Monday, February 9, 2015

Mailbox Monday: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. It's a fun focus on what books you're getting in the mail each week. This week in the mail, I received an audio CD version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I've been meaning to read this for a while, so I'm glad I have it now. Next on my to-read list for audiobooks, after I finish The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

(picture taken from Goodreads)

I received this book through Paperbackswap, which is such an awesome site! If you haven't tried it, I'm recommending it now to all book lovers--especially if, like me, you have books all over your house that you really need to just read once and give away so they don't take up space. Now you can trade them so someone else will enjoy them, too (instead of just crying as they disappear)! Side note: If you do sign-up, my username is readinginthedark. Add me as a friend!

I also received some birthday-themed M&Ms in the mail, which I ordered to put together favors for Gabe's birthday. It's in March, and he's going to be three-years-old. I feel like I must be dreaming it--how could three years go by so fast? But the M&Ms came in various colors and designs; he'll love them. My only regret is that I thought there would be yellow ones mixed in (Gabe's favorite color), but they turned out to be a yellowish green. So be careful not to just judge colors by the picture on the website, I guess. If you're personalizing M&Ms, read the descriptions!

A Month of Letters has been going fairly well for me so far. I sent a few valentines with a picture of Gabe making a kissy face and the word "LOVE" across the top. They were pretty cute. Another item I mailed was a pretty, Autumn-themed card to a college friend with various discussions of how my little family and I are doing. Not to mention comments on North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, which we've been reading together very slowly. Gotta' love the literary conversations via snail mail, right? It feels so authentic!

Don't forget to let me know if you want something from me in the mail this month (with your e-mail address in a separate comment, so I can ask for your physical address)! It may not be immediate, but I'll definitely send it before the end of the month. And there may be a giveaway in conjunction with my last week of February mailings, so stay posted!

Update 4/28/15: If you'd like to read my review of this audiobook, it is located here.


  1. I should really check out PaperbackSwap because I also have a lot of books I don't want to keep, and the used book store doesn't always take them.

    1. This is the perfect site for you! You can send any books that don't have markings that obstruct text and aren't in horrible shape. It really helped me organize some books the last time we moved. Keep in mind, though, your books probably won't disappear overnight (unless they're in high demand).

  2. I've had so many people mention Paperback Swap to me! I really need to click over and check it out. Thanks for reminding me! :)

    Aw, and yellow is Gabe's favorite color? Mine too! That must mean we're both awesome, right?

    1. You're welcome! It's an awesome site. I've gotten some great books from there and sent others that were just hanging around my house.

      And yes! :) He's really into warm colors--yellow being first, and then red and orange. Maybe you both have naturally bright personalities!

  3. Side note: Watch out for audiobooks on Paperbackswap. Some people don't check for scratches, so I'd invest in a couple of microfiber cloths and one of those buffer machines; cheap ones will do the trick most of the time.