Dunecember: Reading Schedule

Below is the reading schedule. Since the chapters aren’t numbered and there have been many different printings of this book, I am posting lines from the beginning and end of the cutoff spots. These haven’t been chosen for any significance to the plot, but for being roughly a good amount of pages apart in the sixteenth printing, my January 1977 Berkley Medallion Edition. The reading is roughly 6-8 pages a day during December (to build in some catchup time for those busy with school, the holidays, etc.) and 11-12 pages a day during January. Some of the beginning and ending quotes are not the exact beginning and ending of the chapters–I’ve tried to cut out anything that could be considered a spoiler.

Book I: DUNE

Dec 1 – 7
Starts with: The beginning of the book.
Ends with: “Why did they choose me for their abomination?

Dec 8 – 14
Starts with: “How do we approach the study of Muad’Dib’s father?
Ends with: “He breathed a sigh of relief when the lift swallowed him…”

Dec 15 – 20
Starts with: “Over the exit of the Arrakeen landing field…
Ends with: “Against his own will and all previous judgements…”

Dec 21 – 27
Starts with: “Greatness is a transitory experience.
Ends with: “Cool remoteness spread upward…”

Dec 28 – Jan 3
Starts with: “There should be a science of discontent.
Ends with: The end of book one.


Jan 4 – 11
Starts with: Beginning of book 2.
Ends with: “Even the hawks could appreciate these facts.”

Jan 12 – 18
Starts with: “Prophecy and prescience…
Ends with: End of book 2.


Jan 19 – 25
Starts with: Beginning of book 3.
Ends with: “His body had slowly acquired a certain…”

Jan 26 – Feb 1
Starts with: “And it came to pass in the third year…
Ends with: End of the appendix. (This means you’ll finish the book on or around January 29, with a couple of days to read through the appendix.)

Remember – the reading pace is a suggestion! If you read ahead, that’s fine. If you get behind and read a couple weeks’ pages in one sitdown, that’s cool too.






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