April 29, 2013
My husband is not a reader. In fact, before I started working at the Library (just over a year now), he never read anything except the directions on new gadgets and gizmos we got for Christmas. He is incredibly intelligent, but a bit dyslexic and finds reading to be anything but pleasurable. As an avid reader, I always just chalked this up to an idiosyncrasy about him that, while I didn't fully understand, I could certainly live with.
When I started working at the Library, I just could not help myself; I tried to bring home books he might like to read. I love books! He would too if I could just figure out what genre. It was a tricky puzzle, and after more strikeouts than I would have ever hoped, he suggested that we try "comic books," maybe. Those were his exact words. Apparently, he read them as a kid and liked them. So why not try them as an adult? There had to be adult comic books, right! He said it would be like reading, just "reading light."
After we talked about calling them graphic novels, so he sounds more grown-up, I went on a great quest to find awesome graphic novels. I was amazed by how many there were to choose from! There are graphic novels on Anne Frank, vampires, Twilight, Nazi Germany, Pokémon, Superheroes, and so many other topics that I became overwhelmed. We then got to sit down and discuss what he may be interested in, and suddenly a whole new world of entertainment was open to both of us. My husband, who never reads, now has a waiting list of graphic novels! He checks out two to five at a time; it is amazing!
So, if you are having trouble finding a good book or know someone who isn't a huge fan of the printed word, try a graphic novel. The stories are varied, the art tends to be great, and in the end...a good story makes for a good book.
Red Bridge Branch