Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Dewey Decimal Challenge for 2011

Because of my hope to read more nonfiction this year, I've joined The Dewey Decimal Challenge. Here are the details:

Read any non-fiction book(s), adult or young adult. That's it. You can choose anything. Poetry? Yes. Memoirs? Yes. History? Yes. Travel? Yes. You get the idea? Absolutely anything that is classified as non-fiction counts for this challenge.

I always like levels in my challenges, so here are mine:

Dilettante--Read 1 non-fiction book.
Explorer--Read 2
Seeker--Read 3
Master--Read 4

This challenge will last from January 1 to December 31, 2011. You can sign up anytime throughout the year.
I'm signing on at the Master level, and actually want to read even more than four this year. You may join the challenge here.

Completed April 9, 2011


  1. I had no idea that poetry is classified as non-fiction... I would simply see it in a category on its own; fiction (as in novels), poetry, and non-fiction.
    Four seems very easy to achieve - I am sure you will be a Master in no time!

  2. I've joined too, Nan. I read non-fiction anyway, so for me, it was an easy fit. I'm doing three challenges this year - easy peasy ones so I don't know how much of a challenge they really are.

    Well, the Victorian Reading one will be a bit of a challenge. I'm reading Trollope and Wilkie Collins and Rudyard Kipling for the first time.

  3. For a teacher, the amount of nonfiction reading that I do is deplorable. Embarrassing. I'm ashamed of myself. Practically the only nonfiction book I read regularly is the Bible, and some would even beg to differ on its genre as nonfiction or fiction. Do cookbooks count? How about teacher manuals? Then I'd be at the Master level. ;) Best to you, Nan, in your endeavor.

  4. Nan, read Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson. You won't even feel like you are thinking...it just flows! And the story is amazing!!!

  5. My favourite reading is non-fiction including biographies and memoirs.
    If you haven't read Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses yet by Jeannette Wall, I would recommend them.
    My daughter just finished a book by Gail Caldwell that she highly recommended to me:
    Let's take the Long Road Home
    I am sure you will have a list longer than you need without any recommendations from me:)
    Have fun selecting and reading...

  6. Thanks for joining my challenge! I hope you enjoy the books you choose!

  7. I keep seeing all these delectable challenges and I sigh because I can't do them all...or can I???

  8. Librarian, poetry is in the 800s in the Dewey Decimal System.

    Yvette, your blog is where I first heard of it!

    Bermuda onion, I look forward to all the books.

    Bellezza, sure. Count those manuals!

    Laura, I'll check it out!

    Joanne, I will look into them!

    Jen, it's such a good one, and I thank you for hosting it.

    Bybee, ah sure you can!

  9. Oh, I can do this! I read a lot of nonfiction, though, so it wouldn't really be a challenge for me :) My choices would be mostly biography, memoir, and essay, I think.

  10. Dorothy, it's a great, fun challenge!

  11. Thank you Nan. I may join this one. And I look forward to seeing what you choose! For some time I've had the (personal) goal to keep a non-fiction book going all the time and I haven't done too well on it lately. This would be a good incentive. However, I just realized that I recently finished a Michael Pollan book that goes in the foodie challenge and of course it would work for this one as well.

  12. Sallie, that's exactly the right word, 'incentive' - it describes how I view the three challenges I've joined. You're right about the Pollan book; two for the price of one. :<)


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