The Read More! Reading Challenge suggestions for the month of July are to read a book featuring friendship or to read a graphic novel!
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A Book Featuring Friendship
In Five Years – Rebecca Serle
Genre: Love stories; Relationship fiction
Description: An ambitious young lawyer on the brink of having it all disregards a vivid dream about how different her life will be in five years, before meeting the man in her vision nearly five years later.
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow – Gabrielle Zevin
Genre: Coming-of-age stories; Relationship fiction
Description: Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, this is a dazzling and intricately imagined novel that examines the multifarious nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love. Yes, it is a love story, but it is not one you have read before.
A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
Genre: Literary fiction; Psychological fiction
Description: Returning to the east coast to recover from a drunk driving accident she caused, 29-year-old Sunday Brennan must protect her family from a man from her past who brings her family’s pub business to the brink of financial ruin.
The Familiars – Stacey Halls
Genre: First-person narratives; Historical fiction
Description: Pregnant for the fourth time after three unsuccessful pregnancies, noblewoman Fleetwood Shuttleworth finds her life intricately bound to a midwife who vows to see her deliver a healthy baby when they are both drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the area.
A Graphic Novel
Perfect World – Rie Aruga
Genre: Manga; Romance comics
Description: A company get-together reunites 26-year-old Tsugumi with her high school crush, Itsuki. In the years they’ve been apart, Itsuki has realized his dream of becoming an architect–but along the way, he’s also suffered a spinal cord injury that’s left him in a wheelchair. Seeing Itsuki again rekindles Tsugumi’s feelings for him. It also forces her to confront her own hidden prejudices. Itsuki’s disability seems like an intimidating obstacle at first, but soon, Tsugumi discovers that her world feels imperfect without him.
Lore Olympus – Rachel Smythe
Genre: Comics and graphic novels; Fantasy comics; Mythological fiction; Webcomics
Description: Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love—witness what the gods do after dark in this stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of mythology’s most well-known stories from creator Rachel Smythe.
I Hear the Sunspot – Yuki Fumino
Genre: LGBTQIA comics; Manga
Description: Because of a hearing disability, Kohei is often misunderstood and has trouble integrating into life on campus, so he learns to keep his distance. That is until he meets the outspoken and cheerful Taichi. He tells Kohei that his hearing loss is not his fault. Taichi’s words cut through Kohei’s usual defense mechanisms and open his heart. More than friends, less than lovers, their relationship changes Kohei forever.
Heartstopper – Alice Oseman
Genre: Comics and graphic novels; Coming-of-age stories; LGBTQIA comics; LGBTQIA romances; Page to screen; Webcomics
Description: Charlie and Nick are at the same school, but they’ve never met until one day when they’re made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them realized.