A Year In Books

Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief

So, I delved into another YA fantasy series last week. Why? Because I needed something to help fill the Harry Potter sized hole in my heart and I already read The Hunger Games. I have a dear friend who is a YA author and she recommended the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. She has never failed me. 🙂

I’ve read the first 3 of the 5 books  in the last week and I’m well hooked on the series. I guess it should come as no surprise because I absolutely love Greek mythology and these books are based on it. I actually saw the movie based on the first book Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief, and really enjoyed it (and had inappropriate Mrs. Robinson-esque feelings toward the 19 year old actor who plays Percy Jackson). Reading the book was a whole new experience though, it was so different from the movie! The first book is an excellent introduction to the characters and story and once I finished it, I absolutely had to start the second book immediately. In fact, I felt the same way when I finished the second book, The Sea of Monsters, and the third book, The Titan’s Curse. Happily for me, there are still two more books for me to read.

The mythology in the books is accurate- of course, a few liberaties are taken with the personality of the gods but that’s as it has to be and I thought Riordan made all the right choices. I also love the demi-god and other mortal characters in these books. The are so perfectly human and handle these extraordinary circumstances in very real and understandable ways. Besides all that, the story is very thrilling. I love reading books that you can’t wait to finish reading but don’t want them to end at the same time- the Percy Jackson books are like that.

Also, and this is just the nerd in me, I would like to say how completely awesome I think it is that there are YA books that kids could actually learn more from than how to get a vampire to love you. You can’t help but learn Greek mythology when reading these books so, the kids are getting a thrilling story but also getting a little education stuffed in their skulls. I dig it.

Next week, I’ll have finished the series, and I’ll let you know how happy I am with the conclusion. What are you guys reading this week?

26 thoughts on “A Year In Books

  1. ninjafromspace says:

    The PJO series is one of the most magical, inviting book series for YA to date. Another good series I would recommend is The Tapestry Quartet by Henry H. Neff or The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. It’s a good thing YA books exist, huh? Whaat would we do without the semi-innocent, life lesson-filled books? I know I would melt into a puddle. And die. All day. Can you tell I really love books?

  2. If you’re into YA fantasy, I would recommend the Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix, the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini, the Fallout Alley Youth Zone series by Michael Grant,0 and the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness (although I can never decide exactly what category the latter falls into, it’s AWESOME). Yeah. Ok. I like your blog. Bye =)

  3. I should have known the movie was based on a book! Babe is without the internet for a while, I stole some random DVDs from a cousin. That one was selected at random on Saturday night. It’s not generally my type of thing… YA, fantasy-ish. I was like, “Ohhh, nooo, please, let me pick again.” Needless to say, we watched it, and I actually liked it (aside from the half-animal people). I didn’t fall asleep until about 15 minutes to the end. 🙂

  4. wiedsco says:

    You gotta finish them, it’s awesome! I’ve read them all, and instantly fell in love with greek mythology. But the movie was sucks though. Or maybe i just visioned it to be waay cooler in my head.

    1. I liked the movie, but I hadn’t read the books when I saw it so maybe I would have felt differently if I read them first. I’m now on the last book and I can’t wait to finish it!!

  5. extralizard13 says:

    I really enjoyed Riordan’s writings. A friend of mine apparently had him as a teacher in elementary school (which is the reason why I picked up this series to begin with). I’ve got to say, the first book was a little rough for me, but intrigued me enough to keep going. The series did not disappoint.

    I’d suggest moving on to the Kane Chronicles, which is his ongoing series on Egyptian mythology. I happened to take a course on Egyptian history while reading the first and second book and I would get so excited about the little ittle details and research he put into the book that I would be unable to sit down and keep reading. (I’m a VERY excitable person, apparently.) It’s such a dorky thing, his books, yet entirely amazing.

  6. toomanyconverse says:

    There are a couple of series’ going on right now that I like. One of them is “I Am Number Four”. Don’t judge it by the movie, the book was way better I thought and the second one is coming out soon. The other is “The Maze Runner”. A second book is already out and the third should be coming out soon 🙂

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  8. although i have not read the percy jackson series, i did see that movie. it left me rather unimpressed, although like you, i had mr. robinson feelings for the pretty young lad….. perhaps i’ll take a look at the books.

    in the meantime, i’ve been obsessed with the latest wardrobe malfunction on good morning america, last friday and have devoted a piece to “WTF” is going on with celebrity women and their breasts. take a look. i think you, of all people, girl, will like it.


  9. Oh man, I’ve got to get my paws on this series before my Harry Potter heart hole gets any bigger. (I recognize that that sentence doesn’t sound right.)

    P.S. – That kid’s 19? Sweet. …C’mon. That’s old enough.

  10. Looks fun 🙂 I have a few books I trying to get through at the moment, but there always seems to be so much else I have to spend time doing… 😦

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