On why the Percy Jackson series are so great

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This is mostly based on my thoughts on The Battle of the Labyrinth since it’s the last book of the series I read recently, but really this entire series is totally worth reading and I would strongly recommend it especially if you have never read anything by Rick Riordan! In this one, which is the fourth volume in the series, the intrigue is going more grave, even more than in the third one, as dark forces are rising, more powerful than ever before.

Basically, if you don’t know about Percy Jackson, it’s a modern series, mostly destined for a middle grade audience (but really enjoyable for pretty much anyone in my opinion) where the Greek Gods still exist today, and still have children with mortals, the halfbloods. Percy Jackson discovers one day that he is the son of Poseidon, and he spends every summer at Half Blood Camp, but the world is in danger as the Titans and their lord Kronos are trying to rise again and destroy the gods…

So here are a few reasons why you should definitely check out this series!

* While dealing with dark matters, Rick Riordan keeps a quick pace, and a writing style that is both light and witty, in a way I find absolutely unique.

* Greek mythology is an inspiration I’ll never get tired of. These books are full of little references (as well as the obvious ones) and it makes reading them all the more satisfying.

* It manages to be simple, funny and hilarious in a way that makes you think, man I would never have thought of that but it’s bloody brilliant (for example bringing back the dead with coca cola and happy meals).

* It has these very simple sentences that are actually hilarious, for example when Percy says “Annabeth, Grover and I each took one of his hands” because it’s a being with a hundred hands, and it’s just really simple but also really funny at the same time at least in my opinion.

* They really show Rick Riordan’s incredible imagination. I know the creatures depainted do exist in Greek mythology (the work of great research too, and I admire it) but he is the one who describes them in a most vivid way, and I find it both incredible and fascinating.

And that’s all I could think about for now but I would love to hear your thoughts if you have also read and loved this series! I find them both clever and hilarious, and such unique books. I don’t know why I waited so long to pick them up again, but now that I have, I’m so glad I did, and I can only recommend them to spread the love! I am definitely planning on reading all of Rick Riordan’s books, they are quick and definitely refreshing reads!

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Bookstagram House Cup

Hi guys! This post is a bit different since I just wanted to share a bunch of pictures, but I hope you enjoy anyway!

Last week, a group of amazing Bookstagrammers organised the Bookstagram House Cup. Each day, you had to post a picture going accordingly with a quote picked from one of the books. Your entry represented your Hogwarts House. Your Head of House picked four representatives each day, and the Headmistress picked four winners for each day, and gave points to their house accordingly. At the end of the week, the House with most points won bragging rights, and one of the members was sent a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

Of course, I took part in each of the prompts, and I really enjoyed it. I was selected as a House representative for Day 7, which got me all excited. And the best thing was that Hufflepuff won!

That’s it for my babble, now I’m just going to let you enjoy my pictures!

Day 1:

“Oh, honestly, don’t you two read?” (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)

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Day 2:

“Harry Potter must not go back to Hogwarts!” (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

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Day 3:

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

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Day 4:

“Accio Firebolt!” (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

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Day 5:

“Not Potter’s Army, Dumbledore’s Army.” (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

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Day 6:

“This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince.” (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

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Day 7:

“Now was the moment to decide: Horcruxes of Hallows?” (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

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And I had two more pictures I wanted to include, the first one is another one I took for the prompt of the first day, but I ended up picking the other one for the challenge:

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And one more I took during my movie marathon on Saturday night!

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For more pictures like this, you can check out my Bookstagram account @Clemireads and the hashtag #BookstagramHouseCupH which features all the wonderful entries of House Hufflepuff for the challenge!

In addition to taking all these pictures, I tried to make butterbeer for the first time, and I reread and watched The Prisoner of Azkaban! I had so much fun and discovered many incredible new bookstagram accounts…

And last but not least, since this challenge was in honour of the release of The Cursed Child, here is a picture of my own copy, which I just got yesterday!

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Hope you enjoyed this article!

Merch featured:
Wands: Wand Witch & Wizard on Etsy
Quidditch bookmark: Mybookmark on Etsy
Deatly Hallows Necklace: Cutie House on Amazon
Hufflepuff mug: Warner Bros Studios
Hufflepuff scarf: handmade

Middle Grade Book Club: Harry Potter Update #3

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At the beginning of the year, I had planned with a bunch of bookstagrammers to reread the entire Harry Potter series from January to July. This now seems to fit even more perfectly since The Cursed Child will be released at the end of the month. However, as time went by, July came and I had only reread The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets.

Of course, I decided that it didn’t matter, but I still want to reread all the Harry Potter books before moving on to the new release. The only problem being that I only own those pictured above…

But I can still say that I made some progress this month! Earlier this month I rewatched both parts of the Deathly Hallows with my little brother who had never seen them. And I have to say, since I never mentioned them here on the blog, these movies are brillant. And it made me want to reread the books even more.

