An Ode to my English Teacher Who does not Read

Oh, this ode is for you, dear Mr. K.

Your lack of initiative leaves me saying, “Hey!”

An English teacher who has not read,

is one who has been sorely mislead.

Where have you been???

Oh, the things that you have missed

have now got you shrouded in mist.

Shame, shame, shame-

this is now associated with your name.

Why haven’t you read Harry Potter yet???

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A list of books that Mr. K should read, of which I also recommend to others who would like to further their literary repertoire and/or stay “hip” in this age of popular kids’ books:

  • “Hip” books
    1. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling (duh!)
      1. A young boy finds his way in the world and battles dark forces along with help from his wizard friends.
    2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (see here for book order clarification)
      1. Clary Fray, a normal girl living in New York, finds herself thrust into the shadowhunter world, a special human race destined to battle demons in order to keep humanity safe.
    3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
      1. Strong heroine Celaena Sardothien is chosen to compete in a contest to become the king’s personal assassin in this richly imagined fantasy.
    4. You better have already read Percy Jackson
      1. I’m not kidding, Mr. K
  • Hamlet adaptations
    1. Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein
      1. A new twist on Hamlet from the first person perspective of Ophelia.
    2. A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison
      1. A modern day Hamlet from Ophelia’s point of view.
  • Macbeth adaptations
    1. Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa M. Klein
      1. Rejected by her own father Macbeth, Albia is raised by the three witches. This is her role behind the scenes.
  • Romeo and Juliet adaptations
    1. Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub
      1. After Romeo and Juliet die, Rosaline and Benvolio are left to pick up the pieces.
    2. Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine
      1. A different twist on the play from Benvolio’s point of view as he watches everything unfold and becomes entangled within the mess himself.
    3. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
      1. Everything is not as it seems. Romeo murdered Juliet, and now they are destined to be reborn over and over again into different lovers, each fighting to gain the upper hand in the ongoing struggle of good vs evil.

Disclaimer: My English teacher Mr. K actually does read. He just doesn’t read kids books (even though he teaches kids). Besides that, he’s a pretty chill teacher. He’s in charge of our school newspaper, actually (of which I am a part of).

The Shadowhunter Chronicles Correct Order

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My second favorite series ever is the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. Pure works of awesomeness, they can be a bit daunting at first when trying to figure out the right way to read them. Since I was already in the mood to list series in the correct order (I just put Rick Riordan’s books in order) I thought I’d do this series too. 😀

The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, The Wicked Powers, and extra books that are associated with the Shadowhunter Chronicles are all listed in order here:

  1. City of Bones (TMI)
  2. City of Ashes (TMI)
  3. City of Glass (TMI)
  4. Clockwork Angel (TID)
  5. City of Fallen Angels (TMI)
  6. Clockwork Prince (TID)
  7. City of Lost Souls (TMI)
  8. The Shadowhunter Codex
  9. Clockwork Princess (TID)
  10. The Bane Chronicles
  11. City of Heavenly Fire (TMI)
  12. Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy
  13. Lady Midnight (TDA)
  14. Chain of Gold (TLH)
  15. Prince of Shadows (TDA)
  16. Chain of Iron (TLH)
  17. The Queen of Air and Darkness (TDA)
  18. Chain of Thorns (TLH)
  19. The Wicked Powers series

P.S. It really is best to read these books in publication order because as more come out they tend to spoil the ones that came before. One series spoils another and so on and so forth.

***NOTE*** Books that aren’t pictured above have not been published yet, and therefore I do not own them and cannot include them within the picture.

Correct Order of Rick Riordan Books

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Okay, so as I mentioned in my Fishy Doppelgänger post before, I wanted to lay out the correct way in which to read Rick Riordan’s books. Now, I mean, my word isn’t law, but if you want to get the best experience out of these when you read them, I recommend that you read them this way. Here is the publication order of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, Camp Half-Blood/Kane Chronicles crossovers, The Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and all of Rick Riordan’s other children’s books.

  1. The Lightning Thief (PJO)
  2. The Sea of Monsters (PJO)
  3. The Titan’s Curse (PJO)
  4. The Battle of the Labyrinth (PJO)
  5. The Demigod Files (PJO)
  6. The Last Olympian (PJO)
  7. The Ultimate Guide (PJO)
  8. The Red Pyramid (KC)
  9. The Lost Hero (HOO)
  10. The Throne of Fire (KC)
  11. The Son of Neptune (HOO)
  12. The Serpent’s Shadow (KC)
  13. Survival Guide (KC)
  14. The Demigod Diaries (HOO)
  15. The Mark of Athena (HOO)
  16. The Son of Sobek (PJO/KC)
  17. The House of Hades (HOO)
  18. The Staff of Serapis (PJO/KC)
  19. The Blood of Olympus (HOO)
  20. The Crown of Prolemy (PJO/KC)
  21. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods
  22. Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes
  23. The Sword of Summer (MCGA)
  24. The Hidden Oracle (TOA)
  25. The Hammer of Thor (MCGA)
  26. Camp Half-Blood Confidential
  27. The Dark Prophecy (TOA)

Really, you don’t have to stress about the order too much as long as you make sure you read Percy Jackson and the Olympians (yes, even The Demigod Files) FIRST, before you read any of the other series.

