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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan + 50/50 Friday

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.

Happy Friday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting one my Pride Month 2020 reads, The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan.  Riordan's one of my favorite authors and even though I'm not entirely caught up on all of the Heroes of Olympus series I still want to go ahead and jump into this series.  By the way, all of the chapter titles are haikus!



Hoodlums punch my face
I would smite them if I could
Mortality blows

My name is Apollo.  I used to be a god.

In my four thousand six hundred and twelve years, I have done many things.  I inflicted a plague on the Greeks who besieged Troy.  I blessed Babe Ruth with three home runs in game four of the 1926 World Series.  I visited my wrath upon Britney Spears at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.

But in all my immortal life, I never before crash-landed in a Dumpster.


Perhaps you are wondering how I could act so confident and calm.  In fact, I was terrified.  My sixteen-year-old mortal instincts were screaming, RUN!

50/50 Friday: Favorite/ Least Favorite Black Cover Design

Favorite - Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #1) by Tamsyn Muir - The cover design is so awesome for this series opener and the insides were just as awesome.  I can't wait to read the sequel!

Least favorite - Heroes: Saving Charlie by Aury Wallington - The first season of Heroes was one of my favorite years of tv, but unfortunately this media tie-in novel was just plain underwhelming and so was the novel's cover design.

What are you reading this weekend?  Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!


  1. I have read only a couple of books by Riordan. This one sounds like one I would enjoy. This week I'm spotlighting Aloha Night by Nalini Singh. Happy reading!

  2. I agree, the cover of Gideon the Ninth is fantastic!

  3. Some great choices! I have not even read Apollo yet...
    Totally have to step in agree, that Gideon cover is superb!

    Today I'm featuring You Can’t Catch Me by Catherine McKenzie. Have a lovely weekend!

  4. I have never read this author, but now I am curious. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE HALF SISTER”

  5. Oh my I haven't read a Rick Riordon in years... I might need to pick that one up!

  6. I'm back! Hello! That cover for Gideon the Ninth is GORGEOUS! It makes me want to read the book even without reading the blurb. I also really want to start the Trials of Apollo series! I STILL haven't finished the Blood of Olympus series (halfway through the last book and I can't bear to go any further and have the series be over) but when I finally do, I want to continue on with the Rick Riordan binge. Thanks for linking up, Lauren!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Welcome back, Laura! It's so cool. I bet you'd love it. I've still got to finish that series as well since this book takes up a little after that. Luckily it gives a good recap so you aren't lost. :)

  7. Sounds like a great read! Happy weekend!

  8. That's a great beginning to the Apollo book!

    The cover on the Gideon book terrifies me! I wouldn't even look at it, never mind reading it. :)

  9. I love it when authors do clever things like haiku at the chapter headings. Glad you are enjoying this new Riordan book.

  10. Poor Apollo! I really should try Riordan someday.

    Have a good weekend, and happy reading!

    My Friday Post.

    1. You've got a lot of great books to get caught up on if you do, Bea. :)

  11. I never read anything by Rick Riordan but this does sound like a good book.

  12. How cool to have haikus as the chapter titles. Thanks for sharing! Happy reading! :)

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