5 More Graphic Novels

Back in December, I wrote about some graphic novels I’d recently read. I wanted to update that list with a few more, as I really enjoy reading the occasional comic book or graphic novel. To me, they help break things up and shake up my normal reading routine. Here are 5 more graphic novels that I’ve read in the last few months!

NewsPrints by Ru Xu

I really enjoyed this story! I came across it in our school’s library and was instantly drawn in. The artwork and the color palette is really special and I found the storyline to be very unique. We find ourselves in a different kind of world, with different countries and a new war we’ve never experienced. We meet a young orphan girl who pretends to be a newsboy, a master inventor with a secret, and a mysterious boy that we aren’t sure what to believe about. I found this story to be surprisingly moving and more powerful than I expected going into it.

Saga, Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

I love this series a lot. It’s so very different from any other comic series that I’ve read before and since it’s a new set of worlds, there’s always something different and unexpected going on. This is definitely a more mature series, so be aware of that. The artwork and story situations are for a more advanced reader. I’ve gotten to a point where I preorder new volumes in this series, I enjoy it so much. In this latest addition, we see a very different tone from the ones before. It’s much more serious and intense, kind of a nice change up.

Redwall by Brian Jacques

This is a story that I’ve never read before. True story. I’ve heard about it, but haven’t ever picked it up. I enjoyed this first graphic novel adaptation, but I felt like maybe reading the full book would help me to understand exactly what was going on. There were some quick transitions where I felt like I’d missed something and new characters showed up left and right. If you’re already a fan of the series, this could be a great book to read. You can dive back into a story you love and see it in a different way.

March, Book 2 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

I read the first book in this series back and January and found it to be enlightening. These books are mostly black and white with simple artwork. To me, it’s simple as in it’s really realistic with sketch style lines. I really love seeing history through this medium. It’s sharp and factual, while still crafting a story that makes you want to keep reading, even if you know how it all turns out. I learned so much more from this second book than I did the first. I kept writing quotes down and listing out new information.

X-Men, Volume 1: Primer by Brian Wood, Oliver Coipel, David Lopez

This comic book was on sale on the website Comixology.com, so I decided to give it a try. I’ve read some comic books about super heroes, but none about the X-Men. I love the X-Men movies, so I was interested to see these (and new) characters in a different way. This first volume was pretty good. New and old characters, cool artwork, and a storyline that sets up future volumes.

Have you read any graphic novels that you could recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading! – Caitlyn


March 2016 Wrap Up

This month, I read a total of…SEVEN books! Two of those were comic books and then 1 of the novels listed was a book that my class read together. I did read a 720 page book that basically knocked the wind out of me. It was hard to bounce back from that! But then I had a day off from work and read a book in one sitting. I love when I have a chance to do that!

As per usual, I’ve included a few keys words or phrases about the book, as well as the rating I gave it.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

  • Same ol’ same ol’. Entertaining.
  • Rating: 4 stars

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson

  • Better than the last few. Captain Marvel.
  • Rating: 4.25 stars

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

  • Easy read. Meh characters. Interesting meet-cute.
  • Rating: 4 stars

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

  • Rating: 5 stars

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

  • Second time read. Read with my 7th graders.
  • Rating: 4 stars

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (audiobook narrated by Rosamund Pike)

  • 5th read. Great narrator. Timeless.
  • Rating: 5 stars

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

  • 2nd read. Entertaining. Unique.
  • Rating: 4.25 stars


What all did you read this month? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! – Caitlyn