19/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 4:57 PM #

      I’ll write a full review when finished but the main thing is a repetitive plot where it feels not much happens. I don’t give up on books, I plow through. Sometimes I regret that lol. Happy reading!

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  7. Lola April 17, 2019 at 3:37 AM #

    By the by: I read the first two books The Song of Ice and Fire series, but I have decided to read anymore until Mr Martin decides he can finish the series… I am not holding out any hope…

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 4:58 PM #

      Preach! I’m going slowly but I know I’ll catch up before he finishes. I’m more curious what the show’s made up at this point. Happy reading!

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  8. Zoé O'Farrell April 17, 2019 at 4:35 AM #

    Hope you enjoy GOT! I loved all of the books, can not wait for the next book…if it comes out! Here is my WWW http://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/www-wednesdays-17th-april-2019-www

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  9. Books tales by me April 17, 2019 at 5:52 AM #

    Happy Reading 🙂
    Here is my WWW post
    https://bookstalebyme.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-17-april-2019/

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  10. Vinny @ Artsy Draft April 17, 2019 at 6:05 AM #

    I’m glad you enjoyed Simon! I never heard of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, but it sounds interesting! Here’s my WWW: https://artsydraft.com/2019/04/reading-round-up-2.html

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 4:59 PM #

      I should be able to start soon. The title is great, if nothing else. Happy reading!

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  11. Whispering Stories April 17, 2019 at 6:32 AM #

    We reviewed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda last year on the blog, glad to hear you are enjoying it. Here’s our WWW – https://whisperingstories.com/www-wednesday-reading-17th-april-2019/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 4:59 PM #

      I think the plot would make a great movie so I hope to see that soon. Happy reading!

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  12. Lilyfae April 17, 2019 at 6:41 AM #

    Some books I’ve not come across in this list. I hope you enjoy them!

    My post
    https://lilyandthefae.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/pausing-for-www-wednesday-17-04/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 4:59 PM #

      I hope you found something new to enjoy. Happy reading!

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  13. kbraggy April 17, 2019 at 6:46 AM #

    Hi! Simon sounds like a YA novel with potential (for me). I look forward to more updates! Today is the 2nd anniversary of the release of my debut novel, Transilience. Hooray! And last but not least, my WWW Wednesday offering for this week: braggkevin.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-17-04-19/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:01 PM #

      I really enjoyed it! I’ve heard most people who read it liked it as well. Happy reading!

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  14. Teri Polen April 17, 2019 at 8:15 AM #

    Yes! Simon’s voice is so perfect. He had me laughing from the first page. Glad you’re enjoying it. https://teripolen.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-amreading-24/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:02 PM #

      I had major high school flash backs lol. Happy reading!

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  15. Julie April 17, 2019 at 8:52 AM #

    I have heard mixed reviews on The Power, so I did not pick it up still.

    Here is my post

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:03 PM #

      I’ll probably add to the mix. I’m not sure what to think of it still. Happy reading!

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  16. sarahrmorrison April 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM #

    Glad you are enjoying Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda! I’m embarrassed that I haven’t read The Outsiders yet. I’m going to have to get on that. Here is my WWW this week: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesdays-april-17-2019/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:04 PM #

      It’s a really fast read and I seriously love it more than anything. Happy reading!

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  17. Sammie @ The Writerly Way April 17, 2019 at 10:06 AM #

    Glad to hear you’re liking Simon! I’ve been on the fence about checking it out, but I just might have to pick it up. 🙂

    I actually didn’t know Hinton wrote any books aside from The Outsiders. 😮 I never even thought to check, though. xD I’ll have to remedy that!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post.

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:48 PM #

      She has a few young adult novels written around the same time and then a few, like this, written later. Happy reading!

