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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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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
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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 Hellbound Heart ★★★★☆

The Hellbound Heart - Clive Barker 

This has to be among the most bizarre books I’ve read in a while. I’ve never seen the Hellraiser movies, so I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, either. I have to give it credit for being inventive, at least. And entertaining, even if only in a wtf kind of way. And the ending had a satisfying roundness, where

Kirsty is entrusted with the puzzle box by the Cenobites, so that she gets to hand it over with vague promises of unearthly sexual experiences to the next “deserving” soul who comes looking for it.

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I read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Read by Candlelight or Flashlight: Any mystery, suspense, supernatural or horror book - the trick here is to spend an hour or so reading by flashlight or candlelight. We finally got a “cold” front, where the temps dropped enough for me to light a fire without roasting myself, and Annabelle and I cuddled up under my Nancy Drew quilt by the fire and a Halloween candle and a nice glass of merlot for a good scary read. Sorry she's a little blurry, she doesn't like sitting still.