November 2: Books I Would Hand to Someone Who Claims to Not Like Reading
I might be coming at this weeks topic at a bit of angle, but the complaint I’ve always heard from the dedicated non-readers in my own family is always that either books take too long and films are faster , or that they struggle to picture what the words are trying to convey.
Graphic novels then, seem the perfect solution to both.
Below, are seven graphic novels I’ve loved (in a few different of genres) and three upcoming books I think look well worth trying.
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu, Joamette Gil
Saga, Vol. 1 (Saga #1) by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Avengers: The Children’s Crusade by Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, Mark Morales, Justin Ponsor
Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham et al.
Zatanna: Everyday Magic by Paul Dini, Rick Mays
Hellblazer: Original Sins (Hellblazer: Old Editions #1) by Jamie Delano, John Ridgway, Alfredo Alcalá
Squire by Sara Alfageeh, Nadia Shammas
Born a second-class citizen, Aiza has always dreamt of becoming a Knight. It’s the highest military honor in the once-great Bayt-Sajji Empire, and as a member of the Ornu people, her only path to full citizenship.
Now, ravaged by famine, Bayt-Sajji finds itself on the brink of war once again. This means Aiza can finally enlist to the competitive Squire training program.
The camp is nothing like she imagined. Hiding her Ornu status in order to blend in, Aiza must navigate friendships, rivalries, and rigorous training under the merciless General Hende. As the pressure mounts, Aiza realizes that the “greater good” Bayt-Sajji’s military promises might not include her, and that the recruits might be in more danger than she ever imagined.”
Isla to Island by Alexis Castellanos
This stunning wordless graphic novel follows a young girl in the 1960s who immigrates from Cuba to the United States and must redefine what home means to her.
Marisol loves her colorful island home. Cuba is vibrant with flowers and food and people…but things are changing. The home Marisol loves is no longer safe—and then it’s no longer her home at all. Her parents are sending her to the United States. Alone.
Nothing about Marisol’s new life in cold, gray Brooklyn feels like home—not the language, school, or even her foster parents. But Marisol starts to realize that home isn’t always a place. And finding her way can be as simple as staying true to herself.
Star Knights: by Kay Davault
What makes a hero?
Brave Star Knights are heroes who go on adventures. But Tad is just a frog, and frogs can’t save the day. Do they? Determined to out-hop his mud-dweller fate and pursue his dream of being a knight, Tad finds himself on a quest with a surprise group of adventurers, including the Star King!
It’s a race against time as Tad searches for a way to take the Star King to the moon so that he can bring peace to the forest–and prove that anybody can be a hero.
Even a frog.