I’ve Been Tagged

I was tagged by Mag at Geek Chic, and I’m honored!  But I think this will be my one and only venture into the land of tagging.  I just don’t think I have the time to commit to these posts, so after this post my blog will be tag-free (and award-free).  But thanks, Mag, for thinking of me, and I really do enjoy answering the questions and reading other bloggers’ answers!

Also, I know a lot of other blogs are tag- and award-free, so I won’t be tagging anyone in this post.  But I will supply some questions and if you’d like to answer them, please do and leave a comment with a link to your answers!  (I know this is kind of a cop-out, but like I said, I really can’t give these posts the time that they deserve.)


  1. You must post the rules.
  2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
  3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
  4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!

Here are my answers to the questions Mag asked:

1. Who is the author you own the most books by?
    Oh, jeez, this one’s a bit embarrassing.  It would be Francine Pascal, the author of the Sweet Valley High series.  I read Sweet Valley Twins as a kid and loved them, and then last year when I heard Sweet Valley Confidential was coming out, my friend Courtney and I wanted to try to reread some of the Sweet Valley High books before reading the new book.  So I went on eBay and bought 35 of the books for about $38!  I’ve read about half of them, and still haven’t read Sweet Valley Confidential.  But I’d like to finish reading them and then read Confidential, and I’ll probably end up selling the SVH books to a used book store or donating them to my library.  They’re really not that great of books but it’s nostalgic…

2. If you meet ANY author, who would you pick?
   That would have to be J.K. Rowling.  Harry Potter is my absolute favorite favorite series and it would be so amazing to meet her.  But I would probably clam up and sweat a lot and it probably would be more embarrassing than amazing…

3. What book have you reread the most times?
   Hmm, I think that would be the first few Harry Potter books.  I’ve read all of them several times but the first few I think I’ve read more than the others, simply because I would reread the entire series when a new book would come out.  My copy of The Sorcerer’s Stone is falling apart!

4. What is your favorite book genre?
   Young Adult books have become my favorite to read.  And Science Fiction YA is my absolute favorite genre!  I also love Dystopian YA (which often has some SF in there, too) a lot!

5. Do you ever listen to music while you’re reading?
   Usually, no.  I used to listen to music all the time while reading for school and doing homework, but when I’m reading a novel I like to have it pretty quiet.  I don’t mind some noise but I find that music can kind of be distracting at times.

6. Who is your favorite character from any book?
   Ay yi yi, giving us hard questions, aren’t you Mag?  ;)  Well, my first thought is Sirius Black from Harry Potter.  He’s my favorite in that series and probably my favorite overall.  And now I’m drawing a blank and can’t think of any other characters I love from other books…

7. If you could meet (and be friends with!) any character from any book in real life, who would you choose?
   This is another hard one!  I think I’d choose Ron Weasley from Harry Potter.  He’s my second favorite character from the series and I just think I’d really get along with him.  And Fred and George would be fun to hang out with as well!

8. Five books that made you laugh?
   The Harry Potter books made me laugh a lot (I realize all my answers are Harry Potter related – sorry about that!).  Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett is hilarious.  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books are also really funny.  And all of John Green’s books have wonderful humor.  And then I guess I’d say that the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich are pretty funny, too.

9. Five books with the hottest guys?
   I don’t normally get enthralled with guys from books.  It’s hard for me to picture them in my head, so I’m more attracted to their actions than their physical descriptions.  And even then I don’t know of many guys that I would swoon over.  I mean, I like plenty of guy characters, and I want the girl to end up with her love interest, but I can only think of a couple guys that would fit in this category of “hottest guys.”  First I’d have to say Cricket from Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.  I just loved him!  Also Four from Divergent.  I really can’t think of any others…

10. How many books do you read in the average week?
   That depends on several things:  1. The number of pages in the book;  2. How readable the book is;  3. How many other things I have going on in that week.  Sometimes it takes me all week to finish a book.  Other times I can read 3 books in a week.  But I don’t think I’ve ever done more than 3 in one week, except for when I was a kid and all the books were really short!  I’d say an average for me would be 1-2 books a week.

11. And now for the most impossible question ever: If you had to pick ONE BOOK, what would you say your favorite is (at least, as of right now)?
   Oy vey, Mag.  This IS the most impossible question ever.  I have 2 all-time favorite books.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson (a book I read in the 6th grade and still love).  I also just read Cinder by Marissa Meyer and I think that might make it into the all-time favorites.  But if I had to pick just one, I guess it would be Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Most people love The Deathly Hallows or The Order of the Phoenix, but I love The Prisoner of Azkaban because it’s where we meet Sirius, we learn a lot more about Harry’s background and his parents, and it has time travelling.  Such an awesome book.

Okay, now it’s my turn to ask the questions.  Remember, I’m not tagging anyone in particular, but please feel free to answer these questions and leave a comment with a link to your answers!

