Looks From Books! Day 4: Gallagher Girls

Happy Halloween!

We decided that today we would go back to our roots–and our plaid. What would a week of Looks From Books be without some Gallagher Girl inspired outfits?

Rachel pulled her inspiration from the cute, smart, nerdy Liz. So basically she just acted as herself.

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jujuNaturally, I took my cue from Macey, so combat boots were a must.

DSC_0579 JBWhat did you choose to dress up as? Any more Gallagher Girls out there?

Want to rock the plaid skirt without looking like a schoolgirl? We’ve got five outfit ideas for you!

Other Looks From Books:
The Lunar Chronicles
Dr. Seuss
Chronicles of Narnia
Anne of Green Gables

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Looks From Books! Day 3: Dr. Seuss

For day three of our special Halloweek edition of Looks From Books, we chose to draw inspiration from the classic children’s author Dr. Seuss. Every book is beautifully whimsical, and we wanted to portray that in our outfits–whimsy.

We’ll start off with the beautiful Julianne and her fabulous hat. Is that not the most Seussical thing you’ve ever seen? And yet, doesn’t she look absolutely lovely?

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Next off is Rachel, who is actually wearing her robot clown outfit. Yes, she has one of those. She did a *book shimmy* for us while standing on the bridge. In heels. (See gif below)

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And last, but I hope not least, is me. I’m a Sneetch. I kept forgetting the word, but thankfully Julianne and Rachel understood what I meant when I told them I was going to be a leech with a star on my belly.

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And now for group photos:

The Girls in Dr. Seuss Costumes

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And how about a *book shimmy* gif?

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Looks From Books! Day 2: Lunar

Day 2 of Looks From Books is inspired by the world of the Lunar people from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. The first two, Cinder and Scarlet, are out, with the third, Cress, due in February!! (Click the links to read our reviews.)

If you have not read any of The Lunar Chronicles books … you should (and today’s outfits won’t have quite the same “sqweeee!” effect they would if you were Team Kai or rooting for Iko). If you have read the books, but not our interview with Ms Meyer… you should. (Click here

JB’s outfit is from the character named Scarlet, the incredifabulous super-future version of Little Red Ridinghood. And she has a thing for this guy named Wolf (;

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Rachel is the beautiful and smart, but stowed away in a satellite, hacker version of Rapunzel, named Cress.

Since she lives in a satellite, she doesn’t need shoes, but she will definitely use her portscreen!

neat shoot JB!

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My inspiration came from Cinder’s bestfriend/android, Iko. Although she isn’t an actual person, she has a serious thing for shoes (; and I feel she would also have a thing for sparkles. And these tights… well how can you not love them?!?!

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*sigh* yes, I know I’m in a bathroom…

I accidently ran off on my photographer so I had to settle for back up :/

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P.S. these tights will show up again later for a very special event (;

Hope yall like the outfits!  Tomorrow’s gonna be super cute too! (well I mean what day isn’t)

Looks from Books! Day1: Narnia

We all have that one character we can compare to, that one character we wish we were, that world we wish were a part of. This week, in celebration of the only time of the year it’s deemed a ‘social norm’ to dress up like any manner of anything that, or who isn’t, one’s self… we present to you…

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(oh wait… i already gave away the title…)

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In celebration of the only time of the year when it is viewed a ‘social norm’ to dress as someone, or something, that isn’t you, we, The Girls in Plaid Skirts, have decided to “dress out”. More specifically, to dress out of books. through a strenuous selection process 😉 we have decided upon five literature sources from which to draw inspiration for themed outfits. Some of them are individual interpretations of specific characters, more along the lines of ‘costume’, and some are simply inspired by the place or the time of that particular story.

