My Controversial Marvel Opinions!

Ello, everyone! If you haven’t noticed Rivka and I both like Marvel… a lot. I have quite a few opinions that go against the fangirls, and I’d thought I’d share them today! Don’t get too mad at me please ;)

(Spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron)

I didn’t like Bucky in Winter Soldier.


There I said it. I loved him in The First Avenger! He was great! But then Winter Soldier rolled around, and all the fangirls went crazy… and I didn’t get it. It just wasn’t the Bucky I fell in love with. (Don’t shoot me!)

6d7455dbf15385dc7ca2a3ddf1b4504b.jpg I do love him again after watching Civil War!


I don’t want Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver) to come back from the dead.

(Allie, don’t kill me!)


Hear me out. I LOVED him in the movies! Wanda and him were so cute together! But I am sick and tired of movies cough Marvel cough killing characters and bringing them back. It’s been so overused! They’ve brought back great characters (CAPTAIN AMERICA) but I’m ready for them to stop. Starting with Pietro.



I don’t like Black Widow.


Ever since I first saw her in The Avengers, she grated on my nerves. I don’t know if it’s her attitude or what, but I’ve never like Natasha Romanoff. She has gotten better as the movies have gone on, but she drove me nuts in Civil War! I’ve always hated the whole double agent thing…


Though I wouldn’t mind seeing a Black Widow movie because I’m curious about her backstory!

And last…

But not least…

the one all the fangirls will hate me for…



I don’t like Loki.


Let me repeat. I. Don’t. Like. Loki. There is nothing to save him! People are always saying “Poor Loki.” And “If he’d had a better childhood…” No! He had a great childhood! Everyone loved him. And everything that happens to him is his own fault! He made the decision to go and betray his family. rant over He does make a really good villain though!



What are your guys opinion? Do you agree? Disagree? Do you have any controversial opinions on Marvel? Hope you enjoyed this post!


5 Amazing Books I Would Not Have Read Without Goodreads

Since Goodreads, and particuarly my friends on Goodreads, help me find many of the books I read, I thought it would be fun to make a short list of books I would not have read if I hadn’t been on Goodreads.  This was harder than initially I thought.  I’ve been on Goodreads three years now, so it is hard to really know what I would be reading today without it.


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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
by Susan Cain

Quiet is the very first book I would not have read without Goodreads, and I was not even on Goodreads at the time!  I don’t follow best sellers lists (and likely never will), so I would not have found it that way.  My sister was on Goodreads at the time and said this book about introverts had been nominated as a Goodreads Choice Award.  After seeing what it was about, we reserved it at the library.   This book is now among my favorite non-fiction books.



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by Katherine Reay

I found this book because one of the groups I had joined on Goodreads read this as their book of the month. I had been wanting to join in the book of the month reads, this book looked interesting, and almost everyone in the group was loving it.  It’s a contemparary retelling of Daddy Long Legs, which I had not previously read.  I ended up liking this better then the original.  Oops!



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by Marissa Meyer

Okay, so I had previously seen this book on the book blogs I followed at the time.  While most of them liked it, I was not convinced.  You see, I didn’t like the cover.  I’m still not a huge fan of the cover, but books are more than their covers.  Practically all my Goodreads friends were reading this book and loving it.  It’s a lot harder for me to ignore that many good recommendations of this book.  So I read it.  While I didn’t love this as much as most people seem to, it was still a good retelling.
Now I just need to read the rest of the series.



by L.Y. Levand

When I’m really busy and don’t have much time to read, I like reading really short books or novellas.  This way I still feel like I am reading, but it is not taking me a month to finish a book.  I asked my Goodreads friends for recommendations, and came to find out that one of my friend wrote this novelette!  It was perfect for my busy schedule, and I very much enjoyed it.



A Time to DieA Time to Die
by Nadine Brandes

There are many debut novels I probably would not have found without Goodreads.  This is one of them.  It came highly recommended from Goodreads friends, included Sierra.  So I read it.  But I was not impressed.  I had no intention of continuing the series, but some people can be very persuasive, particularly Sierra and Nadine Brandes (yes, the author contacted me, thanking me for an honest review, and I basically died).  I am very glad I gave the sequel, A Time to Speak, a chance.  I really liked it and am eagerly awaiting the final book in the series!



