1. Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know it’ll make you cry?
Nope! I very rarely cry at books. To date there’s been around 5 books that have made me cry. But I AM scared of reading books that others have said will make me cry – namely Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson and If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch. My fear is that I’m going to be the heartless bitch who has no emotional reaction. It has happened in the past.
2. Pick one book that helped introduce you to a new genre!
Hmm, I’ll go with the gorgeous A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller, for introducing me to historical fiction. I never really read historical fiction before that. I don’t know why, because period dramas are among my favorite movies ever, so I knew I would be totally into it. But yeah. AMWF was absolutely gorgeous and really got me to pick up some more YA Historical Fiction.
3. Find a book that you want to re-read!
I know it’s probably entirely all too predictable, but I really want to reread Harry Potter this year. It used to be pretty much the only series I ever read. But when I started reading YA in 2012, I kind of drifted away from it. I don’t know when my last reread was. Possibly 2011? Possibly much earlier than that. Possibly when the last book came out. Ouch.
4. Is there a book series you read but wish you hadn’t?
I currently still have copies of Divergent and Insurgent, but I’ll probably be selling them to a second-hand bookstore soon. I just… I dunno. I loved Divergent back in the day but hated the rest of the series. I can’t imagine liking the first book as much as I did before if I ever re-read it. That series just wasn’t my thing. I hated Tris and Four and their romance was awful. And the world building, particularly in the last book, totally sucked. Plot wasn’t great either. Other than that, I’m really good at culling books I don’t care for.
5. If your house was burning down and all your family and pets were safe, which book would you go back in and save?
ONE BOOK? I only get to save one?? Obviously I need to pick one with sentimental value, possibly signed. Arguably I could replace the rest of them. Hmmm… I DON’T KNOW. I’ll go with One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva, because not only is it signed and personalized to me, but it was the first book he ever signed. Can’t let that be destroyed. … I guess. IDK THIS QUESTION IS CRUEL.
6. Is there one book on your shelf that brings back fond memories?
Hmmm, I’ll go with The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – for two reasons. First, because the book is amazing. Okay, I was completely absorbed by that story and world and I’m SO excited about the rest of the series. But second, because I met Samantha in Amsterdam and got my copy signed. She actually waited for like 15 minutes after her signing ended, in a store where no one really knew her, because I was rushing over from work. And then we chatted for a while about so many things and she’s just a LOVELY person. So yeah, I will treasure that book forever.
7. Find a book that has inspired you the most!
It’s cliché for me, but I have to come back to Adorkable by Sarra Manning. I KNOW I KNOW but as far as being inspired by books – that one really gave me confidence in blogging and completely re-energized me to keep being myself and build my own unique brand.
8. Do you have any autographed books?
Surprisingly, there are quite a few! Between a few lucky giveaways, a couple of book events in the Netherlands, and obviously my trip to New York for BEA last year, I’m actually shocked at the number.
Personalized: Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler, The Memory of After by Lenore Appelhans, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout, One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva, All Lined Up by Cora Carmack, The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau, The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris, Wool by Hugh Howey, Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally, The Swift Boys & Me by Kody Keplinger, The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand, Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes, Stuff Every College Student Should Know by Blair Thornburgh
Not personalized: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (x2), The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith, Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Book plates: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill, Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
9. Find the book that you’ve owned the longest!
That would probably be this old Dutch copy of The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. I don’t think I’ve actually ever read it, but I looooved the movie when I was little. So yeah, it’s always been on my shelf, though it might actually have been my sister or mother’s first. I still do want to read it someday, but I don’t know if I’d read this copy. I never read in Dutch.
10. Is there a book by an author that you never imagined you’d read and enjoy?
I guess probably Candace Bushnell or Jodi Picoult? I mean, I don’t think they would typically write my style of book, but I found these for super cheap at a book fair. I haven’t read either yet, but I am excited to read Between the Lines, because it sounds adorable – and there’s a sequel coming soon!