August Readathon: Reading In Public
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So, reading in public. What book? Where will you go?
(Edited to add URL)
I made a very simple bookcover that can be seen/read from a distance... and that's key.. it can be seen from a bit of a distance... not necessarily across the street, but people will be able to read it without bothering you.
It is sized for a standard small paperback, because most people can only print on standard 8.5 X 11 paper. (for other sizes just do a fit-to-print and it should work fine)
Another reason for the simplicity is that you can "customize" it... your choice for paper color!! and if you are so inclined, you can decorate it, too... with markers or crayons or stickers... just realize that if it is too "busy" then people won't be able to quickly see the LT logo!!
Next time we can have a ReadaThing bookcover for our ReadaThing-thon, but for now.....
Here is the link to the pdf file for the bookcover:
And I read in public all the time, so this will be easy. (Actually got harassed at a bar a few weeks ago by this guy who was apparently flabbergasted that my book was more interesting than his sparkling wit.)
Could we have you add something to the PDF about it being the Read in Public ReadaThing?
The ReadaThing logo is still being 'tweaked' but as soon as I get it, I will make another bookcover.
I'll try to work a "Reading in Public" type book cover, too.
This one has the event name & date with the LT logo.
both bookcover links are also on the wiki page for this event.
Looking forward to the Readathing and adding a new T to my collection. I will wear mine on 22 Aug all day. I signed up for the ReadAThing, I'll read at my local coffee shop, not sure what I will read just yet. Plan on printing out the bookcover to show my support, too.
I will actually in London (I'm from Sydney, Australia) for the August readathing - my first trip overseas. I decided on the YHA Hostel at St Pancras as my accommodation because it is directly opposite the British Library! I arrive the day before the readathing so will still be getting over my jetlag, so reading will be a great way to spend the day, and I will be there by myself, so I won't feel as though I am ignoring anyone.
This is what I'm thinking -
* Start with breakfast at the hostel (or nearby cafe) and read my book (still deciding on which books (and how many) to take on my trip, but am definitely taking If this is man by Primo Levi as I will be visiting Auschwitz later in my trip).
* Then head over to the British Library and read in the open area at the entrance to the library.
* Then I might start some of my sight-seeing of London (taking along my book, of course) - maybe reading while waiting for the London Eye, reading in front of Big Ben, reading while waiting for the Tube.
Any other suggestions?
How about adding one more word to this cover...."I'm Reading in Public"...just adds a little more emphasis on the interaction here.
Edited to add:
I've been playing with the bookcover and it is getting too visually busy. It has to be visible & readable from a distance.
For now, feel free to mark yours with either I'm or We're (since there will be more than just one of us Reading in Public... this is a group read)
I'll play with it more later, but for now we've got two bookcovers.
I've put the date on my calendar and plan to read in public for an hour at a couple of different times during the day: in my backyard (if it is not too hot) and/or on my front porch and/or at a local coffee shop.
Love the t-shirt and book cover ideas . . .
Will post what I'll be reading closer to that date . . .
Wish there was a way to identify other LTers who live near me (I'm in Minneapolis), though I'm more of a "lone reader" than a "social reader" . . .
Thanks for organizing these events!
I'm trying to figure out where I'm going to read in public. I'm in a small town & almost everything in my area is closed on Sunday.... except the library!! So, I might go there. The park is nice, so that's a possibility, too. I haven't decided where to go yet.
Maybe McD's with my headphones?
While reading in public, have a basket of Bookcrossing-registered books near-by and available for others to take (for free) if they choose to join you in reading at the same time!
Can we start a new section on the wiki page, with open invitations of public gatherings?
I like that we have enough people signed up that if you don't know when you'll have time, you can just fill it in afterwards. Of course, I'd like the satisfaction of seeing all the names beforehand, but that's not very realistic.
(and says this as if it was a 'bad' thing... ha ha ha!!)
I lose track of time when I read.
Question. What is the "purpose" of the Readathon? (Other than a way to persuade my parents that I am, no, not wasting time, I am participating in an international community thing...... :D)
There's also the Book It reason -- that this is a motivator to take time to read, to schedule time to read. It's like having a very loose book club.
It's an event to look forward to, for those who don't enjoy being overly social.
Put your reason in...
actually, it will be my nightshirt 'cause I got it extra huge!! But I will wear it proudly on Aug 22 while I read in public!!
and, yes, I will really read in public in my shirt.
No, I will not have someone take a picture of me, in my shirt, reading in public.... we don't need broken cameras or broken internets... I may take a picture of my chair, my book in bookcover & where I read.
I'm ordering a t-shirt today, so will plan to wear that.
Wish I knew if there were others here in Portland, Maine, that will be reading. We could sit and read together...
I think I'll plan to sit and read with a stack of BookCrossing books to give away too, as SqueakyChu suggested, combining my two favorites: reading and BookCrossing.
All the same, not being one to turn down a deal for something good, I got one of each T-shirt. :)
The place I work is in the process of moving and the schedules will be completely haywire for that week.
Sure do wish there was someone else in the Portland Maine area who wanted to Read in Public with me though... whenever that turns out to be.
