Book One

My goal for several years has been to read 50 books in one calendar year – 52 weeks – but I have always fallen off the rails around 25 books. This year, I’m twice as determined. I will be posting short reviews of each book with my thoughts and any recommendations I received for the book as well as a link to purchase the book from Amazon, (though I recommend checking your local library first). If you have questions, leave a comment! If you want to follow my journey, find me on Goodreads.

My friend Megan has been in Bolivia for quite some time as a teacher and missionary. She came home over Christmas and stayed with me for a couple of days to get her donut, Sonic, and fro-yo fix. She recommended several books, the first being Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riodan.

“If you like Harry Potter, you’ll like this,” she said, telling me stories of sharing this book with her middle school classes.

I jumped in on January 2 and finished on January 6th. It was a fairly quick read, action-packed and intriguing. The series is based around mythical Greek gods, goddesses, and demigods, hearkening back to my freshman year of high school in Mrs. Heath’s honors literature class where we studied Latin and made huge scrapbooks full of modern day references to these Olympians.

I was most intrigued by how appealing this book (and probably the rest in the series) would appeal to middle school guys. I remember reading a ton of books while in middle school that lacked the spunk and intrigue that would interest males. Maybe I’m being sexist? Forgive me if so. After all, we read Silas Marner in middle school and NO ONE really found that interesting. When I think of YA fiction and that era of life, I think of Twilight and Harry Potter. HP is great and appeals to everyone, but others like Twilight are so geared toward female readers. I loved the way Riodan made Greek mythology appeal to the masses through this novel and I can’t wait to read the rest. This is a great novel for anyone who enjoys to read, especially our YA crowd. Teachers, this one should be in your classroom.

*I have not watched the movie yet.


Goodreads rating: 4.23/5

My rating: 4/5

Days Read: January 2-6

Recommend: Yes