Ten Graphic Novels on My TBR List

Posted February 3, 2015 by LeahAdmin in Literary Lists / 17 Comments

Ten Graphic Novels on My TBR List

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday list, but this week’s topic caught my eye. Today the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish ask bloggers to list Ten Books I Want to Read from X Genre. In my efforts to read more diversely across genres, I have picked up a few graphic novels and comics that I have loved, but I really want to read more! So this week, I’m listing ten graphic novels on my TBR list! (I learned about a lot of these comics from Andi at Estella’s Revenge. She is the absolute best for recommending comics!)

Ten Graphic Novels on My TBR List

Graphic Novels:

1. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi:Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

2. Blankets by by Craig Thompson: “Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.”

3. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf: “In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer — the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper — seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, “Jeff” was a high school friend. In My Friend Dahmer, Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche.”

4. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley: “Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life.”

5. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel: “Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf.”

6. Maus by Art Spiegelman: “The complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents.”


7. Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona: “Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts?”

8. Lumberjanes by Noel Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen: “Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp… defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons… what’s not to love?! Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!”

9. Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples: “When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.”

10. Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn: “A sci-fi drama set in the near future. The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.”

  • Seriously?! I think we’re long-lost book twins!
    Great minds… 😉

  • Dahmer is on my list, thanks to Literary Disco. And I haven’t read Fun House yet by Bechdel. Great list.

  • I guess we were on the same bookish page this week! I loved Maus!! Persepolis and Blankets are on my list this week too. I’ll have to add these others since I’m a novice in the graphic novel arena.

  • Oooooo! You have so many good ones on there!!! I love Maus, Persepolis, Relish, Blankets, Ms. Marvel, Saga, Lumberjanes, and my current obsession, Alex + Ada. I hope you have all of A+A, because you’re going to want to rip right through.

  • Ok, I love almost all of these (all the ones I’ve read). You will love them! I think!

  • Great list! The only comic I’ve read from it is Saga (loved it!) but many of them are on my wishlist 🙂

  • Amy Sachs

    Saga, Lumberjanes, and Ms. Marvel are seriously all SO GOOD! I’ve been meaning to check out My Friend Dahmer since I heard about it on Literary Disco forever ago!

  • bermudaonion(Kathy)

    Maus and Relish are both terrific!!

  • I’ve never read a graphic novel before, but My Friend Dahmer sounds so intriguing! I’m weirdly fascinated with serial killers and loved Ann Rule’s book about her time working alongside Ted Bundy (The Stranger Beside Me).

  • I’m excited about Alex + Ada as well! I just ordered it online and it should be arriving this week.

  • Maus is epic, I thoroughly recommend reading it. I’ve only recently begun to enjoy Graphic Novels, I have Persepolis on my shelf ready to read next.