2020 was singlehandedly saved by Rick Riordan announcing the Percy Jackson TV show adaptation.
I know how dramatic that sounds, but I’m really not exaggerating that much…this is probably the best piece of news I’ve heard in recent months!! After a childhood spent loving Percy Jackson and the Olympians and then later waiting for the releases of each new Heroes of Olympus novels eagerly, and then being disappointed by the movies that did come out, this new has been a long time coming.
I honestly can’t believe there’s going to be a TV show about Percy Jackson with all the details and different seasons for each book?? This is a reader’s dream.🥺 Along with the rest of the Percy Jackson fanbase, I’ve been properly freaking out over this news, so naturally I was very excited that May created a book tag about PJO/HoO, because now I have the chance to scream about it on my blog!
A huge thank you to May (the creator), Lily, and Rhi for tagging me to take part in this- I adore all three of them both as humans and as bloggers, so if you haven’t already checked out their content before, I can assure you that you most definitely want to. I’m very appreciative of their tagging me, and I really just am so excited to participate!
Before I get any further in the post, I want to acknowledge the Black Lives Matter movement going on right now and urge you all to seek justice, take any and all action that you can, educate yourselves, and speak out! I encourage you to visit this link for access to many resources. I saw a quote on social media this week that said “make this a movement, not a moment,” and I pray that with that mindset and the participation of everyone, long-term change can be made.
Rules of the Tag🔱
- Thank the person who originally tagged you and link to their post (I did that above!)
- Link to the original creator: May @ Forever and Everly. She was very kind (and talented!!) to make artwork/graphics for each prompt. I will be using them in my post, so please note that all credit for them go to her! She recommends that use dimensions of 1103 x 175.
- Match books with the given prompt.
- Tag however many people as wanted!
- Copy-paste the rules and list of prompts.
This was hard to narrow down! I’ve been thinking about certain books that are contenders for being in my top 10 list for the year, but I hadn’t tried to pick just one yet. I think I have to go with Call Down the Hawk because it exceeded the high expectations I had for it and it was genuinely such a well-written story with exciting characters, things I didn’t see coming, and of course I got to read more about Ronan Lynch, which was very exciting to me.
I feel like as long as you go in with the mindset that this isn’t The Raven Cycle and don’t compare the two (I feel like they have really different vibes), you’re golden with CDTH.
Not to make this post all about Maggie Stiefvater, but to make this post all about Maggie Stiefvater: I hold the personal opinion that her writing is genius. Beyond genius. I used The Raven King here because while the foreshadowing, plotting, and overall writing throughout the whole series is phenomenal, everything really pulls together in this final book.
I don’t know how she comes up with these plotlines and these deep, well-developed characters and talking trees and slow burn romances but here they are?? And I love them.
I don’t know for certain if I’d say this book is necessarily under-hyped, but I don’t think I’ve seen too many blogs mention The How and the Why– and I didn’t discover it from blogging, I found it randomly on the library shelves, and here we are.
I never wrote a review for this and I read it quite a while ago now, but it made it onto my favorites of 2019 list, and I remember getting really sucked into the story and finding myself caring a lot about the characters quickly. I especially enjoyed the family relationships, including the relationship of the main character with her adoptive family, and the dual perspective between Cassie and her birth mom as a teenager.
Hate is a strong word for my answer on this one, but I remember being pretty hesitant going into The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Not only was it incredibly hyped up, but it was in the adult section of my library, and I’m usually a YA (or MG) only kind of reader. However, I’m so glad I ended up reading it, because I really loved it!
The plot of this story was seamless, and the balance between glamour and raw emotions was done so well. I definitely would recommend this with all my being!
I’m not even .01% surprised that my answer for this one is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. No matter how much time passes and how many amazing books I read, I don’t think anything can ever hit differently than Harry Potter for me! (Though Percy Jackson comes really close and holds a whole different space in my heart.)
Harry’s first Christmas at Hogwarts, him becoming best friends with Ron and Hermione, his discovery of Quidditch, Voldemort only being powerful enough to be the back of a head- good vibes all around. Hogwarts feels like home for me.
This is actually a book I just read and am hoping to later do a full review on, but I absolutely adored the sibling relationship in The Lost and Found!
The book is written from dual perspectives of the two main characters, Frannie and Louis, who are both on separate journeys in pursuit of their own goals, but also in pursuit of each other. As they’re on their way to find each other, you get to spend a lot of time with both of them individually, and Louis’ relationship with his twin sister, Willa, was perfection. They were definitely each others’ confidant and their open, protective relationship was so sweet to read about.
Another recent read of mine- but when I read A Quiet Kind of Thunder, I’m pretty sure time was the farthest thing from my mind. I read it on a road trip, and I literally couldn’t stop reading it until I finished it.
The utterly adorable romance (like I think I would move to England solely for Rhys, the love interest), how much I was able to learn about one of the main character’s deafness and the other main character’s selective muteness, the way I was completely invested in the story and the side characters- I couldn’t put it down. (And it was a buddy read with Annie which obviously made it all the more fun.)
I think The Hate U Give was one of the first hyped books I read, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Even though it’s been over two years since I read it, I still remember how eye opening this book was for me and how much it gave me a new, more educated perspective on police brutality in America. Though the messages in it have been applicable for generations, they’re especially prevalent with everything going on in the world right now!
