Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes: 2017 Edition

Every year, I showcase the best celebrity Halloween costumes of the year. Halloween is my favorite holiday and the costumes are always so fun. So here, in order, are my favorite Halloween costumes from all of this year's festivities.

#10: Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade as Milli Vanilli

#9: Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo

#8: Neil Patrick Harris and Family as Circus Performers

#7: Aubrey Plaza as Wednesday Addams

#6: Kim Kardashian and Jonathan Cheban as Sonny and Cher

#5: Jason Derulo as The Night King from Game of Thrones

#4: Rita Ora as Poison Ivy

#3: Demi Lovato as Selena

#2: Heidi Klum as Michael Jackson from Thriller

And this year's winner is...

#1: LeBron James as Pennywise

Which costume is your favorite?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Best Books of October

Since it's the last Friday of the month, it's time to tell you all about the great books I read this month.

This month was a mix of fun and spooky releases, which is perfect in my world! First up was this adorable book by one of my favorite people, Ronni Arno.

One thing that is severely lacking in most middle grade novels is the crappy parent. Molly in the Middle handles this topic in a unique way--while still being fun to read. Molly is the proverbial middle child, always squeezed out of everything. When she gets the chance to finally stand out, she jumps at it, but how much of herself is she willing to give up for the popularity she's always wanted? Molly's longtime friendship with a boy with Muscular Dystrophy, as well as the impending divorce of her self-absorbed parents, make this an impactful read.

Coming in at the end of the month was this awesome middle grade from Hillary Homzie. It has a super-fun cover that makes you want to head to your nearest coffee shop.

I had so much fun reading Pumpkin Spice Secrets. Hillary perfectly captures the feeling of being twelve years old and having your first crush. But Maddie has a dilemma: her BFF has a crush on the same guy. The author set up perfectly the obstacle, showing how important "belonging" in her clique of friends is to Maddie. This is a light, fun read that will make you realize why you love reading middle grade fiction!

Next up is a book I've been reading about on Twitter for the better part of a year, so I couldn't wait to read it. Lindsay Currie writes for my publisher, Aladdin, and the cover of this one is just too cute to resist, especially in October!

Horror is a hard genre to pull off, but with The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street, the author NAILED IT! Seriously. Adult authors could take a note on how to write horror from reading this book. Lindsay adds the perfect amount of spookiness throughout the book in a way that reminds you how a good ghost story should read. I wish there were more books like this!

I was so excited to read Kelly Hashway's latest book, since it's a sequel to a book I read not so long ago. It's always fun to check back in with characters you bonded with the first time around.

Secrets We Keep reintroduces us to Maddie, a successful novelist and amateur sleuth. When someone is murdered at New Year's party, Maddie and her boyfriend, Trevor, are once again drawn into the mystery. Kelly has a knack for building the suspense while also keeping readers guessing until the end.

I admittedly haven't had the opportunity to read much in the new adult genre, so I'm always excited when I get to. This month I had the privilege of digging into Jennifer Lane's most recent release.

Over the years, I've grown to appreciate the beauty of short stories and novellas. Packing conflict, character development, and all of the other complications that go into a good story is VERY challenging in a shorter format. With Swim Recruit, Jennifer Lane handles this beautifully, taking us from A to Z and all points in between in just 36 pages. The book also tackles a very important issue that I can't describe without giving away the story! Definitely give this one a read.

What are you reading this month?