Bookish Character Costumes

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I’d share some interesting bookish costumes that I found on the internet. I rarely dress up for Halloween, but this may give good ideas to those of you still needing costumes!!

I found some great costumes based on some YA books here:

Like Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars

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or America from the Selection series – this dress is just gorgeous!! And there’s a couple others on that site as well.

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Here  are Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

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and Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings series to name a few (this page even has bookish costume ideas for kids)

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Or you can always go as a Twilight book!!

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Fifty Shades of Grey

 

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Alice in Wonderland 

 

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And of course, Harry Potter themed costumes!!

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And now some Outlander/Jamie pics for Cristina – just because!! ;-)

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 So, what bookish costumes do you like? Have you ever dressed up as a bookish character and which one?

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LoveTricia

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

51738 Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

Review:

I’ve tried writing a review for this book 5 times already. And yet, I can’t. The words don’t come.

Basically what you need to know about the book is this:

  • I read this book while suffering the biggest book slump I’ve ever encountered.
  • I thought I was in for a fluffy, unimportant book, but it was much more than that. This book beautifully covered different topics such as eating disorders, family drama, friendship, romance and self-discovery.
  • Annabel’s situation really touched me because she was such a simple character to relate to. I really liked seeing her confronting her demons and really rooted for her.
  • Owen’s role in the book is much more than a love interest. He was first and foremost Annabel’s friend and the one who made Annabel want to speak up and confront her problems.
  • Annabel’s family is wonderfully portrayed and could very easily be my family, or yours. They had a great dynamic between them and I loved seeing them supporting each other.
  • The romance is so sweet because it starts off as nothing more than two outcasts who start talking to each other and becomes much more.
  • The whole book was sweet, charming, poignant and powerful.

I recommend this book if you think you haven’t found the right contemporary. I recommend this book if you want a read to get you out of a book slump. Just listen to my recommendation and read this book if you get the chance.

P.S. I apologize in advance for my non-review because honestly I can’t form coherent words in regards to this book.

“There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.”

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LoveMarianne

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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From Goodreads:  On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

Review:

I know, I know, I’m probably one of the few people that hadn’t read this book. I’ve heard about it for years and kept thinking I’d get to it eventually. Now that the movie is out, I finally read it! I hope to see the movie soon, too!

“There’s a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her.”

I’ll try to make this spoiler-free in case there are still others that haven’t read it (and want to). Basically, the main characters – Nick and Amy – have been married for 5 years, and on their 5th anniversary, she goes missing. Of course, he becomes a suspect. And he also starts wondering if he knew his wife as well as he thought. Throughout the book, everyone (reader included) is trying to figure out what happened to Amy. All the signs (and media) point to Nick, who pleads innocent, yet acts so strangely. This book is so tricky and hard to put down!! It flips back and forth between Nick’s point of view and Amy’s diary entries – which were rather odd.

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So, what do I think about this book that has everybody raving? Let me start by saying that I didn’t love it. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It was definitely intriguing and tricky! However, there were some parts (Nick’s inner monologues and Amy’s diary entries) that just seemed to go on and on and on. But I stayed with it because there was always another clue or even more drama, so I couldn’t quit on the book. I HAD to know what happened and what else was going to happen! So many twists!! I kept changing my guesses on what had happened to Amy and who did it. SO MANY TWISTS!!

 “Friends see most of each other’s flaws. Spouses see every awful last bit.”

While I found the book hard to put down, and the plot so very intriguing, and the secondary characters are likeable – I seriously didn’t like Nick or even Amy. After awhile, the main characters got on my nerves! I can’t remember if I’ve ever read a book where I didn’t like the main characters! Nick and Amy were just not likable to me. And I think that’s weird, LOL! I enjoy thrilling, suspenseful novels (not horror) on occasion, and this one is definitely that – but I didn’t care for the main characters.

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If you like suspense, this is definitely the book for you! It’s also clever and tricky and will keep you guessing. But if you prefer likable characters and happily ever afters – this is not for you.

For those that have already read it, what did you think?

3halfstarsaddtogoodreads

 

LoveTricia

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander #8) by Diana Gabaldon

in my own hearts bloodFrom goodreads:

In June of 1778, the world turns upside-down. The British army withdraws from Philadelphia, George Washington prepares to move from Valley Forge in pursuit, and Jamie Fraser comes back from the dead to discover that his best friend has married Jamie’s wife.

