Armchair BEA 2016: Beyond…

Day 3: Beyond Books and Blogs

If you had asked me ten years ago if the format of approximately 95% of my reading would be in digital format, I’d probably have called you crazy. I find that reading digitally is easier on my eyes and, amazingly, easier with chronic migraine headaches. I also seem to read much faster digitally than I do in print. Go figure?!

I’d probably have provided the same “you’re crazy” response if you had asked me if I’d ever read graphic novels or listen to audiobooks. However, I’ve read quite a few graphic novels over the past few years and thoroughly enjoyed them. I’m still acclimating to audiobooks, primarily because I don’t like the amount of time involved in listening to a book (12+ hours) when I could read it in less than half that time. 

Here are a few of my favorite reads in the graphic novel genre:

I hope to incorporate more graphic novels into my reading over the next few years. The illustrations definitely add another dimension and seem to enhance the overall reading experience. I’ll also have to give audiobooks another chance, perhaps on my next road trip.

Outside of my blog, I try to keep up my Goodreads as well as my LibraryThing profiles. These are excellent sites for keeping track of my reading and TBR lists. For some reason, I’m better at maintaining my profile on Goodreads than I am on LibraryThing, I don’t know why. I also use a spreadsheet for keeping track of my reading and note the author’s gender, nationality, and ethnicity, year the book was published, number of pages, format read [ebook vs. print], dates read, where I obtained the book [publisher, NetGalley, Edelweiss, public library, personal stash, etc.], and my rating [0-5 stars].

To add to my overall reading pleasure, I’m in several IRL book clubs. Three of these meet on a monthly basis and the fourth is rather hit-or-miss but usually meets at least four times each year. Two of these groups are through my local library system (thank you Kanawha County Public Library), one is a local women’s only group via Meetup, and the fourth is via my apartment building (a tenant’s book group). I’m also in several online book groups (okay, it’s three online book groups). I’m good about reading the books and participating in nearly all of my IRL book clubs but only participate about half of the time with the online book groups. I either need to get better at managing my reading time and online participation or give up the online book groups. Better time management it is!

Weekend Ramblings 5

This has been a somewhat hectic week with six books read so far, four reviews posted and two more to come. The weekend appears it will be just as busy with five books to read and review by Tuesday. Whew! I’m getting tired just thinking about it. Reviews will be posting soon on Jane and the Damned and Blood Persuasion, books one and two in the Immortal Jane Austen series by Janet Mullany.

I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural meeting of the Charleston Town Center Mall Book Group this past Wednesday. The CTC Mall Book Group is co-sponsored by the Kanawha County Public Library and will meet the last Wednesday of each month in the Community Room at Panera in the mall. September’s read was The Help by Kathryn Stockett. The discussion was quite interesting and I loved the different perspectives gained from other readers, especially when we compared the book to the movie. If you reside in or near Charleston WV, please join us on Wednesday October 26th from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM as we discuss Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Good food, great books and companions…what more can you ask for?

In recognition of Banned Books Week (ends this Saturday, October 1st), I’ll be rereading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This is one story that I simply enjoy reading over and over again. 

My weekend reads will also include: Attracted to Fire by DiAnn Mills, Girl in Shades by Allison Baggio, Seers by Heather Frost, The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian and The Third Q by Arnold Francis. Upcoming reads include: Jane Austen Made Me Do It edited by Laurel Ann Nattress, Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez and A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres. The next few weeks are going to be busy.

What are you reading or preparing to read for the weekend?