Top Ten Tuesdays: Bookish Halloween Costume Ideas

Top 10 Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created by Broke and Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Topic is:

Top Ten Bookish Halloween Costume Ideas:

Happy Halloween all you spooky people! I’m not too obsessed with Halloween, to be honest. Halloween Day means one thing and one thing only to me: Time to bring out the Christmas decorations! Yes! That’s right! I’m that crazy person that sets up the Christmas tree first thing when November hits!

When I dress up for Halloween I tend to go all out, so here are a couple of ideas of book characters to dress up as this Halloween:

Halloween Costumes

Cinder {The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer}

Half cyborg, half mechanic plain Jane. With some ratty old clothes and body painting skills, Cinder would be an awesome character to dress up as. Add a tiara and Bob’s your uncle!

Catherine {Heartless by Marissa Meyer}

The Queen of Hearts is quite a popular character when it comes to Halloween costume ideas. This might not be the most interesting costume idea on the list, but now that we’ve seen who Cath was before becoming the Queen of Hearts in Heartless, she’s definitely a favorite of mine.

Lola Nolan {Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins}

I imagine Halloween isn’t a big deal for Lola as she wears a different costume every day. As an aspiring costume designer, Lola always wears very weird and wonderful costumes. There are so many ways in which you can dress up as Lola. The possibilities are endless.

Coraline Jones {Coraline by Neil Gaiman}

I’ve seen a couple of really cool Coraline costumes on Pinterest the last couple of days. With her short black cropped hair and yellow trench coat, Coraline would be an easy and fun costume to try this Halloween.

Ava Lavender {The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Lesley Walton}

I read The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender last year and absolutely LOVED it. So it should come as no surprise that she made it onto this list. Throw on some big ass angel wings and you’re basically good to go. Word of caution though: Unless you’re with a group of people who’ve actually read the book, I’d prepare myself for a lot of “I don’t know who you’re supposed to be” remarks.

Arya Stark {A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R Martin}

Arya is by far one of the most loved characters in the Song of Fire and Ice series. She’s smart and cunning and just a total badass. Who wouldn’t want to walk around with a sword and a bag full of faces? Wait… That sounds creepy… PERFECT!

ANYONE in the Cullen family {Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer}

I am by no means a fan of the Twilight Saga, but I thought I’d just add this one for those of you looking for a quick and easy Halloween Costume. Buy some cheap vampire teeth and cover yourself in glitter and you’re good to go!

Daisy Buchanan {The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald}

If you’re looking for a classier costume idea, Daisy Buchanan is a perfect choice. She is stylish, wealthy and beautiful. Also, dressing up in 1920’s garb is always fun!

Violet Beauregard {Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl}

I saw this meme a while ago about the two types of girls at Halloween parties. You have the girls who dress sexy and then you have the violet Beauregard’s of the world. I am the latter, and thus Violet seems like an awesome costume idea!

Moaning Myrtle {Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling}

I tried my best to keep the Harry Potter universe off my list, but I could not resist. I did, however, choose not to mention the popular costume ideas like Hermione, Luna Lovegood or Dolores Umbitch (wait… and I spelling that right?) Moaning Myrtle is a great character to dress up as because she is both witch and ghost! SCORE!


So there you have it, just some of the book characters that I might one day dress up as. What are some of the characters that you’d like to be? Or which characters have you actually dressed up as before?

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Review: Fender by Brent Jones

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Date of Publication: 21st August 2017

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction

Pages: 174

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

How far must we travel to find our way home?

Nothing could have prepared Brennan Glover for the car crash that claimed the lives of his wife and six-year-old daughter. Stricken with grief, the only things that get him through each day are breaking his sobriety and clinging to Fender—the family dog and the sole survivor of the crash.

Desperate to distance Brennan from tragedy, his two closest friends take him on the cross-country road trip they had always talked about. But what begins as an effort to mend his broken heart ends up unraveling a secret that changes everything he thought he knew about his family. Can a journey of six thousand miles lead Brennan to acceptance and new beginnings?

From finding the good in an often cruel world to learning to say goodbye to those we love most, this sophomore release from author Brent Jones is sure to leave readers longing for home, wherever that may be.

REVIEW

“Sometimes we have to get away from all we know just to find our way home again.”

In short, Fender is a novel about a man (Brennan) who sets out on a road trip with two friends and his dog (Fender) after the sudden death of his wife and daughter.

Fender piqued my interest as soon as I saw the cover. I’m a very visual being, so attractive book covers call to me. Although Fender really does have a beautiful cover and a cover that adds to the story, it wasn’t the cover as a whole that caught my interest… I have a beagle myself, so I’m quite biased when it comes to dog breeds. I like me some beagles! So, I was instantly interested when I saw a beagle on the cover.

