What to read next: a flowchart

Hey, gals and pals, I hope all is well!

I think we all know the struggle of not knowing what to read, or not being able to find something that fits our mood. So, I made a flow chart!

Below, you’ll find a flow chart I made recommending what to read based on your mood. This one is fairly general, but it was a lot of fun so I think I might make an ultra-specific one at some point.

Because the flow chart itself is fairly small (though you can just zoom in on it), I’ll also put all the recommendations below! You can also find a PDF of the flowchart here!

I’m in the mood for…

something fun and easy to read

Young adult
Do you want romance to be the central plot?
  • Yes
    • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    • Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins
  • No thanks
    • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
    • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    • Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  • Maybe a little romance
    • Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
    • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
    • Wilder Girls by Rory Power
    • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Do you want some romance?
  • Yes
    • Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
    • This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
    • Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
    • The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
  • No thanks
    • Sci-fi
      • The Martian by Andy Weir
      • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
    • Mystery: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
    • Contemporary
      • Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher
      • Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
      • The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
    • Something fantastical: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

something a little more hard-hitting

Young adult
Do you want romance?
  • A little
    • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
    • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
    • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  • Not really
    • Fantasy
      • The Beka Cooper trilogy by Tamora Pierce
      • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
    • Contemporary
      • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
      • The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
    • Like true crime
      • Sadie by Courtney Summers
      • Rust and Stardust by T. Greenwood

  • Literary fiction
    • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
    • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russel
    • Women Talking by Miriam Toews
  • Historical fiction
    • Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
    • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
    • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
    • The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  • A classic
    • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Something fantastical: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  • Focus on mental health: The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib
  • Romance
    • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Thriller
    • The Lost Girls by Heather Young
    • The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson


  • Memoir
    • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
    • The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien
    • Hunger by Roxane Gay
  • True crime
    • Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
    • Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
  • Essays
    • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
    • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
    • A Mind Spread on the Ground by Alicia Elliott
  • Focus on race
    • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
    • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

So there it is, pals! My “what should I read next” flowchart! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? If I were to make an ultra-specific one, what would you want me to include? Let me know!

Ally xx

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