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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 Travelling Cat Chronicles ★★★★★

The Travelling Cat Chronicles - Hiro Arikawa

This is the story of a cat whose human is trying to find him a new home, for reasons that are not immediately clear. What *is* clear is that the human loves his cat, and will only leave him with someone he trusts and who will make his cat happy. So they go visiting various old friends to see if the cat and potential new owner are compatible, but the cat knows what his human is up to and makes sure none of the potential new homes work out.


And each visit is a mini-character study, and through each friend we find out a little more about the cat and his human. So this is a road trip story, and cat and human are taking more than one kind of journey together. 


Did I mention that the story is told from the cat's point of view? And his voice is exactly the sort of smug, superior, know-it-all voice that I would expect a cat to have. But he is also wise and loving, and he knows what is best for the both of them, and he will not be parted from the man who rescued and cared for him. 


This story is sweet and sad and comforting, and I highly recommend it. 


Audiobook, borrowed from my public library.  George Blagden strikes just the right note in reading the story.