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Edited: Dec 21, 2009, 1:22pm Top

Over on the Do Nothing but Read Day thread, SqueakyChu suggested we have an international LibraryThing readathon. Her comment was partially born out of the admittance on many peoples' part that it's really hard to do *nothing* but read all day.

We could all sign up for 1/2 hour slots and post the title/author of the book we intend to read. If I only had to commit to 30 minutes on one particular day, I could do it! ... we could get on a thread and talk about what we are going to read and, after doing our 30 minute reading slot, come back and talk about what we read.

1. When's the best time to do this? Winter? Soon?
2. Is there a larger phenomenon or idea we could tie this in to?
3. How many members/hours do you think we could read continuously for? Considering the sun never sets on LibraryThing, it should be easy to keep this going for ... days? Weeks? A whole month?
4. I keep thinking of this like it's BookIt and perhaps everyone could be rewarded with a new feature at the end of it :P

What else?

Dec 21, 2009, 1:10pm Top

Oooh, new feature rewards! I'm definitely interested.

Dec 21, 2009, 1:18pm Top

Marking the thread. I'll be keeping an eye on this to see what everyone decides. Sounds interesting.

Dec 21, 2009, 1:20pm Top

oooh, count me in!

1. Soon is good, but doesn't really matter what time of year. One reader's winter is another's summer, after all.
2. Don't know. Can do some checking.
3. Forever? I think a week, minimum.
4. Rewards are good :)

Edited: Dec 21, 2009, 1:36pm Top

I'm definitely in since I thought of it. :)

1. Whenever - The time chosen will always be good for some people, bad for others.

2. I'll have to think about this. Definitely you'd want to avoid a day majorly sharing things to do with books because people might be tied up with other activities. For example, I'm volunteering to chair a Bookcrossing table at a book festival on The Day of the Book (and the Rose) in April.

3. Start by doing a minimum of 24 hours to see how successful it is. You can always expand it later. You'll need to decide if more than one person (I favor this) can reserve a time slot or not. You should have a sheet (a wiki?) where people can sign up and also check off that they have fulfilled their obligation when done. One person missing a time slot (if only one person has signed up for a particular slot) will mean that the 24 hour readathon failed.

4. I love rewards! Do we get to choose the feature? ;)

Dec 21, 2009, 1:26pm Top

This reminds me of those prayer vigils, or those sponsored marathons where you're running a mile a two so someone will donate.

Who's sponsoring this event? Who's carrying the water? Where's the money going? Do I get a tee shirt?

Dec 21, 2009, 1:29pm Top

It would be *really* fun and cool to have someone design a tee shirt to go with this event.

Dec 21, 2009, 1:31pm Top

>1 sonyagreen:.

1. Once a season? Winter starts TODAY!
2. We could have "The Official LT Book Club;" It could overtake Oprah's in about 5 years.
3. I do 0.5-1 hour a day normally, but never at a consistent time of day, and not always with the same book (I read on average 4 books at a time).
4. Do we have to write a report on it? Or is that just to get the personal pan pizza? (I'm so mad I can't do Book It! anymore!)

Dec 21, 2009, 1:47pm Top

1. It should span at least one entire weekend, preferably without any major national or religious holidays nearby. But squeakychu's right - no matter when you choose, it'll be good for some and bad for others.

2. The only other major readathon I know about is the one started by Dewey and held in April and October: http://24hourreadathon.com/

3. For the first time I'd say 3-5 days max. That way you don't have to worry about overestimating the participation and end up with loads of unfilled time slots. You also might want to consider allowing people sign up for multiple slots, provided they read something different for each one.

4. Rewards are always nice. If not a feature, then perhaps books.

Dec 21, 2009, 1:51pm Top

1. As long as it spans in some working days... - I am usually offline most weekends

2. Why should we? If we do it long enough, it might turn into a phenomenon on its own.

3. 24 hours or a week as a start?

Dec 21, 2009, 2:33pm Top

Definitely in!
And agree with the other comments so far as regards the four questions (of the apocalypse).

I really like >8 aethercowboy:'s suggestion about once per season. That way if we miss one, we can plan for the next (says the muppet who only discovered the DNBR thread two days two late).

Dec 21, 2009, 2:45pm Top

I love the idea of member reading tag - it could potentially go on forever ;-) But just imagine if you're the one who goes to sleep by mistake and breaks the chain ...

Dec 21, 2009, 2:49pm Top

>12 klarusu: So let's make the rule that we should have at least two people reading at the same time? ;) This will ensure that we have at least one reader even if one falls asleep

Dec 21, 2009, 3:14pm Top

Count me in - and I like the idea of two people reading at the same time, perhaps we could have two groups, one changing over on the hour and one on the half hour?

Dec 21, 2009, 3:18pm Top

I think the tee shirt design should be something really cutesy and I know lorax will agree. yeahhhhh

Ponies! Purple ponies in the grass reading bright blue books all done in a cartoony design with yellow smilies and pink flowers. It's a MARE-a-thon!!

Edited: Dec 21, 2009, 5:33pm Top

This could be fun.

I would like to see a map of the world LT Empire, ploting reading times against locations, I think it would be interesting to observe the pattern of activity as the sun continuously rises on Tim's Empire.

Edited: Dec 21, 2009, 6:34pm Top

I would like to see a map of the world LT Empire, ploting reading times against locations, I think it would be interesting to observe the pattern of activity as the sun continuously rises on Tim's Empire.

Me like! And some sort of badge (like the helper badges) for those who soldier through on behalf of our feudal lord?

(edited because I can't spell.)

Dec 21, 2009, 8:22pm Top

Lots of good ideas. Starting small (a beta event?) is good, because we can always scale it up.

If we did 24 hours, we could surely have multiple people in every time block (at least two, for redundancy, is great). Two minimum, and infinite maximum.

A hottt map of the readers, awesome. I haven't experimented with Google Maps or the like, but I assume we can do something where we can present the locations in order of reading (multiple readers per time slot). Anyone want to play with that?

I like the cycle of every season. We just missed the winter solstice, but perhaps we could whip something up for January, and call it Winter.

Since it's beta, we don't have to worry about feeding the world. Perhaps in a nod to Book It (for those of us Americans between the ages of what – 13-35?) there could be pizza eating involved as well. ONLY if you read your 30 minutes do you get to order pizza :)

Someone want to start a wiki page on the LT wiki, with 24 hours (give us whatever time zone we're going to work in) broken down into 30 minute segments? I created a new section called Events. (Someone'll have to add DNBRD and others later.)

We can argue about the appropriate 24 hours as the next step. Again, given the freedom of 'beta', if not everyone can participate this time, we'll keep it in mind for next season.

Teeshirts? Yes. Start coming up with designs, and we can use a mini-poll (Tim's new mini-feature) to vote on the winner. We'll put them in Cafe Press.

I can't promise anything about a badge for winter, but perhaps for spring.

Whew! What else? Just setting up a wiki, and debating a date?

Edited: Dec 21, 2009, 10:37pm Top

WikiThing page set up at this address. Be Bold!

Edit: Would somebody please double check the timezone differences that I've used? Thanks

Edit 2: Wait, what? 30 minute segments! Damn!

Dec 21, 2009, 10:38pm Top

You are all so awesome!

Thanks for your work on the wiki, Jim. I'm so excited you liked my idea, Sonya. I'm sure glad I live in LT time. Otherwise I might get confused. :)

I can't wait to find out when you plan to run the marathon and how you're going to set it up. I'll be happy to help with what I can. Even to read a bit rather than play around online.

Dec 22, 2009, 1:57am Top

this sounds WONDERFUL! my only question is, how are we going to monitor if people actually read? i mean, are we on the honor system or should be have some sort of "clock in, clock out" kind of thing? (that's hugely technical and near impossible, right?)

Edited: Dec 22, 2009, 2:10am Top

No, no! Tim is going to buy Sonya a round-the-world airline ticket with unlimited stops and she is going to hop from timezone to timezone and check on everybody.

Come to think of it, it would be easier if someone would just invent the transfer booths from Ringworld. Actually, that makes me think, Louis Wu at the start of the aforementioned Ringworld went 'the wrong way'* around the world to get more value out of his 200th(?) birthday. Perhaps we should organise the readathon that way?

*which actually was the wrong way, because the great Niven got the rotation of the earth wrong in the first edition, which is now worth serious money!

Dec 22, 2009, 2:55am Top

I like the idea in 14 of having hour-long slots, but two separate lists changing at the different half-hours. Alternately we could try to be on-line, and with a special 'pass on the baton' thread. However, my ISP is very unreliable, and would probably chose my slot as the time to not work properly. (Our phone from the same provider usually works - except when I have an important call coming in.)

Dec 22, 2009, 3:02am Top

I can change* the table on the WikiPage to reflect that, I think. Is that the way to go?

*Not right away though, going for a photowalk shortly.

Dec 22, 2009, 6:06am Top

Brilliant, jj! So what do we do now? I tried to add my name but, although Wiki will allow me to edit your comments, it won't let me edit within the chart. Is it me? Or have you put some kind of block on for people called Booksloth? Do we have a date yet? BTW I LOVE that map idea! Sorry I'm just sitting back right now and letting others do the work - yapping on LT is the full extent of my computer knowledge.

Dec 22, 2009, 6:22am Top

Booksloth, click the 'edit' next to 'Timeline' not the one next to 'notes'.

I've given you Midnight to half past just as an example. :O

Dec 22, 2009, 6:37am Top

Thank you! Off to try that now!

Dec 22, 2009, 6:46am Top

Yay! Done it! Thank goodness the challenge only involves reading books - that I can handle - just don't ask me to enter them on a spreadsheet. Of course, it's just possible that the date might turn out to be an impossible one but I've picked a time that would have to be a most extraordinary day if I weren't able, with a bit of pre-planning, to fit in an hour's reading.

Dec 22, 2009, 6:49am Top

It's just crossed my mind that it might be nice to use this as some way of raising money for charity. What do others think? Of course, we could each, if we wanted to, ask for individual sponsorship then donate to any charity of our choice but I just wondered if there was a more organised way of doing it. Or does that make it too much of a chore?

Dec 22, 2009, 6:57am Top

>29 Booksloth: Why don't we just do it once to see that we can before tying it to charities and so on? I am not against charities, do not get me wrong - but why should everything be connected to money?

