The Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Book Tag

Finding out from Olivia that Percy Jackson is getting a Disney Plus adaptation ranks among the most exciting news I’ve ever heard.

It’s also one of the most bewildering. Like, what are venture capitalists doing? They be out there throwing money at risky start-ups while this unicorn is just waiting for them. The market for the product has loudly existed for years now, and the proposal has already been written for you. And, even if it’s not great, people will still pay for it because some dude from years ago messed up so terribly. Where else are you going to find an investment like that?

I mean, the only potential risk is the intense anger of millions of people, but you also have access to the books and the literal author, so I have zero sympathy.

This is what I think about every time Percy Jackson is brought up. I just truly don’t understand what those people have been doing. But as we wait for them to finally (FINALLY) do a legit adaptation that doesn’t change the entire plot of the series, there’s a book tag that needs to be done.

RULES

  • Thank the person who originally tagged you and link to their post
  • Link to the original creator: May @ Forever and Everly. All the artwork/graphics for each prompt were created by May as well. 
  • Match books with the given prompt.
  • Tag however many people as wanted!
  • Copy-paste the rules and list of prompts.

I think I have to go with A Gentleman in Moscow. First of all, Amor Towles wrote a 462 book with a plot that takes place inside one single hotel for almost the entire time–and it’s historical fiction, so he couldn’t pull out any magical shenanigans from up his sleeve. Second of all, the sentences in this book. Oh my goodness, the writing is so beautiful. And finally, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is my favorite count ever. Sorry, Dracula. Actually, maybe my favorite noble ever?

After I finished the recent last installation of The Mysterious Benedict Society, I had a conversation with my friend about how big brained Trenton Lee Stewart is. Like even when I was reading the explanations and the plans, I was confused at how it was going to work, so to actually come up with all of it? I’m telling you, big brained. OH WAIT, I just realized Sherlock Holmes is a very, very strong contender for this one too. Basically, I’m in awe whenever the plot is about solving a complex mystery.

City of Stairs, City of Stairs, City of Stairs. The Divine Cities trilogy is my favorite fantasy series ever. The characters are so good, the world-building is so good, the writing is so good, the plots are SO GOOD. It was almost impossible to stop reading. What else is there to say? Ohhh wait, there is one thing. The beginning of City of Stairs begins with this courtroom scene that I was so confused by the first time, but after I read it again and kept going, I was done in for by probably the first chapter.

I didn’t think I would hate Shoe Dog going into it, but I did think I was going to dislike it. This is showing my biases here, but I had the unconscious assumption that because it was by a sports person, it wasn’t going to be written very well. I was completely, ridiculously wrong. This book was not what I expected on many levels. Besides it not being written like I thought it would be, I also did not expect the story of Nike’s founder and the story of Nike to be what it is. Like, did you know that in the beginning, he had to hustle like crazy in order to compete with Adidas, the reigning brand at the time?

Percy Jacksonnnn. I normally don’t re-read books, but besides The Blood of Olympus, I think I’ve read all the Percy Jackson books that I own at least twice. (The first three were borrowed from my fourth grade teacher’s classroom library and the never turned, and at least one of them is from Costco.) It was because in middle school, whenever I ran out of books from the library, I would always go find them. If you did the same thing now and cut off my source of new books, I would still do the same. The ones I re-read the most was either Mark of Athena or The Last Olympian—that final citywide battle is so epic.

I go between being nervous about having kids and being excited about being a parent, but after I finished This is How It Always Is, I was fully on the second side. In it, Rosie and Penn have five kids, and reading about their family literally made me want to have a big family too. Just look at this chaotic energy.

“I want to change it. I don’t like Claude.”
“Me too. I want to change my name. Orion is the name of a star, not a boy.”
“Orion is the name of a constellation, not a star,” Ben corrected.
“Easy for you,” said Roo. “You got the normal name.”
“Roo’s a normal name,” said Ben.
“Yeah, for a kangaroo!” said Rigel.
“Let’s get a kangaroo!” said Orion.
“We’re not getting a kangaroo,” said Rosie.
“I’m changing my name to Kangaroo,” said Orion. “That’s what I want to be called from now on. Kangaroo Walsh-Adams.”
“At least you got a constellation,” said Rigel. “I got a foot.”
“My foot,” Orion said proudly.”
“Your foot,” Rigel agreed morosely.
“No one is changing his name,” said Rosie.

I think I read Long Bright River in one Friday afternoon during the school year because I couldn’t stop turning the pages. The book feels like a combination of different genres. The pacing and plot feel slightly like a thriller (or what I would expect a thriller to feel like–I don’t think I’ll ever know for real), but the writing and characters feel like a contemporary literary novel. Wait, okay the inside flap agrees with me: it’s described as crime mystery + family drama. That combination is one I don’t think I’ve ever read before, and it was so good.

The Name of the Wind just feels like Epic Fantasy come to life. It has the university, the hero who’s smarter than everyone else, the magic (of course), and dragons—and so much happens that dragons aren’t even a major part of the plot (uhh as far as I remember). And have you seen what Patrick Rothfuss looks like?? He literally looks like he could be Gandolf’s archenemy/best friend/third cousin/all of the above. But I do want to say that from Goodreads, this seems to be a book that you either really love or really don’t love.

I know the point of this question is to say a book you love so much that you would be happy to read it again as soon as you finished it, but I don’t think I would do that with any book. The only book that this would be a possibility would be the bible, but I’m pretty sure that’s even less of what this question is going for. So anyways, if I had to choose a book to be marooned with, I would choose a very, very long book because then I would have something new to read for as long as possible. And The Power Broker, with over a thousand pages, is I think the longest book I want to read.