Have you read any of these books?  
Where do you find your book recommendations?
 Are there any books you found because of Goodreads?

Review: Salt to the Sea – figurative tears of disappointment

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Title:  Salt to the Sea

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Genre: Historical Fiction

Series? Standalone

POV: First person, past tense. Multiple narrators.

Cliffhanger?  No

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

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About the Book (from author’s website)
In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

A tribute to the people of Lithuania, Poland, and East Prussia, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.


My Thoughts
I love Ruta Sepetys.  I loved Between Shades of Gray, and still recommend it to every person alive.  I was trilled that Ruta Sepetys was writing a new book.  I was thrilled that it was another World War II book.  It became my most anticipated book of 2016.

Maybe this book deserves more than 3 stars.  Perhaps my high expectations and overwhelming disappointment has jaded my rating.  But it was hopelessly disappointing.  I just.  Ugh.

I don’t understand why this book was written with multiple perpectives.  At all.  “But Rivka,” you say, “She was trying to connect you with more characters!”  While that might have been well intentioned, it didn’t work.  She tried to make you see things from each character’s point of view, so much so, that she refused to tell you things that were going on with another character, even though you are reading through their eyes!!

Example: Joana does not know things about Florian, therefore, the reader must not know said things about Florian.  So even though you get to see the story through Florian’s eyes, you don’t really know what is going on with him.  Also, because you  see from Florian’s perspective, and he does not know things about Joana, the reader also must not know said things about Joana.

Can you see my frustration?  You never really get to know the characters because then there would not be big reveals later in the story!

Character connection should NEVER be sacrificed for big reveals later in the story.

I LIKE dramatic irony.  When done well, it makes a story so much better.  It should have been used here.

I absolutely hated Alfred’s point of view, for entirely different reasons.  I don’t even know where to begin with him.  He was annoying and lazy and useless.  I just hated him.  It did not take too long for me to figure out that his chapters barely influenced the story.  So I started skimming them.  Then skipping them all together.  I don’t understand why he was included.

The ending of the book was confusing.  I had to read it twice to really understand what happened with the characters.  Even so, it is not the clearest.


On a more positive note, this is a good book.  Just not a great book.

After about I read about 60 pages, I put it aside.  When I picked it back up again, my expectations were greatly lowered, and I liked it better.

This is written in the same beautiful, lyrical style that I came to love in Between Shades of Gray.  Even though I did not care for the techniques employed, I still recognize that the writing is beautiful.

The chapters are short.  Very short.  I LOVE short chapters.  In this case, it helped me read the book quicker because I would read just one more chapter.

As with all of Ruta Sepetys’ books, this is a part of history not really talked about.  I think I had only heard about the Wilhelm Gustloff once before, and that was only because my cousin is really into World War II.  That is a great thing about this book; I was more interested in learning about the Wilhelm Gustloff and baffled at how much hidden history there is.


Mid Year Freak Out Tag!

I did this tag last year in August, and decided to do it again this year! It’s a fun tag to look back on the books I’ve read this year.

Best Book Read in 2016?

Just like last year I can’t choose a favorite!

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2016?

Both amazing sequels!

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?


Most Anticipated Release(s) For Second Half of 2015?

Biggest Disappointment?


Biggest Surprise?


Favorite New Author?

Gillian Bronte Adams!


Newest Fictional Crush?

Probably The Raven Boys from The Raven Cycle. I can just group them together, right?

Newest Favorite Character?

Too many to name!

Book That Made You Cry?

Bawled in all three of these!

Book That Made You Happy?


Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?


What Books Do You “need” to Read By the End of the Year?

  1. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  2. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
  3. The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater
  4. Ready Player One by Ernest Clyne
  5. Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan


There we have it! I tag Allie from Confessions of A Teenage Bookworm, Emily from For The Bookish and Rivka Ray, the other half of 26CountlessPossibilites!




May Wrap-Up!

Wow… I can’t believe it’s June already! We’re already halfway through the year! I’m here today with the book I read in May. I had a great reading month!

Favorite Read

Can’t pick a favorite!

Least Favorite


Most Disappointing


I was really hoping to love this one! But it dragged out for me and I ended up giving it a three star rating.

There’s my May wrap-up! How many books did YOU read in May?