Top Ten Tuesday | graphic novels

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where book bloggers are invited to share their top ten lists centered on a certain theme.

This week I decided to talk about something that I don’t boost nearly enough: graphic novels! I love comics and graphic novels but I often forget to talk about them on my blog, so today I’m sharing some favorites that I’ve read recently.


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My Top ten
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  1. A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong: This YA graphic novel has a stunning sunset-like color palette, and it tells a compelling story of girlhood, friendship, and basketball.
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2. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds & Danica Novgorodoff: I absolutely loved Jason’s original version of Long Way Down, and the graphic novel brings so much depth to an already incredible YA novel!

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3. Displacement by Kiku Hughes: This graphic novel about the Japanese-American Internment draws inspiration from Octavia Butler’s Kindred, and was so powerful.

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4. The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen: This story of queerness, family, coming out, fairytales, and immigration was utterly beautiful. It definitely lives up to the hype!

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5. Almost American Girl by Robin Ha: This graphic memoir follows the author’s teen years after she moves from Korea to the US. I love graphic memoirs and this was one of my favorites of 2020!

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6. Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jenn Stonge, & Joy San: A queer love story about two women of color that spans decades, this one filled me with both heartbreak and joy.

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7. Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang: Gene is a comics powerhouse, and his newest graphic novel is such a fascinating look at a high school basketball team. It’s a subject I never thought I’d really care about, but I found myself so enjoying it!

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8. Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker: This paranormal graphic novel has queer rep, disabled rep, and Asian-American rep and is just utterly adorable. I honestly recommend this one to patrons at my library all the time!

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9. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera & Delia Moscote: I’d always heard great things about the original YA novel but hand’t had a chance to read it! I loved the graphic novel and now I can’t wait to read the original.

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10. Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries: I love anything about witches, and I also love the unique world-building in this one. It’s another that I recommend all the time at my library!


Are you a fan of comics & graphic novels? If so, what are some of your favorites?


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15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | graphic novels

  1. I just checked out Dragon Hoops. I just about choked when I saw the size of it. Ha! I am making a list of funny books today. I just realized that I hardly ever read funny books and everything right now seems so serious. Here’s my list.

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  2. Wow, I had no idea some of these YA titles were made into graphic novels! I LOVE GN and will definitely be on the lookout for these ones. I’m really excited to read Big Fish this year 😃 Great list!

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  3. I just love your cats! I’m currently reading The Promised Neverland manga series, although I don’t typically read a lot of comics and graphic novels. I do on occasion though.

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  4. I’m excited to look into these books! I like the idea of graphic novels, but I don’t know where to start with them, and there are only a few manga that I have enjoyed. Aside from what’s on your list, do you have any recommendations for the best graphic novels to start with?

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  5. Saga by Brian Vaughn might be my favorite. I loved American Born Chinese by Gene Luan Yang, though, too. For adults, I recently read Good Talk, a graphic memoir by Mira Jacob that I’m still thinking about, months later!

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