I am ready to formally embark on a reading adventure I’ve been contemplating for a couple of years now. One thing was always lacking: accountability. Now I have you to keep me honest.
Here’s the challenge:
Read one book for every number in the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
If you walk into a library and look at the non-fiction, the books nearly always have numbers on the spine. Those numbers represent a specific subject.
Now, I’m not going to be breaking down Dewey as exhaustively as it gets. For instance, the number 577 represents Ecology. But 577.1234whatever is a subset, a more specific book about a niche within ecology. I’m not going to worry about that.
577 means it starts with 577 and that’s good enough.
So I’m going to read a book for 001 (knowledge), 002 (The book), all the way up to good old 999 (extraterrestrial worlds)
I could probably fill up 75% of the numbers with books I’ve already read, but I’m going to start fresh, right now, and only choose books I read from today and after.
It will take forever, but I think it will be worth it. Sometimes I will certainly have to find the shortest book, or the goofiest, just to survive the math and sciences.
Here are the main benefits I see for myself:
- Explore subjects I’m not familiar with
- Combat dwindling attention span with a timeline
- I really do want to read more non-fiction, even though previous actions do not back that up
- A fun, ambitious project for the blog
And of course, if I find something truly wonderful, I’ll review it on the blog.
I’ll record it here
Here is the link to the Dewey Reading Project. I pasted the numbers in from Wikipedia. I just couldn’t type it up.
Where you see jumps in the numbers, it means that the classification numbers are no loner being used.
After I read a book, I’ll enter its title underneath the corresponding number.
And of course, I’d love some company. If you’re feeling manic, impulsive, and curious, jump right in at whatever number you want.
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