In addition to the incredible messages, and along with the characters that I adored (Starr is so inspirational, and I also remember loving her relationship with her family), this book blew me away- as it did to so many others!
I love Anne of Green Gables immeasurably and would definitely choose it to be marooned on an island with!! Anne has adventure, humor, sweetness, tugs at your heartstrings, is guaranteed to brighten your day- I mean, Anne Shirley would probably be the best person to be marooned on an island with, so the book is the next best thing.
If I would have to be stuck on an island somewhere, I would at least want it to be surrounded by Anne’s antics so I could be provided with entertainment and nostalgia.
I really hope I love Lucky Caller! I’m absolutely trash for all of Emma Mills’s other novels so my fingers are crossed that I feel the same about this one. I’ve only rated Foolish Hearts and Famous in a Small Town five stars, so maybe this is a risk?? But also, this book contains the same amazing writing, wholesome dialogue, and a romantic interest that can rival Gideon or August, I’m pretty positive it’ll get five stars.
I am actually The Worst at keeping up with upcoming novels…but one I do know of for sure is Darius the Great Deserves Better. Please. Just hit me with the brick now so that I can read it, thank you very much. Also I’m stealing May’s answer for this one and I’m aware of that, so thank you May for enlightening me to the existence of this novel.
I feel like sequels to contemporaries happen way too scarcely!! Sometimes I like a book wrapping up and me just assuming everything turns out exactly how I’d imagined it, but…I really can’t stop screaming over how we get to see what happens to Darius after Darius the Great. So yes, I’d take the brick for it.
Since May created this tag, I feel like it’s only just if I put a book here that she convinced me to read- and I’m sure I could find many that fit that, but the most recent one is probably A Wish in the Dark.
This book made my heart so happy, what with the adorable friendship (they were like brothers!), the underlying messages of social injustices, the fact that it’s middle grade, the beautiful cover, the kind monk who helps the main character, Pong- genuinely everything. Thank you for convincing me to read it, May!!
I will probably never stop putting My Lady Jane for any tag prompt that asks about funny books, because I’m not quite sure that it will ever stop making me laugh every time I reread it (which is a lot. because it’s FUNNY).
The way that the authors somehow managed to make historical fiction(ish) have a fantasy twist and become thrilling and adventurous and romantic and suspenseful and at the end of the day, hilarious? Complete genius. I actually laughed out loud while reading this and I hope you will too!
With my recent return to reading more middle grade, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the middle grade I read when I was younger, and some of that reflecting has led me to remember that Wendy Mass is probably my favorite MG author. And, though it’s hard to pick exactly, I think my favorite Wendy Mass book is the The Candymakers!
No matter how old I get, I don’t think a book about a candy competition, told from the perspectives of four different kids with unique voices, personalities, and backstories will ever get boring. This story is creative, entertaining, and at the end of the day is just about wholesome friendships and candy.
I’d say the word “afraid” could describe my general experience with Sadie. Although I find thriller shows scarier than thriller books, I’d say reading this book at 2 am alone in my room while being the only person awake in my house wasn’t my finest idea.
I was so stressed throughout the duration of this book and was honestly scared to reach the end because I had no idea what was coming. Since the ending ended up shocking me beyond belief, that fear was rightfully there! I’d still recommend this book though, it was an amazing mystery and I was definitely intrigued.
I honestly don’t know? The closest thing I can think of is The Selection…although I feel like not everyone hates it? However, my love for it may not be shared by many. It’s okay, I can most definitely deal with the fact that I have an addiction to trashy romance books (and TV shows) and that I enjoy them anyway.
I think if I reread this today, I wouldn’t love it near as much as I did in sixth grade, but sixth grade Olivia stands by her…five star review.
I couldn’t make this post if I didn’t mention at least one book from PJO or HOO, so I’m going to pick The Lost Hero for this!! Because even though I genuinely enjoyed it and I really liked Jason, Piper, and Leo’s storyline (and Festus!!), I remember basically spending this whole book crying over Percy not being in it?? So I’d punch some sense into this book and get Percy to reappear.
I also think The Mark of Athena belongs in this category, solely for the cliffhanger. However, the Percabeth in this book is absolute perfection and cannot be matched.
Well. I would pick Percabeth, but I feel like that’s a given so! I’m going to go with Foolish Hearts because it is one of my favorite books and I would be amiss not to mention it, and I will go down with this ship.
Give me the soft, sunflower boys who eat cereal in weird ways and let their little sisters come to their birthday party and the girl who plays video games with her siblings and loves her best friend and becomes boy band obsessed and is completely oblivious to the charms of said sunflower boy!! I will likely love them forever.
I can’t say enough how amazing these prompts are and how much I love the graphics May made! I also wanted to note that May is keeping a running list of everyone who participated on her original tag post, so if you’re interested in reading more of this tag you should definitely check that out.
I will zero percent be offended if you don’t take part in this tag (though it was a lot of fun so I recommend ;)), and if I didn’t take you and you want to take part, please still feel free!
Thank you again to May for creating this, and to Rhi, Lily, and May for tagging me to take part in this! I had way too much fun writing this, as I can tell by the fact that it is 2.4k words and I’m still typing. If you read even half of this, I love you, thank you! (Correction: I love you no matter how much you read of this.)
I hope you are all doing well and staying safe! Sending all the virtual hugs.✨
Are you a Percy Jackson fanatic? What middle grade books do you like? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? I would love to talk in the comments with you.