Top Ten Graphic Novels I’ve Read And Want To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about the visuals. Graphic novels that we’ve read, enjoyed or want to read. I have split the list two ways and have picked my top 5 I’ve read so far and the top 5, I want to read.

5 I’ve Read

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter Than My Shadow

This is an incredible memoir of the author’s struggle with eating disorders.

El Deafo- Cece Bell

El Deafo

This book is a fantastic read with a deaf child at the heart of it.

Drama- Raina Telegemeier

Drama

I can’t believe that this book was banned! It’s great fun.

Saga

Saga, Vol. 1

It may be a bit much for some readers in some places but I loved it!

Through The Woods

Through the Woods

I loved this creepy read.

5 to read…

Anya’s Ghost- Vera Brosgol

Anya's Ghost

I’m intrigued by this book. I’ve heard great things.

This One Summer- Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

 

This One Summer

Again, I have heard wonderful things about this book.

Smile- Raina Telgemeier

Smile

I liked Drama by the same author, so I’m intrigued to read more.

Hyperbole and a Half- Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

I’ve seen good reviews of this one.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

This book intrigues me. I’ve picked it up a few times but never purchased a copy.

What graphic novels do you recommend? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by.

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Ten Books That Every Teacher Should Read Or Have In Their Classroom

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten books we think a certain person should read. I decided to think about books that I think every teacher should read. That might be for the teacher to read for themselves or to have a copy in their classroom.

In no particular order here are the books that I picked (images go to Goodreads!)

The Reason I Jump- Naoki Higashida

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

This book is a must for teachers who experience teaching a child with autism. It really opened my eyes. I recommend it to teachers and others. It’s just so honest. I adore it.

The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night Time-Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I really enjoy this book and I think it brings with it a beautiful message which is important for those involved in education. It’s not just about Asperger’s. It has more to that. It’s interesting to see the world from a child’s eyes.

To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

I just think this is a really important book to read as an educator. It teaches about inequality and prejudice. Urgh, I love it!

I Am Malala- Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

I am yet to read this book, but I have been suggested it by so many education professionals that I felt justified to put it on my TBR list and this list!

Books for the classroom

Elmer- David McKee

Elmer

I love the message of Elmer. Celebrating differences. It’s what I’m all about!

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Sczieska

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

I adore this book (so do my class!) about the 3 Little Pigs from the wolf’s point of view!

El Deafo- Cece Bell

El Deafo

I really enjoyed this graphic novel which is perfect for middle grade readers. I thought it celebrated diversity beautifully.

Matilda- Roald Dahl

Matilda

One of my favourites. Every classroom should have Roald Dahl in them.

The Huge Bag Of Worries- Virginia Ironside

The Huge Bag Of Worries (Big Books)

I loved using this book with our class, it helped them think about their worries and how they’d address them.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go- Dr Seuss

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

I absolutely adore this book. I’m hoping to read it to my class nearer the end of the school year to inspire them on their next journey!

What have you done for your Top Ten list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! 🙂

Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Type of Book

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about the books we’ve read recently that were outside of our usual

In no particular order, here are my favourite recent-ish outside of my comfort zone reads!

Bad Girls Don’t Die- Katie Alender

Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1)

I’m not usually a fan of spooky, creepy reads. Especially when it comes to dolls. Ha! I absolutely adored this book. It’s not terrifying, more creepy. It didn’t give me nightmares which I’m very pleased about.

The Haunting- Alex Bell

The Haunting

Again, a creepy one. I absolutely loved this book. I actually preferred it to Frozen Charlotte which was also a brilliant read.

Through The Woods- Emily Carroll

Through the Woods

This was my first creepy graphic novel. I loved it. Not all of the stories are as good as each other, but it was still an enjoyable, eerie read.

Anna Dressed In Blood- Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Ooh, look another creepy one! I loved this ghostly tale.

Ten Tiny Breaths- K.A Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)

I had been avoiding this book for a while because I had heard mixed things around it. I’m not a massive fan of the genre but I was pleasantly surprised by this book-despite the ending.

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter than My Shadow

I would usually read a book about an eating disorder, but this was a graphic novel. It was incredible.

El Deafo- Cece Bell

El Deafo

I am stepping into middle grade more nowadays, but I would say this is middle grade/graphic novel/memoir which is certainly an interesting combination!

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief- Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I didn’t think I’d like this book, but I found myself sucked into the world!

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman

Born Weird

I don’t think I would have picked this book up, had it not been for my Reading Spa in Bath. I’m so glad I did though!

Always Emily- Michaela MacColl

Always Emily

I’m not the biggest classical literature fan, so I didn’t expect to like this book.

What books have surprised you recently? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

El Deafo

El Deafo

How did I get it?:
It was a present from my sister, Beth!

Synopsis:

Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.

Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school–in the hallway…in the teacher’s lounge…in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it’s just another way of feeling different… and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

This funny perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up hearing impaired is also an unforgettable book about growing up, and all the super and super embarrassing moments along the way.

Thoughts:

My sister bought me this book after hearing about it on a podcast she listens to. At the moment, I have a profoundly deaf boy in my class, and she thought this graphic novel would be good to read. It certainly was! I thought it was informative, sweet and humorous at the same time. I really would recommend this graphic novel to any age. I think that there’s something for everyone amongst it.

El Deafo is semi autobiographical. The author is ‘severe to profoundly deaf’ following an illness when she was four years old. El Deafo is the story of how she adapted to her difference, and how her difference became her superpower.

I could relate to so much of this graphic novel. I wear a radio aid for the child in my class and I always have to ensure I mute it when I don’t want him to hear something. I had a little giggle at little Cece being able to hear her teacher going to the toilet and having conversations that weren’t meant to be listened to by children!

I really appreciated how Cece’s difficulties were represented. There was light humour but also deep understanding of what it feels like to be different from the rest of your peers. I highly enjoyed my first graphic novel and I will certainly be recommending this book to children and adults!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This was my first graphic novel and on the strength of this, I’ll be definitely looking for more!