so I shall try again…

So, without further ado…

Day 1: Narnia

I was introduced to Narnia in 5th grade, or so, with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Though I did love the book, and we had the boxed set, I don’t remember reading the others. Not long after, I received the entire set, a beautifully covered, single-bound paperback tome, for Christmas. I devoured it. And then I read it again.
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Narnia. Why do I love it? Because to me, it is magic. It exists without needing to be believed in, and is independent of our own world and it’s rules of time.
Y’all, I don’t think I can properly put into words how… tantalizing, and real the magic felt. Not like, oooo creepy, spells, and stars, but like I could see it happening, I was caught up in the entire scene.
Inside of being generally fabulous, I love that, not only can the animals talk, but they have personality and sass! And that it is saved by kids (who were my age) and who grew strong and courageous, and rose to the challenge and ruled with honor, and wisdom beyond their years… not to mention dashing princes, tantalizing magic, the ever-present adventure and surprises around every corner!!

haha ok moving on to the outfits 🙂

So my outfit is inspired by Narnia general. It is simply inspired by the land of Narnia, with a woods-y feel (without looking like a farmer 😉 but unfortunately not in the woods :/) , a little lace, a little leather. It’s not the greatest picture [my feet are so tiny looking lol] but it was a slightly awkward photographer situation and… yeah anyway… I didn’t know what to do… whatever…

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and because I love to dress up and I just love Narnia so much, I had two outfits… and I couldn’t decide which I liked better… so here’s the other one (:

This one is inspired by the character of Aravis, from the book The Horse and His Boy.  She is from the land of Calormen, which is a bit like our India and Turkey.

(side note… this outfit has cemented my love for long skirts)

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This is lovely Rachel’s outfit… I personally think she looks spectacular!

And I love that she’s barefooted 😉

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and of course the glamorous JB! Daring and dangerous, yet still charming 😉

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GAH!! it’s just so exciting!!!

Hope yall love this as much as we do!

Interview with Marissa Meyer

The Girls in Plaid Skirts were so thrilled to have the chance to interview Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles, at the Austin Teen Book Festival this year. We actually met her at the festival last year and went to her panel where she talked about her awesome-sounding book Cinder, and we couldn’t help ourselves.

We bought it. We fell in love. Scarlet came out. We fell more in love. And now that we’ve read Cress (ohmygoodness you guys, it’s spectacular), we don’t know what to do with ourselves until Winter comes out. In 2015.

In the meantime, here’s our interview with Marissa Meyer. She’s incredibly awesome and cool and dorky and we love her and want to be her best friends.  

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Rachel: Did you have a sidekick best friend like Iko?

MM: Um, well, I don’t know which of us would be the superhero and which would be the sidekick, but I do have a best friend. We met in sixth grade and are still best friends, so partners in crime would be more fitting, I think. She’s the one who introduced me to Sailor Moon, which was kind of the jumpstart for writing and I wrote fan fiction for ages and we were both in anime clubs in college. I always kind of felt different and I was always kind of geeky, you know, imaginative and blah blah blah, and I didn’t really think that that was okay until I met her and then I’m like, “Okay, let’s be geeky and awesome together.”

JB: If you had to coauthor a book with any author, who would be your author of choice?

MM: Honestly, I don’t think I could coauthor a book. I am such a neurotic control freak. Every once in a while you’ll get invited to do—what do they call it? The stories where like one author writes a chapter and then it jumps off, and there’s a word for it—round robin stories. I can’t do that because as soon as I get invested in it and someone else tries to take it a different direction I want to be like, “No! You’re doing it wrong! I have a plan!” So I really think that I would be a horrible cowriter.

Julianne: Well, we’ll just go ahead and throw this one out there. If you were a cupcake, what kind would you be?

MM: If I was a cupcake? Oooh. That is an interesting question. I would be chocolate with peanut butter filling.

Rachel: YESSSSS.

MM: And it would be important to me to have some sort of adorable decoration on top. I don’t know what that would be, but it would have to be classy and ladylike and adorable.

*everyone agrees*

Juju: I guess this kind of relates back to the Lunar series. What books did you read growing up and how did those influence your writing style and your subjects and settings and that kind of thing?