And over the weekend, I finally reread The Prisoner of Azkaban.

WARNING: SPOILERS

If you had asked me last year, I would have said that the third book in the series was my favourite. However now I’m not so sure. I know that I totally loved the first two books. And people usually say that the series gets darker with The Goblet of Fire. But since it was the third (or fourth?) time I read it, I noticed more things in The Prisoner of Azkaban that foreshadow the darkness that will come into the rest of the series.

First, we have the apparition of the Dementors. They are probably the most horrible thing in the entire Harry Potter universe. Like, really. They represent depression after all, and it is something I can relate to. I feel like this time, I understood better all the depth of these creatures, and it is really rather disturbing.

Then we have the whole oh-my-god-siruis-black-is-a-dangerous-crimminal plot that goes throughout this volume. Now I know by heart everything that happens, but really, bad stuff happens into this volume. A supposed escaped convict enters Hogwarts and the Gryffindor dormitories. A magical creature is unfairly sentenced to death (which raises my hatred towards the Malfoy family). The Prisoner of Azkaban definitely has its dark corners which are not to be underestimated.

Anyway, as ever, I really enjoyed this book. I have to say, I really love the ending, with what of the time turner, and the Marauders, and the Patronus, and Harry learning more about his parents, and finding family with Sirius. What I will keep in mind after this reread is the depth you can still find in the Harry Potter series with the rereads. And I changed my mind, it is not getting dark with The Goblet of Fire, but with The Prisoner of Azkaban, and that for two reasons: the Dementors, and the fact that Harry has now officially lost his innocence. Because for God’s sake, he wanted to kill Sirius when he thought he was the reason his parents had dies. (And I shed a tear when they had to say goodbye…) So yeah, big up for the great character development I don’t think I had noticed before! And I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one which is one of my favourite! (Okay, they are all one of my favourites, you got me…) (And since I’m going to be a camp councellor in August I will earn some money and buy a few books without feeling bad about it…)

That’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed, please feel free to share your opinion on the Harry Potter series in the comments!

Oh and if you want to check it out there is a Bookstagram House Cup thing going on on Instagram, you can check it out and participate, it’s a lot of fun! (Use hashtages #BookstagramHouseCup + the first letter of your Hogwarts House, like for example, I use #BookstagramHouseCupH because I’m a Hufflepuff!)

And PS I posted a new video on my Booktube Channel!

Middle Grade Book Club update: Percy Jackson

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If you have been on my blog for a while, you may remember that in January I had decided to be part of a readalong, reading one of the Harry Potter books each month until July, and then one of the Percy Jackson books each month until December. You may also have noticed that it didn’t quite happen as planned.

So far, for the Harry Potter books, I have reread The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets (I talk about the first one here and the second one here). I plan on reareading The Prisonner of Azkaban in July, and I actually still have to buy the others if I want to reread them, because I only own the French copies, and want to read them in English. But I have no money. I’ll still try to reread them this year, even if that didn’t quite work as planned, and then, I will be able to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

But that is not what I wanted to talk about today. I have reread Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief last summer, so I decided to skip this one for the challenge, since it was still pretty fresh in my mind. And as you may have noticed in my June Wrap up, I have reread The Sea of Monsters and The Titan’s Curse and this is what I wanted to talk about today!

I read this series for the first time when I was in middle school, I don’t exactly remember when, but I do remember that I loved them. I borrowed them from the library and they always had a special place in my heart. I love Greek mythology (I actually studied Ancient Greek for 8 years…) so of course, this mythology retelling is a jewel to me. And it felt so good to dive back into this world, now I can’t wait to get my hands on the last two books! I actually plan on reading all of Riordan’s books, since I only hear good things about them, but that will take me a long time I guess since I need to purchase them all (and I’m poor but I have already mentioned that I think).

In The Sea of Monsters, Percy discovers he has a cyclops half-brother, and his best friend Grover is chased by an almost blind other cyclops who wants to marry him. The only way to save Camp Half Blood, which is under attack by monsters, is to find the Golden Fleece, and he decides to go after it with Annabeth and his half brother Tyson.

In The Titan’s Curse, Annabeth has disappeared because of a monster, and two new half-bloods have been found. Percy and Grover also meet the Hunt, who are Artemis’ companions, and go on a quest with their leader Zoë, to fight their enemies and find Annabeth.

Through these books, we come across new gods and monsters, and go on new fantastic adventures. I just love these books so much. Percy is a hilarious narrator, and a really great character, with weaknesses and a big heart. Grover is his equally hilarious companion, and Annabeth is the smart girl in the squad. The good thing about this series too is that (unlike in the HP series) there are also other characters fighting along with them. It’s not a trio-exclusive thing. In the second book, they travel along with Tyson and occasionally Clarisse. In the third one, they are with Zoë, Thalia and Bianca. Every single character is unique, and each one is strong in a different way.

