Happy Thingaversary in 2017!
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>1 MrsLee: Do Kindle purchases keep the enforcers at bay? OR do they demand hard copy purchases?
(I'm plotting my thingaversary shopping while I still have 9 months to get 13 books.)
Two important questions from somebody relatively new to the Thingaversary concept:
1. What happens if you didn’t know or care about such things during your first couple years of membership?
2. What makes a purchase count toward a Thingaversary? Must it be within a certain window? If any purchase counts throughout the year, then I’m pretty sure I’ve not only covered my past Thingaversaries, but several of my future ones also. :)
>5 YouKneeK: The rules, guidelines, what have you, are fairly flexible. For all their talk, the enforcers are easily distracted if you leave a plate of cheese out with perhaps a beverage to imbibe.
That being said, each member celebrates in their own way. I have used my Thingaversary to purchase missing books from my favorite authors. When one is talking about Terry Pratchett or Lois McMaster Bujold, you can see why I need an excuse to buy a lot of books.
The general consensus is one book per year of membership (this will be my eleventh in October!), and one to grow on. Hence, if you have missed a couple of years, you may be in for some purchasing, unless you prefer to stock up on cheese. Personally, I think the books should at least be chosen with intention, if not in the exact month of the celebration, otherwise most of us would probably be set until the next century. ;)
Not everyone's budget can manage that though, so at those times, some of us choose to refine/work/play in our LT library for a day, or check books out from the library, or whatever suits your taste in celebration.
>8 suitable1: Maybe she's already a secret enforcer? It isn't as if we were given a complete list of their names, you know.
>11 Taphophile13: I've never seen a list of names. Oh wait, I haven't gotten out of novice level in the pub...
I'm hitting ten years this year. I figure the best approach is to spread the celebration throughout the year. I'm hoping to go to Malice Domestic in the spring, and that always involves quite a haul. I might need a dispensation on hard-copy purchases, though, as we're preparing to downsize.
Is it possible to replace the purchase of a new book with a DNBR day? I figure if I took one day a week for the next four weeks, I could cover my Thingaversary if that were deemed acceptable by the enforcers. I feel that this might better serve my reading habit (rather than my shopping habit) while also potentially working towards the goal of having read more of Mt TBR, meaning that later in the year I could perhaps both purchase and read some real new books!
You will probably have to invite an enforcer to proctor the DNBR day for it count.
>16 suitable1: I'd have no objection to the day being proctored - I'd be happy to leave an enforcer to fend off anyone who tried to interrupt my flow. I could get cheese and wine ordered in in advance to sweeten the deal?
Most of the enforcers are pushovers for wine (or tea) plus cheese.
>17 Peace2: I was going to say that sometimes getting a DNBR day is far more difficult than buying a book!
The rest of you, do I have to use my "mommy" voice on you?
I am instructed by the feline overlords that one essential part of a DNBR day is to FEED THE CAT on demand, liberally and often.
I'm sure, to a cat, that it looks like you are doing nothing.
>20 hfglen: So, every day is a DNBR day? At least as far as the cats are concerned.
I'm thinking the proctors would help with the cats, provided there is plenty of cheese to hand.
There is a basis of a great idea there in >15 Peace2:. If one might have a serious DNBR day (that is, a day wherein the sole objective was to be in a chair with a book and whatever sustenance might be needed) and if one could prove a significant number of hours (8 hours being the general target) spent in that chair (while still allowing for the obvious need for bathroom breaks, etc.), then there is no reason why we couldn't accept a DNBR day in lieu of book purchased for purposes of celebrating one's Thingaversary.
So, there would have to be requirements for full certification:
--posting periodically to one's thread (updating followers as to what's happening in the book you are reading);
--noting interruptions and/or bio breaks (to monitor # of hours in the chair)
--perhaps a selfie posted to one's reading thread of self in chair (how else do we know it's you?)
--indication of the book being read having been on one's TBR for the greater part of a calendar year
(The assumption would be that everyone would have adequate lighting, of course. Print or digital would be equally acceptable, but how do we feel about audio. I mean, if you're knitting while sitting in the chair even if you're listening to Neil Gaiman read something, is that really having a DO NOTHING BUT READ (DNBR) day? Nothing, being the operative word there...)
