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Five Graphic Novels/Series to Read in 2020

After failing to read many graphic novels last year, I’d like to make an effort to read more this year, as I think it is important to consume literature and art in as many different formats as possible. In addition to this, I always seem to enjoy the graphic novels I do read, so I feel as though it is a format full of potential five star reads for me to tap into. This list will not include manga, as I will be doing a separate list for those soon. Please let me know if you have any graphic novel recommendations as I am still fairly new to this format and I would love to explore further!

 

1. Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung 

The protagonist in this graphic novel series has allergies and posts a great deal on social media, which is essentially me, so I have to read this one. I think it will pose some interesting questions about an individual’s online presence and various views on beauty and popularity amongst other things. I own the first volume physically, so I will read that one before committing to buying the next one, but I have a feeling I will enjoy it! 

 

 

2. I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young 

This series looks like a chaotic mix of action and comedy with the premise surrounding a forty year old woman trapped in a six year old’s body in a place called Fairyland. Make sense? No, but that’s the fun of it! Similar to Snotgirl, I own the first volume of this and will consider continuing with the series if I enjoy it. 

 

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3. Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savannah Ganucheau 

I like bread and I like wholesome romances, so what’s not to love with the synopsis of this one? I don’t think I’ve ever read a standalone graphic novel before, so it will be a novel (ha, get it?) experience. The colour palette focuses on blue tones, which looks beautiful, so I think it will be lovely to read even just for the art alone. 

 

 

4. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman 

Despite the acclaim surround Alice Oseman, I have yet to try any of her books, so I thought this sweet graphic novel series would be a fantastic place to start. It follows Charlie and Nick who form a relationship where neither of them expected one to form. It’s great to see more LGBTQIA+ literature being released, especially in the YA age range, and I can’t wait to see what this series has to offer. 

 

 

5. Monstress by Marjorie Lu and Sana Takeda

Last year, I read the first volume of this particular graphic novel, and whilst the plot was a little confusing, the art was absolutely stunning, and I would like to give the second volume a chance this year to see if the plot unfurls more clearly. The premise is incredibly intriguing, exploring a bodily link between the protagonist and a terrifying monster. 

There are many more series I’m interested in, such as the renowned Saga series along with a few series that explore feminism in various ways, such as Paper Girls, Bitch Planet and Lumberjanes. However, these are the most pressing on my list, and I don’t want to run the risk of getting distracted by all of the wonderful art and then neglecting my other genres. 

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