Why I Love to Read
Have you ever read a graphic novel? You really should try one. I read my first one during last year’s Banned Book Week. I wanted to read some completely different so I chose The Color of Earth and it was amazing. In my uneducated mind, I thought graphic novels were more like comic books. Man, was I wrong! I loved every page and I couldn’t put it down.
The Color of Earth completely opened me up to a whole new book world. Another great discovery is First Second Books, a graphic novels publisher located in New York. First Second published Color of Earth plus so many others. Graphic novels come in so many different genres, from memoirs to historical fiction to kids lit. I love looking through their catalog to find a new treasure.
The reason I love graphic novels so much is that it gives so much texture and richness to a story. In my mind, this is what is going on in the author’s mind. It’s his/her vision of the characters and story. It helps me visualize the appearance of a character and the tone of the story. There are many times while I’m reading that I get overcome and feel totally immersed in the book. It’s a great feeling. Sometimes I can get bogged down in an overly wordy book. However, when I pick up a graphic novel, I can very easily get lost in the illustrations.
My eight year old has also found the pleasure of reading a graphic novel. Before she read one, she had a hard time finding anything she really wanted to read. I think she would get overwhelmed with chapter books. She needed something that stimulated her mind visually. Finally, she discovered Bad Kitty, Bone, Baby Mouse and Lunch Lady. She loves them and plows right through them.
I’m not saying that all I’m going to read now are graphic novels. For me, it is a nice change from the more traditional novel. Most graphic novels are a pretty quick read and sometimes I really need that. I think the other side of my brain needs that visual stimulation.
Here is a list of graphic novels that I love:
- The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa
- The Color of Water by Kim Dong Hwa
- The Color of Heaven by Kim Dong Hwa
- Relish by Lucy Knisley
- French Milk by Lucy Knisley
- Templar by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham & Alex Puvilland