Announcing the August/September 2014, Labor Day Weekend (US) ReadaThing


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Announcing the August/September 2014, Labor Day Weekend (US) ReadaThing

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Muokkaaja: elokuu 17, 2014, 10:28am

Announcing the August/September 2014, Labor Day Weekend (US) ReadaThing

We'll be reading from Thursday August 28 to Tuesday September 2, depending on your location. Remember, this is a ReadaThing, not a readathon, so no one needs to try to read for four full days . . . don't stress yourself! An hour or so, one or more times during the weekend, is fine. More is for if you want/need an excuse to do a lot of reading :)

As has been the case for many ReadaThings, the reference start time is midnight UTC - in this case, the midnight between Thursday and Friday. That's 2 pm Thursday in Hawaii, 5 pm in the western US, 8 pm in the eastern US, 1 am Friday in London, 2 am in much of Europe, 4 am in Moscow, and 10 am in Sydney.

The wiki page for signup is here:

If you want to join in the read, but aren't sure WHEN you can read, or can't plan, there is the "No Timeline" readers signup on the wikipage after the timeline. (The wiki also includes links to time zone converters to find the times in your hometown. :)

Here are the times for the first day of the ReadaThing to help you put it on your calendar. A chart showing all the times for the full four days can be found here:

And here are some answers to FAQ (from the Wiki):


What is ReadaThing?

ReadaThing is NOT a read-a-thon!! You do not have to read for the entire four days unless you want to! ReadaThing is a time when we gather to read & share what we read. The best analogy is that RaT is like a relay race where a runner hands a baton off to the next runner. Some of the readers sign up for specific reading times & some don't, but there is always someone in the group reading somewhere in the world.

There are several major threads for the ReadaThing: this announcement/information thread, the "what I will/may be reading" thread, and the Log Book & reviews/reports thread.

There is a wikipage for the signups (see above). There will not be a wikipage for the books (unless someone wants to set one up), please use Touchstones in the "What I will/may be reading" and the "Log Book" threads to provide a record of all the books read during the RaT.


"No Timeline" Readers

After the timeline on the wiki-signup page, there is an area where you can sign up for the "No Timeline" reading. If you sign up there, it's nice if you can put in your actual reading hours in the timeline, after the fact (that's what I (try to) do).


There is no overall theme for this ReadaThing. If you have a theme you'd like to follow, list it here or in the What Will You Be Reading? thread; if you like someone's theme, say you'll be following it and list which of your books will belong to the theme. This is not required; you can read themeless, read a book and decide afterward it fits one or more themes (multi-theme books are fun!), or choose a book because it fits a theme you'd like to pick up. Part of the fun is stretching themes to fit the books you want to read, too. Anything works - from "rereading old favorites" to "books featuring a female vampire" to "books with yellow covers" - have fun!


If you find any errors, please let me know.

If you have any questions, post them here or PM me on my profile page. And there are lots of people willing to help if you need help with the wikipage or just have questions! Questions are good!

(And yes, if much of the above sounds familiar, I copied it from previous announcements and the wiki. Thanks to jjmcgaffey and skittles for their previous craftings of this message. And sonyagreen and SqueakyChu for getting it all started back in 2009! :)

elokuu 13, 2014, 8:36pm

I am signed up!!!

elokuu 13, 2014, 10:16pm

I'll be there!

elokuu 14, 2014, 4:20am

I'm a "no timeline" for now, anyway. :)

elokuu 14, 2014, 5:30am

Well, that's exactly the time frame during which I will not get any reading done since I will be away at the Tønder Festival in Denmark. bad Luck for me.

elokuu 16, 2014, 5:53pm

I 'think' I am signed up. So excited. I haven't participated in one of these for quite some time. YEA!~!

elokuu 16, 2014, 9:58pm

>6 rainpebble:
You're signed up. No need for the double pipes || between names, so I fixed that. Should be all good.

elokuu 18, 2014, 8:25am

Hi I just signed up for the ReadaThing. Not a first timer but I feel like one since it's been sooooo long since my last one. Thanks for initiating it.

elokuu 19, 2014, 1:42pm

It seems like a long time since I last did one of these. I've signed up for 4 nights at 10 pm central, which is prime reading time for me.

elokuu 19, 2014, 3:53pm

I've signed up as well. Found out about this through the newsletter and I am intrigued by the concept.

elokuu 19, 2014, 5:45pm

Ooh, this sounds neat. I found it through the newsletter thing (you'll probably be getting a lot of those, I bet). I'm still new to LibraryThing, but I'm all for the dive-in-the-deep-end approach. I added myself to the no timeline list, because I never know when I'll be reading. This should be fun!

elokuu 19, 2014, 5:55pm

I signed up for one slot, but of course I'll read more than that. Will see later if I want to go "no timeline" for the rest, or if I'll put my name down for more timeslots.

elokuu 19, 2014, 9:09pm

Welcome All!!
Many people sign up for a few slots as well as "No Timeline" and then just fill in the other slots corresponding to when they actually read. I also sometimes check for gaps in the timeline once the RaT is going and then try to read at those times . . . I love it when at the end we can look at the timeline and all the slots were filled :)
The main thing is to have fun, do as much reading as makes you happy and fits in your schedule, and share the experience with others!

elokuu 19, 2014, 9:14pm

When the ReadAThing starts, if we're reading during a time slot but we signed up for no timeline, are we allowed to put our name in that time slot, as long as we read during the entire hour?

