Making time to read comics

I love to read. I always have, ever since my mom started taking me to the library when I was a kid.

But sometimes, the very last thing I want to do is read.

Why? Because most of my reading is done as work on my own books, instead of reading whatever I want to for fun. After spending hours writing, editing, revising, and proofreading my own books day in and day out, sometimes I just don’t want to read. Instead, I’ll veg out in front of the TV or listen to music or do anything else but read. And with my writing deadlines, I often just don’t have time to sit down and read a 350-page book, not even if I break it up over several nights.

Black Widow Last DaysBut I’ve found something that works for me, a way to keep reading in the limited time that I have these days. The answer? By reading comics collections.

I’ve always enjoyed superhero stories as books, movies, and TV shows, but in the past several years, I’ve gotten more and more into reading comics. One series that I’m enjoying right now is about the Marvel superhero Black Widow, including Black Widow Vol. 3: Last Days by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto.

Why do I like reading comics? For starters, they are a great mix of stories, dialogue, action, and art. Plus, there are many, many different takes on just about every superhero character out there, so you’re bound to find a story or interpretation that you like. And depending on the size of the comics collection, I can usually read it in one night, which works great with my busy schedule these days.

Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy reading full-length print books, and I squeeze those into my schedule as often as I can. But when I want a quick escape to another world, I often grab some comics from my TBR pile. If you’ve never read comics before, give them a shot. You might just get hooked on them like I have. 🙂

What about you guys? Is your reading time limited? How do you make time to read? Do you read comics collections?

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7 Responses to Making time to read comics

  1. I’ve been reading comics for years, but they’ve mostly been comics from novels that I’ve already read (Mercy Thompson, Anita Blake, Women of the Otherworld, etc). After watching Jessica Jones on Netflix, I decided that I was going to venture out and try those comics. I’m really glad that I did. I really enjoyed Alias. I’m also going to take your suggestion and try Hawkeye next (per our Twitter conversation).

    I also have limited time to read, but I get the vast majority of my reading done in audios. I think I listen to half of the books that I read. I listen on my commute. I listen while I do chores. I can do some of my work while reading, depending on what it is. There is a lot of my work that can be tedious, so audiobooks are great for those hours.
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    • There are a lot of great comics out there. Hope that you enjoy the Hawkeye series too. If you like the Marvel movies, I would also suggest the Captain America/Winter Soldier story arc by Ed Brubaker.

      I’ve heard a lot of folks say that about audiobooks, I need to try more of those too.
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  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Jennifer, that Black Widow cover is striking! I’m just not a superhero fan in comic books. The only superhero books I read are your Bigtime stories. If they were in comic books, I would definitely read them, just to see the difference from the books.

    I’m a huge book reader, and I have been since I was a child. Reading is my favorite downtime activity. The last two days, I have been reading short stories. And I do have favorite TV shows, so I’m not reading all the time. Just a lot of the time. 🙂

  3. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    I adore comic collections! I love the art, so action-oriented. My son started me on Fables, a set of over 20 detailing Asst Mayor Snow White and Sheriff Bigsby Wolf and other fabled beings living in contemporary New York. I just finished a Deadpool collection from the library. Black Widow is definitely on my list to pick up next 🙂

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