In all honesty, I really didn’t know what to expect from Fender. Which is truly the best way to start any novel really. I had no expectations whilst reading Fender and my mind was blown. Fender is easy to read and completely unputdownable. I say, “easy to read” in the sense that it was well written and descriptive and the characters are great. But it was by no means easy to read in terms of my feels. And hot damn! Fender really hit me in the feels. HARD.

One of my favorite aspects of Fender is the relationships between the characters. Brennan, Rocco, and Franky have such a rocky friendship at the start, but as Brennan learns how to cope with the loss of his wife and daughter, his relationship with his friends becomes stronger too.

Brennan and Fender’s relationship was most noteworthy to me though. This is the best story about a man and his dog that I’ve ever encountered. Brennan saves Fender’s life by adopting him after he was abandoned, and in return Fender saves Brennan’s life at the worst times of Brennan’s life. The love that Brennan has for Fender chokes me up even now when I think about it.

Another thing that really impressed me while reading Fender: A Novel, was the detail in which the road trip was described. I feel that it could’ve been so easy to overlook the fact that the characters were traveling across America and focus more on the emotional aspects of the story. That did not happen, however, and as a result, we now have a novel that takes us on a road trip along with its characters. I really enjoyed that.  

Fender: A Novel is all about grief, acceptance, and healing. I truly enjoyed this novel so much. I even enjoyed the Afterword!

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Mini Review: Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume

Ewan Pendle and the White WraithMy Rating: ★ ★

Publisher: Popcorn & Rice Publishing

Date of Publication: 31st October 2012

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 496

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal …

Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real ‘Creatures’ which inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like Ewan, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.

REVIEW

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith is about a young orphan boy who can see creatures that most people cannot. After being moved from one foster home to the next, Ewan learns that he will be attending Firedrake Lyceum, a school for young boys and girls just like him.

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith is very similar to the Harry Potter series and it is partly because of this that I, after trying for so long, DNF this book. Don’t get me wrong, Ewan Pendle seems like a pretty good novel. But unfortunately, me being the hard-core Harry Potter fangirl that I am, I struggled reading a book that is SO similar yet it’s not H.P.

At first, I had trouble getting into the book because of its incredibly descriptive style. But eventually, I really started liking the descriptive style. There was never a moment that I was confused about what was happening. The environment was so perfectly described that I felt like I was at Firedrake myself.

I am very disappointed in myself that I was unable to finish Ewan Pendle. But I would absolutely still recommend that everyone read Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith. Perhaps in the future, I’ll attempt to read this book again. Who knows?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature/meme created by Broke and Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Topic is:

Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends:

I haven’t done a TTT in such a long time. I haven’t been blogging much the last couple of months, but I’m back now and will be posting regularly again.

This week’s TTT prompt go me all excited to start posting again. I mean, who doesn’t want to swoon over their favorite book-crushes? I sure do! So, let’s get right to it:

Swoon-worthy Book Characters

Draco Malfoy {Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling}

Draco Malfoy is a guilty pleasure for me. He’s my ultimate “bad-boy” crush. I mean, he’s like a Death Eater for like a hot second and yet I still adore him. I just love this dude even though he’s a little shit throughout the whole series.  When you take the time to consider why he’s the twat he is in the books, maybe you’ll understand him better. He is under so much pressure from his father to be better and more powerful than “the Potter boy”.

I think what adds to my love for this character is the fact that he turns out to be not so bad in the end. He’s a pretty decent guy in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and he has the sweetest little boy, Scorpius. Also, I can’t help picturing Draco as Tom Felton *Swoon*

Victor Krum {Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling}

Why don’t more people like Victor Krum? Is it because he turned evil in the last challenge of the Triwizard Tournament and tried to kill everyone in the maze except for Harry Potter? I honestly don’t get it! This dude is so cool! He’s an amazing athlete, he has a very cute accent and he likes smart, well-read girls. Ron, on the other hand, finds studying and reading boring and stupid. What the hell was Hermione thinking?

Atlas Corrigan {It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover}

It Ends with Us is one of my favorite Colleen Hoover novels. A huge part of why I love this novel is because of the great characters. My very favorite being Atlas Corrigan, of course. I have such a crush on this man. Not only is he very sweet and caring, but he also has an amazing drive to succeed in life. From being a homeless 17-year-old boy to owning one of the best restaurants in Boston, Atlas shows us that if you work hard enough all your dreams will come true. You just have to keep swimming.

