Hello! I've only read hp and the dork diaries books + Everyday by david levithan that i highly recommend. I look for romance and some kind of fantastical elements in a book. Strong female characters are good too. I want to start the Percy Jackson series, but idk can u tell me a lil what its about?
Honestly if you like Harry Potter you’ll probably like Percy Jackson
Essentially it’s a modern retelling of ancient Greek myths. The Greek gods are real and, like in the old myths, have a habit of getting down and dirty with humans which means there are a lot of demigod (half god, half human) children running around. They have different powers depending on who their godly parent is and they all go to this summer camp which is basically hogwarts for Greek heroes. The original Percy Jackson series follows Percy through his teen years as he has to go on various quests, save his friends, fight monsters, and deal with daddy issues
The series is incredibly funny. I mean Harry Potter has its moments but everything Percy says is hilarious! There is romance involved but the series does start when Percy is 12 so, like Harry Potter, the romance takes a while to develop but it’s so great when it finally arrives!
And there are some amazing female characters so no need to worry about that! The spin off series also have loads of other great representation with lots of different ethnicities and sexualities represented, though the original series is a little bit lacking in that regard
Final note: don’t judge the books by their movies. I’ve honestly never seen a worse book to movie adaptation in my life and it makes me want to cry every time I think about it