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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

The Bungalow Mystery
P.M. Carlson, Russell H. Tandy, Carolyn Keene
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro, Simon Prebble
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo
Jeff Long
Progress: 11/431 pages
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Carolyn Keene
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis
Progress: 13 %
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein I remember reading this story as a child, and feeling both happy for the tree at the end and puzzled about the tree's relationship to the boy. I disliked that selfish boy who seemed to only take and never feel the slightest gratitude for the tree's sacrifices. Re-reading this as an adult, I suppose I can understand the sort of helpless, unconditional love that would make up the Giving Tree, but I still heartily dislike that boy, and wish the tree would realize it could have give the boy its love without enabling him to be such a selfish a**hole.