Six weeks ago I started my own personal summer reading challenge. I wanted to dispel my own misconceptions about graphic novels. To begin with, I borrowed a tall stack from @sarahmerchant13, and worked my way through them and I then ordered a few from the library and from bookstores to build the collection and to diversify.
The ultimate conclusion to my challenge is that I now count myself a huge fan of this genre, and am no longer shy about browsing that section of a bookstore but am actively seeking them out. Last week I went into town where we have a chain bookstore and an independent, and I added to my list of graphic novels to own! Part of me was disappointed in the selections and it made me consider how much more time and shelf space these books need to be given.
I did manage to find a few to try and I will always endeavour to buy from my local independent or from another independent online…here are the titles I have added to my payday list!
I am continuing to follow @ruddickrichard for more graphic novel recommendations, his blog is fantastic and worth a read! https://comicsinclass.school.blog/, and his Padlet of graphic novels is superb! https://padlet.com/rruddick9zra/73uh2srzpbia
Let’s put graphic novels on those centre tables in the bookstores so they get their well deserved publicity!
I am pleased to say this isn’t the end of my challenge but the beginning of a true appreciation of graphic novels.