Top Ten Bookish Halloween Costumes I Would Die to Own

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Sooooooo Halloweeen is almost upon us! It’s finally time for horror movie marathons, costumes and pumpkin spiced lattes. Speaking of costumes, I am so excited to show you my ten favourite bookish people/things I wish I could go as for Halloween. Honestly, if I could pull a Harry Potter and duplicate myself ten times, you know I would/

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1. Harley Quinn

Okay, okay. I’m cheating right off the bat but hear me out. Suicide Squad is my most anticipated film of 2016. No, this isn’t exactly the costume Harley has in the comic books but JUST. LOOK. AT. IT. Out of every costume on this list, this is the one I’d definitely kill to have this Halloween.

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2. Fleur Delacour

Although Fleur is definitely better in the books and I wasn’t at all happy with the decision to make Beauxbatons an all girls’ academy in the movies, this costume is just very very pretty and I would love wearing it.

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3. Shadowhunter

I mean, SQUAD GOALS, am I right or am I right?

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4. Daenerys Targaryen

Both of the costumes on the right are just absolutely stunning. AND I can’t imagine not feeling badass if I was to ever be Khaleesi for Halloween.

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5. Hogwarts Student

I mean, OBVIOUSLY I go to Hogwarts all year round and OBVIOUSLY I wouldn’t even need to try when it comes to dressing up as this one .*wink*

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6. Celaena Sardothien

Both of the costumes on the right just blow my mind with how badass they are. PLUS, I mean, who wouldn’t want to be an assassin for the night?

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7. Blair Waldorf

The BOOK Blair Waldorf that is! I was having trouble fining a costume for this one because of all the Leighton Meester (who I love!) but I think it looks like the above? I didn’t enjoy the books as much as I enjoyed the show but DAMN Blair Waldorf is my spirit animal.

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8. Annabeth Chase

All three of the above just look so cool! Although I doubt many people could guess who I am, this costume would be perfect for spotting the bookworms on Halloween.

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9. Mad Hatter

Yeah, yeah. Again with the movie-version costume thing but you have to admit that this is such a cool costume! I would be so down for all that crazy make up!

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10. Katniss Everdeen

Probably a very typical last choice but here we go. Everybody loves a bit of Katniss.

What did you decide to do for this Halloween Freebie list? Are you dressing up for Halloween? Leave a link to your list and I’ll make sure to check them out!

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George by Alex Gino – book review

George by Alex Gino

George by Alex Gino

Published: August 25th 2015 by Scholastic Press

Length: 240 pages

Where I got it: Library!

Why I got it: I saw it in a book haul on Youtube and the synopsis caught my attention straight away.

Summary from Goodreads:

BE WHO YOU ARE.

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

I cannot explain fully how important this book is.

George is a story about a very young girl who is dealing with the fact that although everyone is expecting her to be a boy she simply isn’t happy being one. With their year putting on a play of Charlotte, George is determined to play the main role despite what her teacher said. Just from that short description, you can already imagine how courageous our main character is. George is the definition of brave and I can honestly say she is one of the greatest role models any child can have.

The biggest surprise for me when reading this book came at me straight away and that was the pronouns. Going into this book I assumed that George will be referred to as a “he” but that wasn’t what happened at all and it was such a pleasant surprise. I am thrilled to say George’s identity and journey was respected to the fullest. This, along with the simple yet charming writing, Alex Gino presents a really wonderful novel that everybody should read.

Something that really caught my attention with this book is how hyper-sensitive children are about “acting their gender,” especially the boys. We see it throughout the book and although at first I was slightly stunned at how big of a deal this was, when I look back at when I was that young I could definitely spot the similarities. Boys have to be active and sporty and radiate the careless attitude. It’s hard to read this book and not think of how ridiculous it all is. The author definitely highlights this issue with some of the side characters which wows me every time I think about it.

George receives the easiest five star rating I’ve given this year. To think that we are at a point in children’s literature in when LGBT+ issues and topic can be written about without it being deemed “inappropriate” or thought of as “adult only” makes me incredibly happy. After this book I will definitely be picking up anything and everything Alex Gino writes and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

If this book goes on to gain as much success as it deserves, I can only imagine what an impact it would make on people’s opinions and how it could make some kids out there feel a little less alone.

RATING: [5/5]

Top Ten Author Pairings that NEED to Happen Right NOW

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I thought this list would be really difficult because I’ve never though about this before today. FRET NOT, once I wrote down all my faves it really easy to pair them up. I’m really looking forward to looking at other’s lists this week because there are many other combinations that would make my heart explode which I never even thought of. Anyways, here’s my list!

The Fault  in Our Stars by John GreenIf I Stay by Gayle Forman1. Gayle Forman and John Green

I would spontaneously combust if these two geniuses put their minds together. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE THE AMOUNT OF SOBBING THAT WOULD OCCUR? The world still isn’t read for this. Their book = a million tissues needed + readers are emotionally scared for a lifetime + something you re-read over and over and over again.

