Joanna here, on this day after Thanksgiving, thinking about what I'm grateful for.
Good books come near the top on the list.
"I cannot live without books." Thomas Jefferson
"When I have a little money, I buy books. If I have any left over, I buy food and clothing." Erasmus,
"Good books. Nom nom nom." Me
So here's what the Wenches are reading in November. Today . . . Susan, Cara, and Nicola. Tomorrow we'll hear from Anne and Mary Jo.
Between madly working on promo material for my upcoming January/February/March releases, as well as polishing up a new proposal, I’ve been a bit of a slacker in reading this month. However, have been having great fun catching up on Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. I loved his first Percy Jackson series, and this continuation of the teenage demigods is equally fabulous. I’ve just finished Book Three, “The Mark of Athena” and can’t wait to move on to the next one.
Basing his story concepts on a hip modern-day interpretation of the classic Greek myths, Riordan crafts a wonderfully imaginative world of monsters, high tech gizmos, cranky and quarrelsome Gods who need their half-human kids to step in and help save the day. I find his characters are beautifully draw, with each teen cleverly reflecting the attributes of his/her Olympian parent. There’s rollicking humor and action. But what I think gives the books great appeal to readers of all ages is how well he captures the very human emotions of self-doubt, inner fears, friendships and how we make moral choices.