I didn’t get my last few books of November on here, so I’ll post them after sharing my 5 (technically 6) favorites of November. I focused on graphic novels/memoirs and am so glad that I read more outside my comfort zone this month. So far this year Goodreads tells me I’ve read 380 books this year. I don’t even know how to feel about this number because it is so ridiculous, lol. I’m working on breaking them down into categories and talking about them that way this month.
My November Favorites
I also read
Born on the Water (link above) – The 1619 Project: Born on the Water is a beautiful book that shows a young girl how resilient and strong her ancestors were. Told in a flowing verse, it chronicles the story of the Africans stolen from their land and brought to Virginia in 1619. I loved the illustrations and the scope of information for younger kids. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
The Jungle, graphic novel by Kristina Gehrmann. Let me recommend the graphic novel of the classic The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. If you read The Four Winds this year that showcased the need for unions in the 1930s west, this is a fantastic companion that shows this same need during the same period in the immigrant heavy Chicago. A terribly sad story based on an interview that will keep you riveted. Loved it!
The Wanderer by Peter van den Ende has no words. Not one word in 96 beautifully illustrated pages. The Wanderer is the story of a paper boat and his journey around the world. Gage and I sat down for our daily together reading time and took turns putting words to the pages and crafting our own story. It was so much fun and I highly recommend it for those of you with kids. There’s even a neat twist at the end that will be open to more than one interpretation.
Drawn Together: Uplifting Comics on the Curious Journey Through Life was fun for a few minutes, but was so short that it felt.. incomplete? Based on the popular Dharma Comics online it was a collection of comics on grief, love, and self-care. As good as some of the individual pages were it lacked the heft it needed to fill the book, IMO.
12 thoughts on “November Favorites”
The Jungle is a book I have on my list of books I want to read before I leave this earth. As time is running short, I might think about reading the graphic novel instead of the original book.
Do it!! That’s the reason I read it 🙂
I have not read any of these, but they all sound great! I especially like the sound of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Jungle graphic novels.
Have a great week!
Both of them were excellent!
Graphic novels have never much appealed to me, but I’ve read the prose versions of The Handmaid’s Tale (and its very wonderful sequel) and of The Jungle. Interesting list!
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I’ve enjoyed graphic novels done well over the last several years and both the ones you mentioned were excellent graphic novels. I feel like they are an acquired taste 🙂
I recommended The Wanderer to my daughter to use with my grandbabies. Your exercise is a phenomenal activity! I used The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry and Kate Dicamillo every year in my classroom! Such fun!
Oooh! Looking for those right now! Thanks for the recommendation.
380 books is A-maz-ing! Well done.
380 is amazing and ridiculous and every time I say the number out loud it makes me laugh 🙂
The graphic adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale is on my list. Glad to see it listed among your favorites!
I hope you like it!