Dec 22, 2009, 6:59am Top

The very concept that somebody would pay me to read makes me weak at the knees. If they would pay somebody else for me to read... almost as good.

ps don't all go crazy about picking slots in the table on the WikiPage, it is only for demonstration purposes at the moment.

Edited: Dec 22, 2009, 7:03am Top

See, told you I didn't have a clue what I was doing! Thanks for making that clear.

ETA - I meant, thanks for making it clear that this isn't the real thing yet. Not thanks for making it clear that I don't know what I'm doing - I can make that clear myself ;-)

Dec 22, 2009, 7:48am Top

You need to make sure to give instructions on how to edit the wiki. The only reason I was able to figure it out is because I'm a geek.

Edited: Dec 22, 2009, 8:45am Top

For those technically challenged, I recommend this time converter. Just put the date and GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) in the top slot and your time zone in the bottom slot. Then press "convert time".

Jim, for simplicity's sake, I'd suggest just using start times on the chart's far left column (rather than start and end times). I would make the left side of the chart increasing half hour increments (rather than hour increments) and make one column on the far right for the list of participants (*all* readers for that time slot - suggesting at least two for each time slot, but more are invited). Multiple readers can be entered in each of those columns by using the break symbol to form a nice column of readers. People, hopefully, will sign up for the empty slots or those that just have one or two other readers.

Maybe another column can be added with sign in/out times for verification? (Example SqueakyChu: 1200-1238GMT) All sign in/out times should be converted to GMT, again for simplicity's sake.

Jost tossing out a few ideas. You can take them or leave them. :)

Dec 22, 2009, 8:55am Top

I like http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ for a quick glance of time in a given place at the moment

Dec 22, 2009, 2:20pm Top

Okay, sorry I signed up before I read all the posts, 'cause I got all excited about this idea. This is wonderful!

So, yeah, I'm in, whenever we decide to do it, however we decide to do it. Sounds great!

Dec 22, 2009, 2:37pm Top

So are we still in fiddle mode, or are we meant to be putting ourselves down for real slots yet? And have we set a date?(She says impatiently, staring at Mt TBR and lacing up her climbing shoes …)

Dec 22, 2009, 6:16pm Top

Love this idea. There are other groups that do read-a-thons too.
1. I think we should do one in Jan or Feb after the holiday season has worn off. If it goes really well you can consider doing it more often yearlyl
3. I would like to try for the whole 24hours for myself, but having people sign up for slots is fine too.
4.Prizes are always good, but there definitely has to be a T-shirt. Have you considered having someone (or someones) donate prizes, ie books?

Dec 22, 2009, 7:39pm Top

No - c'mon people, jump on the date! When in early January would you like to do this? Perhaps the first few people could suggest a date based on something logical like "it's a Saturday", or "it's not a book festival day".

Again, since this is our beta run, I know not everyone's going to be available on the date. So, let's just get a date that a buncha people can do.

One upside to this over DNBRD is that I could spend my hour on the train, or in a coffee shop downtown.

>23 MarthaJeanne: I think the honor system is the way to go on this, with the redundancy of two people reading at all times (theoretically). I'm sure things will come up for people, and even come up during the same time, but the point is we try, dammit.

Edited: Dec 22, 2009, 8:02pm Top

>39 sonyagreen: OK, I've looked at my January calendar, and I nominate Saturday the 23rd. I know it's not "early January", but it's the one weekend day I have nothing scheduled.

That's not to say that if it turns out be another day I couldn't participate, since we are just talking about 1 hour, but the 23rd's my first choice.

Edited to add a question: Are we all meant to be reading the same book, like the All Johnson County Reads project we have where I live, or is it free form? I'm fine either way!

Dec 22, 2009, 10:39pm Top

It's got to be freeform doesn't it? 'Cause there's bound to be someone who can't get the book or who doesn't like the choice etc... Read what you've got on hand I reckon.

Dec 22, 2009, 11:00pm Top

Thinking about this a bit...

The way I envisioned it is that each person reads a book of choice. On the thread(s) that will go along with this Read-a-Thon, perhaps we could each give some "snippets" of the book we are about to read or have just read.

Alternatively, perhaps we could list our books ahead of time so that maybe several of us could be reading the same book that day (which might bring up the problem of spoilers, though).

If this free-for-all Read-A-Thon works out, perhaps each quarter (or month or year), a different genre could be picked or we could read the same author or a book with the same setting (which might be really fun as this will be an international "thing").

Then there's the question if a person would be able to do more than one slot? Suppose I want to read for 1 and a half hours instead of half an hour. Would that be permitted?

Suppose some of us want to meet for coffee (locally of course, no international travel foreseen) and read together? Anyone up for this? If so, where? The place(s) definitely need wi-fi of course.

Dec 22, 2009, 11:17pm Top

Ooh, this sounds like fun, count me in! I'll second Jan. 23, it's a Saturday and far enough after the holidays that things should be fairly settled...

If folks wanted to meet, might there be a way of connecting it with some of the local venues - bookstores or libraries that are within a certain radius or what have you?

Dec 22, 2009, 11:31pm Top

I'd be leery of bringing my own book into a bookstore or a library. I think a comfortable coffee shop would be much better.

Dec 22, 2009, 11:34pm Top

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You also might want to consider allowing people sign up for multiple slots, provided they read something different for each one.

Why do they have to read a different book for each different slot?

Dec 22, 2009, 11:40pm Top

>44 SqueakyChu: oh right, I guess that would be a bit strange to bring one's own book to a bookstore (though I've brought my own into the library before)...you know it's time for me to go to bed when my fingers are faster than my brain. :-)

Edited: Dec 22, 2009, 11:42pm Top

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...unless you want to buy (or borrow) a book to read! :)

Dec 22, 2009, 11:48pm Top

>42 SqueakyChu: I like the idea of everyone posting a bit of description or snippets of what they are reading. Sometimes when a thread's just a big long list of titles it all blends together. But it will be so interesting to see what everyone chooses!

And I like the idea of thinking about genres or themes or what have you for future Read-A-Thons. How fun if this turns out to be a new LT tradition.

I think people should absolutely be allowed to sign up for more than one slot. After all, we are not limiting it to one person for each slot, so there's no question of someone with multiple slots taking a chance to participate away from anyone else.

Edited: Dec 23, 2009, 12:36am Top

Here's another idea you might want to play with:

It also might be fun to try to do teams. Find other people who will do the same time as you and give your "team" a name (e.g. the High Fives, the Seven Ups, the Midnight Riders). Get online at the same time even if you are from half-way around the world, talk about what you're going to read, sign off-line to read, come back and tell your team members what you read. Give some recommendations to your fellow team members.

Dec 23, 2009, 1:40am Top

Bringing your own book to a bookshop would be no problem if the bookseller is aware of the project. Few booksellers would resist participating in an opportunity to ride on the back of something like this that they can use in PR to raise their profile.

And 23 January works well for me.

Dec 23, 2009, 5:39am Top

Most any day would work for me since we can sign up for any time slot. This would especially be true if it's going to be freeform.

Dec 23, 2009, 5:41am Top

Ditto - I'm pretty flexible so will happily leave the choice of day to those who are less so.

Dec 23, 2009, 7:57am Top

I'm open to any day.

Dec 23, 2009, 12:50pm Top

The 25th works for me. It's the weekend after the American Library Association midwinter meeting, so we won't have to worry about missing librarians. Unless anyone comes up with a good reason not to, let's go with the 23rd!

I'm making some notes, both for what we want to do for the beta event, as well as the future:
=Beta event=
*24 hours
**two readers at all times
**half hour slots
*Talk thread
**people list (touchstone) book they're reading
**mention what they read (like a mini review or synopsis)
*tag books
*local meetup
**coffee shops and bookstores (coffee shops won't be on Local)

=Future events=
*pick a genre
*local meetup
**get bookstores involved

Dec 23, 2009, 1:02pm Top

Hm.... Saturday might be doable - in the early morning US time. Depending on the weather, I might stay even longer but usually Saturday is travel day.

(All this in case I am not a business travel in which case Saturday is usually "Fly back home" day and the reading is at airports and planes)

Dec 23, 2009, 1:51pm Top

The 23rd looks doable for me too. Maybe keep a Santa Thing book back for the readathon … (will power is easy: won't power is what I lack!)

Dec 23, 2009, 7:51pm Top

Sonya, you should probably do some fun/silly awards for afterward. Just make them up, keep them secret, and announce them when the readathon is over. This would be good for a few laughs.

I'm trying to think of the best way to make this readathon interactive. Keeping it very interactive will make probably make it the most fun. Any ideas for this?

Dec 23, 2009, 7:53pm Top

Maybe do it like a tag team? The person signing on has to touch base with the person signing off? How can we do that?

Dec 23, 2009, 8:04pm Top

This is such a great idea! I would prefer a weekday but can do a weekend day if that's what the majority rules.

Dec 23, 2009, 8:08pm Top

>58 SqueakyChu: - comments in the profile or posts in a thread?

Dec 23, 2009, 8:10pm Top

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Definitely *in a thread* so everyone who's interested in the readathon can follow along and participate in the excitement.

Dec 23, 2009, 8:11pm Top

Posts in a specific thread, just for that purpose would be entertaining, I think. Everyone could read them.

Dec 23, 2009, 8:12pm Top

LOL Great minds!

Dec 23, 2009, 8:21pm Top

Love the tag team idea!

Edited: Dec 23, 2009, 8:23pm Top

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*hears an echo*


Edited: Dec 25, 2009, 10:44am Top

Another idea...

Have someone take your picture reading and post the picture to the thread after you've done your reading slot. This is optional, of course!

Also, *no peeking* online during your slotted reading time!

Dec 25, 2009, 10:29am Top

Sounds great, Madeline! I frequently read a book in one sitting, so no problem for me. I'll happily devote a Saturday in Seattle to reading in bed--as long as it can include eating too?

Dec 25, 2009, 10:39am Top

I'd suggest something with no crumbs, though. :)

Edited: Dec 25, 2009, 10:43am Top

Idea (again):

You know what might be fun if we could plan this ahead? That would be if all who participate in this Readathon (I keep typing "ReadaThing"!) read either a book set in their own local read or by an author local to their area.

Whatcha think, Sonya? Since you might be plotting where we are located geographically, you'll also be plotting something very real about our reads. We'd just need some "heads up" time to find an appropriate book.

