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Beyond the Books & Beyond the Blog: #ArmchairBEA

ArmchairBEABeyond 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’m a pretty traditional reader, strongly preferring printed books. I do enjoy my kindle for the ease of reading on it, but still read mostly physical copies. I also stick mostly to novels and non-fiction. I do read graphic novels on occasion, and have been reading them more lately since my son has taken a strong interest in them. I also love that my library now has borrowable, downloadable audiobooks. It makes listening from my phone a nice option.

I do think the format changes the experience. I’ve tried to read illustrated books and graphic novels on my kindle/iPad and I honestly believe it diminishes the experience. Otherwise I think reading is best enjoyed however an individual prefers.

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 am in a book club as part of my job (librarian). I am the facilitator for a non-fiction book club that focuses on the natural world – think botany, ornithology, farming, etc.  I wish I belonged to a fiction book club! As a librarian, I fairly regularly take continuing education classes, so I stay involved in the bookish community in a professional capacity. Unfortunately I am not as involved in social media as I’d like to be. I don’t participate in goodreads, I’m rarely on twitter, though I do love instagram. I tend to be a reserved person and that very much extends to my online persona as well. Luckily I’ve still made some great friendships and found some fantastic books. When blogging gets stressful, I just remember those things and it puts it in perspective, even when I can’t make twitter chats and book conventions!

How do you express your bookish love outside of blogging and books?

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