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Graphics-a-thon RECOMMENDATIONS!

September 25, 2020

It’s time for a list of Graphics-a-thon recommendations!

Since there are so many great prompts for the readathon, the other hosts and I have each decided to put together lists of recommendations! We have an entire document you can look through here, but before we get to that, I wanted to tell youย my top 5 recommendations for each prompt!

(And don’t forget to go peek at Ellyn’s and Rebecca’s recs, too!)


We came up with a few really exciting prompts โ€” of course, these are optional, but we hope youโ€™ll use them when picking your reads!

๐Ÿ’žย a book with BIPOC rep
๐Ÿ’žย a book with disabilityย and/orย mental health rep
๐Ÿ’žย a book with queer rep
๐Ÿ’žย a spooky read
๐Ÿ’žย a 5-star prediction

We also came up withย 3 bonus promptsย for the folks whoย reallyย want to challenge themselves:

โž•ย a book that has (or will have) an adaptation
โž•ย a book withย pinkย on the cover
โž•ย a genre or story you wouldnโ€™t usually reach for


๐Ÿ“š recommendation: BIPOC rep ๐Ÿ“š

๐Ÿ’•ย Farmhand โ€” A sometimes spooky, often funny series with own-voices Black rep
๐Ÿ’• Omni โ€” A sci-fi superhero comic with a brilliant Black lead & many side characters of color
๐Ÿ’• Stargazing โ€” An adorable MG contemporary book with Chinese-American characters
๐Ÿ’• The Way of the Househusband โ€” A positively hilarious contemporary manga series w/ a Japanese yakuza boss-turned-househusband
๐Ÿ’• Infidel โ€” A very dark horror story featuring a Muslim woman of color as the main character

๐Ÿ“š recommendation: disability/MI rep ๐Ÿ“š

๐Ÿค—ย Tea Dragon โ€” This entire gorgeous MG fantasy series features a prominent side character who uses a wheelchair, the only time I’ve seen wheelchair rep in a graphic novel! It also features loads of BIPOC + queer rep!
๐Ÿค—ย Giant Days โ€” This NA contemporary series is an all-time fave and features a good bit of BIPOC + queer rep, but it also features some of the most relatable anxiety rep I’ve ever seen
๐Ÿค—ย Speak: The Graphic Novel โ€” If you’ve never read the novel (or if you have and enjoyed it), this is a great adaptation of this classic YA contemporary story of surviving assault, and features a painfully real look at assault-induced PTSD
๐Ÿค—ย Mooncakesย โ€” This adorable YA paranormal fantasy story not only features Chinese-American characters + a nonbinary love interest, but the main character is hard of hearing!
๐Ÿค—ย Harleen โ€” This Harley Quinn origin story was a tough one to decide if I wanted to recommend because the MH rep won’t work forย everyone, but as someone who has been through very toxic/manipulative relationships, I genuinely enjoyed its portrayal of how the Joker’s influence begins to warp Harleen’s entire worldview and found it far more relatable than I could have expected!

๐Ÿ“š recommendation: queer rep ๐Ÿ“š

๐ŸŒˆย My Brother’s Husband โ€” This adult contemporary manga duology is a hard read at times because it tackles homophobia head-on, but it features the sweetest characters and most beautiful character development!
๐ŸŒˆย Bloom โ€” An absolutely precious YA contemporary romance story featuring a gay Greek boy and a gay Samoan boy!
๐ŸŒˆย Check, Please! โ€” Not only is this one of the cutest graphic novels of all time, it features a syrupy sweet slow-burn gay hockey romance!
๐ŸŒˆย Fruits Basket โ€” This manga series is a classic for a reason! It’s hilarious, sweet, emotional, and was the first media I personally ever experienced with totally casual queer rep ๐Ÿฅบ
๐ŸŒˆย Dream Daddy โ€” If you like the game, youย have to read this queer AF graphic novel! (also featuring BIPOC rep)

๐Ÿ“š recommendation: spooky reads ๐Ÿ“š

๐Ÿ‘ปย The Low, Low Woods โ€” A dark fantasy/horror story featuring queer + BIPOC + fat rep, this one devastated me in the best way
๐Ÿ‘ปย Something is Killing the Children โ€” A monster-hunting horror tale featuring some seriously badass characters
๐Ÿ‘ปย Behind You: One-Shot Horror Storiesย โ€” A super quick read with gorgeous illustrations that had me peeking over my shoulder all night!
๐Ÿ‘ปย Wytches โ€” A unique take on witches with an eerie atmosphere and “sound effects” that haunt me to this day
๐Ÿ‘ปย Uzumaki โ€” If you haven’t read Junji Ito’s bizarro horror manga extraordinaire, you haven’t lived!

