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!

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A Scare Your Socks Off Top Ten Tuesday!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (a feature over at my other blog–The Broke and the Bookish) is a little more difficult than usual but we wanted to do something in the spirit of Halloween. You should go over to The Broke and the Bookish and check out the creepy picture Tahleen put on there. Scared me this morning when I went on there!

I realized, in doing this list, that I do not read many scary/horror books anymore. When I was younger and in middle school/high school, I was devouring RL Stine, Christopher Pike and others like them. Seeing that I won’t have ten I decided to do 5 of the scariest/creepiest books I’ve read and 5 creepy books that I have on my TBR list that I’m dying to get my hands on.

5 Books To Scare Your Socks Off:

1. Fear Street Saga by RL Stine: Oh dear goodness these books used to scare the beejezus out of me. I’m just picking the Saga books because I remember them vividly but really all of his Fear Street books were excellent. RL Stine was definitely my favorite author and these books would have me in my room in a cold sweat at any creak or sound outside.

2. The October Country by Ray Bradbury: Ok, this isn’t really scary but rather creepy. Some really weird and bizarre things happen in some of these stories. It’s a good read for Halloween time if you can’t handle really scary books.

3. Chain Letter by Christopher Pike: This is similar to RL Stine. I read a TON of Christopher Pike books but this is one that really stood out to me. I remember being freaked out by chain letters as it was. This book didn’t help.

4. The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe:  This freaked me out as a child. I remember hearing it read and the narrator was creepy sounding.

5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: Not scary at all but it’s a really good Halloween read! I remember going into Frankenstein thinking it was going to be a zombie-ish book. Boy was I wrong!

5 Scary Books I’m Dying to Read:

1. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill: I just bought this one and I’m pretty darn excited for it! It looks really creepy and he’s Stephen King’s kid..enough said!

2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan: I’ve heard such good things about this one so I’m dying to get my hands on it! I see you, zombies, I see you..

3. House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski: I’ve had this on my shelf for a loooog time. I’ve heard it’s very strange and involved; not so much scary but gets in your head.

4. Dracula by Bram Stoker: It’s kind of pathetic that I haven’t gotten around to reading this yet. I want me so non-sparkly vampire. Sorry, Edward, sorry.

5. It by Stephen King: I need to get on reading some Stephen King. I mean, he’s Stephen King. I read Cujo before but crazy dogs didn’t really scare me. The movies that are based on his books always scared the beejezus out of me.

So, my little scaredy cats, what books had you shaking in your boots?

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