Trouble by Non Pratt Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser2. Margie Gelbwasser and Non Pratt

These two ladies are not that well known but I remember that neither Pieces of Us and Trouble was sugarcoated in any way, shape or form. They’re both amazing at handling heavy topics and Pratt could even slip in a bit of humour in there, who knows? Their book = raw + emotional + fantastic.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas3. Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas

Erm, why have the two Queens of YA Fantasy not collaborated yet? I refer to Sarah J. Maas as a Queen and I refer to Cassandra Clare as a Queen too but don’t EVER make me choose between. Their book = an infinite number of kickass female characters + a love triangle that actually works and rips out your heart from your chest + many attractive males.

Finding Audrey by Sophie KinsellaThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen 4. Sophie Kinsella and Sarah Dessen

I’ve only read Finding Audrey a few weeks ago from Kinsella and I’ve read only two or three Sarah Dessen books but oh gosh CAN YOU IMAGINE? Their book = hilarious dialogue + summery setting + an adorable yet believable romance.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell5. Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins

OH GOSH OH GOSH OH GOSH. This is probably my favourite pairing out of all of them. They write the most adorable contemporaries and I would probably die from the cuteness overload if they were to ever collab. Their book = lots of squeal and inhuman noises + all readers’ hearts melt + the need for ONE MORE CHAPTER.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater6. Richelle Mead and Maggie Stiefvater

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: they’re basically polar opposites. Heat me out! I’ve always loved the concept of Maggie’s books and I’m forever sulking that I don’t have the patience for The Raven Boys but her writing just draaaaaaaags so much. Richelle Mead could definitely cure that as well as adding in load of humour. Their book =  something really unique + lots of humor + supernatural powers.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson We Were Liars by E. Lockhart7. E. Lockhart and Jandy Nelson

Just like Gayle Forman and John Green, these two would need to supply a box of tissues with their book free of charge. Although I feel like this pair would sway more towards dramatic than emotional endings. Their book = stunning lyrical writing + heartbreaking family relationships + a WTF plot twist.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak A Thousand Spledid Suns by Khaled Hosseini8. Markus Zusak and Khaled Hosseini

I’ve read The Book Thief just under and year ago and this summer I read A Thousand Splendid Suns. THESE TWO without a doubt can write children and historical fiction/ I would be the first in line to buy their book. Their book = protagonist starts off as a child + spans over decades and different countries + a sobfest worthy ending.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan9. Rick Riordan and JK Rowling

You have the brilliance that is Rick Riordan’s mythology-based books and the founder of Children’s fantasy to which all the rest are compared to. This includes Rick Riordan and I will forever defend him when somebody tries to tell me his books are just a rip-off of Harry Potter. Having said that, if JK Rowling was to write with Rick Riordan ahhh it would be the greatest adventure! Their book = magic + heroes + the kind of middle grade humour everyone can enjoy.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer The Host by Stephanie Meyer10. Stephanie Meyer and Stephanie Meyer

Because although she was very sneaky dropping Life and Death like that, I am still waiting for the sequel to The Host.  It’s been EIGHT YEARS STEPHANIE. EIGHT YEARS. Their book = The Seeker by Stephanie Meyer

So that’s it! Which two authors would you most want to collaborate? Leave a link to your list and I’ll make sure to check them out!

Everything that went down in QUEEN OF SHADOWS – the spoiler-full fangirling review

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. MaasThis post is full of spoilers for Sarah J. Maas’ fourth book in the Throne of Glass series: Queen of Shadows. If you haven’t read this book or the three before it I recommend not reading this post and coming back later! BUT, if you’ve read Heir of Fire you can read my non-spoiler review of Queen of Shadows HERE

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – book review

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. MaasQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Published: September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Length: 648 pages

Where I got it: LIbrary!

Why I got it: It’s my favourite YA series of all time. Why wouldn’t I get it?

Summary from Goodreads:

The queen has returned.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series contrinues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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Top Ten Tropes I Want to Stop Reading About

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First of all I have to say that this is very much a lighthearted list. Yeah, yeah, these things are annoying but when done right, some of them can be great. Ahhh I had a lot of fun making this list and although I’m looking straight at some fantasy authors when I list some of these, all genres have them from time to time so let’s get into it.

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This one is one of the things that bug me the most when reading fantasy/dystopia/any other universe. I’m 100% more likely to call BS if there’s no LGBT+ in the world you have created than if I see a dragon or a society where children kill other children for entertainment.

2. The Chosen One

Yes. We get it. You’re a half-this half-that and yet you thought you were SO ORDINARY. Your parents secretly had an amazing ability and now you have a DESTINY to fulfill? Woah. I never would have guessed. (I’m only allowing Harry as an exception to this.)

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3. Love Triangles

Honestly, I’m starting to think these are a myth. I have never seen a love triangle in real life and unless it’s done by Cassandra Clare, the book could do without the romantic melodrama AHH BUT NATTIE WHICH SHOULD I CHOOSE? The safe warmth of BOB or the adrenaline that makes me feel ALIVE with JACK? Puh-leaaaaase.

