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!

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.

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

Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

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This week was hard for me because I tend to marathon all the books in the series together so unless the last book hasn’t come out yet, nearly all of the series that I’ve started are finished. BUT I tried my best and here is the result:

Geek Girl by Holly SmaleRed Queen by Victoria AveyardA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasA Darker Shade final for Irene

1. Geek Girl by Holly Smale – After finishing the third book, I’m not too keen on the main character. She’s just too immature and I can’t relate to her whatsoever. I will be finishing it though!

2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I want the next book now please! Please? Although a new novella just came out so I’ll definitely be reading that sometime soon!

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – This author is a queen and I’m pretty sure I everybody knows why so I’ll save myself from the explanation.

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – God, I can’t wait for Queen of Shadows to finally arrive. I’m dying over here!

5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I have yet to read her other books but I do really like the first book in this series and I can’t wait for the sequel.

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra ClareThe Vampire Diaries by L.J. SmithAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins  The Host by Stephanie Meyer  Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

6. The Magisterium Series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare – I’ve heard no buzz surrounding the release of the sequel which is a shame because I kinda liked the first one. Will be getting to it soon!

7. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith – I mean, I’ve read 12 books from this mega series of a four book original series and the two trilogies that followed. I have yet to read the last one. One more won’t kill me?

8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Yeah, yeah, this probably doesn’t count. They’re companion novels but I really enjoyed both Anna and Lola so Isla is definitely on the horizon too!

9. The Host by Stephanie Meyer – *glares at the author from a thousand miles away* It’s been SEVEN YEARS Stephanie. I want my sequel.

10. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – I’ve said this before but I don’t really want to finish this series because the romance annoys me and Sydney annoys me and the way Adrian changed annoys me. I looked on the wiki to see what happens at the end of the series and I might just finish this series out of curiosity. I’ll get there someday…

Are you guilty of starting and not finishing a bunch of series? Or do you like to marathon them back to back like me? Leave me a link to your list for this week and I’ll make sure to check it out!

Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If Taught YA/Children’s Fantasy 101

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I need everyone to know that I am taking this list very seriously.  Not only do I have the the ten books/ series that are a MUST if you want to be on my YA and Children’s Fantasy 101 course, I also have what we’ll be learning from each book and I’ve also got some wider reading suggestions too. Yupp. I loved making this week’s list.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling 1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

It’s a classic. Honestly, it should be a given by now. Not only is this series super famous and all round amazing, it basically covers the old fashioned style of magic that is used in book while some of the other books on this list would have more modern styles. I’d totally be the teacher that sets Harry Potter trivia for tests.

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (Wider reading: Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan)

Now this is a series that gets compared to Harry Potter a lot so by putting it up I can teach my students the never-compare-my-two-favourite-series-and-tell-me-one-is-a-rip-off lesson. Plus, I mean, this series is just so funny AND EDUCATIONAL! Greek mythology tests would also be a thing for this one.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas3. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is a Queen. Yupp. That’s the first lesson my students would learn along with Harry-Potter-is-life and the one above. From Sarah J. Maas we would learn all about world building and how to rip someone’s heart out with only a few chapters.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead4. The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Wider reading: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead)

These books are just so funny. Plus, this series has a lot of politics and scheming so that would be fun to teach. This world is far more developed than my next choice and I think also has a better mythology background.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer5. The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

We’re not planning on learning anything from the content of this book. We’re learning how the hell it go so popular and how to answer the every standing question: Team Jacob or Team Edward?

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare6 + 7. The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Both of them. There’s no wider reading going on here it is COMPULSORY to read everything Cassandra Clare has every written before you even step into my classroom. From this book, we’ll be learning all about how different species of supernatural begins work together in society and we’re also learning the lesson many forget of NEVER TRUST A FAERIE OMG HOW MANY TIMES DO I NEED TO SAY THIS???

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas8. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is a bad one to follow that little rant with as this book is bursting with Fae. BUT it’s Sarah J. Maas. Have I mentioned she’s a Queen yet?

A Darker Shade final for Irene9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E Schwab

You see, I’ve picked this one especially because it has a lot of travelling between different universes that run parallel to each other which none of the other books have. Plus, V.E. Schwab is amazing and everybody should read this book.

Fallen by Lauren Kate10. Fallen series by Lauren Kate

Here’s the thing: I’d really love to put A Daughter of Smoke and Bone in this place. I really would. But I haven’t read it yet. Yikes. So I went with this, somewhat disliked, series by Lauren Kate which I read some years ago but I’m sure I will be re reading since the movie is coming out next year. There’s a lot of “angel” YA books out there so I guess with this choice I’m covering that area.

And that’s it! Make sure to leave a link in the comments to your list and I’ll check them out!

Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

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This week’s topic was really easy for me! I’m actually pretty happy with my author selection in this list because most of them I’d recommend to everyone. This list features most of my favourite authors so I’ll take every chance I get to tell y’all to read their books, thank you very much.

1. Jacqueline Wilson (20+ books)

Jacqueline Wilson was the only author I read from the ages of 7 to 11. I found her books so funny and so captivating as a kid that I kept a huge printed poster on my door with all the titles she has published at the time and I’d tick some off every week. When I was 12, The Longest Whale Song came out and I went to buy it with my pocket money to a proper chain book shop – that was the first book I have ever bought. She’s the hero of my childhood.

