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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 %

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.