Whatcha In The Mood For? // The Halloween Edition

book recommendations for what type of book you are looking for


OH MAN…it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts! It’s that time where I dole out recommendations according to what kind of mood you might be in at random — whether that be an actual mood or a specific type of book. Check out past Whatcha In the Mood For recs!


I would LOVE LOVE LOVE if you could also leave some recs for my categories in the comments to further help people looking for books that fit! Also, have a good idea for a category or something you have been looking for? Leave it in the comments!

This time I decided to do a sort of theme around Halloween because it’s HALLOWEEEEEN today! I’m going as an exhausted first time mom….crusty spitup included for realness. BLARGH. Just kidding. We will probably be sitting around doing nothing tonight…maybe grab some candy and continue watching Stranger Things while Riley sleeps. You can check out this Halloween reading list I made last year if you need even more recs!



Want a historical with a supernatural twist?


Iron Cast

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Why? It’s set in Boston in 1919 in a world in which hemopaths exist (people whose blood allows them to create illusions through art) and the main characters are two young girls who perform at the Iron Cast club using their talents for a rapt audience even though it’s illegal to host these sorts of gatherings. The supernatural abilities are really cool and unique. There is something within the blood of hemopaths that allows them to create illusions or manipulate the mind. They each have their artistic talent that allows them to do it — singing, playing an instrument, reciting poetry, or painting. Such an amazing read and PERFECT for Halloween/fall if you don’t love scary but totally want something 1) atmospheric and 2) with some supernatural elements! Check out my full review of Iron Cast!

In search of a good monster story?

This Savage Song review

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Why?  Not your typical monster story! This gritty and dark urban fantasy novel where violence creates actual deadly monsters and the land is run by two competing gangs is a perfect Halloween read for someone looking for a unique spin on monsters.


Want a paranormal romance you may have missed back in the day?

Shade by Jeri Smith Ready

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Why? Oh man this paranormal YA was one of my faves back when I first started blogging! In Aura’s world, when you die it doesn’t necessarily mean you are gone. An unexplained phenomena called the “Shift” happened and everyone born after that point becomes like Ghost Whisperers or walking Ouji boards — they can see and talk to ghosts. Sounds cool, right? Your loved ones wouldn’t necessarily be gone. But what about when all the ghosts are constantly bombarding you with their stories and wanting you to help and they won’t go away? When Aura’s boyfriend Logan dies, on the night they decided to take that next step in their relationship, Aura tries to grapple with the fact that she can still see Logan but their relationship just can’t be the same and meeting a new guy named Zachary, who seems to share her passion for figuring out why the Shift happened and how it can be stopped, just further complicates things.

Craving a thriller?


Final Girls Riley Sager

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Why?  This thriller was so gripping and perfect for Halloween! I don’t want to say too much but I WAS ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT.

Like unique storytelling to add to the creep factor of a horror novel?

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Why? I don’t want to say too much but it is about: a reopened case about a suspicious fire at a school 20 years prior, a discovered diary that talks about the tragic night, a girl who claims she really is two people (Carly who lives in the day, Kaitlyn who lives at night), the people who believe her and the people who don’t,  a disappearance and a sinister dark house — all told by a mishmash of diary entries, police interview transcripts, video transcripts, notes and more! CREEEEEEPY READ.

Have you read any of these? Agree/disagree with my recs? Have any to add?? Also, if you have a specific mood you think I should do next time….drop that in the comments!

P.S. Books To Read If You Are in the Mood For YA Books Set Outside the US // top ten books for people who enjoy not-so-easy-to-like characters



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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Final Girls was so good! I was so shocked at the ending!

    Sharni xo

  2. Oooh, The Dead House sounds amazing! It seems like a good psychological thriller! I also really like the cover :3

    Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

  3. Great recommendations. I`ve been meaning to pick up “This Savage Song” for ages, but never got to it. I do hope to read the duology before the end of the year.

    Carmen / Carmen`s Reading Corner

  4. Not really just a supernatural twist, but Sorcerer to the Crown is a great historical read with magic.

  5. I haven’t read any of these, as I don’t read many spooky books 😛 But this looks like a really great list. Adding a few to my TBR 🙂

    • Haha I always try to make sure I have a good mix of non-scary books on my Halloween/Fall lists bc I know so many people don’t love scary! Hopefully some of these will be a good match for you!

      Also, thanks for all the love on my blog lately! <33 It's fun getting to chat with you so often!

  6. I read this savage song a couple of weeks ago and I had to go out and buy the second one instantly

    Mel ✨

  7. I read both Final Girls and The Dead House and liked them both! I’ve been wanting to read more from Dawn Kurtagich, and I will definitely catch more of Sager’s work when it comes out! I finished Lies She Told this Halloween season and enjoyed the format of the book (though it did take a few chapters to get used to) if you are looking for another good mystery!

  8. i read Sleep Savannah Sleep by Alistair Cross, has some creepy factor if you are still up to it

  9. I need to read The Dead House still. It has been on my shelf for a while.

  10. I read the Dead House this halloween and it was creepy! That book mess with my head and have its “what???” moments *shiver*