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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 youΒ 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 β€” of course, these are optional, but we hope you’ll use them when picking your reads!

πŸ’žΒ a book with BIPOC rep
πŸ’žΒ a book with disabilityΒ and/orΒ mental health rep
πŸ’žΒ a book with queer rep
πŸ’žΒ a spooky read
πŸ’žΒ a 5-star prediction

We also came up withΒ 3 bonus promptsΒ for the folks whoΒ reallyΒ want to challenge themselves:

βž•Β a book that has (or will have) an adaptation
βž•Β a book withΒ pinkΒ on the cover
βž•Β a genre or story you wouldn’t usually reach for


πŸ“š recommendation: BIPOC rep πŸ“š

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

πŸ“š recommendation: disability/MI rep πŸ“š

πŸ€—Β Tea Dragon β€” 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!
πŸ€—Β Giant Days β€” 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
πŸ€—Β Speak: The Graphic Novel β€” 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
πŸ€—Β MooncakesΒ β€” This adorable YA paranormal fantasy story not only features Chinese-American characters + a nonbinary love interest, but the main character is hard of hearing!
πŸ€—Β Harleen β€” This Harley Quinn origin story was a tough one to decide if I wanted to recommend because the MH rep won’t work forΒ 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!

πŸ“š recommendation: queer rep πŸ“š

🌈 My Brother’s Husband β€” 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!
🌈 Bloom β€” An absolutely precious YA contemporary romance story featuring a gay Greek boy and a gay Samoan boy!
🌈 Check, Please! β€” Not only is this one of the cutest graphic novels of all time, it features a syrupy sweet slow-burn gay hockey romance!
🌈 Fruits Basket β€” 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 πŸ₯Ί
🌈 Dream Daddy β€” If you like the game, youΒ have to read this queer AF graphic novel! (also featuring BIPOC rep)

πŸ“š recommendation: spooky reads πŸ“š

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

πŸ“š recommendation: 5-star predictions πŸ“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)!

🌟 The Mortal Instruments, Vol. 1 β€” 4.06 avg
🌟 Saga, Vol. 1 β€” 4.19 avg
🌟 The Walking Dead, Vol. 1 β€” 4.27 avg
🌟 Locke & Key, Vol. 1 β€” 4.15 avg
🌟 Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1Β β€” 4.42 avg

πŸ“š recommendation: books with adaptations πŸ“š

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

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

πŸ“š recommendation: pink covers πŸ“š

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

πŸ“š recommendation: outside of your norm πŸ“š

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

πŸ“– They Called Us Enemy β€” George Takei’s memoir about growing up in internment camps
πŸ“– Rendez-vous in Phoenix β€” A nonfiction memoir about the experience of immigrating from Mexico to the US
πŸ“–Β Strange Fruit β€” A series of graphic novels covering under-discussed moments in Black history
πŸ“–Β Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner PartyΒ β€” A surprisingly humorous MG graphic novel detailing the events of the Donner Party expedition
πŸ“– How I Broke Up With My Colon β€” 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! β™₯

β€” destiny β™₯

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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! πŸ’œ And you have so many listed that I’ve already read, that I fell in love with, too! πŸ’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 πŸ₯° 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 πŸ˜”

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