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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Lori's Ancestral Challenge - thread 2 230thornton37814, Today 7:53pmignore
DeltaQueen Is Planning a Year of Freedom in 2017 - Part 5 97msf59, Today 7:41pmignore
Paruline is conquering Mount TBR in 2017 47paruline, Today 7:26pmignore
Sally Lou's 2017 challenge 90sallylou61, Today 6:56pmignore
July CATWoman - Women of Color 12beebeereads, Today 5:47pmignore
July AwardsCAT: Bailey's Women's Prize and Any SF/F Award 19VioletBramble, Today 5:01pmignore
Roberta's (luvamystery65) Colorful Challenge second thread 146LisaMorr, Today 4:39pmignore
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CBL Reads from a Fair Number of Ladies in 2017 207LittleTaiko, Today 11:04amignore
June SFF/SFFFKit - Series! 42majkia, Today 9:33amignore
Traci Tries Again in 2017 128virginiahomeschooler, Today 9:12amignore
Hanneri's 2017 Category Challenge 70Hanneri, Yesterday 9:02pmignore
CBL's Bingo Card 14cbl_tn, Yesterday 8:29pmignore
MarthaJeanne's Reading Log 52MarthaJeanne, Yesterday 5:52pmignore
RidgewayGirl's Year of Books, Part Three 57DeltaQueen50, Yesterday 4:25pmignore
Jean's Grand Tour 135majkia, Yesterday 4:00pmignore
Soffitta1's 2017 Category Challenge 124soffitta1, Yesterday 3:38pmignore
Cheli's Homebound Category Challenge for 2017 125cyderry, Yesterday 2:48pmignore
LisaMorr is taking 2017 seriously 104LisaMorr, Yesterday 2:41pmignore
Kerry's (avatiakh) commonplace challenge part 2 30VivienneR, Yesterday 1:12pmignore
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Nickelini's Category Challenge 2017 104Nickelini, Yesterday 1:08amignore
mathgirl40's 2017 Category Challenge, Part 1 222lkernagh, Yesterday 1:07amignore
rabbitprincess sails from sea to sea to sea in 2017 - Part 2 120lkernagh, Yesterday 12:57amignore
lkernagh (Lori) Reads Her Way Through The Months in 2017 - Second Thread 154lkernagh, Yesterday 12:03amignore
July AlphaKIT: B and G 8LibraryCin, Sunday 11:05pmignore
Jennifer's (japaul22) Year of Rewarding Reading 135japaul22, Sunday 8:50pmignore
VioletBramble's 2017 Category Challenge 133VioletBramble, Sunday 6:02pmignore
June Awards CAT - PEN America Literary Awards and National Book Award (USA) 21DeltaQueen50, Sunday 2:27pmignore
Roro's a Series Reader in 2017 135Roro8, Sunday 2:06amignore
Roberta (luvamystery65) sets sail on the Pequod! 20luvamystery65, Saturday 9:01pmignore
LibraryCin's 2017 Reading Log/Challenges 176LibraryCin, Saturday 4:07pmignore
July CultureCat: Violence, Crime & Justice 21beebeereads, Saturday 1:07pmignore
Jackie's second Jar of Fate category challenge 100rabbitprincess, Saturday 11:01amignore
June CATWoman - Professional Women 27Jackie_K, Saturday 10:58amignore
Vivienne's Year of the Cat - 2nd Quarter 124mathgirl40, Saturday 9:17amignore
June BingoDOG reads 11rabbitprincess, Saturday 8:08amignore
VictoriaPL's 2017 reading, part two 181mathgirl40, Friday 10:31pmignore
June AlphaKIT: Y and N 30VivienneR, Friday 11:36amignore
MissWatson takes astronomical readings 167MissWatson, Friday 6:40amignore
Andrea's 2017 Challenge 65andreablythe, Thursday 5:12pmignore
July SFFKit: Award Winners and Nominees 13christina_reads, Thursday 4:18pmignore
Sir Furboy's Language (and Random Stuff) Category Challenge 56sirfurboy, Thursday 9:04amignore
Librariansteffen's Category Challenges for 2017 23librariansteffen2, Thursday 1:28amignore
What Are You Reading in June? 33DeltaQueen50, Wednesday 7:01pmignore
