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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Years Resolutions for Readers... The Graphic Novels Challenge 2010

New Years Resolutions for The Reader
Graphic Novels Challenge 2010

Like New Years Resolutions, Readers also make resolutions! These resolutions are all about the challenges! Type of books, length of books and even how many books! It's all so much fun, you aren't punished if you don't finish your challenge, and you're joining your reading community and reading!

The first challenge I'm going to join this year is going to be the Graphic Novels Challenge 2010! I've really enjoyed the Graphic Memoirs I've been reading and decided it would be fun to read more Graphic Novels and not just graphic memoirs.... So, Nymeth at things mean alot and Chris at Stuff As Dreams Are Made On are hosting this challenge at a special blog appropriated called, Graphic Novels Challenge Blog.

Here are the rules and guidelines...

*The challenge starts on January 1st 2010 and ends on December 31st (but we don't mind you starting early.)

*You don't have to make a list beforehand (but you can, of course! Lists are great because they give ideas to people who aren't sure what to read. And if you do make one, don't feel forced to stick to it!)

*The levels of participation:
Beginner (3 Comics or Graphic Novels)
Intermediate (3-10)
Expert (10+) You're more than free to adjust your level of participation after the challenge has begun.

*There will be mini-challenges!

*Overlaps with other challenges are totally fine.

You don't have to have a blog to participate- all you have to do is read! You can share what your reading right here if you'd like! I'll be posting the links to my reviews here as I'm going along. Do you read graphic novels? And suggestions of some of your favorites?! Let me know what
you've read in the past or are reading right now! And click on the Graphic Novels Challenge link above to read all about and join the challenge!

Books I Read for The Challenge:

Stitches by David Small... This graphic novel is David Small's memoir of growing up in his dysfunctional family, and having a little operation that was suppose to be harmless, but left him virtually mute.
Read my full Review of Stitches.

American Widow by Alissa Torres... This graphic novel tells the story of 9/11 through the eyes of Alissa Torres who lost her husband, Eddie Torres, in the North Tower. American Widow depicts the horror, frustration, and utter chaos that Alissa had to deal with as she dealt with the realization that her husband would not be coming home. This is a powerful book that seamlessly weaves together the backstory of Eddie & Alissa, Eddie & Alissa before they met, how they met, fell in love and came to become part of the story of 9/11.

Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield... This graphic novel gives us a glimpse into the mind of a girl who begins to suffer from an eating disorder. The internal conflicts
and external pressures that cause Anna to battle with herse
lf about her self worth. Tyranny is Anna's alter ego, drawn as an angry squiggly line, who is constantly pushing her buttons and holding her back from living the life she was meant to. There is an important message in this slim graphic novel about eating disorders, and ultimately the novel shows that there is hope for young girls who suffer from this devastating disease. Read my full Review of Tyranny.


Heidi V said...

I'm going to join you in this challenge I have been wanting to read the Bleach series since my Son been blowing through them fast.

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Heidi!
OK, now I'm curious about the Bleach series! I'm going to have to look into them! I'm glad you're up for the challenge too! It will be fun!

Lisa said...

Hi Suzanne! I was just popping in to say HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your family! I hope you have a wonderful season and a HAPPY NEW YEAR, too! :0)

Anonymous said...

This is very tempting, I have a couple of graphic novels lined up for next year already; Cairo, and Grandville for starters and I want to read some of the manga my daughter and some of her friends are into like Death Note and one called Midnight Opera.

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Lisa!
Merry Christmas to you and your family as well! Have a wonderful trip and 'see ya' next year!

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Book pusher! Hey I have Cairo in a TBR pile... that's another one I can add to the list! :D Graphic novels are something I read on occasion, but this will nudge me into reading a little more seriously. Would be great fun to do to this together! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Alyce said...

I'm doing this one too! Good luck with the challenge!

Suzanne Yester said...

Great Alyce! I look forward to reading those reviews! And seeing which Graphic Novels you chose!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Ooh, graphic novels. Yummy. I hope you'll be able to get your hands on some Joann Sfar. He's by far my current favorite.

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Susan!
Well, I guess this challenge is going to open my eyes to some great reading I never knew existed! I just wrote down Joann Sfar to check out! Thanks! And Merry Christmas!

Kaye said...

Good luck with the challenge, Suzanne. Looks like a fun one.

I also want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Kaye!
Thank you so much for the Holiday wishes and good luck wishes for the challenge!

Merry Christmas! Enjoy the day and here's to a Healthy & Happy New Year!

Katie Ham said...

Happy New Year! It is a nice idea to join the but sad to say I can't cause I something to fix but I want to congratulate the winner and to those who wants to join.:)

rikiritter said...

Are there any appropriate graphic novels for young adult readers? My 14 year old daughter has autism spectrum disorder and sees stories in pictures really well, but cannot read words into her understanding. She is bright and can decode fine, but language reasoning escapes her when it is all words. Watching a movie is completely understood by her. I thought graphic novels might appeal to her, too. Suggestions please!

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