Nov 15, 2010

Buy Graphic Novels for the Holidays

Buy Graphic Novels for the Holidays

Buy Books For the Holidays is a project started by Amy a few years ago, with the aim of encouraging book lovers to spread the bookish love and support authors and publishers during the holiday season - and also to give them plenty of suggestions of what to buy if they’re stuck for ideas. This year the project is being run by Jodie, and when she asked me to contribute with a themed list, I knew I just had to make it about graphic novels. I tried to make a list that would have something to appeal to lovers of every genre, and at the same time I avoided very obvious choices such as Persepolis or Maus. Not, mind you, because I don’t think these are excellent books, but because they’re the first recommendations anyone interested in exploring graphic novels is likely to get. Anyway, if you’re interested in seeing my full list, just head over to the Buy Books for the Holidays site. Hopefully the list will also be useful to anyone interested in giving the medium a try but unsure of where to start.

Speaking of the holidays and shopping, I so enjoyed this list of gifts for book lovers posted by Kimbofo at Reading Matters the other day. And as I explored the links Kimbofo posted, I discovered this wonderful I Capture the Castle tote bag. Isn’t it beautiful? Almost as beautiful as this To Kill a Mockingbird shirt which I found via Heather.

I Capture the Castle tote bag To Kill a Mockingbird Shirt

What are you coveting this holiday season? And what are you planning to get your loved ones? Personally I haven’t quite decided yet, mainly because I’m too busy panicking due to the fact that I won’t be able to do any shopping before late November, when a big grad school project is due. Eek. Wish me luck! (And if I’m a bit scarce around the blogging world for the next ten days or so, you’ll know why.)

37 comments:

  1. Am I first?? Until I hit submit that is. ;) I'm actually not asking for any books this year. Too many. Too overwhelmed. Read too slow. But I love the idea of graphic novels for gift giving! I actually haven't read one in a while but have The Alchemist by Coehlo coming and can't wait to dig in. Also want Essential Dykes.

    And yes, the Mockingbird shirt is awesome!

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  2. Trish, isn't the shirt gorgeous?

    I didn't actually know about that GN adaptation, but then again I hate Paulo Coelho with a fiery passion ;) But to each their own, of course, and I hope you'll enjoy it! I'm feeling overwhelmed by the books I already own myself, but sadly that won't stop me from putting some on the Christmas wishlist my family makes me give them :P

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  3. What a great recommendation! I hadn't thought about giving graphic novels to my kids but I think they would love it. The Bones looks fantastic. I need to read more graphic novels. I've only read Maus.

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  4. Like Trish, I'm not really asking for books this year either. And sadly, my extended family doesn't really read, so I won't be getting any for them either. Ah well.

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  5. I will be asking for some books but not as many as usual as I have so many already unread on my shelves. Verity and I are posting Christmas themed book lists on Wednesday to try and give a variation on the festive books available.

    Ana, I wanted to ask how you manage to put all those photos on together like that. I really can't work out how to do it.

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  6. The Unwritten is so good. I'm always going out of my mind between issues in the best way possible.

    I'm coveting The Art of Tangled (GLEN KEANE!) but not much else; I'm trying to think about my holiday list, but I'm quite good at the moment. We are forbidden from buying my father books, so I'll probably get him a DVD or organizational things; my brother is getting a book, and my mother will be getting several items. :)

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  7. I'm so excited for the graphic novel list. I can't wait to leave hints for my family of all of the bookish gifts I want! I love the tshirt too!

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  8. I am requesting a couple of John Updike novels and perhaps a Persephone or two :)

    I am also coveting the I Capture the Castle tote.

    There's another bookshop on Lamb's Conduit Street (called The Lamb Bookshop) that last time I was in had 50% off graphic novels... tempted by Skim.

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  9. Brilliant! One of the people on my list that I normally buy books for started grad school recently, and really doesn't have much time to read anymore; a graphic novel might be the perfect antidote! I don't know if I want to start him on a series, though, or get him something that can be gotten through quickly on its own...

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  10. I have so much love for this post!!! <3 It makes me so happy :) Don't you just love those book cover tshirts too? They're so awesome!!

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  11. I love your idea and thanks so much for those links!

    I don't know what I really want for Christmas though my list is long, LOL. Love that tote bag and the shirt!!

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  12. Ahhh I love the holiday season, and I love those buying guides! So much fun!! Off to check out your list now.

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  13. Ugh, I hate Paulo Coelho too. But I like your themed list! :) It's making me greedy for graphic novels I cannot afford.

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  14. I love that Tote and that T-Shirt..want!
    And yes, I would love to get some Graphic novels this time :)

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  15. Graphic novels are indeed great gifts but I have no one to gift them to here so I might gift them to myself :)

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  16. I am stubborn and always try to get each person on my list a book. It works for most people; they read some, or they have intentions of reading, even if they don't do it often. I just think books are such personal and worthy items.

    I always end up asking for books for Christmas, though usually I choose more expensive ones (cookbooks, knitting books, that sort of thing) that I'd never buy for myself.

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  17. Good luck with the project! I love the shirt and the bag and I haven't even read both books.. I wish I could have contributed to the site, but life and not knowing what to have as a theme got in the way..

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  18. Yay! I am so glad that you included Blankets. It is my all-time favorite ever. :)

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  19. I’ve bought a couple of copies of that lovely green hardback edition of P&P to give away.

