So, I took the plunge and signed up for some challenges this year, and the good news is that I’m still really excited about them. I’ve been posting my progress with the challenges on my 2010 Reading Challenges page and have been listing the books, pages, and hours, but I haven’t blogged on many of them so far, so I figured I’d take a minute for a quick update.
Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
This is the second in Riordan’s Percy Jackson series which follows Jackson, son of Poseidon and, thus, a demi-god, through various adventures of fighting monsters and surviving heroic quests.
I’ve enjoyed these books so far. I find them to be engaging stories and find myself laughing at the clever ways Riordan alludes to many aspects of Greek mythology.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
More than 200 years ago, the builders created a city underground and populated it for the purpose of ensuring the survival of mankind. Now, the infrastructure of the city is beginning to fail. While the builders planned for the inhabitants to re-enter the world, the instructions to leave Ember had been lost years ago. However, two children find the lost instructions and the way out.
While I’m usually a big fan of fantasy rooted in reality, I found this to be a bit too simplistic in both writing and storyline for my taste. To be fair, it was written for an audience much younger than myself, but it wasn’t my favorite.
In the midst of…
Currently, I’m reading The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig, the latest in her Pink Carnation series; I love this series and have been enjoying the trouble her characters always seem to get themselves into.