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We invite you to share with us a book or genre you tried due to the influence of another blogger. What made you cave in to try something new and what was the experience like?
I’m mostly an equal opportunity reader. If it looks good, I’ll read it. I can be stubborn about what I will and won’t try though. (Non-fiction rarely makes it through my filter) To answer this question, I have to go back to my GoodReads-only days.
Becky, who is now blogging at Escapism Through Books, has excellent taste in books and writes reviews that will make you either want to run out and buy those she loves or give away your unread copy of those she dislikes. So when she gave five stars to The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelmann, and then started talking about it in our Wild Things group, I added it to my to-read list. Admittedly, this wasn’t a huge stretch for me. I’d read the grapic novel edition of Coraline by Neil Gaiman, but I hadn’t been that impressed. I would likely have left the genre alone after that if not for Becky’s review. See, I have some sort of fascination with Holocaust stories, and the idea of a son writing down his father’s Holocaust experiences in graphic novel form, with the Jews as mice and the Nazis as cats, just fascinated me.
I was blown away.
I can get goosebumps thinking about that slim little graphic novel. The concentration camp experiences are in there, the aftermath, the living with it, the children living with it–all ramifications that I hadn’t really thought about before. Amazing.
Because Becky got me to try Maus, I am now more willing to try other graphic novels. My best experiences seem to be with memoirs. I enjoyed Persepolis 1 and 2 by Marjane Satrapi. I can see the freedoms that the form gives the author to express ideas that would be really hard to get across with only words. I’ve read Neil Gaiman’s first two Sandman graphic novels, and while I’m still not that crazy about this series, there’s enough that I do like that I’m planning to read the third one soon.
So, thanks for that review, Becky!