๐Ÿ“š recommendation: 5-star predictions ๐Ÿ“š

Obviously, you have to go with your own 5-star predictions, but I did think it was worth showcasing a few options that have 4-star or higher average ratings on Goodreads (and that I think a lot of people will love)!

๐ŸŒŸ The Mortal Instruments, Vol. 1 โ€” 4.06 avg
๐ŸŒŸย Saga, Vol. 1 โ€” 4.19 avg
๐ŸŒŸย The Walking Dead, Vol. 1 โ€” 4.27 avg
๐ŸŒŸ Locke & Key, Vol. 1 โ€” 4.15 avg
๐ŸŒŸ Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1ย โ€” 4.42 avg

๐Ÿ“š recommendation: books with adaptations ๐Ÿ“š

For this one, you could go with so many comics or manga!

๐ŸŽฌ Locke & Key โ€” adult horror, live-action television show
๐ŸŽฌ The Walking Dead โ€” adult horror, live-action television show
๐ŸŽฌ Sailor Moon โ€” YA fantasy romance, anime
๐ŸŽฌ Fruits Basket โ€” YA fantasy romance, anime series (2 versions)
๐ŸŽฌ Doom Patrol โ€” adult fantasy, live-action television show

๐Ÿ“š recommendation: pink covers ๐Ÿ“š

๐ŸŒบย Unnatural, Vol. 1 โ€” adult fantasy (and I do meanย adultย at times) about a world full of anthropomorphic animals
๐ŸŒบ Camp Spirit โ€” YA fantasy/mystery/romance with cute queer girls!
๐ŸŒบ Aquicorn Cove โ€” A precious MG fantasy about an underwater palace
๐ŸŒบ In Real Life โ€” YA contemporary about a gamer girl and her MMORPG adventures
๐ŸŒบย Stage Dreams โ€” YA historical fiction about a Latinx woman and her trans captive/friend/love interest on the run

๐Ÿ“š recommendation: outside of your norm ๐Ÿ“š

Obviously, nobody knows what your “norm” is but you, but I do constantly hear people tell me they don’t read muchย nonfiction in graphic novels and manga, so if that describes you, too, here are 5 nonfiction titles I recommend!

๐Ÿ“– They Called Us Enemy โ€” George Takei’s memoir about growing up in internment camps
๐Ÿ“– Rendez-vous in Phoenix โ€” A nonfiction memoir about the experience of immigrating from Mexico to the US
๐Ÿ“–ย Strange Fruit โ€” A series of graphic novels covering under-discussed moments in Black history
๐Ÿ“–ย Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Partyย โ€” A surprisingly humorous MG graphic novel detailing the events of the Donner Party expedition
๐Ÿ“– How I Broke Up With My Colon โ€” A really cute comic collection of bizarre-but-true medical stories

And that’s it for today’s big readathon recommendations post! I hope you’ll check out the big document HERE for more recommendations and resources, and that you’ll join us for a week of fun, laid-back reads in October! โ™ฅ

โ€” destiny โ™ฅ

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  • Reply Ellyn September 25, 2020 at 10:20 am

    I loved reading your post and I’m even more glad now that I have some of these on my tbr for the readathon!

  • Reply ChapterMalliumpkin September 25, 2020 at 11:42 am

    This is exactly what I needed! I’ve been looking for more graphic novel recommendations! ๐Ÿ’œ And you have so many listed that I’ve already read, that I fell in love with, too! ๐Ÿ’œ Forever love Dream Daddy! *sings theme song*

  • Reply plantyofpages September 25, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    I want to read the Tea Dragon Society so so badly, it looks absolutely adorable! Good luck with your readathon TBR!

  • Reply evelynreads1 September 25, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    So many great ones on here! I really need to check some of the others out!


  • Reply Caro @ bookcheshirecat September 29, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Great recommendation post! I also love Mooncakes and the Tea Dragon series, both have something so wholesome and comforting about them ๐Ÿฅฐ I’ve been thinking about reading Locke & Key after watching the show on Netflix, but I’m not sure if the art style is for me ๐Ÿ˜”

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