5 Things To Be For Halloween

Ah, Halloween....what's not to love?

From the costumes to the candy to the crunchy sound of your hair the morning after you've crimped, dyed, and teased it until it's basically falling out.

My Halloween costumes growing up included Lucille Ball, a cowgirl, and Fran Drescher (Do the laugh for us!).

When it comes to costumes now, the stakes are both higher and lower: no one cares really if you dress up, but if you do then it'd better be good. And to that point, the most well-received costume I've ever seen was done by my friend Krista two years ago when she went as Gap's failed new logo.

Last year, I was Rayanne from My So Called Life:

5 Things To Be For Halloween


The year before I was one of my cats:

5 Things To Be For Halloween


This year? I have no freakin' idea. Derrick's going as Walt from Breaking Bad, so it's been suggested that I go alongside him as blue meth. That could happen, but if it doesn't, here are some options:

1. Julian Assange—When in London, eigh?

2. Lena Dunham—dream girl

3. Reverse Commuter—Since this year I completed the Pilgrim reverse commute (full disclosure: I did not come up with this phrase)

4. My teddy bear, Bowtie—Currently winning the race

5 Things To Be For Halloween


5. Someone from Downton—SPOILER ALERT: dead Sybil? Too soon? Baby Sybil?

Other ideas:

6. Rob Brydon

7. Rebecca Brooks

8. A hashtag

HELP! 

Top 5 Books To Read This Weekend

Well folks: it's the weekend, it's chilly out, and it's time to make the most of all of those fall activity Pinterest boards and blog posts you've bookmarked.

It's nice to imagine yourself packing a sturdy canvas bag with a warm thermos of tomato soup—plus grilled cheese sandwiches for good measure—a wool tartan throw, and what's sure to be your New Favorite Book and heading off for an afternoon at your local park. This park is not only picturesque but alsohappens to have plenty of dry, comfortable, and unoccupied places for you to sit and enjoy your afternoon of quality reading time. 

Top 5 Books To Read This Weekend


If you're anything like me you won't make it to the park or (maybe) even out of the house. Instead, slip on that baby pink Victoria's Secret fleece bathrobe of yours, curl up on the couch, and try out one of these:

 1.I Am An Executioner: Love Stories by Rajesh Parameswaran

Crazy good short stories that are absolutely not boring. The first story is told from the perspective of a lion who's in love with his keeper so, there's that.

2. Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss

This is one of those technically YA novels where your age doesn't matter. You won't want to put this book down and will relate to its lead character in every way even if you've been out of your "young adult" years for a really (really) long time.

3. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

This book has actually made me slow down (kind of) and appreciate the small things in everyday life, which I already told you about. A pleasant read that's absolutely worth your while. And on another note,  I was lucky enough to win a copy of Gretchen's second book which I'm excited to start soon. Thanks guys!

4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

You know when you see a movie or read a book that describes exactly how you feel? Now, imagine that you then find out that one out of every two-three people also feel that way. That's how this book was for me. And if you're too lazy to read the book, here's a TED Talk from the author.

5. The Giver by Lois Lowry

I read this in the New York Times Magazine when I was home last weekend, and now I can't wait to read this book again.

Looking for a place to buy one of these books?

If you're in Brooklyn, go here. If you're in North Carolina (and more specifically Durham) go here. If you're in London, go here.

And if that's not enough to keep you occupied this weekend, Ira Glass was on Reddit on Friday.

From here!