Author you’ve read the most books by:
Whoever was ghostwriting for Francine Pascal when I was about eight. I read ALL the Sweet Valley Twins books, much to the chagrin of my mother. She would only let me take one out of the library at a time, so I just went back to the library every day.
Best sequel ever:
The Crown of Embers, Rae Carson. I actually liked it better than the first book, which says a lot (and rarely happens!)
Waiting for Normal, Leslie Connor and Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
Drink of choice while reading:
E-reader or physical books?
Physical books. I only buy e-books when they’re free or the physical books are too heavy to carry.
Fictional character you probably would’ve actually dated in high school:
Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Glad you gave this book a chance:
Bird by Bird, actually. I’m often annoyed by books about the craft of writing, but this one is really, really helping.
Hidden gem book:
Criss Cross, Lynne Rae Perkins. Nobody’s heard of it, and it’s perfect.
Important moment in your reading life:
Reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld in 2007 and realizing young adult literature wasn’t just for kids.
An ARC of The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage, sequel to Three Times Lucky. It was so ridiculously good.
Kind of books you won’t read:
Books about cutting, eating disorders, and parents who are dying of cancer. There are, of course, a few exceptions.
Longest book you’ve read:
The Count of Monte Cristo by Andre Dumas, at 1276 fabulous pages.
Major book hangover because of:
I wandered around in a daze for a couple days after finishing The Fault in Our Stars.
Number of bookcases you own:
One book you have read multiple times:
I reread a lot, but the one that always surprises people the most is that I’ve read Gone with the Wind six times.
Preferred place to read:
Quote that inspires you from a book you’ve read:
“They were just stories, but stories weren’t ‘just’ anything.” —Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
I wish I’d read Harriet the Spy and The Westing Game as a child. I don’t think they’re quite the same when you read them for the first time as a grownup.
Series you’ve started and need to finish (in which all the books are out):
I’ve never gotten around to Requiem by Lauren Oliver.
Three of your all-time favorite books:
The Robber Bride (Margaret Atwood,) Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell,) Floating in My Mother’s Palm (Ursula Hegi)
Unapologetic fangirl for:
Rainbow Rowell. Which is probably obvious, since I’ve mentioned her twice in the last three questions.
Very excited for this release:
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
Worst bookish habit:
I have more than a hundred unread books in my room, but I can’t stop buying more.
X marks the spot—start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Stranger Things Happen, Kelly Link
Your latest book purchase:
Firecracker (David Iserson) and The Rules for Disappearing (Ashley Elston)
ZZZ-snatcher (book that kept you up way too late):
Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor