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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.

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The Deep
Alma Katsu
Progress: 73 %
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Ralph Ellison
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Carolyn Keene
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories
Gary Raisor, Richard Chizmar, Al Sarrantonio, Avram Davidson
Progress: 70/512 pages
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John P. Kotter
Peanuts Classics
Charles M. Schulz
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The Bungalow Mystery
Carolyn Keene
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The Bungalow Mystery #3
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages

The Looking-Glass Portrait ★★★★☆

The Looking-Glass Portrait - Linda Hilton

I really enjoyed this ghosty love story. There was plenty of mystery, strange apparitions, freaked out little kids, family tension, and of course a rocky romance featuring a guy I’d certainly fall for and a main character who is smart, sensible, and doesn’t have hysterics over miscommunications.


eBook version, via Kindle.



I read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Gothic: any book with significant: a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance. It’s on the Gothic book list, and it features all the usual gothic elements – dark & spooky atmosphere, mood, characters, mystery, romance, and supernatural elements – but in a modern timeframe. No bustles or corsets.


This book would also fit:

Ghost (haunted house)

Relics & Curiosities (all those creepy mirrors!)

Supernatural (see above)

Romantic Suspense (rekindling of an old love)

Terror in a Small Town (it’s small enough that everybody knows everybody and the gossips run wild)

It Was a Dark & Stormy Night (big events happen during dark & stormy nights!)

American Horror Story (Ohio)



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