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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 Hidden Staircase
Mildred Benson, Carolyn Keene
Progress: 109/182 pages
Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics
Robert Marasco, R.C. Bray
Progress: 76 %
The Hidden Staircase
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 111/206 pages
Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes
Progress: 289/311 pages
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.