Friday, 7 September 2012

The Literary Olympics are here!

This time the activity from my library was to complete 1- 4 events of the Literary Olympics! The following are the ones I chose.
  • Marathon: Read a long book
  • Sprint: Read a short book or novella
  • Relay Race: Read a book, then pass it on to a friend, who passes it on to another friend, etc. 

1. Marathon
    For the Literary Olympics, I chose to read the Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. It is the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series, the first one being The Lost Hero. The book totals to 513 pages (excluding the glossary). It took me 6 hours to read the book, spanned over the course of 3 days. I would classify it as a fantasy/myth and legend/adventure book.
    I really enjoyed this book because it was packed with action. Every second was full of mystery and adventure at every turn. I also really enjoy learning about the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, so this book was interesting to me. The only thing that I didn't like as much is that sometimes there was so much mystery and so much going on that it was a little overwhelming, and hard to comprehend. The characters could also be more developed, so we learn about them and the plot. 
    All in all, I definitely recommend this book. If you're looking for an action-filled novel, choose this one! 

2. Sprint
    For the Literary Olympics Sprint, I read The Secret War by Jill Atkins. It is 138 pages, and I read it in about an hour and a half. 
    This very good book is about a girl named Sophie living in France during World War II. I liked this book because it made history interesting and enjoyable. It was kept consistently concise and engaging, and was arranged in short diary entries, which kept it understandable and easy to comprehend. Combine some action and suspense and you've got a great short novel! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction. Enjoy! :)

3. Relay Race
    Two of my friends and I concluded on a book we were all interested in reading: Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld. I've been wanting to read this book for some time now. 
    After waiting on the hold list for about a week, I went to the library to pick up my book, nearly hopping up and down. I was so excited to read this book! When I got home, I started reading. 
    I sped through the book, reading Part 1 one day, Part 2 the next day, and reading Part 3 in a few days (things got a little more busy). I couldn't put it down! Before I knew it, I was turning the last page, leaving me with a truly remarkable cliff-hanger. 
    "My name is Tally Youngblood. Make me pretty." 
    I was thrilled when the next "competitor" got her hands on the book, hoping she would enjoy it as much as I did. And she did. And so did the third "competitor". And, in fact, I finished the series and was somewhat disappointed. Why did the series have to end? 


  1. Holy cow lady! You are a FAST reader. I love the idea of the literary olympics, thanks for sharing!

  2. The Secret War was a very short book with big print and pages separated into journal entries, so it was a very quick read. The Son of Neptune was so good that I found it very easy to keep reading!!! Thanks for commenting! :)


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