Dec 25, 2009, 2:32pm Top

>69 SqueakyChu: Ooh, I like! And I already know what book I'll read ...

Dec 25, 2009, 3:12pm Top

>69 SqueakyChu:
Well, I just gave up after several weeks of trying to read a local author William Styron and Sophie's Choice. So, I may not be able to participate in this idea. But, I am still on for Readathing/Readathon.

Dec 25, 2009, 5:07pm Top

ReadaThing! I like it.

Edited: Dec 25, 2009, 5:17pm Top

Now I'll probably start typing ReadaThong! :)

ETA: This is the prize. Ha!

Dec 25, 2009, 5:56pm Top

Oh, my very word! Oh, my ears and whiskers! Oh me, oh my.

How many of them have they sold? Will anyone here own up to buying one?

Deary, deary, me. LibraryThing and underwear go together in my mind like bacon and Arcturian candied jellyfish.

Edited: Dec 26, 2009, 10:04am Top

>73 SqueakyChu: That's awesome. I might type Readathong too. I would LOVE to know how many people buy that item.

Dec 26, 2009, 9:35am Top

According to Amazon, "people who bought LibraryThing Thong also bought bacon and Arcturian candied jellyfish".

Dec 26, 2009, 9:44am Top


Dec 27, 2009, 2:34pm Top

Okay! The 23rd works for me. You've all got such great ideas, I'm reading this, laughing and now I can't wait for the 23rd! :-D

Dec 27, 2009, 3:29pm Top

Deary, deary, me. LibraryThing and underwear go together in my mind like bacon and Arcturian candied jellyfish.

jim, does this mean you advocate underwearless LTing? are you currently leading the commando arm of LT?

Dec 27, 2009, 4:18pm Top

Shhh! Don't tell anyone but I've ordered a dozen LT ReaderThongs in mixed colours!

Dec 27, 2009, 4:48pm Top

This sounds like fun; I had to pass on the December event, but January 23rd sounds entirely feasible. Sign me up (although please make the actual wearing Librarythongs optional; can't fathom current passion for such a garment.)

Jan 8, 2010, 9:37pm Top

So is this "thon" on?

Jan 8, 2010, 9:58pm Top

January 23rd works for me!!!

Suggestions for future Read-a-things


Past times (fiction or non-fiction)

Future times (again, fiction or non-fiction)

Seasonal books, gardening, cooking, outdoors, (again, fiction or non-fiction)

kiddie lit (Fic or NF) perhaps reading aloud?

Jan 12, 2010, 3:20pm Top

It's ON.

I'm waiting until after this weekend to post about it on the blog, because we're all focused on the Midwinter meeting of the American Library Association.

But it's on! It's on! Sign up for times now:

I don't care if we fill up and add a third column for backup readers or not.

Jan 12, 2010, 3:21pm Top

I was also just talking to ablachly, and came up with another theme: reading to a child. We could do 15 minute increments :) but it would pair nicely with a children's literacy day.

Jan 12, 2010, 3:48pm Top

I tested entering a time slot when I posted #83, so I'm going to keep 7am to 8am EST. I'll see what is on my bedside table & shelves & choose something the night before.

Jan 12, 2010, 4:02pm Top

People need step by step instructions on how to edit the wiki to add their names. It took me, computer savvy as I am, 10 - 15 minutes to figure it out. It will be off-putting for people if they can't easily add their name.

Jan 12, 2010, 4:08pm Top

Having to edit a wiki to participate just doesn't seem welcoming, regardless of how difficult or easy it might be.

Edited: Jan 12, 2010, 4:49pm Top

What I did was to open up the edit by clicking EDIT which is to the far right of the word "TIMELINE".

Then I copied someone else's link for their time choice. Here is mine:

http: //www. librarything. com/profile/skittles_skittles

(remove all spaces & remove the line & put a space between the two user names.)

Highlight the word NAME after the time slot you are choosing.

Then paste in the above but substitute your user name for my username.

Click SHOW PREVIEW then when you have it the way that you want SAVE PAGE.

If I see that I suddenly have lots of time slots in my name.......

Jan 12, 2010, 4:49pm Top

I'm all signed up and ready to read!

Jan 12, 2010, 5:01pm Top

Me too. Ready to go.

Jan 12, 2010, 5:01pm Top


Edited: Jan 12, 2010, 5:32pm Top

All signed in (I hope). Can someone let me know if it's right? I signed up for 8 pm EST

Edited because I can't tell time.

Jan 12, 2010, 5:38pm Top

>93 cal8769: I tweaked your code a little, but you're good to go! Notice that you signed up for 8 p.m. the previous day (since the day is starting at midnight Greenwich Mean Time) so crack that book open at 7:59 Friday night!

If you want to change your time slot, just copy and paste your code between the square brackets, and you'll be all set.

Edited: Jan 12, 2010, 5:53pm Top

OK, I'm signed up for the first slot - 1900 EST, which will be 1600 Friday night for me (PST - West Coast US).

We've got a slight disconnect somewhere. The slots are for 1 hour each, and we're supposed to have two readers? Or the slots are for half an hour and two people are supposed to put their names in each section? The table is labeled with 1st Half Hour and 2nd Half Hour, but people (Skittles, for one) are saying they're taking an hour slot...

I suspect I'll read for at least an hour, so I'm perfectly happy to sign up for both slots if we're doing it that way. It's just not clear how it works.

If two names go in a section, just put a comma and your code [http://www.librarything.com/profile/username username] and it shows up perfectly.

Edited: Jan 12, 2010, 6:03pm Top

>95 jjmcgaffey:. I took it that each slot was for half hour, so for example you are signed up for 1900-1930 EST Friday night and whoever signs up next to you is reading from 1930-2000. But it would be good to clarify.

Edited to put the time back in international format for whatever clarity I can muster.

Jan 12, 2010, 6:25pm Top

I thought it was for an hour, but we were staggering the start times (so no gaps at the top of the hour.) and that we had at least two people reading.. in case one stopped or fell asleep or something.

but I can always be wrong!!

and have been wrong... once or twice... times a million!!

Jan 12, 2010, 6:46pm Top

Doh! And now I find that I will be AFK on 23 January. Sigh!

Jan 12, 2010, 7:00pm Top

Did anybody think to empty the grid before going live? It doesn't look like it. Also, somebody who is more involved in the 'actuality' of this event needs to put some 'for real' text into the wikipage.

If you want overlapping, staggered start time periods then I can probably code that for you. Or someone else can; it's a Wiki - be bold!

Jan 12, 2010, 8:21pm Top

Well, I added my name to the wiki, but clearly didn't do it right because it's displaying the URL for my profile page rather than just showing my user name. AAARRRGGHH

Jan 12, 2010, 8:31pm Top

I fixed it for you, jillmwo. You simply forgot to add your name in the brackets after you entered the URL.

Jan 12, 2010, 8:38pm Top

Thank you!

Jan 12, 2010, 8:44pm Top

Jan 12, 2010, 10:40pm Top

97> That makes sense, and I hadn't thought of it. So the person in Column 1 Slot 1 (me) reads from 1900 to 2000; the person in Column 2 Slot 1 reads from 1930 to 2030...that sounds good, though if justjim can think of a way of easily representing that it would be great.

99> Yeah, no, some of that is old data. Nine people signed up today: (or at least, they edited today)
klarusu (including klarusujunior?)

Eight people haven't edited since 12/22:

Booksloth, Morphidae, and (I think) justjim (since you commented about emptying the grid) have checked and approved their times. If the other five comment here and/or modify their times, then the timeslots are all correct.

I put in the date. I don't know what else should go in the 'real stuff' slot...

Jan 12, 2010, 10:46pm Top

I'm happy keeping my time of 10 a.m. ESTUSA (I'll read while eating my breakfast). Sounds good to me. And I'll probably be reading for more than the 1/2 hour anyways, easy.

Edited: Jan 12, 2010, 11:13pm Top

I changed the two names column headers to "Minute 00 to 59" and "Minute 30 to next hour 30". Clearest that I could think of. Comments appreciated.

Jan 12, 2010, 11:47pm Top

I'll definitely do this!
I might hold off on signing up until the wiki is set.
Thanks for organizing, guys (gals, etc.)!

Jan 13, 2010, 12:03am Top

I thought the reading segments were going to be one half hour each. When did they turn into one-hour segments?

Jan 13, 2010, 12:26am Top

Yay, it worked, I'm signed up!

Jan 13, 2010, 2:10am Top

Squeaky, I'm confused. I thought we wanted hour long sessions overlapping by half an hour? I can put it back.

Jan 13, 2010, 4:35am Top

I've signed myself up and also mini-me ... OK, so I'll probably be doing the actual reading for her but she's pretty good at reciting from memory ... and she calls it 'reading'. Thought I could maximise that hour before bedtime when 'just one more book ... just a tiny one' gets repeated ad infinitum ;-)

Jan 13, 2010, 5:06am Top

I've just signed up too, evening slot for me as I have a day school that day so won't be able to sit down for an hour until the evening...

Jan 13, 2010, 8:20am Top

--> 110

I don't know the answer. I'm confused as well.

Sonya, how long did you want each person's reading session to last?

Jan 13, 2010, 8:31am Top

Does anybody know the syntax for the LT polls? I feel the need.

Edited: Jan 13, 2010, 8:57am Top

Do this:

{vote}your question{/vote}

but use pointed brackets.

ETA: I've been having fun with them in another thread!

Jan 13, 2010, 9:10am Top

Vote: Should this Readathon be 1 hour sessions overlapping by 30 minutes

Current tally: Yes 26, No 1
This poll will close 48 hours from now (Sat 0100 AEDST, Fri 1400 London, Fri 0900 USEST).

The meaning of a 'yes' vote should be obvious, but a 'no' vote could be for individual 30 minute sessions or for something else. If you vote 'no' and do not mean 30 minute sessions, please post your ideas.

Sonya, sorry to usurp your authority, but I think we need to sort this out as soon as possible before the start of the Readathon.

Jan 13, 2010, 9:38am Top

W has consented to my taking an hour out of our holiday on 23 Jan and has suggested that I take the 1000 slot so I have updated the wiki page. Hurrah for wireless broadband!