    I’ve also bought the complete Calvin & Hobbs for my brother (am THIS close to get one myself) and Sutherland's "The Literary Detective" for a fellow book-worm.

    I’m sure that until Xmas I’ll get more, but this is it so far. I’ll also get myself a treat, probably To Kill a Mockingbird’s anniversary edition: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9780434020485/To-Kill-a-Mockingbird

    Good thinking on the graphic novels. A couple of weeks ago I discovered Fables and am now completely hooked!

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  20. Thanks for linking to your list, hope lots of people take you up on your recommendations (next year I will read a non-Maus graphic novel I am sure). Good luck with the project - fingers crossed it will all go smoothly.

    I bought someone what I think is a cool lit related present the other day - a book about literary tattoos called The Word Made Flesh. There are some shockers (Twilight cover montage) but some really beautiful ones too.

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  21. off to see your list! I've enjoyed most of the graphic novels I've read and hope to find more favorites. I hope I KILL GIANTS is on your list :)

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  22. Wonderful list, Ana! I have the 'Sandman' collection in my bookshelf and I am waiting for the right moment to start it :) I really want to read 'Blankets'!

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  23. My mother always demands a wish list, too, for everyone in my family.

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  24. I wish I could get everyone books for Christmas, but only the members of my immediate family are readers, so they are the only ones who will be getting books. It really saddens me that I don't know many readers in my day to day life. I am going to be perusing your list for a good graphic novel choice for both of my kids, as this has become a favorite genre for them.

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  25. Kristi: Bone is such a great book! You should get it for your kids and them borrow it from them ;)

    Amanda: On the bright side, you won't be adding to the tbr mountain :P

    Vivienne: I can't wait to see those lists! As for the photos, I cheat by doing it on Word :P I just insert all the covers I want to use, arrange them next to one another, then do a print screen, copy the result into a photo editing program and crop it, and voilĂ !

    Clare: I've only been getting the collections of The Unwritten, not the individual issues, and it's driving me crazy that the next one is not out until March! What are we to do with ourselves until then?

    Kathleen: Dropping hints can be so much fun, hehehe. I do it with my boyfriend starting in like October :P

    Claire: Argh! Please don't let me go into that bookshop :P

    Fyrefly: An excellent idea - and something I might do more and more mself as grad school gets busier.

    Chris: They really are!

    Melody: I have a wishlist a mile long myself, but I couldn't really say what I want the most from it :P

    Amy: Aren't they fun? As I told you before, I love yours :D

    Jenny: Hooray, another member of the Coelho unfan club :P I'm so so happy that the public library here has graphic novels - because yeah, I can't really afford them at all anymore.

    Veens: Aren't they beautiful?

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  26. I love Graphic novels and know quite a few people who would enjoy them as gifts!!

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  27. I'm on board with buying books for the holidays, Ana! :)

    I make it a point to always give books and of course shop handmade as much as possible. I love supporting artists and crafters. You've got some amazing suggestions. I am planning to come up with a list of suggestions too - all from Etsy of course :)

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  28. Ooh! Themed lists! Can't wait to see yours! How much are we betting that most of what's on those lists will be presents from me to me? :-)

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  29. How nice of you to make a list of books I should buy for myself! ;) Okay, that's not the point, is it? Still, I'm grateful that I've read many of them already...because I totally do see myself buying the remainder for myself.

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  30. Staci: I hope someone gets *youP some! It would be only fair :P

    Iliana: I'm very lucky that in my new location there are some WONDERFUL Christmas craft markets. They open tomorrow, actually - I can't wait to shop there :)

    Joanna: I always pick a few self-presents as well - glad I'm not alone ;)

    Debi: And many of them (Blankets, The Essential Dykes...), I read because of YOU, Ms I-never-introduce-you-to-cool-things ;)

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  31. I just read a great coming of age graphic novel: Skim, by Mariko and Jilliam Tamaki.

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  32. I spent an afternoon last week just gazing at the lovely Out Of Print shirts. I really want to get the Pride & Prejudice one.

    That tote is also great!

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  33. even pretty girls need to read: I loved Skim!

    Alita: The P&P one is gorgeous as well! Argh, I want so many of them.

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  34. I had seen those t-shirts during my web stumbling and I instantly loved them, especially the To Kill a mockingbird one...*
    *If* I'll buy anything for Christmas, it will be books and probably graphic novels would be included so thank you for the great list! But I don't plan to go shopping this year, at least not for ready-made things. I want to knit or make something for everyone. I don't know if I'll achieve my goal, but that's my plan anyway. It's green and it's cheap! (and it's expected from an unemployed like me so it'll be fine!)

    ps: I checked out Blankets from the library (brand new! I love my library to bits:P), I started reading it and then I had to stop because it was so heartbreaking it made me cry after only 10 pages. Tell me it gets better!

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  35. Well, depends on how you define better :P It's absolutely heartbreaking all the way through, but SO worth it. Also, homemade gifts are the best! I so wish I had my craft supplies here with me.

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  36. First off, I cant believe the holidays are here already...lol.
    Great list for graphic novels! I've been eyeing Emma by Kaoru Mori for a while.
    As for what I'll be giving as gifts, I've already gotten a few requests from family and friends for crocheted hats, scarves, legwarmers...lol. So I've already been busy with that.


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  37. I soo want that tote! One of my favorite opening lines :)

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