Hi guys! As you might know from my monthly wrap up, I have finally started the Percy Jackson series, a series written for middle-graders. As a 17 years old, I've always been skeptical, simply because I don't want to be "wasting my time" reading "kids books". However, after watching a lot of booktube, I realized that Zoe (or Readbyzoe haha see what I did here) mentioned this book series a lot as a series that she loves and she says that although it is for a younger audience, the series is still absolutely incredible.
She was SO right.
I am so mad at myself for not reading these books at 12. How cool would it be to age with Percy and his friends??? This series makes me feel the same things that I felt when I read Harry Potter growing up, and it keeps making me want to know more of Percy's adventures (lol, I bought the first 3 books in the Heroes Of Olympus series already...).
Living vicariously through a fictional character is something that I love to do, and Percy Jackson really fulfilled those voids I had before reading this book. Ok, this sentence sounds horribly weird, but you might know what I mean... When you live someone else's story, you are growing with them. Rick Riordan manages to make us feel like we are with Percy throughout his journey, and this whole world sucks us in, and makes us go through great adventures and meet great people.
But wait the best part is...
These books DON'T FEEL LIKE THEY'RE FOR MIDDLE-GRADERS! Which surprised me as I finished reading The Lighting Thief, I realized that it did not read like a book for kids. I'm not saying they're not for middle-graders, they really are. But if you feel "too old" to read the series, DON'T!!! Honestly, the themes explorer and the dominant values are good "lessons" for everyone, and anyone of any age will enjoy these books, I'm positive.
The other great thing about these books : the Greek mythology. I've always seen anything Roman or Greek as boring as heck, but Percy Jackson, and the way the books explore Greek mythology, makes it so interesting. Not going to lie, I was so confused at first with the names of the creatures, and often asked myself "how are middle-graders understanding this?", but you eventually get used to it and to the names of the Gods.
I'm only halfway through the 3rd book, but I can definitely tell that it'll be a series that'll be in my top reads ever. So again, if you think you're too old for these books, YOU ARE NOT! Read them and get lost in the beautiful and action-packed, humourous world of Percy Jackson.
Thanks for reading this short babble,