5 On my TBR is a weekly meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. Every Monday, we get to rave about 5 books on our TBRs that fit the prompt, and this week the prompt is…
I actually do not read many graphic novels, which is something I need to work on in 2021. The only graphic novel I read in 2020 was On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden, which I absolutely loved (read my review here). When it comes to comics and graphic novels, I really do insist on reading them either as webcomics on my computer, or else as physical books — reading them via the Kindle app on my tiny phone screen does a disservice to the artwork, in my opinion. (Also, quick question: what’s the difference between a graphic novel and a comic?) But preparing this list has allowed me to add some lovely graphic novels (and/or comics) to my TBR, and I’m very excited to dive in!
Through the Woods by Emily Caroll
I think I have seen an excerpt of Through the Woods before, specifically the one page about the girl in bed and the wolf speaking to her through her window. It was definitely chilling! But I had never associated that excerpt with a published work, so it’s really neat to see the source and also explore the larger work it’s from.
Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
I confess, I have a rather turbulent history with noir detective characters. I tried reading Jim Butcher’s Storm Front and found Harry Dresden so rude and annoying that I didn’t make it to Chapter Five. So I raised my eyebrows at Blacksad, whose titular character is an embittered, hardboiled PI in a crime-ridden 1950s American city… who also happens to be an anthropomorphic cat. It’s really the anthropomorphic animals (no humans in this world!) that got me; I’m curious about that, and I’m in the mood to give noir detective plots another chance even though my previous experience resulted in a very quick DNF.
Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
A young woman shares a psychic link with a strange monster in a steampunk Asian world. That’s all I know. Is it intriguing? Definitely. Am I excited? YES. I think the plot could go in a lot of different directions, and I really want to explore this world the author and illustrator have created together. I’ve heard some rumors that there’s a good deal of gore, however, so I might not end up finishing it.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
This one is a classic. I know almost nothing about graphic novels, and I’ve heard of Persepolis. A young girl from a family with strong Marxist beliefs is growing up during Iran’s Islamic Revolution. She and her family eventually flee to Vienna. She grows up in Austria and eventually returns to Iran, only to discover a country much different than what she remembers.
Bone by Jeff Smith
Another classic of the world of comics/graphic novels! I remember hearing about this story and seeing people reading it in my younger school years, but for some reason I never picked it up myself. I’m excited to see what the hype is all about.
And that’s all! What graphic novels are you most excited to read in 2021? Which ones have you read and really loved?