Each book reveals more about the war, and the quest. Little by little, we learn more about what the Oracle said about Percy (or at least, a person who is more likely to be Percy). Book after book, we learn more about the gods, and this magical universe reinvented by Rick Riordan, and I just love it.

If you haven’t read the Percy Jackson series, I highly recommend it! Yes, they are labelled as middle grade books, but so what? I’m 20 and I still enjoy them! It’s fun to think the hero is only 12 at first, and that is not at all a problem to me when I read the books… So yeah, if you haven’t read those books, definitely check them out, and I hope I will be back to talk about the two others very soon!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Or How I Failed my own Book Challenge

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Hi guys! You may remember from a few months ago that I had decided to be part of a book club with other bookstagrammers, where we would read one middle grade book a month through 2016, first the Harry Potter books, and then the Percy Jackson series. Considering I have just finished reading the Chamber of Secrets you don’t need to be a genius to realise how much I failed my own book challenge. However, I still wanted to share a few thoughts on here! And just because I’m not on schedule doesn’t mean I’m not going to read the rest of the books as planned, or almost! I already reread all the Harry Potter last year, but this is my first time reading in English, so I want to actually read them all – and at the same time, I’m getting the collection of the last Bloomsbury edition because I love it so much.

My rating: Don’t mind my Goodreads ratings, the Harry Potter books will always be 5 stars in my heart! The truth is, I enjoy them more every time I reread them. The older I grow, the more I enjoy those awesome books ♥

One more point I wanted to add before I go any further (which is as a matter of facts a shameless self-promo but anyway) is that I wrote a fanfiction partly inspired from this book so if you want to check it out, here is the link! The title is ‘A Golden Pairing’ and it’s a Ron + Harry story.

So, let’s get back to business, and share MY THOUGHTS on this wonderful book (Warning: it’s the third time I read it and I’m totally biaised).

What is it that makes me like this book?

Well first of all, it’s hilarious. Most of the time. The Weasley twins are easily my favourite characters (aside from Luna Lovegood but she doesn’t appear until much later in the series) and I just love how close they are to Harry and the trio. It is pretty much invisible in the movies as far as I recall, but in the books, Harry is actually close to all the Weasleys who are at Hogwarts with him (except Percy, maybe) and it’s just so enjoyable to actually see him be happy. It’s hilarious because of all the jokes and pranks, and of how irresponsible some teachers are *caugh* Lockhart I’m looking at you.

Let’s not forget that this book has amazing characters who share amazing friendships. Never underestimate that. Harry never fails to mention that Ron and Hermione are his best friends, and he is also rather close with the other boys from his dorm. (Once again, it’s so good to see him happy). Basically, the more I read those books, the more I love everything about them.

I also love the fact even though I know everything that will happen, the story is actually well made and full of surprises. It gives hints to how it will turn out, but it’s never too obvious… It’s just really cleverly made. The writing is also really enjoyable, I just get trapped into the story and can’t put it down until I got my does of sass and awesome!

Basically, I just wanted to tell you how awesome those books were. If you haven’t read them yet, what are you waiting for? Feel free to share your opinion below if you’d like!

Book Talk: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Hi guys! Here is a quick update on our Middle Grade Bookclub readalong!

In case you didn’t know, I am cohosting a readalong of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson through 2016. We are reading one book each month (more info here). It’s not too late to join us, we will read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in February!

Not a lot of people have joined in, but I love those books, so it’s still very enjoyable.

This month’s read was The Philosopher’s Stone, as you probably guessed. It was the third or fourth time I read it, but it was the first time I actually read it in English, and oh boy, I loved the experience. Not only did Rowling create an amazing magical world through her series, but she also has an awesome writing style. It was such an enjoyable read, I love going back to Hogwarts!

My reactions in a nutshell:

I’m so glad to be back in the Wizarding world, and I think I like those books even more each time I read them! I think this one is my favourite in the series, it’s so beautiful to discover and rediscover this amazing and magical world! It was also fun to share my opinion with others every other chapter… I’m definitely looking forward to our new read! (Because at the end of the day, they are all my favourites…)

I was cohosting with Sabrina from thebookishtheory, and I wanted to feature her opinion as well so here we go!

“I really enjoyed the experience and I also loved having a place where I could share my feelings and thoughts on the books as I read it.”

“I finished it too and I loved it. Definitely one of my new favorite books, I can see why everyone loved this series.”

If any of you guys wants to be featured on my next post (aka in a month) feel free to comment, join our Goodreads group or contact me on instagram (Clemireads)!!

Readalong announcement!

Hi guys! I have great news!

For the year 2016, I will be co-hosting a readalong with Sabrina from The Bookish Theory. (That’s her instagram and her blog)

We will read (or re read) the Harry Potter series and the Percy Jackson series, one book each month, starting with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in January.

You can join us!

This is our Goodreads Group and our common Instagram account!

Stay tuned, I will most likely keep you updated at the beginning of January!