Book Blog Ideas:

So I was thinking, what should I post today when the idea came to me: let’s do ideas for posts.

Obviously one of them will be book blog ideas. Give ideas for posting. Basically just do what this post is doing. If your mind comes to a blank then just look up ideas on Google.

Do book reviews. They could be small or big. It’s really all about preference. If I really like the book I won’t do as long of a review as books that I don’t like because I have more to talk about and I have reasons for disliking it.

Recommendations are something I am going to be doing soon but I have to compile a lot of books before doing so. Y’all should tell me what kinds of rec topics you want. There is a very specific one I am already planning but I only have a few books to recommend.

I love book tags so much. The thing is I don’t want to overdo it so… Either way they are really fun to do and I don’t know about you but I also love reading them just as much as writing them.

Reviewing someone is so really cool. It makes you feel so professional in a weird way. All I do is just DM someone and if they respond, great, if they don’t, DM someone else.

A TBR can help you post and read. It doesn’t matter if it’s a TBR that you want to finish by the end of your life or a monthly TBR. Putting a summary with the book also helps give recommendations in a way because the blogger and the reader both haven’t read the book so it could be like a book club. If that makes any sense.

Skim over someone’s blog post to get ideas. I do this with booktubers and bloggers and it helps me come up with ideas or I come up with my own version of the post.

Blogger’s Note:

So way back when I was younger I played Minecraft. Then as I grew I thought it was dumb. But I played half an hour last night and then stopped and then I played again for like three hours after that. Oh well. I can listen to audiobooks while playing.

Giveaway is ending this Thursday so there’s about five days left to enter.

Love you all ♡

Top Five Friday- Top Five Holidays

  1. Easter. I am Christian and this one just kind of hits home in an amazing way.
  2. Christmas. I feel like everyone always says Christmas because of the gifts and/or the time of year but I love it because of the Christian thing and because in Arizona it’s like a low of 60 F degrees so I get to wear sweatshirts. I mean I wear sweatshirts in the summer but whatever.
  3. Halloween. It’s just so fun with friends and it’s fall so it’s even better because the heat is gone!
  4. Thanksgiving. My family has a lot of traditions and my school does a lot of cool things. Also we get to be thankful which is something we should be doing everyday so this is a nice reminder.
  5. Mother’s Day. Don’t get me wrong I love my dad so much but Mother’s Day is on my birthday so we get to spend the day together.

Blogger’s Note:

Hi. Hey there. Howdy. There are six days left until Halloween which means six days left until the giveaway ends. Enter it on my Instagram which is located on my Social Media tab.

I am watching the Misery Index which is featuring the Impractical Jokers and I love the Impractical Jokers so much. Y’all should watch them on Tru TV.

Ok. I’m gonna finish watching my show.

Love you all ♡

Book 43: Snow White: A Graphic Novel

By: Matt Phelan

☆☆☆☆

Plot (Goodreads Summary):

Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan. The scene: New York City, 1928. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words “Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL.” In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil. 

Review:

I love retelling of books. Obviously Cinderella is the most popular one to retell so when there’s something different I want to grab it immediately. I love graphic novels so this was a win win.

My favorite part of this entire book was the fact that it factored in the Great Depression. It effected every person in the book and that is what really sold me.

This isn’t a long review because it was just a nice pleasant read.

Blogger’s Note:

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway being placed on my Instagram (@books.for_thoughts). The rules are in the photo description.

Damn this is a small post.

Love you all ♡

One Year! (and eight days) Giveaway!

I was so excited for my one year anniversary of my bookish life but when the day comes around, I completely forget. Coincidentally enough, I am eight days late which is funny because October 8th is the one year date. And oct means eight so we have three eights in this equation.

In all seriousness, I love you guys so much and I really want to thank you guys for coming on this journey with me. How the hell can something so sentimental be sound so freaking cheesy? When I say I love you all at the end of my post I mean it. You guys are amazing for actually reading this crap I call content.