The ninth Earl of Ellesmere discovers to his horror that he is in fact the illegitimate son of the newly-resurrected Jamie Fraser (a rebel and a Scottish criminal!) and Jamie’s nephew Ian Murray discovers that his new-found cousin has an eye for Ian’s Quaker betrothed.

Meanwhile, Claire Fraser deals with an asthmatic duke, Benedict Arnold, and the fear that one of her husbands may have murdered the other. And in the 20th century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter Brianna is thinking that things are probably easier in the 18th century: her son has been kidnapped, her husband has disappeared into the past, and she’s facing a vicious criminal with nothing but a stapler in her hand. Fortunately, her daughter has a miniature cricket bat and her mother’s pragmatism.

The best of historical fiction with a Moebius twist, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD weaves the fibers of a family’s life through the tapestry of historical drama.

Review…

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This book was AUH-MAZING.

 “I have loved others, and I do love many, Sassenach—but you alone hold all my heart, whole in your hands,” he said softly. “And you know that. “

I feel free and yet, I don’t have a clue what to do with my life after this incredible journey!  I’m beyond attached to all these amazing characters as if they were my family.  I loved all of them, even the ones that got on my last nerve and believe me, there were a few of those!

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Written in My Own Heart’s Blood took me on a whirlwind adventure because I was whisked away from 1778 Philadelphia to 1980 Scotland and then back to 1738 Scotland!!!  There are so many twists and turns, ones that I didn’t even see coming and I love the element of surprise.

There are a lot of POV changes in this particular installment and normally I am not a fan of that but it worked so well and I think it has to do with Diana Gabaldon’s ability to do it effortlessly.

As always, I enjoyed Claire’s medical procedures and as complex as they are I understood every scene from start to finish.  And that’s not to say there isn’t a gross factor involved because there is. *shudders*

Claire and Jamie moved me to tears so many times and I feel as though I know them intimately.  They’ve been through so much but their relationship has stood the test of time.  But they weren’t the only couple I loved.  Rachel and Ian…I adore them. *sigh* Ian still remains my favorite supporting character.  He’s part Mohawk and always a Highlander!  Don’t even get me started on Bree and Roger because that whole bit was crazy, as in crazy good!

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There are so many amazing characters with their own powerful stories that I can’t even begin to write about all of them.

To say that it’s just a romance is to pigeonhole this series in to a particular category.  While there is a beautiful love story, it’s also about war, history and time travel.  It’s everything and more.

“Ye lost your parents young, mo nighean donn, and wandered about the world, rootless. Ye loved Frank”- his mouth compressed for an instant, but I thought he was unconscious of it-“and of course you love Brianna and Roger Mac and the weans… but, Sassenach- I am the true home of your heart, and I know that.”

DG delivered an installment that is out of this world but the series as a whole is EPIC.

5stars

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LoveCristina

What Was the Last Book That Made You Cry?

What was the last book you read that made you cry or tear up? For me, it was Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. It’s been on my TBR list for awhile, and I FINALLY read it! I absolutely loved it, but it got me all teary-eyed! I’ve heard so many great things about this book, that I just knew I would love it, but I wasn’t prepared for the tears too, LOL! Thankfully, I was reading at home late at night, so there were no witnesses – I hate crying or tearing up in public!

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I don’t mind reading books that require tissues, but I kind of like being prepared for the tears and I have to be in the mood for that kind of book. Nicholas Sparks books (& movies) always get me – and usually it’s full on crying (yeah the ugly kind). So, I definitely have to be in the mood for lots of tears and have a full supply of tissues at the ready when I read one of his books! LOL!

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Do you like to be prepared for when a book makes you cry or do you even read books that make you cry?

LoveTricia

Does Skimming Mean You Didn’t Read?

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Names have been altered.

First of all, hi guys! I’m back! I was going through some personal issues, but now I’m back! :)

So, I wanted to start my return from hiatus by introducing this little issue I had. The above picture is a comment thread on one of my 1-star reviews on Amazon. I mentioned in my review how I had to skim entire paragraphs and pages because I didn’t feel like they were pertinent to the story at all.

My question to you is, does skimming a book mean you didn’t read it? Should I have not reviewed the book then?

I personally think that skimming does not mean I didn’t read the book. No one knows every single detail that occurs in a book, so why does ignoring a sentence or two make a difference?

I give all books a fair chance regardless of anything, but if I can’t get through a page without falling asleep, I will most probably skim. I still read the book, I just don’t care about every. single. detail. 

