Recently I have started reading graphic novels. I had never really picked up a graphic novel until a couple of months ago. I have been given a couple as presents and enjoyed them but never purchased one myself. On one of my regular trips to the bookstore Waterstones, I looked at the graphic novel section and found a graphic novel that I was instantly drawn to. I read it that night and loved it. This was the start of a new obsession with graphic novels. This post is going to be a few of my graphic novel recommendations. I might do a second part of recommendations when I read a few more graphic novels. Et me know if you would be interested in this.
In Real Life by Jen Wang & Cory Doctorow
“Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends.”
This is the first graphic novel I read and it was the perfect introduction to graphic novels. It is so fin and is beautiful to look at. I read this in one sitting whilst waiting for food at a restaurant. I then went home and stared at the illustrations! I love them. This is the perfect introduction to graphic novels!
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
“Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It’s a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.”
This is a cute graphic novel about summer. It is a lovely story of best friends one summer. There is so many beautiful illustration in this book that I looked at for quite a long time. This is a graphic novel to read during the summer!
Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley
“Raleigh doesn’t have a soul. A cat stole it – at least that’s what she tells people – at least that’s what she would tell people if she told people anything. But that would mean talking to people, and the mere thought of social interaction is terrifying. How did such a shy teenage girl end up in a car with three of her hooligan classmates on a cross-country road trip? Being forced to interact with kids her own age is a new and alarming proposition for Raleigh, but maybe it’s just what she needs – or maybe it can help her find what she needs – or maybe it can help her to realise that what she needs has been with her all along.”
This is a graphic novel I had been recommended a lot previously to reading and becoming a fan of graphic novels. One of my friends is a huge fan of Bryan Lee O’Malley and I kept putting off buying his books. It wasn’t until I saw Lost at Sea in real life at Forbidden Planet in London that I was interested in the book. The cover is stunning and the premise intrigued me. Lost at Sea is an amazing introduction to Bryan Lee O’Malley. I am already looking into buying more of his graphic novels. Bryan Lee O’Malley is an essential when it comes to graphic novels.
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
“Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!”
I bought this graphic novel after reading In Real Life. I loved Jen Wang’s illustrations and needed more of them in my life. This is a beautiful coming-of-age story that I couldn’t put down. Jen Wang isn’t just an amazing artist she is also an incredible storyteller. I will be getting any graphic novel she releases as her illustrations are some of my favourites. I cannot recommend this graphic novel and Jen Wang’s work enough.
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
“Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don’t get noticed by the mean kids.
Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.
On her first day at her new school, Penelope–Peppi–Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she’s already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the “nerder girlfriend.” How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!”
I picked this graphic novel up knowing nothing at all about it. I had seen it in a few bookstores and I kept getting drawn to it. I read this graphic novel only a few days ago whilst sat in the sunshine and I got lost in the story. This is actual the first in a series of graphic novels by Svetlana Chmakova set in Berrybrook Middle School. I will certainly be picking up the other graphic novels in the series. If you want a fun, quick, graphic novel set in middle school this is for you!
There you have it just a few of my graphic novels recommendations! If you want me to do a part 2 of recommendations let me know!
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Until next time,