Jan 13, 2010, 10:16am Top

94> Thanks for the help, rosalita! I'm good to go! I can read for the full hour if noone signs up for my last half hour. It will be a burden but I'll try and do it. :)

Jan 13, 2010, 11:26am Top

So, I thought they were half hour slots. Not that it matters, but when we've decided for sure, if they're hour slots I'll have to switch mine to the first half hour not the second.

Jan 13, 2010, 11:45am Top

>116 justjim: No problem. I like that this is created by the members, for the members. I'm trying to facilitate, but not make too many decisions.

Learning how to edit a wiki takes a little practice. I'm going to add the >89 skittles: instructions to the wiki.

Jan 13, 2010, 12:12pm Top

>104 jjmcgaffey: jjmcgaffey, so if I'm reading the wiki right, I'm now signed up for a one-hour time slot from 9:30 - 10:30 AM EST on Saturday, Jan. 23? I like that time fine (better than 9 - 10 in fact). I'll just check in from time to time on the offchance that folks decide on half-hour increments instead of one-hour.

Looking forward to it!

Jan 13, 2010, 2:27pm Top

Crivens, no action for ages and then the thread turns into a traffic jam!

I'm happy to stick with the time I put down in the practice run (slot 3, on the hour).

Have I missed anything else?

Jan 13, 2010, 2:28pm Top

This sounds like fun. Let's see if I can get it to work... (goes off to try).

Jan 13, 2010, 2:37pm Top

"Crivens"? Are you sure you're a Kiwi and not a Glaswegian?

It needs to be a traffic jam, Jan 23 is only 9 days away!

Edited: Jan 13, 2010, 2:41pm Top

justjim, I think I signed up. Could you check that I'm actually on the right wiki?

eta: I should be in the 1st half hour at 0500 GMT.

Edited: Jan 13, 2010, 2:57pm Top

OK - signed up for an hour from 0800 GMT. Can sign up for another hour a bit earlier or later if there are not enough people that early in the morning US time :)

Edit: Full hour of course :)Oops.

Jan 13, 2010, 2:54pm Top

Obviously it's not clear that people sign up for one hour increments, either on the hour or half hour.

Jan 13, 2010, 3:00pm Top

>127 Morphidae: - Added the note about this on the page. If someone wants to correct the language, go ahead :)

>125 gwernin:
I do not see you in the list :(

Jan 13, 2010, 3:06pm Top

128: drat. would you be so kind as to post a link to the list you checked?

Jan 13, 2010, 3:18pm Top

I seem to have successfully signed up! Yay! I also set an alarm and a backup alarm on my calendar because I am QUITE capable of forgetting!

Jan 13, 2010, 3:25pm Top

blast! tardis got the slot I was trying for... well, I *think* I've signed up in the one before?

If it doesn't work this time I may give up.

Jan 13, 2010, 3:26pm Top

>132 gwernin:

4:30 GMT Is all yours from what I see:)

Jan 13, 2010, 3:29pm Top

thanks for checking ;-)

now all I have to do is remember it's Friday night next week, not this week... but the ongoing thread should help!

Jan 13, 2010, 3:39pm Top

I just went to the wiki and I didn't see the instructions for signing up - wasn't someone going to copy them over there??? I wanna play too!

Edited: Jan 13, 2010, 3:46pm Top

Here are the easiest instructions:
1. Press Edit which is the closest to the table or the one at the top. Or simply click here: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php?title=ReadathonBeta&action=edit&a...
2. Find the slot that you want to take and replace the word Name with [http://www.librarything.com/profile/X X] where X is replaced with your name.
3. Each line looks like this initially. If someone had signed up, their name is there in the place of Name:
|0300-0359||2200-2259 (pd)||1400-1459||Name||Name

For the times, see the page itself: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php?title=ReadathonBeta

Jan 13, 2010, 4:25pm Top

I *had* put instructions in, but they got wiped out sometime this afternoon. I've re-added them.

Edited: Jan 13, 2010, 4:33pm Top

Thanks, Annie & Sonya! I'll go sign up now!

Easy enough, with the instructions - signed up for my usual hour at bedtime on Friday!

Jan 13, 2010, 5:27pm Top

I've just cleaned out a bunch of guff text again and re-renamed the columns as at #106.

Also moved my spot since Saturday evening is an after-cricket night for me. I'll be good to go by my new time though.

Jan 13, 2010, 7:21pm Top

I fell off for some reason - I've just added myself back in for 20:00 GMT, I hope. Am just off to bed but can I please throw myself on someone's mercy to make sure that I'm on the list and stay on the list. Thank you thank you.

Jan 13, 2010, 8:00pm Top

A bunch of registrations were wiped off the wiki page in this edit. I restored my registration but can someone less sleepy than me please check through the other deletions and restore those not already picked up?

Jan 13, 2010, 9:23pm Top

how does the group feel about more than one person reading in a time slot? such as if we get TOO MANY PEOPLE who want to join us?

and wouldn't that be great!!!

Jan 13, 2010, 10:44pm Top

>124 justjim: – an Aussie who lives in Kiwiland, but spent time in Yorkshire while studying in Wales.
More to the point – one who reads way too much Pratchett

Jan 14, 2010, 12:13am Top

142> Sounds good to me! There was talk of a third column, but now with the overlapping times I don't think that would work. If a second person wants to read at the same time, they just need to put a comma and then the stuff in square brackets - it will come out as {link to first person}, {link to second person} in one column.

And I expect we'll get a flood when Sonya blogs this, which will be great.

Jan 14, 2010, 12:19am Top

141> I went in and checked - the only two I saw as still missing were Petrini1 and staffordcastle, I put them back. riverwillow already fixed his/her entry.

Jan 14, 2010, 1:22am Top

Thanks, JJ - I was just about to go check. Haven't been on LT all day today. :-(

Jan 14, 2010, 4:56am Top

>137 sonyagreen: Sonya, would it be too much trouble to send the participants a reminder on their profile page the day before?

And, while I didn't have any trouble to speak of editing the Wiki, am I really the only person who finds the 24-hour clock confusing? I'm not completely sure what time slot I signed up for, but as long as it's not the morning, I'm good . . .

Jan 14, 2010, 5:20am Top


You are in Australia, right?

You signed for 8 AM Australian Eastern Daylight savings Time in Sunday morning. If you are in Sydney, that's your time so you might want to change it. The timing that you need to look at if you are in Australia is the third column.


I added again the link to http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ so that people can try to figure out what time it is.

PS: If Sonya cannot do it, I can drop message to everyone in Friday - I am online all the time so won't be a big problem

Jan 14, 2010, 5:26am Top

147, 148> No, looks like ejj1955 is in New York - so USEST.

You signed up for 1600 which is 4 pm - should work fine.

I used to have a lot of trouble with the 24 hour clock, until I had a job that was rotating shifts and paying attention to events all over the world. That finally beat it into my head. But the simple trick is - if it's under 12, it's morning. If it's over 12, subtract 12 to get the hour in the afternoon. So 16(00)-12(00) = 4 = 4 pm.

Jan 14, 2010, 5:32am Top

>149 jjmcgaffey:

Ooops. I saw Sydney and stopped reading about there... Sorry ejj1955 :) 4 PM it is then.

Jan 14, 2010, 9:48am Top

Oh, my. The grid is really filling up now.


Jan 14, 2010, 5:47pm Top

Thank you all; yes, I'm in the "other" Sidney. Would much rather be in Sydney, Australia, especially this time of year.

4 p.m. works fine for me: is Jan 23rd definitely the day?

Jan 14, 2010, 5:51pm Top

>152 ejj1955:

Yep... any other day, everyone has other plans I suspect. :)

Jan 15, 2010, 12:58pm Top

On my to-do list is getting a form I can use to message specific groups of people. I'm not sure that'll happen before Saturday. (My go-to programmer, ltmike, is hard at work on LTFL stuff, since were at the American Library Association conference this weekend.)

Write yourselves notes, set an alarm on your phone, and you may get a bonus message from me.

Jan 15, 2010, 10:37pm Top

I just signed up for a slot. It looks fairly full and it hasn't even been advertised yet. I only signed up for one slot leaving openings for people who still want to play.

Jan 16, 2010, 6:37pm Top

I just un-signed for my spot because of conflicting appointments. :(

Jan 16, 2010, 8:00pm Top

I just signed up. Sounds like a great idea :)

Jan 17, 2010, 12:07pm Top

I just signed up to read from 8:30 to 9:30. I'm usually reading in bed at that time anyway.

Are we supposed to sign in? If so I'll just have to get up first, and wake my husband up to get on his computer (unless he gets mine fixed in the meantime).

Jan 17, 2010, 1:15pm Top

Martha, maybe you could mention this plan to him as motivation!

Jan 17, 2010, 2:58pm Top

Can someone clarify just what we are meant to do? Apart from read, that is?

Edited: Jan 17, 2010, 3:29pm Top

I had originally proposed this idea with the thought of having concurrent threads running during the readathon and having this experience be as interactive and as much fun as possible.

Unfortunately, because the date chosen for this was January 23, I am unable to participate. I not only have an important exam I'm studying for at the beginning of that week, but I'm also working on another LT project (the TIOLI Challenge, a mini-challenge in the 75 Books Challenge) now.

I thought the Readathon was going to be run and coordinated by Sonya, but see that she only is "facilitating" it. I'm not exactly sure what that means. To make this an enjoyable experience, participants will need to come forward to develop this idea more.

To just sit and read for an hour because you "signed up to" doesn't sound like much fun to me. Sorry to be so sour. This could be quite a fun experience if one or more people will get together with Sonya to add some spice to the agenda for that day.

By the way, I'm not averse to coordinating a Readathon at a later date, but I really only wanted to do 1/2 hour segments of reading rather than the 1 hour segments agreed on by the majority of people here.

Jan 17, 2010, 3:36pm Top

Two possible ways I would say:

1. Make a new group and everyone posts their own thread, posting what they plan reading (not necessarily just before they need to start although just posting that they are there might be a good idea) and then posting back after an hour (small message what they read and a longish one I guess with what they thought)

2. Start just one thread here and do pretty much the same.

I kinda prefer the one-thread... more chances for discussions.

Jan 17, 2010, 3:43pm Top

I like the one-thread idea, too.

Jan 17, 2010, 3:50pm Top

I think I also prefer the one-thread concept, with the following caveat: if a minimum of two people sign up for each of the 24 hourly slots, we're talking about 48 people who each post what they are planning to read, "sign in" when they start (unless there's another mechanism for this), and then post what they thought about what they read. So the thread might need to have parts 2 and 3 and so on, depending on the amount of discussion.