However, to answer the person who commented on my review: skimming does not mean “not reading”. Here’s one definition of “skimming” that I found on Wikipedia:

Skimming is a process of speed reading that involves visually searching the sentences of a page for clues to meaning. For some people, this comes naturally, but is usually acquired by practice. Skimming is usually seen more in adults than in children. It is conducted at a higher rate (700 words per minute and above) than normal reading for comprehension (around 200-230 wpm), and results in lower comprehension rates, especially with information-rich reading material.

The only downside to skimming is the fact that it affects the comprehension rate. But as I said before, I only ever skim in situations where I don’t care what’s happening in the story.

Here’s my verdict:

I don’t think skimming is bad. I don’t think skimming means that you didn’t read the book. I don’t judge you if you tell me you skimmed a book, because it’s something I do as well. Everyone reads in their own way, and if you want to skim, go ahead.

What about you? What do you think? Did skimming not let me truly read the book? Let me know in the comments! 

LoveMarianne

Have You Ever Left Something in a Book for Another Reader?

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I saw this picture and post on the Facebook page of The Reading Room and thought it was interesting. I wanted to share it with you all! Have you ever left something in a book (on purpose) for another reader, like this note? Or have you ever left something in a book accidentally? Ooh, have you ever found something in a book, like a note or something else?

The only time I remember intentionally leaving something in a book was when I gave a friend (who was moving far away) a book – I left a note at the end. I don’t think I’ve accidentally left anything behind in a book in a long time. After working in a library for a few years, I’ve developed a habit of flipping through books – either when returning them to the library or returning/loaning to a friend.

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Personally, I’ve only found bookmarks, receipts, or blank pieces of paper (bookmarks) in books that I get from the library or used bookstore. When I worked at the library, though, I found all kinds of things!!

I think it would be kind of cool to find a note like these in a book! So, I’m going to try to remember to do this on occasion! I really like this idea! So, have any of you ever left or found a note (or something else) in a book? What did you leave or find?

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LoveTricia

An Echo in the Bone (Outlander #7) by Diana Gabaldon

an echo in the boneFrom Goodreads:

Jamie Fraser, erstwhile Jacobite and reluctant rebel, knows three things about the American rebellion: the Americans will win, unlikely as that seems in 1778; being on the winning side is no guarantee of survival; and he’d rather die than face his illegitimate son — a young lieutenant in the British Army — across the barrel of a gun. Fraser’s time-travelling wife, Claire, also knows a couple of things: that the Americans will win, but that the ultimate price of victory is a mystery. What she does believe is that the price won’t include Jamie’s life or happiness — not if she has anything to say.

Claire’s grown daughter Brianna, and her husband, Roger, watch the unfolding of Brianna’s parents’ history — a past that may be sneaking up behind their own family.

Review…

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The Outlander series has consumed my life because I’ve done nothing else but read about Jamie and Claire and their blessed family!  I don’t know what I will do with myself once I’m done with all the books! *gasp*

“You’re the world I have,” she murmured, and then her breathing changed, and she took him down with her into safety. “

An Echo in the Bone was absolutely fabulous and I would say it’s perfect except I thought the ending was a bit rushed, the part I’m referring has to do with Claire. When I was done reading I immediately gave it 5 star rating.  After considerable thought, I settled on 4.5 because had the story slowed down a teensy-weensy bit, specifically with Claire, it would have been utter perfection.

“But even things that heal leave scars.”

Did the ending take away from my overall enjoyment of the book?  Nope. I loved this book. Like a lot.  It was EPIC! ♥

“Here and there, a form stirred feebly, victim of war’s sorcery, struggling against the enchantment of death.”

I know I say it every time but Diana Gabaldon can write like nobody else’s business.  It wasn’t until I read this series that I really learned about lice, how they can fester in your hair and not just on your head but *cough* in your nether regions as well. *shudders*  She described medical and surgical procedures that made me feel like I’m the assisting nurse in the room because that’s how good DG is!

“Come to bed, a nighean.  Nothing hurts when ye love me.”

So much happens in this book, too much for my fragile heart to handle and there’s a particular scene that I found to be quite shocking. This shocking moment left me angry and feeling incredibly betrayed but I understood why it happened as well.  I did text my friend and expressed my outrage with a few expletives to drive the point home.

