One of the reasons I have gotten into reading challenges lately is that they force me to read things that I normally wouldn’t. In this case, that was a graphic novel. I am just not normally drawn to them. But Emil Ferris has created a thing of beauty with My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. This graphic novel is about so many things but mostly it is about figuring out who you are as a child growing up. Her main character, Karen, sees herself as a monster rather than a regular little girl. She views the world in fascinating ways, ways that would only work when being shown visually. I was drawn into the story and the characters and was very glad to know that there is a Volume 2 coming out later this year. My one complaint is one that I often have with graphic novels and that is that it seemed too busy at times. I found myself lost in what was happening in the plot a few times because there was so much happening visually on the page. As someone who does not begin to understand art (I appreciate it, I just don’t understand it as deeply as some), this became overwhelming at times.