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Dewey’s Books Reading Challenge

January 1 – December 31, 2009

Chris at Stuff Dreams Are Made Of and Robin at A Fondness for Reading are hosting a very special challenge in honor of Dewey from The Hidden Side of A Leaf. Chris writes:

Dewey was such a prolific reader and her reviews were honest, intriguing, and beautifully written. What better way to celebrate her wonderful life than by having a year long challenge in her name!

Dewey’s Books Reading Challenge asks participants to visit Dewey’s blog and peruse her archives. Then do one of the following:

  1. Pick one book from each of the 6 years of which Dewey has archives. You can access her archives by clicking on the archive link in the sidebar of her website. It’s a dropdown menu. For instance, you would read one book that she reviewed in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 for a total of six books.
  2. The other option is to read 5 books that Dewey reviewed. These can be from any year.

I’ve chosen Option #2: “Read 5 books that Dewey reviewed. These can be from any year.” I’ll pick my five books from this list (follow the title links to read Dewey’s reviews):

  1. Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi (COMPLETED December 27, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review)
  2. Persepolis 2, by Marjane Satrapi (COMPLETED December 28, 2009; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
  3. Digging to America, by Anne Tyler (COMPLETED December 31, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  4. Chocolat, by Joanne Harris (COMPLETED February 26, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  5. Matrimony, by Joshua Henkin (COMPLETED February 11, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review)


  1. December 10, 2008    

    Another person that hasn’t read Perspolis! I really liked those books. 🙂 And, then, there is the rest of your list where I haven’t read any of them! No big surprise there. haha

  2. December 10, 2008    

    This is such a neat idea. I hope you like Persepolis–I read it on Dewey’s recommendation and really enjoyed both volumes.

  3. December 10, 2008    

    She read so many books that it’s hard to decide! Good Luck!

  4. Kim Kim
    December 11, 2008    

    I had already read Digging to America or I would have chosen that one! I see we have Chocolat in common and have been looking forward to reading this one for a couple of years! I am also planning on reading my first Stephen King book this year, but it isn’t the one you are reading.
    I had fun reading your list. 🙂

  5. December 12, 2008    

    Kailana: I first heard of Persepolis from Dewey’s blog and have been wanting to read it for awhile. This challenge gives me the nudge to do so.

    Trish: I haven’t heard a bad review of Persepolis! I love the idea of this challenge.

    Kristy: I found that I had actually read a lot of the same books as Dewey! I guess she influenced me more than I realized 🙂

    Kim: I have had Lisey’s Story on my shelf for awhile now…Dewey loved that one…so it was an easy “pick” for this challenge. I am also really looking forward to Chocolat.

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