WWW Wednesday, 22-May-2019

22 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 struggled to read some of Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min this week. It’s not uninteresting, it’s just my lunch book and slow going because of that. I’ll get through it, no worries.
I’m about a third of the way through A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. With the show now over, I’m getting ravenous to get more out of the world. I want to be caught up when Martin finally releases the next book. I guess I’m hoping for a different ending.
I got through a chunk of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers on a flight this past weekend. Yes, I’m traveling again. I’m going to use it to my advantage and get through as many books as possible!
I’m making good progress on Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. He’s a great storyteller and I’m loving all the stories of his childhood and growing up in South Africa. I guess my education is seriously lacking when it comes to apartheid so I’m learning a lot.

Recently finished: Nothing new finished this week. It was a slow week of progress, I guess. I’m optimistic Noah will be here next week.

I had two reviews go up this week! The first was for Hawkes Harbor by S.E. Hinton. It wasn’t one I particularly enjoyed if I’m being honest. I really wanted to like it, but I couldn’t. I gave it Two out of Five Stars.
The second was The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob. This one was really fun and I enjoyed the story a lot more than I thought I would. The story was sufficiently complicated to keep me going and I liked the dual timelines. I gave it Four out of Five Stars.

Reading Next: I’m still waiting on Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson to come in from the library. I’m sure it will be here just when I’m not ready for it. Life always happens that way, doesn’t it? I should expect it by now.


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Until next time, write on.

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80 Responses to “WWW Wednesday, 22-May-2019”

  1. Cathy May 22, 2019 at 2:31 AM #

    Hello Sam
    Looks like I’m first out of the gate today. It’s been a while since I wrote a WWW post – I think this is my first for you 😊
    Just common or garden books – but if you’re reading that’s good yes??
    Here’s the link:
    https://cranethie.com/2019/05/22/www-wednesday-may-2019/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 4:38 AM #

      Garden books sound lovely this time of year! Having a garden is the only thing I miss about my apartment. Happy reading!

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  2. Margaret May 22, 2019 at 3:11 AM #

    I’m wondering what Martin’s next book will be like too!

    Here’s my WWW – https://booksplease.org/2019/05/22/www-wednesday-22-may-2019/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 6:07 AM #

      I’m interested to see how similar the show is to the final books. I suspect there will be some major differences. Happy reading!

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  3. alilovesbooks May 22, 2019 at 3:28 AM #

    I’m pretty sure I read (or attempted to read) a book by Anchee Min years ago and didn’t get on with it. Hopefully it will get better.

    Here’s my www https://iwuvbooks.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/www-wednesday-22nd-may-2019/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 6:08 AM #

      Thank you. I should have some reading time during lunch today. Happy reading!

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  4. whatcathyreadnext May 22, 2019 at 4:48 AM #

    I read your review of the Hinton and it certainly did seem to take a strange direction!

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/www-wednesdays-22nd-may-19/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 6:09 AM #

      Most definitely! A review I read said it was based on a TV show, Dark Shadows. I’ve never seen it so maybe the story was lost on me. Happy reading!

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  5. Whispering Stories May 22, 2019 at 4:54 AM #

    The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing certainly does sound fun. I love the title too. I don’t know how many books you have to got get through before the new release by George RR Martin but they are big books, so good luck. Here’s my WWW – https://whisperingstories.com/www-wednesday-reading-22nd-may-2019/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 6:09 AM #

      Martin is a big haul to be sure! It’s so well written that it’s not really bothering me. Happy reading!

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  6. booksandbabble May 22, 2019 at 5:13 AM #

    I’ve never actually watched Game of Thrones but now that it’s finished I’m going to try and get round to reading some of the books before starting the tv show. Looking forward to it but also very intimidated by the size of the books!

    Here’s my WWW this week: http://www.booksandbabble.co.uk/2019/05/www-wednesday-1.html?m=1

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 6:11 AM #

      It’s a fun adventure! I read the first book, started the show, and told myself I’d go back and forth but the show was great and I pushed on with it before getting back to the books. Happy reading!

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  7. Cozynookbks May 22, 2019 at 5:30 AM #

    I thought Born A Crime was excellent!! And I really enjoyed the audio version. Trevor Noah is a great narrator.

