Another month, another set of recommendations prompted by the Goodreads group Monthly Recommendations. February’s recommendations are graphic novels/mixed media!
Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.
Chantel, being the way she is, actually banned me from choosing a book. Thanks a lot, Chantel. So, here are my recommendations.
1. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Yes, I know that this has been made into a movie. But I don’t like the movie and have no plans of watching it all the way through. This book follows a boy who has been orphaned and his job is to wind the clocks at a Parisian train station. He has to find his own way in the world, really.
This story is such a touching one and one of my favorite quotes comes from this book:
“I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.”
Now, it might not be immediately clear why this is a mixed media book if you don’t know the book. Basically, Brian Selznick illustrates his books. Hundreds of hand-drawn pictures that he made especially for the work.
2. The Marvels by Brian Selznick
Yes, another book by Selznick. See a theme appearing? I just love him and this book is no different. It covers the journey of a family from 1766 through today. Another gorgeous one, that also has HIV/AIDS and gay relationships. And, even better, the book just shows how accepting kids are. As I put in my review of this, you don’t have to explain gay relationships to kids. They get it.
3. Hark! A Vagrant series by Kate Beaton
I’m choosing a whole series. Sue me.
Please don’t. I’ve read the book Hark! A Vagrant! and Step Aside, Pops. The former actually has pictures that I took of the comics in the book that I loved. The other one has just me describing it.
But, they’re really just comic interpretations of history, literature, superheroes, and anything else that Beaton thought would be hilarious. Really, I loved them all. Perfect coffee table books, tbh.
I would just like to state for the record that I did not ban Caidyn from anything. I simply called dibs. By the way, I absolutely loved all three books I picked so I would highly recommend them. If you know anything about me, you will not be shocked by the recommendations.
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness & Illustrations by Jim Kay
This is the book I called dibs on when Caidyn and I were talking about this topic because Patrick Ness is my favorite author and this book is amazing. I’ve talked about this book multiple times and Caidyn is the one who told me to read it. The premise of this book is there is a young boy named Conor whose mother has cancer. Yeah, pretty heavy but it’s so good. The book also features illustrations from Jim Kay who also illustrates the Harry Potter illustrated editions, this guy is talented. If you haven’t read this book already, what are you doing with your life?!
2. Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
Last October, I participated in my first readathon called GetGraphic Readathon which took place over a weekend. This was the first and best book I read during the readathon. It’s about a girl who goes to camp and has a crush on a camp counselor. It’s really a great memoir and maybe I liked it more because I had crushes on camp counselors when I was young, but you know, it’s really good.
3. Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
Okay, so I know that the movie based on this graphic novel is controversial. I get it. I think I’m in the minority as someone who really enjoyed it. Despite being three hours and entirely in French. I digress. However, if you want to read a story about two girls who fall in love when they are young and discover as they get older that they may not be the best for each other but does not include long sex scenes directed by a man that goes on so long it becomes hilarious, then this graphic novel is for you. It’s really good and if you didn’t like the movie, I think you’ll like the graphic novel.