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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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!

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.

September ’15 Wrap Up

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I realise how cliche I sound when I say I can’t believe it’s now October, but it’s true. Lo and behold, the sun is setting sooner, school has started and I actually needed a coat the other day because of the chill outside. I’ve discovered so many cool book blogs this month and they’re a m a z i n g. It may not look like a great reading month from the lack of books in my “Books I’ve read section” but I feel like I might be getting out of the reading slump. Hazarrrrrrr!

Books I’ve Read

Anya's Ghost by Vera BrosalAssassin's Blade by Sarah J. MaasMiss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsTess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

Reading Challenge Update

Back to Classics Challenge  I really do think I’m going to reach my goal of the 9/12 classics! I’ve finished Tess of the D’Urbervilles and I’m almost half way through Jane Eyre (which I didn’t think I’d enjoy as much as I am!). After that one I’ll probably read one more and that’s my goal reached. Yay! Current status: 8/12 read.

Alphabet Soup Challenge – Ahh none of the books I read this month covered the ten letters I still have to cover for this challenge BUT I’m still not worried too much. I’ve got timeeeeee…. Current status: 16/26 letters covered.

New Author Challenge – Finished it last month! Whoooo!

Goodreads Challenge – Okay, okay so I’m even more behind than I was last month but I am reading more than I was! I’m reading five books at once give me a break…

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September Favourite

Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas I have absolutely got to give this one to one of my favourite authors of all time, Sarah J. Maas and her series of novellas The Assassin’s Blade. I put off reading this book for a long long while and looking back I’m not really sure why. THERE ARE SO MANY REFERENCES IN THIS BOOK AND EVERYTHING FITS PERFECTLY WITH THE REST OF THE NOVELS IT GAVE ME SO MUCH JOY. I really do love it when everything fits together and because of this book I now love Sarah J. Maas even more, which, to be quite honest, I didn’t think was possible.

Most Anticipated October Release

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

To see the things I've been loving this September click HERE!

I have so many cool things planned for October you’re not even ready! BUT tell me about YOUR MONTH. I know I’m pretty much FAILING but how are you doing with your reading challenges/goals? With only three months left of 2015 (THREE MONTHS!) do you think you’ll make it? Any Halloween plans? If I see anyone dressed as a book character I will probably tackle them in hug that clearly coveys the bookish vibes~

Nattie’s Catch Up (September ’15)

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The Highs

Remembering how beautiful seaside towns are during autumn – At the very very beginning of September, before school began, my family and I managed to make the most of one of the last sunny days of the year and headed for the seaside. If I’m being honest, it wasn’t the greatest weather but it didn’t matter because I adore cute towns by the sea like the one we went to. It had the cliffs and cream parlors (although I went with a hot chocolate on the day) and pebbled beaches (and some sandy ones too!). It was pretty and not too hot which was great because I haven’t felt so relaxed since!

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The Great British Bake Off – If you could represent Britain with just one show, The Great British Bake Off would be it. It’s a baking competition that takes place in a big tent in the middle of a field where the presenters make bad (yet hilarious!) puns, one of the judges is an lovely 80-year-old lady and everybody cries when someone has the leave the tent every week. The phrase “soggy bottom” alone is the single most British thing I’ve ever heard. What more could you want?

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Lana Del Rey’s Honeymoon – Not her actual honeymoon cause that would be weird. I’m talking about her new album that came out only about a week ago! I’ve loved Lana Del Rey for years and years now and although her first album will always be my favourite, Honeymoon is so so good and I’ve definitely got plans to see her when she goes on tour.

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The Low

The stress – I’d be lying if I said school is easy right now. It’s such a big leap from last year in workload and difficulty and I’m not sure how I’m not sleeping during half of my breaks. It’s getting more difficult to fit in my reading time but so far I’m managing (only just) and soon, hopefully, I’ll be doing a lot less of this:

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ENOUGH ABOUT ME. Tell me how your September has gone! Did you go back to school? Work? What music album are you obsessing over that I should probably give a shot? I’m a sucker for any kind of cooking competition, not just Bake Off and especially if it has Gordon Ramsay in it so tell which show on TV you have a weakness for!

Here’s to a wonderful October!

