Hello! This is the bookish subdomain of my main fandom/personal website DoctorSidrat.com.

Who am I?

A 30-something queer librarian living in Southern California. Pronouns: she/her.

I was a book blogger 10+ years ago, though I have let that original blog die– got sucked into library school, lost the energy to blog, and then eventually it was just so long since my last post that I really thought it was best to start fresh. I also wanted to experiment with using a pseudonym this time, instead of my IRL name.

The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve been wanting to retreat back into a more private space. Nowadays we’re all encouraged to use our real names, faces, and identities to build a brand on social media and “get ahead.” I did that for a while, and it stressed me out. Now I want to just focus on doing stuff that makes me happy, and what makes me happy is blogging about things I enjoy, without worrying about monetizing/follower numbers/subscribers/hit counts.

The blog

“Portable Magic” is a brand-new book blog and it was named after this quote which may or may not have actually been said by Stephen King:

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” –Stephen King

Here you’ll find book reviews, recommendations, quotes, discussions, links, etc. etc. Whatever I feel like putting on this particular section of the site that’s book-related!

Currently I read a lot of scifi/fantasy, mystery, and romance– mostly with GLBTQ characters– but I enjoy reading practically every genre at one point or another.

Favorite authors: Diana Wynne Jones, K.J. Charles, Jordan L. Hawk, Terry Pratchett, Dorothy L. Sayers, Lois McMaster Bujold, Neil Gaiman, Georgette Heyer.

Some rules (for me)

1. I will not monetize this blog.
2. I will not worry about SEO, keywords, Google Search terms, etc.
3. I will not worry about a posting schedule, post formats, post lengths, etc. etc.
4. I will not worry about genres niches, branding, logos, marketing, networking, social media numbers, etc. etc. etc.
5. I WILL have fun writing about books I’ve read!