#HallamBigRead19 – 10 Books & Comics for Netflix Lovers to Binge this January

If you’ve watched everything from ‘A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby’ to ‘Stranger Things’ for the third time over the holidays then this Hallam Library reading list is for you. And if you’re not ready to fully give up your Netflix addiction just yet we have trailers to all of the comics & books listed below for your viewing (and reading) pleasure.

1. The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy is a dramatic, sci-fi comedy about seven children who have extraordinary abilities.

They are adopted by an eccentric billionaire who turns them into a superhero team called ‘The Umbrella Academy’.

The first comic in the series, ‘The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite’, was released in 2007 followed shortly after with The Umbrella Academy: Dallas.

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Following a ten-year hiatus lead singer of My Chemical Romance Gerard Way and comic book artist, Gabriel Ba released ‘The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion’ in 2019. 

Reserve The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite via the SHU library gateway by clicking here. 


2.The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A young adult coming of age story that’s loosely based on author Stephen Chbosky’s teenage years in Pittsburgh.

The novel follows Charlie, a 15-year-old introvert, through his first year of high school as he makes friends and learns to accept his past. Be warned – you’ll need tissues on hand at all times whilst reading it.

Click here to reserve The Perks of Being a Wallflower.


3. The Great Gatsby

1925 classic The Great Gatsby is a novel that should be on everyone’s book bucket list. Expect lots of symbolism, champagne and scandals old sport.

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Reserve The Great Gatsby here.


4. Misery

Stephen King’s 1987 psychological thriller Misery is based on the relationship of writer Paul Sheldon and his murderous fan Annie Wilkes.

His first non-fantasy novel was praised highly by critics and won him the first Bram Stoker Award for Novel.

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Still, it is definitely not one to read before bed.

Misery is available to reserve here. 


5. Blue is the Warmest Colour

A French graphic novel about the struggles of coming out, falling in love and growing up by author and illustrator Julie Maroh.

In the midst of an identity crisis, high school student Clementine locks eyes with older, blue-haired Emma.

Their love story is told in a series of stunning pastel-hued flashbacks.

Reserve a copy by clicking here. 


6. Call Me by Your Name

Narrator Elio Perlman recalls the story of his love affair with Oliver.

The novel begins with doctoral student Oliver’s arrival at Elio’s house, where he assists Elio’s father with academic paperwork.

It follows their treacherous love story for twenty years as Elio continually battles with his sexuality.

Author André Aciman received rave reviews for his first novel and went on to win an award for Gay Fiction at the 20th Lambda Literary Awards.

Find it on the SHU Library Gateway by clicking here. 


7. The Color Purple

Narrator Celie is a poor, uneducated fourteen-year-old black girl living in rural Georgia.

The novel tells her story for 40 years through a series of letters that she writes to God, as she struggles to escape abuse and the treatment of black people in America.

The feminist work about an African American woman’s struggle for empowerment by Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983, making her the first black woman to win the prize.

Click here to reserve The Color Purple.


8. Twilight

Stephanie Myer’s series of romantic fantasy novels might change you from Team Jacob to Team Edward.

The global phenomenon was the biggest selling book of 2008, only to be topped by its sequel New Moon in 2009. And despite its lukewarm reviews, it reached first place on the New York Times bestseller list.

(FYI we’re totally team Edward)

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Reserve it here. 


9. About a Boy

Will Freeman is a 36-year-old bachelor who befriends introverted schoolboy Marcus Brewer after attending single parents groups as a new way to pick up women.

The novel follows the two narrators as they simultaneously grow into better versions of themselves.

Find it here. 


10. The Handmaid’s tale

The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.

It explores themes of oppressed and subjugated women who struggle for their independence and individuality after a radical political group called the ‘Sons of Jacob’ launch a revolution.

Environmental pollution and radiation have caused infertility so the few fertile women remaining are forced to produce children for upper-classmen, known as the ‘Commanders’ and their wives.

Click here to reserve it via the SHU Library Gateway.


Reading & Chill anyone?


Find our extensive list of comics that are available in the library by clicking here and more graphic novels are available here. 


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