BBAW: Unexpected Treasure

Today’s daily blogging topic for Book Blogger Appreciation Week is to talk about a book choice inspired by another blogger, which was an unexpected treasure – a book we loved but didn’t expect to love.

I have to say that, hands down, the most unexpected delightful reading experience I’ve had since blogging has been trying graphic novels for the first time.  Before blogging, I’d never heard of a graphic novel, and when I first heard the term I thought it meant erotica (LOL).  Once I figured out what a graphic novel really was, I didn’t think it would be my cup of tea.  Pictures?  In a novel?  What??

However, inspired by some of my favorite bloggers I decided to give American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang a chance.  I was shocked when I ended up LOVING this book.  Obviously, my love for this one resulted in reading more graphic novels, and while I haven’t loved all of them, some highlights include The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman, and Blankets by Craig Thompson.  Interestingly enough, most of my favorite graphic books have been graphic nonfiction, mostly memoirs.  Perhaps it’s because I like the idea of someone telling their own story in a nontraditional format.  And when great art and a great story combine, it just ends up being a fantastic reading experience.

My reading of graphic novels was most inspired by Nymeth at Things Mean A Lot, who would probably get mad at me right now for even alluding to the idea of graphic novels as a genre.  No worries, Nymeth, I know they’re not a genre! 🙂  But they are a fantastic category of books and I’m so glad blogging gave me the opportunity to explore how wonderful they can be.

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16 thoughts on “BBAW: Unexpected Treasure

  1. I had to LOL when you said you thought graphic novels were erotica… totally makes sense though! I never would have read them before blogging either… I thought, Um, I don’t read comic books, thanks! Hahah, but now I like reading them too! I just can’t find many good ones in the stores here for some reason.

    1. I get most of mine from the library. I am not a huge book buyer so I can’t say for certain where you can find them in the stores. But I’d have to assume “big box” stores like Barnes and Noble and Borders would have them, wouldn’t you think?

  2. This happened to me too when I started blogging! I had read Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, but I had it in my head that that was the only graphic novel (series) that I would ever like. And I just couldn’t have been more wrong.

    1. Yes, I also didn’t think I’d be interested in “comic books” either. Come to find out, GN’s are super awesome and I’m so glad I gave them a chance. 🙂

  3. If I’d been answering this topic last year, this is exactly what I would have said and I would have put it down to Ana and Chris from Stuff As Dreams Are Made On as well that influenced me!

    1. I think Ana has influenced MANY bloggers to try graphic novels. Chris, too, but I only recently discovered Ana’s blog and she’s the one who really pushed me over the edge.

  4. I mentioned Persepolis and Maus in my post, too…but I don’t know if any one person is responsible. I think I caved to the pressure from all of the wonderful reviews I kept seeing!

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