Onto the giveaway because I know a lot of you are only here for that. Mind you, the giveaway does not start running until the 20th (this Sunday) at no designated time. I will be giving away a book of your choosing. Anyone can participate as long as you have Instagram and if you don’t I am so sorry but this is an Instagram based giveaway. The winner will be announced on my blog and Instagram on the Halloween (October 31st) at no designated time.

The rules are simple:

  1. Follow my blog and my Instagram (@books.for_thoughts)
  2. Comment on the Instagram post what book you want (that is under $15) and tag someone you think would like my blog/Instagram.
  3. On Instagram, add my post to your story.

That’s it. I hate when giveaways have rules like this but I honestly understand it now. Next year it will be different but funner and for certain holidays I am thinking of doing giveaways for the fun of it.

I am so excited for this and there are not many people following my Instagram so there is a pretty good chance that you will get a book of your choosing.

The giveaway starts October 20. It ends October 31.

You guys have no idea how happy I am.

Love you all ♡

Book 42: Follow Me Back

YA

By: A.V. Geiger

Book #1 out of two.

☆☆☆☆

Plot (Goodreads Summary):

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her… Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies. When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn… Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts.

Review:

A.V. Geiger is an amazing writer. She knows how to do character growth properly. I hated Eric so much when I first read about him but through out the book he becomes a good guy that I love.

I hate reading physical copies of anything but I love listening to audiobooks. Multitasking is probably what I do best in life and I can only do that when listening to audiobooks. But let me tell you folks, I was so freaking enthralled with this book and it was a physical copy that I could not put down.

I am not a fan of the ending cliffhanger but the rest makes me so happy. Especially when Tessa is meeting Eric for the first time because she thought he was lying which is realistic. Back to the ending thing, I didn’t like that there was a cliffhanger because I loved the book as it was and I didn’t want to have to read another one. I think I know what happens in the second book though.

Spoilers!

I think the final Eric Thorn tweet is about MET. Everything connects to her. He said that all of his fans were leaches but when Eric was talking to Tessa he said that she wasn’t what he thought so she’s not a leach. But that doesn’t mean that MET isn’t a leach. And MET literally had nothing to do with the plot but if she were to be someone important in the second book than she would be mentioned in the first. Most authors don’t use this tactic but A.V. Geiger definitely would. I think. I don’t know for certain but it would look like something she would do since you know, she’s an amazing writer.

Blogger’s Note:

Hi. Okay so I will be adding a star rating chart to the home page so that if you don’t know how I feel about a book then you can just go there. Because different people have different ways of rating and I have a very specific way.

I’m already failing at school and it’s only day 2. My teacher puts questions on the test and on his handouts that aren’t even in the textbooks. Like how am I supposed to know what to do. I am acing all of the textbook homework but once he creates the test and adds his own questions to it that are mildly confusing, I fail.

A lot of holidays are coming up soon so beware of special posts.

Love you all ♡

Things that must be in a book-

This is an opinion post! This stuff is what I look for when I am reading.

I need humor. If a book isn’t funny I will most likely not continue it. An amazing example of this is “Beautiful Disaster”. It has humor in all the best moments and that’s one of the main reasons it’s my favorite.

A smart female character. I have read books where the female protagonist is just a plain idiot. There is one specific book where she is trying to be portrayed as humble but skilled; in other words, the gifted child. I stopped reading that book. If I tried to finish it, I would probably have five brain cells right now. I also feel as though some authors try so hard to remove themselves from the old women stereotype that they overdo it. A good example of a smart female would be “The Series of Unfortunate Events”.

A good connection. I read romance and with that comes a relationship (obviously). But the thing is, some books try putting two people that they created in their mind together and it just doesn’t work. In my opinion, you have to create the people together so that they work together. I believe in zodiac signs, for the most part, so I use that to build my characters. A perfect example of a good connection is “Beautiful Disaster”. This book just knows!

An original plot. I hate when books do a plot that is so obvious. The plot that goes boy meets girl, boy and girl have a relationship, boy and girl break up, boy and girl get back together. If I don’t notice it then we’re all dandy. I hate off and on relationships so when it works out without them breaking up, that’s book goals. My favorite example of this is “The Chase” because she tries to break up with him but he’s like nope so they don’t and they just have to talk it out.

