#5OnMyTBR: Graphic Novels

Hello Mondays, welcome back to #5OnMyTBR, a meme created by the wonderful E @ The Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. This bookish meme gets us to dig even further into our TBRs by simply posting about five books on our TBR! You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. You can find the full list of prompts (past and future) at the end of this post!

This week’s prompt is: Graphic Novels.

Ever since discovering the amazingness that is Saga a few years back, I’ve rekindled my love for graphic novels/comics and have since worked my way through a few and added even more to my TBR! I normally read GN when I don’t know what I’m in the mood for and nothing seems to be sticking, but I also think they make for great ‘palate cleansers’ between books/genres. I love that it’s not only SFF but there are great romances and historical stories too. Here are a few that I hope to get to in the (very) near future!


Book cover: Lumberjanes

Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things.


Book cover: Sheets

Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.

Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.

When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain. 


Book cover: The Best We Could Do

This illustrated memoir is about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.
At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through.


Book cover: Nimona

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.


Book cover: The Magic Fish

Tiến loves his family and his friends…but Tiến has a secret he’s been keeping from them, and it might change everything. An amazing YA graphic novel that deals with the complexity of family and how stories can bring us together.

Real life isn’t a fairytale.
But Tiến still enjoys reading his favorite stories with his parents from the books he borrows from the local library. It’s hard enough trying to communicate with your parents as a kid, but for Tiến, he doesn’t even have the right words because his parents are struggling with their English. Is there a Vietnamese word for what he’s going through?

Is there a way to tell them he’s gay?
A beautifully illustrated story by Trung Le Nguyen that follows a young boy as he tries to navigate life through fairytales, an instant classic that shows us how we are all connected. The Magic Fish tackles tough subjects in a way that accessible with readers of all ages, and teaches us that no matter what—we can all have our own happy endings.


  • 04 Jan 2021 — 2021 Releases
  • 11 Jan 2021 — Graphic Novels
  • 18 Jan 2021 — White Cover
  • 25 Jan 2021 — Challenging Read

Do you like reading graphic novels? What are some of your favourites? Have you read any of these or are they on your TBR?

15 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR: Graphic Novels

  1. I love reading graphic novels! I find they help me immensely when I am in a reading slump, but I also tear through them so quick that I try to be very selective because of their pricing (which is totally valid and I want all the artists and authors involved to get paid, but I also don’t have all that much cash available all the time). I do have a couple volumes of Lumberjanes and really enjoyed them. There was an artist change at some point, which I wasn’t a fan of, but the story is fun!

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    • I totally get you. Graphic novels are definitely not cheap and that’s a big factor in why I haven’t read more of them. I also feel like I don’t even know where to start with them sometimes because there are SO many! I do request some GN from Netgalley though but they don’t usually end up being faves or wins for me. Oh no, I hate art changes in GN 🙈 They did that with this series called The Wicked + The Divine and it was bad 😂 Glad to hear you enjoyed Lumberjanes though–I’ve heard good things!

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