Books to Read When…

By Megan VanScoyoc

Are you a mood reader? Then you’ve come to the right place!

I am a massive mood reader and I am always deciding what to read based on how I’m feeling. If you’re struggling to find a book, I have a few recommendations.

Please remember to check for trigger warnings before reading as some of these books are heavy in triggering content.


A book to read when you want a shock: “Verity” by Colleen Hoover

A struggling writer is on the brink of bankruptcy when she is given an amazing job offer: to complete a book series that bestselling author Verity Crawford is too injured to finish.

This book is a thriller-mystery-romance that keeps readers in suspense to the very last page. I only have one question for you if you decide to read it: Letter or manuscript?


A book to read for an adventure: “The Stardust Thief” by Chelsea Abdulla

Inspired by the short story “One Thousand and One Nights,” this book takes readers on a journey unlike any other.  It tells the story of a legendary thief who must retrieve a magical lamp with the Sultan’s oldest son, or face execution.


A book to read when you want to fall in love: “Breathless” by Jennifer Niven

This could be the perfect book to end the summer season. Claudine Henry intends to spend her summer on a mission of self-discovery.  Her plan is interrupted when her father announces that he is leaving her mother and sends Claudine away to an island for a summer of healing.

She’s determined to make her life unforgettable, and Jennifer Niven ensures that readers will do the same.


A book to read when you feel like crying: “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller

Make sure you have your tissues ready, because I guarantee you will not be able to finish this book without shedding a tear.

“The Song of Achilles” is told from the point of view of Patroclus, Achilles’s lover. The story follows them throughout the Trojan War while they fall in love.


A book to read for a coming-of-age story: “Ten Thousand Saints” by Eleanor Henderson

“Ten Thousand Saints” is the story of a broken family that slowly comes together after an abrupt and tragic death. Set in New York in the 1980s, readers get a glimpse into the music scene and life during this period.


A book to read when you want to read my favorite: “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare

This is the first book in my favorite trilogy, and I always recommend it!

In 1878, Tessa Gray travels the world to find her brother, but finds herself in deep trouble once she arrives in England.

Tessa becomes immersed in London’s underworld filled with vampires, demons, and warlocks.  She must join two young Shadowhunters, Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs, to track down her brother and defeat the evil that is brewing in London.

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