Cats would have to be considered to be optional equipment, given the issue of allergies.
I'm thinking there might be some fun in this. Have I forgotten anything? I mean, if I could do five DNBR days over the course of a calendar year, and only buy six books come June when my Thingaversary comes around, that would really help whittle down the number of unread titles sitting about in boxes here.
I think one would need a fully streamed image with a the front page of the day's Times clearly visible to validate the specific day. Selfies can be staged and the periods between them could be filled with all kinds of non-reading activities.
I have tomorrow planned as a DNBR - I'm now wondering if this will be deemed acceptable given the above comments (if I'm to do nothing but read I won't have time to go and fetch the Times as that will involve doing something other than reading). Also selfies - eeek! I really really wouldn't want to break the interwebz by subjecting that on anyone! The absence of cat overlord may also be an issue (don't think the neighbours would be willing to lend me one of theirs for one day only). I do have a more than adequate supply of cheese, wine and biscuits (of the non-wheat variety I'm afraid)
The doing nothing but read part? The cheese and wine part? The pile of books already stacked by the couch? Urm, .... As mentioned in >17 Peace2: above I am willing to be proctored? I've stayed up late today getting house chores done in order to facilitate a clear day tomorrow! The white wine is chilled and if any enforcer preferred red and let me know in advance of their arrival I could open a bottle to ensure it has had chance to breathe ready for consumption.
>28 Peace2: Oh, tomorrow! You can dispense with The Times. It will have to be The Sunday Times.
Enjoy your DNBRD.
>24 jillmwo: >25 pgmcc: >26 Peace2:
A change this significant to the procedures should not be invoked lightly. This needs to be considered and voted on by the full Pub membership during the next five annual meetings. I suggest that we recommend that Peace2 tries and reports how effective a DNBR day compares to the acquisition of a new book.
I will report in, approximately hourly to note progress tomorrow for any who wish to check in (will do so on my thread). If I'm in mid-flow I may be late reporting, but I'm sure that would be understandable by all concerned (it would be wrong to interrupt progress through the good bit just to tell you I was reading after all!). I hope to assist in providing a far clearer picture of the acceptability of DNBR days in place of book acquisition.
>26 Peace2: >28 Peace2: >31 Peace2: we do not want you to worry at all about meeting all the criteria. I'm QUITE SURE the squirrel-ly, power-mad types --that is, I mean, the enforcers will recognize that this is a pilot project, an experiment. They will want to see what's manageable before changing any rules or regulations which as suitable1 notes is a long and frequently tedious process. At the moment, you're the brave explorer in the Pub and a host of admiring eyes will be on you (lots of us sitting back with popcorn to watch what happens). If the enforcers don't show up on your doorstep with flaming pitchforks and sharpened torches, demanding that you purchase more than 500 titles, then you're good to go. You might even get one of those fancy gold plaques in recognition with your name and the title of the books you read during the DNBR Day. Those get hung up in the pub (back in the back, right next to the Roomba closet).
>32 jillmwo: If the experiment is deemed unsuccessful or unacceptable by the enforcers, then I do still have three days in which to acquire books... or in others words, please enforcers don't make me buy more than 500 titles, the house will collapse.
Wow! A plaque huh? I shall persevere determinedly with the project!
I confess that January 15th is my 10th Thingaversary. Can hardly believe it! This is getting costly!
Same here on November 20th. I probably will spread the "celebration" throughout the year - choosing books which have been on my to-read list for the longest time?
>37 majkia: No, I didn't say that. *Your* thingaversary isn't ten months away like h-mb. Yours is only four days away. You need to buy at a minimum two or three books on every single one of those days if you don't want to get hit with fines. My heavens, have you not reviewed the terms of service? Hop to it! Let's see some hustle now.
(I can be smugly indifferent to your plight, you see. After all, my Thingaversary is six months off.)
Yeah, throughout the year is good. (Also able to be smug. Mine is 9 months away)
Two days till my 11th. Will the acquisition of 58 books last year qualify for the thingaversary requirement?
>40 AHS-Wolfy: Apparently not. I had no idea being a Dragoneer was so exacting!
