Well that could have went better. A combination of ALL THE FEELS from the two series ending books I did read (The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer & The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan), sickness, and sports overload made it so I didn’t even read my usual book/day. This was probably the worst I’ve done in a readathon, especially one of this length, but oh well, nothing to be done now. School starts back up this week so I guess I’ll have to work around that too.
How did you do with your goals? Did you participate in any challenges? What was your favorite read for Ides of March? Let me know and thanks for reading! ^.^
Finishing Series is HARD
Recently I noticed that I had quite a few series that I was nearly finished with, but that I still needed to read the final book. I thought it would be a good idea to finish these last books one after another, that way I could say I had read a bunch of series to their completion.
I forgot one very important detail, I really, REALLY care about the characters involved in these, and there was a reason I had subconsciously been putting them off. I didn’t want to let my beloved stories to end, I couldn’t let go.
While it wasn’t the end of the series, reading Secret by Brigid Kemmerer had that same feel of loss, but in that case I knew I would interact with these characters in the future with all new stories. However, I just completed two MG series, one of which I have come to love recently, and the other a series I began in my grade school days. I am now an emotional wreck because I am NOT alright with saying goodbye. I’m not READY. I just want to hug the books and hope one magically appears so I can keep going.
The two series I completed were the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series & the Artemis Fowl series. Both The Last Olympian and The Last Guardian were superb endings respectively, but it is right there in the title what kills me, I don’t want this to be the LAST anything! Maybe it is because the series are MG-ish and remind me of a time when my emotions made it seem like every little thing was SUPER important, or it could just be that they are both awesome and the age range doesn’t matter at all. I don’t know.
I love Percy and Annabeth and their cute relationship and the rest of the amazing characters and the ending was so good but aaaaah. At least there is The Heroes of Olympus to make me feel better with that one. However, I enjoyed the Artemis Fowl series just as much, and while the popular ship didn’t happen at the end I still thought it was a good ending anyway. But that’s it, that series is over, no more boy genius and quick witted elf or goofy centaur. How do I go on?
To top it off I have more of these series-enders in my near future such as with Rogue by Gina Damico, Horde by Ann Aguirre, and Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier (though that last one I think I will be fine with leaving). I know it won’t be much easier with completing these series, and yet I must endure in order to know what happens. The stories are too tantalizing to pass up, but I don’t want to say goodbye!
So how do you handle finishing series, especially ones you LOVE? That’s really what this post is all about outside of me rambling and pining for more Percy/Annabeth and anything Artemis Fowl related. Do you just push through to another series (or standalone) to force your focus in a different direction? Do you still miss certain series and wish that the story would continue, and if so does re-reading help or hurt you? Thanks as always for reading! *curls up into a ball of longing*
Middle Grade Books: Why I Love Them & Need to Read More
My latest Book Outlet binge (you’ll see the books tomorrow if you are interested) included a few MG books and made me wonder why I enjoy them so much, yet read them so sparingly. The Middle Grade books I have read recently such as Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver, Doll Bones by Holly Black, and, of course, the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, were absolutely amazing. That is not to say that I would or will enjoy all MG books, because that’s not the case for any age range, but so far my track record has been extremely positive. Why is that?
The running theme through all of the books I mentioned, and even ones I didn’t, have been that they are in the fantasy genre, as well as being in the MG age range. The childlike wonder that I see these characters expressing, something their more jaded or skeptical older counterparts in YA do not show, is beautiful. I don’t think that the fantasy genre has a monopoly on that, but perhaps it has the ability to show it off the best.
That belief that anything is possible, dreams can come true, magic is everywhere, and friendships can be just as strong (if not stronger) than romantic relationships, while all cliches, is refreshing and invigorating to witness. Maybe this just means I miss that time in my life or that getting older has jaded me and I wish for the innocence I no longer have, or perhaps MG authors just bring about a different set of emotions than YA, I don’t know.
Something that is a misconception, at least that I’ve seen among bloggers that tend to read YA and avoid MG for the most part, is that MG books are too simple, that the writing is too basic. Sure, MG books are targeted toward a younger audience so the word choice and length are often at a lower level, though not usually by all that much. However, I’ve found that MG books are just as deep, filled with as much content as YA, and often painting a picture that is easier to envision (at least for my brain, not sure what that says).
