Timekeeper Blog Tour Kick-Off + Giveaway

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Wait, apparently it’s already November! I never thought that this day would finally come. If you have been a follower of my blog for quite some time now, I made this book club because I badly want to promote books that have amazing male leads. Now this has only been my dream for a while now, but thanks to Sky Pony Press, our book club is finally doing a lovely purpose.

I am more than happy to announce that for the next two weeks, some of the loveliest members of FBCYA and a few guest bloggers joined together to share their love for Timekeeper by Tara Sim. The tour will run from November 8 to November 16, and I hope you will keep coming back to this post as I will be updating it once each blogger has posted their review.

MC at Blame It On The Books

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Michelle at The Writing Badger

November 10

Windie at Dip into Books

November 13

Christina at Books and Prejudice

November 14

Inah at The Bibliophile Confessions

November 15

Reg at She Latitude

November 16

Maan at The Pigeon Reads

November 17

Bianca at The Ultimate Fangirl

November 18

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Title: Timekeeper

Author: Tara Sim

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Teen, Mental Illness

Date Published: 1st of November 2016

Series: Timekeeper #1

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Summary:

Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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Tara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.

Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.

Half-Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.

TIMEKEEPER (Sky Pony Press, Fall ’16) is her debut YA novel.

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So to celebrate the release of Timekeeper, and courtesy of Sky Pony Press, we’re giving away a finished copy to one lucky winner! Giveaway is for U.S. and Canada only. (Sorry international peeps!) Click on the picture to be redirected to the giveaway link. Go go go or else you will miss the chance to win this lovely book. ❤

Are you excited for Timekeeper as I am? Honestly, I am still getting jitters since this is the first event that I have handled. But either way, I would choose Timekeeper. 🙂 Don’t forget to add Timekeeper on your TBR’s, okay!

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More Happy Than Not Tag

Blogging Extravaganza

Get Up Offa That Slump Blogging Extravaganza is hosted by Rachel at Beauty and the Bookshelf.

The Fanboy Book Club read for the month of March is hosted by MC at Blame It On the Books.

Hitting two birds with one stone gives such a wonderful feeling. I did not mean for this to happen though, but it is really something else. More Happy Than Not is a ridiculously good book that I cannot fathom with right now. And with this tag, I get to express myself more than usual.

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Okay, in case you have not yet heard of this tag yet, this is the More Happy Than Not Tag. This tag is originally created by Miel at Bookish and Awesome (who is on a hiatus right now because… stuff. But I do admire his blog because it was one of those blogs that I admired from afar when I was still too shy to approach anyone.) I don’t think anyone has tagged me for this. But I’m getting off a blogging slump and fulfilling Fanboy Book Club duties at the same time. So without further ado, onto the tag we go.

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When I get to draw like crazy because inspiration strikes hard, I am more happy than not.

When people commend me for my writing, I am more happy than not.

When I don’t remember how I usually embarass myself because of my clumsiness, I am more happy than not.

When my friends remember me for reasons that they just want to talk to me, I am more happy than not.

When I get to edit AMV’s, kinetic typography, and music videos without my pc or application lagging, I am more happy than not.

When people say that I am too grade concious, I am more happy than not.

When I finish a really good book and finally give it a well-deserve 5 star rating, I am more happy than not.

When I get to buy books, I am more happy than not.

When I get to post on my blog, I am more happy than not.

And last but definitely not the least, when I hear my family sleep safe and sound during the night while I am still awake, I am more happy than not.

Huzzah. Well, this tag brings out the best out of you. So hey, I’ll tag the bloggers that I am more happy than not to have the pleasure of meeting/interacting.

Trisha at The Bookgasm Blog

Bea at Beatrice Learns to Read

Bea at When Curiosity Killed The Cat

Maan at The Pigeon Reads

Joan at Fiddler Blue

Dee at The Bookish Khaleesi

Windie at The Geek Apprentice

Hope you guys will enjoy doing the tag as much as I did. If you have already done the tag, it’s okay to ignore it. But if want to do it again, hey! It proves that you have a lot to be happy about.

