The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan is often overlooked. But when your primary competitor is J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, aka the best-selling series of all time, is there really anyone to blame? Most middle-grade readers had their sights set exclusively on the Harry Potter series in the early 2000s.
Recently, I found myself struggling to get through Dune by Frank Herbert. Not having much experience with heavy, world-based science fiction novels, my initial excitement to read all about the desert planet of Arrakis quickly turned into confusion and constant backtracking.