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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 Help - Kathryn Stockett Audio edition via Audible.com. The first time I tried to listen to this book, I gave up after the first 20 minutes. I guess I just wasn't in the mood. This time, I fell right in, and listened straight through until I finished. It's a shamelessly manipulative, 2 kleenex story, but sometimes I'm in the mood for a good cry. I might have had difficulty actually reading this book due to the phonetically written southern dialect, but the voices of the maids as performed by Bahni Turpin and Octavia Spencer felt sincere and authentic. I don't always care for a book read by multiple performers, but using a different actress for each different character's first person story brought a richness to the story that I think it would have lacked had I read the book and filtered the language only through my own mind and experiences.