And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini
The goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The dinner: a novel by Herman Koch ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett
Sisterland: a novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
Zita the spacegirl. book one, Far from home by Ben Hatke
Hercules: the twelve labors by story by Paul Storrie ; pencils by Steve Kurth ; inks by Barbara Schulz
Drama by Raina Telgemeier ; with color by Gurihiru ; [lettering by John Green]
Giants beware! by written by Jorge Aguirre ; art by Rafael Rosado ; story by Rafael Rosado & Jorge Aguirre ; colors by John Novak, Matthew Schenk
Phineas and Ferb: it's about time! by adapted by John Green
Fables. Vol. 1. Legends in exile by Bill Willingham, writer ; Lan Medina, penciler ; Steve Leialoha, Craig Hamilton, inkers ; Sherilyn van Valkenburgh, colorist ; Todd Klein, letterer ; Fables created by Bill Willingham
Blacksad by written by Juan Diaz Canales ; illustrated by Juanjo Guarnido ; lettering by Studio Cutie
Maus: a survivor's tale. Vol. 1. My father bleeds history by Art Spiegelman
Batman: the killing joke by Alan Moore, writer ; Brian Bolland, art and colors ; Richard Starkings, letterer ; introduction by Tim Sale ; afterword by Brian Bolland ; Batman created by Bob Kane
Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Huge revelations. Gut wrenching plot twists. And, characters you love that bite the dust... Equal parts philosophy, romance, and violence, this series -definitely for older teens- has been touted as one of the best x-men books out, and it's no lie. Check it out.
Batman: the Dark Knight returns — the classic graphic novel by Frank Miller is being adapted into two animated movies. We’ve got the first one coming to the library soon. This is edgy, dark and beautiful stuff, for you batman fans out there. See IGN's video review where they name it as one of the best DC animated movies to date.
Amity Blamity. Vol. one by Mike White — If you are looking for a normal adventure, this is not the graphic novel for you. However, if you want to read about a talking pig, Chester, his silent sidekick, Gretchen, and her unstable uncle, this is the book for you. Join them on their adventures to discover just who the mysterious white, fluffy, floaty beings are that have invaded their farm and how they are going to keep Uncle Downey from hurting himself as he tries to catch them.
Wonder Woman Vol. 1 Blood (The New 52) — is a bold reimagining. Greek gods with odd, new looks (Hades has a candle for a head), scenes out of a horror movie (centaurs sprout from decapitated horses), and lots of butt kicking by one of the most iconic heroines. Brian Azzarrello has taken this comic in a new direction, and it's never been more exciting. If you love Greek mythology then check it out.
Hyped for the Avengers Movie? Want a little backstory? Try out some of these excellent titles to increase your superhero education:
Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy thinking: a Toon book by Philippe Coudray — is a quick read with early reading level text. This short graphic novel is really great for kids in Kindergarten to Second grade. Each comic is a one page episode in Benjamin Bear's life with his animal friends and is sure to get some giggles out of the reader. Enjoy!
Daredevil by Mark Waid. Vol. 1 is, in a word, fun. It's everything old school comics used to be: An underdog hero (come on, he's blind) who cleverly outwits his opponents, impossible situations to overcome, and funny one-liners. Plus, bright, inventive art. Try reading this book without grinning. There's a reason why it was named by Comic Book Resources as the #1 comic of 2011.
Adopt a glurb! by Elise Gravel — is a quick, fun read. It outlines the basics for feeding, loving, and playing with your pet Glurb. Be careful though, they can be quite naughty! Be sure to ask your folks if it is okay for you to adopt one. Have fun!
Electric barracuda [sound recording] by Tim Dorsey
The fault in our stars by John Green
The marriage plot [sound recording]: a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
Korgi. Book 1, [Sprouting wings!] by Christian Slade — a beautifully illustrated woodland fantasy about a young girl, Ivy, her Korgi cub, Sprout, and their amazing adventures in Korgi Hallow. This wordless series is the masterful artistic creation of Christian Slade who was a Disney animator for many years. Gaze upon illustrations that are so full of life that the pages radiate the emotions of the characters. No written dialogue is necessary to know exactly what is happening and what is being felt. Join Ivy and Sprout on their perilous encounters with trolls, dinosaurs, and other exotic creatures when they wonder too far from the safety of their village.
Venom by Rick Remender takes the classic spider-man villain and turns him into a secret agent for the side of good. Really; I'm not kidding. Flash Thompson is the new guy in the (evil?) alien suit, and he's doing military missions for the government. There's just one catch: they've got a "bomb" strapped to him in case the "living" suit gets out of his control. It's a great new twist to this old character, and if you love bad guys turned good, give this one a read.