I don't know yet what my schedule will be for that day, so I'll be signing up at the last minute.
ask TIM! isn't Portland where the LT headquarters are?
Just a little business-card-sized version of the sign or the saying from the t-shirt. Maybe with a space where I could jot down my username (if the person doesn't seem too creepy :)
Does this already exist? If not, I'd be happy to make a template, but I'm not sure what the LT font is . . .
In the meantime I'll look around the site to see what I can find . . .
Five of them say (centered on white background):
Catalog your books online
and five of them say:
What's on your bookshelf?
I used the logo images from the LTsite and a little photoshop magic.
Something specific about the ReadaThing?
I'll sleep on it and see how I think they look in the morning . . .
So I can add more variations if desired . . .
I posted the business cards as both .doc and .pdf
You can find them at the wiki
or directly at
Each file contains three pages of 10 BCs each. The first page has 5 each of two versions, the other two pages are just one version or the other.
If folks have suggestions for changes, let me know and I'll update the files or make alternatives.
I'm pretty sure that's not the link I should be using, but it works and I'm on my way out the door . . . perhaps someone else can fix it?
I think it should be:
Gotta run . . .
but I think I'm going to walk over to a nearby coffee house that 'says' that it is open on Sundays for a brunch... They have wifi & coffee & food, so I'm good!!
and comfortable chairs!!
Is here where we'll post what and where we read? or will there be a new thread for that?
I guess I'll see in the morning.
I've got a couple of possibilities for public reading locations: restaurants, coffee shop, library, maybe even Light Rail Transit.
Will try to finish up the Early Reviewers book from a couple of months back that I've been having a hard time finishing.
Have a great read everyone!
I started Fire by Kristin Cashore, which is the second book in the series, though chronologically it's the first. I've already, briefly, met the one and only character that also shows up in Graceling and I find myself instantly on edge wondering what mischief he'll get up to this time. And there seem to be some differences between the magics in Fire and Graceling which I can't wait to read more about.
Happy reading to everyone else participating today!
Sorry for being slack and posting so late....I had a very restful hour at Avid Reader at West End reading The Passage by Justin Cronin pp 204 - 236.....over a vege turkish toasted sanger and a flat white ....pure indulgence.....browsed amongst the books afterwards.....searching for the soundtrack to Me and Orson Welles.....have placed an order.....over to you ....
(though as of 8:30am CT US there is only one entry and I believe it might just be a sample).
I'm more interested in the "where" people are reading and those other personal details on context and what is read, so posting here too seems like a good thing.
Anyway, I just added the ReadaThing notice to the home page. I'm looking forward to my 5pm spot. I'm reading Mary Roach's new book Packing for Mars for an interview with her, so it's a double shot of getting work done, and reading a book about a subject I love, by an author I adore!
Now I am off to find a place to read. I won't be able to post anything until I get back because I am not going have a computer with me and I don't know if I will be able to type on my Iphone.
Happy Reading all!!
it didn't stick!!
I'm sorry, everyone!!
edited to add: I really need some coffee!!!
My plan was to read The Company of Heaven: Stories from Haiti, but just before I was going out to read, the latest (and last) chapter of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins arrived via email. So I printed it out and put it in my bag with my Readathing Covers and table signs and business cards! Off I went in my LT t-shirt.
First I went to Maria's Cafe for a large Raisin & Walnut pancake to sustain me. Did a bit of reading of TWIW while waiting for my food. Had my sign on the table.
Next I went to Blue Moon (a favorite local coffee shop) got a large half-caf latte and set up there for about an hour. This time I had all my signage on the table.
All in all I was reading TWIW in public for about 1 hour between 9:45 am and 11:30 am CDT US.
No one asked me about what I was doing, but several folks glanced at the sign and/or my t-shirt.
Hope everyone else has a good read.
I started Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis. A friend has read them & recommended them.... so I bit. Fairly good so far... different style or attitude, but I'm willing to give it a try.
So, not an exciting read, but a quiet one!
A few people walked by and looked at me while I was reading but otherwise it was very uneventful.
I read The Eyes of the Dragon while I was waiting in line in a drive-through and finished it at home. I also got to read it on Friday for about half an hour in a restaurant waiting for my late friends.
I've got my t-shirt on at least!
My waitress noticed my BookCrossing earrings and my Library Thing t-shirt and asked if I was a librarian. I explained that I was not and told her about the Library Thing Read-a-Thon and about BookCrossing too. I enjoyed my first Reading in Public Read-a-Thon.
My only consolation is that I read in public all the time, at work (really! it's part of my job), at the doctor's office, in line at the grocery store...you get the idea. And I do wear my LT t-shirt to work on occasion too, telling everybody who's interested, and probably lots who aren't, all about LT!
If I had known that though, I could have stayed home and read with my six cats. That would have been public enough too, I suppose :)
But I wouldn't have been able to participate on sunday so it's even better that I didn't find out in time...
So, what genre/theme gets someone excited enough to organize the next one? Who wants to guest-host?
I read (a little bit of) Stormy Petrel by Mary Stewart. No time to read all week! I'm still not finished.