Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

I picked up The Lightning Thief on Playaway at the library because I liked the cover and the really really short blurb on the back sounded fun.

It totally sucked me in. It was greatly helped by the fact that I loved the narrator, but it was just fun. It didn't expect to be taken seriously. All the characters, especially the minor ones, are realistic and worth caring about. I just loved it.

I was totally shocked to see a preview for a Percy Jackson & the Olympians MOVIE when we went to see HP. Turns out there's like a whole series and it's been out for a while and they've been best sellers? I pretty much live in a cave.

So then I got The Sea of Monsters. It's another short, fun story with wonderful characters you just want to be BFF with. I've already put books 3 and 4 on my library queue and I'm really looking forward to hanging out with the characters a little while longer.

They're not The Great American Novel but Rick Riordan knows that. These books are often laugh-out-loud funny and I love the blending of Greek mythology with modern day situations. Great reading for a Summer afternoon.

Summaries on Goodreads here and here

Monday, July 27, 2009


2009 has been the Year of Trying to Read More Than Janssen. Who is a librarian. With no children. So I've been reading a lot. A LOT. To the point of absurdity.

I think a lot of readers on my regular blog wouldn't care much for regular book reviews and discussion, so I'm doing them here. Welcome! Comments, discussion and recommendations are all appreciated.