Armchair BEA: Beyond the Books & Blog

armchairbeaIt’s Day 3 of Armchair BEA, an online conference for book bloggers not attending BookExpo of America, and today we’re taking a step back from the traditional formats for both books and the blog. Let’s discuss!

BEYOND THE BOOKS:

Beyond the traditional form of the novel, what are your favorite alternative forms (graphic novels, audiobooks, webcomics, etc)? Do you have any favorite works within these alternate forms? How do you think the changing format affects the reading experience?

This is something that I find really lacking in my own reading life. I basically stick to traditional books. I’m not even a big fan of ebooks. I just find it a lot easier and more delightful to have a physical book in my hands. Right now, my consumption of ebooks is limited to ARCs I get through NetGalley.

I really want to read some graphic novels. I’ve never done it before and there are a few that I’ve heard loads of good things about. I’m not sure what’s holding me back, but a part of me is nervous that I won’t be able to become fully emerge in the story because of the different format. I’m open to suggestions as a newbie to graphic novels, so let me know in the comments what you’d recommend. Here are a few graphic novels I’m considering picking up, if you’ve read them, I’d love to hear what you think. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

Audiobooks is another format I have very little experience with. On one hand, I’d love to hear a story spoken aloud, but I just find that I can read a book faster on my own. There’s also the fact that sometimes the narrator just doesn’t mesh well with you. I do want to try listening to a Neil Gaiman audiobook, since he narrates his own stories.

BEYOND THE BLOG:

Our secondary topic, beyond the blog could focus on the ways you engage in talking about books outside of your blog. Do you participate in book clubs, take classes, meticulously maintain your goodreads profile? Let the world know!

I’ve never taken part in a book club before, but I’ve always wanted to. Outside of this blog, I interact and talk books the most on Twitter and Tumblr. I’ve only been on Twitter for a year, but there is so much opportunity for us bookish people. You can connect with other bookworms, publishers, and authors and it’s overall just a great way to be a part of the larger book blogging community. I originally joined Tumblr in order to follow a favorite show, but quickly became immersed in the book blogging side, appropriately called booklr. There are so many wonderful book photographers on Tumblr and I’m convinced it’s the largest book blogging community. I haven’t been as interactive as I used to be, but I still enjoy taking part in book photo challenges and I credit it for making me a better photographer. Feel free to add me on either format!

What formats outside of the traditional book do you enjoy the most? Have any graphic novel suggestions? What’s your favorite audiobook? Which platforms outside of your blog do you have a heavy presence on? If you’re participating in Armchair BEA this week, leave a link to your post and I’ll be sure to visit!

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20 thoughts on “Armchair BEA: Beyond the Books & Blog

  1. Neil Gaiman is a great one to listen to. I like the idea of audio books, but if the reader doesn’t work for me, I have a hard time staying with it.
    I am a novice in the graphic novel world. I really like Sailor Twain (http://mwgerard.com/accent-sailor-twain-by-mark-siegel/). I think it’s accessible and doesn’t require lots of background knowledge like some of the very involved series.
    My post today: http://mwgerard.com/armchair-bea-16-beyond-the-books-and-the-blog/

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  2. One of my favorite graphic novels is Locke & Key by Joe Hill. It is a little dark. When it comes to audiobooks, I have to speed them up because I find them slow and I get bored. I am listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman now and really enjoying it.

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    • Joe Hill, I think I know that name. I just looked it up on Goodreads and it sounds so dark, I love it. Adding it to my TBR, thank you! Yes, audiobooks can take so long! I love Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, maybe I should check out the audiobook.

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  3. I’m about like you – I can’t stand ebooks. I read them if I absolutely have to, but meh. I’ve even stopped requesting from Netgalley just because it’s so hard for me to pick up an ebook. Half of the reason is because I work on a computer 7 1/2 hours a day, so when I read, I don’t want to look at a screen.

    I don’t have much experience with graphic novels either, but I’ve read a couple of manga and I highly suggest Fruits Basket. It’s uber cute!

    Brittany @ http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com/

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    • I feel like I’ve gotten better at reading ebooks because of all the times I’ve had to because of NetGalley, but I’m not be so much happier if I had a physical copy in front of my. I don’t know, maybe, like you, it’s having to stare at a screen for so long. Our eyes need rest! I will check out it out, thanks!

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  4. I’ve never delved into graphic novels although I enjoy some Marvel Movies and TV series. I’ve always appreciated the freedom to imagine the worlds and characters on my own. I also never knew there was a Tumblr spin-off specific to books will have to look into that.

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  5. I had a whole bunch of comics/graphic novel recommendations for today’s prompt, but I think the best one is Ghost World. Unless you really hated the movie or something (since most people only know it as a movie), that is.

    I hear you (hah, hah) on audiobooks. I just can’t. But I have come to have a grudging respect for ebooks. I like that my smartphone can be like a little back up library if I forget to throw a book in my purse, or if I don’t have room.

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  6. Ms. Marvel is so good! I don’t read comics, but I started with hers and it inspired me to try the new Thor and Capt. Marvel, as well! I only kept going with Ms. Marvel, though. It felt more like a story I could jump right into while the others were standalones, but still felt like they would be better appreciated by someone who knew the past storylines.

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  7. Yes! You need to read those graphic novels! Another recommendation is Hawkeye by Matt Fraction – so much fun!

    In regards to your secondary topic, I’m a librarian so I find myself talking about books and bookish things constantly in my professional life. 🙂

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  9. I never read graphic novels before last year, when I picked up Nimona – and I loved it. I then pushed it onto my husband, my brother, my father and my mother (the only one who has any experience with graphic novels and comics is my brother) and they ALL liked it, which happens very rarely as we have very different tastes in books. So maybe that will help with your decision? 🙂 It’s also a standalone – in contrast to Saga, which is great but still isn’t finished and is therefore quite pricey to begin with.

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