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We at the library firmly believe that everyone should get a book for Christmas. It’s just one of those weird quirks that’s a requirement for working at a library. That being said, not everyone should get the same book for Christmas. Everyone has different interests, with some people even liking (gasp!) graphic novels and comics. Now, graphic novels can be a tricky gift to buy. There are many of them that live up to the term “graphic”, which can turn people off from them. However, there are some great graphic novels out there, and we want to help you find them. So, if you have someone who’s into graphic novels, here are four well-reviewed, clean graphic novels you can give to anyone without shame.

12.19.17 American Born ChineseAMERICAN BORN CHINESE
By Gene Luen Yang
(2006)

This is an excellent novel that explores Chinese myth and Chinese American culture. In it, three stories are told. The first is about the Chinese myth of the Monkey King, the second is about Jin Wang, a Chinese American student who is ostracized at his school for his race, and the third is about Danny, who deals with the negative Chinese stereotype his cousin offers when he visits. These stories converge in a profound way, giving a message of acceptance and kindness. 

 

12.19.2017 Wire and NerveWIRES AND NERVE
By Marissa Meyer
(2017)

If you read and loved the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, then you are in for a treat with this graphic novel. The adventures of Cinder and her friends continue in this story focused on Iko. This is the first of a series of graphic novels that will wrap up some plot points from the original series and allow readers to know these characters better. 

 

12.19.2017 NimonaNIMONA
By Noelle Stevenson
(2015)

This graphic novel is a fast-paced, satirical take of the villain/hero fantasy motif. Lord Blackheart is a man with a vendetta against The Institute of Law Enforcement and Heroics. However, his plans are unsuccessful until he hires Nimona, a young girl with shapeshifting powers and sarcastic wit. Together, they plan to show the world that the “good guys” are the real bad guys. 

 

12.19.2017 Atomic RoboATOMIC ROBO
By Brian Clevinger
(2008)

This is an entertaining series that features a robot built by Tesla who forms a corporation of “action scientists” who save the world on a regular basis from all kinds of threats, including vampires, Dr. Dinosaur, and lots and lots of Nazis. With plenty of humor and action, this is a fun read, especially for younger teenage boys.

 

In honor of the most recent addition to the Star Wars franchise, here's a quick glance at the Star Wars offerings in the Children's Department! 

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We all… well, at least I personally, have a list of Christmas Movies where it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without them. I have many fond memories of movies recorded onto VHS tapes with the commercials in them and everything. It is crazy how nostalgic I can be over an old television commercial.

Here is a list of my five favorite Christmas films. So have fun, snuggle up with a comfy blanket, pop your favorite style of popcorn, and enjoy.

12.15 A Christmas CarolA CHRISTMAS CAROL
Directed by David Jones
(1999)

This is my favorite version of A Christmas Carol. I love Patrick Stewart, I love the Ghosts, and I love the score. The only thing I like better on any other edition is the song “Thank you very much” from the musical Scrooge.

 
 

12.15 The Santa ClauseTHE SANTA CLAUSE
Directed by John Pasquin
(1994)

This is my favorite out of all the following sequels I loved Charlie and the line where he accuses his dad of killing Santa. I love when Tim Allen shaves and it immediately grows back and he looks in the mirror and just says “I’m in big trouble mmhmmm”. 

 
 

12.15 Home AloneHOME ALONE
Directed by Chris Columbus
(1990)

The first two in this series are my favorite; I actually watch them both every year. Three and four I pretend don’t exist.

Can you tell I am a 90’s child yet?

 
 

12.15 How the Grinch Stole ChristmasHOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
Ron Howard
(2000)

I love the story HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS by Dr. Seuss - it is one of my favorites.  I love both the animated version as well as the live action version.

 
 

12.15 Miracle on 34th streetMIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
Directed by Les Mayfield
(1994)

I like this story a lot. I love the relationship between Kris Kringle and all of the other characters. It is so much fun to watch the magic between them.

 

book club

January 5th will mark my book club's four year anniversary. Team Don’t Read Crappy Books (sorry about the name, but we have T-shirts and everything – we think we’re funny) has hit a few bumps along the way, but I can still confidently declare it a rousing success.

In my next post I’ll share some tips for keeping your book club alive, but it may just be that you need convincing to join one in the first place. With that in mind, here are my top five reasons to start or join a book club:

  1. TO DEVELOP FRIENDSHIPS
    Book clubs offer a great way to make new friends or, as is the case for me, to stay in touch with old ones. After years of talking about it, my college friends and I finally got around to starting one in 2014 because we were finishing school, changing jobs, starting families, and spreading out throughout Utah and Salt Lake Counties. We weren’t seeing each other as often, and book club provided a structured way to get together regularly. Those ladies are my closest friends, and I think meeting every other month for book club is a significant part of that.

  2. TO EXPAND YOUR READING HORIZONS
    It’s easy to get stuck in a personal reading rut and avoid new genres, but in a club of diverse readers, you’re sure to avoid that. There have been a few books chosen by my club members that I never would have read on my own and initially felt wary about, but they’ve ended up sparking great discussion. Book club sometimes forces me out of my reading comfort zone, and that’s a good thing.

  3. TO HAVE REQUIRED READING
    This might sound weird (who wants homework, right?), but hear me out. As a librarian, I read constantly, but when Team Don’t Read Crappy Books was founded, I was in the midst of grad school and barely found time for recreational reading. Our club forced me to prioritize reading, and it was a delight to read for fun without feeling guilty about it. 

  4. TO THINK ABOUT BOOKS IN A NEW WAY
    Outside of school, we sometimes get out of the practice of reading critically. Knowing that an in depth discussion is coming causes me to look for themes and profound quotes and to think them through more deeply than I might when just reading casually. I love hearing my friends’ perspectives and often leave our meetings with an entirely different approach to the book than I came in with.

  5. TO PLAY MATCHMAKER
    Books are my friends. I always wait anxiously for my chance to choose our book club read (it’s my turn again soon!) because it’s an opportunity to introduce the people I love to the stories and words and characters that mean so much to me. What could be better than that?

So, in the spirit of New Year's resolutions, why not start a book club of your own in 2018? We even have book club sets to make it easier.

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