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!