Over Thanksgiving and Christmas, I read all 5 of the Percy Jackson books:
I didn't know that I'd like them so much, but I do! So much that I put my copies of them (which I got for Christmas) next to my Harry Potter series. Why I waited so long to read them? I don't know. After I finished, I said to Hubby, "You'll like them!" And then I got an idea. The next time I was at the library, I picked up the audio book for #1 and brought it home with me.
Hubby sometimes does a lot of traveling for work. He listens to the same audio book series that he's had for forever. It's good, I guess. I listened to them on our way to California for our honeymoon. But it's the same thing. And, these books are so much more fun!
I told him my idea, and he agreed to try the first book. A week later, he asked about the 2nd book. "Can we get the audio book for that?" We got him a library card. He hadn't been in the building since he was in elementary school, which boggled my mind!
Before I knew it, he had gone through the entire series, too. It was great because we instantly had inside jokes. We talked about the characters, our favorite moments...! So much fun!
Then it was Hubby's turn. He asked if I knew that there was another series with some of the same characters: The Hero's of Olympus:
We took a trip to the library together. He got the audio book of the 1st book, and I got the hardback copy of it. I tutor, so it makes more sense to have the book, which I can read when I'm not with a student. Later that week, I found Hubby in the office listening to the audio book, and I realized that he was just two chapters behind. I decided to listen in until he caught up. We ended up listening (almost) to the entire book together.
For the 2nd book, Hubby got ahead. He had a long trip for work, and I had a bunch of grading that had to come first before reading. He finished it before me, which drove me crazy because I wanted to know what would happen, but (of course) I didn't want him to tell me. I wanted to read it myself.
I got book 3 first. And I finished before him! Just barely.
Now we're both on book 4. We're listening to it together to start. I'm hoping I get my grading done quickly next week so I can finish before him.
The race is on...
I hope that someday I'll be able to create a book/series that will cause my readers to race and enjoy! I think it was Stephen King who said that reading is a great source of inspiration! I'm inspired.