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Genre Guide: Graphic Novels

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Graphic novels tell stories through text and art. While the exact definition of the term “graphic novel” has been endlessly debated, for the purposes of this blog we will include serialized comics (collected volumes), manga (Japanese comics, which are read from back to front, right to left), and stand-alone works. For my Top 5 graphic novels post, I’m focusing on graphic novels in the teen collection.

Collage of graphic novels

Bad Romance: Valentine’s Day Reading List for the Romantic Cynic

Love in the air, couples fawning over each other, gooey love notes, Nicholas Sparks’ movies:  Valentine’s Day grosses me out.  I’m all for love and romance, as long as you keep it to yourself.  Even though I’m extreme in my squeamishness for a day devoted to public displays of affection (yuck!), I’m certainly not the only person who dreads Valentine’s Day.  Whether coupled or single, the day is kind of a pressure cooker of romantic expectations and disappointment. 

Up and Coming: "Windy City"

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I have been a fan of Alison Krauss for as long as I can remember. Which is almost lame when you consider the fact that I’m 24 years old and most people my age are listening to like…Fetty Wap and Big Mac (I made that name up). She’s the reason I love music as much as I do, and you’re nuts if you don’t agree that she has the best voice in bluegrass.  

A Monster Calls

Stories are the wildest things of all, the monster rumbled. Stories chase and bite and hunt.”

Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

a monster calls

A 13-year-old boy named Conor is awakened from a recurrent nightmare. As he pushes aside the feelings of dread that always accompany his dreams, he hears a voice calling out to him from the darkness. Calling him by name.

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