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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 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

Blessings ★★★★★

Blessings - Anna Quindlen

This is not a happy story with happy endings. It’s a story of people with human flaws who make mistakes. People who learn more about themselves and others, live with their regret and try to find peace and sometimes succeed, if only in part. It’s not a happy ending, but I think it’s a hopeful one. Anna Quindlen is able to capture human strengths and frailties so well, her books always bring me to tears at some point. The plot synopsis sounds like Nicholas Sparks glurge, but she doesn’t go for the neat and easy resolutions or cardboard characters and so she makes it seem possible and real. Highly recommend.


Audiobook version, borrowed from my local library. Excellent reading by Joan Allen.