With a little more than a month to go, World Book Night will soon be here, and the books will soon be on their way to the various people lucky enough to be chosen to give them away. I should be picking them up in a few weeks.
I feel fortunate that, once again, I got my top choice of books. I will be giving away Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief. This novel is perfect for light and non-readers as it is considered a YA (young adult) novel. It will engage teens who may generally beg off reading, and it is complex enough for any adult reader. I chose it for those reasons.
To back up a bit, my sister Sally gave it to me several years ago as a gift, and I read it then. At the time, she said she had been told that it was the next "Harry Potter" and she knew how much I enjoyed that series. Like Rowling's novels, the novel fits into the YA fantasy genre. The novel (and the whole series) features the demi-god Percy Jackson and his struggles with the prophesy. Readers of The Lightning Thief will not only find it to be an engaging, humorous read, but will learn Greek mythology along the way. It is a great way to refresh one's knowledge of the Greek gods and myths, too. After completing The Lightning Thief, I eventually completed the series. I have also now read his Kane Chronicles (based on Egyptian mythology) and am reading his Heroes of Olympus series (Roman mythology with some crossover from the Percy Jackson series). I am awaiting the latest in the series to be published later this year, but I digress.
Furthermore, I shared this series with friends of mine, and after they finished reading all of the Percy Jackson series, they returned the favor. They discovered Riordan's Tres Navarre mystery series, which is classified as adult fiction (not YA) and shared them with me. I have now read all of them myself.
Hopefully, my giving away twenty copies of The Lightning Thief on World Book Night (April 23) will spark reading interest like this. One small tome will lead to another and another, and so on and so forth. That's the goal of World Book Night, and my goal: to make new readers out of those who haven't quite found the enjoyment of reading.
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