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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

PM's Guy Fawkes Night - Tasks 1 & 2

Guy Fawkes Night (Nov. 5) - Task 1: Make a list of the top 3 treasonous crimes against books that an author can commit.


  1. First Person Present Tense. This is no surprise to anyone who reads my book reviews.
  2. Abridgments.
  3. Heathcliff-style romantic heroes


Guy Fawkes Night (Nov. 5) - Task 2: Start a revolution: What one thing would you change about the book reading world? (Be it publishing, distribution, editing, cover art, bookstores – anything having to do with books.)


I propose to make it an international law that anyone who submits a request to ban any book must first read the whole thing cover to cover, write a 1,000 word essay on it to be graded by my high school Lit teacher, and be able to pass an exam proving they've read it, before their proposal can even be brought forward for consideration. If they can't score at least a B+ on both, they must make amends by serving two weeks of community service, preferably by cleaning public toilets.