It’s taken me several months of trying to create reading schedule spreadsheets (and even a “to be read” jar) to realize that I’m really bad at being organized about what books I want to read. I don’t like feeling like I’m being forced to read a book, but at the same time, I have to make sure that I read my review books before their release dates. Lately, I’ve been making sure that for my monthly “to be read” piles, I have books to fit my various moods. I try to not only plan to read fantasy books but also throw in romances and contemporaries.

If you’re anything like me, you will want to pick a book depending on what you’re in the mood for. Here’s a list of books that I recommend based on various categories:

For those chick lit type of nights:

Cover of The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

If you’re in the mood for a swoon-worthy romance:

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

For those dark and wicked days:

Cover of Dorothy Must by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1) by Danielle Paige

Sometimes you just need a good laugh:

Cover of Simon vs. The Homo Sapien's Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Or perhaps you need a good cry:

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places byJennifer Niven

For when you want to escape from reality:

Cover of A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab


If you desire a bit of mystery:

Cover of The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins  

  • Sajda Ouachtouki

    Sajda Ouachtouki grew up in New York City. She graduated from Princeton University in 2013 and is currently a graduate student at the Woodrow Wilson School. Sajda is an Anglophile at heart, which means she would absolutely love to spend long hours reading Jane Austen novels, watching BBC shows, and lounging in tea rooms. If you are interested in fantasy and young adult books, and general book ramblings, you can visit her book blog Across the Words.