Communication is key in a relationship. I think we already established that I am a romance reader so when a couple just splits without talking it out I’m like, you have got to be freaking kidding me. In my perspective, communicating is the most essential aspect of a relationship. Example here -> “Until Friday Night”. She literally talks for him when she doesn’t like talking!

Blogger’s Note:

I gave five because that’s all I think is needed in a book. I pointed out that I want a smart female character because the old stereotype that women aren’t as good as men. Now I disagree with some femenistic aspects, but for the most part, I’m a feminist. This is my opinion so if you would like to discuss this with me you can go ahead and slide into my DMs.

I’m watching the live action version of The Lion King right now and it is fantastic. The original version is my favorite Disney movie so I had high expectations for the live action and it exceeded them all!

Hi. Hello. I’m thinking of making another blog dedicated to just my thoughts. Like random things that are in my life. It would basically be a regular blog about my life. But nothing is final.

Love you all ♡

Top Five Friday- Top Five Artists

  1. Halsey! I have been listening to her for a hot minute and some people have told I sound a little bit like her which has to be the biggest compliment I can get – singing wise. And her music is freaking amazing.
  2. Tate McRae! I love her so much and I stopped writing this for two minutes because she came out with a new song; and I am not surprised that it was pretty freaking fantastic.
  3. Bishop Briggs! I love all of their music and they are just so catchy. Dead Man’s Arm is like every person thinking of an ex.
  4. Sia! She always has something to listen to. If I’m feeling empowered then I listen to Bird Set Free. She has a song for every emotion.
  5. Lauren Daigle! She is a Christian artist and I’m Christian so I already connect to her music there. I love all of her music and it always has a punch to it.

Blogger’s Note:

I was just gonna work on drafts of blog posts today but then I realized it’s Friday. I have become another kind of lazy to not know the day.

You guys should tell me your top musicians because I need some more music to listen to.

I have nothing to put in this blogger’s note. There is nothing to note.

Love you all ♡

Book 41: The Score

NA or A.

By: Elle Kennedy

☆☆☆☆

Plot (Goodreads Summary):

He knows how to score, on and off the ice. Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands. It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over. Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

Review:

I did not see this couple happening. I thought that Allie would stay with Sean and that was that. But nope.

This was not my favorite book but I still love the characters and the contents. Dean is my least favorite of all the boys because he is seriously disgusting. My least favorite part of him is that he did drugs. He got what he deserved for doing it but still. My favorite is that he cares so much for people. His world got messed up after the death and he kind of stopped caring but he stopped caring because he cared too much. I need to find a synonym for caring.

As for Allie, she is strong as hell and she could not care less about certain things. She’s definitely one of my favorite female protagonist.

I love that Allie’s dad immediately didn’t trust Dean. And he didn’t until near the middle-end of the book. I feel like in every book the parents love the main character but in this one it was the opposite.

Allie’s mom died early in her life and that helped two relationships grow. Her mom spoke French so Allie started watching a French soap opera. Dean started watching it with her and I felt that watching something together and being able to talk about it together really helps relationships. For instance, in “The Deal” Hannah and Garrett start watching Breaking Bad and that helps so many situations in that book. The perfume that Allie got from her mom helped her dad and Dean talk about something they admire: Allie. And then that conversation got to the mom and then they started talking about the soap opera which lead to Allie again.

Her mom is EDITH. I’m sorry. I just saw Spider man: Far From Home and even dead she’s the hero. It’s funnier if you’ve the movie. Or it’s not and I’m just an idiot. Probably the latter.

Blogger’s Note:

I stopped in mid-blogging to write a song because I came up with a verse for a song. Is this what song writers do – just stop what they’re doing to write a song because they got an idea. I mean I finished the song and the review so everything’s good.

So this is one of my first reviews in a while and I was just thinking back on my first reviews and they are absolute trash. I dare all of you to go read my first review and comment how bad it is.

