Top Ten Tuesday! (66): Top Ten Graphic Novels!

TTT3W

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme create at The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is:

Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels!

So, lately I have been really into graphic novels. And I have been talking about them a lot in my classes this semester. They are such a gateway into different stories and genres, especially for reluctant readers. But even more than that, they are just plain AWESOME! It is such a different method of story-telling, and I absolutely LOVE THEM! SO I wanted to feature my favorites today! So here they are!

And if you want my snippet reviews, many of these books were also featured on THIS POST.

10361139Americus by M.K. Reed, Illustrated by Jonathan Hill

“Neal Barton just wants to read in peace. Unluckily for him, some local Christian activists are trying to get his favorite fantasy series banned from the Americus public library on grounds of immoral content and heresy. Something has to be done, and it looks like quiet, shy Neal is going to have to do it. With youth services librarian Charlotte Murphy at his back, Neal finds himself leading the charge to defend the mega-bestselling fantasy series that makes his life worth living. This funny, gripping, and relatable tale of life and local politics in middle America is currently being serialized online at saveapathea.com.”

Smile No titleby Raina Telgemeier

“FAMILY, FRIENDS, BOYS…DENTAL DRAMA?! A true story

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girls Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached(!). And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly. Raina’s story takes us from middle school to high school, where she discovers her artistic voice, finds out what true friendship really means, and where she can finally…smile.”

16002008Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci

“Theodora is a perfectly normal duck. She may swim with a teacup balanced on her head and stay north when the rest of the ducks fly south for the winter, but there’s nothing so odd about that.  Chad, on the other hand, is one strange bird. Theodora quite likes him, but she can’t overlook his odd habits. It’s a good thing Chad has a normal friend like Theodora to set a good example for him.  But who exactly is the odd duck here? Theodora may not like the answer. Sara Varon (Robot Dreams) teams up with Cecil Castellucci (Grandma’s Gloves) for a gorgeous, funny, and heartwarming examination of the perils and pleasures of friendship.”

Robot Dreams by Sara Varon 377254

“Richly endearing and full of surprises, Robot Dreams follows an ill-fated friendship between a dog and robot. After a Labor Day jaunt to the beach leaves Robot rusty and immobilized in the sand, Dog, unsure what to do, abandons him. As the seasons pass, Dog tries to replace his friend, making and losing a series of new ones, from a melting snowman to epicurean anteaters. Meanwhile, Robot passes his time daydreaming, escaping to better places…Through interwoven journeys, the two characters long to recover from their day at the beach.

Although its adorable characters and playful charm will win over young readers, Robot Dreams speaks universally to the fragile nature of friendship, loss, and redemption.”

17465574Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh (My Review is here.)

“Originally published in French as Le bleu est une couleur chaude, Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems average enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in her school. When her openly gay best friend takes her out on the town, she wanders into a lesbian bar where she encounters Emma: a punkish, confident girl with blue hair. Their attraction is instant and electric, and Clementine find herself in a relationship that will test her friends, parents, and her own ideas about herself and her identity.”

Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell 17591892

“In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster–much to the townsfolk’s delight! Each town’s unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism.

Each town, that is…except for one.

Unfortunately, for the people of Stoker-on-Avon, their monster isn’t quite as impressive. In fact, he’s a little down in the dumps. Can the morose Rayburn get a monstrous makeover and become a proper horror? It’s up to the eccentric Dr. Charles Wilkie and plucky street urchin Timothy to get him up to snuff, before a greater threat turns the whole town to kindling.

Monsters of all ages are sure to enjoy this tale about life’s challenges, the power of friendship, and creative redemption, packed with epic battles and plenty of wild beasts!”

8879121Zita the Spacegirl series by Ben Hatke

“Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of  an eye.

When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest.

Zita the Spacegirl is a fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke. It also has more whimsical, eye-catching, Miyazaki-esque monsters than you can shake a stick at.”

Boxers and Saints by Gene Yuen 17261194

“In two volumes, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful.

But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, Vibiana must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity.

Boxers & Saints is one of the most ambitious graphic novels First Second has ever published. It offers a penetrating insight into not only one of the most controversial episodes of modern Chinese history, but into the very core of our human nature. Gene Luen Yang is rightly called a master of the comics form, and this book will cement that reputation.”

11389398Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks (My Review Here)

“After years of homeschooling, Maggie is starting high school. It’s pretty terrifying.

Maggie’s big brothers are there to watch her back, but ever since Mom left it just hasn’t been the same.

Besides her brothers, Maggie’s never had any real friends before. Lucy and Alistair don’t have lots of friends either. But they eat lunch with her at school and bring her along on their small-town adventures.

Missing mothers…distant brothers…high school…new friends… It’s a lot to deal with. But there’s just one more thing.

MAGGIE IS HAUNTED.”

Cardboard by Don TenNapel 13356190

“When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.

Cam’s down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday and he knows it’s the worst present ever. So to make the best of a bad situation, they bend the cardboard into a man-and to their astonishment, it comes magically to life. But the neighborhood bully, Marcus, warps the powerful cardboard into his own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all!”

~*~*~*~*~

So, those are some of the great graphic novels I have read recently! Have you read any of them? What did you think? What genre did YOU feature? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Love and The Bachelor Finale!,
Jennifer

Advertisements

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday! (66): Top Ten Graphic Novels!

  1. Ashley @ OkLetsRead says:

    Cool list! I really like graphic novels and definitely haven’t read enough series. I’ll probably come back to this post and use it to find new books. Haha. You should check out the Fables series. It’s my favorite graphic novel

  2. maggiegordon says:

    Ohh… I did a top ten graphic novels post a while back, but we have totally different selections! I’ll have to check these out since they look neat!

    Blue is the Warmest Colour I have read, and it was absolutely heart wrenching! Fantastic read!

  3. Kate @ whYAnot says:

    I think I’ve only ever read two graphic novels and they have both been adaptations of novels I’d also read. Smile sounds great – going to check out my library’s catalogue to see if they have a copy to reserve!

  4. Diana says:

    This is a genre I haven’t really explored much. I did read Smile and I loved it. On a more serious note I read Maus I & II by Art Spiegelman, but it’s about being a Holocaust survivor so it’s very serious. Other than that, do the Wimpy Kid series count? I need to check some of the books on your list out.

  5. Jessica Cooley says:

    Nice list. Graphic novels are a love of mine as well.You picked some great ones – Friends with Boys is one of my favorites too. I’m going to add Americus and Blue is the Warmest Color to my to-read list. I adore the name Clementine and if I have kids that’s my favorite name for a daughter.

    Jessica @The Bathtub Reader

  6. M. says:

    To be totally honest I haven’t read very many graphic novels! I think the main series I got into was Transmetropolitan. Other than that I’ve read some obvious ones like The Watchmen. I’m realizing how much of an unexplored genre it is for me! I’ll have to fix that one of these days, and this list has given me a good place to start! Thanks!

I'd love to know your thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s