Quarterly Reading List: Third Quarter, 2014

I fell slightly behind my 100-books-in-2014 goal during this last quarter, BUT we’re still looking good! Plus there’s a lot of travel happening this month so I’m hoping I’ll be able to make it up.

Many of the books that stick out in my memory from this past quarter are the BIG, FABULOUS, BEAUTIFUL BOOKS that you guys have probably already read. (And if you haven’t… what are you waiting for? One more recommendation?) I absolutely loved Days of Blood and Starlight and the series conclusion Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (and was soooooo glad that I decided to wait until the last one was out before reading book #2. That’s what we call good life decisions). Plus Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins was the perfect romantic escape and well worth the long wait!

That said, one book from this quarter that left a surprisingly big impact on me…. wasn’t a fiction book!

So this month I’m highlighting The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn.

From GoodReads:

After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, writer Kathleen Flinn returned with no idea what to do next, until one day at a supermarket she watched a woman loading her cart with ultraprocessed foods. Flinn’s “chefternal” instinct kicked in: she persuaded the stranger to reload with fresh foods, offering her simple recipes for healthy, easy meals.


The Kitchen Counter Cooking School includes practical, healthy tips that boost readers’ culinary self-confidence, and strategies to get the most from their grocery dollar, and simple recipes that get readers cooking.

Why I loved it:


I LOVE to cook, and I particularly love to EAT, and yet I still find myself intimidated to deviate too much from a recipe or trust my own tastebuds when something isn’t working. Reading this book gave me new confidence in the kitchen and a brand new enthusiasm to try new things (baking my own artisan bread! whipping things together without a recipe! one of these days I might even buy an entire chicken and see what happens!) Plus, it’s full of fascinating information about how our society perceives food, cooking, and convenience, and the health issues that come from taking in so many pre-packaged foods like we do. It was FASCINATING and I’m sure my family has gotten sick of me talking about it, haha.

Anyway, super inspiring for anyone who loves to cook… OR anyone who needs a little added inspiration in the kitchen.



And my complete list from the year so far:



First Quarter

1. Plus One, by Elizabeth Fama

2. The Connected Child, by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine

3. Fool, by Christopher Moore

4. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

5. Winterspell, by Claire Legrand

6. Star Cursed, by Jessica Spotswood

7. Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell

8. Splintered, by A.G. Howard

9. Revolutions for Fun and Profit, by Ryan Shattuck

10. Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi

11. Through the Ever Night, by Veronica Rossi

12. Into the Still Blue, by Veronica Rossi

13. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

14. My Life as an Experiment, by A.J. Jacobs

15. Passionate Persuasion, by Rosemary Clement-Moore

16. Also Known As, by Robin Benway

17. Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel, by Daniel Cooney

18. Baby’s in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles, by Arne Bellstorf (graphic novel)

19. Zahra’s Paradise, by Amir & Khalil (graphic novel)

20. Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige

21. A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness


Second Quarter

22. Firebug, by Lish McBride

23. The Splendor Falls, by Rosemary Clement-Moore

24. Devine Intervention, by Martha Brockenbrough

25. The Wicked and the Just, by J. Anderson Coats

26. Symbols of Love, by Denny Lee and Josh Stoneman

27. Bubbly on Your Budget, by Marjorie Hillis

28. Choker, by Elizabeth Woods

29. The Raft, by S.A. Bodeen

30. Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale, by Joss Whedon (graphic novel)

31. The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski

32. Vicious, by Victoria Schwab

33. Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor

34. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, by Leslye Walton

35. Of Neptune, by Anna Banks

36. Hatter, by Daniel Coleman (first publication; to be re-released Fall 2014)

37. Ashen Winter, by Mike Mullin

38. Shards & Ashes, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

39. Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by P.N. Elrod

40. I Heart You, You Haunt Me, by Lisa Schroeder

41. Bad Boys of the Black Hills, and Some Wild Women, Too, by Barbara Fifer

42. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson (graphic novel)

43. Haunted Deadwood: A True Wild West Ghost Town, by Mark Shadley and Josh Wennes

44. The Taste of Lightning, by Tamara Felsinger (beta-read)

45. Storm Siren, by Mary Weber

46. Enthralled, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

47. Boxers, by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel)

48. Saints, by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel)

49. Threats of Sky and Sea, by Jennifer Ellision

50. Ruin and Rising, by Leigh Bardugo


Third Quarter

51. The Serpent of Venice, by Christopher Moore

52. I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

53. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

54. In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang (graphic novel)

55. Days of Blood and Starlight, by Laini Taylor

56. Dreams of Gods and Monsters, by Laini Taylor

57. The Giver, by Lois Lowry

58. Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta

59. Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein

60. The Avery Shaw Experiment, by Kelly Oram

61. The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner

62. Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins

63. Sister’s Fate, by Jessica Spotswood

64. The Murder Complex, by Lindsay Cummings

65. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

66. Elusion, by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

67. The Truth About Alice, by Jennifer Mathieu

68. Unforgotten, by Jessica Brody

69. The Caress of the Wind, by Tamara Felsinger (beta-read)

70. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, by Kathleen Flinn

71. Lailah, by Nikki Kelly

72. Altered, by Gennifer Albin