We thank Shreya Choudhary for her Guest Post on the topic ‘5 Graphic novel bestsellers for lockdown 2.0’. She is an avid reader and loves everything bookish. You can check her out at @shreyac00i6 on Instagram!
The 21-day nation-wide lockdown was hard-hitting for many of us; not everyone was fine with the uncertainty and restrictions but had to cope with it anyway. (After all “Jaan hai toh Jahaan hai”). I’m sure everyone at one point of time thought of utilizing this time for the best and although many did exactly that the rest just couldn’t. Thanks to procrastination and anxiety.
Many people took lockdown 1.0 as an excellent opportunity to reinstill the long-lost habit of reading in pursuit of turning it into a productive one and by the end of it struggled to finish even one whole book. Well here’s your second chance and guess what Graphic Novels (yes, they are very much real books) in this case are your ultimate saviours. Here’s a list of 5 graphic novels, you should indulge in reading to make the 2nd installment of this lockdown enjoyable as well as productive. And by the end of lockdown 2.0, you will have read some of the most listed and loved books of all times and that too in their most engaging format. (Plus added book count for your Goodreads challenge! Win, win!)
Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi:
A semi-autobiographical novel, this is a rare work of fiction. The book mainly focuses on the author’s life, how belonging to a liberal family and growing up in war-stricken Iran shaped her as a person. This might sound serious but the comical illustrations conceal the complexities of the story and make it a fun yet thoughtful read. I cannot begin to describe how much I relished this book and have been recommending it to everyone I know ever since.
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee:
A story set in a small fictional town of Alabama, explores the prejudices and hypocrisy through the point of view of Scout Finch, a young girl coming of age. This Pulitzer Prize-winning book is a beloved classic and as it happens to be with all classics, the writing style is a bit offbeat and can be arduous. But fortunately for the lovers of this book and newbies, the graphical adaptation is now available and is truly a reader’s delight. The beautiful illustrations are done by Fred Fordham and they rightly capture the true essence of the book.
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Book Review – To Kill A Mockingbird – Graphics Novel Description: A haunting portrait of race and class, innocence and injustice, hypocrisy and heroism, tradition and transformation in the Deep South of the 1930s, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird remains as important today as it was upon its initial publication in 1960, during the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement. Now, this most beloved and acclaimed novel is reborn for a new age as a gorgeous graphic novel. Scout, Jem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, are all captured in vivid and moving illustrations by artist Fred Fordham. Enduring in vision, Harper Lee’s timeless novel illuminates the complexities of human nature and the depths of the human heart with humour, unwavering honesty and a tender, nostalgic beauty. Lifetime admirers and new readers alike will be touched by this special visual edition. My thoughts: Loved loved loved this! Wonderful illustrations and easy to read, really helped me understand the story a lot more than when I read it at school. I struggled with the language in the original and trying to understand what was happening and this made it so much easier! It’s a great story and so glad they made it into this beautiful graphics novel. #tokillamockingbird #tokillamockingbirdbook #tokillamockingbirdbookreview #tokillamockingbirdgraphicnovel #book #bookstagram #books #bookstagrammer #booksofinstagram #read #review #bookreview #bookreviews
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini:
This book is literally omnipresent – from your friend’s social media feed to the little bookshelf in your favourite café , it’s really hard to miss. A contemporary classic -this book is a story of a boy Amir and his father’s servant’s son Hassan against the backdrop of Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the rise of Taliban. A tale of family, friendship, lies, mistakes and redemption-this book is sure to bring tears to your eyes. The graphical adaptation by Fabio Celoni brings out the story to life and is a good place to acquaint yourself to Hosseini’s work.