***NOTE*** Books that aren’t pictured above have not been published yet, and therefore I do not own them and cannot include them within the picture.

Fishy Doppelgängers

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WARNING: This post has a book summary, review, and my dream that connects to the book mentioned. It may contain SPOILERS for The Lightning Thief book. Nothing major is mentioned, but readers should take caution when I review the book. The summary before and the dream afterward should be okay. If not, don’t be afraid to tell me so I can change this spoiler warning accordingly.

And okay, while we’re doing warnings, I guess I better also warn you: this is my most favorite book series EVER. Rick Riordan rocks, and he is my hero. Whenever Percy Jackson is mentioned, I get super excited and fangirl the heck out without pausing to breathe. That being said, I nearly died of joy when I had a dream about my favorite characters. I thought this would be an appropriate start to my blog since Percy Jackson is such a big part of my life. (Just ask my sister Alisha who has no qualms complaining about how often I annoy her with my fangirling.)

Book summary

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan is a five book series beginning with The Lightning Thief. Percy Jackson and the Olympians can be followed by its companion series, The Heroes of Olympus. If one still wishes for more Percy Jackson, Rick Riordan has written a crossover mini series with The Kane Chronicles. It can get a bit confusing if you haven’t been following the books as they come out. Hmm… Maybe I should make another post explaining the correct order to read certain series. Hehe. I just love educating people about books. Anyway, sorry. Got a bit off track there. Right now I believe I’ll just review The Lightning Thief, the first book (hence the one you should read first) out of all of these books.

Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.

And with a bang, you’re thrust into Percy Jackson’s weird life. The twelve-year-old begins his story while on a field trip with his 6th grade class. A strange occurrence on the trip leaves Percy seriously shaken, especially when no one but him can remember anything– except for perhaps his best friend Grover. As Grover continues to lie to him, Percy determines that something fishy is going on. At the end of the school year he returns to his home in New York City to be back with his mom and nasty stepfather.

Everything comes to a point when Percy is attacked by the Minotaur. Barely escaping with his life, he finds himself at Camp Half-Blood, which is no ordinary camp. It is meant for demigods, people who are half mortal, half god– Greek gods, to be exact. With his life changed beyond reason, it stands to chance that things can only get better, right? Nah. Percy is accused of stealing none other than Zeus’s lightning bolt. Zeus is the head honcho god and as temperamental as heck, basically the last person on earth you want to anger. In order to clear his name, Percy sets out on a quest. Joined by Grover and fellow demigod Annabeth, Percy and his friends fight and con their way across the country in order to reach the Underworld where they believe the real thief is.

Book review

Percy Jackson is a hilarious narrator, telling his adventures in a distinctive voice. It’s impossible to get bored with Percy narrating! His voice helps to move the plot along, keeping it fast paced and filled with jokes.

Riordan is a genius at incorporating Greek mythology within modern day America, weaving the two together seamlessly. It’s quite entertaining to see how the Greek gods supposedly influenced the events that happen today. When I first picked up The Lightning Thief (I was a tiny 8-year-old, dear sweet goodness) I had already been studying Greek mythology by myself for a while, so I loved seeing how Rick Riordan retold the Greek myths. Unlike other authors who might morph Greek myths into their own creations, Riordan acknowledges the original myths, having Percy learn them as demigod history lessons. I definitely appreciated this, knowing that it was an accurate representation of the myths.

Throughout Percy’s experiences he is introduced to new figures, both good and bad. Riordan’s characters are multilayered (like an onion), with flawed good characters and bad characters who aren’t so very evil. The characters add flavor to the story, creating an interesting and humorous world for readers to navigate through along with Percy.

But Percy’s world, because it’s complex, also comes with its fair share of complications that can’t be solved by hacking at somebody with a sword (but, don’t get me wrong, there’s lots of that too). Riordan doesn’t shy away from sticky situations. He deftly describes problems such as Percy’s abusive step father or the many shenanigans of the Greek gods. Expertly discussing the situations in ways that are not explicit, he is still gives good portrayals of the various dilemmas. This is important for a children’s author to do. Not everything in real life is going to be made of lollipops and rainbows, and kids do face conflicts in their lives. They shouldn’t have to deal with them, but they’re there none the less. Not only is Riordan giving them a good story, but he’s allowing kids to see that they aren’t alone, that other kids have issues too.

With all the positive elements incorporated within The Lightning Thief, it can be read, not just by grade school kids, but people of all ages. With a solid 10 out of 5 stars, this is an adventure that no one should miss out on! (Translation: if you haven’t read Percy Jackson yet, what are you doing?) It shall continue to be my all time favorite, no matter how old I get.

My dream

I was so excited when I first had this dream about Percy Jackson that this is literally how I labelled it in my notes: PRECY JACKSON DREAM ASDFGHJKL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I typed it out so fast I couldn’t even spell Percy correctly.

