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).
Aya by Marguerite Abouet Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, redone by Peter Kuper
- Pride of Baghdad by Vaughan and Henrichon
- Pedro and Me by Judd Winick
- American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
- Laika by Nick Abadzis--January 18, 2010
- The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis
- Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet
- A Family Secret by Eric Heuvel
- The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar
- Aya: Secrets Come Out by Marguerite Abouet
- Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda by Jean-Philippe Stassen
- 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.