Daily Archives: December 11, 2008

Dewey Decimal System Challenge

I know in one of my last posts I said I would avoid joining challenges, only to join the Library Thing 999 Challenge, and now here am I, wanting to start my own challenge.

I’m only 12 pages into a book about the history of libraries and it reminds me of a goal I had for myself back when I first started High School. I wanted to read every single book in the library before I graduated High School. I even checked out 5 books, one from each section (nonfiction, children’s, adult, etc). The first nonfiction book I read was of a scientists from Texas who swore he was abducted by aliens. My goal frittered out after that book.

I’ve decided that in 2009, I’m going to revive this lofty goal for myself, but with a few modifications. Instead of trying to read every single book, I’m going to follow the Dewey Decimal System, and read 1 book from each Dewey century. That would also help me cover my nonfiction books for my 999 Challenge. If anyone else wants to join me in this challenge, let me know, I can try to come up with some fun monthly topics and points of view of that month’s Dewey category.

So, the Dewey Chain goes as follows:
000 – Generalities
100 – Philosophy and Psychology
200 – Religion
300 – Social Sciences
400 – Language
500 – Natural Sciences + Math
600 – Technology
700 – The Arts
800 – Literature and Rhetoric
900 – Geography and History

I have created a webpage dedicated to this challenge. If you are interested in joining, please go HERE for full rules and sign-up.