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WFL Book Report Podcast – Episode 9: Graphic Novels with Annette

Posted on December 2, 2022

Hi! I’m Heather-Lee Byrne, Information Services librarian and host of the Wellesley Free Library Book Report podcast. We want to make it easy for busy people in our community to figure out what to read next. Our podcast connects Wellesley library patrons with ranked popular titles and book recommendations from subject librarians in different genres so you know what to reach for when you’re ready to read!

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Latest Episode: Episode 9 Graphic Novels with Annette
Guest Librarian: Annette Diola

Interview Notes:

Annette brings us a number of diverse recommendations from our graphic novel collection, showing the breadth and depth of what’s available for readers:

Superhero genre: Invincible by Robert Kirkman

Graphic memoir: I was their American Dream by Malaka Gharib

Graphic adaptation: Kindred : a graphic novel adaptation by Damian Duffy and John Jennings

Manga: The way of the househusband by Kousuke Oono

Webtoon adaptation: Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe

Other Notes:

The NYT piece on Bonnie Garmus mentioned in this week’s Reader’s Report:

Review of Foster by Claire Keegan on NPR: 

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Reader’s Report


  1. Lessons in chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  2. It ends with us by Colleen Hoover
  3. Foster by Claire Keegan
  4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
  5. The maid : a novel by Nita Prose


  1. These precious days : essays by Ann Patchett
  2. Crying in H Mart : a memoir by Michelle Zauner
  3. Think again : the power of knowing what you don’t know by Adam Grant
  4. Atomic habits : tiny changes, remarkable results : an easy & proven way to build good habits & break bad ones by James Clear
  5. 100 poems to break your heart


  1. The man who died twice : a Thursday Murder Club mystery by Richard Osman
  2. The Thursday murder club by Richard Osman
  3. The nature of the beast by Louise Penny
  4. The murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  5. The Mitford vanishing by Jessica Fellowes



  1. A psalm for the wild-built by Becky Chambers
  2. Domesticating dragons by Dan Koboldt
  3. Fugitive telemetry by Martha Wells
  4. Network effect by Martha Wells
  5. Steel crow saga by Paul Krueger



  1. Top gun : Maverick
  2. Nope
  3. Where the crawdads sing
  4. Downton Abbey. A new era
  5. Easter Sunday



  1. Dancing with the octopus : a memoir of a crime by Debora Harding
  2. Prince Albert : the man who saved the monarchy by A. N. Wilson
  3. The Duchess : Camilla Parker Bowles and the love affair that rocked the crown by Penny Junor
  4. It takes two : our story by Jonathan Scott
  5. Jackie’s girl : my life with the Kennedy family by Kathy McKeon



  1. The song of the cell : an exploration of medicine and the new human by Sidhartha Mukherjee
  2. Spanish I A : the complete course ; Spanish I B : the complete course.    
  3. Long Shadows by David Baldacci
  4. Demon copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  5. No plan B by Lee Child



  1. The complete Mediterranean cookbook : 500 vibrant, kitchen-tested recipes for living and eating well every day
  2. Mary Berry cooks to perfection : step by step by Mary Berry
  3. Magnolia Table. Volume 2 : a collection of recipes for gathering by Joanna Gaines
  4. Salt, fat, acid, heat : mastering the elements of good cooking by Samin Nosrat
  5. 10-day green smoothie cleanse by J. J. Smith



  1. The secret garden on 81st street : a modern graphic retelling of The secret garden by Ivy Weir
  2. The fifth quarter by Mike Dawson
  3. The promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai
  4. Estranged by Ethan Aldridge
  5. Borders by Thomas King



  1. Tokyo ghoul by Sui Ishida
  2. My hero academia. Vigilantes by Hideyuki Furuhashi
  3. Inappropriate by Gabrielle Bell
  4. Hot dog taste test : a cook [crossed out] book by Lisa Hanawalt
  5. Seraph of the end : vampire reign by Takay Kagami