Whatcha In The Mood For? // The Halloween Edition

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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!

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Whatcha In The Mood For? // The Romance (Or Lack Of One) Edition

book recommendations for what type of book you are looking for

 

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 my mood reads. Normally they are ALL over the place but I decided to do some romance-themed moods in honor of mine and Will’s 4th wedding anniversary which is TODAY! 🙂

 

 

Pining for a YA with little to no romance?

 

Outrun the Moon stacey lee

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Why? Oh man this historical fiction was a good one! There is a teeny thread of romance but it kind of bookends the novel in a way so the majority of this book is more so dealing with the boarding school, friendships, the earthquake and their life in the aftermath. That teeny thread is very impactful but I definitely think this one is a refreshing one for people who are looking for a romantic relationship that isn’t really the main thread of the novel. You can check out all my thoughts on Outrun the Moon.

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Whatcha In The Mood For? // Comfort Read, Underrated Fantasy & #GirlPower Feels

book recommendations for what type of book you are looking for

 

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!

 

Wanting a new YA fantasy without a ton of hype?

The Imposter Queen

The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

Why?  The Impostor Queen is book 1 in a series I cannot WAIT to really get into and is totally deserving of hype…but didn’t seem to get a ton of hype the way some new YA fantasies have recently! It has great world-building, I really enjoyed the magical elements and it kept me thoroughly engaged! Book 2 comes out January 2017 so you’ve got plenty of time to be prepared because I have a feeling book 2 is going to be even more amazing considering all the twists and turns in this one.  (Read even more thoughts on The Impostor Queen here)

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Whatcha In The Mood For? // Book Recs Based On Your Mood

book recommendations for what type of book you are looking for

 

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!

 

Want an underrated contemporary YA?

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Why?  It’s a more quiet contemporary YA about a nineteen year old ballerina in a super prestigious and competitive ballet company. Her whole life has been devoted and she’s been used to juggling everything else in life around it…until she meets Jacob and gets a taste for the freedom outside of a life of professional ballet which makes her question if this is what she really wants for her life. The ballet descriptions are so vivid and transports you right into this world! (even more thoughts on Bunheads by Sophie Flack)

 

Want a fun YA Davinci Code sort of book?

 

Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Why?  This book was a really fun thriller/mystery that will have you traipsing around the world to figure out a mystery that is rooted in an ancient prophecy. It’s got a dangerous secret society of powerful people, conspiracies, secrets and lies and some eye candy for the main character. I didn’t looove the romance that much, if I’m being honest, but I still had fun with this one and am on board for the next book.

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Whatcha In The Mood For: Book Recs Based On Your Mood

book recommendations for what type of book you are looking for

 

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!

 

Want a gritty contemporary?

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Why?  Oh this book was so hard to read at times! It deals with a kidnapping, depression, eating disorder and a whole bunch of other things that made my heart hurt and made me feel raw emotion. It’s definitely an intense and gritty sort of read dealing with some heavy topics.  Plus, a bonus is that she is a black ballerina if you are looking to find a PoC main character.

 

 

Want a light-ish contemporary (that’s heavy on the wanderlust)?

 

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae book review

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

Why?  Ooh man this one was so cute and fun — on the lighter side if you aren’t wanting anything TOO heavy. Plus it’s set in Italy and OMG I want to go back so badly. Cute romance to boot! I will make a note that the cover,while cute, makes it look kind of cheesy but I promise you it’s not! I LOVED it! (My review of Wish You Were Italian)

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Whatcha In The Mood For: Book Recs Based On Your Mood

book recommendations for what type of book you are looking for

 

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!

 

Want a creepy Halloween read?

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The Madman’s Diary by Megan Shepherd

Why?  It’s not scary by any means but creepy as all hell. It’s inspired by the classic The Island of Dr. Moreau and it’s this great Gothic thriller that is super atmospheric and makes a perfect Fall/Halloween read. It was dark and creepy and so well written! (my review of Madman’s Daughter)

 

 

Want something NOT scary but atmospheric for Fall/Halloween?

