TGIF (4): Most Valuable Book

TGIF is a weekly meme by Ginger at GReads, where bloggers can recap their week and answer a blogging/bookish question.

Here’s this week’s question:  Most Valuable Book: From your personal collection of books, which ones hold the most value to you – is it signed by the author? Or maybe it’s your favorite story of all time? Share it with us.

I have a few different books that I consider to be my most valuable.  The first two would be my signed copies of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns by John Green.  I was able to go to his book tour in Austin in January and it was a lot of fun!  He signed and personalized both books, and his brother, Hank, signed both as well, plus “Hanklerfished” the copy of TFiOS.

On that same trip, my friends and I went to this awesome bookstore called Book People, and we found a signed copy of Extras by Scott Westerfeld.  I love the Uglies series, so my friends bought it for me and added it to the goodies they gave me for my birthday, which was a few days after the book signing.

Now this next one, I just kind of lucked into.  My husband took me to Half Price Books for Mother’s Day, and I bought a copy of Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson.  A couple of weeks ago I just happened to open the book and see that it was signed by Ms. Johnson herself!  Unfortunately it was also personalized to someone named Keaton, but I still feel special to have her signature on a book!

And this last one is just kinda sentimental.  I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd, and when I started dating my husband, I talked him into reading the books.  At that time, the last book had yet to come out.  Then he proposed and we set a date and it turned out that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was releasing a week before our wedding.  Now, my husband had read all of my copies of the other books, but we knew that we’d both want to read Deathly Hallows at the same time.  So we ordered two copies from our local bookstore and went to the midnight release.  They handed out these little bookplate stickers and for some (cheesy) reason, we both put both of our names on these bookplates, and we put my married name in them even though I still technically had my maiden name.  So anyway, we could have sold one of the books back or given one away, but they’re kind of sentimental now so we still have two copies of Deathly Hallows.

What’s your answer?  Let me know, or leave a link to your TGIF in the comments and I’ll stop by your blog!  (*Note:  I am currently on vacation and this is a pre-written post, so I will not be linking up on GReads, nor will I be able to respond to comments for a while.  But I will respond eventually, I promise!)
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  1. Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

    June 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Awww, I love your Harry Potter story! And I can't believe that someone gave up a signed Maureen book! Oh well, their loss is your gain. Can't wait to see your vacation pics! Hope you had a good time.

  2. Krista

    June 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    That's so awesome you got both John Green AND Hank to sign The Fault in Our Stars!!! I love that book. So amazing! I can see why it's in your most valuable collection :) That's also an adorable HP story. So cute. I hope my future husband loves Harry Potter!!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      June 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      It was a great book tour, especially since both John and Hank were there! And yes, it's definitely a huge bonus to have a husband who loves the books you love! ;)

  3. Bittner

    June 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I would say my most valuable would be my signed Levithan and my signed John Green. But then also my Silver Chair books. Big Surprise right!?!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      June 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Yeah, big surprise. And now you have another copy of The Silver Chair to add to that collection! ;)

  4. fakesteph

    June 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I loooove Suite Scarlett (so freaking good!) and am a total Maureen Johnson fangirl. And your HP story is awesome!!!! LOVE IT!

    1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

      June 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks! ;)

      I really want to read Suite Scarlett and 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and hopefully I'll get to them soon because I'm going to go on a YA Contemporary reading binge really soon! Also on the pile to read for that binge: your fave Jessica Darling! ;)

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