2017 Category Challenge

Welcome to the 2017 Category Challenge!

To encourage ourselves to “read outside the box,” in this group we (each) pick (our own) categories to read within. You can have as many or few categories as you wish, they can cover any sort of topic, and you can read as many books as you want in each category. The idea is that if you find that you tend (as many of us do) to read mainly within your comfort area and would like to push yourself outside it, you add a category for your “difficult” reads to your challenge so that you’re encouraged to pick it up at some point during the year. You are, of course, completely free to modify your categories as much as you like during the challenge.

In this group, we do a few different group reads:
1. "Standard" group reads: pick a book to read for a specific month (or a quarter or sometimes for the whole year). At the end of each year, we vote on which group reads to have the following year.
2. CATs: This is influenced by the TIOLI (Take It Or Leave It) that is being done over in the 75:ers group, but to avoid confusion we named ours "CATs" since we're a category challenge group... Get it? :) At the end of each year, we vote on which CATs to have the following year (usually 3) and each month a different volunteer will create the thread for each CAT and outline its parameters.
3. KITs: These were ideas that were not picked as "official" CATs and are usually run by the people who suggested them. They're mini-CATs (hence "KIT" for "kittens").
4. We usually also have a bingo card challenge and, unsurprisingly, have given our canine friends a chance to shine and named it BingoDOG.

The challenge officially begins on January 1, 2017, but starting early or late is welcomed.

Have fun!!

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This Year's Group Reads, CATs, and DOG:

RandomCAT General Thread and RandomCAT Wiki
CultureCAT General Thread and CultureCAT Wiki
CATWoman General Thread and CATWoman Wiki
AwardsCAT General Thread and AwardsCAT Wiki
BingoDOG General Thread and BingoDOG Wiki
SFF/SFFF-KIT Planning Thread and SFF/SFFF-KIT Wiki
AlphaKIT General Thread and AlphaKIT Wiki
Group Reads Planning Thread

Group Reads


First Quarter:




Second Quarter:
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth




Third Quarter:




Fourth Quarter:




