Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.Gustave Flaubert
Do you guys read graphic novels? I’ll admit it wasn’t until recently that I read my very first graphic novel, and I have to admit I absolutely feel in love with them! It’s just so great to read but also have the beautiful artwork to create an even more immersive experience.
So today I decided to share some of the graphic novels I have read recently. Hope you enjoy!
- Saga (Volumes 1, 2 and 8)
Those who can really do what they promise don’t first pause to promise what they can doSaga Vol.1 by Brian K. Vaughan
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
Saga. is. AMAZING. I am so glad I started my graphic novel adventure with this one! Such an amazing story, fantastic artwork…all in all something you really won’t want to miss out on. I couldn’t even wait for my local library to receive all the volumes! After finishing the first and second one I skipped right to volume 8… don’t regret it.
- Paper Girls (Volumes 2 and 3)
After surviving the strangest night of their lives in the Cleveland suburb of Stony Stream, intrepid young newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany find themselves launched from 1988 to a distant and terrifying future… the year 2016. What would you do if you were suddenly confronted by your 12-year-old self? 40-year-old newspaper reporter Erin Tieng is about to find out in this action-packed story about identity, mortality, and growing older in the 21st century.
The world is a terrifying place, more than I ever realized. But if I had my whole life to do over again, that’s literally the only thing I’d change. I’d stop being so afraid of other people.Paper Girls Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Another amazing one from Brian K. Vaughan. After reading a few volumes of Saga I decided to pick up another one of his works and it was awesome too. Didn’t love it as much as I did Saga, but it was still super enjoyable.
- The Secret Adversary (Graphic Novel)
Some secret plans have survived the sinking of the Lusitania, and amateur sleuths Tommy and Tuppence are on the trail of international spies in order to recover them.
Never tell all you know—not even to the person you know best.The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
This one was a really fun read. I have already pretty much established my undying love for Agatha Christie, but I had no idea that there were graphic novels of some of her works. It’s safe to say it just made it all the more exciting to read. While this isn’t exactly one of my favorites of her works it still had that amazing atmosphere that she always manages to create in her stories.
- Murder on the Orient Express (Graphic Novel)
A snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is full at this time of the year, but by the morning, is is one passenger fewer. An American lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she strikes again.
The impossible cannot have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Another one from The Queen. Also as entertaining to read as the one above, with the difference that this one is actually one of my favorites. This was the first Agatha Christie book I’ve ever read and it’s what ultimately made me fall in love with her work. Definitely worth checking it out.
- Oblivion Song
A decade ago 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them but after many years they gave up. Nathan Cole… won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those lost, alone and afraid, living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe… Nathan is looking for something else? Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?
I can’t say this one right here became a favorite already but it is an honestly intriguing and interesting story that actually made me want to keep reading the other volumes to find out more about it.
- Shadow Show: Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
In Shadow Show, acclaimed writers and artists such as Joe Hill, Mort Castle, Audrey Niffenegger, Charles Paul Wilson III, Maria Frohlich, Eddie Campbell, Neil Gaiman, and more come together to pay tribute to the work of the one and only Ray Bradbury. In this collection are stories based on “By The Silver Water of Lake Champlain,” “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” “Backward in Seville,” “Weariness,” “Live Forever!,” “Who Knocks?,” “Earth (A Gift Shop),” “Altenmoor, Where the Dogs Dance,” and “Conjure.”
Delightful. Loved this collection of short, but amazing stories. What made me really reach out for this one was Neil Gaiman’s name splattered in big letters right in the cover. Safe to say it did not disappoint.
Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid and in his icy, ancient world there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him. Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear . and then Odd’s destiny begins to change. The eagle, bear and fox Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. Now our hero must reclaim Thor’s hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods.
Talk is free but the wise man chooses when to spend his words.Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
Here he is again. Gaiman. This was a little gem. Loved the take on mythology (big fan of it), loved how the characters were portrayed and the beautiful artwork. I wrote a little review about this one and it is linked above in the title.
- Blue pills: A Positive Love Story
One summer night at a house party, Fred met Cati. Though they barely spoke, he vividly remembered her gracefulness and abandon. They meet again years later, and this time their connection is instantaneous. But when things become serious, a nervous Cati tells him that she and her three-year-old son are both HIV positive. With great beauty and economy, Peeters traces the development of their intimacy and their revelatory relationship with a doctor whose affection and frankness allow them to fully realize their passionate connection
This is a beauty. I loved every minute of reading this, for real. It wasn’t just an incredibly raw and honest portrayal of relationships, it was also insanely instructive in terms of what it’s like to be HIV positive and what life is like for someone HIV positive. I found it to be a positive and hopeful story in the most realistic way possible.
- Invisible Differences
Marguerite feels awkward, struggling every day to stay productive at work and keep up appearances with friends. She’s sensitive, irritable at times. She makes her environment a fluffy, comforting cocoon, alienating her boyfriend. The everyday noise and stimuli assaults her senses, the constant chatter of her coworkers working her last nerve. Then, when one big fight with her boyfriend finds her frustrated and dejected, Marguerite finally investigates the root of her discomfort: after a journey of tough conversations with her loved ones, doctors, and the internet, she discovers that she has Aspergers. Her life is profoundly changed – for the better.
Before reading this little guy I swear I knew close to nothing about Aspergers. This was so amazing. It was super instructive and taught me so much about the main character’s condition and showed just how important it is for us to talk openly about these things. I loved it so much.