If we still have those books, then they're packed away somewhere, so I can't easily go and look through them either. But there were quite a few, and I don't know if I had one stand out favorite book until I read Harry Potter at around age eight. By then I already loved reading though.
Harry Potter managed to take over my life. I started begging my friends to play Harry Potter games at recess. Whenever I was able to choose our game for the day, it was Harry Potter themed in some way. Then I discovered fanfiction, and I went from reading it to writing it, which was the first story I wrote outside of school.
Then there were the fan sites and the fan discussions online. People aren't getting when they say that the Harry Potter fandom is a huge part of the magic. I still love it today, but I was lucky in that my childhood was during the golden years of the Harry Potter fandom. I have so many fond memories of both the books and the fandom that surrounded them. That's never going to change.
I'm going to have to go with Divergent. When it first came out, I kept hearing great things from other people, both in the online book community and in real life. I fully intended to read it, but it was one of those books that I just didn't get around to.
Then the last book came out, and I began hearing negative things about it. Then the movies kept coming out, and the last one didn't do so great. I don't know. People don't seem as enthusiastic about it anymore, or maybe that's just my own skewed perception. All I know is that I'm not as eager to check the series out as I was in the past, but I still might. I'm not sure.
Maybe I'll just say Sarah Dessen books in general. Her books are all rather similar to each other. You know that certain elements are always going to be there, and you pretty much know the ending when you start reading. I still find them to be enjoyable, and I'm always excited to pick up another one.
I have to admit that I'm not typically intimidated by size though, whether it's one book or a series. I just never really think about it, so I'm not sure I'd ever be hesitant to start a series because of how many books are in it. Not unless we're talking about something with like dozens of books.
When I got to college and had a roommate, I would often stay up later than her, but I was always worried about keeping her awake, so I would usually go to bed quickly after she did. Maybe that broke me out of the habit of late nights.
Actually, I've been having to adjust my sleep schedule recently to prepare myself for the coming school year and student teaching (much earlier nights and mornings), and the whole thing has made me feel like a boring adult. So, there haven't been any late nights for me recently. It's a bit of a shame. I miss it sometimes.
I might say the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. I know I'm not the first person who's given that answer for this question, but it's true. She already has a done of spin-offs in the series, and I like that they focus on new characters while giving glimpses of the old. Maybe it's because the spin-offs were already out when I began reading Mortal Instruments, but they feel less high-stakes than the Harry Potter spin-offs do for me, which allows me to enjoy them without worrying.
I'm not a scary story fan. Mostly because I get scared too easily. So putting "Jack the Ripper" in the synopsis wouldn't typically be a good way to pull me in. I doubt I'd ever have picked it up at all if it hadn't been for Maureen's Twitter account.
Wow, am I glad I did pick it up. That series is one of my favorites, and it's the only ghost story that is remotely close to being one of my favorites. I love those books so much, and I'm eagerly waiting for the fourth.
I could list a number of other series too. My TBR list is intimidatingly long.
And that's all the questions. I'm not going to tag anyone specific, but if you want to do this tag, feel free too. Plus, make sure you check out Aentee's original tag post if you haven't already read it.