We could also add background information about where we are reading (both city/state/province/country and details like favorite chair, front porch, local library, etc.) and what beverages we have and whether we have animals on our laps or background music on, that kind of thing. Set the scene, so to speak.

Jan 17, 2010, 3:53pm Top

Looking at the table, we have 2.5 hours not covered by anyone (US night/European morning/Aus evening) which is reasonable time in Asia. Hopefully someone will sign up by Saturday :)

Jan 18, 2010, 4:47pm Top

>161 SqueakyChu: I didn't realize you couldn't participate! Well, I'm really looking at this as a beta event, as something we can do many more times, integrating what we figure out about how this one goes and doing variations (like half hour increments).

I'm much more interested in this being a group-created event, rather than making decisions myself (not because I don't love being opinionated), plus I'm still getting the hang of my job as it is.

Don't tell anyone, but I have like 80 profile comments to go through. I did warn people on my profile page that I don't respond to them as quickly as email, but I do a lot of messaging everyone about Early Reviewers and whatnot.

Jan 18, 2010, 6:12pm Top

It might be better to have one thread, with one post per participant - since we _can_ edit our posts. Each post would be pretty long by the end, but there wouldn't be all that many of them (well, maybe, if other people comment as well - people who aren't signed up - or if we comment on others' posts - but still fewer than 3-4 posts per participant plus all the others).

And yeah, we definitely want to post about stuff - the setting the scene sounds neat. Just reading isn't all that all that much different from what we do every day (right?), so it's the posting before and after we start that will make this an LT readathon. Oh whee, it just occurred to me that I'm going to do the first post (at least, the first one for actual reading) and set the tone. Oh well, if it's awful everyone can better me...

165, 166> Sonya, you are going to blog about this in the next couple days? I'd expect a lot of people to notice and sign up after a blog post - since we're nearly full now, it'll probably be two people reading per slot for a lot of slots. If I'm wrong and we get close to the time without filling up, I can certainly take another slot - I'm up most nights anyway.

Jan 18, 2010, 6:14pm Top

I can get another slot around my first one as well if needed. :) And the big empty zones are just there...

Edited: Jan 18, 2010, 6:16pm Top

Unfortunately, I have other conflicting obligations that day. :( I thought that you, Sonya, were going to set up the event or I would have protested more strongly about the date and set-up. Nevertheless, I want it to be a great success.

As a group-created event, one or more people (AnnieMod? ejj1955? gwernin? jjmcgaffey) should step forward now to coordinate the event and set up the rules so participants know what to expect. In addition, it would be good to add some other fun activities to the day beside just reading. Per post #166, Sonya will be there for you but will not coordinate this event. Come on, gang. You can do this...and make it great!!

Jan 18, 2010, 7:47pm Top

As of right now, I can "monitor" (& read) on Friday Evening (US EST) to about 11pm. I'm going to try & wake up before 6am & start reading early since the 6am slot says "This space now free!!"

I'm not sure I can monitor after that since I have an obligation, too, that will fill the rest of my day... definitely a book & computer withdrawal day. I don't think there will be wifi where I will be.

Jan 19, 2010, 4:12am Top

I should be here for the first few hours (so we can kick it in) and then back at 7 am GMT or thereabouts for a few hours... Need to travel in the afternoon but will be around at least until 1 pm GMT

Jan 19, 2010, 6:26pm Top

I'm going to be fairly busy Saturday too, which is why I signed up for a slot on Friday night. I can probably help get the thread started, at least. Where shall we put it?

Jan 19, 2010, 6:33pm Top

Change in the plans - I will probably be online almost the whole day. So I will see the game starting and once I am back on, I will keep around till the end of the whole thing.

Site Talk is probably the best place? Or Book Talk?

I was thinking for something like:
1. Everyone posts before they start reading with some info where they are, what they will read and so on (half an hour before is ok I guess)
2. A second post at the end of the period with whatever details they want (a short one to catch the time and then edited with whatever details they want or just posting one more...)

- If we pass 300 messages, we open a second thread...
- Anyone is welcome to comment and discuss.
- The wiki will be updated with the links to start/stop messages and what is read (format Name |StartMessage |EndMessage |book that is read). Anyone is welcome to update themselves but I will make sure all is updated.

And I am wondering if I should run a second thread with trivia questions from ALL the book that had been read before the trivia question (thoughts?).

Jan 19, 2010, 6:40pm Top

My suggestion:

Put the actual readathon thread in BookTalk with a thread in Site Talk directing readers to the Book Talk thread.

Another suggestion:
**Each post has Scheduled start & end times.
**Actual start & end times
**Place & information about actual read.. living room, in bed, at a coffee shop or McD's. coffee/tea, pj's/jeans, cat/dog/child, music/silence/noise/ipod.
**Book or books read.... if not title, than genre

after the read: perhaps a summary/review of what was read.

and do/should we each have a posting & edit posting, or before & after postings, or updates & comments??

Jan 20, 2010, 2:51am Top

I think it should be in Site Talk. People in this thread obviously follow Site Talk.

Jan 20, 2010, 4:59am Top

But we want to bring in more people - I like the idea of putting it in Book Talk with a thread to direct people over there.

I can certainly be online early in the readathon, but I'm going to be tied up most of Saturday. I'll check in as frequently as possible, though.

Annie, the trivia thing sounds like fun, if you feel it's worth the effort. Though I'm not sure how you'd do it, if you don't read all the books as others are reading (or have read them before)...get each person to submit a trivia question and answer to you, maybe?

Jan 20, 2010, 6:16am Top

>176 jjmcgaffey:

>get each person to submit a trivia question and answer to you, maybe?
That's one of the possibilities. Then I hope I would have read some of the books. Then wiki and authors pages will also help for some things... Anagrams based on character names can also be built. And then if someone wants to help, I can make a private group where we discuss and post. I just want to do something outside of the reading to draw people in...

I will do it - just not in the first 8 hours or so although I might leave some questions based on what everyone starts reading and so on (need some sleep) :)

Edited: Jan 20, 2010, 8:30am Top

176> I think that is a good idea. (To post in Book Talk)

I just want to say that if I don't make it online before my reading time I will be reading. I would like to check in as frequently as possible but I'm not sure about my computer time. (those people in my house think that they should be allowed to use it too! The nerve!) :)

Jan 20, 2010, 8:46am Top

I like skittles suggestion of putting the thread in Book Talk (for greater visibility) with a linking thread in Site Talk. Maybe Tim will blog about it too???

Trivia questions aren't my thing, but I'll think about it ;-)

Jan 20, 2010, 9:26am Top

>179 gwernin:

Trivia questions will be more for the non-reading people - the ones that won't be part of the thing but with this will become part of it in a way :) We play all types of such games, we will just make them a bit specific in this day. If you read, you are also welcome to play of course.

Jan 20, 2010, 9:54am Top

I'm signed up to read. I just don't usually participate in the games threads.

Jan 20, 2010, 9:58am Top

:) It won't be mandatory :) I am just entertaining ideas how to make more people participate in some ways even if they cannot spare an hour to read.

Jan 20, 2010, 9:59am Top

ditto what gwernin said.

what about a thread of jokes about the book we are reading, or the genre or just book jokes?

just no jokes about people who read a lot of books... those are not funny... just too close to the truth!!


Jan 20, 2010, 12:01pm Top

Just an FYI --> I'll be participating for sure, but our Internet at home is out so I'm not sure about posting on that date. Will do my best, but Verizon seems confused about where the problem is actually residing in their system.

(Yes, I'm posting from work. Call it my lunch break.)

Jan 20, 2010, 1:40pm Top

I'll be blogging about it tomorrow. Back to digging out my legs from my email swamp.

Jan 20, 2010, 2:06pm Top

Just to add that I will definitely be reading at the time - my phone will remind me if necessary - but as I have a day school/study and library day scheduled away from home I am not sure just when I will be able to log on and post as I may be reading on the train home. Oh yes and I've been beset by technical issues with my computer recently, which have taught me not to be complacent about internet connections, so if I go silent it is because I just can't talk, sorry.

Jan 20, 2010, 2:48pm Top

I'm getting the blog post read, and starting a thread in book talk.

I'd prefer if we didn't have to have mandatory checking in and out. The honor system will work just fine, and that helps people who won't have internet access (on a plane, no internet at home, secretly reading at work).

I hope that's OK.

I'm putting suggestions of what you might want to post about. If a trivia thread gets started, I'll add a link to it in the first post, so everyone can find it.

Jan 20, 2010, 2:53pm Top

I just want to suggest that any trivia questions don't include spoilers, as there will be books others haven't read yet (I expect this whole experience to add to my TBR list!) and I'll just be reading whatever book I'm in at the moment . . .

Jan 20, 2010, 2:55pm Top

Oh, I feel the need for a logo – anyone? It could be 24-hour readathon specific, or a general readathon logo we can use for future events.

LT logo here:

Edited: Jan 20, 2010, 3:13pm Top

1/23 (which is a little too Americanized but looks good!)
24 hours of full-out reading!!


What will you be reading?

Jan 20, 2010, 4:56pm Top

What about a graphic of the earth, with books that look like the moon phases encircling it, like this:

I'm trying to think of things that encompass both the amount of time we'll sustain reading, but also that it's an international thing.

Jan 20, 2010, 6:55pm Top

192> That sounds great - can you make it? Shall I try? It's kind of short notice, unfortunately. I should be able to work on it tonight, though.

Jan 20, 2010, 10:34pm Top

Maybe a "Books Around the Clock Around the World" sort of motif?

Jan 21, 2010, 10:00pm Top

Oh no! My husband planned a little day trip for us on Friday and I'm not sure if I will be able to fulfill my planned reading time! It's at 8-8:30 Friday night EST. I hope someone can take over if I can't. I will try and pick up one of the later unclaimed times. Sorry!

Jan 21, 2010, 11:07pm Top

Oh, boy, there's at least 4 empty slots in the first column and more in the second column! I might sign up for them all if nobody signs up by tomorrow night. Was there suppose to be a blog about this on librarything this week? Good thing this is a beta test. I suggest more advertising for the next episode.

Jan 21, 2010, 11:21pm Top

Blog's up now!

