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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)
Ursula K. Le Guin
Whisper Network
Chandler Baker
Progress: 54 %
Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
Progress: 28 %
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Carolyn Keene
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories
Gary Raisor, Richard Chizmar, Al Sarrantonio, Avram Davidson
Progress: 70/512 pages
Leading Change
John P. Kotter
Peanuts Classics
Charles M. Schulz
Progress: 66 %
The Bungalow Mystery
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Bungalow Mystery #3
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Russell H. Tandy, Mildred Benson, Carolyn Keene

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake ★★★★☆

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender

I first heard about this book while listening to the now-defunct Books on the Nightstand podcast. It was Ann Kingman's recommendation, and I've found her recs to be hit/miss for me, but she was so enthusiastic about it that I put it on my TBR, then promptly put off reading it for almost a decade. I wish now that I hadn't, because this was a wonderfully immersive read. It's full of despair and sadness, though, unrelieved by

an ending that offers no hope or happiness, just a resigned sort of learning to manage whatever life deals you,

(show spoiler)

 so I wouldn't recommend this for anyone looking for a fluffy read. 

Still, it's been a while since I read anything that pulled me in and jerked my emotions so well, and it seems to have broken me out of a reading slump. I'll be looking out for other works by this author. 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. It's read by the author, who is clearly not a professional voice actor, but she does a fine job and provides authenticity to the narration.