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 7:07 AM #

      Agree completely! I loved the bilingual passages. They had to get him to read those. Happy reading!

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  8. Naomi the book girl May 22, 2019 at 5:35 AM #

    I am also trying to get through George R R Martins books to so that I can find out more from the world and see what/who got missed from the TV show.

    here is my www post

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 7:07 AM #

      It’s fun to see more and also see what they got spot on. I hope the last books come out at some point. Happy reading!

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      • Naomi the book girl May 22, 2019 at 10:16 AM #

        I have read he doesn’t want to give a date of when it will be out but I am hoping it won’t be too long away and the final book not long after that

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      • Sam May 22, 2019 at 12:19 PM #

        We can only pray. We just need him healthy as long as possible.

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  9. Emily Wrayburn May 22, 2019 at 5:51 AM #

    Library holds always come at the worst times, of course!

    Here’s my WWW post!

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 7:58 AM #

      I think I’m about to have a big hold problem… Happy reading!

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  10. Lola May 22, 2019 at 7:59 AM #

    I really want to read Born A Crime. Sounds so interesting! I have seen a lot of his stand-up though where he touched on the same subjects. Here’s my WWW. for this week:

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    • The Gal Herself May 22, 2019 at 8:09 AM #

      I’m intrigued by Born a Crime. I somehow was under the impression that it was jokey, but you make it sound more substantial than that.

      I’ve got another biography (I’ve been on a bio kick lately) and an old-school political thriller in a contemporary setting.

      https://onegalsmusings.blogspot.com/2019/05/wwwwednesday.html

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      • Sam May 22, 2019 at 12:16 PM #

        It’s much more about growing up in South Africa during and after apartheid. It has funny parts, but it’s not a comedic book. Happy reading!

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 12:14 PM #

      I’ve seen a lot of his stuff, too, but this was different. It wasn’t funny a lot of he time, it was very honest and real. Happy reading!

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  11. Keri May 22, 2019 at 8:09 AM #

    Ooooh, Writing Fiction for Dummies sounds like it will be fun and inspiring! I always find that reading about writing makes me want to write. Speaking of which, I haven’t written in awhile, yikes…
    What do you like to write? I love writing fantasy. 😄

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post if ya wanna check it out:
    https://areyoumybook.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/www-wednesday-may-22nd-2019/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 12:16 PM #

      I’m very into historical fiction and I’ve focused on the 1920s primarily so far. I’m thinking of pushing into the 1930s next. Happy reading!

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      • Keri May 22, 2019 at 5:04 PM #

        Oooh, that’s really cool! And thanks! 🙂

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  12. Teri Polen May 22, 2019 at 8:21 AM #

    I’ll bet the Trevor Noah book is an interesting read – I’ve heard good things about it. Hope you enjoy! https://teripolen.com/2019/05/22/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-amreading-25/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 12:17 PM #

      Well deserved, it’s really great. Happy reading!

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  13. Lilyfae May 22, 2019 at 8:44 AM #

    I had a slow week too thanks to avoiding a book I wasn’t enjoying but felt compelled to finish!
    Here’s mine this week:
    https://lilyandthefae.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/pause-for-www-wednesday-22-05/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 12:17 PM #

      I hope you were able to push through. I hate when that happens. Happy reading!

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      • Lilyfae May 22, 2019 at 12:36 PM #

        I got through in the end but it was tough!!

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  14. Sammie @ The Writerly Way May 22, 2019 at 9:01 AM #

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying Born A Crime! I’ve put in a hold on it, so I’ll probably be able to read it in, like, two months. xD The curse of having to wait your turn. Ugh.

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 12:18 PM #

      I hope the wait is shorter! If you like audio, it’s amazing to hear him read it. Happy reading!

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      • Sammie @ The Writerly Way May 22, 2019 at 12:33 PM #

        I can’t do audio, but I do like his voice. So maybe I’ll check it out, just to see. Thanks!

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      • Sam May 22, 2019 at 2:05 PM #

        There are parts where he talks about languages in South Africa and reads parts in those languages and translates them to English. It’s cool to hear.