Jan 22, 2010, 12:01am Top

Presumably at this point it's fine to put myself down for more than one timeslot? As long as they don't overlap?

Jan 22, 2010, 7:28am Top

First column's full, 7 slots left on the half-hour.

Jan 22, 2010, 10:22am Top

Hi all, just noticed the readathon today. I'm signed up for a convenient pre-lunch slot on a lazy saturday....nice.

Jan 22, 2010, 10:26am Top

Since I've no clue when and/or if I will be available on saturday I'm not signed up. But will drop in if I get a chance. Have fun.

Jan 22, 2010, 2:36pm Top

As I type this, there is only one completely open hour space/time slot!!

YIPPEE!! Huzzah!!

Edited: Jan 22, 2010, 3:12pm Top

All time slots are filled!!

I'm studying for a big exam this weekend, but I'll be popping in from time to time to see how things are going. Have fun, Readathoners!

Jan 22, 2010, 4:00pm Top

There really should be a way for more people to sign up per slot.

Jan 22, 2010, 4:07pm Top

#204 There are instructions on the sign-up form for adding a second name into a slot. At least one slot has two readers.

Jan 22, 2010, 4:07pm Top

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Jan 22, 2010, 4:14pm Top

Not having been quick enough to sign up shouldn't prevent anyone joining in surely? It would be great if hundreds of people posted to say they had joined in anyway and told us all about their reading. Certainly anyone who wants to is welcome to join me in my 1 hour slot.

Jan 22, 2010, 4:41pm Top

Are we going to have a special tag for the books read during the Readathon? readathon? readathon1?

Jan 22, 2010, 4:42pm Top

Three slots double-filled - no problem if they all get that way! And true, Booksloth, if someone wants to read and tell us about it, there's no real need to sign up (now that all the slots are filled).

Jan 22, 2010, 7:49pm Top

I just read the blog and would like to join in. This is a wonderful excuse to read uninterupted! 'Sorry dear, not until I've done my part for the Readathon'. But just in case, I'll sign up for early or late in the day, when the kids should be sleeping.

Jan 22, 2010, 8:01pm Top

#210 – no no, read when they're awake and able to go get you cookies, coffee, a throw rug …

Jan 22, 2010, 8:36pm Top

Wonderful idea. Execution is another matter. I have a 5 year old who would eat the cookies, chuck out the coffee and hog the throw rug. All while insisting that I read him the entire line of Curious George books over and over for the whole hour. Nope. Getting up at 6am on a weekend to read what I want for a whole hour sounds positively delicious.

Jan 22, 2010, 11:59pm Top

Fair enough.
Folks, this thread is now past the 200 message mark, and the action of the readathon is now happening over here, so please come over and cheer us all on!

Jan 23, 2010, 5:59am Top

#212 Okay - having him/her eat the cookies, chuck out the coffee etc is annoying, I can see that, but I think threatening execution is going a bit far.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 5:01pm Top

I protest. I have never threatened to do my 5yo in. I have been known to threaten to flush him down the toilet on occasion. At which point, every time, my 9yo gleefully reminds me that that is Calvin's preferred method of taking a bath. Then the two of them head to the bookshelf to discover what other forms of mischief the esteemed Calvin advises. I ask you: How am I supposed to enforce discipline if my 9yo keeps undermining my authority this way?

ETA: I'm talking about Calvin and Hobbes; the touchstones aren't working for me either.

Edited: Jan 23, 2010, 12:52pm Top

#215: Hide every copy of every book of Calvin and Hobbes

That's the only solution!!

or show him Bloom County!!

Jan 23, 2010, 12:55pm Top

Wow, I missed a lot in the last day or so. I'm glad that my time slot was filled so quickly and all of them are covered. I filled myself in with CatyM (thanks!) because I want to participate.

Jan 23, 2010, 4:28pm Top

Lee and I threatened to find a gypsy tribe in the market for mischievous 9-year-olds whenever Mary Leigh went bonkers.

Jan 26, 2010, 11:13am Top

So, now that we successfully executed a 24-hour readathon, what's next?

Do we start our own group, with a thread for organizing each event, and a thread for each event's participants to write about their experience?

Otherwise, do we keep it in Book Talk?

Either seems appropriate, and have their own benefits.

Jan 26, 2010, 11:37am Top

Keeping it in BookTalk (or SiteTalk) keeps it where others can see it & join in.

Alternatively, we can make a group, but publicize it in BT & ST. i.e. ANNOUNCEMENT: Readathon #854 is January 31st.

Question: since we are talking worldwide & time zones, how difficult would it be to have the readathon happen 'weekend' long... Midnight GMT Saturday Morning to Midnight GMT Sunday Night? for eastern US that would be Friday Evening to Sunday Evening. Australia would be Friday to Sunday...not really fair, but perhaps extending it to 0600 GMT would give them Sunday evening & US-EST to 1am.

Also, give the opportunity to read in half hour blocks, too. Perhaps something like "skittles (first 1/2 hour only)" or give people the opportunity to choose 1/2 hour blocks & in multiples. Or have columns with choices: ½ hour blocks in one column & 1 hour blocks in the other column(s)

24 hour readathons are also good... I just looked at the time differences & comments from people & extending it to a weekend looked like a possibility.

Jan 26, 2010, 11:43am Top

Or try a week-long now? Make all fields 1/2 hour and anyone can just reserve more than one...

Jan 26, 2010, 2:13pm Top

>220 skittles: I like the idea of an hour column, and a half-hour column (meaning, you could sign up for an hour block, or a half hour block) because it would cover our two-people-for-every-time, and maximize flexibility.

>221 AnnieMod: A week-long event is what I was hoping to try, at some point. I bet a stumbling block will be people not knowing their schedule until the event is underway. I'm sure we can handle that, and sign up for emergency shifts if needed :)

The 24-hour Readathon folks have contacted me, wondering if we could maybe do something together, or in tandem. Their next readathon is in April.

Part of their event is blogging, which I know not everyone does. But, they have neat things like mini-challenges, prizes, and cheerleaders.

Jan 26, 2010, 6:35pm Top

Not that I'm against cheerleaders coming around to my house in any way, I do feel that they could be quite distracting while I'm trying to read. All that rustling of pom-poms, don'tcha know?

Jan 26, 2010, 7:14pm Top

> 220 I like the weekend idea better than the week long . . . and the half hour blocks as an option is a good idea too!

Jan 26, 2010, 8:29pm Top

222> Their readathon is interesting, but quite different - it's individuals (multiple individuals) trying to read for 24 hours at a time. Which sounds sort of fun, but would be very hard to manage in terms of making time and not having to go do other stuff. Our overlapping one is a lot easier on the readers!

BTW, an idea - one of those world maps with 'pins', so we can see where people are reading. Ideally (and I don't know if this can be done), with color-changing pins; people pin their location with, say, a yellow pin; when they're ready to start reading they go on and change it to a green (a one- or two-click method, preferably); when done they go back on and change it to - purple, maybe? I don't want red, but the colors need to be clearly distinguishable. If we can do that, we'd be able to see waves of reading and people who read out of sequence (like the 2 am readers!) and lots of fun stuff.

Because of this notion, I'd like to see a Readathon group, with announcements in Site Talk and Book Talk. If the map could be in the display - but are those (can those be) editable by members? Or...I don't know. Something.

I'd like to try a weekend before we expand to a full week. And yes, I'm quite certain I'll have trouble with not knowing when I'll definitely be free, and likely with unexpected events coming up during the week. But as you say, if we have people overlapping and ready to take emergency shifts, it shouldn't be a problem.

Jan 26, 2010, 9:20pm Top

the only problem with "pins on a map" is that there are some who don't have a location.

I'm a private library... and I don't want anyone knowing my location other than "somewhere in the midwest"

If that were a requirement... then I would not participate. but it won't be a requirement.

Jan 26, 2010, 10:35pm Top

No, not a requirement - you put your own pin on the map. You could put it in the largest nearby city if you wanted - or in Detroit, St. Louis, or Houston (whichever isn't near you) if you felt like it. Or no pin at all, of course. But as long as your pin was in your time zone, you'd be participating in the 'wave of reading' view, whether or not it was actually anywhere near you.

Jan 26, 2010, 11:10pm Top

ohhh, i like the map idea!

Jan 27, 2010, 4:56am Top

Part of their event is blogging, which I know not everyone does. But, they have neat things like mini-challenges, prizes, and cheerleaders.

Could we please, pretty please, not go too far over to the mini-challenges, prizes & cheerleaders side of things? It was so nice just to have a read-a-thon that was about settling down with a book and reading. I'm all for making sure that we have a clear idea of 'where it's going to live', by that I mean having a dedicated thread, an idea of how we are going to tag our books, a place to post photos etc. but could we please avoid the excessive peppiness involved with mini-challenges and cheerleaders? It's what put me off the 24 Hour Readathon. It's not just that I don't like that kind of stuff, it's that for once it is good to have something that's just dedicated to reading and possibly sharing and discussing that in a non-structured way. Also, Dewey's readathon does peppy and blogging very well so do we really need to jump in with them and replicate that? Let's make LT a bit different maybe.

Jan 27, 2010, 5:19am Top

I like the map idea (and if you do not want to specify exact location, pick a big city close by (or in the next state). In the big picture, it does not matter if you are in Tampa or in Miami - it still is half a world away from Bulgaria, Australia or India :)

Jan 27, 2010, 5:23am Top

I would add to klarasu's comment...you have no idea how good it was for me to ensure I had a full hour with nothing else to do but to read on the weekend. That was one reason why I was happy to participate - because I organised one whole hour to read undisturbed, though alongside others was another bonus. And all I had to do was post before (because I wanted to) and post after I had finished.

No pom-poms; no challenges, no prizes other than organising an undisturbed hour for reading - just bliss! That alone was a huge win for me!

Jan 27, 2010, 6:16am Top

Another plea for keeping it low-key. (And anyway, I still haven't received my doughnut fot taking part last weekend! There was a doughnut?) This idea of committing to read for an hour means no getting sidetracked by other challenges etc - just a solid hour's reading. Of course, if others want to take part in that sort of thing that's fine for them but let's not make it part of the point of doing it - otherwise it just becomes a chore.

Jan 27, 2010, 6:51am Top

Whereas I was disappointed and felt it was too "blah." It was no different than me reading any other day other than it was a specific time. No prizes, no trivia, no activities. I wasn't even able to really figure out if all the time periods were being covered. People could have not shown up for hours and I'd have no way of knowing. Unless that changes, I probably won't do another one. What's the point?

