A while back I had an idea that began nagging at me: A reading list of all the very best books on a wide variety of subjects. A structured list that you could read through, discussing them with others, to get a comprehensive overview of everything there is to know.

It’s an idea that’s stuck in my head ever since but the large number of tricky questions involved (What are the books? How are they chosen? How many books? What subjects? etc) prevented me making anything.

So it seemed wise to tell people about it, which I’ve begun doing at a new site, Septivium. It might become something wonderful or it might go nowhere. Either way I hope some people will be interested enough to discuss it.

If you find it an interesting idea — the chance to read and learn about everything in the world — then do visit, follow along, and tell me what you think.

And if you know someone else who might be interested — whether they already know everything, or they know nothing, or they know more than anyone about one specific subject — please do send them along. Thanks.

(For those reading this through my super aggregated feed my Septivium post(s) should already be with you.)


  • Checked it out, it's an interesting idea...where will it go from here? How can I help out?

    Amazon user lists do something like this, but the problem there is what you're trying to tackle: authority.

    I've been asked what are good beginner books for those interested in zen/buddhism, and my list changes each time I'm asked. That would be an interesting list to help out on.

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18 Feb 2009 at Twitter

  • 6:55pm: @genmon Happy Birthday and drinking and table footballing! (We are keeping our snot at home tonight.)
  • 6:45pm: @muteboy Yup, a book group that, over time, will cover every subject.
  • 6:20pm: Hey you. I had an idea so I put up a website to discuss it: If you find it intriguing, then do think about it. Ta.
  • 5:31pm: Blimey. I just put an old DVD player on FreeCycle and had three requests for it within two minutes.
  • 4:46pm: I'm sure I never used to get stressed about booking trips. Or maybe I did and it's been so long I'd forgotten. Calm calm calm....
  • 1:17pm: You threw out my Nancy Drew books/ My model horses from Massachusetts/ All my Barbies & all my Kens/ My stuffed animals my childhood friends
  • 9:29am: I fear all the snot in my head hasn't left room for information. The head feels way too full right now.

18 Feb 2009 in Links