At the beginning of 2020 I decided to reread all Percy Jackson books, so I could finally finish the Heroes of Olympus series (I never read the last 2 books, so it’s way overdue). When Rick Riordan announced that a tv show is being made, I couldn’t have been happier. These are some of my favorite characters & fictional world, and I’m so excited that more people are going to be introduced to it.
I’m still in the middle of my reread, but at least I’m almost caught up with where I last left off (currently reading The Mark of Athena, the last book in the Percy Jackson world that I ever read). To commemorate that, I decided to do a tag that I first saw on Olivia’s blog. If you haven’t already, definitely check her out!
This is a longer tag, so I tried to keep my answers as brief as possible. If you want to know more about any of the books I mention, just let me know in the comments and we can chat about it! Now onto the tag:
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.
Staring with the hard question, I see. I’m terrible at picking favorites so I’m not even going to try. Instead, I’ll mention some of my favorite reads so far this year: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Red White and Royal Blue, Every Heart a Doorway. I’ve been reading some really amazing books this year.
The first book I deemed a new favorite this year was definitely The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I know, you’ve probably already heard all about the brilliance of this book, but that’s because it’s true. Multiple times while reading it, I forgot it was all fiction and actually felt inclined to Google the characters to see their Wikipedia page.
To Kill A Kingdom is a little mermaid retelling that’s kinda dark and atmospheric. It has killer mermaids, fearless pirates, complex relationships and compelling characters. This is probably one of my favorite books of all time and I don’t see enough people talking about it. GO READ THIS BOOK! Then come back here so we can talk about it.
I just read the Folk of the Air trilogy this year, so everyone already had opinions on the finale. Apparently, most people were super disappointed in the last book and felt like it was a weak ending, so of course I went into The Queen of Nothing with low expectations. I didn’t hate it though. Maybe it’s because I was expecting so little of it, but I enjoyed it and had a great time while reading it (although I did find it a bit short for all it had to tell).
I’m going with Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief because of course I adore this book! It’s what introduced us to these amazing characters and fantastical world, and no matter how many times I reread it, it still makes me laugh.
I feel like every single time there’s a prompt asking about favorite family dynamics, my answer is always Lady Midnight, but there’s a reason for that. The Blackthorns are too precious and need to be happy and together forever and ever please. Mark trying to take care of his siblings while having no idea what he’s doing and chaos ensuing is probably ma favorite part of the entire book tbh (and the whole book is pretty great too).
I read A Curse so Dark and Lonely while vacationing with my family on the beach. Despite being exhausted when we came home from swimming all day, I still couldn’t help it but to pick this book up and read it for hours. I was so invested in the story that it was all I could think about, and I remember being so surprised when I realized that I had already finished it.
The Raven Boys is an amazing book. I know it, you know, we all know it. It’s whimsical, has a great group dynamic, the plot is super interesting and the characters are the best thing ever. Honestly, what’s not to love about this book?
Probably the Priory of the Orange Tree? I haven’t read it yet, but everyone is raving about it and it’s gigantic, so it’d probably give me something to do while I waited for the rescue mission. Also, it has dragons. How much cooler can it get?
Everyone has been raving about House of Earth and Blood, by Sarah J. Maas, and it does sound like a very interesting book. In fact, it was one of my most anticipated reads of this year, but due to the pandemic it didn’t get to me before the whole country went into lockdown, so I’m just going to assume that when (if) I finally get to it, it’ll be a 5 stars read.
Victoria Schwab, one of my favorite authors, has a book coming out later in the year that sounds like it is exactly what my dreams are made of: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I’ve seen some people already got arcs for it, and I’ve never been more jealous in my life. I just want to hold it in my hands and never be parted from its side.
Vicious by V.E. Schawb. It was her first book that I read and I absolutely loved it. I wasn’t convinced by anyone I know personally, but rather by some people I follow on bookstagram & booktube. It still counts towards this prompt, right?
Red, White and Royal Blue is not only a funny book that had me actually laughing out loud. It’s also one of the best love stories I’ve ever read. It handles some deeper themes incredibly well while making you giggle and make heart-eyes at it. Also, the cover is gorgeous.
I first read Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, when I was 12. Since then, I’ve reread it multiple times, and it never stops being intriguing and funny and witty. I still own the copy I got back when I first read it, and it’s battered beyond belief, but that just goes to show how well-loved that book it.
At the beginning of the year I finally read The Song of Achilles. I love greek/roman mythology (in case you couldn’t tell by all the Percy Jackson love I’ve been talking about) so I knew how Achilles & Patroclus story ended. Needless to say, I was terrified to finish this book. I knew I’d end up bawling, so I tried to read it slower when I noticed I was getting to the end. It was useless, and I did end up crying my eyes out.
Serpent & Dove gets a lot of mixed feelings, and I’ve seen a lot of people who hate it, but I really enjoyed it? I thought it was funny and interesting, and I really liked the plot and characters. The sequel comes out later this year and I can’t wait to read it actually.
As I mentioned before, I’m rereading The Mark of Athena. The last time I read it, it was like 8 years ago. To this day, I’m not yet over that awful cliffhanger. What was that? It’s awful and heartbreaking, and if we’re being honest, just downright cruel to end a book like that. So yes, I’d totally punch it if I could.
Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare, is the first book in an amazing trilogy that has my favorite romance of all time. Can it even be considered a love triangle when you’re rooting for all 3 of them to be happy together? Jem, Tessa and Will are my favorites and I live for soft moments between them.
I had so much fun doing this tag! Although I’m not going to lie, it did take me quite a while to figure out which books fitted each prompt. As I said before, this is a bit of a longer tag, but I do hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it.
Are you also a Percy Jackson fan? How excited are you for the new tv show?
Until next time,