Top Ten Tuesday: My favorite graphic novels/memoirs/biographies/information books.
1. Tales from Outer Suburbia
by Shaun Tan...love this collection of little quirky stories by one the best in the field. Graphic 'short stories'.
by Craig Thompson...wonderful illustrations in this compelling coming-of-age story. Graphic novel.
by David Small... the artist uses illustrations to tell his own story about his horrifying childhood with a mentally ill mother and a father whose doctoring actually gave him cancer. Graphic memoir.
by Noelle Stevenson...more complicated than just a superhero/antihero story. Graphic novel.
5. March, Book Three
by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell...actually I love the whole series about the American hero: John Lewis. Graphic autobiography.
6. Steve Jobs: Insanely Great
by Jessie Hartland...I love this graphic biography of an American icon. Quirky illustrations lend to its charm.
7. This One Summer
by Mariko Tamaki...the best coming-of-age book I've ever read (outside of To Kill a mockingbird, of course.) Graphic novel.
8. Boxers and Saints
by Gene Luen Yang...Yang is an award-winning novelist. This collection of two books explains the Boxer Rebellion in China from two points of few. It is EXCELLENT. Graphic information book.
9. Pyongyang: A Journey Into North Korea
by Guy DeLisle...the artist Guy DeLisle spent time in North Korea working on a project. This book is an enlightening information book highlighting what life is like in this closed-off country.
10. Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen and Nancy Butler...a favorite novel and a charming graphic novel.
11. Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder
by Nadia Shivack...a sadly enlightening book about what it is like to live with a eating disorder. Graphic memoir.
12. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
by Peter Sis... wow, just wow. The illustrations in this graphic memoir are so detailed.
13. The Sleeper and the Spindle
by Neil Gaiman...a graphic retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story with absolutely gorgeous illustrations by Chris Riddell.
14. The Arrival
by Shaun Tan...this graphic novel about the immigrant experience has no words at all. Tan is one of my favorite illustrators. He is so creative.
You let me know when we can switch jobs, and we can try it for a week. Sounds very fun.ReplyDelete
I'm afraid you wouldn't think my job is so sweet...with iPads and cranky high schoolers.Delete
A graphic novel of Pride and Prejudice, I must get my hands on it! Great list.ReplyDelete
I know. Really. I also have a graphic novel of Sense and Sensibility but I don't like the art work as well.Delete
Awesome list!! I should read more graphic novels!ReplyDelete
It is hard to capture the feel of a graphic novel in one page. Glad you think they are pretty.Delete
Wow, so many of these look BEAUTIFUL!! I really need to up my GN game :)ReplyDelete
I know. I wish I had more time to read them. I have trouble with manga because of the reading backwards, thing, though.Delete
I love your selection of graphic novels this week! :-)ReplyDelete
This exercise made me realize just how many great graphic novels I have read and that I have in the library.Delete
I've heard good things about both Nimona and This One Summer- they both look good.ReplyDelete
Both are excellent but in different ways. I had to read THIS ONE SUMMER twice to really appreciate it.Delete
I don't usually read graphic novels but your post made me look twice. I didn't realize there was a graphic novel of Pride and Prejudice. I also think memoirs in the form of graphic novels are good.ReplyDelete
I actually like reading unique graphic novels better than books I've already read i print version first. But I am always trying different versions of P&P.Delete
Great list! So many of these look brilliant; I'll definitely be picking up a copy of This One Summer this year and I really need to check out some of Shaun Tan's work. I love Nimona and I enjoyed The Sleeper and the Spindle, too - then again any book becomes 100x better when Chris Riddell illustrates it.ReplyDelete
Chris Riddell is AMAZING. I will look for more books illustrated by him for sure.Delete
Out of all of these, I'd only heard of Nimona before! Some of the other covers look familiar...but I'm not 100% sure. I'll have to check them all out because I've been wanting to read more comics :)ReplyDelete
Great selection! I've read a lot of these but there are couple of I'm not familiar with and will have to check out.ReplyDelete
I think you would really find the Pyongyang book interesting and enlightening.Delete
I haven't been able to get hold of Blankets or This One Summer but I LOVE Nimona and The Sleeper and the Spindle. So beautiful <3ReplyDelete
I also hadn't heard that there was a graphic novel of Pride and Prejudice: wow, that looks beautiful!
I really related to Blankets when I read it.Delete
These all look good, will check them out and add to my list :) Thank you for stopping by and thank you for sharing this post :)ReplyDelete
Oooh, nice way of presenting them, too! I need to read March, though I haven't seen it in stores in the UK, so I'll have to order it.ReplyDelete
MARCH is a trilogy. Look for all three books and read them in sequence.Delete
You're got some classics, but also some I haven't heard of! I CANNOT WAIT to read Boxers and Saints. I've been waiting so long to read it! I'm glad you enjoyed it!ReplyDelete
BOXERS and SAINTS is really well done.Delete
Amazing post! Love your suggestions, about four of these have been on my TBR for the longest time :)ReplyDelete
Such a good list! I would add to it Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. The color illustrations are wonderful!ReplyDelete
Oh The Sleeper and the Spindle is great too, I agree!ReplyDelete