What makes you more happy than not? Comment below 🙂

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Random Recommendations: Diverse Books Galore

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In lieu with the Fanboy Book Club’s awesome read for the month of March which is More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, this is the part where I recommend some of the stuff that embodies the book club. Meaning: I recommend things that has male leads, hooray! And here’s the twist, it’s connected to our theme this month. Hence, more stuff to fanboy/fangirl on. It is all about diversity, and of course I have read most of these. I know how hard it is to find a good diverse book out there sometimes, but here I am to the rescue.

But there’s a catch. I myself have not read that many diverse books.

So I will recommend the ones that I have read, in which I thank the book gods for granting me with such great ones. I will also recommend some books on my TBR, because I have been hearing nothing but words of praise ever since I found out about the books in question.

How We Met and Other Stories by David Levithan

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I know for a fact that David Levithan writes like a god when it comes to dealing with diversity. Luckily, I read this one before 2015 started. It was timely, because most of the stories were really fluffy. And the best part? You won’t even know the difference, which is the point. Love wins. From coffee shops to helping their partners get out of the closet, the short stories are really worth reading. Every story is a unique story, and David Levithan will keep you hungry for more.

 Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Oh please, no one can bear not fangirling over Simon Snow and Basilton Pitch. Are they not the cutest couple ever? I have to admit that Simon alone cannot “carry” the book alone, but with Baz in the picture, things just got way, way more interesting. I won’t say anymore details, because I might give away the plot. But it can be similar to reading a Draco-Harry fanfiction. Magic, spells, fantastic beasts, and a plot twist that will make you go “whoa” at the end. Trust me on this one 😉

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

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Have you ever read a book where the character started off as someome you think he is but then you realize that he’s really not that person at all? Which is why he was in the book’s setting in the first place? Well, meet Jeff. I actually thought Suicide Notes was like It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, but clearly I was wrong. It was just the same setting. And how… wait okay it is quite the same. But there’s a reason why I put this here. You’ll have to read the book first to understand why Jeff got in that institution in the first place.

Now for some of the books that I really want to read sometime soon.

Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Oreos. Blackmailing. Blue. Honestly, being the neurotic reader that I am, I should have been done with this book already. I’m a few chapters in and I liked the story very much. So to convince you to read it, I’ll tell my twin’s experience. She was fangirling over the revelations and she found the book very cute, despite her not reading too many books tht deal with LGBT/diverse books.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Be that as it may, I want to go and read this book blindly. I know that this book deserves to be on this list, which is why I included it. I just know that it is worth reading, since based on the cover, it has won a lot of awards. If that doesn’t guarantee the book’s greatness, then I guess I have to see for myself.

And that is it for the meantime. I know there are a lot of great diverse books out there. I hope you could recommend some to me, because I really want to read more when it comes to diverse books. Leave them down in the comments. ♡

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Before Reading:

This is actually a reread for me. The first time I read Harry Potter, I was just a kid. My mother actually read the book so I can sleep, but I vividly remember falling asleep before she even finished. So I tried reading it. Imagine a 4 year old trying to read Harry Potter. I know, crazy. Maybe that’s why my tutors never lasted. Anyways, I am excited to read Harry Potter again, because I can now read it at as semi-adult. (18 is just legal. It still has -teen so I am still a teen.)

Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer's_StoneTitle & Author: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Genre:  Middle Grade, Fantasy

Date Published: June 26th 1997

Series: Harry Potter #1

Publisher: Scholastic

Source: Really old copy from my childhood

Summary:

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the “Harry Potter” series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.

What are you waiting for? Get a copy!

If your library does not have this book, hands down.

After Reading:

I literally flew through the pages! How amazing is that? It was a good call that this is the first book that the book club has chosen to read. Not only did it bring back a lot of memories, but the magic stayed the same. I felt like I was 4 again, asking my mother if there were owls here in the Philippines. It brought nostalgia. But it brings new perspectives.

