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2018 Category Challenge

Welcome to the 2018 Category Challenge!

What are the categories? It’s up to you! You can set as many categories as you like, in whatever genres you like. You can set minimum numbers of books to read in each category, or you can fill them up as the whim takes you. You can structure your reading year around a clever theme, although this is by no means mandatory. You can focus on prize winners, certain geographical areas, topics that are of particular interest to you, series you want to finish, authors with an extensive backlist… there are no limits to what you can do with the challenge.

What if I hate my categories halfway through the year, or sooner? Change them! While we do have the word “challenge” in the group name, reading should always be fun. So if your challenge isn’t working for you, change it up! The only rule is there are no rules.

Do you do group reads? Heck yes. We have four kinds of group reads:

1. “Standard” group reads: we pick a book to read in a specific month or quarter, or throughout the year. We’ll start voting on potential group reads in the last quarter of 2017. But any member can suggest a group read at any time!

2. CATs: these are monthly challenges inspired by the TIOLI (Take It Or Leave It) challenge over at the 75 Books group. We call them CATs because we are the CATegory challenge. Our CATs this year are the Colo(u)rCAT, the MysteryCAT, and the RandomCAT.

3. KITs: these are mini-CATs; KIT comes from kitten :) KITs may be former CATs, or they may be CAT ideas that didn’t get enough votes to be official CATs. Our most popular KITs are the SFFF KIT and the AlphaKIT. Both of these KITs are returning in 2018, and joining them is the wonderfully named ScaredyKIT.

4. BingoDOG: a bingo card put together by the members. One member is responsible for gathering suggestions for squares and weeding out the duplicates, then the finalists are put on a bingo card. We call it the BingoDOG as a counterpart to the CAT challenges.

Do I have to be a member of this group to join the group reads? Not at all. If you have a home base in another group and just want to swing by here for a CAT, KIT, or group read, or to play BingoDOG, you're most welcome to join us.

When do we get started?! The challenge officially begins on January 1, 2018, but you’re welcome to start earlier or later!


CAT planning thread
ColourCAT general thread and ColourCAT wiki
MysteryCAT planning thread and MysteryCAT wiki
RandomCAT planning thread and RandomCAT wiki

AlphaKIT and AlphaKIT wiki
ScaredyKIT planning thread and ScaredyKIT wiki
SFFKIT general thread and SFFKIT wiki

BingoDOG planning thread and BingoDOG wiki

Group reads

Group reads planning thread

First quarter
January: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
February: Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
March: Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

Second quarter
April: The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer
May: Ulysses, by James Joyce: Chapters 1 to 3
June: Ursula K. LeGuin memorial read

Third quarter
August: Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe
September: English Renaissance drama

Fourth quarter
October: Neal Stephenson author read
November: World War One theme read

Multi-month reads
February/March/April: Young Henry of Navarre, by Heinrich Mann
April/May/June: Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Undset
August/September/October: Henry, King of France, by Heinrich Mann (discussion on Young Henry of Navarre thread)

Year-long group reads
The Forsyte Saga, by John Galsworthy
Short story collections

Total members: 140 members

Recent members: karomi55, Pickled_vegetables, JessicaT33, pinetastic, localclassified, EPvanZyl, HoneyKasper, eshaw27, LorisBook, mpauline, countrylife, LibrarythingOfficial, mnleona, tywan, rofaffordables, Angelina15, AceOnRoam, Familyhistorian, BabyHeat22, poppj, beebeereads, mspeach02, Sabrina.rina, TARAKGHOSH, RachelAnn13, junkinlpc, bryanoz, Lynneinpx, Guanhumara, watson0717

