I don't tend to avoid books because I know they're going to make me cry. In fact, sometimes that's a big plus for me. I love getting so emotionally invested in a book that the author could pull tears from me like that. It means I've really connected with the characters.
The Host, These Broken Stars, and the Lunar Chronicles, along with "Doctor Who," all helped me to discover that maybe sci-fi isn't so bad. At least, not all of it.
3. Find a book that you want to re-read.
Harry Potter, forever and always. But other than that, I like to reread books before going to see the movie, so I'll probably read Mockingjay again soon.
4. Is there a book series you read that you wished you hadn't?
No, I don't really have a lot of reading regrets, or regrets in general. And if I don't like the first book in a series, or I'm satisfied with the ending of the first and don't want to screw it up (like with If I Stay and Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, for example), I won't read the sequel(s).
5. If your house were burning down and your pets and family were safe, which book would you run back inside to save?
One book?! I'd probably end up throwing my Harry Potter books out the window before I had to choose one.
6. Is there one book on your book shelf which brings back fond memories?
Aside from Harry Potter (because duh), the Calvin and Hobbes treasury always makes me smile when I look at it. I used to read the books under my blanket by the light of a flashlight, giggling at the crazy stunts they pulled. (Sometimes I still do this.)
7. Find a book that has inspired you the most.
Different books inspire me in different ways, though I'm always influence by any book I read, whether it's because I learn what not to do or I mimic the style of the author subconsciously. Harry Potter has always given me the extra push I've needed--and is quite possible the book series that started it all--but most recently, I was blown away by the beautiful writing and descriptions in We Were Liars by E. Lockheart.
8. Do you have any autographed books?
Yes! I have Eleanor & Park signed by Rainbow Rowell herself (thanks, Mom and Dad!), Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, most of our Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems, the Spiderwick chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, and several others.
9. Find the book that you have owned the longest.
That would be my very well-worn Harry Potter set. The bindings are so beat up, you can't even read the titles, and the first copy of the Sorcerer's Stone I owned ripped in half, so we had to get a new one.
Definitely The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I'd avoided it for so long because of the whole Twilight series that my bookish friends couldn't stand, but then I saw a preview for the movie and it looked really good. Soon afterwards, my best friend recommended that I read it, and she's usually right about that stuff, so I picked it up. Boy, am I glad that I did!