That brings me to my second question, and also my request. Why don’t I read MG more often if I enjoy it so much? Percy Jackson, Liesl and Po, Doll Bones, they have another thing in common: I found out about them through other bookish people, in this case specifically Kat at Katytastic (who is awesome). Maybe I don’t follow the right book bloggers (not that I don’t love the ones I do!) or I don’t pay attention, or whatever other reason there may be, but I never hear about MG books. It’s rare.
So perhaps I should follow more MG readers, if there are ones I can find, or just do some hunting myself. Once in a great while I will see a blog or vlog post that has maybe one or two MG books in it and I run off and insta-buy them. Though…that may speak more to my book buying addiction than anything else. o_o
So my questions to you! First, do you read MG, if so do you enjoy it as much as YA, adult, etc. and where do you discover new ones if you do? Second, are there booktubers/book bloggers I should be watching/reading more of and it boggles your mind that I haven’t already been doing so? Finally, what MG books would you recommend (with the knowledge that I read any genre and basically have no recent MG under my belt)? Thank you so much for reading and have a great weekend! ^.^
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
I love participating in Sunday Post because I can provide a recap of books I read, talk about what is coming up next week, and discuss any books I received in the past week!
I didn’t buy any books this week because I’ve got quite a few pre-ordered that come out in the next couple weeks, besides, it isn’t like I have a lack of books I need to read right?
Last Week on the Blog
Monday – Mini Review Monday: Fungus of the Heart by Jeremy C. Shipp
Tuesday – Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist
Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday #16
Thursday – Killing My Kindle: Lessons II: Another Morbid Drabble Collection by Michael Crane
Friday – Review: Fosgate’s Game by David C. Cassidy
Saturday – Book of the Week: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
Books Read Last Week
Vitro by Jessica Khoury – DNF – It wasn’t terrible, but just not for me at all. Disliked the MC a LOT.
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan – 4/5 – Very good but Percy seemed extra oblivious.
The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer – 4/5 – Really enjoyed this as I have with the rest of the series!
Lessons II: Another Morbid Drabble Collection by Michael Crane – 4/5 – (Review above)
A Gnome Problem by Michael Crane – 3/5 – Alright, but not his best.
Taking Her Stepsister by Honey Swell – 3/5 – Not her best work either, but fun.
Fosgate’s Game by David C. Cassidy – 4/5 – (Review above)
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen – 5/5 – (Review above)
This Week on the Blog
Monday – Mini Review Monday
Tuesday – Release Day Review of The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday #17
Thursday – Killing My Kindle
Friday – Frodo’s Frisky Friday
Saturday – Book of the Week
Sunday – Sunday Post #16
I’m finally (mostly) healthy, huzzah! I also started my diet this week which is less exciting, but necessary. It was another pretty good week of reading with the exception of my first DNF of the year, but I didn’t let that spoil the week! I continued two series that I’ve almost completed, Percy Jackson and the Olympians & Artemis Fowl, and finally read Scarlet which I enjoyed so much that I immediately went and pre-ordered Lady Thief which comes out next month!
Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to check it out! Enjoy your Sunday! ^.^
The Sea of Monsters
Summary From Goodreads:
The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews on Mini Review Monday! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
As most of you have already heard of and read the Percy Jackson series I figured this is the perfect book to have a short and succinct Hobbit-Sized review. Rick Riordan is a genius. The Sea of Monsters was a great continuation of the series and really allowed us to dive into the world even further and learn some more about the mythology as is portrayed by Riordan. We get a nice mix of the “real” mythology as well with the Golden Fleece story told in full. I didn’t really care much for the new character, Tyson, that much either way but he was alright. However, I love the chemistry between Percy and Annabeth which seems to get better with each book in the series. Yes I ship MG characters, don’t judge me!
To summarize: It’s Rick Riordan, this book was the one that made me decide to buy all of his other works (yes it was THAT good) and it’s the Percy Jackson series. What more do you need to hear? If you haven’t started the series and are late to the game like I was/am I definitely recommend it! I can’t wait to read The Titan’s Curse sometime soon. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^
Summary From Goodreads:
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
I, of course, had heard great things about the Percy Jackson series but had never started it until now. The first book in the series, The Lightning Thief is a fun, humorous adventure as the main character Percy gets acquainted with this world filled with all sorts of deities and creatures he thought were just myths. A thrill ride from start to finish I breezed through the book and couldn’t put it down. It was a light read and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. The characters were compelling, the writing was fantastic, and it really was quite funny. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 91!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #90/365; Seriously Series Reading Challenge #22/51