1.  Have you always been a huge reader or is it something that happened recently?

2.  Can you pinpoint one book that solidified your love for reading?

3.  Do you prefer series or stand alone books?

4.  Do you write in your books and/or dog-ear the pages or do you like to keep your books looking brand new?

5.  What fictional world would you love to live in?

6.  What book are you most looking forward to reading this year?

7.  Do you have to read to the end of a chapter or can you set the book down at any point?

8.  Describe what you are using as a bookmark in your current read.

9.  What book would you absolutely never want to be made into a movie or TV show?

10.  Do books easily make you cry or do you hardly ever shed a tear while reading?

11.  What book have you recommended the most?

Thanks again to Mag for tagging me, and I look forward to reading answers by anyone who would like to participate!  


  1. Ashley R

    February 21, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Oh I LOVE all the Sweet Valley books! Except Confidential, I have an entire rant and grudge against that book (when you do read it, please discuss with me!). I understand how they're not that great literature, but the nostalgia factor is powerful.

    Anyway, I answered your questions since I wasn't doing a Top Ten Tuesday – they were so much fun! The post is here

    Thanks and happy Tuesday!

  2. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    February 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    For some reason my reply button doesn't want to work anymore :(

    Anyway – thanks so much for answering the questions, Ashley! I'm off to check out your answers! ;)

  3. Mag @ Geek Chic

    February 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Oh, thanks so much for playing! I loved your answers! And of all the HP books, Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite, too :)

  4. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    February 21, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    My reply button still doesn't want to work, so this is in response to Mag's comment.

    I'm so happy to find another lover of Prisoner of Azkaban! I don't think I know anyone else who likes that one the best! And thanks for tagging me – I really wish I had more time to participate in these posts, because they're a lot of fun! But I'm so behind on my reading. Maybe if I ever get caught up to where I have several reviews already written and scheduled, I can do these posts again. Thanks again! ;)

  5. Bittner

    February 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I loved all your answers and I will be answering your questions on my own blog soon.

    But as far as your answers go…

    I own the most books by C.S. Lewis because I own 18 (not including the multiple copies I own of certain books). I also checked on goodreads, and I've read the most by C.S. Lewis, and you have read the most by Francine Pascal. But for you, Charlene Harris isn't too far behind.

    I would think the real reason you don't listen to anything when reading is because you read when Jonathan is sleeping and you are trying to hear if he has woken up yet.

    And I can't believe you couldn't think of 5 hot guys in books! I could, easy! I'll give you 1) Cricket, 2)Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables, 3)Declan from Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy 4) Neville (of course) and 5) Jamie Fraser from Outlander!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      February 23, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      Yeah, I was thinking Charlaine Harris was the answer for that question for me – either that or Janet Evanovich because I have lots of the Stephanie Plum books that Holly gave me. But then I noticed all the SVH books and I was like, "Well, I guess that's my answer!"

      Yeah, I try to keep things quiet while Jonathan's sleeping, and that is when I read, so that makes sense! ;)

      I guess I'm just weird about the whole "hot guy" thing – I find myself rolling my eyes when I see that a character has described a guy as hot in a book. It happens waaaayyy too often, and "hot" is so subjective, plus it's really not a good description. But if you're going by what the guy does in the book to make him attractive (which is what I assume most readers do), Cricket and Four are the only ones I can think of that I was attracted to. I'm sure there are more, but I can't think of any. And as far as Harry Potter goes – I loved all those characters and I guess I was attracted to Harry and Ron but when I think about it, I'd just love to be friends with them. Maybe it's because I'm already married, or maybe I'm just weird. I don't know… ;)

      Thanks for deciding to answer the questions – I can't wait to see your answers (although I think I know several of them already!) ;)

  6. LHughes

    February 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    My favorite character from Harry Potter is Sirius Black too!!! And my favorite book is Prisoner of Azkaban as well! I loved the whole idea of the Marauders and their escapades around Hogwarts, but Sirius really captured my heart. The whole charming bad boy who went against his family but was loyal to his friends (and owned a flying motorcycle). I used to write short stories about him back when I was into HP fanfiction.

    And if I could meet one author, it would totally be JK Rowling too :)
    Lauren @ Hughes Reviews

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      February 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Ah, great minds thinking alike again! ;) Yes, I love the whole Marauders back story and it really made me mad when that part wasn't incorporated into the movie.

      Have you heard about Rowling signing with Little, Brown and Company for an adult book to be released sometime in the (hopefully near) future?!?! I'm so excited!!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      February 25, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Wouldn't that be awesome?!? Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Hanna

    February 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Oh, I used to LOVE the Sweet Valley High books! I still have mine in a box somewhere, but I'm too nervous to reread them in case they're not as good as I remember!

    I love the Marauders back story too, but I'm kind of glad it wasn't incorporated into the movie. They'd only have messed it up and this way it's like my own private Harry Potter world :)

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      February 27, 2012 at 3:53 am

      I see what you mean about the Marauders back story, but I just wish they would have taken a few minutes to explain that Harry's father, Lupin, Sirius, and Peter Pettigrew were the Marauders. Just a bit of info on that would have made me a lot happier with that film.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! ;)

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