Friday, March 9, 2012

Lots of Outgoing Mail And Some Books

3-9-12

Hello, peeps! This has been a productive week for mail (specifically, outgoing). So far I've sent letters to Bri, Melanie, Ashley, Destiny, and Kate, and a swap of a 10x10 crochet square to Missouri. I have six outgoing postcards via postcrossing, to Spain (2), Finland, Thailand, Japan, and Rusia. Finally, I've sent a book to Bri, and I think it should arrive today or tomorrow.

And today (or sometime this week, seeing as I haven't checked my box since last Saturday), I received a letter from Almante! She wrote it on Vampire Knight-themed paper, and even though I haven't seen it, i think it's rather awesome. x3

There's a sticker of a puppy on the envelope, too- see? <3
In other news, I'm still waiting on my One Piece pocketwatch to arrive. It's coming from China and the sender says it takes anywhere from 15-25 days to get here. Today's the 19th day, so hopefully it'll be here soon!

I've also been a little less of a tightwad these past few days. I paid for the postcards I sent out today (which granted, wasn't too expensive as they're only about a dollar each), but I also bought The Lion King 2 on DVD yesterday, and then breakfast at McDonald's, including coffee for my mom. I might have spent a full $40 in the last two days! Time to be thrifty again, huh?

And lastly, I've already finished 2.5 out of the six books my granndma bought me last weekend. Right now I'm halfway through The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. Here are the books I finished earlier this week.







Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber- YA Fiction/Paranormal Romance type. Set in the late 1880s- very gothic-y. Lots of corsets and fancy evening gowns and gossiping girls (minus the main character, who is mute), a gypsy-like spiritualist woman, and a young English lord who's soul has been sealed away inside a painting. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and have been doing my best to not speak like I'm from Victorian era England at work all week.

 House of Many Ways by Dianna Wynne Joes- the sequel to Howl's Moving Castle. I had contemplated buying this after reading HMC, but didn't want to go through the trouble of buying it online. I unexpected found it in the kid's section at B&N last weekend, though, and it was one of the few my grandma got for me. Honestly, I was a tad disappointed. I still loved Diana Wynne Jones's writing style, and in itself it was a good story, but I don't think it should really be called a sequel. It was more like a story about a slightly annoying, somewhat Mary Sue-esque MC who happened to have an adventure that had a little to do with HMC's main character toward the latter half of the book. It wasn't really about them, and I was reminded of a fanfiction in which a daydreaming writer throws theirselves into the main characters' stories. Still, though, I do love her writing. I'm not sure if I'll pursue the third novel, Castle in the Sky(?) but in the future I might look into her other series.


That's all I've got this time, I've a letter to read! <3