>41 majkia: How about if I plead extenuating circumstances in that I've only finished reading 1 book in the last two months and my tbr shelves are already groaning suspiciously? Woe is me!
>42 AHS-Wolfy: Trust me - nothing seems to work on the enforcers...
Just for the record - I have acquired the necessary books for my Thingaversary this year and will be keeping a low profile while I try and read some books!
I've been lurking more than posting, but I have come out from behind my TBR mountain range to say that today is my 10th Thingaversary.
I've acquired more than the required number of books in the past week, but I just cannot stop. So the celebration will continue this week!!
And I hope that I can avoid the inevitable avalanche of Mt. TBR by increasing my reading consumption. (if possible.)
>44 skittles: Happy Thingaversary. Hope you enjoy your acquisitions - are you going to tell us what any of them are?
>44 skittles: Hurray! Congratulations!
I'm pretty sure the rules require sharing titles with us of acquired books, don't they?
>47 MrsLee: I think that the enforcers even require proof of purchase documents.
>44 skittles: Congrats! The 10th is a big one requiring much hoopla and perhaps a few shenanigans. :o)
A lack of purchase receipts may be forgiven if you're willing to share the titles you purchased and/or borrowed from your local library. Of course, you do still have to read and REVIEW them. How else will we know if they were good?
OK, but I'm not great at reviews:
Easy to make organizers by Jeanne Stauffer (it looks good!)(used)
The Rule of Benedict by Joan Chittister (again, used)
Revenge in a cold river by Anne Perry
She walks in beauty: A woman's journey through poems compiled by Caroline Kennedy
Christian Theology: an introduction by Alister McGrath ( a rather thick book )
The Edge by Dick Francis (ebook on sale - have a paper copy)
Fun with Origami from Dover publications
Easy Origami from Dover publications
Best Organizing Solutions from Family Handyman Magazine
and my bonus book:
Yuge by Garry Trudeau
Does this meet with the group's approval?
Now I've got to try to move my mountain....
Wish the enforcers would stop coming around my house. They're eating me out of cheese...
>51 skittles: Stamped and approved! Not stamped on the books of course. Unless you want to. With the LT stamp, I mean.
Yesterday was my eleventh Thingaversary. A quick count followed by adjustments for e-texts, shows that I have acquired and added to my catalogue 45.0825 books this year and that I would suggest that covers my Thingaversary dues. I even have some books acquired this year that have not made it onto my register.
>58 suitable1: By the time she gets through with her planning and such, I'll be deep in to mine! :)
>59 gilroy: Her son's wedding is this weekend. We'll need to give her at least a week to recover.
>61 Darth-Heather: Sometime in 2018. Didn't realize her son's was so soon. :)
Just commemorated my 9th Thingaversary. I should have found this thread sooner, so I could have spread my books through the year. :0/
Next year will be my 10th. I really think LT should award us a bookshelf to mark the date - because I'm almost out of space. And, for some reason, my husband refuses to sacrifice his bookshelves to my cause.
>64 humouress: Congrats! My husband has been digging into thrift and second hand stores looking for a small bookcase for us. We just discovered a little space behind my chair where one would fit. You know, one like used to come with encyclopedia sets. The hunt is on!
Well, this is fortuitous that someone else resurrected this thread. I was reading through it and began to wonder when I had started my membership here. After some perusing of my profile page, it would appear that Today is the Day of my 1 Year anniversary.
Doesn't seem like it's been a year though...
On another thread (http://www.librarything.com/topic/268354) LT staffer lorannen announced that LT itself celebrated its 12th Thingaversary on 29 August.
I wonder what the enforcers will have to say about that!
>73 Cynfelyn: It might be something like *Next round is on the house!*. There may or may not be much ringing of very large cow bells.
Does that mean they send us all a Thingaversary book?
I'm just being greedy. Happy Thingaversary, LibraryThing!
My thingaversary is tomorrow, but I fear I'll need to delay my actual celebration a bit. Something about a big party in April taking much of my spare book money. And spare time for reading...
>77 gilroy: Mitigating circumstances will be taken into account. As long as every member of the Green Dragon receives a wedding invitation a lenient approach may result.
