{Weekend Reading} Even More Graphic Novels + Canada Love + A Reminder of Graphic Novel Week

Oh man … could I fit more things into the title of this post? It’s currently 6am on Saturday morning as I write this. I decided last night that my child is a good enough sleeper that I could probably stay up late reading. Nope. That meant he was up twice in the night crying and then I was up at about 4am for the day. And I have an event tonight I need to attend, so enter zombie mode!

Seriously … send some caffeine. Stat!

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Naturally, since Graphic Novel Week is coming up soon, I decided to devote another weekend to reading even more graphic novels! A lot more from the library, some quirky titles, as well as a new one I bought of Neil Gaiman’s, AND, of course, more Canadian offerings! Who knew there were so many great Canadian graphic novels?!?

I’m hoping to get through most of this, but I’m also reading 3 books right now, so finishing at least one of them would be nice! I’m working hard on figuring out what to post during Graphic Novel Week, so if you have any suggestions, let me know!

In case you missed last week’s post, the last week of the month will be …

Graphic Novel Week

I’ve been trying to get back into reading Graphic Novels on a regular basis and it’s been so much fun! What better way to do this than to have a whole week dedicated to graphic novels! So far, there will be reviews, an interview with a special author, discussions … I’m not even sure what else!

If you want to participate, make sure you link your blog post in the comments!

And, since that’s leading into December, I thought something FUN should be in the works for that month, too!

Canada Love

That’s right … I want to hear your Canadian author love stories! Are you like me and have fallen hard for some of the authors and books Canada has to offer? I want to hear about it! Email me at readinginwinter(AT)gmail(DOT)com … tell me about your favourite Canadian books, or your favourite authors! Write a short blurb or paragraph and I’ll feature it on the blog!

Just like last week, PicMonkey ROCKS! The graphics in this post were created using some of their amazing (and FREE!) tools. I suggest you try them out sometime!

Are you a graphic novels fan? Are you in love with Canadian literature? 

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{Weekend Reading} ALL the Graphic Novels! Pow! Anyone interested in a Graphic Novel Week?

Since it’s November 1st and Halloween is officially over, I decided to get ALL the graphic novels out from the library to clean my brain of all the horror reading this past week. I also had some fun over at PicMonkey making a graphic for this post, so bear with me … (bare with me? Whatever.)

Weekend Reading

OK, so they’re not ALL non-Halloween-ish, but still.

These are all from the library and I’m sure I looked slightly ridiculous with the Binky the Space Cat books, but they do look great! I know there are some people (my husband included) who think that reading graphic novels is for kids, but it so isn’t! There are some AMAZING graphic novels out there, as well as manga and comics … I feel like I’ve barely touched the surface of everything that’s out there!

My library has an AWESOME selection of graphic novels, plus access to tons from other libraries. I’m excited to explore them more!

SO …

Graphic Novel Week

Who’s interested in participating in a Graphic Novel Week? Since October is over and December is usually devoted to all things Christmas-themed, I’ve decided to have the last week of November as a Graphic Novels week with ALL things Graphic Novels! Reviews, recommendations, and anything else I can come up with! Who’s with me? If you are, link up your posts in the comments and get ready to share some of your graphic novel fun!

Big thanks to PicMonkey for having amazing themes to create the graphics on this post! So much fun!

Are you a graphic novels fan? 

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{Book Reviews} Yes! Finally some decent horror!

So my last two “horror” books were flops, but I was happily surprised by the next few I tried! Sure, neither of them were sleep-with-the-lights-on scary, but they definitely both had that creep factor.

through the woodsThe first one I want to highlight is Through the Woods by Canadian author Emily Carroll. This is a graphic novel that is guaranteed to spook your socks off. At first glance when you open it up, it looks like it could be for kids, but it DEFINITELY isn’t. I don’t know what it is about graphic novels, but I always just assume that they’re for kids. This one has some adult themes and is almost Gaiman-esque in its execution.

The illustrations are bold and gorgeous. I love that Carroll uses lots of bright colours (albeit in the darker variety of colours, like reds, blues, etc.) and everything in the book is so vivid to look at. There’s a beautiful flow to the whole book, an almost old-school, gothic quality.

AND this is a collection of short stories told in graphic novel format. All are very, very spooky. My favourite story in the book is about a woman who marries a man and starts hearing voices in the house, coming from the walls. Slightly gory, this one will get the hairs on your arms to raise … it’s not for the faint of heart!

Beautifully haunting, this is a book that will stick with you and maybe creep into your dreams at night. Worth not just one read, but many more after! I’m lucky my library had it — and that they found it! Apparently it wasn’t where it was supposed to be on the shelf. I would’ve hated to miss out on this gem!

the madman's daughterThe next book was a gift to me from Teresa (@NeedNewSpace). I had commented that I really wanted to read The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd and she sent me an extra copy she had! Yay! Of course, then it sat for about a year on my shelf and I finally, finally got to it this week! Why did I wait so long?

The Madman’s Daughter is a retelling of The Island of Doctor Moreau, a book I have not read, but one that I’m very much interested in now. This book was just plain creepy and weird! It’s a beautifully gothic tale about a girl who had fallen from society after her father was caught doing something illegal — vivisection, or operating on animals without anaesthetic. Super creepy, if you ask me. Anyway, she feels like her father is still alive and her suspicions come true when she finds an old childhood friend who had been a servant of her father. She’s taken to a mysterious island where nothing is as it seems.

Everything about this book was gorgeous! It even has a bit of a love triangle which I wasn’t totally against (and you all know how I hate love triangles). The islanders were creepy, Juliet’s father was downright strange, and even her love interests had their interesting quirks to them. The entire story was just a bit disturbing (and at times a little gory!). This book is even part of a series, which again I’m totally okay with because that means I get to experience more of Megan Shepherd’s gorgeous writing! Not to mention the ending that I started to suspect would happen (about a few pages before it did) … I need more!

I love a good gothic novel, so reading this one after reading Kenneth Oppel’s This Dark Endeavor was just what I needed. It really made me want more of the genre. I find that there are YA books that very much seem like YA but I find that once you get into the gothic novels there are ones that stand out and seem older than they are, in a good way. This is definitely one of them and I look forward to getting the next book in the series!

Have you read either of these books? What did you think? 

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