Books That Make Me Happy: A Rainbow Blog Challenge

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The Rainbow Blog Challenge is hosted by Terri of Le Book Chronicles, Rachel of Rach With Books, Kristy of The Reader Dragon, Naadhira of Legenbooksdary, Aimee of My Life in Books, and Elle of Elle Biblio. 🙂

Today’s prompt is all about the books that made me happy. I’m two days late phew. Let me tell you: hosting a blog tour is not an easy task. But let’s do this! Now I carefully laid out some of the books that made me smile. Most of them made me smile this year, but of course, you can never not include the books that make you smile all the time. Without further ado, here are some of the books that are guaranteed to make you happy while reading them. Because it did make me happy while I was reading.

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon – This was the last book that I read and it made me smile and giggle. This book served like a beacon for me, because even though I was facing something tough it managed to make me smile because of the charm it contains. I have to admit that I am a sucker for instalove, and this book completely nails it. Oh what I would give for something like this book. All smiles all around. I still have yet to review this book, but just to give a glimpse of my thoughts: This book is perfect for me.

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven – I guess this one is in the 50/50 zone because it definitely made me cry as well. But if The Sun Is Also A Star is more on the instalove, this one is not. This one is more progressive, and I could relate in a whole other level. Libby Strout is an amazing human being who should serve as an inspiration to all. The book is my string of hope. I am wanted. I am loved. And that alone makes me one happy girl.

If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman – The same thing can be said for If The Dress Fits. I love the author to bits, and reading her works always makes me smile. Automatic happiness points right there. But speaking as a reader, If The Dress Fits also focuses on a heavy girl who finds the love that she deserves. I’m just smiling and giggling while reading the book. Also, I don’t read a lot of NA per se, but the author’s books always serve as a stepping stone for me.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – This book will always be a part of me. This book is the reason why I took up the persona. Cath will always have my title, but I will be happy to take her place if ever she hands me her crown. I’m just happy that this book exists, because it is an amazing piece of literature that teens in college like me can relate to. Living double lives as a blogger and a student who thrives to be excellent but also just to write and write and write to inspire other people. That is what being a fangirl is.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Harry Potter will always serve as the book that struck my interest into becoming a bookworm. I started at a really young age, and the magic has been stuck ever since. It’s a wonderful series and I know that I am not the only one who is happy that such series exists. It made a community, and it made a lot of people come together to celebrate the magic it gave off from its marvelous pages. (I mean, even if my letter did not come, I’m still happy. A joke. Haha)

The Perks of Being A Wallflower – Guys, if you see me making this list again without a disclaimer that I am not going to include these books AND the other list does not contain THIS book, then please contact the proper authorities that are concerned with alien life forms. You must assume that I have either been hacked, killed, wiped off the face of the earth, or transported to another planet because some other alien is probably managing the blog instead of me.

With that being said, in case you’re new, I love this book very much and I just cannot stop expressing my love for it. Basically, Stephen Chbosky is a human being sent by the writing gods and this book is his child. I love everything about it,and I treasured the lessons I learned. High school was a better place when I had this book by my side. My happiness levels just rose up to a hundred, and I’m just talking about my love for this book. Yeah, Charlie is life.


Alright! That’s (kind-of) a wrap for today’s prompt. Look, if I am going to list down all of the books that made me, we would be here all day. (No, not really. But it’s nice to exaggerate once in a while.)

What books made you happy? What book would you recommend to me a “happy read”? Let’s talk about it on the comments below. But as for now,

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All About L’s: The Important L’s in the Harry Potter Universe

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I know what you’re probably thinking… Why stick with just one letter when I can do a full head on Harry Potter from A-Z. Well there’s Harry Potter Lexicon and this Buzzfeed list for that. It’s a rather complex paradox if we are going with the A-Z’. So to keep it simple and sweet, we are only doing one letter at a time. (By the way, did you know that Daniel Radcliffe rapping the Alphabet Aerobics pops out when you google search “Harry Potter Alphabet”?)

I wanted to be original, but I probably would not have made any sense at all. What is with the letter “L” in the Harry Potter universe? Is there some kind of deeper meaning behind all the L’s, or it just proves that I am loony as well? No, it’s as easy to understand as the basic numbers. The light shed on their importance is a whole other aspect. Is it really that important than any other letter? Yes, it is.

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Why he matters: Where else do you find a villain with a great development other than the Harry Potter franchise? Have you ever read or seen anything like it? How do you make people fear you for seven books and eight movies? This is where Voldemort comes in. The Dark Lord is indeed the most powerful foe that anyone could ever face. Without him, we could have not gotten 7 books full of amazing wizardry and magic. If not for him, it would have been all for nothing. The fandom would have nothing to boast regarding its villain, and yet we have He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. We hate him, but it’s a ground that we dare not step in because the universe deserves a good villain like him. (Yes, I have seen the big franchise, so I know what I am talking about.)

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Why she matters: Though the Harry Potter universe does not lack in the case of diversity, presenting Luna into the world within its array of characters added a level of spark. Luna is a special edition in the franchise. She gives the fun in magic. She understands the weirdness in it all, proving that not all Ravenclaws are to be put in this one gigantic stereotypical loop. She is a great witch, who proves she knows something and that people should just know how to listen. It actually has a nice ring to it, but in a cool way. Be loony like Luna, because everything gets better that way.

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Why the spell matters: 

It comes from the Latin word lumen which means “light”, and is one of the essential spells that a witch or a wizard must learn. You may not know it, but this spell appears often than we notice. Harry uses it in his time of need, especially in The Prisoner of Azkaban. This spell is quite powerful since it even overpowers Dementors. Without this light spell, how would wizards and witches even cope with the darkness? It may be a simple spell, but it is an essential for everyone.

See without these L’s in the Harry Potter universe, it would not be complete. We would have lost the true thrill of a magical coming-of-age story without a brilliant villain. We would not have known the true meaning of being you if not for a certain witch. And we might not have known what light shines upon us without a simple spell.

What other important L’s did I miss? Let’s chat below.

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

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