MM: I read a lot of the classics growing up. Anne of Green Gables was a huge influence because I felt like I was Anne. When I got a little bit older I kind of got into Lord of the Rings and that kind of launched this whole, like…

JB: *interrupts* Are you and Rachel like, sisters or something? [Since they both like Anne of Green Gables and LOTR and the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.]

MM: *laughs* Kindreds! And I was really into sword and sorcery for the longest time. I really thought for sure that I would write sword and sorcery and that would be my first novel, so the sci-fi thing was kind of a surprise, honestly. I’m trying to think of what else I’ve read—I feel like there were so many. The Giver was kind of one of the life-changing books for me. I read it in fifth grade and I remember reading that book and there’s that moment halfway through—spoiler alert—where he realizes he’s seeing red for the first time and that completely changed my perspective of the entire book, and it changes everything you’ve read up until that point when you realize that he can’t see color! And I feel like as a writer that was a moment to realize that you can do that with a single word; you can completely change everything the reader knows about the story. And that felt really huge to me. I’d never really had a moment like that. So I’d say that kind of inspired me as a writer.

As far as things that specifically inspire the lunar chronicles, though, I mean I grew up loving fairy tales and fairy tales retellings, but I think that really more than anything, my TV and movie influence was bigger in these books. So Star Wars, Firefly—huge inspiration in these books—and Sailor Moon. I loved Sailor Moon. People mention how what they love about these books is that you have this group of strong female characters where there’s a focus on friendship and how girls can bond together, and it’s not always about two girls fighting over a guy or whatever, and I got that from Sailor Moon. I loved that Sailor Moon had such a strong focus on the female friendships in it even more so than the romance or any of that, so I think that was really huge.

JB: Whenever you finish a book or you do something that’s worth celebrating, what do you do? What’s your indulgence?

MM: There’s a place that sells almond-infused champagne and I always keep a few bottles on hand, so when I know that I’m like this close to finishing something, I’ll put a bottle in the fridge and then it’s ready to go.

JUJU: And it’s sitting there teasing you

MM: Yeah, and sometimes when I’m on the last chapter I’ll pop it open and drink it while I’m writing, like “just keep going, just keep going!”

JB: A lot of authors have stories that they’re like, I have to write this, but is there any story that you wouldn’t want to write?

MM: I don’t think I could do a true mystery, like a classic murder mystery story. I just don’t think that I have the mind for clues and red herrings, and I think it takes a specific kind of imagination to be able to build the layers into that sort of story that you need and I don’t think that I think that way.

Juju: I appreciate a good Sherlock but I don’t think that I could make all the layers of the cake. I like to eat it.

MM: Exactly. I don’t watch a whole lot of murder mystery shows, but every once in a while I’ll watch an episode of Castle or something. I’m always just so impressed that these writers can come up with these week after week. It would take me, like, two years to come up with that plot.

Rachel: How do you—or do you—incorporate people into your stories? Like your friends—do they ever inspire you?

Juju: Like a really mean girl in middle school?

MM: I’ve never done a revenge character. I don’t intentionally put people that I know into the characters. I think that sometimes quirks and personality traits will crop up naturally. And sometimes it will occur to me afterwards that—oh!—I realized that’s directly from this person that I know and I didn’t even know that I was doing that. But once it occurs to you then it’s so obvious. I think to write an authentic character I have to be able to relate to them, so every character I feel like has something that I can relate to very strongly, and that’s for the good characters and the bad ones. Levana is very vain and I know what it feels like to be very vain. So there’s always something about each character that I relate to.

JB: Okay, last one. Have you every read the Gallagher Girl books?

MM: Yes! Are you crazy?!

JB: Which character would you say you’re the most like?

