Bookish Costume DIY: Katniss Everdeen


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:


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.


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.


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?



Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie Week (Ten YA Characters I’m Most Like)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Awhile ago, I did a post on characters that I wanted to be growing up during a freebie week. Since it is freebie week again, I decided to make a list of ten YA characters that I think I’m the most like. Here’s my list:

1.) Emily Hughes from Since You’ve Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone

In Since You’ve Been Gone, Emily lives in her best friend’s shadow until Sloane disappears and leaves Emily to discover herself. Whenever I read Since You’ve Been Gone, I really connected with Emily. I remember one section in the book where Emily described being a wallflower–how she would be in a conversation, but not really a part of it, which made me really relate to her.

2.) Penny Lane Bloom from The Lonely Hearts Club

The Lonely Hearts Club (The Lonely Hearts Club, #1)

When I first read The Lonely Hearts Club, I actually did not like Penny… at all. Then, I realized I was just being stubborn (kind of like Penny). I also started my own club in elementary school, but it was about the Pony Pals books, not swearing off boys (even though my friends tried doing that in high school… it didn’t last long).

3.) Hudson Avery from Bittersweet


Hudson Avery is very hardworking, whether it deals with cupcakes or ice skating–just like me (even though I can’t bake and am not coordinated enough for ice skating). Also, we both love hockey players!

4.) Annabel Greene from Just Listen

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Annabel learns to be completely honest with herself and others, even if it ruins the perfect image others constructed for her. This is a lesson I’m still learning as well.

5.) Remy Starr from This Lullaby

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Honestly, I could have dedicated a whole post to how I connected with Sarah Dessen’s characters, but I’ll limit myself to two. Like with Penny in The Lonely Hearts Club, I did not connect with Remy at all the first time I read This Lullaby. After rereading it, I connected with Remy’s stubborn attitude and tendency to guard her heart.

6.) Samantha Madison from All American Girl

All-American Girl (All-American Girl, #1)

I’m not completely like Samantha, but I wear black frequently enough to be sent memes about it.

7.) Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries series

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

Looking back on The Princess Diaries series now, I can’t say that I’m completely like Mia. However, I do remember really connecting to her when reading the series while I was younger.

8.) Kit Kittredge from the American Girl series

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I’m cheating here since the American Girl series isn’t YA, but Kit is one of the first characters that I found like me. Kit was creative and loved to write and when I was younger I loved anything that involved creativity and like writing stories (I specifically remember writing holiday plays about a litter of puppies).

9.) Lizzie Bennet from Prom and Prejudice

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Like Lizzie Bennet, I do not take too kindly to people I find pretentious even though I am incredibly stubborn and always believe I’m right.

10.) Prim from The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

I do not possess any skills to be successful in The Hunger Games, but with my luck, I’d probably be chosen anyway.


Which YA character are you most like?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Picked Up on a Whim

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is the top ten books that I picked up on a whim. Here’s my list of books that I knew little about when I picked them up and how I felt about them afterward:

1.) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

When I went to the bookstore the day that I bought The Hunger Games, I was actually looking for a different book. It was out of stock, but I still wanted to get a book to read. I didn’t know what The Hunger Games was about, but I heard it was good, so I bought it. I loved it so much that by the end of the week, I bought the other two books in the trilogy!

2.) Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han

I’d never heard of this book before, but my sister mentioned that Jenny Han wrote some young adult books that she really enjoyed. Since this was only $1 at the dollar store, I decided to pick it up. I’m glad I did because it was such a cute and charming story!

3.) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

When I was in high school, we had to choose a book and then write a paper about anything in the book. This was the only book that really stuck out to me on the list we were given (it also helped that it was one of the shortest). I really loved Frankenstein and was happy when I got the chance to reread it in one of my college classes.

4.) Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

I honestly don’t remember much about this book, but I remember checking it out of the library because the cover looked cute. This isn’t one of my favorite books of all time, but I remember enjoying it.

5.) Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler

I picked up this book at the library because the cover was pink and when I saw that the plot centered around Disney, I knew that I wanted to read it. In the end, however, I really didn’t like this book.

6.) Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

When I picked up this book at the store, I saw it had a plot similar to She’s the Man, so I was instantly hooked. I enjoyed reading this book, but it is very similar to many other books with the same plot, so the plot was pretty predictable.

