Monday, June 5, 2017

TTT: Recent(ish) Graphic Novels I Want To Read

The delightful bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish host this weekly list challenge.  If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check them out!

The topic this week is 10 Books From X Genre That I've Recently Added To My TBR List

I decided to share some graphic novels I'm hoping to read this summer.  The first graphic novel I ever read was Watchmen, which I read back in 2009 for my book club.  I didn't care for it.  The first graphic novel I really go into was Brian K. Vaughan's series Y: Last Man Standing, which I picked up in 2011 while I was waiting for my tutee to show up at the library and then devoured all of.

My current relationship with graphic novels is:

  • don't get manga
  • usually don't enjoy superhero comics
  • struggle to follow comic-format stories even if I like them--I prefer stand-alones
  • get super frustrated with graphic novels that read like condensed, illustrated novels instead of full stories in their own rights
  • love how quickly I get through them
  • am stunned at how emotional and engaging some of them are
  • love the variety of genres they come in
  • still struggle to focus on the art as much as is probably needed to fully appreciate each book
  • prefer full color, but willing to read b&w
  • sometimes need my reading glasses to deal with tiny print
There are some extended-volume series I've begun that I would like to get caught up on:

March, books 2 & 3 by John Lewis 
Saga vol. 7 and Papergirls vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
Princeless vol. 3-5 by Jeremy Whitby
Ms. Marvel vol. 2-7 by G. Willow Wilson
Giant Days vol. 3-5 by John Allison

There are some MG/YA graphic novels from my classroom library that I want to finally read myself:

Around the World by Matt Phelan
The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

There are some graphic novel memoirs that sound interesting:
Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld
Flying Couch by Amy Kurzweil

and then there are some other adult novels that look good:

We Stand on Guard by Brian K. Vaughan (I really like his stuff, okay?!?)
Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
The March of the Crabs by Arthur de Pins

See what I mean about the variety of genres and styles within the umbrella "graphic novel" term?  So cool.  It obviously lends itself to the fantastic and imaginative, but works equally well for memoir, historical fiction, satire, contemporary, etc.

What are you hoping to read a bunch of this summer?


  1. I'm not a big fan of Graphic Novels and comics either.

  2. I finally tried Saga (first three so far) and while I'm enjoying it I don't quite get ALL the hype. Still I'm also reading Runaways by the same author and want to try Paper Girls.

  3. I'm also not a big fan of graphic novels and comics most of the time, but Kindred looks pretty good.

    Greg, I've read part of Runaways. It was a pretty decent story from what I can recall.

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  4. I’m slowly getting into graphic novels. I like them because they’re different from my usual reading experience. I still need to read March. I flipped through Everything is Teeth last time I was in a bookstore, and it looked good, but it was too expensive. I hope you get a chance to read all these!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  5. I never thought I was a graphic novel person, but I'm actually starting to really love manga (when it's the right series) and I've read a couple of other types of graphic novels as well now. I really enjoyed Monstress, and I'm looking forward to the next edition---and Saga is one that everyone seems to adore. I definitely need to pick that one up at some point. I agree that I also need to try to take the time to focus on the art a bit more---I'm all about story!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  6. I just got Spinning at BEA, and the whole graphic memoire has me intrigued.
    Sam @ WLABB


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