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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VictoriaPL's 2017 reading, part two 99VictoriaPL, Today 8:09amignore
Kristel's Year of the Rooster 2017, 2nd quarter 20Kristelh, Today 7:30amignore
Mamzel's 2017 WANT Reading 183AHS-Wolfy, Today 7:13amignore
Shannon's Reading and Review Thread (sturlington) 84sturlington, Today 6:41amignore
psutto's 7th challenge 79psutto, Today 4:42amignore
DeltaQueen Is Planning a Year of Freedom in 2017 - Part 4 87Familyhistorian, Today 12:44amignore
May AlphaKIT: C and T 7cyderry, Yesterday 11:37pmignore
RidgewayGirl's Year of Books, Part Two 139RidgewayGirl, Yesterday 10:08pmignore
Sally Lou's 2017 challenge 62sallylou61, Yesterday 8:42pmignore
VioletBramble's 2017 Category Challenge 104VioletBramble, Yesterday 7:59pmignore
Vivienne's Year of the Cat - 2nd Quarter 49VivienneR, Yesterday 7:32pmignore
Dudes22 (Betty's) 2017 Reading Quotes 167dudes22, Yesterday 7:21pmignore
mathgirl40's 2017 Category Challenge, Part 1 160mathgirl40, Yesterday 6:36pmignore
LibraryCin's 2017 Reading Log/Challenges 120LibraryCin, Yesterday 4:31pmignore
April RandomCAT – Love in the Stacks 91LibraryCin, Yesterday 4:29pmignore
Jackie's second Jar of Fate category challenge 81Jackie_K, Yesterday 3:57pmignore
April 2017 AlphaKIT: J and D 54lavaturtle, Yesterday 2:44pmignore
lavaturtle's 2017 reads 58lavaturtle, Yesterday 2:41pmignore
Dogeared Copy's 2017 Category Challenge 61Tanya-dogearedcopy, Yesterday 1:56pmignore
MissWatson takes astronomical readings 140MissWatson, Yesterday 12:37pmignore
Traci Tries Again in 2017 102virginiahomeschooler, Yesterday 10:48amignore
May CultureCAT -- Gender Equality 14BLBera, Yesterday 9:34amignore
Group Read: Proust Volume 2, Within a Budding Grove 23japaul22, Yesterday 7:54amignore
2nd Quarter Group Read of A Suitable Boy 18avatiakh, Yesterday 5:42amignore
Roberta's (luvamystery65) Colorful Challenge second thread 105EBT1002, Saturday 10:47pmignore
rabbitprincess sails from sea to sea to sea in 2017 - Part 2 48rabbitprincess, Saturday 10:28pmignore
CBL Reads from a Fair Number of Ladies in 2017 145LauraBrook, Saturday 9:04pmignore
Monica AKA Crazy4reading attempts the Art of reading again 58LauraBrook, Saturday 8:58pmignore
Clue's 2017 Unexpected Project Challenge 88clue, Saturday 8:54pmignore
What are we reading in April? 37DeltaQueen50, Saturday 3:04pmignore
Roro's a Series Reader in 2017 111Roro8, Saturday 12:39amignore
April 2017 - BingoDOG Reads 23sallylou61, Friday 11:53pmignore
Hanneri's 2017 Category Challenge 53Hanneri, Friday 11:35pmignore
Whitewavedarling and her glass half full, or empty... 113VivienneR, Friday 6:43pmignore
inge87's Shakespearean 17-in-17, Part 2: II Be or Not II Be 44inge87, Friday 6:02pmignore
Christina reads a "Gilmore Girls" category challenge 129christina_reads, Friday 11:44amignore
April CATWoman: Biography, Autobiography, Memoir 39LisaMorr, Friday 8:48amignore
May RandomCAT: All About Mom 16Roro8, Friday 7:33amignore
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2017 74Nickelini, Thursday 11:13pmignore
Pamelad's 17 in 17 66rabbitprincess, Thursday 8:38pmignore
Stacy's (LittleTaiko) It's All About Me Challenge 110LittleTaiko, Thursday 6:12pmignore
Soffitta1's 2017 Category Challenge 95soffitta1, Thursday 1:54pmignore
Jennifer's (japaul22) Year of Rewarding Reading 101japaul22, Thursday 1:18pmignore
April SFFFKit: Apocalyptic & Dystopian Literature 38fuzzi, Thursday 12:36pmignore
Lori's Ancestral Challenge - thread 2 129thornton37814, Thursday 11:43amignore
MarthaJeanne's Reading Log 34MarthaJeanne, Thursday 4:52amignore
