Today, the third day of Armchair BEA, brings with it the prompts of beyond the books and beyond the blog. It’s only in recent years that I have started going “beyond the books” and looking for different kinds of books than just the paper-and-words kind. I posted here about my very first experiences with graphic novels, comic books, and audiobooks. I have to say, I was reluctant to branch out at first, but now I really enjoy graphic novels, and a good audiobook keeps me from going crazy when I’m stuck in traffic. (Comic books, however, I’m still on the edge about. Got any suggestions of what I should read to make me love them?) I love that these other book formats expand the reading experience. When I was a kid, I loved those books that had little pieces (like letters or programs or other paper trinkets) that came out of the book. I’d love to find a book like that for adults! It just adds another level to your reading when you’re experiencing more than just words on a page.
In terms of going beyond the blog, I constantly talk about books outside of my blog. My husband bears the brunt of this book chatter (he knows the basic plot and/or failings of nearly every book I read), but my sister (an occasional guest blogger on N&B) and a few bookish IRL friends are always up for a book discussion. I’ve tried book clubs, both in person and online, and nothing seems to stick. But I keep my Goodreads updated and participate with a few groups there, so I kind of think of that as my virtual book club. Maybe one day I’ll find my perfect book club!
How do you go beyond the book (or beyond the blog)?