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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 Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon ★★★★★

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - Stephen King

This was a re-read (or re-listen) of a favorite old book. Rather than go into details, I'd urge you to read the excellent reviews by Chris' Fish Place and Mike Finn, both of whom were more eloquent than I could hope to be. This is one of King's books that is more character exploration than horror novel, although it has plenty of dark and frightening moments. As a baseball fan, I really connect with the way Trish is anchored by her favorite team and player, and the way the elements of the game reflect the ordeal she endures and how she copes and survives. 


The ending is not quite as weird as I remembered it, this time, perhaps because I read it this time with the context of knowing the full story. 


Audiobook ripped from CD, with a fantastic reading by Ann Heche. I had planned to post some photos of the popup book version that I also own, but when I pulled it off my shelf, I realized that static photos just won't do it justice. The charm is in the dynamic as the pages are turned and interacted with. So I'll have to do a video of me leafing through the popup book instead. I'll try to get that done this weekend.