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      • Sammie @ The Writerly Way May 22, 2019 at 4:39 PM #

        That sounds really neat! I love Xhosa (don’t know if that’s in there) and hearing Afrikaans makes me laugh. I have a South African Indian friend, so his accent is interesting, and he speaks a bit of Afrikaans.

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      • Sam May 22, 2019 at 9:07 PM #

        Yes, there’s Xhosa and Afrikaans and many more!

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  15. Ambi May 22, 2019 at 9:17 AM #

    Happy Wednesday, here’s my WWW 🙂

    https://edwardsghostengine.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/www-wednesday-22-5-19/#more-7233

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  16. alisbooks May 22, 2019 at 10:14 AM #

    We all have those slow weeks!! Here’s my WWW!

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 12:18 PM #

      Next week is looking better! Happy reading.

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  17. A Morrow May 22, 2019 at 10:56 AM #

    You inspired me! I started my blog not that long ago and have been looking for new ways to talk about what I’m reading and engage with an audience, and this seemed perfect and fun! Made sure to tag you, and here’s my link! https://storyeyed.video.blog/2019/05/22/its-what-are-you-reading-wednesday/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 12:20 PM #

      Awesome and thanks so much! I hope you’re enjoying blogging. Happy Wednesday!

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  18. silverbuttonbooks May 22, 2019 at 11:20 AM #

    I really enjoyed Trevor Noah’s book and I felt the same apartheid – I thought I understood but I had really never considered the personal implications of the whole mess. The book is so funny and I could really hear his voice while I read it. Have a wonderful week!

    https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2019/05/22/www-wednesday-may-22-2019/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 12:23 PM #

      This highlights why I love memoir so much! The personal story can be so much more powerful than the history. Happy reading!

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  19. sarahrmorrison May 22, 2019 at 12:41 PM #

    Born a Crime is really fantastic! Here is my WWW: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/www-wednesdays-may-22-2019/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 2:05 PM #

      Yes, I adored it. It’s reminding me how much I love memoir. Happy reading!

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  20. mistysbookspace May 22, 2019 at 12:55 PM #

    I still haven’t decided if I’m really interested in reading/watching Game of Thrones. I kind of am but I think that’s mostly due to all the hype. Here’s my post for this week. https://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/www-wednesday-3/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 2:19 PM #

      It’s a big time commitment either way. The character development is wonderful but it takes a long time to see it. Happy reading!

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  21. Stephanie May 22, 2019 at 12:59 PM #

    One of these days, ONE. OF. THESE. DAYS., I’ll get to Trevor Noah’s book. I’ve been meaning to read this for ages. I’ve read one book in the past few years on apartheid, but I could definitely use more education on the topic. I’m glad you’re enjoying his book; I’ve heard so many good things about it!

    Thanks for hosting this meme! I put mine up over here:

    https://shesprobablyatthelibrary.home.blog/2019/05/22/www-wednesday-may-22-2019/

    Happy reading! 🙂

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 2:20 PM #

      Noah is a great voice for it because it’s raw and real but humorous. I adore him on The Daily Show. Happy reading!

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  22. Jolie May 22, 2019 at 1:38 PM #

    Trevor Noah’s book has been on my radar for a while. I have been burnt by nonfiction but all the reviews I have read make me want to pick it up. Here’s mine: https://readwithme2018.com/2019/05/22/www-wednesday-may-22nd-2019/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 2:21 PM #

      I treat memoir different from most nonfiction. I love memoirs, nonfiction can be hit or miss. Happy reading!

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  23. Rae Longest May 22, 2019 at 2:32 PM #

    The “Dummies” series is the best, but you NEED to own the books, not check them out.

    Last summer I had an “Everything Jane Austin” good time when my book club read Persuasion, a biography, all of Wikipedia (and the places it led) and The Dummies version of Everything Jane Austin. It was encyclopediac about Austin (covering her times, the fashion, food, ettiquette,} ANYTHING you wanted to (or didn’t even need to) know about Jane Austin was there. I wrote tons of notes, copied pages and pages, etc and came away from my three weeks saturation of Jane Austin feeling like I had taken a fun literature course on her alone. Thanks, Third Tuesday Book Club, and a special thanks to Lucia and Debbie for guiding my reading experience!

