Candy BookA book read solely for the sake of (maybe guilty) pleasure rather than for any complex plot, character arcs, or deep hidden meanings. These books are like candy: short, sweet for the sake of being sweet, and they bring happiness at the time of consumption. Hint: most short, cute romances fall into this category.

Cozy Read: A close cousin to the candy book, cozy reads tend not to be too plot-heavy or action-packed, but they are more focused on characterization. These are the sort of books you can read with a hot drink and feel totally sucked into a realm of comfort, nostalgia, or just plain good vibes. Cozy reads can range from comfy romances or mysteries to whimsical fairytales as long as they leave one feeling . . . cozy.

Emotional Read: These books may be lacking in any kind of overarching plot, but they are character-driven emotional rollercoasters meant to explore human complexities, questions about life and love, and emotions in general. Or maybe the author just wants us to have a good cry and we got suckered in.

Epic Read: Buckle up, buttercup, because things are about to get epic. We don't use that word lightly, either. An epic read must contain a killer layered plot, three-dimensional characters with amazing arcs, believable world-building, and action and adventure galore with maybe some romance or mystery thrown in.

Hilarious Read: Satire? Screwball comedies? Awkward life situations readers are meant to derive humor from? It all goes here. Plot and character complexity may range from two-dimensional for the purpose of satire to quite realistic, but if the biggest takeaway from the book was that you could not stop laughing, it's a hilarious read.

Spooky Read: From old folktales that leave you chilled to Steven King-sized novels that make you want to sleep with the lights on, if it left you afraid of the dark, then it's a spooky read.


Jordan's Favorites Shelf

Candy Books

Jinx by Meg Cabot


Cozy Reads

Spellbound and Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Schultz

The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi


Emotional Reads

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


Epic Reads

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Angel series by L. A. Weatherly

Hilarious Reads

Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Vampire Crush by A. M. Robinson

Spooky Reads

Kori's Favorites Shelf

Candy Books

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Cozy Reads

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Coraline by Neil Gaiman


Emotional Reads

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Me Before You series by Jojo Moyes


Epic Reads

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Mass

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

House of Night series by P. C. and Kristen Cast

Hilarious Reads

Spooky Reads

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe