4th Quarter Reading List 2013

Happy New Year!

I’m wrapping up some loose ends, running some errands, making a plan, and all-around preparing myself for a fantastic 2014… and no doubt a very busy 2014 as well.

In 2013, I revised and edited CRESS and wrote the second draft of WINTER. I also wrote one prequel novella and two companion short stories.

I also read 61 books, many of which blew me away. There were a gazillion on my TBR that I didn’t get to, including the sequels and conclusions to some of my favorite series, so I look forward to jumping back into some of my favorite fictional worlds this year!

My Fourth Quarter Picks

Without a doubt, the books that spoke to me most this quarter were The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. I am so in love with these books, and I was left with such a book hangover after reading them. Everything from the story and history and atmosphere to the characters – oh! The characters. Some of the most dynamic characters and relationships I’ve ever read. If you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend it!

I also really enjoyed Nerve by Jeanne Ryan, which completely caught me off-guard with its intensity. My heart was racing for the last 100 pages and there were plenty of twists I didn’t see coming. Think Truth or Dare – meets – viral videos – meets – The Hunger Games. *chills*

I’ll be posting my Top Ten Books of the Year tomorrow. In the meantime, here is the complete reading list.

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

Fourth Quarter
50. Unthinkable, by Nancy Werlin
51. The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater
52. The Nightmare Dilemma, by Mindee Arnett
53. The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater
54. Allegiant, by Veronica Roth
55. The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant, by Joanna Wiebe
56. Adoption for Dummies, by Tracy Barr and Katrina Carlisle
57. Bossypants, by Tina Fey
58. Champion, by Marie Lu
59. Nerve, by Jeanne Ryan
60. United We Spy, by Ally Carter
61. The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin