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Top Ten Tuesday: Graphic Novels on my Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and was moved to Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new topic is chosen, this week’s is: Books On My Fall 2019 TBR.

I posted my Most Anticipated Books of Spring yesterday, as I knew this TTT post was coming up and I realised I have too many books for the end of the year on my TBR. Pretty sure I’m not the only one with this problem haha! So I decided to cheat… well not quite cheat per se, I’m just making the most of my chance to do two posts on this! I’ve been really getting in to graphic novels lately. I love the way they can express so much with so few words and stunning graphics. They deserved their own post!

Here they are:

The Tea Dragon Festival – Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. Rinn seeks to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost. This looks SO CUTE and I’ve only read ravingly positive reviews on it. I can’t wait!

Invisible Kingdom – In a small solar system in a far-flung galaxy, two women–one a young religious acolyte and the other, a hard-bitten freighter pilot–uncover a conspiracy between the leaders of the most dominant religion and an all-consuming mega-corporation. This unlikely pair must decide where their loyalties lie–and risk plunging the world into anarchy if they reveal the truth. Can I just say YES?! Not only is the cover stunning but I have such a weakness for plots like this!

Amazons, Abolitionists and Activitsts – I’d be the first person to tell you that while I’m completely in support of equal rights for all… I know an embarrassingly small amount about the hard work and fighting that it took to allow me the liberties I now have. This GN seems like the perfect way to learn a lot more about the history of women’s fight for their rights in a bold and gripping graphical rendition of history.

Bury the Lede – Reporter for the Boston Lede, Madison Jackson is young, scrappy, and hungry to prove that she deserves her coveted college internship. When her police scanner mentions a brutal murder tied to the prominent Boston Kennedys, Madison races to the crime scene. What she finds will change her life forever: Dahlia Kennedy, celebrity socialite, now widow, covered in gore and the prime suspect in the murder of her husband and child. When Dahlia refuses to talk to anyone but Madison, they begin a dangerous game of cat and mouse that leads the young journalist down a twisted path. I’ve been thinking of branching out in to crime fiction lately but thought graphic might be the better way to start. I’m excited to see where this mysterious story leads!

After the Spring: A Story of Tunisian Youth – In 2011, one of the biggest political events in the world, the Arab Spring, swept across North Africa. But what came next? As the world moves on, four young Tunisians must cope with the reality of an uncertain future. Hélène Aldeguer delivers an authentic look at the disillusioned state of young people in Tunisia after the events of the Arab Spring. I’m always keen to try something from a culture I know next to nothing about. This seems like a good way to get started!

Star Gazing – A heart-warming MG graphic on friendship, joy and hope. Moon is everything Christine isn’t. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known. After Moon moves in next door, these unlikely friends are soon best friends. When Moon suddenly falls ill after seeing celestial visions can Christine help her? Honestly, this just seems so sweet! I can’t wait to try it!

Little Bird – Tells the story of a young resistance fighter battling against an oppressive American Empire while searching for her own identity in a world on fire. A gorgeously illustrated epic where one girl risks everything to save her people, their land, and the freedom they so desperately deserve. Can I just reiterate that I’m a sucker for a good revolution story?? Yes to plot lines with strong women fighting for freedom from oppression!

Are you listening? – an intimate and emotionally soaring story about friendship, grief, and healing. Bea is on the run. And then, she runs into Lou. Their chance encounter sends them on a journey where strange things follow them wherever they go and a mysterious cat joins them. To stay safe, Bea and Lou must trust each other as they are driven to confront buried truths.

Paper Girls Vol. 6 – THE END IS HERE! After surviving adventures in their past, present, and future, the Paper Girls of 1988 embark on one last journey—a five-part epic that includes the emotional double-sized series finale. I’ve been waiting a while for this one! I first discovered Paper Girls when browsing the GN section at my library and I’ve been captivated by this intriguing and mysterious story ever since!

Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh is the story of a family, and a city. Frank Santoro faces a straightforward yet heart-rending reality- His parents, once high-school sweethearts, now never speak to each other-despite working in the same building. Stuck in the middle, he tries to understand. The result is this book. I’ve never read a GN that is essentially a memoir. There’s a first time for everything though and this seems like the best place to start!

// are you looking forward to these graphic novels? what’s on your fall TBR? //

Jen

56 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Graphic Novels on my Fall TBR

  1. The tea dragon festival is soo cute! I also really need to continue with paper girls! (but volume 5 for me!) I think this is one of my favourite graphic novel series!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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      1. Spontaneously forgot all their names 🙈 I would say the girl that started delivering need papers last (I hope this is clear hahah)

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    1. It really does look cute! Plus I’ve heard that it has actual graphics of sign language and their translations which is unique for the genre 😊 it’s stunning isn’t it?! 💙 Jen

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    1. Thank you Amanda!! The Tea Dragon honestly looks SO CUTE. I’ve heard that it actually has graphics of sign (with written translations). I haven’t heard of that before in a GN but I’m keen to try it! 💙

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  2. I’m not really into graphic novels but this year, I’ve been reading out of my comfort zone. I try to read from genres I don’t usually read like non-fiction. I still haven’t tried graphic novels. I’ll add these on my TBR. They look interesting and I love the covers.

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    1. I’m trying to branch out too 😄 I used to only read fantasy and romance and when I joined the blogging community I realised there was so much I was potentially missing out on. I hope you enjoy them if you get around to trying some! The cover’s are gorgeous! 💙 Hen

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    1. I’ve only recently found out about them as I’m going through a GN phase but they sound really interesting. I love how diverse the genre is and the graphics are stunning ❤ Hope you enjoy these if you end up reading some 🙂 Jen

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  3. I’ve recently getting into Graphic Novels again too and I’m really happy for all these recommendations. I mean “Are you listening?”, “Stargazing” and “The Tea Dragon Festival” look amazing. I’ll definitely check these out. Thank you! 😀

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  4. I love this list! I’ve only read Tea Dragon Festival from this list but I was looking at Bury the Lede the other day. All of these look so good 😍 I’m always keen to discover more graphic novels and I’ll definitely be looking out for some of these! Awesome TTT 🙂

    My TTT post

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    1. Thanks Dini! I’m excited to branch out in to GN more 😄 Bury the Lede looks great. I’m hoping my library gets it in because it’s expensive and I don’t want to have to buy it – at least until I’m sure I’ll read it more than once 😂

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  5. I love your unique spin on this topic. I’ve only heard of one of these graphic novels (Paper Girls, really want to read that one) so there are a lot of interesting titles here. Love that you’re highlighting some titles and mediums that seem underrepped in the book blogging community. Great post!

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    1. Thanks Kitty! There are so many good books out there and a lot of them aren’t hyped so I’m aiming to branch out a bit and try books that I may not have before. Paper Girls is great! I hope you enjoy it if you get around to reading the series 😊 Jen

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    1. Ooh I’m glad you liked it! 💙 I’m excited for the fact that it shows sign in the graphics. I think that’s such a neat take on sharing diversity of the characters rather than just stating that she’s deaf and only using translations 💙 Jen

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  6. I’ve been wanting to get into more graphic novels but have felt lost with the sheer number to choose from. Thank you for sharing your list, I’ll definitely be checking these out!

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    1. You’re welcome Jamie! I’m only recently getting in to the genre and was quite overwhelmed at the start too. Most of these are stand-alones and short reads so it makes it a bit easier. Hope you enjoy them if you end up reading some ❤ Jen

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  7. The Tea Dragon Festival is amazing! I love the look and sound of Invisible Kingdom.
    I read Mooncakes that is coming out this month and it was really cute too so you might like that.
    And I hope to read volumes 2 and 3 of Monstress that I am getting for my birthday. 😀

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    1. I remember you mentioning Monstress in one of your previous posts. I added it to my TBR 😀 I ADORED Mooncakes! It was such a cute, happy read. I’m really excited to try Invisible Kingdom. The graphics look stunning!

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  8. Omg, all of these graphic novels look SOOOO good! I hope you enjoy them all!
    Ahhh, I still need to read the Tea Dragon Society–it looks so cute!

    Also, if you’re looking to read more graphic memoirs, I recommend El Deafo by Cece Bell and Marbles by Ellen Forney.

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