Halloween Book Tag

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Happy Halloween, everyone! Today is the last day of Blogween, so I thought it would be perfect to end with the Halloween Book Tag. Here are my answers:

1.) Favorite (scary) must read for Halloween?

I don’t read scary books!

2.) Scariest book cover, like ever?

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

The cover for Fairest always freaked me out a little bit! It definitely looks like it could be a movie poster for a scary movie.

3.) If you could go trick-or-treating with one author, who would you pick?

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If I could go trick or treating with any author, I would choose Meg Cabot! She writes a lot of fun characters and maybe we could dress up as princesses together.

4.) If you could dress up as any bookish character for Halloween, who would you be?

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

I’ve actually dressed up as Katniss as a few times, but if I had to choose another character to dress up as I would probably choose Cress from The Lunar Chronicles. She’s my favorite so far in the series and it would be cool to dress up as a futuristic Rapunzel!

5.) If you could find anything (from any book) in your trick-or-treat stash, what would you hope to find?

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I loved Percy Jackson and the Olympians, so it would be cool to find any of the objects from the gods in my bag. I might get in a little trouble, but it would lead to a great adventure!

6.) In what fictional world would you like to go trick-or-treating?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! There would be tons of candy to choose from, I would just have to be careful of some of the side effects.

7.) What book villain would you not like to meet alone in a dark alley on Halloween?

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

I would not want to meet Snow’s father from Stealing Snow in a dark alley! He is cunning and ruthless, plus he has magical powers!

8.) Would you rather dress up as a Vampire,  Zombie, Werewolf, or Shadowhunter?

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I’ve never read any of the Shadowhunter books, so I probably would not dress up as one. Out of the remaining three, I’d probably dress up as a zombie. Since I watched The Walking Dead for awhile, I’d probably get some friends to dress up as the characters from the show!

9.) Pick a candy (just one) from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that you would love to find in your stash.

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I would love to have the gum that tastes like a full meal in Charlie and the Chocolate factory! I think it would be great to have on a road trip. Hopefully, I wouldn’t turn into a blueberry because then I wouldn’t fit in the car.

10.) What is your favorite Halloween candy?

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I love Reese’s Cups! I always got excited when one ended up in my trick or treating bag.

 

What are you doing this Halloween?

Throwback Thursday: Happy Halloween, Biscuit! Review

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Woof, woof! (That’s Biscuit talk for “great book!”)

In Happy Halloween, Biscuit!, Biscuit and a little girl travels through various fall activities including a pumpkin patch, choosing their Halloween costumes, and Trick or Treating. Throughout the story, Biscuit interacts adorably within the environment, like knocking down a scarecrow and crawling in a sweater as his Halloween costume.

One of the best aspects of this book is the construction. The pages of the book are tougher than paper, but not as think as a board book. This is the perfect construction for the target age range because it is more mature than a board book, but sturdy enough to not easily be ripped. The flap are also a nice touch because it allows readers to predict what Biscuit is doing before opening the flap.

Another aspect of Biscuit books that I love is the repetitive aspect. By creating a sentence structure that repeats so frequently, readers quickly familiarize themselves with many words in the text. This allows the reader to read at a fast, but accurate pace because they can predict the sequence of words coming up in the sentence.

Biscuit is also one of the positives in this book–he is so cute! If a child has read other books in this series, they will be excited to see Biscuit and all the fun activities he completes throughout the story!

Overall, Biscuit is a fun and appropriate book for its target age range. While this consistency is great for younger readers, older readers might become bored with the predictable sentence structure and situations. I give Happy Halloween, Biscuit! four out of five stars.

Candy Book Tag

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Dressing up in a fun costume and posting a cute Instagram picture are great, but the real highlight of Halloween is all the free candy. I thought it would be a sweet idea to complete the Candy Book Tag for Day 4 of Blogoween. Here are my answers for the Candy Book Tag:

1.) Apples: Ah. Healthy food. It’s deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.

The Kite Runner

So many people that I know rave about The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It was part of my summer reading for my senior year in high school and I struggled to get through it. I can see why some people would love the story and its message, but I could just never get into it.

2.) Black jellybeans: Why do these exist?

Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds (Captain Underpants, #3)

I’ve actually never read one of these books, so I can’t really judge the content. I do, however, remember in elementary school seeing all the boys in my class reading them and wondering, “Why?” 

3.) Chocolate kisses: Aww… this book had the best romance.

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

I haven’t finished The Lunar Chronicles (yet), but Cress and Thorne are by far my favorite couple! The end of Cress was straight out of a movie.

4.) Gummy spiders: Eek! You make sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one.

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I don’t really read scary books, but I do remember freaking out over the ghost at the beginning of the Scooby Doo movie. I cried until my parents turned the movie off! To be honest, looking at it now still freaks me out.

5.) Jumbo lollipop: This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!

Modelland

If I remember correctly, this book was around 700 pages (the original manuscript was over 1000!). I honestly don’t know how I did it–this book was an absolute mess! The world, the slang, the plot… none of it made sense. I did power through it because I needed to see how much crazier it got.

6.) Cotton candy: Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). Think: children’s or middle grade fiction.

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I absolutely LOVED the Babysitter’s Club when I was younger. I remember have stacks of these books that my grandma picked up at a yard sales. This series and the Pony Pals series were definitely by go-to books as a child.

Bookish Costume DIY: Katniss Everdeen

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One of my favorite costumes at the end of high school and the beginning of college was Katniss Everdeen. It’s easy, recognizable, and most of the items needed were already in my closet! Even though the movies may be over, the odds are still in your favor of having a great Halloween if you dress up as this dystopian heroine. Here’s how I created my Katniss area look:

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Makeup and Hair:

Since Katniss is more concerned about survival than the glitz and glam of the Capitol in the arena, I opted for wearing minimal and neutral makeup. In this look, I used foundation, concealer, and powder on my face. On my eyes, I used a neutral eye shadow quad from Too Faced and finished off the look with some mascara. For my hair, I had one of my sorority sister do the class Katniss braid. Another option for makeup is using brown paint to make smudges on the neck and face.

Costume: 

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My sister as Minnie and me as Katniss

For the costume, I started with a black tee shirt and black pants (in the movie, however, Katniss wears cargo pants). Then, I layered two jackets on the tee shirt. The inside jacket is a plain black jacket with red trim and the outside jacket is a plain black rain coat from Target.

In the past, I’ve used two different methods to create the trim on the inside jacket. One way to create the red trim is to buy a duct tape sheet and cut the sheet into equally wide strips and to stick them on the jacket. I’ve also used red construction paper to make equally wide strips and used masking tape to tape them on the jacket. Even though the second method is more time consuming, I found that the collar of the jacket stayed down better using the construction paper.

On the red jacket, I also attached my Mockingjay pin, which can be purchased online, on the collar. As an alternative, you can print off a picture of the Mockingjay online and back it with cardboard. Then, you can hot glue or tape a safety pin on the cardboard and then fasten in on the collar (I did this when I dressed up as Katniss in high school before movie merchandise came out and it worked perfectly!).

I completed the costume with black combat boots.

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In the past, I’ve also included a fake, plastic bow and arrow set. Since this is usually in the outdoor summer section, check out your local drugstores to find a set for super cheap (I got mine for only 20 cents!).

 

What costume will you be for Halloween?