Armchair BEA Day 3: Beyond The Books

Posted May 13, 2016

It’s day three already! This year’s Armchair BEA is flying in. Today we are discussing other ways we enjoy novels, beyond the traditional.



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?


In all honesty, I don’t tend to venture beyond the “traditional form” of a novel very often. I really want to get more into graphic novels, but I’m kind of overwhelmed and have no idea where to even begin. As a teen I adored the Asterix books – I was obsessed, completely obsessed. When the new Asterix and the Missing Scroll came out last year I could not control my excitement!

Asterix and the Missing Scroll


But Asterix aside, I’ve not really ventured any further into graphic novels. I have Persepolis sitting on my bookshelves right now and I intend to get to that soon.

Do you have any graphic novel suggestions for a newbie?

I’ve recently taken to reading in a serial format too. I posted about Serial Reader a few months ago. It’s a free app that releases 20 minute chapters of classics to you daily. It kind of allows you to read many classics as they were originally released – in serial form. I think I explain it a bit better in the original post ;D


I’m also currently enjoying my weekly installments of Belgravia by Julian Fellowes. The entire book will be released in July I believe, but you can sign up to receive weekly episodes of the book. It’s available as an app and you can choose to either read it or listen to it. Currently I’m listening to the episodes online. There is a charge for this though. I think it works out at £9.98 in total.


Talking of listening to books, I do of course use Audible too. Our local library service doesn’t yet have the Overdrive service so I turn to Audible’s Daily Deals to get my hand on audiobooks. You don’t need to be a subscriber as such, you just need the free account and you can make the one-off purchase. I posted all about the Audible daily deals here. If you’re new to Audible though they do a free trial so be sure to check that out.

Do you have any recommendations for “alternate” forms of reading?

If you want to join in with Armchair BEA check out this post for all the details on today’s discussions, twitter party and Instagram challenge.