At the beginning of my dream I was in this large Greek architecturally styled building. Within the building I played this game show with my friend Jack. (Often, people I know in real life pop up in my dreams.) The game was kind of like Jeopardy. In it, the players were given random topics and then had to come up with where they came from. It could have been anything and I had a really hard time playing. I couldn’t think of the answer to the question I was given, so I ran away from the contest (running away from your problems is always the answer) and followed a lady to the top of the building. It was wobbly at the top and I thought to myself “A Greek structure wouldn’t be wobbly! Greeks were great mathematicians.”

After I escaped the horrible game show for good, I decided to travel to Europe on my own. I went there to learn how to be independent and do things by myself. I went to this weird train station where there were a bunch of different shops centered around it. My mom gave me money and I had to exchange it for euros. In the European market there was an old Percy Jackson who was sitting alone and depressed in a room filled with cool knickknacks, resembling an antique store. Within my dream I knew –don’t ask me how I knew this, sometimes in my dreams I just KNOW things– that he had a hard choice and was deliberating whether or not to take action.

This old Percy was actually from the future. In his time Annabeth had died. At risk of ruining the world by messing up past events, old Percy made the decision to go back in time and attempt to save Annabeth from her untimely death. Percy picks up a particular object within the room and it instantly transports him back in time. Fast forward to the fateful event. Old Percy goes onto the boat that past Percy and Annabeth were on when Annabeth died. I’ve been calling it a boat, but it was more of a large floating wooden platform that carried its passengers (and was surprisingly stable). Other people were on the raft, but the two Percys and Annabeth were the main focus of my dream.

Attempting to prevent Annabeth’s death, old Percy tells both past Percy and Annabeth that a storm is brewing on the seas, warning them that if they do nothing Annabeth will die in the ship wreck. Having been warned ahead of time, past Percy and Annabeth are prepared and Annabeth does not meet a salty end. The old Percy goes poof poof because his future is no longer a reality.

BUT THEN, as Percy and Annabeth are swimming away, Annabeth sees another Percy going in the opposite direction from them. There’s a third Percy! *gasp* This doppelgänger was definitely nefarious in nature, and unfortunately slipped away. Annabeth, after seeing another Percy swim away, knew that something wasn’t right and suspected old Percy of double-crossing them. Tsk tsk. Percy’s evil doppelgänger, in fact, was not in league with old Percy, but Annabeth is unaware of this.

At this point in my dream I was beginning to wake up, so Percy’s evil doppelgänger just kind of doesn’t come back. Dun dun dunnnn… Percy, Annabeth and another survivor from the boat arrive at the European market safely. In the end, Percy and Annabeth arrive at a house that’s been recently remodeled. At first Percy doesn’t recognize it but when he does it’s very emotional because the house was of great value to him and Annabeth. He hugs Annabeth and they end up kneeling on the floor in each other’s arms crying out of sheer happiness at their survival and the fact that they are together. Happy ending, hallelujah!

Aaaaaaaand…

That’s pretty much it. It’s actually pretty amazing you’ve given me this much time. Like, wow, you have stamina. *high five!* Thanks for reading!

Salut!

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Hi! *waves enthusiastically* Thanks for visiting! My name is Ariel. Yes… like the little mermaid. I have made the leap and decided to create my own blog. Woo! I’m super de duper new at this, so bear with me as I blog my first post. (Do you blog a post? Is that what you call it? Oi.) I guess since this is my first post, I’ll give you a little introductory information. (Are you supposed to give introduction information on your first post?)

What to expect: I love books. I will be blogging about books. Boooooooks. My life revolves around books, so that’s what my blog will revolve around. My goal is to blog at least once a week about what book(s) I’m reading and how it/they influenced me or reminded me of something during my week. Maybe I’ll include an event that happened to me. Maybe I’ll talk about a dream I had. I have amazingly vivid dreams and a lot of times they stem from something that I read. My friends always find them quite interesting, so I thought I might write about them on here. In every post I make, I will give you a review and summary about that book, along with how it connects to what was going on in my life that week or a dream that I had. Or both. 😀

About me: I am 16 years old. Hehe. I remember waiting for my birthday, knowing that when I turned 16, I would be the average age of my book characters. Now that I am, I have fun comparing myself to them. Most of the books I read are YA (young adult), but I’m not very strict about what I do read. What I read all depends on my mood and what catches my attention at the time. Too often I have trouble choosing between options. Along with reading, I also enjoy writing. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I started this blog; I want to become a better writer. I know it’s not realistic to imagine that as soon as I write a book it will be magically published and read by everyone on the planet, so I’m hoping to become a book editor first. This is one of the steps toward that goal. I live at home with my mom, dad, 13-year-old sister, and a german shepherd named Beauty. My mom is actually the person who told me that I should start a blog, after hearing from someone else that it was good practice for writers. I really look forward to improving. (Thanks mom!)

Thank you for your time, and I hope to see you for future posts! Au revoir!