My Journey With Graphic Novels

Hey guys! I’m changing things up a bit with this post and will be talking about graphic novels instead of reviewing.

I’ve always been a very visually-oriented person: I learn best with graphs and charts, I love cartoons (shout out to Scooby Doo!) and illustrations, and and I like to have a good image of what I’m reading. You’d think that I would have grown up reading graphic novels because of this, but I didn’t actually get into a graphic novel until a few months ago.

Now, I will say that I do remember one comic I read as a child that was about the game Starshine Legacy. I got the CD-ROM game and the comic book as part of a pony club (thanks, horse obsession!) and read the comic over and over again as I played through the game. But beyond this I never read any other comics.

I really wanted to give graphics a shot so about a year ago I checked out a Thor vs. Hulk comic collection from the library. Like most people, I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so I thought a Marvel comic would be instalove for me.

Boy, was I wrong.

I didn’t get more than 10 pages through the collection when I had to stop. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t sucking me in like books always seem to. So I stopped trying to get into graphic novels and comics. I used to work at the public library so it was really difficult seeing all these great-looking graphics go by and not checking them out.

giant days
Click the picture to check it out on Goodreads!

Cut to a few months ago when I was perusing Goodreads to find some graphics for our school collection. I saw a collection called Giant Days and loved the premise of the story. Three girls who seem to have nothing in common start uni and get into a bunch of wacky situations. I knew that would be something funny and relatable, so I went out on a limb and requested the first two titles in the series.

After a week or so of waiting, the library notified me that my books had arrived. I started reading Volume 1 when I got home from work and read both volumes that night. I absolutely love Giant Days and have devoured as much of the series as I can! I now know that I will not be ordering it for school, but more importantly, I finally found a graphic novel that I liked, and it got me wondering if I could find more graphic novels.

paper girls
Head to Goodreads by clicking on the picture!

So I hit up Goodreads again in search of graphics similar to Giant Days and ended up finding a series called Paper Girls. This one sounded similar to Stranger Things or another TV show that I would see on Netflix and binge watch in a weekend. I figured that enough people who liked Giant Days also liked Paper Girls, so I put the first two titles on hold.

Volume 2 arrived about a week before Volume 1, so this series took a bit longer to start that Giant Days. But once I got started reading the same thing happened: I read the first two volumes in one night, unable to put either one down. Now I’m playing the waiting game for the next volumes, and Volume 5 was just published in early December.

I guess the moral of this post is don’t give up on a genre! It might take a few months, or even years in my case, to find the right book for you, but it is always worth revisiting a genre as you grow and your tastes change. I’m so glad I tried Giant Days. Now my tbr list has so many graphic novels on it, like Princeless and Lumberjanes to name a couple. I hope you try out a new genre this New Year, you never know what could happen!

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