When you cannot word, that means that the book did a successful job in rendering you speechless. I feel like I want to marathon the whole series again. Harry Potter, in all the sense, is a truly marvelous book. Harry Potter raised the bar for every other fantasy book out there.

The world building was just as incredible as I remembered. It was like taking your first baby steps. The idea of Hogwarts was not crammed into a huge puddle of mess, but rather was introduced like you were a child going to school for the first time. Hats off to that required items list, because one cannot be more excited to know what Hogwarts is really like. Getting your first wand, getting a pet, and imagining what Gringotts and Flourish and Botts looked like was really satisfying to read. And when you finally enter Hogwarts, you get this sense of feeling that each of those houses are equally intriguing, but of course you cannot help but root for Gryffindor in the first place. I might spoil anyone who has yet to read the Harry Potter series so I am stopping right there. Just so you know that the point I am saying is that the Harry Potter world defines the word “magical”.

In terms of characters, J.K. Rowling left some room for improvements on the characters. They are not entirely perfect, nor are they built like gods. They each have their separate flaws and strengths, which one can admire from afar. If you ask me, Hermione is still my favorite character and Harry Potter will still be my crush. Ron Weasley will forever be the loyal best friend and Draco Malfoy will forever be the kid that I will hate if I will ever reread the series again.

Plot-wise, I loved the way how there is so much going on yet it seems that they’re all interconnected. I was still shocked on some of the parts, thinking that some of it will look weird on the movie. But then again, the ones who made the movies are geniuses in their own right. It was just perfect, nothing feels rushed and nothing feels slow. See what I’m doing here? I told you I cannot word anymore.

Now, will I read this again? Hell yes.

Is this still the best book ever? Hell yes.

Potterhead till the end? I swear on my grave.

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I swear, if you don’t know who this goddess of writing is, I don’t even think you’ve been living under a rock. Are you galaxies away, my friend?

Joanne Rowling was born in July 1965 at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive.

Jo left Chepstow for Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree, her course including one year in Paris. As a postgraduate she moved to London and worked as a researcher at Amnesty International among other jobs. She started writing the Harry Potter series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel.

Jo then moved to northern Portugal, where she taught English as a foreign language. She married in October 1992 and gave birth to a daughter in 1993. When the marriage ended, she and Jessica returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh, where Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone was eventually completed. The book was first published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books in June 1997, under the name J.K. Rowling. The “K”, for Kathleen, her paternal grandmother’s name was added at her publisher’s request who thought that a woman’s name would not appeal to the target audience of young boys.

More about the Queen here: http://www.jkrowling.com/en_GB/


I don’t know about you, but one can never get enough of Harry Potter. Oh, and if you’re a member of the Fanboy Book Club and you have written a review, feel free to link it up here!

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Fanboy Book Club: An Introduction

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Hello everyone! My name is Bianca and I am your first formal host for the month of February in the Fanboy Book Club. I am so excited to finally launch this baby that was conceptualized on my humble little laptop, one misty Monday morning. I am so glad that a lot of people were enthusiastic about this, and I owe you all guys my biggest thanks.

To formally launch this book club, the other members and I are tasked to write introductions. This is so as to formally launch the club to everyone. Off we go!


Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m Bianca and I love every fandom in the universe. I made this book club because I can only tolerate books with male leads. I hope I could find other people who feel the same. ❤

How did you come up with your blog name?

It just came to me one day, I guess? I was actually watching an introduction episode of the Big Brother series and thought of a unique monicker if I ever got in. So I ended up with The Ultimate Fangirl. I like too many things that I don’t know how I still have a life of my own. But it’s one of those days where you just cannot choose just one fandom to fit in your tumblr introduction page.

Now for the fun part:

Who is your favorite male character?

My favorite male character is Leonard Peacock from Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. Why?

