Armchair BEA, Day 3 | Beyond the Blog

Friday, May 13, 2016

Armchair BEA

As usual, the 2016 Armchair BEA event has been fabulous! I’ve enjoyed everything about it (including the fun Instagram challenges because it gives me an excuse to open a bottle of glitter and sprinkle my books with it), and continue to do so with today’s topics. The organizers chose topics today that ask us to look beyond books (and presumably film) to look at alternate forms of media as well as looking beyond our blog: where else do we interact with fellow book nerds about books. 

I’ve chosen to focus on the latter topic since I’ve written quite a lot about my favorite alternate form of media. Although, briefly, I will share about a favorite format and provide the links to prior posts where I talk about said favorites in greater detail. 

Beyond the Books 

If it counts, my favorite alternate form of storytelling is web series. I was drawn in with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and later, Emma Approved. As an Austen addict, I loved not only the contemporary settings of the classic tomes, but also the format. Who’d have thought Austen could work in web series?  
Since those ended, I did try a few others, and haven’t been nearly as enchanted by them, which is why I’ve left the format (for now) behind with fond memories of Pemberley Digital’s LBD and Emma Approved. I also bought a Jane Austen comic book for Northanger Abbey although I’ve not yet read it. Still, it looks fun – and who knows. Perhaps that’ll be my next obsession in an alternate form of Story. 

What other forms of media or stories do you like/follow? Comment down below with your thoughts on this topic. 

If I’m not discussing books on my website, it’s a good bet I am on Twitter, email or Goodreads. For example, I recently took part in a Twitter read-along with two of my #BookBesties! It was such a fun time, and of course, it helped that we were all ecstatic about the book we were reading. 
Sadly, my Goodreads profile has fallen behind. I used to be very active there, but since the first 5 months of a new year are busy for me (because of other commitments, which I’ll explain more about in my “third” beyond the blog point), I have to let some things “go” that is given more attention in the latter part of the year. Sadly, Goodreads seems to be elected. Still, I love it! It’s a fun place to meet new readers and discover new novels, to say nothing of the fact that it often gives me my first glimpse of new book covers. (I’m a bit addicted to see all the new Cover Candy, which my many blog posts titled as such can attest to.)

The third avenue where I interact about books outside of here is acting as one of five bloggers and writers who make up an Advisory Board for an inspirational book award program. The first of us have worked together for three years now, and I love it. We have such fun in our discussions and the aftermath when (while our judging panels read and chose the final winners), we feature the authors who we shortlist and enjoy conversing with readers who support our program. 
Where else do you interact with readers and bloggers? I’d love to read about your favorite bookish places to hang out.
Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.
Hope you enjoyed your visit.  


  1. Instead of Goodreads, you could try posting the book covers on Pinterest. It's kind of impressive to sit back and look at the covers all lined up!.

    1. OhMyGoodness, I forgot to mention Pinterest. I do use that though not as frequently as most of my book friends do. I figure that's ONE social media platform I'm not addicted to and don't NEED to be. ;) I'm already too attached to Twitter and this site.

      Thanks for the tip! :)

  2. How fun to be part of an award committee. Finding good books to recognize and honor must be very rewarding.

    1. It is indeed, Lory. :) Thanks so much for visiting!

  3. I love your blog header :)

    I can't believe I didn't even think about film, lol :p What are your favourites? I love Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Pirates of the Carribean and anything Disney Pixar.

    I've heard a lot of good things about the Lizzie Bennett diaries but haven't checked it out yet.

    1. Thank you, Melanie. I always have fun designing these. :)

      Ooh, I really like the Pirate series although the first film is a "classic" in my books while the latter aren't quite as good. :)

      The Lizzie Bennet Diaries are so cute and fun. But if you like Jane Austen (and don't mind contemporary spins), be warned, you'll get addicted. ;)

      Thanks for visiting!

  4. I definitely love to use goodreads. I'm constantly updating my progress and such. I also run a book club on the site. It's so much fun!
    Gabriella M Reads
    My Armchair BEA post.

    1. Goodreads is amazing! Such a neat bookish hangout to keep up with our favorite reads, track our progress and all that jazz. Sounds like you have lots of fun with bookish things beyond your blog, Gabriella. :)

  5. I love the #BookBesties hashtag! I with this blog and the award you advise on, no wonder your GR account is behind. :)

    1. Thanks. It's always fun to chat bookish things with the amazing book bloggers of this community. :) Glad you visited.

  6. I didn't even think to include Lizzie Bennet Diaries! They were such a great adaptation (and the Emma one wasn't half bad, either).

    1. I really enjoyed both of them, Monica. Emma Approved started off rough, but it defiantly grew on me. :)


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