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Halloween is on #TGIF this year...and everyone knows you can’t spell Halloween without P-A-R-T-Y. We recently read that Americans (consumers) have spent $2.8 billion on costumes in 2014...and we'll admit we've definitely contributed to that statistic. Since our last newsletter, we’ve worked out our costumes and are now hurriedly collecting all necessary components --- single-handedly keeping the pop-up Halloween store across from our office in business (pranks expense pending tabulation). We’re also working out our All Hallows' Eve night plans, but you know what they say: Man plans and someone at the party dressed up as god laughs. At this point, the best we can do is provide a *loose* guideline for how to make the most out of your night.

It was one year ago that we offered you a list of pretty incredible literary Halloween costume ideas. If we do say so ourselves: “A zombie from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES by Seth Grahame-Smith --- Classic on classic on classic. Need we say more?” or “Patrick Bateman from AMERICAN PSYCHO by Bret Easton Ellis --- You still have two weeks to whip that body into shape. Don’t forget your bone-colored business cards!” We even warned you that “these costumes are not for the weak of heart or weak of mind.” How nice of us!

NICOLE SHERMAN
OCTOBER 1, 2014

- DIARY ENTRY-

I can’t stop reading GONE GIRL. If books were emotionally unavailable men, I would marry this one. This book washes over me like the violent, urgent water of the Mississippi River. I feel consumed by my need for it, my need to keep reading, to know everything about it. To conquer it. I can because I think I can. Because I want to.

I’m so calm. I’m so casual. I’m so. I’m so cool.

EMILY HOENIG
THE DAY OF

This is my life, my small slice of heaven: I’m sitting in the back room at the office, sipping my Budweiser (after hours, of course) and reading GONE GIRL. I know there are things I need to go home and take care of, but right now I have this one true escape. No one can touch me here --- I’m not doing anything wrong --- just somebody enjoying a good book after work. I know Nicole is also reading GONE GIRL because it’s one of the only things we talk about these days. I mean, besides the 20SomethingReads.com newsletter.