Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring Letters

 Lately I've had so many ideas for blog posts-- book reviews, movie reviews, and whatnot-- that they've kind of been just tumbling over each other in my head to be written. However, so far most of them have yet to be finished (or even started, heehee.) I have a Gone With the Wind movie review in the works that just gets longer and longer every time I go to work on it, a book I've been wanting to review, and another book coming soon for me to review which I am very excited about, as it will be my first free book from the Bethany House blogger review program!!! (I was SO excited when I received the confirmation email on Love Comes Calling, since I have been requesting books since October and this is the first one I've actually received a confirmation for!) :-) *Does happy dance*
   So anyways, since today I don't really want to put forth the effort (or take the time) to try to make my GWTW post into a coherent review and I'm in the mood for something random and fun, I've decided to write another post of little letters. I've done this style of letters once before and I always enjoy reading them on other people's blogs. So, my dear readers, may I present you with Spring Letters!

   Dear Library System,
       Don't get me wrong: you are a HUGE blessing and I really, really appreciate you. That being said, y'all could do better. Yes, I will always be grateful that you have East of Eden and The Adams Chronicles, but really, is it too much to ask that you have Ivanhoe? And David Copperfield? ISN'T THAT WHAT LIBRARIES ARE FOR???!!!
     Sorry, sorry, I'll calm down. But pleeeease, pretty please, find some way to obtain a copy of Ivanhoe. Thank you very much. :-)

  Dear James A Michner's Texas,

      Okay, I'm not going to lie. You were a huge disappointment. A disappointment of such magnitude that I'm still kind of mad at you, though I am getting over it. I thought you would be so amazing (John Schneider as Davy Crockett?! WHERE DO I SIGN?), but instead you were....lousy. And I still cannot beLIEVE that we only got to see about five minutes of Davy Crockett before he died. He didn't have more than three or four lines, for crying out loud. That is very bad movie making, people. If you're going to kill off a character before he's had five minutes screen time, don't cast him as John Schneider. And if you DO cast him as John Schneider, don't make him look the best he's ever looked and then have him get killed in the next scene. The fans will never forgive you for it. That's just plain CRUEL.

   Dear Stephanie Grace Whitson,
       I am soooo glad I found Sixteen Brides at the library and decided to read it. If I hadn't picked it up off the shelf, been intrigued by the cover and the small description on the back, I might never have found out what I was missing! I can't believe I'd never heard of any of your books before, but I'm so glad I have now. You are an amazing writer and I'm looking forward to reading more of your books!

  Dear Christian Book Distributors,

   Okay, y'all need to stop tempting me. I am trying to be a good girl and save my money, you know, but it makes it extremely hard when you keep sending me catalogs. And of course, on nearly every other page I find a book I want to buy. I just can't TAKE it all.

  Dear Gone With the Wind,

      Wow. Just, wow. It's been more than a month-- indeed, it's almost been two months-- since I saw you for the first time, but I'm still every bit as enamored with you as I was at first. I really wasn't expecting to love-- no, adore-- you as much as I do. I had no idea just how epic you are, but now I do. You're the best thing since East of Eden, you are, and one of the most amazing films I've ever seen. I can see now why they call you the biggest movie ever made, and why so many people love you so much, because you truly are a masterpiece.

  Dear Beatrix Potter's Miniature Correspondence,

     You are just so adorable I can hardly stand it. Really, you're that cute. I'm so glad I found that sweet little book of letters, because I have greatly enjoyed reading you and you've even inspired me to write my own correspondence between animals and dolls. My favorite of the correspondence (although I adore them all) would definitely be that of Squirrel Nutkin. His desperate pleas to Old Mr. Brown to let him have his tail back are simply priceless. :-)

*Emma promptly faints because she just can't take such extreme adorable-ness*
  Dear Downton Abbey Season 4,

    Please be good. Please. I admit, my expectations for you are not the highest, but I still would like to be proven wrong. I would just love it if you turned out to be amazing after all! Please, Mary, don't do anything stupid. Edith, be careful around Mr. Rochester--erm, I mean, Michael Gregson. Branson, don't get married again. And Mr. Bates, PLEASE, try to stay out of trouble this season. Sheesh.

  Dearest, darlingest, most beloved Matthew Crawley,
     WHY? Why did you have to leave us? What will we ever do without you? How will Downton Abbey ever be as good again? "Without you, the world around me changes, the trees are bare and everywhere the streets are full of strangers....SOB.

  Dear Dan Stevens,

    You're awfully adorable and I really do like you a great deal, but I'm not too happy with you right now. Why on earth did you want to get off Downton Abbey? I mean, honestly, what did you think you would go on to do that's any better?!? I hope you're happy. "I hope you're happy, how you've hurt your cause forever, I hope you think you're cleveeerrrr!!!!"

  Dear Julie Klassen,

      We've had a pretty great relationship, you and I. We may have started out a bit rocky when I first attempted to read The Girl in the Gatehouse a few years ago, but ever since reading The Tutor's Daughter over a year ago and loving it almost immediately, you've been ranked as one of my top favorite authors, and your books are now some of my favorites. Your latest book wasn't my favorite, I must say, but I was just so happy for another Julie Klassen romance to read and I still enjoyed it! Now I'm reading The Maid of Fairbourne Hall again, which has recently nudged The Tutor's Daughter out of its place as my favorite of your books.

  Dear Snow,

    Please go away. And be quick about it too. Thank you.

 Dear Springtime,

    Oh, how I long for you! For warm sunshine, green grass, and flowers! I am trying to be patient with March and its fickleness (is that a word?), but y'all could hurry it up a bit. I have a terrible case of spring fever that can only be cured by sunshine and temperatures of at least fifty degrees.