elokuu 20, 2014, 3:56am

>14 VampAmber: That's what you're supposed to do :)

elokuu 20, 2014, 4:10am

>14 VampAmber: absolutely. Reading for less than an hour or across hours (e.g. From 10.30-11.30) is also allowed (this is meant to be about having fun reading :) although filling in the timeline gets a bit trickier. Don't worry - I'm bound to set a bad example and do it ;)

elokuu 20, 2014, 6:40am

Sounds great! What do we read into and listen on? phones? computers?

elokuu 20, 2014, 6:58am

>17 drteve: I'm not really sure what you're referring to, but if you mean you want to do audio books, you can listen to them on whatever works best for you.

elokuu 20, 2014, 11:14am

When we do the readings, what do we read into and listen on? How do others listen to the readings?

Muokkaaja: elokuu 20, 2014, 11:18am

>19 drteve: a ReadaThing is a group read where we each read (privately) whatever we choose (a book, an ebook, an audiobook) in relay - with the aim of having someone, somewhere around the globe, reading at any given time for the full duration of the event. We make a note of when we plan to read (and when we actually read) in the Wiki, and we will be opening threads tomorrow to discuss the books we read.

We don't record our readings for others to listen to - although that's a really interesting idea, it would be a completely new event!

elokuu 20, 2014, 12:54pm

I am not familiar with WIKI and have no idea how to sign up for slots but I will be reading as much as possible as I always do.

elokuu 20, 2014, 1:32pm

So, we go on the Wiki and we're all connected? That's the 'microphone' and 'speaker'?

elokuu 20, 2014, 1:36pm

>15 .Monkey.: Ahh, that makes so much more sense. I thought you had to figure out when you were going to read beforehand and "pledge" that time or something. This event has suddenly become a bajillion times easier. ^_^

elokuu 20, 2014, 1:43pm

>21 Kimmyd76: I have added you into the No Timeline category - you can find the Wiki here, with full instructions for updating the wiki to reflect your actual reading times afterwards (or beforehand if you want to - feel free to drop me a note if you need a hand). It's as simple as editing your name in against the time slots you fancy reading in - it's absolutely fine for lots of us to be reading at once, so there's no rules about when you can and can't read :)

>22 drteve: I think you misunderstand the concept: this isn't a recording exercise in the sense of us taking voice recordings of us reading our books out loud and sharing those recordings. When we say 'record', we only mean in the sense of 'make a note of' - i.e. log the time when you were reading to show who was reading when around the world.

elokuu 20, 2014, 3:12pm

So, in other words, we just read in the privacy of our homes, with no body listening and log it on the Wiki?

elokuu 20, 2014, 3:28pm

I am signed up for no timeline for now. This is my first time! :)

elokuu 20, 2014, 7:47pm

>17 drteve: & >25 drteve:
Yes! Though reading in public or out loud to other people would also "count". Some day we may all have the technology to read aloud to each other from a distance, but not right now :)
BTW, if you enjoy audiobooks and/or reading out loud, you might want to check out . . . they record public domain books and make them available for download. I'm currently listening to Nicholas Nickleby from them.

Sorry if there was some confusion . . . but this does provide the opportunity to say that listening to an audiobook counts as "reading" (but watching a movie of a book does not :)

The social part of the event happens here, where we share details of what and where we are reading, favorite quotations, etc.

You go to the group page and scan down for any threads that say LOGBOOK to see what people have done in previous ReadaThings.

elokuu 20, 2014, 7:49pm

>21 Kimmyd76:
If you want to sign up for a specific date/time, feel free to list it here and/or PM me and we'll get you signed up. No worries!

elokuu 21, 2014, 3:21am

First time I've ever done anything like this, but really looking forward to it!!!

elokuu 22, 2014, 11:46am

Wonderful to see so many new people! Welcome all!

Muokkaaja: elokuu 23, 2014, 1:31am

and a not-so-new Read-a-Thing reader is going to join in, too!!

elokuu 23, 2014, 12:51pm

>31 skittles:
Yeah!! Good to see you here!

elokuu 23, 2014, 10:24pm

Signed up for No Timeline, as usual. Thanks for setting this up - and the Wiki with instructions for setup is a _great_ idea. More organizers means more RaTs!

elokuu 29, 2014, 10:26pm

I used my first and second slots this evening to finish reading The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean.

elokuu 29, 2014, 11:19pm

I've finished my reading for the day and read The Paper Chase by John Jay Osborn, Jr.. This is the fortieth anniversary edition and a reread for me.

elokuu 29, 2014, 11:26pm

I've completed my reading for the day (4 hours) and read The Paper Chase by John Jay Osborn, Jr.. This is the fortieth anniversary edition and a reread for me. I think tomorrow I'll begin a reread of Jane Eyre.

elokuu 30, 2014, 12:01am

Add these onto the Logbook thread - this is for what you'll want to read, that's for what you are reading/did read!

elokuu 30, 2014, 12:30am

>37 jjmcgaffey: where is that thread?

elokuu 30, 2014, 2:09am

elokuu 31, 2014, 3:14pm

I just saw this will look to see if I can fit in any reading. I listened to a book today.

Muokkaaja: elokuu 31, 2014, 10:41pm

>7 LucindaLibri::
Thank you for "fixing" me LucindaLibri. It is always nice to have knowledgeable people in the midst of things.