The LOTR readalong (at which I failed badly and I still have a bookmark in The Two Towers ...) came about because of discussions on twitter, as did many other discussions, readalongs and events, I'm sure.
I live in New Zealand, as most of you know, which means I have the Timezone of Nightmares for things like book chats. I was talking to Marg of http://readingadventures.blogspot.com/ and http://www.inspringitisthedawn.com/ on twitter, and we formulated the idea of a South Pacific Book Chat.
The idea is that anyone can play, but it's going to be at a time conducive (I hope) to those living in the South Pacific.
I'm a night owl, so it will start at 11pm, NZ time on Thursday, August 12, (if you want to figure out your time go here: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html). It's about 8pm in Japan and 9pm in Australia (though apparently not all of Australia ... time zones hurt my brainz).
The first #spbkchat (this will be our hashtag :-) ) that will be hosted on Twitter [thursdayaugust12] will be open slather for topics, and at the end of it, we'll choose a topic for the next week's chat, and go on from there. The plan is to make it a weekly discussion. If you're on twitter, absolutely feel free to drop in and weigh in. The more the merrier!
NB: We're doing 11pm-1am NZ time for the first one this Thursday, but it's a trial time. We can talk about moving it back an hour for the next one. :-)
I hope this all makes sense ...