 Dear Celtic Woman,

    You are just about my favorite musical group right now. I love listening to your music while I do my schoolwork in the mornings, and nearly every time I do I find yet another of your songs that I want to learn! It just never ends! My latest favorite is Lisa Kelley's May It Be.
    And by the way, what's up with everyone leaving the group? If the comments on YouTube are any indication, half the group has disbanded and left to do something else. Even my favorites Chloe Agnew and Lisa Kelley! What is up with this, ladies?!?

   Dear God,

      "The Lord is my portion", says my soul," therefore I will hope in Him." I get distracted by so many other things, but I need to remember to keep my focus on You, and remember that everything I do is to bring glory to Your name, and not mine. Help me remember to keep you at the forefront of everything, and help me to be a young lady who seeks to please You. I don't think I shall ever understand why you have blessed me so much, but I will be forever grateful for everything you've given me. Thank you for loving me even when I botch things up, and even when I don't give You all that I should.

   Dear Faithful Readers,

    You, my friends, are awesome. You have no idea how much it means to me to know that people are reading and enjoying what I write. When I started this blog a little over a year ago, I little thought that in a year I would be where I am today! I've learned so many things this past year and made so many wonderful friendships, and I am so grateful for all of you! *blows kisses* Thank you, thank you, thank you! :-)


  1. Loverly post!
    Yes, review 'Sixteen Brides'!!!! I have ordered it two days ago, and I'm dying to read it!!
    Yes!!! Review Gone with the Wind- I love long reviews!
    I suppose you will recommend Love comes Calling after you have read it. It looks really good, and I'd love to read a review on that, too.
    Oh I love these little Spring Letters!!!!
    Haha, "dear library, please have a copy of Ivanhoe"- my dear, it's not the library's fault. :-)
    Yes, I know how it feels- I always want to buy every book I see that looks good- it's so tempting!!!!!
    Yes, GWTW is a very lovely movie, apart from rotten Scarlett and the stupid ending and the drunk men at the end. But it's really amazing. I'm reading the book for the second time now- you should read it! I think it's even better than the movie!
    I also promptly fainted because I just couldn't take such extreme adorable-ness. :)
    Little Sybil is soooooo cute!!!!
    Yes, DA series 4- BE GOOD. BEHAVE! Emma I have heard Bates is going to be in a murder thing again in series 4- Oh dear.
    Yes Matthew---- WHY did you have to leave us!! Dan Stevens- you stupid thing- Downton needs you! Be Matthew! You ARE Matthew!
    Emma, you should have written "dearest" Matthew instead of just "dear". :)
    Eeek! I have just ordered Tutors Daughter and now you say Maid of Fairbourne Hall is best! Emma, you cheeky girl! (Teasing again;)
    Here where I live we haven't had ANY snow this winter. Not ANY. And it's very sunny- we are in T-shirts. I just want it to snow! With you it's just the opposite. Haha, isn't it always. :-)
    But I agree, spring is really adorable! Here- I don't want to make you jealous:)- here we have lovely pink blossom and green green grass everywhere. Sorry, I sound so mean.
    Thank you for blowing me a kiss :)
    You're welcome!!!!

  2. Yay!! You're going to love Sixteen Brides! :-)

    Oh, I'm sorry I didn't tell you that The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is the best! How very cheeky I must be. :-P Truth is, I just recently came to the conclusion that I do like it better when I started reading it again. The Tutor's Daughter is very good too, though, and I'm sure you will enjoy it. You must tell me what you think of it!

    Yes, I know it's not the library's fault that they don't have Ivanhoe. I just wish they did. :-P *pouts*

    The GWTW review IS coming soon! I promise! "I will conquer this! I SHALL!" (Is that how the quote goes? You would know better than I, m'dear. :-P) I started writing it about a month ago but I still haven't finished it yet, although I hope to VERY soon. Yes, aren't long reviews the best?

    I reaaaalllly want to read the book! There are just SO many books I want to read! But I am planning to read it very soon. I will conquer this. I SHALL. :-P

    Hehee, actually I was more referring to Branson. But little Sybbie is adorable too. :-)

    You are so right, I should have written "dearest" instead of just plain old "dear". As you can see, I have changed it to something more befitting and appropriate for our dearest Matthew. :-)

    Yes! Dan Stevens IS Matthew? What was he thinking, leaving the show like that?!?

    What? Mr. Bates convicted of murder again? Oh dear. Don't you wish he would just stay out of trouble? FOR ONCE?

    Actually, we have just started watching season 4!! I will tell you all about it in an email, but for now I will say that so far (we've only watched two episodes) it is still very good even without Matthew. I don't know how they did it, but it is. :-)

    No snow?! Do you ever get snow there? We usually get a lot here, and it generally sticks around until about halfway through March. (We've even had snow in April before! I know, it's criminal.) T-SHIRTS! PINK BLOSSOMS AND GREEN GRASS? I am so jealous! :-) I love Spring! It's such a beautiful and hopeful time of year! I always get really restless and excited in March. :-)

    And you're very welcome, my dear! :-)

  3. Haha! You changed it to dearest, darlingest, most beloved Matthew! Much better!!!!!!
    Oh you were referring to Brandon were you... yes, he made me faint too. :-)
    Well done my dearest!!! You quoted Mr Darcy from the good version ;) Well done! I'm prodidiously proud of you, dear!
    Yes the Bates stuff really is soooooooo annoying! When I heard he would be in trouble again in series 4 my heart SANK.... SIGH.
    Oh yes we have snow here normally every winter. Somehow it wouldn't come this winter. It was like autumn (or fall) weather practically the whole time. Oh don't be jealous, dear. :-)
    Love, Naomi

  4. I love everything about this post, but most especially your remarks on Gone with the Wind. :)


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