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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I would hand to someone who claims to not like reading

Top Ten Tuesday says I get to make nonreaders read books today.

If you’re not one for walls of plain text, may I suggest some graphic novels?

Still counts as reading.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

What if the Lord of the Rings movies were funny and fast-paced?

And explored how trauma influences identity?

And had a canonically queer romance?

I LOVE Nimona. Give it a read.

Romeo and/or Juliet OR To Be or Not to Be by Ryan North

I’m giving you TWO Shakespeare-inspired Choose Your Own Adventure novels for the price of one!

Think Shakespeare is boring?

What if you got to determine the events of the story?

You want to blow up the earth, you say? I’m PRETTY sure that’s an option.

Also, yes, Noelle Stevenson did the covers for these. ALL THE MORE REASON TO READ THEM.

Croquette & Empanada: A Love Story by Ana Oncina

Croquette & Empanada by Ana Oncina

It’s a slice-of-life love story about food!

This book covers all the big and little moments associated with coupledom, including adopting a pet together.

I would die for mop dog.

The Adventure Zone by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Justin McElroy, and Carey Pietsch

The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal graphic novel

I love these graphic novels so much.

If you like fantasy adventures but aren’t into podcasts, YOU’RE IN LUCK.

The McElroy brothers’ hit podcast is now in GRAPHIC NOVEL FORM.

Read a more streamlined version of the fantasy epic, now with less Bury Your Gays!

These books have actively made me cry. Like, more than the Lord of the Rings movies.

READ THEM.

Cheshire Crossing by Andy Weir and Sarah Andersen

Cheshire Crossing by Andy Weir and Sarah Andersen

What if three heroines from classic children’s literature joined forces to defeat a villainous duo?

Cheshire Crossing introduced me to the Wicked Witch of the West/Captain James Hook ship and I will never get over it.

If you have to read any classic children’s literature for class or book club, go ahead and skim this book instead. You’ll get the gist of the other stories.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

This book is an entire season of your favorite teen drama encapsulated in a single book.

Also, unlike many of those shows, it’s actually good.

If you’ve ever been in an on-again, off-again relationship with just the WORST person, this book is for you.

Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection by Nick Seluk

The Awkward Yeti Presents Heart and Brain

The Heart and Brain books contain a collection of one-shot comics about everyday occurrences.

The coffee strip is my eternal favorite.

Sometimes I feel like Brain but I am really Heart.

Story time: I once showed this comic to a friend who had undiagnosed ADHD and she REALLY TRIED TO TELL ME she was the BRAIN in our dynamic.

HAHAAAAA. INCORRECT.

I’m going to be bitter about that forever.

DC Bombshells by Margeurite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage

DC Comics Bombshells: The Deluxe Edition Book One

Do I really have to explain why you should read this?

I just think it’s neat.

Also, Steve Trevor is…there. (Ugh.)

Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma

Yotsuba&! vol 13

Just a precocious kid having adventures.

I lived in Japan for a few years as a kid.

This series takes me back to childhood.

Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition Volume 1

What if you could READ Saturday morning cartoons?

It’s your favorite magical girl adventure in book form!

The Eternal Editions have full-color art. They’re GLORIOUS.

I will never not recommend this series.

Those are my book recs!

I just realized I could have gone with audio books as well.

Oops.

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