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OPINIÃO: The Kite Runner: Graphic Novel de Khaled Hosseini 📚 PONTUAÇÃO: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Há livros que nos marcam para a vida e por mais dura que seja a sua história gostamos sempre de reler. E O Menino de Cabul de Khaled Hosseini é um desses livros. Um livro que li o ano passado e passou a ser um dos favoritos da vida e, por isso, decidi este ano ler a sua sua graphic novel ilustrada por Fabio Celoni e Mirka Andolfo, para o projeto #worldbooktour. E não me arrependi nada!! 😊 _______________ ⠀ 🔹Tanto o livro como a graphic novel têm a capacidade de nos emocionar, com a sua história comovente e poderosa, sobre duas crianças, Amir e Hassan, num mundo com uma cultura completamente diferente da nossa, no Afeganistão. No início do livro ainda se vivia tempos de calma, onde a única preocupação de Amir era os concursos de papagaios com todas as crianças de Kabul, e conta sempre com a ajuda do seu parceiro de brincadeiras, Hassan, filho de um criado, que cresceu com ele, sendo considerado da família. Mas um dia acontecimento vai mudar tudo isto e que vai assombrar toda a vida de Amir. É logo nas primeiras páginas deste livro que levamos o primeiro murro no estômago. O país também vai sofrer uma reviravolta no regime político, e a vida de Amir se vira de pernas para o ar, que acaba por abandonar o país e ir viver para os Estados Unidos da América. Mas Amir sabe que terá de regressar à terra da sua infância para enterrar os fantasmas do passado e de começar de novo.⠀ 🔹O autor quer-nos passar a mensagem de que nunca é tarde para corrigir algo!! Acaba por ser uma história de arrependimento, de aceitação e a procura da paz interior do Amir, sendo ele próprio a relatar-nos os diversos acontecimentos e dar-nos a conhecer um mundo completamente diferente do nosso. ⠀ 🔹A escrita do autor é muito bonita e, mesmo sendo descritiva, flui muito bem. Mas não é uma leitura fácil e para pessoas mais sensíveis não sei se recomendo, porque os acontecimentos retratados não são fáceis de digerir e o autor dá-nos imensos murros no estômago, deixando-nos muitas vezes enojados. No entanto, este livro trás uma mensagem muito bonita. ⠀ (continuação da opinião nos comentários ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️) ⠀ ⠀
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood:
A Man Booker prize winner, this book is highly praised in the Dystopian fiction genre. It is set in the future US -now called the Republic of Gilead where women are classified as either Handmaids, Marthas, Aunts or Wives and daughters of Commanders- each with their limited set of responsibilities but minimum rights. Offred, the protagonist is a Handmaid and through her story, we explore the disturbing yet compelling tale of this fictional world. The graphical adaptation is illustrated by Renee Nault which is a perfect reflection of the horror that the story instills into its readers but at the same time, you won’t be able to stop gawking at the unusually aesthetic artwork.
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Praise be ! . . This isn't my fist book hangover but the worst till date. . And thanks to the series,I just cannot move past the story or the concept that this book represents. . . The plot is so fucked up , so disturbing that you might not want to continue but then it's also so engaging at the same time that you won't be able to stop and will find yourself silently praying for the protagonist to escape the mess she is in. . . I might be rebuked by the book fanatics but the series adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale is for sure a better version . . . Blessed day , guys ! . . . . . #recommendations #margaretatwood #thehandmaidstale #huluoriginal #thehandmaidstaleseason1 #graphicnovel #bookrecommendations #seriesrecommendation #dystopian #shotononeplus #onepluslife #notareview
The Complete Maus-Art Spiegelman:
This book is groundbreaking as it is the first Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel. The book is essentially a Holocaust literature in which Spiegelman interviews his father about his experience as a Polish Jew during the Holocaust. The illustrations are masterfully drawn in black and white and use various animals to represent races and nationalities like Jews as mice, Polish as pigs, Nazis as cats and Americans as dogs. The book is very haunting and will leave you emotionally-drained but it is surely worth your time.
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My wonderful gift of Maus from @worderybooks came today! I won their competition and I'm so happy and excited to have received this! So ready to give it a read! Going to be my next one I think. Flicking through this gets me longing to read the story held within these beautiful pages… I have heard a lot about this book: that it's touching, heart breaking and beautiful all at the same time. This is why I cannot wait to read it! Thank you so much, lovelies! <3 Just another reason to love Wordery!! – #book #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booklr #bookblog #bookblogger #bookblogging #bookaddict #booklover #bookworm #bookhaul #bookbuying #graphicnovel #maus #mausgraphicnovel #artspiegelman #historicalfiction #reader #reading #toberead #bookcover
All of these graphic novels and more are available on Amazon for purchase as Kindle books and will be best viewed on Tablets or Laptops with Kindle Cloud reader or Kindle app for PC/Mobile.
Hope these graphic novels make the next league of lockdown tolerable. Happy Reading!