All the very best with the preparations.
>78 pgmcc: I'm having a there in spirit table, since the venue is relatively small (due to too many relatives.)
>79 gilroy: Put my name on that table! I'm one who wishes couples all the blessings life has to offer, and find weddings lovely events, but would rather not attend in person, due to the pesky expectations of socializing. :P Love to look at the photos though.
>79 gilroy: A table of spirits will be fine as long as it has plenty of Irish whiskey.
>79 gilroy: I'd love to have a virtual seat at the table, especially if spirits are involved.
My 10th thingaversary is coming up in October, and I have already started my purchases.
My 12th Thingaversary is tomorrow (Oct. 3rd). I acquired a few new-to-me books while visiting my mother, but I have a ways to go.
>83 tardis: Happy Thingaversary. I hope you enjoy reading all your new acquisitions.
>83 tardis: Congrats! I hope you find lots of great books to celebrate with.
>83 tardis: I'm starting a new "Books Acquired" thread, share with us! :)
Yay! Today is my 11th Thingaversary!
Anyone want some virtual cake? 🎂 Tea, wine, whatever?
>88 Ennas: Congratulations! Mmm, that cake looks good! Hope you find some ways to celebrate in the real world too!
>88 Ennas: Happy Thingaversary!
My eleventh is tomorrow, we are almost twins!
LOL, had to post this due to the suggestiveness, but perhaps the cake would be better left as a virtual one!
Great cake. Happy Thingaversary!
Have a great Green Dragon Thingaversary.
> Haha! I have never seen pink peas before. They/we look a little too cute to eat. 🐊🐉
Congrats to my almost-twin!
I received a 10%-off email from BookDepository on my thingaversary. Good timing! 🤗
Happy Thingaversary to you, MrsLee! I hope you celebrate in style and tell us of any additions to your library. That cake is awesome!
>97 Sakerfalcon: I was not exactly intending to purchase many new books, but somehow they keep trickling in. All confessions are recorded in the New Books to You thread. :)
I'm very much looking forward to finding a block of time and reading destiny' conflict which will be quite a treat.
Where does time go!
Congratulations! Hope you enjoy the day and get the reading time you wish for.
>100 reading_fox: Happy Thingaversary! May your reading time wishes come true.
>100 reading_fox: Happy thingaversary, readingfox! And the 100th post here in this thingaversary thread as well. :-)
What do you (all of you, not just fox) do on your thingaversary? Buy a lot of books? Anything else?
>104 Ennas: What else is there?
Oh! We might read some books.
>104 Ennas: Depends on the budget. Some of us dedicate a Do Nothing But Read Day to our Thingaversary to celebrate, others work on their catalog here in LT, either adding books, editing their entries, working over their tags, fixing covers, etc.
Some of us count the books purchased over the last few months towards our total.
I have been known to use the excuse to purchase a whole series (or part of a series) of new favorite authors I've found here.
And there's always the relationship with the enforcers to consider.
Today is my ten-year thingaversary! Thanks tardis, for getting me started. I've been acquiring thingaversary books for a while, but not sure if I've get enough yet. (Is it possible to get enough books?)
And I just checked, and I have a new badge, the tenner - thanks Tim!
>105 pgmcc: Haha! :-D Good question!
I was just worrried I didn't buy enough books for my thingaversary. That would be a disaster, of course! I'll buy a few more, just in case.
Went through my 12th last week without remembering. I can't believe I've been here so long even if I haven't been very active here recently. I'm still reading a lot although more magazines than books recently to my shame
No shame, Barry! Glad to see you again, even if it's only a drive-by. Love that you are still here after 12 years!
An ottoman is a wonderful piece of furniture that is at risk of being forgotten by the younger generation I fear. It and the tallboy are travelling companions on the road to obscurity. Long live the ottoman and tallboy empire.
>115 Ennas: >116 pgmcc: My life-long reading of science-fiction has led me to understand that the ottoman would someday be replaced by the automan (robots). Thus far, that has not transpired in the way imagined by Asimov and his contemporaries. I also would like to know what happened to the personal jet-car I was promised when I was young...?
In the meanwhile, my ottoman does get plenty of use... ;)
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