It’s unsurprising that I’ve been curious about graphic novels over the past few years: it’s quite satisfying to read a book in a day and I love stories with illustrations. Here’s a selection of graphic novels I have read, graphic novels on my ‘to be read’ pile, and graphic novels on my wishlist.
As I adore young adult books, I’m particularly drawn to these types of visual stories. I read teen graphic novels This One Summer and Friends With Boys over the summer and I’d love to see more published. I’ve also delved into graphic memoirs, from hilarious and relatable anecdotes in Hyperbole and a Half and mouthwatering stories and recipes in Relish to charming illustrations in Isobel’s Journal. Graphic novels are such a wonderful way to tell the story of someone’s life and so I really wish more contemporary graphic novels existed.
I also went a little outside my comfort zone and was thrilled to enjoy the dark and stormy stories in Through the Woods and the popular Scott Pilgrim. One of the most famous graphic novels I’ve read is Maus, the incredible story of the Holocaust. It’s one I’d always suggest to anyone looking to get into reading them, especially fans of history. I’ve loved curling up with each of them, savouring the words and pictures. (I do have to keep reminding myself to look at the pictures, though!). And, in school, my teenage self loved the dark humour in Squee’s Wonderful Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors, Lenore, and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. I’m a bit more squeamish now!
ON MY TBR
I visited my local library this week and picked up six graphic novels. (It’s one of my favourite things about libraries). I picked up Coraline, Blankets, El Deafo, Phonogram, Vol 2: The Singles Club, The Property, and Ghost World. A few I was looking for, a few are new to me. I particularly love the colourful and modern artwork in both El Deafo and Phonogram: The Singles Club. Blankets – about first romance and growing up – has been on my wishlist for years. It’s such a diverse selection and I cannot wait to get stuck in. I also already own The Graveyard Book, Dark Satanic Mills, and Lumberjanes. I attended an event with Noelle Stevenson last year and Lumberjanes is high up on my list!
ON MY WISHLIST
Daphne knows I love contemporary graphic novels and has loaned me individual issues of Giant Days and Archie. I can’t wait to read all the volumes – they’re so fun! I’d also love to read Seconds, Lost at Sea, Anya’s Ghost, Winter Town, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, and Nimona. I love anything with bright and vivid illustrations and about coming of age. As I’m a big fan of Lucy’s Knisley’s graphic memoir, Relish, I also want to check out her other books: An Age of License: A Travelogue and French Milk. I find it really difficult to discover graphic novels, so any recommendations are welcome! I occasionally love to browse Gosh! and Orbital Comics, too, and I’m hoping to read many more graphic novels in the future!
What are your favourite graphic novels?