Musings From A Bookmammal


G is for GRAPHIC NOVELS/BOOKS–The April A-Z Challenge/Day 7

GWelcome to Day #7 of the April A to Z Challenge, where participants are challenged to create a post every day (except Sundays) corresponding to the appropriate letter of the alphabet. If you’d like to learn more, hit the badge on my sidebar.

I’ll be posting about bookish topics each day of the challenge. Here’s today’s post about my first experience with graphic novels/books:


relishI’d never read any books in the graphic format until about a month ago. I never had any negative feelings about this genre—I just never paid any attention to it. However, I really enjoy reading books about food and cooking, and the book Relish: My Life In The Kitchen by Lucy Knisley kept showing up on various book blogs. I decided to give it a try—and I LOVED it!

I like to cook, and I adore reading about food and cooking, so this book has me written all over it! It contains the author’s memories of growing up as the daughter of a chef and gourmet, as well as her thoughts about how our experiences with food help make us who we are. Plus—there are illustrated recipes! (I’m definitely going to try her recipe for carbonara!) I thought the format of the book might be distracting, but Knisley’s charming drawings PERFECTLY complement her text, and I simply love her writing voice! I originally borrowed this book from the library, but I know I’ll be buying my own copy soon to add to my collection of food writings. I’ll say it one more time—I LOVED THIS BOOK!

As an aside, I know that although more and more of today’s educators are viewing graphic novels as worthy additions to classroom libraries, there are still some who feel that graphic novels are not “real books” and shouldn’t count as “real reading.” I couldn’t disagree more–I think this type of book could be a powerful motivator for kids, especially those who are reluctant or struggling readers. Reading is reading, whatever the format!

Anyway, I’m now on the lookout for more graphic books/novels to try. Do you read books in this genre? What graphic novels/books would you suggest that I try next? Please share!