7.) Somebody that Everybody Listens to by Suzanne Supplee

This looked like a cute, Taylor Swift kind of story, so I picked it up. I enjoyed this story, but it seemed like it was missing something to make it really memorable.

8.) Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

I knew Sophie Kinsella wrote the Confessions of a Shopaholic series, so I picked up this book at a thrift store for a fluffy read. I really like this book and can’t wait to read more of her books!

9.) Virals by Kathy Reichs

I picked up this book at a discount store because the plot seemed interesting, however, I never find myself drawn enough to actually read it.

10.) This is not a Drill by Beck McDowell

This is another book that I picked up that seemed interesting, but I haven’t read. I’m not sure if I will end up reading this book though because of how closely it relates to my future career.

What are some book that you’ve picked up on a whim?

Unpopular Book Opinions Tag

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Here are my answers to the Unpopular Book Opinions tag. I tag anyone who is reading this!

  • A popular book you didn’t like

 After seeing a lot of positive reviews on Goodreads and reading the plot, I decided to read My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I love light, fluffy novels set in the summer, but this was an exception. I felt like the book was too long, it became too unbelievable at the end, and a “too perfect” main character.

  • A book or series that everyone else seems to hate, but you love

People either love or hate this book and I fall into the first category. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher made me keep wanting to turn the page to hear more of Hannah’s story and made me think for weeks after reading it.

  • A love triangle where the main character ended up with a person you did NOT want them to end up with OR an OTP that you don’t like

Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors, but whenever I think of couples in her books, I usually forget about Ruby and Nate. I don’t  dislike them, but I never really connected with this book or them either.

  • A popular book genre that you hardly reach for

I never really reach for fantasy books or paranormal books even though there are many popular books in both of those genres released recently.

  • A popular or beloved character that you don’t like

It’s not that I don’t like this character, it’s just that I didn’t connect with him. Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace have a great relationship that I enjoyed, but Augustus has a personality that I don’t mesh with well. The deep and philosophical statements and always speaking in metaphors sometimes came across as a little unauthentic to me. Since this book was so hyped, I expected to fall in love with Gus and fangirl over him like everyone else, but there just wasn’t the connection that I expected.

  • A popular author that you can’t seem to get into

I really loved The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks, but every time I pick up another book by him it is difficult for me to get past the first chapter.

  • A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing

Love triangles. Most of the time, one of the characters just seems to be standing there off to the side… they usually don’t have much of a personality and you can easily see they won’t be the person chosen at the end.

  • A popular series that you have no interest in reading

The Selection series seems like something that I would enjoy since the plot appears to be the dystopian version of the Bachelor. However, there are so many dystopian books out, I’ve heard from that it wasn’t that interesting, and I usually don’t gravitate to dystopian books that focus on love (for example, Delirium and Matched).

  • The saying goes, “The book is always better than the movie,” but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

When reading Mockingjay for the first time, it didn’t seem to have the same spark present in the first two novels. I found myself uninterested in the characters and just reading to see how the series ended. However, I loved the movies and they helped me visualize the large cast of characters and appreciate the book more.

If YA Characters were on Tinder

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Day 10 of Blogentine’s Day. 

Tinder is one of the most addictive apps filled with some of the most interesting people. Which of these YA love interests would you swipe right for?

Gale from The Hunger Games

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Do you make snares? Because I’m all tangled up in your love. 


Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars

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It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you. 


Tobias from the Divergent Series

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You’re hotter than the flames of Dauntless. 


Adam from If I Stay

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Are you a baritone? Because I’d like to get to first bass with you. 


Evan from The Fifth Wave

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Are you sure you’re not an alien? Because you’ve abducted my heart.


What other YA characters would you swipe right for?


Marry, Kiss, Cliff (YA Edition)

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Day 8 of Blogentine’s Day.

Today for Blogentine’s Day, I will round up some of my favorite love interests from YA books. I selected nine characters and used a randomizer to sort them into three separate rounds. For each round, I will choose a character to marry, kiss, or push off a cliff (and survive). After three rounds, the winners from each round will compete in one final round. Here are the results:

ROUND ONE: Finnick Odair (Catching Fire/Mockingjay), Cricket Bell (Lola and the Boy Next Door), and Tobias Eaton (Divergent series)

Ugh, this is so hard! I love all three of these characters so much.

