Top Ten Book-Themed Costume Parties I’d Like to Throw


Halloween is all about the costumes for me. I don’t like chocolate (it’s pretty much my least favorite taste), and am not the biggest candy fan. Over the last two years I’ve talked about book characters I’d want to dress up as and characters I’d want to invited to a costume party. This year, I thought I might be stumped. Then I imagined throwing a costume party where everyone had to come dressed like the characters in a just one book/series/etc. Thus this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was formed. Here are the top ten book-themed costume parties I’d like to throw, also known as Alison’s new bucket list.

  1. Harry Potter: Between all the good Halloween food at Hogwarts and the plethora of characters, I feel like this is an obvious choice. Also, I could just wear my clothes and come as Hermione, since my personal style is basically Hermione cosplay anyway.
  2. Jane Austen: Having everyone come over to my apartment dressed as their favorite Austen character (or favorite villain!) is a literal dream. Plus think of the organized dances!
  3. The Pink Carnation Series: Lauren Willig’s world of aristocratic spies is one of my favorites! Even though Henrietta is my favorite, I call being Miss Gwen – just so I can hit people with my purple parasol all night.
  4. The Great Gatsby: This one also seems fairly obvious, but flapper costumes are fun and I LOVE to Charleston!
  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses: I’m officially obsessed with Sarah J. Maas’s sequel A Court of Mist and Fury. I’ve read the doorstopper of a book three times (at least) this summer and would love to craft up a creative fairy costume.
  6. Lord of the Rings: When I was in high school my grandmother told my sister that she looked like Galadriel and me that I looked like a hobbit. I’m willing to get over this scaring experience for a good party.
  7. Charles Dickens: This might be the most “English Major-y” idea ever. Still, just like a Jane Austen party, there are so many characters to choose from.
  8. Canterbury Tales: Okay, I lied. This is the most “English Major-y” idea ever. Bonus points for talking in Middle English all night.
  9. The Grisha: I would love to have everyone come as a character from Leigh Bardugo’s world of the Grisha. Between, Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows (along with their respective sequels) there are lots of cool costumes to create.
  10. To Kill a Mocking Bird: Everyone has to come dressed in a homemade ham costume.

Which of these parties would you most like to attend? What books am I forgetting? Let me know in the comments!

Marry Date or Dump: Pride and Prejudice


Happy Monday, friends! Over the last five feverish, ouchy-throated days I have, of course, watched both Pride and Prejudice adaptations. So I’ve got Jane Austen on the brain! I’ve done a lot of Austen combinations in past Marry Date or Dumps, but I don’t think I’ve done this one. This is frankly shocking because I think about it a lot. We’ve got Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, and Colonel Fitzwilliam. At first, it seems pretty straight forward. But people can have very different, very strident opinions when it comes to these men. One of my favorite English teachers in high school strongly felt that Colonel Fitzwilliam was the best man of the bunch. Let me know who you’d pick by writing who you’d marry, who you’d date, and who you’d dump in the comments! Continue reading

Top Ten Jane Austen Villains


It’s villain week on Top Ten Tuesday. Even though there are some more obvious book villains, my first thought was of the antagonists in my favorite Jane Austen novels. Some I hate. Some I love to hate. Here are my top ten Jane Austen villains:

  1. Mr. Wickham from Pride and Prejudice 
  2. Caroline Bingley from Pride and Prejudice 
  3. Lady Catherine de Bourgh from Pride and Prejudice 
  4. Lucy Steele from Sense and Sensibility 
  5. Mr. Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility 
  6. Mrs. Norris from Mansfield Park 
  7. The Crawford siblings from Mansfield Park 
  8. Mr. and Mrs. Elton from Emma 
  9. The Thorpe siblings from Northanger Abbey 
  10. William Elliot from Persuasion 

Thank to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly book meme!

Marry, Date or Dump: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


Hi friends! I’ve missed Marry, Date or Dump so I thought I’d do a few in October. I’ve been wanting to reread Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for awhile. I read it during a confusing/grumpy time, and I’m worried my feelings about life seeped into how I felt about the book. So many people I know love this one and now there is a movie! When faced with the characters from the series, who would you marry? Who would you date? And, finally, who would you dump? Let me know your answers in the comments. Continue reading

The Graces, by Laure Eve

28818369Everyone I’ve talked to either loves or hates The Graces, by Laure Eve. I’ll admit it’s an unusual book, but I fall into the like/love group for sure. At first, I worried the book would be too much about the Grace siblings and not enough about the girl narrating the story. Reading the book description you will see why: Everyone said the Graces were witches.They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.All I had to do was show them that person was me. Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on? It’s all about the Graces and very little about River. All we know about her is that she’s obsessed with the family. But as I got swept up in this story, that eventually changed.  Continue reading

Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older

22295304Last March, I went to a We Need Diverse Books panel at The New School where Daniel José Older. I was incredibly moved by all the speakers, but knew in particular I wanted to read Shadowshaper because of Older’s insightful comments about representation, artistic responsibility, and craft. These insights shined through in the story of Sierra Santiago, a teenage girl in Brooklyn who discovers that people have been connecting spirits with the murals in her neighborhood in an act called shadowshaping. But all is not right in the spiritual world. The murals are weeping and disappearing. Her grandfather, who’s suffered from a stroke, won’t stop apologizing to her. Soon it becomes very clear that Sierra, herself, is in danger and she doesn’t even know why.

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