Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WWRW: Teenager Picks

We're in the process of adopting a teenage girl who LOVES to read.  One of the ways that I've been able to connect with her is through books.  She loves Harry Potter, which I've read multiple times, but she also loves many books that I'd never read or even heard of!  She suggested for me two series - the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan and the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

I started with the Percy Jackson series because it seemed much more manageable - 5 books, approximately 300 pages per book versus Wheel of Time with 15 much lengthier books.  Plus Percy Jackson is young-adult-lit, which makes it a quick read with lots of action!  

In a lot of ways, Percy Jackson is much like Harry Potter.  The title character is a pre-teen boy who is a year-older in each successive book.  There is a prophecy that predicts that Percy will have to be the one to defeat evil and like Harry Potter, alludes to him needing to die to accomplish it.  Instead of a secret world of magic, there is a secret world of greek gods and demigods, a.k.a. half-bloods, who are children of the gods.  While it didn't come quite to the level of Harry Potter, it is a fun fantasy world and I imagine that my middle-school-self would have loved all the mythology!  

I haven't started the Wheel of Time series yet, but my husband tells me it is quite good.  It is lengthy and has a higher reading level than Percy Jackson, so I don't imagine it's one I can read while watching the kids in the backyard!  Its appeal is more high school to adult versus middle school and up with Percy Jackson.  Wheel of Time is similar to Lord of the Rings in terms of creating a very large fantasy world with a huge cast of characters.  I look forward to reading it!

Linking up with Jessica for What We're Reading Wednesday!


  1. Wow! That's awesome! Wheel of Time is looooooooooooong. I love reading about your teenager :-)

  2. I have heard good things about Robert Jordan. Girls and books. It's a wonderful thing.