MM: That’s so funny! We were at a Barnes and Noble event a couple days ago—me and the rest of the Fierce Reads authors—and there was this magazine sitting on the table in the green room—I think it was Girls’ Life—and there was a “Which Gallagher Girl Are You?” quiz. So we all sat there and took the quiz and I think I was even between Cammie or Liz. Though I totally want to be Bex, but I know that I’m not actually.

JB: And which one would you say Cinder is most like?

MM: Hmmm… Macey, I think.

Rachel: Really? I would have had her as Cammie.

MM: You know, you might be right. I guess Scarlet would be like—no Scarlet would be like Bex.

Rachel: But I can see Macey [in Cinder].

MM: Yeah, a little bit of both. I think that she starts like Cammie, but becomes more like Macey.

Juju: She has that Macey down on the inside.

MM: Exactly.

JB: Well, thank you so much for meeting with us! Here’s a little something to say thank you. *Pulls out Reese’s*

MM: Oh my gosh. My favorite! Did you read—like did you—were you stalking me?

Us: Um, yes. Yes we were.

MM: Oh, that’s so sweet!

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We’re glad she thinks it’s sweet that we’re stalkers. Thank you Marissa for the interview!

So, have you read The Lunar Chronicles yet? And are you anxiously awaiting Cress? And are you now in love with Marissa Meyer as much as we are?

Don’t forget to check out our reviews for Cinder and Scarlet!

UPDATE: We had the incredible chance to interview Marissa again! Read our second interview with her here.

“Waiting On” Wednesday: The Murder Complex

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Author: Lindsay Cummings

Publication Date: Summer 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

Your mind is not your own…
20-year-old Lindsay Cummings’ debut novel, THE MURDER COMPLEX, is described as an action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic thriller set in the futuristic Florida Everglades, where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate, and follows Meadow Woodson, a 15-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, kill, and to survive in any situation, and Zephyr James, the orphaned boy she falls in love with, whose sole purpose is to keep her from discovering the haunting truth about her family, even if it puts them both in mortal danger.

Why am I waiting on this?

Lindsay Cummings might as well be Katniss in my book! She wrote a book when she was the young age of 20 and has lived to tell the tale. And here I am sitting and pondering, wondering what I have done with my life. Besides, the book sounds really interesting! I like Hunger Games and looking forward to another exciting, thrilling read!

-Liz (aka Rachel)

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“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Ever Colorful Worlds of William Joyce

And this is why we love him so! Yay for Louisiana natives!!

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The colorful, playful, and just simply joyous mind of William Joyce has created a plethora of beautiful adventures both on screen and on the page.

Author, illustrator and filmmaker William Joyce has covered all the bases when it comes to entertaining our kids. There’s his Guardians of Childhood book series, A Day with Wilbur Robinson, and the book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugswhich were all later adapted to screen, written and produced by Joyce, in the form of Rise of the Guardians, Meet the Robinsons, and Epic, respectively. He’s won three Emmys for his work with the book-based television series Rolie Polie Olie.

His works are just so creative and fun and can’t help but captivate the imaginations of anyone, any age.

At the 2012 Academy Awards, Joyce was honored with an Oscar for Best Short Animated Film for his enchantingly wonderful,

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Top Ten Tuesday: Unusual Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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1. Elysia from Beta by Rachel Cohn: I seriously spent most of the book trying to remember how to pronounce her name. -JB

2. Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth: This name doesn’t seem so weird after finding out it’s short for Beatrice, and the name Tris is definitely more Dauntless. -JB

3. Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn from The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa: This is self explanatory, right? -JB

4. Buttercup from The Princess Bride by William Goldman: I just mentally jump from flowers, butter, to chocolate candy…then I finally land on princess.  -Rachel

5. Cinna from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: All the names in this book were pretty unusual, and I just love Cinna. -Rachel

6. Ky from Matched by Ally Condie: I have never met a Ky, but I did go to school with a guy nicknamed Ty. Ky likes to hike as do I, so I think he is pretty cool! -Rachel

