13 November 2009

Thankfully Reading Weekend: Event

I'm learning that Twitter can be either a really, really fun way to connect with your friends or a really, really dangerous way to get hooked into new things.

Yesterday, Jenn of Jenn's Bookshelves was commenting that her family was going to have a quiet holiday, and so she was planning to get in lots of reading time--a kind of personal read-a-thon. Jen of Devourer of Books and I quickly tweeted that we thought that was a great idea. Then one of us said we should cheer each other on, another said we use a hashtag (a way to search for our tweets), and then finally Jenn said we should formalize it.

So here we are with Thankfully Reading Weekend! It will run from Friday, November 27 to Sunday, November 29, after the U.S. Thanksgiving Day. This is completely casual. No rules, no prizes, just a way to connect with others who are thankful to have a quiet weekend to read.

We will be using the Book Blog Social Club site as our connecting place. In the next day or so, I'll put up a Mr. Linky on that blog for signing up for the event. Then on November 27, I'll put up another Mr. Linky so we can keep track of our posts or reading progress. Finally, I'll put up a Mr. Linky on Sunday for linking up our wrap-up posts.

Again, there are no rules and no time commitments. If you have a moment or several hours or several days to be Thankfully Reading over that weekend, grab the button and tell us what you're reading! If you're on Twitter, try to remember to use the hashtag #thankfulreading, so we see who else is around.

If you can’t join us, have no fear: Bethany of Dreadlock Girl is hosting a Read-a-thon on December 5 and Michelle of GalleySmith is hosting a “seriespalooza” (an event for catching up on your book series) later in December.

EDIT: The sign-up Mr. Linky has been posted at the Book Blog Social Club.

21 comments:

Vivienne 11/13/09, 7:57 AM  

I really wish I was American sometimes. The English don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but it always sounds like a lovely holiday. I hope you have a brilliant Thanksgiving weekend and enjoy lots of reading.

reviewsbylola 11/13/09, 8:00 AM  

I saw everyone tweeting about this yesterday and got really excited for it. My boyfriend is going out of town, so I will be all by myself Friday-Sunday and what better way to take advantage of the peace and quiet than to read to my heart's content!

bermudaonion 11/13/09, 8:40 AM  

This sounds like so much fun, but it won't work for me because my guys and maybe our nephew will be home.

Book Chick City 11/13/09, 8:58 AM  

This sounds like a great idea. I missed out on the Read-a-thon in October, so I will definitely sign up for this one! I'm from the UK so don't actually celebrate Thanksgiving, but I hope you don't mind me joining in? :)

Beth F 11/13/09, 9:05 AM  

To my international friends: Are you thankful you have some time to read? If yes, you're in. This is a no rules event.

Michelle 11/13/09, 9:13 AM  

I'll be starting the event early! I'm going to be traveling by car from VA to FL so I'll have more than my share of hours on Wednesday (grrr traffic!) to enjoy reading. I'm sure that I'll have a few hours each evening too, maybe :)

I'm excited!

Michelle 11/13/09, 9:38 AM  

I'm heading up north to visit family but I still plan on getting some reading done so I'll sign up. And, like Michelle, I always have the travel time to read.

Amy 11/13/09, 9:51 AM  

WHat a great idea! I'll be around, we're having a quiet Thanksgiving and, even if we do go away for a day or two, we can't go for long because of the kitties. I'd love to have some people to connect with while reading a lot. I discovered during the readathon that my husband is a terrible reading companion, he can't seem to sit still for more than 15 minutes at a time!
Thank you for posting about this, Beth!

Louise 11/13/09, 10:31 AM  

Great idea. If I am actually at home during that weekend (of which I am not completely sure right now) I may join in on the fun. I think I will post about it anyway one of the days.

Sherrie 11/13/09, 10:40 AM  

Hi Beth,
I was planning on reading some of my new books I got at the library so this works great for me. I'll be joining in. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Sherrie's Stuff

Sandy Nawrot 11/13/09, 12:14 PM  

Unfortunately, we are not going up to St. George Island for Thanksgiving this year...just handing around. But the kids will be around and wanting to be entertained (most likely with all the holiday movies coming out) so I doubt I would be a productive participant. I think it all sounds like loads of fun though!

Julie P. 11/13/09, 1:36 PM  

I'll have to see what I can do. That weekend is always crazy for us. We do all of our decorating. And on Monday, Booking Daughter and I are going to New York to see the Rockettes.

Nise' 11/13/09, 2:12 PM  

If I am not babysitting my 1yr old nephew, I will be joining in as I will NOT be shopping.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 11/13/09, 2:57 PM  

Twitter = fun and dangerous!

I'll be joining you on Sunday (hopefully and Thankfully!)

Fantastic button ...

Lisa 11/13/09, 8:38 PM  

Sounds like fun; as soon as the read-a-thon was done, I thought I could use a couple of more mini ones to keep myself caught up.

Rasco from RIF 11/13/09, 10:58 PM  

I am looking forward to participating! I'll be with family but will have some reading time I know!

Kailana 11/14/09, 6:01 AM  

Wow, lots of great reading weekends ahead! I will have to wait until it gets closer and see what that weekend brings!

Alessandra 11/14/09, 8:45 AM  

This sounds like a great idea! As I'm Italian, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but a quiet weekend spent reading seems awesome. I'm susually at home during weekends, but I don't know if I will be in two weeks' time. Oh well, I think I can spend at least a part of my weekend at home reading, so I think I'm going to join :)

Dorte H 11/14/09, 4:23 PM  

All my children are home this weekend so I won´t be reading much. I have written the first draft of a few short pieces, however, and I feel quite pleased every time I am able to put all other obligations away and write. Somehow that is easier than reading when my son is at home, because he laughs at my flash fiction and is good at helping me with suggestions when I translate them into English. It is so great to share a hobby with your grown children.

Lisa 11/17/09, 2:09 PM  

This sounds like fun and since I have never participated in a ReadAThon, I think I'll try it!

Book Bird Dog 11/27/09, 10:35 PM  

Here's what I'm reading right now for Thankfully Reading: Killer Keepsakes

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