Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Titan's Curse

I finished reading The Titan's Curse last weekend. I thought I was behind on the bookworm challenge, but I just checked and discovered that I'm actually right on schedule, so I may actually pull it off! Not that reading one book a month is that much of a feat, but it still feels good to be able to set even a piddly little goal and see it come to fruition. Unfortunately my whole Bookworm plan is probably going to derail from this point forward, because I'm pretty sure that I'm going to ditch the rest of the Percy Jackson series. They're great little books, and I can definitely see why middle-schoolers love them, but once you've read one or two books from the series, you may as well have read them all. It's pretty much the same story line for each book: Things are going normal for Percy when something unusual or tragic happens, resulting in Percy and his friends having to go on death-defying quests in which they must fight and conquer mythological creatures in order to retrieve something vitally important. I honestly can't even give a review of The Titan's Curse, because I'm out of things to say. Who knows, I might decide to finish the last two books just because I've already come this far (I've already started Book 4), but I am getting an itch to take a break from the series and read something else.

I did order some "replacement" books from Amazon in case I decide not to finish the Percy Jackson series, and I'm excited about both of them. The first one, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, was recommended by Steven (who happens to work for the C.S. Lewis Foundation) in my Small Group. Here is a description of the book from the back cover:

"Screwtape is an experienced devil. His nephew Wormwood is at the
beginning of his demonic career and has been assigned to secure the damnation of a young man. Their hilarious correspondence is one of C.S. Lewis's most brilliant imaginative creations."


I had to copy that description because I think it just sounds so unique and appealing. I'm ready to read something not so mainstream. My second book, Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman, was recommended by Kristyn at her Turn of Page blog. Okay, that's not actually accurate. She ordered the book more or less by accident and wasn't 100% sure if she wanted to read it due to its religious overtones, so of course I decided "That sounds perfect for me!" Heehee. All of my books came in today, including Pride and Prejudice. P & P is the book I have been anticipating reading the most, but I've decided that I'm going to save it for summer break so I can really enjoy it.