The weekly post where I recap some of the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Ocasionally, I’ll also talk about some adult fiction books as well.
So I’ve been MIA a bit as I have been feverishly reading graphic novels for the Cybils. There are SO many good books–I have no idea how we will whittle them down to just a few finalists. I’m only about half way through the nominations and they really are fantastic.
I have learned something really cool–my local library has a TON of graphic novels available in digital format. I had no idea. I have an iPad, and it is actually quite nice reading them on the the larger screen.
And because of the Cybils, I’m picking up books that normally wouldn’t be on my radar. I am normally not a super hero comic fan. Like at all. Or at least I thought. Apparently, I really enjoy DC comics. I don’t know if it is because they’re really good at doing the anti-hero trope, the fact that they pull in a good bit of science fiction, or how diverse the books I’ve read have been, but I am digging all the DC graphic novels that I’ve checked out thus far. Below are a few of them.
I loved the cover of this book. It was actually on my TBR before Cybils, so I was super stoked to pick this one up. I had no idea what it was about and was thrilled to see how clever the premise was. They definitely set it up for a sequel, so I’m hoping that they make it.
I had this book checked out months ago for my daughter, but I didn’t read it then. I’m glad that I got a chance to read it now, though! Without giving anything away, I love how the science fiction aspect of this one kind of switches things up. Super fun.
This is another one I wasn’t excited for but ended up loving. Cassandra Cain is such a compelling character and it is fun to see her go through her character arc in this one. And her secret hideout is the library attic? How cool is that? I am hoping to see another one with her in it because this one was that good.
My daughter loved the TV show Teen Titans Go. She also enjoyed the previous book in this graphic novel series, Raven. After reading Beast Boy, I am definitely going to need to check the other one out. This is another one that uses science to drive the story and it is a lot of fun.
OK. So I have mixed feelings on this one. It is a beautiful graphic novel. And I loved the writing. Harleen’s story is so frustrating and sad and this book did a fantastic job of capturing this. I loved this graphic novel. But I have such beef with the Joker and Harlequin’s relationship. Its so toxic and unhealthy, and that is the point. But sometimes I wonder if it is romanticized so much that people kind of swoon and say “if only I had that kind of relationship.” I felt the same way about Bella and Edward in Twilight. Except Harlequin is a much more interesting character.
Added to My TBR
A quick note: Clarinet & Trumpet is my illustrator husband’s debut picture book! it is available for request over on Edelweiss if you’re interested in checking out an ARC. I am so excited and so proud of him.