ABEA: Going Beyond

The third day of Armchair BEA is all about going beyond paper-and-words books (and also about talking about books beyond the blog). | NewberyandBeyond.com

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)?

About Monica

I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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