Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Heroines to be for Halloween

A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I love Halloween! I love any excuse to dress up in a costume and Halloween is one day a year where it is socially acceptable to dress up like someone or something else. In fact it's awkward if you're not dressed up. But in case you haven't thought of a costume or if you have, here are some bookish costumes that may even help you bookpush your favorite author or series on your unsuspecting friends or strangers.

1.) Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Let's start easy and work our way to the more difficult. If you're like me you have a Gryffindor tie hanging around from when you used to dress up for midnight showings. In a pinch you can just be Hermione for Halloween by teasing your hair. Side note: my best friend and I were going to be the grown up Golden Trio one Halloween and I was going to be Hermione. But then I moved.

3.) Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay is about to come out in about a month so this one is still pretty topical. It's not as popular as it was a few years ago but that shows you're bookish and not just following the trends. All you'll need is a leather jacket, leather books, a bow and arrow, and a side braid. Boom... Katniss!

4.) Manon Blackbeak in Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Okay so at first I was going to suggest Cealena but Manon would be so much cooler! After reading Heir of Fire I seriously became Team Manon. All you'll need is a red cloak, vampire teeth (silver if you can find them), blond hair, and a dragon. Then when people ask if you're a vampire you can turn on the Manon snark and tell them to read Throne of Glass!

5.) Sansa Stark in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
You guys probably know how deep my love of Sansa is. I have been in hardcore debates with people about how she's amazing, complex, and tough. But in the most reason season of Game of Thrones you get to see a part of that. I would be demure Lady Sansa trying to survive in Kings Landing surrounded by her enemies but Dark Sansa in the Eyrie would be pretty great too!

6.) Lady Stoneheart in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
I'm seriously considering changing my costume to Lady Stoneheart. If you've only seen the show Game of Thrones then you have no idea who this is and you probably won't. But if you have read the books you'll know how badass she is! Just wear Medieval garb and make up to look like your neck is cut, you're zombie pale, and that you have scratches on your cheeks.

7.) Vin in the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
I would rock a mistcloak like whoa! Vin very quickly became one of my favorite characters of all time, she's a complex lady and super badass. Plus there are lots of options for which Vin to be. I would pick koloss sword wielding Vin personally. And again if no one knows who you are you can bookpush Mistborn on them!

8.) Lilac LaRoux in These Broken Stars by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
That green dress is to die for! I mean seriously, if you have the opportunity to wear a gorgeous green silk ballgown then take the opportunity! That's really all this costume needs. If you can find someone to dress as Tarver or someone to become your Tarver all the better. And once again, this is the perfect opportunity to bookpush a great book!

9.) Cath Avery in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Want a bookish Halloween costume that looks like you're just wearing normal clothes? I got you covered. All you'll need is glasses, a t-shirt that says "Carry on Simon Snow, a cardigan and a Harry Potter book that you can add a new cover that says Simon Snow and the Eighth Dance. And then when people don't know who you are supposed to be you can bookpush Rainbow Rowell

My actual Halloween Costume:

10.) Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
Okay so I didn't even know this was a book until recently but it fits! All you need is to make her hat, get an umbrella and a giant purse then wear a white button-down and a red bowtie and belt with a black skirt. Very simple, very easy.

How about you? What are your you planning to be for Halloween? Feel free to take any of these ideas if you are still looking for a costume! Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. Great list! Katnissi is on my list, as well!
    My TTT

  2. What a great choice for costume and blog topic! Please post pics of your costume! I can't wait to see how it turns out :)


  3. I love the Mary Poppins idea for a costume. She's an iconic figure and you won't have to explain your costume every five minutes. But I must say Manon would be pretty awesome to dress up as and I'd love to see how people would react when you explained who she was. Have a Happy Halloween!

  4. OOh nice costume ideas! Sad to say when I did my post on this topic, I chose characters that I just liked! Whether they had super powers or a super hot boyfriend...you know priorities! LOL!

    Here's my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  5. All of these would make amazing costumes. Great picks!

  6. Love your choices! Manon is such a great idea and different to your usual vampire/witch costumes. I'm half way to Hermione I think - big hair, her wand and time turner - definitely one I'll have to do one year! I totally agree with you about Sansa - she's a different kind of strong and feisty - she knows how to play the game and stay alive! Great post :)

    Becca @ Lost in Thought
    My TTT!

  7. OMG YES to ALL OF THESE!! I'm about 250 pages into Heir of Fire right now, and Manon is already one of my favorite characters. I get really excited when I read a chapter from her point of view. She totally would make a fabulous halloween character, if you could somehow get iron teeth and nails! :) Great list!

  8. So many awesome costume ideas! I love it! I didn't dress up at all. But I would love to dress up as so many of these!
    Great choices!