2013: Third Quarter Reading List

Posted on: 8th Oct 2013  /   Categorized: Book Love

Aw, man. It’s usually hard to choose a favorite book or two every quarter, but this time, it was really hard. (Do I say this every time? I probably say this every time. But it always seems to be the case.)


I think it was made worse this quarter though because I took the month of August as a vacation and was actually able to get some solid pleasure reading in, meaning I read lots more this quarter than I did the rest of the year. YAY for that!


For my top pick this time, I’m going to have to go with a middle grade title, which I do not read a whole lot of, but I adored THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate. I think it may have won the Newbery? Is that true? Because it completely deserved to win if it didn’t.

AHA, yes, it did win the Newbery! Shiny sticker says so!


I am slightly biased toward this book, because it was inspired by a real gorilla named Ivan who lived in my hometown and I remember my grandpa taking me and my brother to see Ivan when we were kids, and how horribly sad he always seemed. So this book both brought back lots of memories, and made for a beautiful story at the same time.


On a completely separate note, my other fav read of the quarter was probably THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by the ever delightful Holly Black.


Holy schnikeys, have you guys all read this yet?! Hottest kiss of the year award, folks. Just sayin’. Loved this addition to the world of vampire lore. LOVED.


As always, my complete reading list is below…



1st Quarter

1. Style, by Lauren Conrad

2 Perfect Chemistry, by Simone Elkeles

3. The Archived, by Victoria Schwab

4. The Madman’s Daughter, by Megan Shepherd

5. For Darkness Shows the Stars, by Diana Peterfreund

6. Shades of Earth, by Beth Revis

7. Suite Scarlett, by Maureen Johnson

8. The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson

9. Fair Coin, by E.C. Myers

10. First Frost, by Liz DeJesus

11. Prodigy, by Marie Lu



2nd Quarter

12. Redshirts, by John Scalzi

13. Ashes, by Ilsa J. Bick

14. Article 5, by Kristen Simmons

15. Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, by Elizabeth Eulberg

16. Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection, by A.J. Jacobs

17. Cinder, by Me!

18. Scarlet, by Me!

19. Don’t Expect Magic, by Kathy McCullough

20. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, by Jennifer E. Smith

21. Sailor Twain, or The Mermaid in the Hudson, by Mark Siegel (graphic novel)

22. A Midsummer’s Nightmare, by Kody Keplinger

23. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

24. Antigoddess, by Kendare Blake

25. Texas Gothic, by Rosemary Clement-Moore

26. Spirit and Dust, by Rosemary Clement-Moore



Third Quarter

27. The Tao of Martha, by Jen Lancaster

28. The Know-it-all, by A.J. Jacobs

29. Book of a Thousand Days, by Shannon Hale

30. This Is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer E. Smith

31. Populazzi, by Elise Allen

32. A Week to be Wicked, by Tessa Dare

33. A Lady by Midnight, by Tessa Dare

34. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

35. Dead is a Killer Tune, by Marlene Perez

36. Pluto, by Urasawa Tezuka (graphic novel)

37. Clarity, by Kim Harrington

38. The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

39. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks (graphic novel)

40. The Madness Underneath, by Maureen Johnson

41. Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers

42. Dark Triumph, by Robin LaFevers

43. This Song Will Save Your Life, by Leila Sales

44. Possess, by Gretchen McNeil

45. The Successful Novelist, by David Morrell

46. The Fallout, by S.A. Bodeen

47. Tumble & Fall, by Alexandra Coutts

48. Of Triton, by Anna Banks

49. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black


  1. Christine Monson commented on:

    I’ve been curious about both of these books. I love the covers and concepts. They’re those books I pick up at the bookstore, then put back down to purchase something else. What did you think of Night Circus? This is the other book, I pick up and put back.

  2. Lori T commented on:

    Great taste in books, Marissa! I definitely agree with everything you said about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. That book surpassed everything I’d hoped for and more. We just got it in the library and I’m stoked to recommend it. I see you’ve read Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick. I cannot begin to describe how much I love that trilogy. Shadows and Monsters are so thrilling as sequels that you’ll want to devour them. Monsters ends the story in a way that made me want to jump and scream: ” Now THAT’S how you end a series!”

  3. Bonnie @ A Backwards Story commented on:

    You read THE NIGHT CIRCUS!!! Did you love it?? And Robin LaFevers!I still need to read THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN… *bad me* I love that you made sure to read the books for everyone you’re touring with. A lot of authors on tour will be all, “I PLAN to, but nope!” I love that IVAN had a special meaning to you. Those special meaning books are the ones we connect with most!

  4. megwrites commented on:

    Okay, you might have convinced me to read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown! I’ve been reluctant because it is a vampire book.

  5. Jacquelyn commented on:

    You got my attention~~~

  6. adele commented on:

    Read the 1 and only ivan. Worst book ever! Hate it. How could marissa like it?

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