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  18. silverbuttonbooks April 17, 2019 at 10:10 AM #

    I am so glad you are loving Simon! Becky Albertini is a favorite of mine since The Upside of Unrequited Love. And, kudos to you for continuing to read GOT. I read the first book, watched 2 seasons and I am out. I want to love it but I really only enjoy 2 characters. Hah! Here is my WWW: https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-april-17-2019/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:49 PM #

      I’m obsessed with the show and keeping on with the books should help with the pending withdrawals. Happy reading!

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      • silverbuttonbooks April 18, 2019 at 9:31 AM #

        I am so happy for people that are way into GOT because it feels amazing to have a show like that doesn’t it? Enjoy!

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  19. Denise @ Life With No Plot April 17, 2019 at 10:54 AM #

    Hope you are having a good week!

    My WWW: http://lifewithnoplot.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-4-17-19/

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  20. SissyBear @ Girl of 1000 Wonders April 17, 2019 at 11:32 AM #

    I loved The Outsiders! I’ll have to check out Hinton’s other book you mentioned.

    https://girlof1000wonders.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesdays-4-17-19/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:50 PM #

      Yeah, she’s had a few other fun ones. Happy reading!

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  21. J R Lynn April 17, 2019 at 11:49 AM #

    I hope you enjoy The Power. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews and I’m not sure if I want to read it.

    My WWW

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:50 PM #

      I’ll probably be another mixed review. Happy reading!

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  22. anovelglimpse April 17, 2019 at 12:06 PM #

    I love that you’re enjoying Simon! You will have to read The Upside of Unrequited then. I really loved that one — even more than Simon. Have a great reading week!

    My WWW Wednesday.

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  23. obsessedwithfairytales April 17, 2019 at 12:09 PM #

    I can’t wait to see what you think of The Power. 😀

    https://obsessedwithfairytales.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-april-17th-2019/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:51 PM #

      I’m iffy so far, but it’s got time to grow on me. Happy reading!

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  24. Yaaaaaaas!!!!! You’re obsessed with Simon!! 😍😍 I love that book! And the movie is just as fantastic! 😍 So glad you’re enjoying it so much!
    I’ve had The Power on my TBR for months – no idea when I’ll get to it though. 🙈

    Here’s my WWW: https://areadertowhateverend.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-17th-april-2019/

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  25. thelibrarylane April 17, 2019 at 1:09 PM #

    So happy you’re loving Simon vs! It’s one of my all time favorites!

    https://thelibrarylane.home.blog/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-3/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:52 PM #

      For sure in love. This voice is amazing. Happy Wednesday!

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  26. daniellereading April 17, 2019 at 1:36 PM #

    I have Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens on my TBR. Actually, I just bought it but I’m so excited to read it. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about so I’m super stoked to get to it! Here’s my WWW Wednesday https://daniellereads.home.blog/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-2/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:53 PM #

      I’m going to be another rave review to be sure. Happy Wednesday!

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  27. Ryan April 17, 2019 at 1:37 PM #

    I hope you enjoy A Storm of Swords, it’s such a pivotal novel in the series. I stopped watching the show waiting for Winds of Winter, but now I regret it. I really did think it would be out by now though.

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-april-17-2019/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:55 PM #

      Book six is coming… I’m obsessed with the show and reading them has been a slow labor of love. Happy reading!

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  28. Jolie April 17, 2019 at 2:31 PM #

    A Storm of Swords was a good read. Hope you like it!! Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-april-17th-2019/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:55 PM #

      Thank you. I enjoyed the first two so I expect I will. Happy reading!

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  29. L.M. Durand April 17, 2019 at 2:41 PM #

    So excited that you started reading Simon. I’m sure your novel will be amazing. Not all novels are the same. 😊
    https://lmdurand.com/www-wednesday-weekly-reading-update-4-17-19/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:56 PM #

      Thanks for the encouragement! Happy reading.

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  30. alilovesbooks April 17, 2019 at 2:54 PM #

    Simon vs really is a brilliant read isn’t it. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it so much. The Power has been on my TBR for a while but I’ve never gotten around to it. Will be keeping an eye out for your review.

