It’s Monday! What are you reading? (5/16/16)

May 16, 2016

This past week, I finished:

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was super fun. Apollo is a great narrator because his arrogance is beyond belief, yet he’s also kind of likable because he is hilarious. To wit, this is a thing he actually thinks: “If she could do it, then so could the brilliant, fabulous Apollo.” And that’s AFTER his character has exhibited some growth. So.

Lots of laugh out loud moments and two of my favorite characters in the whole series showed up (as well as Percy Jackson, naturally).

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Last week, I posted:

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As of today, I’m reading:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson are both selections for my summer book club. I told myself I would give any of the book club choices 50 pages to grab me before moving on. I just started both today so have no real opinions on either yet. But I have heard good things about both of them, so I’m hoping I enjoy them.

So far Brown Girl Dreaming reminds me of Woodson’s picture book Show Way, which is amazing if you haven’t read it.

Happy reading, everyone!


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  1. Elisabeth

    I don’t know if I’ll read any more Riordan. Probably only if my son wants to. I always find his books soooo long. We actually petered out in the middle of Magnus Chase and my son asked to start reading something else, so he might be done too! I still want to read the Shadow & Bone series before reading Six of Crows. Maybe this summer? I did like Brown Girl Dreaming, but not quite as much as everyone else. It was a solid like, not a love.

    • Akilah

      I agree about the length of Riordan’s novels–they have gotten ridiculously long and a bit overwrought. But Apollo was a decent length and much closer to the original Percy Jackson series in terms of tone and pacing.

      I may switch to the print version of Brown Girl Dreaming. I like Woodson’s voice, but I’m using it on my morning walk and it’s not quite engaging enough for that.

  2. Jane

    I’ve got some rabid Percy Jackson fans at the library, but I haven’t seen the same obsession with the new Magnus Chase series, I wonder if the magic is beginning to wane a bit?


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