Reading Review: Greek Mythology

Let me be honest – I’m not really reading about Greek mythology. I just wanted to sound intellectual for a moment. What I did read was a series of books written for 10 year olds that is loosely based on Greek mythology. So…technically the title does work.

I just finished reading the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. There are five books in the series – The Lightning Theif, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian. And, yes, they really are written for 10 – 14 year olds – as recommended by Amazon.com.

The premise is that Percy Jackson is the son of one of the Greek gods. They are real and still around and producing half-blood children with “mortals”. He learns his true identity in book 1 at the age of 12 and each year after he has to face a challenging, life-threatening quest in an effort to save not only the gods but all of humanity as well.

So, why did I read books written for 10 year olds? First of all, I thoroughly enjoy a fiction book written for people younger than me – though I usually go for the “teen” or “young adult” section, this series wasn’t a huge stretch from other books I’ve read. Secondly, every once in a while I need to read a book or series that’s just easy. An easy fiction book (or series) can do wonders for your reading enjoyment. After a few “grown up” books or parenting books or other educational-ish books, I get tired of reading. It gets too serious or too boring or there’s too much learning going on and I just need an easy book to help clear my brain and make me enjoy reading just for the reading. For that purpose, the Percy Jackson series is perfect.

Rick Riordan did a great job with these books. I can definitely see why 10 – 14 year olds would like them – assuming you don’t mind your children reading about Greek gods who not only exist but have affairs with humans to produce half-blood offspring who as teenagers have to battle all sorts of monsters and ghosts from the Underworld. I liked the books for myself and I’d probably let my child read them assuming they are mature enough to know the difference between fiction and reality.

If you need a reading break, I’d recommend Percy Jackson. Check out the series on Amazon.

Question: Do you read your child’s books before they read them? Is it to approve of content or just because you enjoy a good children’s book?

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