Okay so I’m writing this section the day this post is coming out, which is a few months after I chose this book for this section, which is why I’ve read this book already. (I wonder what the record is for consecutive “which” clauses in a published piece of writing.) I gave it four stars, so I was close.

I was reading Olivia’s post, and when I saw that she put The Hate U Give for her answer for “a well-loved book you love too,” I went to Goodreads to search up if there was anything about a new book by Angie Thomas coming out, and THERE IS. The book is called Concrete Rose, it’s coming out in January of next year, and it’s about STARR’S DAD, MAVERICK, AS A TEENAGER.

I had heard my friend talking about how she had pre-ordered Know My Name and how excited she was about it, and it was that plus a post by Elizabeth at RedGalMusings that convinced me to read it. It’s the memoir of Chanel Miller, who was was “Jane Doe” in the 2015 Brock Allen Turner sexual assault case. I hadn’t known anything about the case before hearing about this book, and reading has changed and formed my mind on sexual assault in court. But while the case is the reason why this book was written, it’s not the heart or the backbone of this story. That belongs to Chanel Miller herself. She’s amazing. Her thoughts and her writing are beautiful.

Born a Crime is SO FUNNY. Over spring break, I read it on the way to the airport and then on the actual flight, and I was literally just laughing to myself. I didn’t really notice, but it must’ve been obvious because at one point, a woman asked me what I was reading because she said she could tell I was enjoying it. This book automatically made Trevor Noah my favorite comedian. I don’t need to know anything else about him.

Fish in a Tree is another book that I’ve read more than once. I think I’ve read it three times, but the last time was a few years ago. I’ve been waiting to re-read it because I’m nervous: what if I don’t love it as much as I did the other times around??? It’s my third favorite book of all time, so if I re-read it and I don’t like it as much, I’ll have to figure out what my new third favorite is and I have a feeling that is not going to be an easy decision. It’ll probably involve a list and then me thinking about it for days. I mean, I guess I could just not know what my third favorite is…but knowing top two just feels incomplete. The risks are just so high.

I first heard about Team of Rivals from the podcast What Should I Read Next?. In the episode, the guest talked about how she cried so hard when Abraham Lincoln died at the end of this book. so when I was reading it, I started getting nervous as I reached the end. But I don’t think I actually cried for this one. Which is not to say that history books have not made me cry. Two that I know I cried during are The Only Plane in the Sky and These Truths—and that is actually the next book in this tag. (Dude, good job, what a transition.)

First I need to explain how I interpreted this question. By everyone, I do not mean the people-who-actually-read-books community at large. By “everyone”, I mean the people around me. When my friends saw me reading These Truths, I told them it was a book about American history and that it was so interesting, but they were like uhhhhhhhhhh. I’m actually thinking about reading it at the end of this year again because I just want to download all of it into my brain. (Wait, that reminds me of this science fiction series—Insignia by S. J. Kincaid. People actually download stuff into their brains in those books. I don’t think I’ve heard people talk about the series much, but I remember it being really good.)

After I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (I read the series for the first time last summer), I was feeling several strong emotions. One of them was the feeling that can only be described as AHHHHHH. This feeling can have very different inflections depending on the circumstance, but for this situation, it was more of the why-did-you-do-this-I’m-so-mad-why-did-you-have-to-do-this kind. And the thing is, I’m pretty sure that I knew this certain event was going to happen before I started the whole series, but then I forgot. I guess it would be nice for me to clarify what I’m talking about by testing out how to do an open spoiler thing with WordPress code, but nah.

My choice for this one might be kind of strange because Howl’s Moving Castle is not at all a romance story. The story is about how an egotistical wizard, a grumpy fire demon, and a girl who’s been changed into an old woman team up together against a witch. (And of course, there’s a moving castle.) The first time I read it, I was like, this is not good. But then the second time I read it, I was like, THIS IS SO GOOD. There’s literally one line–one line–that makes the romance in this book my favorite one I can think of.

I tag Not All Who Sonder // The Story Sponge // The Temperamental Writer.

Have you read any of these?
What book have you read that has the best romance?
A book you love that people need to talk about more?
Do you have a favorite character or book out of the two series?
ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE PERCY JACKSON ADAPTION? There’s only right answer for this question.

5 thoughts on “The Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Book Tag”

  1. I was so excited to hear about the new Percy Jackson adaption, and I really hope they don’t mess it up… not like last time. *shudders*
    So much love for The Mysterious Benedict Society ❤ And Howl's Moving Castle! So many wonderful characters 🙂
    The Lightning Thief will always be my favorite Percy Jackson book (I mean, I haven't seen the future so I don't KNOW that I'll never change my mind, but…I really don't think I'm changing my mind). Pretty sure Mark of Athena is my favorite Heroes of Olympus book.
    Ooh, I've never heard of City of Stairs, but I've been wanting to read more fantasy, so I might have to check it out…
    Thanks for tagging me! Hopefully I can get to it soon 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I KNOW. Oh my goodness, they cannot mess it up again. The chance of that are non-existent. It’s impossible. The math says so.
      I think Mark of Athena is my favorite one too. (Okay, for some reason, typing it out just then made me realize that there’s actually two names in that title, and now it just looks like Mark as in a guy named Mark now?? This is weird.)
      AHHH City of Stairs is so good. I cannot emphasize that enough. It’s so good. The entire trilogy is so good.
      I’m excited to see your answers!!! (Um, but I would honestly rather you give City of Stairs a shot :))

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