7. Aslan from Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: Such a unique and powerful name that is fun to say…especially when playing with a foam sword! “For Narnia and For ASLAN!” -Rachel

8. Eustance Scrubb from Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: As it says in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, “…he almost deserved it.” -Julianne

9. Bilbo Baggins from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: It’s just fun to say! – Julianne

10. Wally from Dark Eyes by Will Richter: Her full name is Valentina Mayakova (Russian), so the V is “W”-ish. – Julianne

William Joyce Signing

This weekend our church had its annual youth weekend, so we had a 2:00 service yesterday in lieu of our normal 10:00 and 6:00 services. Of all days for us to have an afternoon service, it would be the one on which William Joyce (of Rise of the Guardians and The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore fame) was hosting a signing and book launch for Mischievians at the local mall. Despite living in the same town as him, we’d somehow managed to never meet him.

When church was over and everyone was mingling, I found Rachel and we squealed over her super cute outfit featuring a plaid skirt (naturally), and she told me how upset she was that we missed the signing. We checked our phones–it was already 4:00 and the signing ended at 5:00.

“We can make it,” I told her. “You can finally cross meet William Joyce off your bucket list!”

We ran to my car, called the parents (her) and spouse (me) to inform them of our impromptu adventure, and raced (safely) across town to Toy Fair. The parking lot was full because of the event, and the signing line was out the door. We made our way to the counter to buy Mischievians and they had just sold the very. last. one. We were devastated and instead bought The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (me), The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson MansnoozieThe Sandman and the War of Dreams, and The Leaf Men (last three Rachel’s). And then we stood in line as caboose for two hours.

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Whilst in line, we made friends with the people around us (mostly grandparents) and took pictures and tweeted about our excitement. We checked our phones and realized that Moonbot Studios had retweeted us, so we squealed over our new celebrity status. A few minutes later, Moonbot’s marketing director, Sara Hebert, approached us saying she had been twitter stalking us and wanted to meet us. We handed her a Girls in Plaid Skirts bookmark and talked a bit and were super excited that Moonbot people are so nice.

We finally made our way to William Joyce, who was still in high spirits even after signing for four hours. Sara told him that we were the “future bloggers of America” (her words) and made us sound really awesome. He let us take some pictures with him, but he only approved of the third one (he thought he looked too “frowny” in the others).

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Impromptu adventures are the best ones, and this one did not disappoint. Thank you to both Toy Fair and William Joyce for such a wonderful afternoon!

Review: Cinder

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Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

Age: Young Adult

Content Advisory: Mild Cussing, brief mention of escort droids

Synopsis:

(from Goodreads)

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Rachel’s Rambles:

Sorry Julianne for taking so long to read your signed copy of Cinder.

I have two excuses.

1: I was busy with college and reading LOTR.

2: I was scared.

Cinderella is my childhood favorite fairy tale and princess. I had Cinderella nightgowns, bed sheets, figurines, purses, toys…you get the idea. Sometimes when I read these retellings, I feel like throwing the book across the room because they ruined my precious fairly tale. They turn her into somethings she isn’t, or deny true love with the Prince. I was worried Marissa Meyer would evoke those same feelings.

I was wrong. Sure, it was weird at first. But once you get acquainted with the Lunarverse, it is kinda awesome. I loved, LOVED this story. While Cinder is the main character, it isn’t just a retelling of Cinderella. It takes place in another world, so the characters and plot can stand on their own. It’s a story of its own that just has the familiarity of the old fairy tales; that way we can welcome the stories into our hearts easier. Humans like familiarity. Marissa did a wonderful job!!

A 5 out of 5 stars for sure!!

-Liz (aka Rachel)

Check out our other Lunar Chronicles posts:

Review of Scarlet (book 2)
Review of Cress (book 3)
Interview with Marissa Meyer Part 1 and Part 2
Looks From Books character-inspired and galaxy-inspired
Dream Cast