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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

A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)
Ursula K. Le Guin
Whisper Network
Chandler Baker
Progress: 54 %
Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
Progress: 28 %
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Carolyn Keene
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories
Gary Raisor, Richard Chizmar, Al Sarrantonio, Avram Davidson
Progress: 70/512 pages
Leading Change
John P. Kotter
Peanuts Classics
Charles M. Schulz
Progress: 66 %
The Bungalow Mystery
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Bungalow Mystery #3
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Russell H. Tandy, Mildred Benson, Carolyn Keene

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.