It’s crazy how much I have been enjoying my time with books lately. I’ve really been expanding my horizons and I’m loving every minute of it. This week I took on a couple of graphic novels (never read one of those before) and I reminisced with an old favorite of mine.
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale
Maus is a graphic novel that was recommended to me by one of my classmates. I didn’t really know where to go with the the graphic novel genre, so I reached out for help on twitter (I love my book lovers community).
This is a story about the Holocaust and what a survivor goes through. It was written over thirty years ago and is still powerful today for its readers! His images were drawn with the Nazis as cats and the jews as mice. This part was really interesting to mean before because he wrote it with an imaginative spin. Living during the Holocaust clearly was not easy and this novel was able to enhance the details with pictures.
This graphic novel was really powerful. I never knew that it could hold so much potential. It’s a quick read and easy to follow and understand. Readers get caught up in the lives of the main characters.
Shannon Hale’s graphic novel Repunzel’s Revenge was really entertaining! Growing up I loved watching and reading about princesses. This story has a little bit of a difference, however, because Repunzel is taking care of business for herself from the very beginning. She doesn’t need any man in her life to save her from the tower, but she does get to kiss a prince. Instead of her hair dropping out of a tower for a prince charming to climb up and rescue her, she’s out using her hair as a rope and going on an adventure seeking her revenge.
Seriously you guys, why haven’t I read graphic novels before!? I think it’s maybe because i’ve put the connotation with them that they’re “too easy” for me and I need to “push myself”. BUT, I think reading is meant for enjoyment and I really got to enjoy this novel and all of its great pictures. I recommend that if you haven’t read any graphic novels to pick one up and read it! You may be surprised like I was. And these two that I have talked about this week are great starters!
The Hunger Games
Okay, so my sophomore year of High School my sister sends me a book in the mail for my birthday. I open it to find Suzanne Collin’s novel The Hunger Games. I was seriously SO excited for this moment and I was excited to revisit the novel again this semester (especially after reading Divergent last week).
For those of you who haven’t read the novel OR seen the movie (the book is better) you are missing out! It’s the common dystopian theme where a society is all sorts of messed up. In Panem there are twelve districts each playing a specific role for society. There used to be thirteen districts, but the thirteenth district tried to make a change and fought back against the ruler. Ever since then the districts have been punished. As their punishment every year one boy and girl is chosen to fight in an arena until there is only one victor. However, after Katniss enters the arena things change.
I love this novel because it’s constantly pushing the reader forward. I also really enjoy the fact that there is action, comedy, friendship, sadness, and romance all tied together in one novel. Additionally, the fact that there is a female protagonist is so awesome! Katniss is a strong and courageous woman who seeks to change the world she lives in. I definitely recommend this novel!