Ranking The Worst to the Very Best :: Marvel Movies

This year will be the year of Captain America: Civil War. I don't think my heart is ready. But in honor of what looks like will be the best Marvel movie, I'm going to rank the ones that have already released. Since Marvel doesn't own rights to all superheroes in their canon (X-Men, Spider-Man), this will be focused on primarily Marvel movies set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Like Avengers, Thor, etc.

Note: there will be typos. My editing brain has shut down. Not all gifs will correspond with their movies because I'm wayyyyy too lazy for that. I'm not the creator of any of the gifs. If I've posted one that's yours and you'd like it to be removed just leave a comment.

Ranking the Worst to the Very Best . . .

Marvel Movies

If you don't know what Marvel is...I'm not sure I can make this into a "short" backstory. But to give a context to how I will be ranking these: it will be extremely biased to my own tastes. I love superheroes. I love superhero movies. I do read comics -- but mostly X-Men. However, the biggest factor in the ranking will probably come down to plot. There will be spoilers if you have not seen the films.

Ranking the Worst to the Very Best :: Seasons of Gilmore Girls

In honor of Gilmore Girls returning, I thought this ranking would be very apt. Just so you know, I am extremely biased. I ship Rory and Jess. Always have. Always will. So the ranking will reflect my otp.

Note: there will be typos. My editing brain has shut down. Also, the gifs won't coordinate with the season because that's waaaay too much work. Becca is a queen. She coordinated them for The Vampire Diaries ranking. *bows down*

Ranking the Worst to the Very Best . . .

Seasons of Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls was a show that ran from 2000-2007 and it followed a mom, Lorelai Gimore, and her daughter, Rory Gilmore, in Stars Hollow. The small town setting, the rapid-fire dialogue, and the genuine love between the mother-daughter relationship all make this a stellar show. Add in broody Luke (who we all shipped with Lorelai) and Rory with her numerous romances, and it was a show that you had to watch. If you haven't yet: Binge it. It's worth it.

On My TBR: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

On My TBR: Science Fiction

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Release Date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher:  HMH Books for Young Readers
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When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.      Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.

Reasons to Read

  • TIME TRAVELLLL! Since I'm now on a Legends of Tomorrow kick (aka the show on the CW with time travel), I'm all for a time travel book. 
  • "Outlander for teens" umm...yes, please. I love romance. I love Scotland. Sign me up. 
  • Twelfth century Scotland is actually a time period that I know little about, so it's definitely even more enticing to delve into a new historical setting for me. 
  • That tagline kicks ass.

On My TBR: Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

On My TBR: Historical

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

Release Date: April 19th, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
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Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.

Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.

Reasons to Read

  • I've had great success with Swoon Reads books, so I imagine Love, Lies and Spies will be an utter delight to read.
  • Romance! Admittedly, historical fiction is something I don't read often, but when I do, I gravitate towards ones with romance.
  • "They agree to pretend to fall for each other" -- hello! Pretend relationships are some of my favorite starts to romances, so I am game.
  • Juliana sounds like a female lead that I could easily connect to. She's more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage. I mean...I love her already.

5 Reasons You Should Read: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

5 Reasons Why You Should Read

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
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When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

Reasons to Read

5. KASIE WEST! If you've never read a book by Kasie West, I deeply urge you to pick up one of her books. So far, I've read all but the sequel to Pivot Point (not because I didn't love it, but because I suck at reading final books in series). And I have fallen head over heels for every single book I've read of hers. Honestly, they are that good. My favorites so far (if I absolutely had to choose) are On the Fence and Fill-In Boyfriend

4. THE WRITING CONTINUED... Okay, I know technically that this point goes along with #5, but West's writing deserves two sections. Her writing is like pure candy, it's so sweet and good and you'll be smiling from ear to ear while reading. Plus, the humor is gold.

3. THE SIBLING RELATIONSHIP. I don't want to give too much away, but there's a brother-sister relationship that I absolutely adored in this book. I love family dynamics and this was a new one that totally had me at the start. 

2. THE GIRL FRIENDSHIPS. There are some rocky friendships and then a friendship that blooms in this book. Both are juxtaposed very nicely, but it's the one that grows that had my heart. I loved it so much and it was just a sweet touch to this overall amazing story.

1. THE ROMANCE. I loved Gia. She felt less like a character and more like a real person to me. She starts off very self-centered, but you can tell right away she'll be going through some personal growth. That she does. And it made me fall more in love with her. Add in the "fill-in boyfriend" and you've got one hell of a sweet romance. I love pretend relationships. This one had a really cute spin, and by the end, I was shipping them hard. 

Ranking the Worst to the Very Best :: Seasons of The Vampire Diaries

Becca here! I haven't been on the blog in a long, long while, but Krista and I often talk about our fav television shows and recount the oh-so-amazing seasons to the not-so-good ones that we wish we could forget. And a lot of our favorite television shows were first books! Beware: this ranking is super subjective, based mostly on season arcs for plot & characters. So without further wait, here's my ranking of The Vampire Diaries: Season 1 - 7

*disclaimer: there will be typos in this post. I've shut down my editing brain for now*

Ranking the Worst to the Very Best . . .

Seasons of The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries is about Elena Gilbert -- a human girl who keeps a diary of her life (ha, sort of) -- and her encounter with the freaky supernatural in a town called Mystic Falls. The freaky supernatural just so happens to be two very hot vampires. Oh and they're brothers! And there may be a very strange connection between them via dopplegangers. It gets weird. It gets hot. And it's highly addicting. Not all seasons pan out, but the ones that do are A+++ television.

On My TBR: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Hello! I'm back...again, kind of. Last year was the death of blogging for me. Literally 2 posts in 2015. Ouch. This year, I'm going to try harder because truthfully I love chatting on this blog. And there are times that I miss it dearly.

Last year, I slowed down with reading, so for 2016, I have LOTS to catch up on. Which brings me to my reoccuring posts: On My TBR. There are so many YA and NA books that I'm dying to read. So many that are high, high, high up on my TBR. These posts will not only be a catalog of sorts for my own TBR, but maybe will help spread the word on some new and older releases. 

Also, these posts will feature only one book instead of lists. I like the idea of giving all the attention to a single book :)

p.s. there will probably be a slew of typos. My editing brain usually shuts off when I blog.

On My TBR: Fantasy / Retelling

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Release Date: February 23rd, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
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She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world... 

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury. 

Reasons to Read

  • Jessica Khoury's previous books have mostly been pure YA science fiction novels. And while I love me some science fiction, I'm ridiculously excited to see her work her magic on a fantasy.
  • It's a retelling of Aladdin. ALADDIN!!!!!!!!
  • Ancient shape-shifting magic. I love shape-shifting books, so not only is this a retelling, but it has one of my favorite magical elements in it.
  • That cover. It's gorgeous. It wants to be on my shelf.
  • People on Goodreads are going crazy for it. Seriously, GR friends, keep on giving this book 5 stars because you're just making me want it even more.