Cricket Bell {Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins}

Here we have another impossibly sweet guy. Cricket is smart, funny, and cares whole-heartedly about Lola. Although Lola and I have almost nothing in common (except for questionable taste in guys as teenagers), I must admit that I found myself always misreading Lola as Lona (That’s me!) Yes! I like Cricket SO much that I forced myself into this novel!

Raffe {Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee}

Again, I’m not too crazy about paranormal creatures but it’s impossible for me not to love Raffe, a fallen Angel. I don’t even know where to start with Raffe, so I’ll just say that you should read this series. You’ll understand completely where my love for this character comes from.

Penryn Young {Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee}

Hey, look! It’s my first lady crush on this list and I really do love this chick. Penryn Young is my very favorite YA character. She’s kick-ass, and not at all annoying (like most YA girls) I love Penryn for her realness and relatability. Why can’t more YA female characters be this cool??

Garrett Graham {The Deal by Elle Kennedy}

Garrett Graham will forever be one of my favorite male characters. He’s cocky and has a massive ego, but he is also absolutely perfect! Garrett is in the first novel of the Off-Campus series and is featured in the three following novels too. I fall in love with him more and more in every novel. He is caring, funny, drop dead gorgeous and has the best heart. It’s impossible not to love Garrett Graham!

John Tucker {The Goal by Elle Kennedy}

Moving on to one of Garrett’s best friends and another one of my favorite male characters, John Tucker. I like Tucker for so many reasons. He’s one of the most realistic book characters ever. He doesn’t dream of becoming famous and being mega-rich. He simply wants to open his own business and live a humble yet fulfilling life. I love that. Tucker takes responsibility for his actions and sticks around through the good and the bad things. Out of the four guys in the Off-Campus Series, Tucker is the most mature and underrated. He’s not boyfriend material. He’s husband material.

Dmitri Belikov {The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead}

I honestly am not a great lover of anything paranormal but Dmitri is one amazing vampire/human creature thing. He’s all dark and broody, and yet he’s super nice and has a great heart. He cares a lot about what is important to him and I think that’s amazing. I’ve also recently noticed that I’m quite intrigued by Russian things.   

Ze’ve Kesley {The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer}

Wolf isn’t usually the first guy that comes to mind when I think about The Lunar Chronicles. I mean we have Kai, a cute and funny prince. Then there’s Carswell Thorne, the self-obsessed, immature, and totally lovable AWOL soldier. Yet when I think of Ze’ve I can totally imagine him to be the perfect mate. He has a giant heart and loves Scarlett unconditionally. He’s protective, sweet, and really adorable. Thorne might make most girls weak in the knees, but Ze’ve is hands down my Lunar Chronicles crush.

BONUS:

Cinder {The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer}

I left Cinder until the very end because this girl means more to me than all the characters above. Cinder and The Lunar Chronicles is the reason I started reading and ultimately started One Girl, Infinite Books. I enjoyed reading The Lunar Chronicles so much and I adore all the characters (even the evil ones) Cinder will forever have a special place in my heart. Not only did she show me what it means to be passionate about what you believed in, but she also showed me that you can’t win the war by yourself and that it’s okay to ask for help. I love Cinder and The Lunar Chronicles so much!


So that’s my list of Book Crushes. Do you have any of my crushes on your list? Please feel free to let me know. 🙂

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Mini Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Publisher: Atria Books

Date of Publication: 2nd August 2016

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 367

Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business.

So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

REVIEW

“There is no such thing as bad people. We are all just people who do bad things.”

I am almost completely lost for words after reading It Ends with Us. This is the third novel I have read by Colleen Hoover and this is so far, my favorite. It was just… wow. It Ends with Us was impossible to put down, and when I wasn’t reading it, I was telling everyone about it.

I don’t really know what I was expecting when I decided to read It Ends with Us. I guess I thought it would be a romance novel along the same lines as November 9 and Confess. With all honesty, it does follow a similar pattern. There’s a love interest, there’s drama and there’s a happy ending. But it’s so much more than that too. In the author’s note at the back of the novel, Colleen Hoover says that everything she writes if purely for entertainment, but It Ends with Us is different.

It Ends with Us tackles the topic of domestic abuse. Colleen Hoover made me rethink the way I think about domestic abuse. I used to wonder why women in abusive relationships didn’t just leave. It should be an easy decision, right? Your husband/boyfriend/partner physically hurt you, so you leave them and live happily ever after. But it’s not so easy. It’s not black and white. And now after reading It Ends with Us I have a better understanding of it.

I wish everyone could read this novel and understand that the problem isn’t the women who stay in the abusive relationship. The abuser is the problem. I recommend that everyone reads this book. You won’t regret it.

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