ABEA Day 3: Beyond the Books, Beyond the Blog

armchairbea introHere on Day 3, we are moving our focus beyond the traditional format of the media we consume and create! 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?

I enjoy graphic novels, but I prefer them in physical form. There’s something about the experience of holding it in my hands that can’t be matched by a screen; it makes me feel like I’m interacting with the artwork. Thanks to Comixology, though, I don’t mind reading single issue comics in digital format. The app is that good (having a Samsung Galaxy Nook with a pretty large screen helps, too), and I don’t have to worry about the pages getting worn/torn/messed up.

I haven’t tried webcomics yet, but I’ve been wanting to read Assigned Male.

Audiobooks…sigh. I have a love/hate relationship with audiobooks. I think I’m discovering that overall, I do better listening to nonfiction. When it comes to fiction, I am so picky (maybe overly so) about the narrator, I find it hard to relax and enjoy the story unless they’re pretty phenomenal. Neil Gaiman? PHENOMENAL. I could listen to him read all day. Love Wil Wheaton, too. He needs to record more audiobooks!

Our secondary topic focuses 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 teach private music lessons, and an impressive number of my students are huge bookworms. We have to be careful not to let book chatter infringe on lesson time, though! (And they’re persuasive little book pushers! I’ve read a lot of wonderful books thanks to them, especially ones I missed as a kid, like The Giver and Tuck Everlasting.)

I’m also in a book club. The members are mostly ladies from my church…and Heather Bee! We’re an eclectic bunch, not only in our reading choices, but also our ages and life experiences. Conversation is always interesting, even if it doesn’t always revolve about the book we’ve chosen. Books, wine, food, and great conversation with wonderful people? Yeah, I always leave book club happy.

  • I’ve never gotten into audiobooks. I have concentration problems, plus as you mention the narrator has to be amazing. Good tip about Neil Gaiman – I will try his.

  • I hear you on the audiobook narrators… if you’re going to invest that much time in something, you have to like the sound of their voice. I also really hate when people do “voices”… very few can get that right.