From My Bookshelves / Graphic Novels

From My Bookshelves / Graphic Novels

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.

From My Bookshelves / Graphic Novels
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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!

From My Bookshelves / Graphic Novels
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!

From My Bookshelves / Graphic Novels
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?

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More Books For Halloween

More Books For Halloween

A stack of books for Halloween!

I’ve already blogged about the books I picked to read this Halloween, which I’m currently working my way through, but what about the creepy, scary and eerie books that I might not get to this year? I thought I’d feature some of the books on my TBR that I’ve acquired since previous Books For Halloween and My Halloween Reads posts, for anyone looking to pick a book up today!
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A (New) Little Tour of My Bookshelves

I thought I’d share a few photos I’ve taken of my bookshelves recently. I gave away about 140 books, so my shelves look much tidier. I love my bookshelves – they’re my favourite thing in my room! Each shelf can hold three rows of books, although this does mean you can never see what’s behind!

My Bookshelves

I keep children’s fiction on the top row – there’s loads of children’s classics here. YA takes up the next two rows. I love my bookish candles from Frostbeard Studio.

My Bookshelves

On the third row is more YA (unsurprisingly – it’s what I read the most!). The shelf below it is the tallest, so it holds a mixture of books, from Jodi Picoult paperbacks to larger YA hardbacks and smaller children’s hardbacks. The bottom row is where I keep my adult fiction (and it’ll start to creep up to the shelf above it!). I also love my bookish mugs!

My Bookshelves

And then on the other side of the room, I have another built-in bookcase. Here I keep a mixture of the largest hardbacks, smaller hardbacks, non-fiction and proof copies. They’re not in the photo, but I also keep my Agatha Christie novels and Penguin’s Great Food series on the shelf above the hardbacks, because they’re teeny-tiny, alongside my CDs (mostly Taylor Swift) and DVDs.

My Bookshelves

And here’s the very latest photo – I’ve now added flowers and Sadness.

Sadness

Sadness is so cute!

You can see a very old tour of my bookshelves here. How do you organise your bookshelves? 

#BookADayUK September | Week Four

#BookADayUK September | Week Four
I participated in #BookADayUK in June and after a little break, I thought I’d participate again in September. This month it’s hosted by We Love This Book. I’ve also been tweeting and posting a new photo on Tumblr every day, so here’s a recap of the last week! Clicking on each image takes you to the Tumblr post.

#BookADayUK September | Week Four

22nd: Best book recommended by a bookseller
I actually don’t think I’ve ever asked a bookseller for a recommendation! But I did make my next John Wyndham purchase The Midwich Cuckoos after a bookseller recommended it while I was buying The Day of the Triffids and The Chrysalids.

#BookADayUK September | Week Four

23rd: Favourite prize-winning book
Ketchup Clouds is one of my favourite books of the year so far and it won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2013. It’s an example of superb storytelling and a novel that encapsulates beautiful writing. Ketchup Clouds draws you in straight away and doesn’t let go until you are finally given some answers.

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#BookADayUK September | Week Three

#BookADayUK September | Week Three
I participated in #BookADayUK in June and after a little break, I thought I’d participate again in September. This month it’s hosted by We Love This Book. I’ve also been tweeting and posting a new photo on Tumblr every day, so here’s a recap of the third week! Clicking on each image takes you to the Tumblr post.

#BookADayUK September | Week Three

15th: Favourite Agatha Christie mystery
I’ve only read three Agatha Christie books: And Then There Were None, Death on the Nile & Murder on the Orient Express, but I think And Then There Were None will be my favourite for a long time because I cannot imagine a more brilliant mystery! It may not be a book I’ll treasure forever but after reading it, I wanted to enthusiastically recommend it to everyone I knew. It has those moments that make you sit up and gasp, and wonder how you didn’t notice them before.

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