Dewey Decimal Reading Challenge

This challenge is inspired by Katie @ Doing Dewey. One of my favorite genres to read is Nonfiction but over the last few years I’ve been reading less and less. Something that has always fascinated me is the Dewey Decimal system.  I love to see the organization of the Dewy decimal system and I have always wanted to make a challenge to force myself to finally pick up books outside of my comfort range.

When I decided to try to read more nonfiction I thought maybe reading one book for each of the 10 main categories but felt that it was to broad of a category. I included a chart here in case you were curious based on the chart we were given when I was in primary school.




000-099 General References or Works (encyclopedias, biographies, periodicals and journalism)
100-199 Philosophy, psychology and logic
200-299 Religion (men’s faith)
300-399 Social Sciences (how people live and work in society; law, government and institutions)
400-499 Language (English, grammar and dictionaries)
500-599 Natural Science (Mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, geology, paleontology, biology, zoology, and botany)
600-699 Technology and Applied Science (medicine, engineering, agriculture, home economics, radio, TV, and aviation)
700-799 Fine Arts and Recreation (architecture, sculpture, painting, music, photography and recreation)
800-899 Literature (plays, poems, essays, literature in foreign languages)
900-999 History and Biography (history, biography, geography and other related disciplines)

So the idea was pushed to the back of my brain to come up with a solution at a later time fast forward quite a few years and I discovered the awesome blog Doing Dewey and the awesome challenge that Katie was doing trying to read a book for every decimal place. Now that is an idea I could get behind! So that’s exactly what I decided to do. AS of January the First of 2018 I am also going to read a book for all 999 subcategories. Is this a tad ambitious? Yes!

Some interesting things I discovered is not all decimal points are assigned. According to the Dewey Services where they break down each individual decimal point some are unassigned so I don’t 100% know what to do about that but I guess that is a bridge I’ll have to cross when I get there.

I will also be using the resource of Classify an experimental classifying website to aid me in placing books in the proper Dewey Decimal classification as needed.  So far the books I’ve checked on the website have matched the books I’ve picked up from my so I feel pretty comfortable continuing with using it in the future.

I will also be reviewing the varies books I read for this challenge as I go. I find that reviewing Nonfiction is easier at least for me to review. I’ve also made a page on my blog to hold all of the reviews for the books I’ve read through out this challenge. I’m really excited to join in this awesome challenge and I am so excited to see how I go.

Until next time


3 thoughts on “Dewey Decimal Reading Challenge

  1. Oh yay! I’m sorry it took me awhile to stop by, but I’m super excited you’re tackling this challenge as well. I’ve typically been using my library to figure out Dewey Decimal numbers for the books I read, but that obviously does become a problem when I read a book they don’t have yet. I’l definitely be checking out the resources you’re using for when that happens!

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    1. Its quite a challange but I’m really excited to be reading out of my comfort zone! I’m glad you think you’ll be able to use the resources I listed! That was my biggest concern about this challange not being able to figure out the dewey decimal numbers by myself if my library didn’t have the book! Thanks again for the inspiration!


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