Sunday, October 10, 2010

Graphic Novel Challenge completed!



I had never read a graphic novel before starting a book blog. Well, that's not technically true. As a kid I read Asterix and Tintin books, but I thought of them as comics and not graphic novels. I guess I am still not sure which they are. Whatever category they fit into, I loved them (along with my Richie Rich comics). Anyway, in adulthood I hadn't read any graphic novels and I was not aware of the genre much when I became a teacher librarian two years ago.

I am so happy that I joined this challenge because it really opened my eyes to the graphic novel world, which I enjoy! Over the past year I have really increased the graphic novel collection in my school's library and I now encourage our students to read them. I will confess that I still haven't read any manga....

I initially signed up for the beginner level, figuring I could read 3 graphic novels in a year. Well, as you can see by the list below, I exceeded my own expectations! I really enjoyed reading the vast majority of these books. I definitely plan to read more graphic novels, but I thought I'd post my "challenge completed" post this month. I ended up achieving Expert Level (10 or more).
  1. Aya by Marguerite Abouet
  2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  3. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, redone by Peter Kuper
  4. Pride of Baghdad by Vaughan and Henrichon
  5. Pedro and Me by Judd Winick
  6. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  7. Laika by Nick Abadzis--January 18, 2010
  8. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis
  9. Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet
  10. A Family Secret by Eric Heuvel
  11. The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar
  12. Aya: Secrets Come Out by Marguerite Abouet
  13. Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda by Jean-Philippe Stassen
  14. The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim
I think my favorites were the Aya series (set in the Ivory Coast) and my least favorite was The Rabbi's Cat.

4 comments:

sRy_ said...

I think that I've only read Persepolis of that list :( and I've the Bone series (I see it's in the image of the challenge) and it's really good. I love it :)

Helen's Book Blog said...

Sry--Persepolis was so interesting and it's fun to read a whole new genre.

Aths said...

This is one post that I need to bookmark. I'm looking for more graphic novels to read so i was waiting for your wrap up post. Meanwhile, congratulations! You definitely are doing so good in challenges!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Aths--I do feel like I've done well with my challenges! I hope you get around to reading some graphic novels; they really are fun (and quick)