2. L.J. Smith (13 books)

Ohh I remember marathoning all of The Vampire Diaries and some of The Secret Circle when I became a huge TV junkie and The Vampire Diaries was one of my favourite shows. The thing is, there are 13 BOOKS in The Vampire Diaries (a four book original series, and THREE TRILOGIES). I have no idea how I managed to read all of those especially when I didn’t find those books particularly amazing. They were good but looking back on it, I can admit I’ve read better. The first Secret Circle books was okay too.

3. J. K. Rowling (11 books)

J. K. Rowling created my favourite fantasy book series if not my favourite book series of all time. I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books as well as the Comic Relief Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them and Qudditch Through the Ages.

4. Cassandra Clare (11 books)

Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite authors so how can she not be on this list? I’ve read both The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices trilogy as well as her book with Holly Black, The Iron Trial and The Shadowhunter Codex.

5. Rick Riordan (10 books)

If you haven’t heard of Rick Riordan you’ve probably been living under a rock. He writes hilarious series of books surrounding different mythologies, and honestly, they’re the best. I’ve read both Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus and I tried to read Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods but I read the first chapter and put it down because I was simply not in the mood at the time. I’m hoping I’ll read it soon though! All of his books = 100% recommend.

6. Richelle Mead (9 books)

I am a massive Richelle Mead fan! But the reason I’ve only read 9 books and not 12 is because I just could not carry on with the Bloodlines series. I just didn’t like Sydney as a character as Adrian had changed from the character we see in Vampire Academy so I didn’t really enjoy that either. Vampire Academy, though, was amazing and I’ve been thinking of rereading the series for months now.

7. Lauren Kate (6 books)

I was 100% obsessed with the Fallen series when it first came out. Looking back, again, I’ve read better and my tastes have changed but I still don’t think this series is awful and I still adore some of the characters. As well as the 4 books in the series, I’ve read the novella called Fallen in Love and her other book The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. I have yet to read her new series, Waterfall  but I’m not too excited to read it so it might be a while yet.

8. Stephanie Meyer (5 books)

Shock. Gasp. Horror. Stephanie Meyer is on my list again! I was a die-hard Twilight fan back in the day and I still consider those books to be really entertaining. They were not the best but they’re still fun and that’s why I love them. Also, The Host was one of the best books I’ve ever read. No lie.

9. Sarah J. Maas (4 books)

I’m pretty sure I’ll read anything this woman writes. That being said, I still haven’t read Assassin’s Blade which I mean to get to before Queen of Shadows comes out this September. I was weary at first when it came to her other series, A Court of Thorns and Roses which came out this year but I needn’t worry because it was epic. I recommend her to everyone! She’s fantastic. (Also, have you seen her twitter pictures and instagram? She’s absolutely adorable!)

10. Maggie Stiefvater (4 books)

I hate to end on a downer but this is once again an author I read when I was younger and even then I didn’t find the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy that great. The characters were just really boring to me. However, I also read Sinner this time last year and that was so so so amazing because I loved the main two characters who were in the background of the main trilogy. I’ve also tried reading The Raven Boys but I didn’t have enough patience for it so I couldn’t get into it.

Who have you got on your list this week? Leave a link to your list and I’ll make sure to check them out.

Top Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read and Want To Read

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As you’ll see, I haven’t read many fairytale retellings which is ridiculous because I absolutely adore the concept of it. In general, I love it when later books in a series parallel or reference earlier books in the series so to have a whole book loosely following a tale I already know but the book is still its own story is something brilliant. Hopefully, but the end of today I’ll have a whole new selection of fairytale retellings being added to my TBR pile.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Belle from Beauty and the Beast has always been my favourite Dinsey princess and although I haven’t read the original story yet, this book brought me so much joy when I saw the parallels and the similarities between the Disney version and the book. From what I’ve heard around, it sounds like there’s a lot of the original story mixed in there too so if you haven’t picked up this book yet I would definitely push you to do it.

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This one probably doesn’t even count but I needed to have more than one book in the “Read” section otherwise I wouldn’t forgive myself for being so lazy and never getting to any of the good fairytale retellings that I’ve got listed below. I’ve heard multiple times that this YA series (probably my favourite YA fantasy series of all time) was inspired by the tale of Cinderella and although the majority of people wouldn’t notice it (myself included), I put it up here anyway.

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3. The Lunar Chronicles series (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest) by Marissa Meyer

I feel so bad that this continues to be on my TBR pile. For at least a year now I’ve been meaning to read these books but I never do (like I said, I’m lazy). The first book, Cinder, is one of my TBR Challenge list so there is no way I’m getting away without read that one.

4 + 5. Crimson Bound and Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

I’ve seen these a lot actually at the beginning of the year and they did catch my eye, especially the covers. All I know is that Crimson Bound is Little Red Riding Hood retelling, Cruel Beauty is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and they both look good.

6. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

This book has had a lot of buzz at the beginning of the year and I’m still interested in picking it up. I’m not sure what fairytale it features but I trust Holly Black and hopefully I’ll get to this book at some point.

7. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I’ve been seeing this book cover a lot and I love it. The tale itself, Arabian Nights, I haven’t heard of but the summary of this book has really caught my attention.

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I guess there is a retelling of every fairytale out there if you look for it so I know that these three stories have been retold in YA before but I haven’t seen any books that retell them that have caught my attention. If you know any that you’d like to recommend, make sure to let me know!

8. Hansel and Gretel

9. 12 Dancing Princesses

10. Anything from Greek/Roman Mythology (that isn’t Percy Jackson)

What have you go down on your list? Leave me a link and I’ll make sure to check them out!