Halloween Brainstorm Session – Costume #1

To celebrate the first day of October and the 31-day-countdown to Halloween, I thought I would start brainstorming on some great costume ideas.  These costumes will of course be inspired by classical literature so if you have any recommendations, send them on my way.   I will post costumes as ideas come to my mind so stay tuned throughout October!

One of the suggestions below will be my Halloween costume, which I will wear to the bookstore I work at (we all love dressing up as our favourite characters on Halloween!) [If you’re wondering, last year, I was The Paper Bag Princess].

1.  Sherlock Holmes – One of the most endearing characters and an easy to create costume.  All you need is an array of the following:  magnifying glass, a monocle, a hat (either top hat or deerstalker hat), a suit (any colour will do), if it’s cold on Halloween, bring along a trench coat, a fancy walking cane, and of course, a pipe (perhaps one that blows bubbles!) – you may also solicit a sidekick and name him Watson.

Here is a video titled The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes.  Give it a watch for costume inspiration as well as mannerism cues:


Reading classical literature is good for you!?!

While I was surfing the web one day, I came across this article, which I tend to agree with, whole heartedly. So pick up your favourite classic, and improve your mind.

The article suggests that reading the classics will: give you a larger vocabulary, improve your speaking skills, give you fresh ideas, provide a historical perspective, they are of course educational entertainment, sophisticated entertainment, help you to acquire a distinct voice, and learn timeless ideas.

Click here to check it out!


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The birthday of one of my favourite…harlots

Today is the famous Madame du Berry’s birthday!

The mistress of Louis XV, born Jeanne Bécu in Vaucouleurs, France (1743). The officer of the king’s troops, Monsieur de Belleval, described her in his memoirs: “I can still see her carelessly seated or rather reclining in a large easy chair, wearing a white dress with wreaths of roses. She was one of the prettiest women at a court which boasted so many, and the very perfection of her loveliness made her the most fascinating. Her hair, which she often left unpowdered, was of a beautiful golden color and she had so much that she scarcely knew what to do with it all. Her wide blue eyes looked at one with an engaging frankness. She had a straight little nose and a complexion of a dazzling purity. In a word, I like everyone else fell immediately under her charm.” (Her paintings must not do her justice).

After the king died from smallpox in 1774, Madame du Barry wasn’t welcome at the new court, but she continued to live in luxury and have affairs with various powerful noblemen. She was suspected of giving money to help people escape from France during the Reign of Terror, and in 1793, at the age of 50, she was sentenced to death and executed by guillotine.

Journey of a Harlequin intern

I have decided to turn this blog into a general review blog, since I read so many more books than just the classics! Especially since I started interning at Harlequin.

Warning: Hardly ever will you find a review of a ‘romance’ book…I just can’t do it.  But you will see some great young adult, young adult, beach reads, non-fiction, suspense and mystery reviews!  Also, I happen to work at a bookstore on weekends, so in no way am I wholly devoted to reading only Harlequin!