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text 2018-12-03 19:03
October and November wrap up
Escape Journey vol 1 - Tanaka Ogeretsu
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
Jar of Hearts - Jennifer Hillier
Skin - BB Easton
44 Chapters About 4 Men: A Memoir - BB Easton
A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J. Maas
Merry and Bright: A Novel - Debbie Macomber
wotakoi love is hard for otaku 3 - Maki Fujita

Apparently I forgot to do my October wrap so I combined October and November 

 

Favorite from October jar of hearts 

Favorite from November a court of frost and starlight 

 

Oct 

 

1 manga 

2 audiobook

1 library 

2 ebooks

 

 

Nov

1 manga

2 audiobook 

1 library 

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text 2018-10-03 04:00
Reading progress update: I've read 377 out of 377 pages.
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

 

Loved the re read 

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review 2018-09-24 22:58
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

This is a cute kids’s tale. Percy is 12 and apparently gets kicked out of schools often. His mom currently has them living with a dead beat, verbally abusive man that has a body odor problem. Life is just tough on Percy. But it’s about to get a lot tougher when Greek deities and monsters pop up in his life!

There were several moments that made me laugh…. like Grover suddenly yanking off his pants. That’s the moment where Percy is all, ‘What the hell!’ but then Grover has fur and hooves below the waist, so Percy is stunned into silence. Grover is a Satyr assigned to protect Percy but he’s been keeping his Greek mythology side on the down low with a disguised lower half. Grover isn’t the only one who’s been keeping their real identity from Percy. In fact, there were a few times I thought Percy’s young mind might melt from the over load of reveals.

After a harrowing chase and the death of someone important to him, he ends up at the Half Blood training camp where he meets other kids who are half mortal and half deity. Now, I did think that Percy took that death in stride and it was a bit glossed over. I expected tears for days and scars for life but this book seems to veer wide of any serious stuff. There’s several examples of this, like Medusa and how she really came to be a snake headed monster. It wasn’t some jealousy over dating partners.

Anyhoo, pretty soon Percy gets a quest and goes on a road trip. Annabeth (a daughter of Athena) and Grover accompany him. There’s also the gifts from Luke (a son of Hermes). As Western culture has shifted further and further west, key places in Greek mythology have also shifted and several now reside in the USA. I liked this bit of world building because it meant I didn’t have to bang my head against a wall every time a Greek mythological location popped up.

Percy isn’t the only one to face their fears and take on a personal challenge in this story. His companions also suffer and have a chance at victory. There’s treachery too. Percy must figure out who his true friends are while also discovering who stole Zeus’s lightning. It’s a fun tale but I didn’t have a strong reaction to it as I did with Harry Potter. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Jesse Bernstein does a really good job. He sounds like a 12 year old boy who has gotten kicked out of a lot of places. His voice for Grover is great, as he sometimes has a little goat in it. His female voices are spot on. There’s several monsters with their various yells, hisses, snorts, etc and Bernstein carries them off without a hitch. 5/5 stars.

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review 2018-09-07 00:50
The Lightning Thief
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

This book introduces mythology in a fun, modern way through the main character Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon. Percy goes on an adventure with his friends Annabeth and Grover to try to find Zeus' stolen lightning bolt. Throughout their journey, the friends encounter many figures from Greek mythology, who still maintain their fundamental traits, but have a modern spin.

 

This would be a great book to use to introduce students to mythology in a fun way. After finishing the book, students could pick one of the Greek mythology figures that Percy encountered in the book, and do a research project on the story of that figure. The teacher would need to have prescreened resources for the students, as some of the mythology stories could be inappropriate for students.

 

AR Level 4.7

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text 2018-09-04 23:21
Reading progress update: I've read 57 out of 377 pages.
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

Re reading for bookclub 

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