    Here’s my WWW: https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-17th-april-2019/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:56 PM #

      I’m going to have to put a lot of thought into the review, it seems a lot of people are counting on it! Happy reading.

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  31. Joe Harris April 17, 2019 at 3:08 PM #

    Oh wow, you manage to read so many books at a time! I can never remember all those plots at once. I’m glad you’re enjoying Simon though 🙂

    Heres my WWW – https://thenextbigopinion.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-17th-april/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:56 PM #

      Variety is key! Happy reading.

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  32. Nandika April 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM #

    Dodgers sounds and looks amazing! I’m definitely checking it out. I know Simon is a really popular book, but I never really looked into what it’s about, because I don’t know if I’ll like it.

    Here’s my WWW: https://youraveragebooknerd779402918213.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-17-04-19/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:57 PM #

      It’s a coming out story of a teenage boy and it reflects the struggles of being LGBT in modern America. Happy reading!

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  33. Annelies April 17, 2019 at 5:21 PM #

    This is my very first WWW Wednesday

    https://lisslittlebookcorner.blogspot.com/2019/04/www-wednesday-april-17th.html

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 5:57 PM #

      Welcome to the community! Happy Wednesday!

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  34. Keri April 17, 2019 at 5:52 PM #

    Omg yesss, Simon vs.! I read that book last year and adored it. Becky Albertalli is so great at hilarious narration. Also, The Power is on my TBR! I got it in a book exchange. 🙂

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post if ya want to check it out:
    http://www.areyoumybook.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-april-17th-2019/

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    • Sam April 17, 2019 at 6:01 PM #

      Her narration is great. Some of the best I’ve heard in a while. Happy reading!

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  35. kellyluvsreadin April 17, 2019 at 9:24 PM #

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying Simon vs…! It was such a fun read and I enjoyed listening to it on audio, too. Here’s my link: https://booksonthebrain.blog/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-april-17/

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    • Sam April 18, 2019 at 6:13 AM #

      The audiobook is really amazing. I’m very impressed with the narrator. Happy reading!

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  36. Bean April 17, 2019 at 10:31 PM #

    I’ve heard awesome things about The Power and now I want to give Hawkes Harbor a shot as well!

    Here’s the link to mine! https://beansbookshelfandcoffeebreak.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-50/

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    • Sam April 18, 2019 at 6:14 AM #

      The Power is a very interesting premise. I can tell things are about t come to a head and I’m excited to see what happens. Happy reading!

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  37. Beth Gould April 18, 2019 at 1:49 AM #

    The Power sounds interesting! Here is my post: https://bethsbookishthoughts.blogspot.com/2019/04/www-wednesday-april-17.html

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    • Sam April 18, 2019 at 6:15 AM #

      I like the concept and format a lot. It just didn’t grab me in the beginning but I’m liking it more now. Happy reading!

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  38. Jana T April 18, 2019 at 9:46 AM #

    I don’t know much about any of your books this week! Here’s my WWW Wednesday for the week: https://reviewsfromthestacks.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/www-wednesday-4-17-2019/

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  39. geekyzoogirl April 19, 2019 at 4:15 PM #

    I absolutely loved Simon so I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it too. Don’t panic about the standard to live up to – don’t forget the book you eventually buy will have had all kinds of editing and support to get to that final version! I loved the plot of The Power but wasn’t as wowed by it as I thought I’d be. I hope you enjoy A Storm of Swords when you get to it – I’ve just re-read it, as I’m slowly re-reading the books and I think it’s one of my favourite books of the series, so I hope you love it too. It’ll be nice when you and your husband are on the same page and can discuss it.

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    • Sam April 19, 2019 at 9:44 PM #

      I’m getting close to the end of The Power and I’m not sure how I feel about the plot. I know it’s got to come to a head quickly with the time I have left but it will almost be too fast. Happy reading!

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