Here is the thing — I am the absolute worst at doing things on time, especially when I am facing some life distractions. No details here, but suffice to say this post is a day late and a dollar short and my apologies to everyone who expected it on Wednesday (sidebar: how is it already Thursday). You can find the whole entire Isla Is Coming blog tour schedule here.
Alas my friends, I am hoping you have already read Isla And The Happily Ever After because it is out and it is wonderful and how can you stand to wait when you’ve got the chance to meet Isla and Josh, everyone’s new favorite ship. I have to say one of the coolest things about Isla and Josh is that they are both into graphic novels and comic books. One of the activities Josh engages in that is so essential and important to the storyline is creating a graphic novel memoir. Meanwhile, Isla just loves to read graphic novels as well as adventure books and it’s awesome. So, in the spirit of fandom and recommending books, I am here today to talk to you all about some really great graphic novels, because what better way to connect with a book than by maybe reading some of the books that Josh or Isla would read?
Here’s Five Great Graphic Novels That Should Be On Josh and Isla’s Reading List:
1. V For Vendetta by Alan Moore
Why?: This book is smart and revolutionary. You can discuss it for days on days on days. Also? The art is kind of really neat. And ugh, it’s just so depressing in bits but also, really, really good.
2. Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
Why?: I can picture Isla loving this book. Friends With Boys is funny, there’s a ghost and it’s got a really great portrayal of siblings and as Isla is one of three daughters, I think she might be able to relate, even though the book is about a girl with three brothers.
3. Relish by Lucy Knisley
Why?: Josh and Isla go out to eat several times during the book and I can just picture them both being really into Relish which is a graphic novel memoir about Lucy Knisley’s relationship with food. It is a delectable book.
4. Blankets by Craig Thompson
Why?: Josh is writing and drawing a graphic novel memoir of his life. I think that Blankets by Craig Thompson would be highly influential on him as this is graphic novel memoir for Thompson. It’s beautifully drawn, moving, and filled with themes and such.
5. The Invention Of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Why?: While The Invention Of Hugo Cabret might not be a graphic novel in the traditional sense, it’s an awesome mixed media book with way more pictures than words. It’s a beautiful read set in 1930s Paris about an orphan boy and the magic of the cinema and ugh, it’s just so good. I think that Isla and Josh would really be inspired by the mixed media format. Then, they can pass it onto Anna when they are done because of the cinema bits.
What books do you think should be required reading for Isla and Josh? Let me know down in the comments!