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Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

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Ahh muy favourite topic: TBRs! Although I am terrible at actually sticking to what I usually say in these kinda of lists, I do try my best and some of these I’m super excited about. In fact, I’m going today to pick up four of them from the library. That’s the first four titles on my list and oh god am I excited to finally get to Queen of Shadows (that’s probably my most anticipated book of the year if I’m being honest) because I know so so many people have read it already and my copy is STILL waiting for me at the library. *sighhhhh* Anyways, here is my list of books I’ll probably read during this Autumn:

1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

3. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

4. George by Alex Gino

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

7. Zombicorns by John Green

8. Binge by Tyler Oakley

9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition

Let me know what books you’re planning on reading in the next few months! Leave your links down in the comments and I will be sure to check them out! :3

Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations

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Ahhh everyone that has been around here a while knows I’m a sucker for a good book to movie adaptation. I mean, we all love them right? There is that dilemma of “I don’t want them to ruin it!” versus “What if it’s epic and I’ll have a whole different way to love this story.” I’ve experienced that mental struggle too many times to count and, although this is a post celebrating the films that were translated brilliantly, there have been a lot of cringe worthy adaptions that make me all the more grateful for everyone who made the films below so fantastic. Okay. Enough already! Here is my list of Top 10 Book to Movie Adaptations:

101. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

This is and always will be the best book to movie adaptation out there. I keep a list of book to movie adaptations that I’ve seen on my phone and over the past 4 years I’ve watched over 25. None of the beat the amazing work of ART that is the last Harry Potter movie. The first time I saw it I must have been around 12 years old and I was taken with the adults of the family (parents, uncles, aunties etc.) to go see it and I remembered nothing of it. I didn’t grow up with Harry Potter, I didn’t read the books. Honestly, it was a bit annoying. Fast forward to 2014 and I’m bundled up in a blanket at 10 pm. I’ve finished the book a few hours earlier and stopped crying about an hour beforehand. I put the DVD on and I KID YOU NOT I watched the whole thing and then I restarted it and watched it again. I spent about an hour watching the extra bonus footage after that and so god knows what time I went to bed but I can tell you that so so so many tears were shed that day. (The rest of my list would be mostly HP so I’m going to count all the others in this one too.)

112. Catching Fire

What is there to say about this movie? What can I say that hasn’t been said before. This film is still my favourite out of the three that are out so far (with Mockingjay Part 1 close behind and I’m pretty sure Mockinjay Part 2 will be high on this list too). The Hunger Games is such a fantastic movie series even without mentioning how closely they follow the book. These movies are successful because they know what to change from the book and they know what to leave out all together (especially with Mockingjay. Don’t even get me started on that train wreck of a book.) I’m so so excited for the last film! We’re all going to need a lot of tissues.

123. Divergent

I know a lot of people are a bit iffy about this series/this movie in particular, but this is a one of the few movies I allowed myself to see twice in the cinema. THIS WAS AN INCREDIBLE MOVIE. Gosh, just writing about how amazing this first film was makes me so mad at the creators of the second film. If I was making a list of book to film adaptations which I hated, Insurgent would be very high indeed. Back to Divergent, I thought it was absolutely fantastic and I cried a few times while watching it (what a surprise, I know!).

134. If I Stay

Woah! Another one that a lot of people (*cough* critics *cough*) hated and I couldn’t help but love. Chloe Grace Moretz is such a fantastic choice for Mia and this movie had be bawling 10 minutes into it (just like the book!). I really loved how they did the flashbacks and how they put importance on the family relationships and not just the romance and GUYS IT WAS SO GOOD. I cannot believe I haven’t rewatched it yet (although I think I’m waiting for an evening when I can unapologetically cry over this stupid teenage girl with a stupid family and a stupid boyfriend that gives me all these stupid EMOTIONS).

145. Paper Towns

Paper Towns before TFIOS? OMG Nattie what’s wrong with you????  Honestly, I just liked it better. When I look back at TFIOS it’s nowhere near as funny as Paper Towns and I, unlike many other people, really liked Margo’s character (and Cara Delevingne, but that’s beside the point.) Although looking back at it I would not give it a five star rating, I enjoyed myself immensely while watching this film and as soon as I walked out of the cinema I wanted to go in again. It was wonderful!

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6. The Fault in Our Stars
7. Mockingjay Part 1
8. Breaking Dawn Part 2

(Shhh, don’t judge. That film was amazing and twilight haters of the past have to admit it was epic)

9. The Hunger Games
10. Eclipse

So that’s it! I hope you also loved some of the films from my list and I’m 100% recommend all of these movies as well as the books that came before them! Leave me a link to your Top Ten for this week and I’ll be checking them out all day. I’m especially excited for today because it’s a Freebie! Who knows what lists I’ll find C: