As we do every year we make lists of our favorite reads! We pick 15 of our favorite reads in a couple of categories. Today’s category is Graphic Novels and Manga. I love reading those, although I haven’t read as many as I would like this year. Nevertheless, I made a list of the best ones I read this year. So lets take a look!
15. Riverdale: The Ties That Bind – Micol Ostow
I can’t believe I have a Riverdale book on this list haha. And I have to say I was surprised to see the 4 stars when I looked at my spreadsheet. But after thinking back on it, I do remember actually really enjoying it! So that’s why I had to put it on the list.
14. Delicates – Brenna Thummler
I still haven’t read Sheets and maybe I would’ve enjoyed this even more if I had but I think a 4 star read is pretty good. The message was good and I loved the colors that were used.
13. The Apothecary Diaries 1 – Natsu Hyuuga
I was expecting a fantasy story with this one so it took me awhile to actually enjoy the story for what it was haha. And that is a historical fiction. Once I got over that fact I did really like it though! I would like to read the next volume in this series.
12. Fangs – Sarah Andersen
One of the last books I read this year! It was a very fast read, as there wasn’t much of a plot. I would say it were just a bunch of funny little stories making up an overall story if that makes sense?
11. Fruits Basket collectors edition vol 3 – Natsuki Takaya
I really enjoy this story and I hope to continue it this year. My main critique is the fact that I have trouble telling all the characters apart, but that might say more about me than about the book haha.
10. Spy Family 1 – Tatsuya Endo
This was such a fun read! I was a bit confused when there was a supernatural element all of a sudden but I ended up enjoying that part a lot. Ever since finishing it, I have been saying I wanted to read the sequels but I haven’t yet haha.
9. Chef’s Kiss – Jarrett Melendez
My last read of the year! This was so cute!! I loved how Ben started to find himself and figured out what he wanted to do. And of course I was very hungry by the end of the book because there are some amazing food illustrations in here.
8. Death Note Black Edition vol. IV – Tsugumi Ohba
I have two volumes of Death Note on here. It was hard figuring out which one I liked slightly more but there was 1 character that made the difference for me haha. You might know if you’ve read this books yourself but I feel like it’s a spoiler to mention otherwise.
While I didn’t completely loved the art style, I did love the characters. Especially Tim! The ending was shocking and I would love to read the next volume.
6. Death Note Black Edition vol. III – Tsugumi Ohba
I picked this one as my favorite of the two Death Note volume I read. At first I had to try and remind myself of all that happend in volume II but the book did a great job mentioning the most important details. It immediately had me ordering the rest of the series haha.
Spoiler alert, both volumes are on this list haha. I loved this webcomic so much and wish there was more of it. As far as I can tell the author didn’t write anything else either, which is such a shame!
This graphic novel was such a pleasant surprise! I’m really said not more people are talking about it because I think it was so so good. Before I read this I hadn’t heard of the Catalyst Prime Universe but I am interested now!
3. Check Please vol. 1: #Hockey – Ngozi Ukazu
And here is the other volume of Check Please! It was hard deciding which one I liked best but in the end I think I liked the pacing in this one just a little bit more. Overall this webcomic was super cute and really fun.
2. The Tea Dragon Society – Kay O’Neill
This book was gorgeous! I loved the cover, loved the art style and loved the world. The story was good but not super special. I do really want to read the next two books in the series though! And I’m still so happy I own this.
1. Heartstopper 4 – Alice Oseman
I feel like this has become a tradition haha. Every year we’ve been doing these lists a new Heartstopper volume makes it to the top of my list. And it makes me sad to think my 2022 list will be the last to have a new Heartstopper on it as it will be the final volume. However, I can’t wait for it to be released! This one was great again and I loved how supportive the characters were. And just once again very cute ;).
And those were my 15 favorite graphic novel and manga reads I got to experience in 2021! I was lucky to read so many amazing stories and I can’t wait to find out what 2022 holds for me! Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Let me know down below!