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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

True Comics Starring Women

In Celebration of Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and to celebrate, I thought I'd make a list of some of my favorite graphic novels featuring women. These all happen to be biographies.  Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

the doubtful guest

Gothic Fiction for the Whole Family (Part 1: Children)

A celebration of old-world-style scares

It's never too early to introduce your child to Gothic and Modern Gothic literature (or to develop a taste for it yourself). This glorious genre explores negativity in a manageable package. With supernatural elements and an exploration of feelings like unhappiness and loneliness, both Gothic and Modern Gothic literature provide a unique opportunity for readers to explore and discuss some of the more challenging and gruesome aspects of life, and to find ways to cope with scary and negative feelings in their day-to-day lives.

two boys kissing

Challenge This!

Teen and Young Adult books with Controversial Themes

Banned Books Week (September 24-30, 2017) is a very popular time for readers everywhere. As our society continues to wrestle with ideas concerning sexuality, violence, social issues, and language within literature, many authors will continue to challenge longstanding opinions about these topics. The following books have been challenged by schools, libraries, and media outlets, drawing controversial attention nationwide.  

It by Stephen King

Stranger Things That Go Bump in the Night!

Darkness falls across the land The midnight hour is close at hand Creatures crawl in search of blood To terrorize y’awl’s neighborhood

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang cover

Challenged Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #19: Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey

2017 is here and a new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot's Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers. This read feed will address the nineteenth challenge, to read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey.

attack on titan

Manga You Should Be Reading!

The Anime Fan's Reading List

Manga is very important to the anime world, as it represents the source material for popular shows. For anime fans who enjoy reading this source material, DC Public Library has a number of manga series that span across action, suspense, comedy, slice of life, dystopian themes, dark undertones, shōnen, shōjo, and many other genres. If you consider yourself an avid reader or a casual fan looking to build a queue, please consider the titles below!

Rat Queens

Strong Women in Comics

Women have always been a part of comics, whether portrayed simply as superheroes, spies, damsels, villains, temptresses, scantily-clad distractions, or merely one-dimensional characters. The following brief (and certainly not comprehensive) list contains more recent titles and women characters who cannot be confined to one-dimensional comic tropes, but more diverse and complicated women of our modern age.

Aya: Life in Yop City cover

Visualizing History

Explore the past with graphic novels and manga

There are so many different types of graphic novels and manga series to choose from that it can be hard to find things you’re really interested in reading about. And while superheroes or memoirs get a lot of attention, there’s something for every genre. Below is a list of historical fiction graphic novels and manga for people who want to be transported to different time periods.

Starve

Visually Appetizing

Graphic Novels About Food!

Welcome to the new food revolution, now in graphic format! Food and cooking are as popular as ever, and now there are many more books that tap into this passion, including graphic novels and comic cookbooks! The following are some great titles and series that will make your mouth water.

Graphic Novels Are Books Too

Graphic Novels for Readers Who Don't Like Graphic Novels

I have a love-hate relationship with graphic novels. On the one hand the stories are just as great as the non-graphic novels. On the other, what's with all the pictures? I am told they are supposed to enhance the story which I suppose is true, but sometimes it feels as if my mind was made up for me. Being a librarian pretty much implies that I am a book lover and I cannot discriminate against my literature babies. I'm not a monster! So I have decided to give these graphic novels a try and thought I would share my experience with you. Happy Reading!

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