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Yes I am looking at you Cassandra Clare. I am looking right at you. (Although may others do it too. I cringe and then burst out laughing every time.)

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No. Just no.

6. Everyone is white

Lack of diversity also drives me crazy. YOU’RE TRYING TO TELL ME THAT ALL PEOPLE OF COLOUR JUST DROPPED DOWN DEAD OUT FOR NO REASON? No? Then where are they???tumblr_lc3ijnT8g71qbxnmd

7. Guys with a tragic backstories that excuse all their actions

*cough* Snape *cough*

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8. Boys and girls can’t last long without being more than friends

This is ridiculous and if I get frustrated enough at any one time I will probably rant about it in a post. More boy-girl friendships please??

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Adults aren’t that bad. They’re not the bad guys. But I guess this group of characters is sooooo misunderstood.

10. “I’m a what?

Again, the only exception is Harry Potter. I guess this links in with being special but although it was nice at the beginning, as a reader, I much prefer for me to be saying “You’re a what?” as the author pulls out a massive plot twist (Example: basically all of Sarah J. Maas’ books.)

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SOOOOO let’s talk about it. What annoying tropes have I missed off my list? What’s the worst LOVE TRIANGLE you’ve ever read about? Any tragic heroes you could never love? Leave a link to your list and I’ll make sure to check them out.

#currently reading – aka help I’m reading five books at the same time and I am not coping

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So I don’t actually have a review for you this week but something a little different instead. Somehow, over the summer, I’ve started books and I’ve forgotten about books and I got distracted with other books and now my currently reading shelf on Goodreads is a mess.. Literally. SO this week I bring to you some snippets on what I’m reading, how I feel about it and so on. Ahh, where do I even begin?

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Yes! I am finally reading the fourth book in my favourite YA series of all time. I don’t believe this book needs and introduction because of how much buzz all of Sarah J. Maas’ books get so let’s just get into it. (No spoilers!) I am absolutely loving this book, as you can imagine! Sarah J. Maas is a queen herself so I wouldn’t expect anything less from her. It’s absolutely massive compared to the others but I am so so glad that nothing has been rushed. Celeana is kick ass as always and although I am not the biggest fan of the romance right now, it’s not stopping me from enjoying the book or loving her character. HOWEVER, I will say that some of my opinions on the characters have changed and I’m not sure if that’s still going to be the case when I finish it but I’ll definitely be talking more about that in my full review. AHHH SO MUCH IS HAPPENING AND EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte BronteJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Now this is a book I didn’t think I’d read. Ever. I mean, have you seen the size of it? If it’s a fantasy, fine. If it’s a contemporary, great. I love big contemporary novels. But a classic? I had a hard enough time getting through Tess of the D’Urbervilles for my English class, let alone a book that has 100 more pages to it. AHH, BUT DO NOT THREAT, I am audiobooking this baby and I have to say that I fell in love with this story and Jane’s character. I am making slow progress through this one as I only listen to it on my way to and from school but I am about half way through. This book is definitely not what I expected from hearing people talk about it here and there. It’s a very charming story (so far!) and I would recommend it to anyone thinking about giving this one a go, even those of you that look at big classics with small font and cringe (like me).

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver SacksThe Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat by Oliver Sacks

This is not a book I’m likely to review as it’s 100% out of my lane. I’m studying psychology this year and this is a book I’ve picked up for a bit of extra reading. I mean, with a title like that it was hard not to reserve it at the library as soon as I got the chance. As the Goodreads summary says, this book “recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders.” Now that MIGHT SOUND SCARY AND WEIRD but the couple of cases I’ve read so far have been interesting to say the least. It might be just me being a psychology nerd but I love it and if you have even a vague interest in it, I’d definitely recommend it.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinA Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

I HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE. I got this book for my birthday. My birthday was in February. I really really wanted to read this GIANT of a book before season 5 of the TV show hit the screens. The fact that it’s still on my currently reading list should be raising some red flags. I AM SO ASHAMED. If I’m being honest, I’ve been reading it on and off so it’s not like I’m taking forever, it’s just that I keep forgetting about it. As a massive fan of the HBO show, so I already adored the characters (or at least some of them) before going into this book and in the 350 pages that I have read, I fell in love with George R.R. Martin’s writing style. I do plan on reading all of them, just…maybe…not…yet…

House of Leaves by Mark Z. DanielewskiHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

This was supposed to be a book I would read over the summer but if you ever see this book in real life, you’ll see why I’m having a tough time getting into it. It’s HUGE. It’s so so intimidating and it’s written with loads of footnotes and whatnot. When you flip through its 700 pages you’ll see blank pages and filled pages and pages with writing going down the side and blue text and red text and different fonts too. I’m not far into this horror story yet and I still might not finish it for some while but it’s such a bizarre book I’ll have to get through it. Look out for it next time you’re at the bookstore because it’s worth just seeing how strange it is.

Have you had this problem before? Or are you a strictly one-book-at-a-time kind of person? HOW DO I GET OUT OF THIS MESS? Let me know if you’ve read any of the titles I’ve listed and what you thought of them!