Year-Long Group Reads:
The Vorkosigan Saga
Proust Volume 1 - Swann's Way
Poldark series
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Hanneri's 2017 Category Challenge 45Hanneri, Today 4:17pmignore
Vivienne's Year of the Cat 196VivienneR, Today 4:15pmignore
RidgewayGirl's Year of Books, Part Two 68charl08, Today 3:12pmignore
What are we reading in March? 58VivienneR, Today 2:37pmignore
Soffitta1's 2017 Category Challenge 71soffitta1, Today 1:53pmignore
LibraryCin's 2017 Reading Log/Challenges 93LibraryCin, Today 1:40pmignore
Shannon's Reading and Review Thread (sturlington) 58LisaMorr, Today 1:36pmignore
March AwardsCAT - Newbery & Caldecott Medals and genre awards 67DeltaQueen50, Today 12:41pmignore
March CATWoman: Genres 56DeltaQueen50, Today 12:36pmignore
MarthaJeanne's Reading Log 28PaulCranswick, Today 12:35pmignore
DeltaQueen Is Planning a Year of Freedom in 2017 - Part 3 163DeltaQueen50, Today 12:29pmignore
April CATWoman: Biography, Autobiography, Memoir 19LisaMorr, Today 11:53amignore
April RandomCAT – Love in the Stacks 30LisaMorr, Today 11:48amignore
mathgirl40's 2017 Category Challenge, Part 1 118AHS-Wolfy, Today 9:45amignore
Christina reads a "Gilmore Girls" category challenge 103christina_reads, Today 9:17amignore
rabbitprincess sails from sea to sea to sea in 2017 190RidgewayGirl, Today 7:53amignore
Lori's Ancestral Challenge - thread 2 80thornton37814, Today 7:39amignore
Sci Fi and Religion 45Jackie_K, Today 7:21amignore
MissWatson takes astronomical readings 120MissWatson, Today 4:04amignore
March 2017: BingoDOG reads 26LibraryCin, Today 12:00amignore
Virginia Festival of the Book 1sallylou61, Yesterday 10:54pmignore
lindapanzo'a lucky 7 category challenge 122lindapanzo, Yesterday 10:51pmignore
VictoriaPL's 2017 reading, part two 80VictoriaPL, Yesterday 10:29pmignore
Stacy's (LittleTaiko) It's All About Me Challenge 98mathgirl40, Yesterday 9:51pmignore
Cheli's Homebound Category Challenge for 2017 63mathgirl40, Yesterday 9:42pmignore
March 2017 AlphaKIT - E and K 56leslie.98, Yesterday 9:12pmignore
inge87's Shakespearean 17-in-17 178inge87, Yesterday 4:37pmignore
April AwardsCAT -- International Dublin Literary Award and the Pulitzer Prize 19LisaMorr, Yesterday 4:06pmignore
April CultureCAT: Religious Diversity & Freedom 24LisaMorr, Yesterday 4:01pmignore
Jennifer's (japaul22) Year of Rewarding Reading 81japaul22, Yesterday 3:29pmignore
Jackie's second Jar of Fate category challenge 72Jackie_K, Yesterday 1:07pmignore
psutto's 7th challenge 74psutto, Yesterday 12:51pmignore
Poldark Group Read (March): Jeremy Poldark 9christina_reads, Yesterday 12:42pmignore
Clue's 2017 Unexpected Project Challenge 80LisaMorr, Yesterday 11:26amignore
March RandomCAT: Luck o' the Irish 58Robertgreaves, Yesterday 10:34amignore
March CultureCat: Cultural Awareness and Diversity 39Robertgreaves, Yesterday 4:35amignore
April SFFFKit: Apocalyptic & Dystopian Literature 15Kristelh, Tuesday 9:14pmignore
Kristel's Year of the Rooster 2017 64Kristelh, Tuesday 8:26pmignore
Roberta's (luvamystery65) Colorful Challenge second thread 69rabbitprincess, Tuesday 6:35pmignore
Andrea's 2017 Challenge 39LisaMorr, Tuesday 5:58pmignore
Chrischi_HH's Disney Challenge 2017 55Chrischi_HH, Tuesday 4:31pmignore
Pamelad's 17 in 17 56LisaMorr, Tuesday 4:10pmignore
LisaMorr is taking 2017 seriously 74LisaMorr, Tuesday 3:52pmignore
Mamzel's 2017 WANT Reading 163LittleTaiko, Tuesday 12:49pmignore
Reckless Categories for 2017 (Reckless Reader) 12christina_reads, Tuesday 9:35amignore
Sushicat joins the fun 35christina_reads, Tuesday 9:32amignore
Jean's Grand Tour 93majkia, Tuesday 7:55amignore
Dudes22 (Betty's) 2017 Reading Quotes 134thornton37814, Tuesday 7:39amignore
VioletBramble's 2017 Category Challenge 91VioletBramble, Monday 9:47pmignore
CBL Reads from a Fair Number of Ladies in 2017 120cbl_tn, Monday 9:36pmignore
Lisa's 2017 Reading of Series and Other Pursuits 114jonesli, Monday 7:22pmignore
Kerry's (avatiakh) commonplace challenge 142christina_reads, Monday 5:50pmignore
lkernagh (Lori) Reads Her Way Through The Months in 2017 210LittleTaiko, Monday 4:46pmignore
Thingaversaries! 8LisaMorr, Monday 3:19pmignore
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2017 63Jackie_K, Monday 12:22pmignore
Sir Furboy's Language (and Random Stuff) Category Challenge 32sirfurboy, Monday 6:24amignore
Dogeared Copy's 2017 Category Challenge 49Tanya-dogearedcopy, Sunday 7:35pmignore
April 2017 AlphaKIT: J and D 20LibraryCin, Saturday 4:30pmignore
Whitewavedarling and her glass half full, or empty... 99whitewavedarling, Saturday 3:30pmignore
February CATWoman - Debut Books 59Jackie_K, Saturday 3:18pmignore
tymfos "consider the source" category challenge for 2017 51DeltaQueen50, Saturday 2:36pmignore
Roro's a Series Reader in 2017 101Roro8, Saturday 7:29amignore
Group Read: Proust Volume 2, Within a Budding Grove 10Simone2, Saturday 2:32amignore
CultureCAT General Thread 22EBT1002, Saturday 2:21amignore
Traci Tries Again in 2017 86rabbitprincess, Friday 6:33pmignore
AwardsCAT General Thread 14luvamystery65, March 15ignore
RandomCAT General Thread 25dudes22, March 15ignore
staci426's 2017 Category Challenge 37staci426, March 15ignore
Monica AKA Crazy4reading attempts the Art of reading again 53crazy4reading, March 15ignore
CATWoman General Thread 33sallylou61, March 14ignore
deep220 2017 Reading Challenge 35deep220, March 14ignore
The Official UN-official SFF/SFFF-KIT for 2017 70DeltaQueen50, March 14ignore
Tricia's "The Books Around Me Challenge" 50VictoriaPL, March 14ignore
AlphaKIT for 2017 42fuzzi, March 14ignore
lavaturtle's 2017 reads 53lavaturtle, March 13ignore
Leslie Rocks in 2017 76leslie.98, March 13ignore
Erin's Carnival of Books 51MissWatson, March 13ignore
Sace's Easy Roy G. Biv Challenge 57Sace, March 12ignore
Librariansteffen's Category Challenges for 2017 22librariansteffen2, March 12ignore
-Eva-'s 7 in 2017 - Part 1 93lkernagh, March 12ignore
Threadnsong's GiNORmous TBR pile 16threadnsong, March 12ignore
Sally Lou's 2017 challenge 53sallylou61, March 11ignore
Poldark Group Read (February): Demelza 21VictoriaPL, March 11ignore
Group read: Poldark series 23fuzzi, March 11ignore
Zero's 2017 Categories 30-Eva-, March 9ignore
February SFFKIT: Space Travel 76Bluebird1, March 9ignore
February CultureCAT: Medicine and Public Health 64Bluebird1, March 9ignore
Hibernator chases the CAT 102andreablythe, March 8ignore
kac522 2017 Random Acts of Reading 68kac522, March 7ignore
MarthaJeanne's Fiction 15MarthaJeanne, March 7ignore
casvelyn's reading all the books 96casvelyn, March 6ignore
AA1986 in 2017 17ArmyAngel1986, March 6ignore
Kimberly's (kkunker) 2017 Category Challenge 34-Eva-, March 5ignore
Cariola's 2017 Bingo Challenge 7Cariola, March 5ignore
Mystery Max's Characters 53mysterymax, March 5ignore
Jules' 2017 Category Challenge 38bookwormjules, March 4ignore
The BingoDOG Suggestion Thread 83sturlington, March 4ignore
SleepySheep (a.k.a. RachelLeah) and the Truly Random Challenge - Tracking Thread 38LittleTaiko, March 3ignore
VictoriaPL's 2017 reading, part one 212VictoriaPL, March 3ignore

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