Jan 27, 2010, 7:42am Top

The trivia game fell through because I forgot to pay my internet and ended up cut off for the whole weekend :( Life happens.

Jan 27, 2010, 7:55am Top

I missed this event and now wish I had known about it. I would have liked to participate. The challenge would be for me to convince my husband to leave me alone for 30 minutes or more to just read. I don't check the groups I belong to or watch very often so I missed this.

I don't know whether I would enjoy it more if there were challanges, prizes etc. or just to take the hour to read.

Edited: Jan 27, 2010, 8:40am Top

So sorry that I missed the event.

For the next event, I have these suggestions:

1. More advertisement for it. It should be blogged here on LT a full week ahead and be a headline on the Home Page for a week ahead as well.

2. The option to sign up for as many half-hour segments as possible, not necessarily adjacent to one another.

3. A way to graph the time-slots using the actual sign-in and sign-out times so that we can visually see reading times and any missing links. It would look sort of like those fund-raising thermometer posters but it would work in real time. I don't care about seeing empty slots. That would only spur us on to do better next time.

4. A sign-in that shows the title and author of the book first and a short quote(one or two lines, at most) last.

5. How about a Readathon Member graphic that can be posted on the profile of the person who is signed up just for the day of the Readathon?

6. A regularly scheduled readathon (e.g. the third weekend every three months) so that people can plan ahead and mark it on their calendar. Or perhaps even one specific mumbered day every three months (for example, the 13th of each month - 13's my lucky number). If we only read for half hour segments, we can even plan this for a weekday. The idea is to involve as many people as we can, and we do have times in all the world's time zones.

7. As for tone, I'd like half-way between peppy and not peppy. :) I'd like to see it be peppier, but not so much so that it drives others away.

Jan 27, 2010, 9:23am Top

My set of suggestions:

Agree with multiple 1/2 or 1 hour sign ups..... as long as multiple readers in time slots are allowed & encouraged.

Sign ins & sign outs.... not everyone has ready access to a computer at all times & places. If I am visiting, I may be able to read, but not able to be online. If I am traveling (not driving) I may be able to read, but not able to sign in or out.

I don't mean to regiment the process, but if there was a suggested format for reporting the experience:

as an example
Time scheduled to read: (much to early) to (much too late)
Time actually reading: (no penalties) started 2 minutes late because I spilled the coffee & kept reading for 2 more hours than scheduled
Place of reading & additional info: reading in bed, with coffee & 12 fluffy kitties
Book(s) read: The Meaning of Everything by Simon Winchester
Quote(s)?: No quote... brain still too fuzzy
Other notations: When I chose this time, I forgot that there was going to be a parade down the center of the street. While I continued to read, it was rather distracting to hear "When the saints go marching in" when you are reading about Oxford.

Badges.... must get Readathon Badges for participation!!!

And let's not go overboard with the peppy. Cheerful & encouraging, but not peppy.... Then again seeing the male portion of the group in cheerleader garb with Ponpons would make the readathon truly worthwhile!!

Jan 27, 2010, 10:26am Top

Oh Skittles I loved that last paragraph. That made my day.

I do have to say that if it is too peppy it may be annoying but I like the idea of the Readathon Badges for participation. I think if those members that didn't participate the first time and they saw the badges then that would generate more members to participate the next time it is done.

Jan 27, 2010, 11:59am Top

Badges? We don't need to show you no stinkin' badges!

Actually, I like the badges idea. But the movie quote springs irresistibly to mind.

Jan 27, 2010, 12:49pm Top

>233 Morphidae:, Morphidae, I'm with you, reading for an hour in a weekend didn't do much for me either, to the point where I didn't even bother to participate, because I felt like 'what's the point?' Knowing that people were reading for 24 hours doesn't interest me much, it didn't have the community feeling of the 24-Hour Readathon. However, I do understand that different people like different things. I'd like to see what happened last weekend keep happening on LT for those who like it, but I'd also love to see LT partner with the 24-Hour Readathon for the two times a year it happens.

Jan 27, 2010, 2:06pm Top

Having an hour of free reading scheduled at a weekend was sheer bliss for me - I'm reading a lot at the moment but its all for work and/or study so an hour of reading just what I wanted was fantastic, and this is why I will never be able to take part in the Do Nothing But Read Day.

I have to say that as a participant in the 24 Hour Readathon, it did have a community feel - I had router issues so was reading Talk on my phone and, despite it being a pain to read and participate in Talk on such a small screen, I really enjoyed reading about what other people were reading and what they were doing whilst they were reading. A logo for my profile page would be enough - the pleasure is in the participation. Also having looked at the 24-Hour Readathon, I probably wouldn't take part in this, so would prefer that we didn't link up, but not my decision.

Edited: Jan 27, 2010, 3:23pm Top

I enjoyed taking part, and I did like the community feel. I know that not everyone taking part could post when they started and stopped, but it was good that many of those who were able to did. I think that's something that worked well.

I think that having shorter slots with people encouraged to sign up for more than one if they want (either consecutively or scattered) would work well, especially if we're going to try a 48-hour/weekend/week/etc readathon at some time in the future as has been suggested.

I like the idea of medals and/or badges, and possibly trivia and one or two other things to join in with, but I'm not keen on lots of games and challenges and bells and whistles. (I'm very English: I don't do pep. And if you try to make me do it, I will run away and hide in the corner with a book. ;) ) The reading's the thing.

I don't see why LT couldn't do something with Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon - in fact, I think that would be good - but I don't think we need or want to be trying to do exactly the same thing.

I am sure someone suggested the possibility of themed reading - reading a book with a link to where you are, for example - and I think that if we have regular events then this kind of thing would be good to do for some of them.

Jan 27, 2010, 4:11pm Top

briefly, my votes:

1) challenges, cheerleaders, etc - definitely no!

2) world map - yes, please!!!

3) badges - that would be nice, too

4) weekend next - yes.

Edited: Jan 27, 2010, 4:57pm Top

I'd also love to see LT partner with the 24-Hour Readathon for the two times a year it happens.

Maybe LT could partner up with it a complementary way and provide an outlet for people to participate in the 24-Hour Readathon who aren't in the book blogging community. After all, Dewey's challenges are around the blogs anyway so people could choose to visit them or not. I like the idea of trying to read for the full 24 hours twice a year and for those that can't manage that much, maybe LT could cover their 24 hours using multiple readers.

I like the idea of having a Readathon group rather than just running threads in Book Talk. With proper publicity, it shouldn't dent the awareness of it and this would give people a real 'Home' while they read. It would make it easy to post pictures and discuss particular books if people want to.

World map - yes please!

Badges - Hell Yeah!

skittles Then again seeing the male portion of the group in cheerleader garb with Ponpons would make the readathon truly worthwhile!!

Do you think that if we read for a certain amount of time without dropping the ball, Sonya would make Tim dress up in a cheerleader garb and pompoms?

Edited: Jan 27, 2010, 5:05pm Top

244 - Do you think that if we read for a certain amount of time without dropping the ball, Sonya would make Tim dress up in a cheerleader garb and pompoms?
Now that I could definitely go for.

Jan 27, 2010, 5:39pm Top

Aw. Come on, people. We want to attract readers, not send them into the screaming meemies.

Jan 27, 2010, 7:25pm Top

I like the idea of badges to some extent, but I wouldn't want one for my blog -- just for my profile here. I kind of liked the idea of fleshing out the description of my experience as well. And while I understand the purpose behind having someone drop by a blog to leave a comment or otherwise cheer some along, it wouldn't necessarily work the same way in this environment, would it?

Jan 27, 2010, 7:28pm Top

Actually it can - if someone that does not have a blog want to participate in the 24 hours thingie, they can actually start a thread in LT and use it as a temporary blog... so everyone can come and cheer them.

Jan 27, 2010, 8:51pm Top

I enjoyed dedicating an hour to just read (which went by way to fast), without distractions. Even when that meant guaranteeing my hour by waking up before my little 'uns got up. I don't think I'd be able to set aside a whole 24 hours to read, not at this time in my life and I don't have a blog. Two reasons why I never looked deeper into the Dewey challenge.

Also, yes to low-key, yes to a world map and yes to a badge on my profile page.

A Readathon group would also be nice. I don't watch Site Talk or Book Talk regularly and it seems like I have to go out of my way to find these threads to post on them. It would be easier to find these threads if they were part of a dedicated group.

Jan 27, 2010, 9:28pm Top

i think it would be interesting if LT joined in on the 24 hour Readathon as a single entry. so, instead of us merging our style with their style, we just sign up to read for the 24 hours as a community. that gets us involved, but doesn't change the way we want to do things. we could elect a few representatives who would do the whole interactive bit and the blogging.

i think we should definitely start a group for Readathons (a standing group perhaps) but run it like New Releases. i wouldn't want everyone starting their own threads because i would NEVER get around to reading them all. i loved that the discussions for the whole readathon were in 2 very specific threads and i could keep up. so, maybe start a new thread in the group for each readathon with something like "LT Readathon 1/23/10" as the title of the thread for clarity. then have another thread where we talk details for organizing and whatnot. clean and neat and comprehensive.

this may be impossible, but it would be interesting if we could set it up somehow so that the posts were actually listed according to the reading lineup. so if person x had the first slot, person y had the second, and person z had the third, the posts would show something like this:

Message 1: person x

Time scheduled to read:
Time actually reading:
Book(s) read:
Place of reading & additional info:
Other notations:

Message 2: person y

Time scheduled to read:
Time actually reading:
Book(s) read:
Place of reading & additional info:
Other notations:

Message 3: person z

Time scheduled to read:
Time actually reading:
Book(s) read:
Place of reading & additional info:
Other notations:

and then, after all the time slots were listed, the general discussion could begin.

Edited: Jan 27, 2010, 9:34pm Top

If we had a group, could there be a group PM that would announce the next readathon & direct us to the thread? Some might not watch groups & talk that much, but would want to know about the readathon.

Also, could there be "advertising" posts on Book Talk & Site Talk announcing the Readathons?... and of course in the Blogs?

(yeah, advertising is spam, but not when it is LT advertising!!)

editing to add a link:

found a picture that would be a great logo if it weren't copyrighted... at least I am guessing that it is copyrighted.