pammab's 2017 challenge 12pammab, Tuesday 11:17pmignore
Tricia's "The Books Around Me Challenge" 75rabbitprincess, Tuesday 6:53pmignore
Poldark Group Read: The Four Swans (June) 15VictoriaPL, Tuesday 5:15pmignore
Threadnsong's GiNORmous TBR pile 35threadnsong, Tuesday 4:49pmignore
June RandomCAT: Into the Unknown 43VivienneR, Tuesday 1:29pmignore
Whitewavedarling and her glass half full, or empty... 163whitewavedarling, Tuesday 1:22pmignore
lavaturtle's 2017 reads 74lavaturtle, Tuesday 11:59amignore
2nd Quarter Group Read of A Suitable Boy 39avatiakh, Tuesday 2:03amignore
May CATWoman- Women in the arts 37mathgirl40, June 19ignore
May AwardsCAT- Man Booker International Prize and the Edgar Awards 38mathgirl40, June 19ignore
April 2017 - BingoDOG Reads 29muddy21, June 19ignore
MarthaJeanne's General statistics 9MarthaJeanne, June 19ignore
lindapanzo'a lucky 7 category challenge 157cyderry, June 19ignore
Lisa's 2017 Reading of Series and Other Pursuits 146VictoriaPL, June 19ignore
Kristel's Year of the Rooster 2017, 2nd quarter 50Kristelh, June 18ignore
Dudes22 (Betty's) 2017 Reading Quotes 206dudes22, June 18ignore
Shannon's Reading and Review Thread (sturlington) 116sturlington, June 18ignore
Mamzel's 2017 WANT Reading 209lkernagh, June 18ignore
Clue's 2017 Unexpected Project Challenge 105lkernagh, June 18ignore
Dogeared Copy's 2017 Category Challenge 81lkernagh, June 18ignore
Monica AKA Crazy4reading attempts the Art of reading again 69lkernagh, June 18ignore
SleepySheep (a.k.a. RachelLeah) and the Truly Random Challenge - Tracking Thread 40lkernagh, June 18ignore
Group Read: Proust Volume 3, The Guermantes Way 15Simone2, June 18ignore
June CultureCAT: Environmentalism/Conservation 20DeltaQueen50, June 17ignore
CultureCAT General Thread 25DeltaQueen50, June 17ignore
Cariola's 2017 Bingo Challenge 17Cariola, June 16ignore
DeltaQueen Is Planning a Year of Freedom in 2017 - Part 4 252DeltaQueen50, June 16ignore
AwardsCAT General Thread 19sturlington, June 15ignore
The Official UN-official SFF/SFFF-KIT for 2017 75sturlington, June 15ignore
CATWoman General Thread 36luvamystery65, June 14ignore
Mystery Max's Characters 79mysterymax, June 14ignore
RandomCAT General Thread 32jonesli, June 14ignore
May RandomCAT: All About Mom 43sallylou61, June 7ignore
May CultureCAT -- Gender Equality 37BLBera, June 6ignore
Donan's 2017 Thread 26christina_reads, June 5ignore
Christina reads a "Gilmore Girls" category challenge 148christina_reads, June 5ignore
Group read: Poldark series 36fuzzi, June 5ignore
Poldark Group Read: The Black Moon (May) 29christina_reads, June 5ignore
May AlphaKIT: C and T 65christina_reads, June 5ignore
May SFFKIT: Aliens! 50mathgirl40, June 3ignore
Shannon's (sturlington) Stephen King Not-a-Challenge 72sturlington, June 1ignore
casvelyn's reading all the books part 2 39casvelyn, June 1ignore
Erin's Carnival of Books 57VictoriaPL, June 1ignore
MarthaJeanne's Fiction 19MarthaJeanne, June 1ignore
MarthaJeanne's Nonfiction 17MarthaJeanne, June 1ignore
Sushicat joins the fun 43sushicat, May 31ignore
May BingoDOG reads 20LisaMorr, May 31ignore
What Are You Reading in May 68VivienneR, May 31ignore
April SFFFKit: Apocalyptic & Dystopian Literature 53LisaMorr, May 31ignore
RidgewayGirl's Year of Books, Part Two 200RidgewayGirl, May 30ignore
AlphaKIT Year Long Letters: X and Z 6LisaMorr, May 29ignore
Chrischi_HH's Disney Challenge 2017 65rabbitprincess, May 29ignore

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