The perfect way to take a well-deserved break from life: getting stuck in to a big book of Calvin and Hobbes. I'd be hard pressed to think of a better gift for these cooped-up days--for someone else or yourself! The Essential-, The Authoritative-, and The Indispensable- are great collections of the first several years of the strip. The Tenth Anniversary Book includes some of the later years, as well as some interesting musings about the strip, the industry, and culture by Watterson at the start of the book. But the crown jewel, of course, would be The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, a glorious four-book box set that contains every single strip.
The main tension in this thriller comes from normal people being forced to become kidnappers. Yes, there's the typical unseen evil mastermind puppeteering it all, but the fact that the kidnappers are logistically and emotionally unprepared is what keeps the reader constantly on edge, waiting for things to go wrong.
One of the best graphic novels I've read recently. The art is beautiful, the story is magical, and the characters are engaging; what more could you want? Fans of Miyazaki movies and those who like their coming-of-age friendship stories with a dose of the supernatural will especially like this. Plus, who doesn't like a bear in a natty suit?
A mix of Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Korean Mythology, this middle-grade novel follows a shape-shifter as she hunts for the truth behind her brother's disappearance. With ghosts, intergalactic pirates, battles, mythical creatures, and an unfolding mystery, this book should appeal to a range of sci-fi and fantasy readers.