The Challenge

I’ve been thinking about starting some sort of fun challenge for a while now, since the necessary parts of my life seem to be under control (for the moment, at least!).  Then at the library last night I realized that I was checking out all non-fiction books, which is pretty unusual for me.  Perhaps less strange lately, when I’ve been getting my fiction-fix on my kindle, but still odd.  I also think its really worth while to know a little bit about a lot of topics, just to broaden the way we think.  So, for both of these reasons, I am starting yet another challenge-based website (although I don’t promise there won’t be the occasional off-topic post just for fun).  So…the challenge.  I will be doing a Dewey Decimal challenge, but instead of reading by decade (which is already being done at this blog) I will be reading one book for each number between 1 and 999.  I actually discovered the first Doing Dewey project when trying to use their url.  So much for originality, right?  However, I plan on making the project my own.  As well as reading a book for each number, I’ll also be adding activities for some of the books I read, including the obvious ones like crafts and cooking but perhaps also visiting museums or traveling for other sections.  So, welcome to the Dewey Decimal Project!  We could be here a while, so feel free to stick around 🙂

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  1. Finally, a project that will take longer than mine!
    Dewey Reader (of said Dewey Decades)

    • Haha, yeah, I realized that if I read two books a week, this would still take 10 years! But I plan on just having fun with it as long I’m enjoying the project, rather than letting it be intimidating 🙂

  2. benjaminxjackson

    I saw your blog promoted on goodreads. This is a great idea. I will be interested to see how it all unfolds. I have my own ten year reading list, though it looks like it will me longer than ten.

    • Awesome, thanks for stopping by and commenting! I didn’t realize when I first came up with the idea that it was going to be a ten year project, but I think it may actually take me even longer then that too 🙂

  3. Marc

    I always get distracted by other books I either encounter on the way to a particular book (libraries) or a book will mention other books I want to read before I move on. For the past 15 some years I have been working on a list that only involves 100 books http://www.listsofbests.com/list/52411-will-durant-s-100-best-books-for-an-education, am still not more than 1/2 way through and like you I read a lot. Best of luck with your list,

    • I know I sometimes find it a hard balance to strike. Lately, I’ve started craving fiction again, which has made it harder to keep moving forward with my list. Your list looks very worth while, but also very challenging! Good luck with your list too and thanks for commenting 🙂

  4. Hi! I found your blog while searching for nonfiction book review blogs. Coincidentally, I’m also doing a 2013 Dewey Decimal Challenge on my library’s blog…though not as ambitious as yours!

  5. This sounds like an exciting challenge. And I see that you are very committed to it. Do you think it would be wise for someone like me (who is not much of a reader), to take this kinda challenge? I want to get in the habit of reading. But it has been quite challenging for me 🙂

    • If you think you could have fun and not let yourself feel stressed out about trying to finish it, I think it could be a really fun way to read more. If you like non-fiction a lot, you could do what I’m doing. A lot of people also just try to read a book a week for a year. Or there are lists of 100 or 1000 books in particular genres that some people try to read through, so you could try that or even make your own list 🙂 Whatever you decided to do, I think it’s awesome that you’re trying to read more and hope you have a lot of fun along the way!

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