lindapanzo'a lucky 7 category challenge 127lindapanzo, Wednesday 4:55pmignore
Mystery Max's Characters 64mysterymax, Wednesday 12:09pmignore
Tricia's "The Books Around Me Challenge" 57christina_reads, Wednesday 10:56amignore
April AwardsCAT -- International Dublin Literary Award and the Pulitzer Prize 36VivienneR, Tuesday 7:52pmignore
Lisa's 2017 Reading of Series and Other Pursuits 123jonesli, Tuesday 5:48pmignore
March CultureCat: Cultural Awareness and Diversity 48beebeereads, Tuesday 4:52pmignore
Kerry's (avatiakh) commonplace challenge 180mamzel, Tuesday 3:45pmignore
April CultureCAT: Religious Diversity & Freedom 69EBT1002, Tuesday 1:10amignore
lkernagh (Lori) Reads Her Way Through The Months in 2017 - Second Thread 45BLBera, Monday 6:43pmignore
May SFFKIT: Aliens! 14mamzel, Monday 4:55pmignore
Sci Fi and Religion 61lavaturtle, April 16ignore
May CATWoman- Women in the arts 11sallylou61, April 16ignore
MarthaJeanne's Fiction 17MarthaJeanne, April 16ignore
Jean's Grand Tour 108majkia, April 16ignore
May AwardsCAT- Man Booker International Prize and the Edgar Awards 17luvamystery65, April 15ignore
CultureCAT General Thread 23sallylou61, April 14ignore
CATWoman General Thread 34VioletBramble, April 14ignore
LisaMorr is taking 2017 seriously 82LisaMorr, April 14ignore
The Official UN-official SFF/SFFF-KIT for 2017 72fuzzi, April 14ignore
Threadnsong's GiNORmous TBR pile 20threadnsong, April 14ignore
Ardene (markon) tries a new thing in 2017 44labfs39, April 14ignore
AlphaKIT for 2017 44majkia, April 14ignore
RandomCAT General Thread 27DeltaQueen50, April 14ignore
Chrischi_HH's Disney Challenge 2017 61MissWatson, April 12ignore
Poldark Group Read: April (Warleggan) 8VictoriaPL, April 11ignore
casvelyn's reading all the books part 2 21casvelyn, April 11ignore
DeltaQueen Is Planning a Year of Freedom in 2017 - Part 3 255DeltaQueen50, April 11ignore
AwardsCAT General Thread 17jonesli, April 11ignore
kac522 2017 Random Acts of Reading 84kac522, April 11ignore
Kristel's Year of the Rooster 2017 71VictoriaPL, April 10ignore
tymfos "consider the source" category challenge for 2017 57DeltaQueen50, April 7ignore
Cariola's 2017 Bingo Challenge 12Cariola, April 7ignore
Sushicat joins the fun 40sushicat, April 7ignore
Group Read: Proust, Volume 1 - Swann's Way 57Yells, April 5ignore
casvelyn's reading all the books 106casvelyn, April 4ignore
Cheli's Homebound Category Challenge for 2017 77cyderry, April 4ignore
inge87's Shakespearean 17-in-17 200inge87, April 3ignore
Group read: Poldark series 24christina_reads, April 3ignore
Zero's 2017 Categories 31thatguyzero, April 3ignore
What are we reading in March? 76threadnsong, April 2ignore
March CATWoman: Genres 62Kristelh, April 2ignore
Vivienne's Year of the Cat 211VivienneR, April 2ignore
Poldark Group Read (March): Jeremy Poldark 12christina_reads, April 1ignore
March RandomCAT: Luck o' the Irish 74mathgirl40, April 1ignore
March AwardsCAT - Newbery & Caldecott Medals and genre awards 78mathgirl40, April 1ignore
Shannon's (sturlington) Stephen King Not-a-Challenge 68sturlington, April 1ignore
Group Reads for 2017 128VictoriaPL, April 1ignore
CBL's Bingo Card 12cbl_tn, April 1ignore
rabbitprincess sails from sea to sea to sea in 2017 198rabbitprincess, April 1ignore
LauraBrook's 7 in 2017 - Part 1 37Berly, April 1ignore
March 2017 AlphaKIT - E and K 68leslie.98, April 1ignore
Sir Furboy's Language (and Random Stuff) Category Challenge 36sirfurboy, April 1ignore
MarthaJeanne's Nonfiction 15MarthaJeanne, April 1ignore

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