Japan PC, Pen pal, & Note Cards

Today's Haul

Today I received a lovely assortment of things in the mail. I received a beautiful Mermaid postcard(not pictured) inside my pen pal letter from Shar*. I also got a cool postcard from Japan, which has a return address on it, so I will write back to her later today. The last bundle I received was from a note card swap I did on Swap-Bot. I received several little Valentine’s Day note cards and a Harry Potter V-Day card like one the kids use in school. Plus, she included some envelope seals. Overall, today’s haul made up for the lack of anything I’ve received in the mail lately.



As much of a shock as it might be, I am currently reading my way through the Harry Potter series for the first time ever. I wasn’t big into reading when they came out, and I never really saw the point in them; however, my husband recently convinced me to give them a try.

While the first book seemed to be clearly written for children, the subsequent ones weren’t so condescending. I have recently finished reading the third book.

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J. K. Rowling

I want to say that the second book has been my favorite thus far. The first book I found a bit too condescending, but then again, I, as a twenty-four year old woman with no kids, was not the original intended audience.

This book was a bit stale for me. I hated reading about the Divination classes. I don’t know if it was the author’s intention or not, but I felt that I hated the teacher as much as Hermione did. I was also relieved when that class was over. Other than that, the book was well paced, and for the first time, I actually didn’t feel horrible at the end of the book because Harry had to go back home to the Dursleys. I thought this one had the best ending so far.

A slight disclaimer: While I have never read the books before, I have seen every film, so I know the basic premise of each book going in, but it is still surprising when things happen because books are usually better than their films.

One thing I hated about the beginning of this book and the second book were how they both started with so much recapping. I get it. I know who he lives with. I know their address. I know he’s a wizard. I know the back story. I did just read two other books about this kid. Now, I understand why it was done because I think each of these books could be read on their own and one would have a complete understanding of what was going on, but I seriously hope this does not continue to happen through the rest of the series.

I felt that the second half of this book was much stronger than the first half of it.

Overall, I liked the book. It wasn’t a favorite, but so far, I would give the series another read a few years down the road. The author is a good storyteller, and it’s entertaining albeit sometimes still condescending.