As readers, we all have those times when it seems like there is just nothing to read, but how do you fix it? Sometimes it’s a romance novel or some YA, but this week, for me, graphic novels were just what the book doctor ordered.
I work in the basement at a library, so while I was taking my break I popped upstairs to browse around our graphic novels and see what I could unearth. I ended up checking out two graphic novels: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson and Empire State: A Love Story (Or Not) by Jason Shiga.
These were great picks to drag my out of my audio dependent book rut. I’ve been consuming books but over the last few weeks it has almost exclusively been via audiobook while I work, and I just felt that I was really missing that experience of picking up a book and zooming through the pages. This is why I chose some graphic novels (that, and I listened to the Get Booked podcast from last week and they spoke only about graphic novels which got me in the mood.)
Graphic novels are great remedies for reading ruts because:
- They are (generally) primarily action based, making the pace move quickly.
- They are visually appealing and give you a chance to look at cool pictures while you read. The pictures give you a chance to take a break but also add another dimension to the narrative because you can often find little details that hint towards foreshadowing or backstory that you may not have otherwise gotten.
- They are often quick reads and can make you feel accomplished after reading one in a matter of an hour or two. This always gets me hyped up and ready to tackle another title, whether I choose another graphic novel or decide to move on to a novel or collection of short stories. It helps me build up a little confidence and gets me back into the hang of reading.
Some other graphic novel recommendations to get you out of your reading rut:
- Sex Criminals By Matt Fraction
- The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen
- Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
- Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick
What graphic novels or series do you like to read when you’re in a rut?