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Updates To The Dewey Reading Challenge

Now then…

Someone had a great idea on Wednesday in the comments.

“Could we fan out and cover the Dewey Lunatic Project as a gang?”

I say yes, I think we can. I’m still going to read every number on my own, but starting now, every time you finish a non-fiction book, let me know. If you don’t know the Dewey title, I’ll find it.

I’ve changed the way I’m going to keep the records as well. Here is the page where I’ll be maintaining the list of books I (or you) have read. Dewey Lunatic Project.

I’ve erased the list of numbers. From now on, I’m just going to add the numbers which have been read already. If you visit the page now, you’ll see that I’ve entered the number 355: On Combat, by Dave Grossman.

I love the idea of everyone participating. Let’s see how quickly the group can get through!


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  • Kira May 21, 2010, 12:26 am

    Non-fiction is my bag …

    But I read most of my books in pdf/epub format, so I’m not sure how to get the Dewey Decimal goodness 🙁

    I’d like to contribute to the challenge though … Can I just post the title/author?


    • Josh Hanagarne May 21, 2010, 8:54 am

      Kira, if you’ll send me a title, I’ll find the Dewey number for you if it has one.

  • Hilary May 21, 2010, 2:48 am

    Hi Josh .. I like that idea – a collaborative. I can’t do it just now – too much else going on .. but if I can make it later in the year then I will .. I’ll watch out for your updates.

    Wish I had that capacity for reading .. good for you – & great to follow along – have a good weekend .. Hilary

  • Farnoosh May 21, 2010, 4:37 am

    I love it. May I join too? I just finished Anna Karenina (Ah Tolstoy!) and am writing my post about reading Alice in Wonderland (also finished) on my iPhone. I suppose they fall under literature one Russian other children’s classics?
    So very exciting….!

  • Farnoosh May 21, 2010, 4:39 am

    Oh and that reminds me, I am half-way through Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” – Do modern thrillers count too? Sorry I just don’t know the Dewey System as well as I should !!! Thank you.

    • Josh Hanagarne May 21, 2010, 8:52 am

      Farnoosh, I should have explained this better. The only reason that book wouldn’t count is because Dewey is all non-fiction. No novels, Tolstoy, Dan Brown, etc. So those are all wonderful books to read, they just don’t have Dewey numbers because they’re fiction:)

  • Heather May 21, 2010, 11:05 am

    OK, OK! I’m in! I already have at least 2 that I know I can add TONIGHT!

  • Bill Jones May 21, 2010, 11:18 am

    I actually didn’t know the Dewey system was still out there. I read non-fiction primarily…so I guess I could be in.

    By the way…just ordered Grip/Rip through your link…looking forward to experimentation!

  • Adam May 21, 2010, 4:09 pm


    check out LTC Grossmans book “On Killing” i think that will address some of the items we talked about earlier this week.

    Really good book

    • Josh Hanagarne May 21, 2010, 4:15 pm

      Will do. I read most of it about 4 years ago, but will get it out again.

  • Casey May 21, 2010, 6:24 pm

    “On Combat” and “On Killing” are right up there with “The Book of Five Rings” “The Art of War” and “The Hagakure” in my opinion.