(can someone imbed that image in this thread if they like it?)

Jan 28, 2010, 1:09am Top

Yes, I can:

Jan 28, 2010, 3:55am Top

I want that clock....

...wants it...precioussssss.....

Edited: Jan 29, 2010, 4:53pm Top

(Sorry for being away for two days. That's how long it takes for me to uncover my inbox floor.)

Awesome discussion. From what I'm getting (and want to hear), doing a complimentary readathon with the 24-hour folks is totally doable, we get to keep doing our own thing, but we can feed off each others' vibe (and promotion).

Sounds like there's a lot of interest in a weekend readathon, with as many people as we can for each increment.

Each increment shall be a half hour, since you can sign up for as many as you want, and it appeases those who weren't into an hour for the beta event.

I agree on keeping the Forced Family Fun* to a minimum, but there's no reason to do a side thread of mini challenges or trivia.

>250 leahbird: Starting a group: I think all the strong points are made by atlarge. Mostly for organization's sake, it would be great to have a thread for each readathon (and a complimentary thread for the trivia/challenges/etc.). I agree that an individual thread for everyone would be a bit much to read. I liked that everyone had just one big post with their reading description.

Also, it was mentioned long ago that we could also post notices in other groups like book talk, so people wouldn't have to follow the whole group to participate. I don't think it's feasible to get people to order messages to follow the schedule. A wiki would be the way to do that, but then it's not on Talk.

We totally need a map. We shouldn't require people to check in or out, since access may be a barrier. BUT, we'll definitely know who'd signed up, and can create a map from that. I haven't done any Google Map making, so I don't know its limitations. Anyone want to take that on as a project?

I'm still willing to work on a logo (I'll start with the aforementioned moon-phase/book/clock/something). I'll post a draft, for feedback.

My official response on getting Tim to dress up as a cheerleader is this: I can't make Tim do anything, but I do have spankies and pom-poms left over from high school. Perhaps a forget-me-now?**

Publicity: We can definitely post to the blog and home page sooner. Honestly, I didn't want the beta event getting crazy popular, because I figured we'd need to do some tweaking for a successful HUGE event next time.

Now, I've got to go see a man about a badge.

*My parent's term for a family activity. By being a bit sardonic, we were then all free to enjoy ourselves.
**I don't actually condone drugging my, or anyone's boss.

Jan 29, 2010, 12:53pm Top

> 252: Oooh, we so wants that clock. Preciousss....

Jan 29, 2010, 1:40pm Top

Apparently you can buy that clock here....


I love the black one and its only like 28 bucks.

I think I need one!!

Jan 29, 2010, 1:49pm Top

Oh wow that would be a great clock to have above my computer at home. I will have to remember to look into that or let my dad know about it for my birthday.

Jan 29, 2010, 2:29pm Top

See, much like most items, when I see that clock, I think "I could make that."

(Three great thrift-store books, a set of clockworks, a drill, glue, scalpel, a bolt and nut...)

Jan 29, 2010, 2:40pm Top

258> it would make me nervous to drill a hole into a book. Especially considering, if I did it myself with real books, I would pick books I love. So I would really not want to poke a hole in it then! :)

Jan 29, 2010, 2:57pm Top

The best books to use for that project would be those beautiful volumes of Readers Digest Condensed books. Their best value is in their appearance.

Jan 29, 2010, 3:10pm Top

(Three great thrift-store books, a set of clockworks, a drill, glue, scalpel, a bolt and nut...)

Aaaaggghh! The horror! The horror! Sonya, you go wash your mouth out with soap ;-)

Jan 29, 2010, 3:14pm Top

Drill and books in the same sentence? Grrrrr

Jan 29, 2010, 3:19pm Top

And glue! And Scalpel!

Jan 29, 2010, 3:37pm Top

Yeah, I don't think I could actually do that - even to books from the thrift-store.

Jan 29, 2010, 3:53pm Top

Doesn't someone make fake books for hiding things in bookcases? That might do...

Jan 29, 2010, 4:01pm Top

I read the blurb on the site for that clock, and it suggests putting this on a bookshelf among other books--and then says, "Don't own any books? Impress your friends with a faux book collection!"

Argh! *runs, screaming* The horror, the horror.

Jan 29, 2010, 4:50pm Top

I'd rather a crappy book live on as art, than get the ol' 451º. (The Readers Digest books are a great example of that.)

Also, I'm a trained professional! I routinely took scalpel to book (really old, expensive books) in the U of Illinois' conservation lab. There's a particular mix of endophine and adrenaline released when you have to start yanking on a book that's more significant than you are.

Edited: Jan 29, 2010, 4:56pm Top

If a book is crappy, I would simply give it to someone that cares about it. If noone does, it will live in one of my boxes :) But drilling holes to make a clock? Naaaah.

Conservation is all another story :)

Jan 29, 2010, 6:39pm Top

Readers Digest Condensed Books deserve everything they get. I buy them as firewood!

Edited: Jan 29, 2010, 7:27pm Top

Those RDC books also make great bookends if stacked sideways.

ETA: It's only a problem if people think you actually read them. :)

Jan 29, 2010, 7:33pm Top

Why would someone buy them if they do not want to read them? ...

Jan 29, 2010, 8:46pm Top

Actually, some furniture stores use them as displays to go with or on furniture. The books themselves look very pretty. Often they have gold edges as well.

Jan 29, 2010, 9:10pm Top

Okay, I just have to say that I used to use those books as a great source of book reports--there's a synopsis on the jacket, a longer synopsis at the beginning of each book, and, of course, they're very quick to read. Perfect if you happen to be a procrastinator, say. And if you happen to be reading books otherwise that you can't use for book reports. (Pretty sure in fifth grade I couldn't use the James Bond books for book reports, for example.)

Jan 29, 2010, 9:28pm Top

Ha! Confession time...

Jan 30, 2010, 6:07am Top

I'm with you sonya - and it wouldn't have to be real books anyway - 3 cardboard boxes with your own cover art would do the trick. I hate buying things I could have made for a fraction of the price. (I need that money for real books.)

Jan 30, 2010, 7:01am Top

I still wants it...regardless.
Like a lot of books I want - I don't need it!

They don't ship to Australia. :(
That may be a good thing... (as you say Booksloth, more money for real books)

Edited: Jan 30, 2010, 7:06am Top

Ahh... back on thread (I love the directions in which these threads wander)

Are we making a dedicated group? It could (should) be called ReadaThing (as some have suggested)?

Edited: Jan 30, 2010, 7:46am Top

I like ReadaThong.

It mixes the two names quite nicely.

Feb 1, 2010, 6:32pm Top

>278 skittles: Vetoing!

>277 Lman: I find myself typing ReadaThing rather than readathon too, so perhaps this is the inevitable conclusion of a name.

Everyone else? I haven't heard any complaints about starting a group (outside of the downsides of not having it in Booktalk), so what shall we be called? ReadaThing?

I figure we'll give names to each readathon, like Cozy Mystery Readathon 2010 or Spring Readathon 2010. Something we can easily turn into a tag.

Feb 1, 2010, 6:42pm Top

ReadaThing sounds good, and I'm there for the Cozy Mystery ReadaThingThon whenever.

Feb 1, 2010, 8:17pm Top

ReadaThing is good! And a separate group is good, with cross-posting in the relevant places when an event approaches.

Although, now that I see ejj's ReadaThingThon, it has a certain catchy rhythm to it. ;)

Feb 1, 2010, 9:03pm Top

Yeah, but ReadaThingThon sounds like we'll be doing a few choruses of "Kumbaya" before it's over. Which actually would not be a bad thing.

Feb 1, 2010, 9:07pm Top

how about ReadaThonThing? Just as catchy (IMO) as ejj's version but to me the order makes more sense.

Feb 2, 2010, 4:09am Top

ReadaThing sounds good to me.

Feb 2, 2010, 7:39am Top

ReadaThing sounds good. I will be fine with whatever is chosen. ReadaThonThing and ReadaThingThon are also interesting choices.

Feb 2, 2010, 10:15am Top

As long as it's not ReadaThong, eh?


Feb 2, 2010, 10:52am Top

Well, how about a RedaThink?

Feb 2, 2010, 2:29pm Top

I'm with tardis – ReadathonThing.
And definitely not ReadaThong. I like to be comfortable when I read.

Feb 2, 2010, 3:09pm Top

"ReadaThong - because we like to be uncomfortable when we read."

Feb 2, 2010, 3:37pm Top

ReadaThing please.

ReadathonThing makes sense, but that is not something i want to have to say when spreading the word to friends...

Feb 2, 2010, 4:07pm Top

My vote is for any of the suggestions (except maybe ReadaThong, I don't need that visual in my poor brain); this naming process seems less fraught than the renaming of the 100 Book Challenge, for which there are parallel/related groups. For this one, the world of names is our oyster, so to speak. Let's come up with a list and vote, or have Sonya and/or Tim name it by executive fiat.

Feb 2, 2010, 4:37pm Top

ok, I'm sorry for suggesting "ReadaThong" .... not that anyone should be uncomfortable while reading... that would really be heresy!!

But hasn't anyone heard of BookThongs? (google it, they are bookmarks)

So the idea wasn't too far off...

Besides, it would go with "Thong Thung Blue... everybody knowth one... Thong Thung Blue... every garden growth one.... "

Feb 2, 2010, 5:01pm Top

LOL, thank you, Neil Diamond!

Apparently there are also real LT thongs that one can buy, if one is so inclined. I never will be. I find them as bizarre an idea, clothing-wise, as neckties.

Feb 2, 2010, 5:49pm Top

I'm for ReadaThing. (goes quickly away before song gets stuck in head...)

Feb 2, 2010, 7:03pm Top

Readathingthong reminds me of a children's song from my kid's repertoire "Sing-along-song". On the other hand, its memorable.

Feb 17, 2010, 9:31am Top

So, picking this back up, it sounds like most people are leaning towards ReadaThing. I'm going to start the group, and we can figure out what information we want in the description.

Feb 17, 2010, 9:31am Top

Sounds like a plan!

Feb 17, 2010, 9:34am Top


I said I'd work on a logo, and I will. Anyone want to wordsmith a better description? I believe we've outlined (somewhere above in this thread) approximately how we want the threads to go - something like a thread for planning, a thread for posting that day.

Oh, and a link to the wiki!

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