I got the look yesterday afternoon. Mouth slightly open. Eyes powerful with disappointment. I had just informed my eight-year-old niece that I was still on the first Percy Jackson book. You have never seen such a look of accusation, disappointment, and worse, gloating. She continued to inform me she had just started the third book. I was clearly behind.
So let’s start with The Lightning Thief, disappointment though I am. The reason I am unable to fly through this book is it reminds me of the glory of reading Harry Potter for the first time, and I read Harry Potter with my dad, who passed away a year and a half ago. Oh, the tears. I cannot recommend this book enough. If you read nothing else, read Rick Riordan.
I cannot compete with just my niece, so I’m competing with the nephew as well, but as boys go, the topic is much more light hearted. Enter the amazingly talented Chris Grabenstein and The Island of Dr. Libris. Grabenstein pulls out all the adventure magic from books read as a little girl in the backwoods of Bear Lake, and he does it with flare and spontaneity. Definitely recommend this one.
And because I’m a glutton for punishment, let’s throw in Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Oh. Oh. Oh. This is in the Percy Jackson camp as I’m reading it in heartbreaking, nail-biting chunks. A terribly grown-up look at issues even this 30-something-year-old cannot understand. Do read. With a box of tissues.
Now it’s your turn. What’s everyone reading this week?