I have a new format for everything on my posts now so this is what it will be looking like now. Hope you like it because I do and if you don’t, then deal with it. Or comment what you would like. That’s an option too. If you don’t know what the letters under the book cover are it’s the genre. It’s basically saying if it’s young adult, new adult, adult, etc.

This is long as hell so I will end with the links to the mentioned blog posts.

The Deal review: https://booksforthoughts.blog/2019/08/21/book-38-the-deal/

If the Summer Lasted Forever review (first review): https://booksforthoughts.blog/2018/12/26/book-1/

Love you all ♡

Author Interview #1

IT’S GINGER FREAKING SCOTT! Can we take a moment to appreciate that I love her and her writing and now I’m interviewing her? Can we all freak out together?

I’m doing an interview of an author. I don’t know if the title wasn’t specific enough for you so I added this. This interview was a long process and I wanted my first blog post back to be special so that’s why I waited a bit. It was supposed to be up last week but we had to press pause on the process and I was camping Wednesday and Friday so I didn’t really want to post then. Also it was impossible since there was no WiFi.

Me: 1. What inspired you to start writing?

GS: It was a Judy Blume book when I was a pre-teen. I read the book Forever, and I was blown away that there were books out there about young girls like me that were real and emotional and that tackled the hard things about growing up. I wanted to make more of them.

Me: 2. When did you start writing?

GS: I started really working on stories in college, but it took me years to find the confidence to finish one.

Me: 3. Where do you get your ideas from?

GS: From a lot of places really. I draw from my own life and lives of my friends, from observations and from current events and issues. I study people constantly, and usually a small thread of an idea will pop into my head and then I will draw from all of those things to build it into a story.

Me: What is your writing process?

GS: I’m fairly consistent. I usually spend a few weeks really thinking about the idea and the characters. I don’t outline much, but I know my beginning and my end. Sometimes it changes when I get into the flow too. I try to write for a certain amount a time daily but I never force it. Only when someone is waiting on me, like an editor. I try not to put myself under deadline pressure so I have the room to really dig deep on the plot, and hopefully take it somewhere unexpected.

Me: 5. What is your favorite book that you wrote?

GS: The Hard Count. That book was personal, and the message behind it is one I’m passionate about – we are all what we make ourselves to be, and we aren’t our stereotypes.

Me: 6. What is your favorite book of all time?

GS: Ohhhh that’s a hard one. I can never pick one, nut for the sake of being brief, I will say The Outsiders.

Me: 7. Who is your favorite author?

GS: I have many, but one I particularly admire is Curtis Sittenfeld, the author of Prep.

Me: 8. If you had to have dinner with any three authors who would they be?

GS: I would sit down with Erin Morgenstern, who wrote the Night Circus, because I think people who write fantasy like hers are immensely talented. Then I would sit down with the late William Goldman because he was the king of characters and plots. The Princess Bride remains! And then I’d need a real King, because nobody recreates childhood like Stephen.

Me: 9. Who is your favorite author of all time?

GS: Judy Blume.

Me: 10. Have you ever gotten gotten writer’s block?

GS: Yes, I have gotten a bit of writer’s block before. It usually doesn’t last long for me, but when it happens I try to set whatever I’m working on aside and work on some other things like marketing for a book or graphic design or reading. I just kind of keep picking up the project until I feel the spark again.

Me: 11. Do you like to be original or stick with what is trendy/what people want?

GS: I have to write what I feel like writing otherwise my heart just isn’t it. It’s nice when what I’m feeling is something that readers are really into at the moment, but I feel like as long as I produce something I’m proud of then the book will find its space.

Me: 12. What advice would you give to young authors?

GS: DO not let the fear of failure stop you from trying. I spent years being afraid of what people might think of my work to share it, and now I know there’s always someone who will want your words.

Me: That’s all the questions I have. Thank you so much for taking time out of your life and doing this. Thank you again.

And we finished after a very, very long process.

Blogger’s Note: I’m tired so I will interact with you guys on Wednesday and tell you about my insane life then.

Love you all ♡