 

The Raven Boys cover Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Why?  If you have not jumped on The Raven Boys train (admittedly I still need to read the next book and plan to this Fall), I beg you finally pick it up during the Fall. I read it the Fall, all in one day, when it came out and it was the PERFECT fall. It’s just MAGICAL with amazing characters and writing (my review of The Raven Boys)

Want a more lighthearted “feel good” read?

 

Going Vintage Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Why? This book is light-hearted and fluffy with great family dynamics and general adorableness. It’s about a girl who is trying to get over the fact her boyfriend cheated on her with an online girlfriend so she, inspired by a list of goals her grandmother wrote at her age, denounces modern technology and tries to complete the list! It’s such a perfect fun read when you need something light-hearted or after a super intense book! (my review of Going Vintage)

Want An Emotional Contemporary?

TheSeaofTranquilitybyKatjaMillay

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Why? This is one of my favorite books and weirdly I don’t find myself talking about it as much as I do some of my other favorites. I don’t know why this is…maybe because it’s just THAT good that like what can I even say about it. It wrecked me beyond belief. The two main characters are just so raw and it’s beautiful and brutal all at the same time. (My review of The Sea of Tranquility)

Want a book about a badass lady?

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Why? This is one of the most intense reading experiences ever! You will seeeeethe with anger for what the heroine has to go through. She’s one of the few girls who is part of the first year that they are accepting girls in this formerly all-boys military academy. As you watch Sam persevere through this and think she just won’t be able to take anymore, you’ll easily be adding her to your list of MOST BADASS HEROINES EVER. (My review of Rites of Passage)

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!

Whatcha In The Mood For: Book Recs Based On Your Mood

book recommendations for what type of book you are looking for

 

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!

 

Want to be confused out of your mind?

Mara Dyer series

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Why?  Confusing like whoa. Constant wtf-ery. This one is a paranormal that constantly had me like WTF WHAT IS GOING ON. I admittedly 1) haven’t finished the series but plan on rereading this one and then finishing and 2) didn’t find it to be a PERFECT read as there were things I didn’t dig but reviews of the second made me definitely want to continue on. I could NOT put this one down when I read it!

*thanks for this reader suggested category from Leah*

Wanting a book that packs an emotional punch?

 

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

Why?  I read this in a couple hours (it’s only 276 pages) and OMG MY EMOTIONS. Just tears streaming down my face. From the ostracizing and bullying the main character goes through to protect a secret to some emotional things that happen at the end, I just couldn’t get a handle on my emotions the whole time I read this. I don’t get why it’s not more popular. It so should be! It’s a gem! (My review of If I Lie)

In the mood for a really fun paranormal mystery series?

 

The Body Finder series

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Why? The main character can sense the bodies that have been murdered. It’s most been animals but a serial killer is on the loose in her area and she finds herself being able to hear their echos and they leave a certain imprint from the killer that gives her the ability to possibly be able to help solve the crime. The series is 4 books and SO fun. Very quick reads with good mysteries, an interesting paranormal element and an adorable romance. Plus, as of when I am writing this, the Kindle book is only $1.99! Perfect time to try the series out! (my review of The Body Finder)

Want To Read A YA Historical Filled With Drama and Scandal?

 

Brazen by Katherine Longshore

Brazen by Katherine Longshore

Why? Oh my gosh what an addictive romp through King Henry VIII’s court that re-acquainted me with historical figures I’m familiar with and introduced me to new ones I’d never heard about. It’s seriously such a perfect blend of history and fun. I’d definitely recommend it to people who are wary of historical novels because it’s SO addictive. If you know anything about this era, you know there is a lot of drama and scandal to give something like Gossip Girl a run for its money. If you’ve enjoyed watching Reign on the CW (I have but I am totally behind), I highly recommend as its more in that vein of entertainment! (My review of Brazen)

In the mood for a good gothic mystery?

