Hi friends, and welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is brought to you by the amazing May @ Forever and Everly, who’s created a Percy Jackson character book tag in celebration of the recent news that Rick Riordan is working with Disney+ to make Percy Jackson into a tv series. (!!!!) I know it’s gonna be a long time before we actually get to watch the show, but I am so so excited already.
- Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post. (Thank you May, Lily and Olivia for tagging me!)
- Link to the original creator: May @ Forever and Everly! Please note that she made the artwork/graphics, if using them. *If you care about graphics having a clear quality, make it big enough so that the dimensions are 1103 x 175!
- Match books with the given prompts.
- Tag however many people as wanted!
- Copy-paste the rules and list of prompts.
(I will unfortunately just be using boring text headers for this because I’m running out of image storage on my free WordPress plan 😦 but the graphics in May’s original post are so cute!!)
Here’s the list of prompts!
1. PERCY JACKSON: your best/favorite book of the year
2. ANNABETH CHASE: a book where you’re in awe of the author’s genius
3. GROVER UNDERWOOD: a book you love that’s under-hyped
4. LUKE CASTELLAN: a book you thought you’d hate but didn’t
5. CHIRON: a book that will always feel like home
6. TYSON: a book with a sibling relationship you adore
7. THALIA GRACE: a book where time froze when you read it
8. NICO DI ANGELO: a well-loved book you love too
9. CALYPSO: a book you’d be marooned on an island with
10. RACHEL DARE: a book you predict you will give 5 stars
11. JASON GRACE: an upcoming book you’d get hit with a brick to read now
12. PIPER MCLEAN: a book you loved that someone convinced you to read
13. LEO VALDEZ: the funniest book you’ve read
14. HAZEL LEVESQUE: an old book/book you read a long time ago but still love
15. FRANK ZHANG: a book you were afraid to reach the end of
16. REYNA RAMÍREZ-ARELLANO: a book everyone hates but you love
17. OCTAVIAN: a book you would punch without hesitation
18. PERCABETH: a book with the best romance
Ahh I’m so excited about this tag! I love Percy Jackson so much, and May did such a good job putting this together. 💖
Your best/favorite book of the year
A Very Large Expanse of Sea is just such a good book. It’s so well-written, and it’s heart-breaking, but it also has its moments of beauty and goodness. I loved the messy characters and relationships, and all in all, I’d say it’s probably my favorite read of 2020 so far.
A book where you’re in awe of the author’s genius
Hannah Capin’s feminist Macbeth retelling, Foul is Fair, is deliciously wicked and smart. I think that retellings, when done well, provide a unique opportunity for cleverness to show through, and Capin definitely delivered with this one. It was like a meticulous little treasure hunt scrutinizing all the details, the different pieces of the story that trailed over from the original Shakespeare or got left behind. (Read my review here.)
A book you love that’s under-hyped
I was lucky enough to get a spot on the blog tour for In the Role of Brie Hutchens…, which releases at the end of the month, and it was so sweet and well-written. Because it’s middle grade and I mostly follow YA bloggers, I haven’t been seeing a lot of hype for it recently, but I think it has a lot of crossover appeal and should definitely be on more people’s radars. Keep an eye out for my review!
A book you thought you’d hate but didn’t
Following along with the Macbeth theme from earlier: I had very low expectations for this since I DESPISE Romeo & Juliet, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I found it to be much more interesting, and I guess it was also easier to follow along with the old language since I was a little more familiar with it, as it was my second Shakespeare play.
A book that will always feel like home
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read The Penderwicks. It’s been a favorite since my childhood, and the pure joy that I derive from simply thinking about these precious sisters is unmatched.
A book with a sibling relationship you adore
There are a lot of books that I could’ve chosen for this one (It was a tough choice.), but I ultimately went with A Thousand Perfect Notes because Beck and Joey’s relationship, with Joey’s feistyness and Beck’s protectiveness, is just so sweet and I love these children so much. (Read my review here.)
A book where time froze when you read it
I got so immersed in Simon’s world when I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and I think I finished almost all (or maybe all of it?) in one sitting, directly after I got home from buying it at Target. I did enjoy the movie version of this, but re-watching it recently reminded me of how infinitely better the book is. (Read my review here.)
Nico di Angelo
a well-loved book you love too
The Hate U Give is a modern classic. I feel like I don’t need to explain why this book is absolutely incredible because you’ve probably read it, but if you haven’t: what are you doing mate.
A book you’d be marooned on a island with
Okay this was a hard one, but I would absolutely want Red, White & Royal Blue with me. The romance is the sweetest, there are great friend & family relationships, and it’s also hilarious, so I’d be happy if I were stuck with it. (It does bother me that the title leaves out the Oxford comma, but the book is good enough that I can overlook that misdeed.)
A book you predict you will give 5 stars
I ordered A Song Below Water this week and I am SO excited to read it. It’s about sisters and misogynoir (a term coined by Moya Bailey referring to the intersection of racism and sexism as experienced by Black women—more info here if you’re curious) and sirens and I’ve heard such good things about it.
An upcoming book you’d get hit by a brick to read now
Dude I am so hype that Darius the Great is Not Okay is getting a sequel!! Would really really love to read this (Penguin if you’re reading this…now you know. ;))
A book you loved that someone convinced you to read
I’m not usually very good at remembering where I get my book recommendations from, but I do remember hearing about Homegoing from my dad and LOVING it. Not sure I would’ve picked it up otherwise, since I rarely stray from YA, but I am so so glad I read this one.
The funniest book you’ve read
Red, White & Royal Blue is probably tied for this title, but since I already used it, I’m picking the Percy Jackson books for this one. Rick Riordan nailed the humor so perfectly (or at least I thought so in middle school—it’s been a while since I last reread these). I have a very distinct memory of going to the school library in lower school and spending the whole time laughing hysterically at just the chapter titles of The Lightning Thief.
An old book/book you read a long time ago but still love
I’ll Give You the Sun is another favorite that I probably need to reread soon. I don’t remember all of the plot details at the point, but I do remember how breathtakingly gorgeous it was: the writing, the characters, everything.
A book you were afraid to reach the end of
After reading the excruciating literal cliffhanger at the end of The Mark of Athena and the year-long wait that followed, my fifth-grade self was definitely scared to finish The House of Hades from the moment I got my hands on it from the school library.
A book everyone hates but you love
Okay, so obviously not everyone hates The Catcher in the Rye, but when I read it for ninth grade English, I remember a lot of classmates REALLY strongly disliking it. It seems to be one of those classics without much of an in-between: you either really like it or really don’t. I’m not sure I would go so far as to say that I LOVE it, but I did really enjoy this book.
A book you would punch without hesitation
Gosh, I hate that I even have to upload the Diary of a Wimpy Kid cover to my WordPress library because I hate this book SO MUCH. I appreciate that this series has gotten a lot of reluctant younger readers to pick up a book, but I just I can’t stand it. Greg is a terrible person/character, there’s no story arc or character development…I’m sorry if this was your childhood fave, truly, but I just really needed to get that out there.
A book with the best romance
Guessing I can’t actually use Percabeth for this one, so I’m gonna go with another book with a great romance: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo I loved the ship in this book, but there’s so much more to love as well: wonderful characters, the old Hollywood setting, a great frame narrative…this book is just really good.
Well, this has put me in the mood for a Percy Jackson reread…I already have a ton of books on my tbr, but maybe I’ll get to a few of them during this summer’s Reading Rush.
Let me know in the comments—scale of 1-10, how ecstatic are you about the Disney+ series? Do you agree with my book choices for the tag? I hope you all are doing okay!