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He felt so real. I could compare it to the time where I couldn’t grasp a certain thing, and he shared the same journey with me. At the same time, he introduced me to Humphrey Bogart. Who knew that all of those actors back in the 40’s were all so badass and gorgeous at the same time?

Who are your book husbands/book boyfriends?

Let’s see…

There’s Kenji Kishimoto from The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. He kept me going on reading the series <3. Then there’s this really obscure character in The Hunger Games whose name is Darius. And there’s also the matter of Oliver from Althea and Oliver.

Book with a male lead that really stuck to your heart?

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You guys are probably going to say, “OKAY WE GET IT. YOU LIKE HIM SO MUCH.” Because my answer will always be The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I just don’t have any boundaries. It’s my most prized possession and my favorite reread. What could I ask for more?

Link to your social media accounts.

  • Twitter: @UltmtFangirl
  • Instagram: theultmtfangirl
  • Goodreads: Bianca

Another host of this monthly book club is Nicka at Read by Nicka! I am so thrilled into co-handling this book club with her, along with the three other ladies: MC, Trisha and Maan!

Here are Nicka’s answers to my questions:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hey I’m Nicka! I love cats and of course books, I also love to travel and take photos of beautiful sceneries. I’m a college student and I’m taking up Financial Management and I’m going to graduate next year WOHOO!! I’m also a movie buff, I always watch new movies every month.
How did you come up with your blog name?
I don’t really have a significant meaning behind it, I just thought why don’t I put a blog name as if I read all of the books in the world. “Readbynicka” that wasn’t a very clear statement 😂
Who is your favorite male character?
Percy Jackson & Harry Potter! Both are great but Percy is my favorite out of the two because he’s so funny and sassy.
I’m giving you the freedom here. Who are your book husbands/book boyfriends?
NOAH SHAW!!!! Christian Grey(his romantic side only), Jude Grayson, Etienne St. Clair and Nate Peters.
Book with a male lead that really stuck to your heart?
Harry Potter will always be in my heart.
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Just to remind everyone that our book of the month is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Members are given a month to read the book of the month. At the end, each member will dedicate a review on the book. If you’re not a member yet, you can sign-up here: http://goo.gl/forms/SQqQxcmoqM

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And to give everyone a head’s up, here’s a line-up of the activities:

2nd week of February: Letter Writing to any author with male lead on their books

3rd week of February: Discussion + Twitter Chat

4th week of February: Book Review

Basically, a very productive February indeed.

Other introduction posts:
MC at Blame It On The Books

Ali at Book Lover Thoughts

Joan at Fiddler Blue

Windie at Geek Apprentice

Imogene at Amidst The Pages

Wren at The Bookmato Chronicles

Maan at The Pigeon Reads

Trisha at The Bookgasm Blog

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FBC Announcements

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Hello wonderful people! This is the first formal post for The Fanboy Book Club, a book club that I have made out of sheer boredom and love for books that feature male leads. If you don’t know what this uber-cool book club is,

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Of course, a fangirl cannot do this alone. So I asked for help and the sweetest people offered me a hand in co-handling this club.  I am glad to announce that the ladies who will be running this club with me are:

(Click on their names to visit their lovely blogs.)


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Stay tuned because we will be switching on hosting every month. So make sure to follow their blogs to see on who I shall pass the baton to next.

And for the book of the month of February, we decided that to start simple. Who else has pioneered strong male and female leads alike? Who pulled a lot of heartstrings and entered our hearts while we were kids? Whose book that features a male lead creates nostalgia and wonderful magical feelings? That’s right. It’s the one and only J.K. Rowling. And we are going to read the book that started it all.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Intrigued? If so, join the Fanboy Book Club now! Our activities for the month of February will also be posted soon.

Sign up here.
http://goo.gl/forms/SQqQxcmoqM

Hope you guys could join. Spread the love for books with male protagonists! Huzzah ❤

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