Marry: Finnick Odair is absolute perfection. I didn’t care about any other character after he was introduced in Catching Fire. #teamfinnick

Kiss: I love Cricket and it was definitely hard choosing between him and Finnick. I’ll put Cricket at number two because he is more cute/adorable compared to Finnick.

Cliff: I’m going to have to choose Tobias! I love Four, but just not as much as Finnick or Cricket!

ROUND TWO:  Michael Moscovitz (Princess Diaries series), Andrius Arvydas (Between Shades of Gray), and Owen Armstrong (Just Listen)

Okay, this one is a little easier.

Marry: Owen Armstrong, for sure. I love the other two, but some reason, Owen is one of my favorite YA love interests. He’s nowhere near perfect, and usually someone who is slightly pretentious about music would annoy me, but I love Owen more every time I reread Just Listen.

Kiss: Sorry, Michael, but I have to choose Andrius! He showed his kindness throughout the novel and even in such a terrible situation, he made Lina feel safe.

Cliff:  I love the Princess Diaries, but out of these three, Michael isn’t my favorite. I liked Michael in the beginning of the series, but didn’t really feel a strong connection to him by the end.

ROUND THREE: Dexter (This Lullaby), Ryan Bauer (The Lonely Hearts Club), Etienne (Anna and the French Kiss)

Marry: Dexter, for sure! Dexter is so dorky, but has a heart of gold. He’s definitely husband material.

Kiss: I would have to kiss Etienne! Even though I think being in a relationship with him would be a little too dramatic for me, the accent is a definite plus!

Cliff:  I’m going to have to choose Ryan. I really like him, but I feel like he doesn’t have as much depth as the other two characters.


Finnick Odair (Catching Fire/Mockingjay), Owen Armstrong (Just Listen), and Dexter (This Lullaby) 

This. Is. So. Hard.

Marry: Finnick Odair forever ❤  Obviously, I love all three of these guys, but Finnick will always hold a special place in my heart.

Kiss: If I have to choose… Owen Armstrong. Just Listen was the first Sarah Dessen book that I read, so I’ve had a connection with him longer.

Cliff: My heart is breaking. I will put Dexter here, but it is very, very painful.

What would you choose in each round?

The Bachelor Book Tag


Day 3 of Blogentine’s Day.

It’s Bachelor season! Girls everywhere are making their brackets and are waiting to see who Ben chooses. What if books were bachelor contestants? I decided to create The Bachelor Book Tag to see which of my favorite books would get the final rose. Here are my answers:

The “Perfect” Girl: A book with a Mary Sue character



Samantha always came off to me as too perfect–she was the good girl who looked perfect, got the perfect boyfriend, and everything worked out perfectly for her.

The Single Mom: A stand-alone book that you love

Road trip + cute story = perfect summer read.

The Hippie: A book with a character who has a unique perspective  

This story follows Beekle, an imaginary friend, as he waits to be imagined by his child. It’s a cute story and creative idea!

The Girl who is always Drunk: A book that you can’t remember the plot

I was looking through my read books on Goodreads and I came across this book. I can’t remember the plot or name one of the characters.

The Villain: Your favorite villain

She isn’t my favorite villain, but Coin is pretty terrible. Coin distracts Katniss and Snow to carry out her master plan and even wants to reinstate the Hunger Games. She’s willing to take out any one who gets in her way (you know what I’m talking about). She’s terrible because she makes people that she’s good, but she’s just a bad as the people she’s trying to oust.

The Funny Girl: A book that made you laugh out loud

Janette Rallison books always make me laugh out loud. Even when I reread them now, I find myself laughing just as hard at the same jokes.

The Girl who Always Cries: A book that made you cry

I haven’t actually ever cried while reading this book, but I get very very close to crying while reading this book.

The Final Rose: A book that you were excited about, but didn’t end up loving

I remember really liking this book when I started reading it, but started to lose interest when I knew where the plot was going and wasn’t surprised by story’s twists and turns.

Which character would you go on the Bachelor for?