Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Genre Recommendations: Graphic Novels

I've been hearing a lot of talk about books with YA/adult crossover appeal (an example is The Book Thief, since adults and young adults alike read it). But you know what's a really good gateway drug into the world of adult reading? Graphic novels.

I started to read graphic novels maybe a few years ago, and now I read graphic novels intended for young adults, adults, and even children. I've read some great ones and some so-so ones, and I hope that I continue finding new ones to read (I know I'm nowhere near an expert on these types of books!), but I thought I'd share a few of my favorites. These ones are especially good for readers who are just starting to get into graphic novels (like me!)

This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki
This is the first graphic novel I read that made me say--"Hey, this is pretty cool. It's a story, but it's got tons of pretty pictures. Maybe I should read more." I probably had read others before then, but this was the one that made me want to keep going.

It's about two young girls in a small beach town during the summer. The story's cool and everything, but the art is gorgeous. It's all in purply-blue colors, and I couldn't get enough of it.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World series by Bryan Lee O'Malley
What would a graphic novel recommendation be without a mention of Scott Pilgrim? This series never fails to make me laugh. I also highly recommend Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds.

For those of you who don't know, Scott Pilgrim is about a boy (Scott) who meets a girl (Ramona) and wants to date her. But before he can date her, he has to fight her evil exes. Video game jokes and fourth-wall breakings ensue.

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
Okay, this one's not quite as lighthearted as Scott Pilgrim. And it's kind of hefty, especially if you're just starting out in the world of graphic novel reading. BUT it's so good. I think I may have cried at the end.

It's about a guy who makes a deal with Death. The deal: He gets to sculpt whatever he can imagine, but he dies in 200 days. So, like I said, not exactly light subject matter, but it's not just death the whole time--there's humor and romance and life.

Lucy Knisley
If you're not sure about graphic novels, but you like memoirs, Lucy Knisley is for you. I've read several of hers, and I've been satisfied with all of them (including An Age of License: A Travelogue and Relish: My Life in the Kitchen). Knisley's graphic novels are inspired by her life, and they're funny and bittersweet at the same time. She also has a new one that just came out, called Something New. I'm so excited!

I have so many more recommendations to share, but I'll leave you with these for now. Enjoy!

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