Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf: Day 3

Oct 26, 2016


Gather around, morsel mortals! Welcome to Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, a (typically) annual Halloween feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf. What Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf entails varies from year to year so that, like a haunted house, you never know what to expect. It is, however, always comprised of two things: it's Halloween and it's bookish.

This year Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf encompasses one of my favorite aspects of Halloween: dressing up. Am I the only one who sees things in a store and is reminded of a book, or thinks that a certain character would totally wear that shirt? What about actually dressing up as your favorite characters? HELLO, BOOKISH HALLOWEEN. Cosplays, costumes, whatever--either way, you can dress up as--you can be--characters from books. And for Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf, I'm going to do just that: put together a series of character costumes (complete with lists of where you can buy everything) just for you. I'll be doing female versions of all the costumes, buuut they can also all be gender-swapped (or some may be gender-swapped), which is super fun! Check it all out...if you dare. (Insert evil villain laugh here, mwahaha.)

You can find day one--a certain witch with iron teeth--here, and day two--a guy with, er, dirtyhands--here.

Today's costume is...

KAROU

In all honesty, it's been some time since I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I don't want to say too much about the book and Karou without spoiling it. Just know that Karou is an artsy girl living in Prague, and that wishes and devils and angels and monsters are more than they appear to be. Also know that dressing and looking like Karou would be freaking cool.



Karou's biggest staple is her hair, which SO COOLLY grows blue from the roots. (I'm positive this is the wrong blue, but I can't find the correct one or check my book.) The antlers are for kicks, and the rings add a bit of aesthetic to the costume (and may tie in to something or someone else) (and I TOTALLY FORGOT but a wishbone necklace would be super duper cool). The outfit is comfy and laid back and very Karou (maybe somewhat darker but also basic, simple makeup?), and you could add a worn messenger bag filled with art supplies if you'd like. But don't forget the tattoos: true story on the wrists, indigo hamsas on the palms.

Want to have blue hair this Halloween?

BEFORE YOU GO...it's not really Halloween without some trick-or-treating, it? So I have a treat for you: a giveaway. One lucky winner will get their choice of a hardcover or paperback copy of any book that has a character featured on Don't Look Behind the Bookshelf. Enter if you dare, my beasties! (But beware the very important rules.)

-This giveaway is international (so long as The Book Depository ships to you for free).
-No cheating or bending the rules whatsoever.
-No private accounts, giveaway accounts, shady entries, or the like. I check. And if the majority of your account is giveaway after giveaway your entry will not be accepted. Also, one-word, meaningless comments are not preferred (hint hint).
-Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my congratulatory email or else another winner will be chosen.
-I reiterate: no cheating.

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