Gender Queer

As a librarian and avid reader, I hear the phrase “this is an important book” a lot.  And while it’s true that there are many “important” books out there, sometimes these books are tough to read.  Whether it’s the subject matter or the length or the writing style, “important” books sometimes sit on my shelf, unread.  Gender Queer is an “important” book that is smart and accessible and a title that I would recommend to everyone, regardless of how they identify.

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Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew v

Werewolves?  Baristas? Magic? Gay best friend? Young Adult?  I had been wanting to read Moonstruck for a while, ever since I heard about it really, because of all the awesome things I had heard about it and the themes it explored.   While I am glad I finally got to experience, I found that the idea and concept turned out better than the reality.  I thought it was fun and a quick read but ultimately wanted more.

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Sleepless

I am always on the lookout for new graphic novels by authors I haven’t read so I was excited to read Sleepless.  I didn’t know much about the story beforehand so it was a nice surprise to find out that I really enjoyed the story and the characters. I can’t wait to read volume two!

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Kristy’s Great Idea

The Baby-Sitter’s Club was one of my all-time favorite book series when I was growing up so I was very happy when I saw that a graphic novel version of “Kristy’s Great Idea” was being made.  I can vividly remember checking each new book out from the library and reading well past my bedtime with the help of a flashlight, hoping my mom wouldn’t know (she always did).  She also took me and my sister to meet Ann M. Martin and it was my first experience with meeting an author.   This book brought me right back to my childhood and I am happy knowing that a new generation of kids will be able to enjoy these stories.

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible

While this graphic novel is probably best appreciated when read during the Autumn months, especially around Halloween, I finally got around to reading it this week and it was still enjoyable, even when read in the middle of cold and snowy weather.  This had been on my to read list for a while but for some reason it was always passed over for other titles.   I was afraid that I had waited too long to read it and that the hype would cloud my enjoyment of it.  Boy was I wrong.  This was a dark, sad, funny, retelling of the Sabrina story that most of us know and I would highly recommend it.

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The Prince and the Dressmaker

This graphic novel was beautifully drawn and had an amazing story to match. I am SO here for teen and young adult books that feature characters from different backgrounds and different lifestyles.  What I liked about this book was the level of acceptance that was shown to the Prince and the message that everyone is unique and that’s ok.  The author, Jen Wang, does a great job of sending a message without being preachy.

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Check, Please!

Well, this was one of the cutest comics I have ever read.  I saw this comic pop up on a few lists of “must reads” and then it was discussed in a meeting I had with other librarians so I knew I had to read it.  What I had heard was basically this: it’s about a college hockey player, who used to be a figure skater, and who likes to bake pies. Based on that description, how could I not pick this up??  If I could, this review would just be me saying over and over again “oh my gosh, this is so cute” and “I am so in love with Bitty” and “I can’t take how amazing this comic is…” suffice to say, this book exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it.

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Upgrade Soul

I don’t know where to begin my review of this book.  Even reading the description of the story did not prepare me for the emotions I felt while reading it.  It is equal parts disturbing poetic. Part Sci-Fi, part Horror, part Existentialism, this is a book I will not soon forget.

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Fables

I have been waiting to review this title as a series rather than individual volumes, so this review will encompass volumes 1-22.

Where to begin?  This series was recommended to me by a friend and fellow librarian because we both enjoy graphic novels and she thought I would enjoy the theme of fairy tales being told with a different spin.  When I read the synopsis of volume one and looked at the cover, I thought to myself “this may be a series that I can’t put down.” Boy was I right!   From the very beginning I was engrossed with not only the stories being told but the numerous characters I was introduced to in each volume and how they all connected in the wonderful world Bill Willingham created.

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