 

My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Why? Everyone seems to know Rebecca by this author (likely you had to read it for summer reading like I did in high school?) but I also REALLY love and recommend this one! I was constantly guessing about Rachel and if she was all that she seemed. Philip is 24 and was raised by his cousin Ambrose. Ambrose is abroad and keeps in touch by writing letters and soon enough he tells Philip that he has met and fallen in love with Rachel. But his letters become more alarming when he’s fallen ill and thinks Rachel could have something to do with it…only for Philip to find out Ambrose has died and suddenly Rachel shows up. Daphne du Maurier is a brilliant writer and I really enjoyed this one!

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!

Whatcha In The Mood For?

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!

Need a beach read?

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Why?  Well, it has a GREAT summer/beach vibe and I always do love that in a beach read but it also has a great romance along with good family and friend dynamics. It’s perfectly beachy but not altogether mindless at all (and that’s not a knock against mindless beach reads because I LOVE me a mindless beach read).

Wanting to binge read?

Something Strange & Deadly

Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard

Why?  This trilogy is action-packed and so addictive plus the time period and the setting(s) throughout the books are fantastic! It’s very zombie-lite so don’t let the “walking dead” deter you if you aren’t into that thing –it’s not gory or anything. It’s a whole lot of steampunk/zombie/fantasy/supernatural goodness.

In the mood for an emotional historical novel?

Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

Why? Oh man this one wrecked me. I knew a lot about what Hitler did during this time period but I had NO idea the kind of awfulness that was going on in places like Lithuania thanks to Stalin (maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention in class, who knows!). It’s a heart-wrenching story but also made me so PROUD of the way humans persevere in the midst of ugliness. One of my all time favorite historical YAs and I think everyone should read it even though it can be a wee bit depressing at times. It has stuck with me all these years.

Want To Read About Someone Else’s Dating Woes?

Arranged Catherine McKenzie

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie

Why? The main character just can’t seem to get it together when it comes dating relationships — it’s the one area of her life that she doesn’t feel like she has quite together. She comes across a company she thinks is an exclusive dating service but really they do these modern day arranged marriages. She’s skeptical but then sees the success rate and decides WHY NOT….and meets her husband to be at a resort in Mexico a month later.

Want a thriller/mystery you’ll want to read in one sitting?

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Why? Oh man, I could not put this down — seriously read it in 3ish hours. It’s going to remind you a bit of a ripped from headlines story (a la Amanda Knox or Natalie Holloway) in that the main character is in Aruba on Spring Break and her best friend is brutally murdered and she and her boyfriend are suspects and held in an Aruba jail. But I promise you it is no rip off! Thrilling up to the last page!

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!

Whatcha In The Mood For?

I’ve talked a lot about being a mood reader and what it is LIKE to be a mood reader. An IRL friend of mine was at my apartment and wanted a new book and I was like “Whatcha in the mood for?” and I started spouting out like, “Do you want to cry? Do you want fun? Do you want fast-paced? Fantasy? Real life??” and she just laughed at me and said “you’ve got a book for every mood, huh?”

Then it dawned on me…HMM maybe this could be something new on the blog. I thought it would be fun to sporadically dole out recommendations according to what kind of mood you might be in — whether that be an actual mood or a specific type of book. The moods will probably change each time and be completely random but that’s how we do things around here. 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!

Check out past Whatcha In the Mood For Recs!

 

In need of a vacation?

wanderloveWanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Why? Oh man! This book will give you a serious case of wanderlust. It’s one of my all time favorite contemporary YA readers and is always one I recommend all these years later with even more contemporary YA under my belt! Traveling through Central America with Bria was amazing & I loved the romance!

Want a cute/sexy/fun romance?

Boomerang by Noelle August

Boomerang by Noelle August

Why? It’s just so much fun! It’s cute AND sexy in all the right places. I loved the premise…one night stand and then they realize they are competing for the same job at a dating website after a summer of interning. Oh and a no-dating policy at work? Sexual tension, HELLO! I just had so much fun reading it.

Want something sci-fi lite?