“It was possible to leave things behind—places, people, memories—at least for a time. But places held tight to the things that had happened in them, and to come again to a place you had once lived was to be brought face-to-face with what you had done there and who you had been.”

There are rumors that Written In My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander #8) is even better than what I just read!  I don’t know how that’s possible but I can’t wait to start it! :)

4halfstarsaddtogoodreads

LoveCristina

Spook-tober!

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I can’t believe it’s October already. Well, I can but.. wow. Next thing we know, we’re singing Christmas songs and exchanging Christmas book recs! So before all of that, let’s focus on this month. I want to share the spooky books I’ve read this year so far (the top 5) These books don’t have the gore and the bloods and the killing spree kind of scare. But it’ll give you the chills, the creeps and definitely the spooks. Ready?

Oh, and be sure to leave the light open while you’re reading the book. ‘Kay?

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This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

– Oh man, I just finished this the other day and I’m still speechless. Courtney Summers is such a great writer. This is about a group of teenagers and they’re all stuck in a school because ZOMBIES and death is everywhere. THAT SUMMARY IS FROM ME BTW. This book has the right amount of sexiness (yes you read that right) and creepiness (ZOMBIES!) and mystery and the thrill oh my goodness (my heart) and believe it or not, it’s also heartbreaking. Read it! I mean, look at that cover!

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Amity by Micol Ostow

– Uhm, CREEPY PHONECALLS? check! SEEING LITTLE GIRLS WHO AREN’T REALLY THERE? check! CHARACTER WHO LOOKS REALLY NICE BUT KEEPS THINKING ABOUT KILLING PEOPLE? check! and I’m pretty sure you’ve all heard of AMITYVILLE which is where this book was based from. If you’re a fan of Stephen King, I think you’d like this.

 

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Made For You by Melissa Marr 

– Okay so maybe you want to solve a mystery while getting creeped out. Maybe you’re one of those who reads the book in one sitting because YOU WANNA KNOW WHO THE CULPRIT IS. Well, okay, I have this book for you. Eva is the most popular girl in her town AND SOMEONE TRIED TO KILL HER! I never thought I’d say this but I totally enjoyed the Killers POV in here. Got me guessing until the end too. Who is the Killer? You? Me? Her? That guy over there? WHO KNOWS?!!!!

AND BOTH PARENTS ARE ALIVE. AND THEY ARE FUNCTIONING AND ACTUALLY ACTING LIKE PARENTS.

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Donners Of The Dead by Karina Halle

SEXYNESS AND HOTNESS YES. Oh and ZOMBIES AND HISTORY YES. Plus, it’s Karina Halle! The awesome kickass lady, that reason should be enough. But seriously, Donners of the Dead was a fast and a  creepy rollercoaster read for me. The history intrigued me, the zombies and the way Halle writes kept me up and there’s JAKE McGRAW. The relationship between Jake and Eve is a classic! It’s filled with mistrust, desire and intrigue. And all the supporting characters are well-developed. I’m gonna shut up now BUT JUST READ IT. Scare the crap out of yourself. Thank me or kill me later.

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Fractured by Erin Hayes

They are TWINS! And they’re no Anna and Elsa. Fractured is such a fast read.. and a terrifying one.. I’m scared of this author. WHERE WOULD SHE GET THIS IDEA?! PLS LET HER STAY AWAY FROM ME. This book is crazier than crazy. How do I describe the creppiness? IDK maybe just stare at this:

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Yeah that’s not creepy or anything.

Well, that was fun. :D I hope something caught your interest from this mini list. And don’t hesitate to hit me up with recommendations as well. This is not a genre I usually enjoy but I want to step out of my comfort zone and read more books that isn’t my usual genre. :) Thank you for stopping by!

LovePaula

The Mortal Instruments TV Show – Will You Watch?

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So, I saw some interesting news on Professional Fangirls.  (I follow them on Facebook, LOL). It seems The Mortal Instruments series will be making it’s way to our TV screens sometime in the future. No idea on when or any other details other than Constantin Film is hoping to go into production sometime next year. You can read the article here.

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 So, if there is a Mortal Instruments TV show, will you watch it? I would definitely check it out to see if it’s any better than the movie. I was very disappointed in the movie. I know sometimes time constraints don’t allow movies to contain every book detail, but this movie felt very different from the book. It didn’t feel the same at all! I’m hoping if there is a TV show that it will be a better adaptation. It has the potential to be really great!

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So, what are your thoughts?

LoveTricia