10 March 2009

Graphic Novels Challenge: Wrap Up

Yesterday I officially finished the Graphic Novels Challenge hosted by Laza. I am so glad she talked me into joining this challenge. I have been introduced to a whole new world of books. I am totally amazed at the scope of genres and artistic styles available in GN books. If you don't believe me, check out the challenge blog here.

I committed to a Major, which was 12 books. Here is my reading list. (Click on the author's name to see my review; my rating is in parentheses.)

1. The Demon of River Heights by Stefan Petrucha (B-)
2. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (A)
3. Bone 1 by Jeff Smith (B+)
4. Bone 2 by Jeff Smith (A+)
5. Bone 3 by Jeff Smith (A)
6. Bone 4 by Jeff Smith (A-)
7. Bone 5 by Jeff Smith (A)
8. Mouse Guard Fall 1152 by David Petersen (C)
9. Bone 6 by Jeff Smith (B+)
10. Bone 7 by Jeff Smith (B+)
11. Bone 8 by Jeff Smith (B+)
12. Bone 9 by Jeff Smith (B)

No question about it, I loved the Bone series. Some volumes were better than others, but none disappointed. Mouse Guard was a bit of a mystery to me because I thought I would be a fan. I am totally taken with the artwork, and I love a medieval setting. But the story and characters just didn't hook me. After having read Bone, Nancy Drew and Artemis Fowl both fall short in comparison. Yes, I gave Artemis an A rating, but that was only the second GN book I had ever read. What did I know? I'd probably give it a B- now.

I will be keeping up with the reviews posted on the challenge blog. That blog is shaping up to be an awesome resource for graphic novels. And I am now definitely a GN fan.


Nymeth 3/10/09, 8:00 AM  

You finished fast! Well done! I have The Complete Bone on the April pile (is it sad that I already have an April pile? :P) and I'll come back and read your reviews more carefully then.

Sandy Nawrot 3/10/09, 8:49 AM  

You have been on a roll! I am looking forward to some long stretches when working the Book Fair at the end of the month so I can read one or two (I know we always carry a couple on the shelves!)

bermudaonion 3/10/09, 9:05 AM  

Congratulations on finishing the challenge!

Alea 3/10/09, 9:10 AM  

Oh my lord, I've only read 3/24. What am I going to do with myself *shame*

Beth F 3/10/09, 9:43 AM  

Nymeth and Sandy: you won't be disappointed!

Kathy (bermuda): I know you've just posted another review. I'll be over to read it soon.

Alea: no worries! It's only March!!

Alea 3/10/09, 9:46 AM  

I've only read a few short ones and I'm totally not on track to finish, must read more!!!!

Nely 3/10/09, 11:09 AM  

Good job - you finished this one quite quickly. I have to check out that Bone series.

Beth F 3/10/09, 11:36 AM  

Nely: I have to attempt to catch up to you!

Melody 3/10/09, 7:27 PM  

Congrats on finishing the challenge! Glad you enjoyed them!

Nise' 3/10/09, 7:48 PM  

Yeah! Great job. I should give GNs a try. My boys tell me I would like them.

jessi 3/10/09, 8:27 PM  

Congrats on finishing up! It's nice to have a new graphic novel fan. :)

lilly 3/11/09, 6:25 AM  

I have never warmed up to graphic novels. Not that I tried that many of them. I remember I used to read Manga on my lunch break when I worked at Borders but gave up soon because they were just so simplistic. I think I just might have chosen the wrong ones to read.

J. Kaye 3/11/09, 9:41 AM  

Oh my gosh, you rock! I have only read one book for this challenge. Gotta get busy!

One Swede Read 3/11/09, 5:41 PM  

Congrats on finishing a whole challenge!! I've been seeing the Bone series around, but never really looked at it - I will now! Thanks!

Carrie K. 3/12/09, 9:15 PM  

Good for you for finishing the challenge! I'm going to look up the Nancy Drew one for my daughter.

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