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 9:05 PM #

      Sounds like an awesome experience! I’d love to own the books but I’d prefer to borrow it first before I make the purchase. If the method works for me, then a purchase might be in the cards. Happy reading!

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      • Rae Longest May 22, 2019 at 9:47 PM #

        What an excellent idea! I shall follow your lead in the future.

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  24. gazerofbooks May 22, 2019 at 3:17 PM #

    Loved your WWW this week! I discovered it today and sounds perfect to do!

    My post is up: https://gazerofbooks.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/www-wednesday/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 9:05 PM #

      Glad you can join us. Happy Wednesday!

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  25. obsessedwithfairytales May 22, 2019 at 5:19 PM #

    I’ve read all 5 of the Song of Ice and Fire books and cannot wait for a new one! Happy reading!

    https://obsessedwithfairytales.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/www-wednesday-may-22th-2019/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 9:07 PM #

      I’ll get there eventually haha. Happy reading!

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  26. Ryan May 22, 2019 at 5:25 PM #

    I was a big fan of The Daily Show when Jon Stewart was host, so I’ve always been curious about Noah’s book. I haven’t gotten back into the show since he became the new host though. The insight into apartheid has always been a draw nonetheless. Guess that means I just can’t decide whether or not to pick it up. Happy reading!

    http://musewithmeblog.com/2019/05/22/www-wednesday-may-22-2019/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 9:08 PM #

      I loved Stewart and I like how Noah can offer a non-American perspective. It’s a very different take that I enjoy. Happy reading!

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  27. Yvo May 22, 2019 at 8:11 PM #

    I’m happy to hear you are enjoying Born A Crime so far! I really learned a lot from his memoir as well. Have a wonderful week and happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 9:09 PM #

      Thanks! I adore his narration of the audiobook. Happy reading!

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  28. kellyluvsreadin May 22, 2019 at 8:15 PM #

    I’m interested in reading Born a Crime too. My mom recently read part of the kid’s version and was telling me about it, which made me interested. I’ll have to pick it up. Here’s my link: https://booksonthebrain.blog/2019/05/22/www-wednesday-may-22/

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    • Sam May 22, 2019 at 9:09 PM #

      I didn’t realize there was a kids version. I think it’s great that his message can be targeted to a kids audience as well. Happy reading!

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  29. journeyintofantasy May 22, 2019 at 10:47 PM #

    Writing Fiction for Dummies sounds like it would be an interesting read and a useful one too! Here’s my WWW link: https://worldsunlikeourown.home.blog/2019/05/22/www-wednesday-may-22-2019/

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    • Sam May 23, 2019 at 6:12 AM #

      I hope it inspires me to start writing again. I’ve been editing for so long that writing seems very far away. Happy reading!

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  30. Denise @ Life With No Plot May 23, 2019 at 6:58 AM #

    A friend of mine gave me a copy of Born a Crime because she knows that I’m already a Trevor Noah fan. She said it was really good but, as a person from South Africa, it was really hard to read. Brought back a lot of bad memories. I’m looking forward to reading it myself though.

    Had to move my WWW post to Thursday this week, but also made some good progress, so here you go! http://lifewithnoplot.com/2019/05/23/www-thursday-5-23-19/

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    • Sam May 23, 2019 at 11:58 AM #

      I can see how it would bring back memories! It seems Noah has both good and bad memories as well. I hope you enjoy. Happy reading!

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  31. Phantom Paper May 23, 2019 at 4:58 PM #

    Eeek, Dave Eggers! I didn’t like my first experience with his work ‘The Circle’. Did you like it?

    However, Trevor Noah’s book sounds interesting. You’re a many-books-at-one-time reader, too?! Hahaha, sometimes it can get a little messy. Especially when writing reviews.

    Here’s my link for anyone who’d like to hop on by: https://phantompaper.wordpress.com/2019/05/24/www-wednesdays-1-book-tag/

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    • Sam May 23, 2019 at 6:15 PM #

      I read The Circle and liked it. I also like this one so far, but it’s very different. Each of his books are very unique!

      I love having many books on the go at once. It helps me read a bit every day. Happy reading!

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      • Phantom Paper June 1, 2019 at 3:48 PM #

        I can see how people might like it. The ending was kinda creepy. Since you say his works are different I might check it out. Thanks for sharing 😊

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