5/13 - Beyond the Books & Beyond the Blog

   First Topic:

Here 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?

While I respect audiobooks, I don't use them. It's a personal thing - I tend to zone out unintentionally if someone talks too long, even if it's interesting. I also don't multi-task with that stuff well - something will have to be drowned out. If I'm exercising, I'll stop paying as much attention to the story. If a great part of the story catches my attention, I'll unintentionally stop moving to listen. Just the way I'm wired.

I enjoy graphic novels and comics. I prefer them in printed form because I find the experience of reading them digitally a little awkward and inferior. The size of most graphic novels are very large and it's easier to follow without zoom and scroll obstructions. Otherwise, digital media captures the colors as brightly as the print.

   Second Topic:

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 have never belonged to a book club offline because there hasn't been a fit locally. Library book clubs meet during my working hours, and most of the clubs I'm interested in meet too far (hate driving on the interstate). I don't take any current classes but when I return to collect would like to minor in Literature or at least take literature classes. Of course it's my favorite subject - have some college literature textbooks just for fun.

I keep my Goodreads profile updated and review/shelve there. I attended the Goodreads Power User Summit in San Francisco last year - it was amazing.