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna - new dystopian book series

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Why? I feel like this YA sci-fi standalone is so underrated and I really enjoyed it! The writing is beautiful and it’s a quieter “lighter” sci-fi book. I call it sci-fi lite just because sometimes sci-fi can scare people (I know I used to think I didn’t like sci-fi because of preconceived notions).  It’s just…not like intense science fiction if that makes sense?

Want An Offbeat, Underated Fantasy Series?

A Corner of White Jaclyn Moriarty

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

Why? It’s so WEIRD and strange…but like in a good way? It’s not like most of the fantasy I’ve read. Full disclosure, it took me a bit to get into it but once I did I really enjoyed it. The writing is great and I love the collision of a contemporary world and a fantasy world. It’s a quieter type of fantasy for sure but pretty delightful.

Want a gritty survival story?

Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Why? I LOVED this book! So much. It’s set in a world where water is a scarce commodity and if you have it…you protect it. I just loved how gritty it was and how it really delves into some grey morality issues when one is in survival mode.

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!

Whatcha In The Mood For?

book recommendations for what type of book you are looking for

 

I’ve talked a lot about being a mood reader and what it is LIKE to be a mood reader. An IRL friend of mine was at my apartment and wanted a new book and I was like “Whatcha in the mood for?” and I started spouting out like, “Do you want to cry? Do you want fun? Do you want fast-paced? Fantasy? Real life??” and she just laughed at me and said “you’ve got a book for every mood, huh?”

Then it dawned on me…HMM maybe this could be something new on the blog. I thought it would be fun to sporadically dole out recommendations according to what kind of mood you might be in — whether that be an actual mood or a specific type of book. The moods will probably change each time and be completely random but that’s how we do things around here. 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!

 

Check out more “Whatcha In the Mood For?” posts for even more book recommendations!

 

Need a good cry?

Second Chance Summer Morgan MatsonSecond Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Why? Well, Morgan Matson knows how to write grief (also see her book Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour) and the pain of watching someone you love slowly die from cancer. I know I might have cried partly because this story was SO personal and so similar to my own but it really is a tearjerker! But you’ll walk away with other things from it than just a pile of tissues! Promise! Plus it’s set in the Poconos which are some fabulous mountains about an hour or so from where I live.

Feeling stuck?

Just One Day Gayle Forman 2013 books to readJust One Day by Gayle Forman

Why? It’s hard to speak about this one too much. It’s one of those special books to me and an ALL TIME FAVE. I read it in a time that I really needed to and it changed my life (more on that in the upcoming weeks…it’s taken me years to feel like I wanted to share it). But it really makes you think about the life you are living when you are kind of stuck and kicks your butt to change it! Plus TRAVEL. And romance. SO? Yeah. Read it. This gets my highest of high ratings. (My review of Just One Day)

Need to laugh?

Audrey, WaitAudrey, Wait by Robin Benway

Why? Because this one made me snort laugh quite a bit and it’s premise is so fun. I MEAN YOUR EX BOYFRIEND WRITES A HIT SONG ABOUT YOU and your life blows up. The shenanigans this gets Audrey into! Audrey is so witty and hilarious and I would totally be best friends with her. Seriously, read my review of Audrey, Wait because this book is just too much fun. (I will warn you there are quite a bit of swears in it if that sort of things bothers you).

Feeling like a paranormal romance?

Shade by Jeri Smith ReadyShade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Why? I had a bunch of paranormal romances I could have gone for but I wanted to pick something a little older and lesser known. This one is just SO GOOD and made me feel so many emotions. LOVE the world (when you die you don’t necessarily go away) and it was a love triangle that I actually really enjoyed because of the fact that the main character’s boyfriend is a ghost and things are not the same but she’s still trying to hold on vs. the boy who is alive. (Check out my review of Shade and omg I’m so sorry for the ugly formatting…I’m too lazy to clean up things from back then).

Want something intense?

The ProgramThe Program by Suzanne Young

Why? I read this book SO FREAKING FAST with like white knuckles. The premise was intense (depression is an epidemic that you can catch) and the execution was great. Totally had this unsettled feeling the whole time I was reading because of how intense the world and the storyline got. (Read my review of The Program + my book club’s themed meeting)

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!

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