The Well-Read Man Project

A Gentle Introduction

The Well-Read Man Project

Greetings, and welcome to The Well-Read Man Project. Over the course of the next year or two, you and I will embark on a journey that is both difficult and enjoyable, difficult in that I’ll be doing all the work, and enjoyable in that you get to watch. But if you are willing to share, then I plan on enjoying it, too.

Here is the project as it stands now: Starting on July 1, 2011, I will spend twelve months reading fifty of the most important written works in history, consuming them at a rate of about one per week. It’s unclear whether anyone can go though such an experience unscathed, but I’m willing to be the guinea pig. Along the way I will open my heart and my blog to you, sharing the highs and lows of the experience. I invite you to participate by commenting on each post and, if you dare, reading some of the selections with me. To keep up on my progress, visit regularly, or use the Follow the Project links on the right to receive updates by email or through your favorite social media powerhouse. You probably have friends and relatives who desperately need to know about this project. Use the share links at the bottom of each article to spread the news.

I’ve already spent a month preparing for this role: building this web site, creating a spreadsheet of 1,600 candidate books, locating experts of impeccable credentials who can provide guidance, finding a comfy chair. I’ll tell all in each exciting post. For now, use the menu links at the top of this page to find out more about the project and me, your reader. See you between the covers! Of a book, that is.


  1. Susy: I’ve budgeted between two and four hours per day for reading, but the actual time will depend on the books selected. If it’s War and Peace, I might have to spend an entire 48-hour weekend in a chair, a can of Jolt Cola at the ready, and toothpicks holding my eyes open. Thanks for following!

  2. Tim and Cultural Literacy. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from you. Thanks for doing all the work. I’m too lazy and have too many useless distractions. When this becomes a feature movie, don’t forget the little people – like me.

  3. Looks great! I wish I could follow & do the reading as I can’t remember when I was able to pick up a nice book & sit down to read for more than 15 min. without any interruptions. I look forward to reading about your experience & your reviews—that’s something I can do.


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