The Ultimate Rick Riordan Reading Order

So I decided to (as best as I could) put all of Rick Riordan’s books in chronological reading order so people know what to read first! I took some liberties with the short stories since it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when they take place, but I did my best! Without further ado, here’s the list:

The Lightning Thief
The Sea of Monsters
Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot (From The Demigod Files)
The Titan’s Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon (From The Demigod Files)
Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades (From The Demigod Files)
The Last Olympian
Percy Jackson and the Staff of Hermes (From The Demigod Diaries)
Son of Magic (From The Demigod Diaries)
The Lost Hero
The Diary of Luke Castellan (From The Demigod Diaries)
Leo Valdez and the Quest for Buford (From The Demigod Diaries)
The Son of Neptune
The Mark of Athena
The House of Hades
The Blood of Olympus
Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo (From Guys Read: Other Worlds)
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods*
Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes*
The Sword of Summer
The Hidden Oracle

The Red Pyramid**
The Throne of Fire*
The Serpent’s Shadow*
Demigods and Magicians***

*Must be read after the Heroes of Olympus series but can be read before anything else

**Must be read after the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series but can be read before anything else

***Must be read after the Kane Chronicles and the Heroes of Olympus series

“why do people think percy is so dumb?”

because of Annabeth and her narrow perception of intelligence as being just “book smarts”. one of her biggest flaws as a character wasn’t just her pride, it was also her own ignorance to different forms of intelligence and her tendency to get pissed off when people didn’t understand her complex explanations/the science or engineering skills that she had already honed

most kids reading the original series would relate to annabeth. after all, they were readers too! they could understand the perception of “im smart because i read and they’re dumb because they don’t”, so when annabeth calls percy “seaweed brain”, affectionately or not, and pseudo calls him stupid throughout the series, it has specific implications of percy’s intelligence that the reader ends up mirroring, regardless of the lack of truth.

i’m not going to go into why percy was smart because posts like that exist but in general, he’s analytical, he’s crafty, and he has a way with words (siren blood lmao). however, in the demigod files she was like “idk if he’s dumb or not” and everytime percy doesn’t understand that maybe a girl might like him (because hey he hasn’t been bullied every day of his school life by guys and girls alike or anything) he was teased, eye-rolled at, or outright called stupid.

like i love annabeth but just because you’re not good at science/math/school/memorizing/etc. doesn’t mean your dumb?? i find it a little strange that rick would have made the daughter of the goddess of wisdom so focused on book smarts rather than actual honest wisdom

This is a special underworld garden! Nothing growing here needs natural light - that’s why we have mushrooms and luminous plants which don’t need daylight. And my dad grows precious stones rather than flowers. These are rubies, this pile is diamonds – so much easier than those plants you guys have to water all the time.
—  Nico di Angelo

@pinksunsets555 said: “I think one of my favorite Percico moments (since I can’t actually pick a favorite), is the one of Sword of Hades, from the Demigod Files, where Percy notices that Nico was going to go on the quest to find Hade’s sword and make him proud, and Percy goes on the quest entirely because he refused to let Nico go alone. It’s just one of those moments that show how much Percy cares for Nico, and how he’s willing to protect him at all costs, that people really seem to forget.”

So what is your favorite interaction or line from the books regarding Percy and Nico?  Send us your response via ask/submission! Two posts will be posted per day/depending on the amount of response we receive.

This ghost was harder to see. She was a woman in an old-fashioned black velvet dress with a matching hat. She wore a string of pearls and white
gloves, and her dark hair was tied back.
Nico stopped in his tracks. “No …”
“My son,” the ghost said. “I died when you were so young. I haunt the world in grief, wondering about you and your sister.”

The Demigod Files

I cried my eyes out and I will never be ashamed

If I was going to pick one person in the world to reattach my head,” I said, “I’d pick you.”
I just blurted it out—to give her confidence, I guess— but immediately I realized it sounded pretty stupid.
“Awww…” Silena sniffled and wiped her eyes. “Percy, that is so sweet!”
Annabeth blushed. “Shut up, Silena. Hand me your dagger.
—  Rick Riordan- The Demigod Files