Hello friends and fellow book lovers, I hope you’re doing well! A couple of weeks ago, I announced that I’m hosting round 4 of graphics-a-thon, a readathon aimed at reading graphic novels, comics, etc. Round 4 is running from June 21-27, if you want to join us!
So for today’s post, I thought I’d go a little more in-depth on my TBR, as well as give some recommendations. My recommendations will be for the prompts, as well as some general recommendations for anyone looking. A (✨) indicates that I have read the book, and everything else is something I plan on reading.
So, without further ado, let’s get into the recommendations!
As a reminder, we have five main prompts, as well as a bingo card with bonus prompts:
- Main prompts
- New-to-you author: self-explanatory. Read an author you haven’t read before.
- A 2020 or 2021 release: also self-explanatory. Read something published in either 2020 or 2021.
- A five-star prediction: read something you think will be a five-star read.
- A BIPOC author: read a book by a Black or an Indigenous author! (Goodreads list with recommendations for Indigenous authors)
- Out of your comfort zone: this can be anything outside your comfort zone, such as a different genre, age group, topic, art style, etc.
- Bonus prompts
- Continue a series
- A different format: this can be an ebook, a webcomic, or anything else that is in a format different from what you usually read.
- A non-US/UK author: this can be any country other than the US/UK.
- A host recommendation: any of the books in this post would count as a host recommendation!
- A rainbow on the cover (for pride!)
- An adaptation: anything that has an adaptation, such as a TV show or movie.
- Backlist title: read something that was published prior to 2020.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (a non-US/UK author, a series, backlist) (✨): Persepolis is Satrapi’s graphic memoir about growing up in Iran and moving to the UK (I think, it’s been a while since I read it) and it’s fantastic. I really need to read part 2 soon, so hopefully I can do that during this round!
Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu (a BIPOC author, a series, backlist) (✨): this is a fun graphic novel about a gay hockey player in a frat. It’s ridiculously cute and sweet and fun, and I love it to pieces. I’m definitely reading the second one this round.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (backlist) (✨): Nimona is about a shapeshifter who works with the village supervillain to take down the corrupt government. It is SO GOOD, I was obsessed with it in high school, and I really just want everyone to read it.
Sabrina by Nick Drnaso (backlist) (✨): I feel like this could be a good “out of your comfort zone” pick for a lot of people. It’s about murder and cults and conspiracy theories about the government, and it’s super interesting. The art style is not great tbh, but I think the content makes up for it.
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (backlist): this is a graphic memoir about Bechdel’s relationship with her late father. I love Alison Bechdel, and recently bought this book, so I’m really excited to read it.
The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson: this is Stevenson’s graphic memoir, and I’m so excited to finally read it. I have been a fan of them for literally about ten years, and love their art style, so I’m so psyched to read it.
This Place: 150 Years Retold by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and others (a BIPOC author): this is a graphic novel by several Indigenous authors and illustrators that views post-colonial Canada as a dystopian. It sounds amazing, so I will be reading it ASAP.
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki: this is a graphic novel about two girls, Freddy and Laura Dean, and the end of their relationship. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, and the cover is pink, so I will definitely be reading this during graphics-a-thon.
Everything Is Beautiful and I’m Not Afraid by Yao Xizo: this is a another graphic memoir about a Chinese illustrator living in the US, and largely focuses on belonging and finding yourself. It sounds fantastic, and I’m really excited to read it.
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden (a different format): this one is available as a webcomic. It’s sapphic, so perfect for pride, and set in space AND has a boarding school element. Honestly, what more could you want?
Moonshot edited by Hope Nicholson (a BIPOC author, backlist): this is a graphic anthology by several Indigenous authors about Indigenous mythology and culture. It has a ton of well known contributors, and I’m very excited for it.
Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe: this is an autobiography about Kobabe coming to terms with eir identity and sexuality. The artwork looks fantastic, and I’m always trying to read more by non-binary and trans authors, so this one sounds perfect.
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan (a series, backlist): I feel like everyone but me has read Saga at this point, so maybe now is the perfect time to do so. It’s about a dystopian, intergalactic war, but also love and queerness. I’m very excited to read it.
Talking to Strangers by Marianne Boucher: this is yet another graphic memoir, but this time, it’s about a CULT and Boucher leaving the cult she joined as a teenager. It sounds like it was made for me, so let’s all hope my library hold is released before Round 4 starts.
So there are my recommendations, as well as a bunch of books I plan on reading! Have you read any of these? Do you plan on reading them? Let me know, and maybe we can buddy read! Also please let me know your TBR for graphics-a-thon below!
Thanks for reading! xx