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Hanneri's 2018 Category Challenge Part 2 48Hanneri, August 2019ignore
Hanneri's 2018 Category Challenge 154Hanneri, July 2019ignore
Clue's Challenge In A Challenge for 2018, August - December 48clue, January 2019ignore
Cheli's run at her 10th Category Challenge 213christina_reads, January 2019ignore
mathgirl40's 2018 Category Challenge, Part 2 116pammab, January 2019ignore
Amber's (scaifea) 2018 Category Challenge #2 329thornton37814, January 2019ignore
Group Read: The Forsyte Saga 114LisaMorr, January 2019ignore
December MysteryCAT: Futuristic/Fantastical Mysteries 39LibraryCin, January 2019ignore
Christina reads whimsically in 2018, part 2 106christina_reads, January 2019ignore
Book Concierge Giving it a try 59LibraryCin, January 2019ignore
Short Story Collections -- Year-long Group Reading! 218whitewavedarling, January 2019ignore
pammab's 2018 challenge 121pammab, January 2019ignore
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2018 Challenges 318LibraryCin, January 2019ignore
December AlphaKIT: C and W 76rabbitprincess, January 2019ignore
December ColorCAT: White 51DeltaQueen50, January 2019ignore
DeltaQueen Goes to Sesame Street in 2018 - Part 6 274DeltaQueen50, January 2019ignore
Nickelini's Challenge 2018 71Nickelini, January 2019ignore
Roberta's (luvamystery65) Colorful Reading Challenge part 2 131luvamystery65, January 2019ignore
Lisa's Better Late Than Never 2018 Category Challenge 45LisaMorr, January 2019ignore
Jennifer (japaul22) Reads in 2018 273japaul22, January 2019ignore
Andrea's 2018 Category Challenge – Attack the Stack 141andreablythe, January 2019ignore
Mysterymax & Colour in 2018 220thornton37814, January 2019ignore
Daisy's 2018 Category Challenge 96daisy_may, January 2019ignore
Shannon's Dark, Deep South Challenge (sturlington) 163sturlington, January 2019ignore
rabbitprincess travels through time and space in 2018 - part 4 103rabbitprincess, January 2019ignore
Kerry (avatiakh) goes for 18 in 2018 233thornton37814, January 2019ignore
Chrischi_HH's guided tour through Lübeck 2018 86Chrischi_HH, January 2019ignore
LittleTaiko's (Stacy) 80's Music Challenge - 2nd Half 98rabbitprincess, January 2019ignore
Whitewavedarling... Watching What She Reads in 2018 250whitewavedarling, January 2019ignore
BingoDOG reads in December 30sturlington, January 2019ignore
Helenliz does battle with the books in 2018 part 2 157Helenliz, January 2019ignore
VivienneR Shines on Some Crazy Diamonds in 2018 : Part 4 119dudes22, January 2019ignore
Crazy4reading is just going crazy in 2018 46crazy4reading, January 2019ignore
Lori's (thornton37814) Year-Long Vacation from Meaningful Categories - Thread 4 197thornton37814, December 2018ignore
Pamelad's 18 in 2018 151pamelad, December 2018ignore
Lori (lkernagh) Reads her ABCs in 2018 - Fifth Thread 203lkernagh, December 2018ignore
Lisa's 2018 Category Challenge 75lsh63, December 2018ignore
Librariansteffen's Category Challenge for 2018 28christina_reads, December 2018ignore
kac522 -- 2018 Challenge Reading 103kac522, December 2018ignore
RidgewayGirl Reads All Over the Place - Part Four 118RidgewayGirl, December 2018ignore
Jackie's Jar of Fate challenge meets the Scottish islands 277Jackie_K, December 2018ignore
lindapanzo's second period reading 198lindapanzo, December 2018ignore
psutto's next challenge 197VivienneR, December 2018ignore
What are we reading in December? 24rabbitprincess, December 2018ignore
Tricia Keeps On Reading 107VivienneR, December 2018ignore
Sushicat's Playground 2018 191VivienneR, December 2018ignore
staci426's 2018 challenge 65VivienneR, December 2018ignore
Betty (dudes22) Tries to Catch Up in 2018 - Pt 2 118VivienneR, December 2018ignore
Majkia (Jean) Reads What Strikes Her Fancy - Spring 139thornton37814, December 2018ignore
MissWatson balances her books, the second ledger 180thornton37814, December 2018ignore
lavaturtle reads things in 2018 140lavaturtle, December 2018ignore
Montarville reads categorically 49thornton37814, December 2018ignore
MarthaJeanne's Reading Log 146thornton37814, December 2018ignore
Sally Lou's updated reading challenge for 2018 -- replaces Sally Lou's reading in 2018 191thornton37814, December 2018ignore
December SFFKit - This is how it ends! 29threadnsong, December 2018ignore
December RandomCAT: Secret Santa 53Jackie_K, December 2018ignore
December ScaredyKIT Psychological Thrillers (or catch all) 17whitewavedarling, December 2018ignore
2018 MysteryCAT General thread 123fuzzi, December 2018ignore
Yearlong Letters for 2018: X and Z 48whitewavedarling, December 2018ignore
Tafadhali goes boldly forward in 2018 51Tafadhali, December 2018ignore
Traci Gets Cozy in 2018 Part 2 209virginiahomeschooler, December 2018ignore
November SFFKIT: Creatures! 30sturlington, December 2018ignore
September SFFFkit: Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales 42mathgirl40, December 2018ignore
2018 BingoDOG Suggestion Thread 106christina_reads, December 2018ignore
BingoDOG reads in November 13christina_reads, December 2018ignore
MarthaJeanne General thread 14MarthaJeanne, December 2018ignore
MarthaJeanne's Nonfiction 24MarthaJeanne, December 2018ignore
November MysteryCAT: Cozies 51Familyhistorian, December 2018ignore
October Group Read: Neal Stephenson 29mathgirl40, December 2018ignore
November RandomCAT: It's all about money... 34mathgirl40, December 2018ignore
MarthaJeanne's Fiction 25MarthaJeanne, December 2018ignore
November AlphaKIT: T and H 69rabbitprincess, December 2018ignore
November ColourCAT: red 68mathgirl40, November 2018ignore
The November ScaredyCat: Serial Killers 26mathgirl40, November 2018ignore
What are we reading in November? 44rabbitprincess, November 2018ignore
The Official UN-official SFF/SFF-KIT for 2018!! 82whitewavedarling, November 2018ignore
Favorite Authors Edit 5MarthaJeanne, November 2018ignore
2018 ColorCAT General Thread 55Chrischi_HH, November 2018ignore
ScaredyKIT Planning Thread 88Kristelh, November 2018ignore
RandomCAT General Thread 59LibraryCin, November 2018ignore
AlphaKIT for 2018 87majkia, November 2018ignore
October RandomCAT: Playing Cards 62lavaturtle, November 2018ignore
October SFFKIT: Historical and Alt-Historical 41whitewavedarling, November 2018ignore
Threadnsong's Gi-NOR-mous TBR Pile 2018 ed. 49threadnsong, November 2018ignore
October ScaredyKIT: Ghost Stories 37mstrust, November 2018ignore
VictoriaPL's Hanging Out with the 2018CC crew 156VictoriaPL, November 2018ignore
October ColorCAT: Orange 55LibraryCin, November 2018ignore
October Mystery CAT – Espionage 42beebeereads, November 2018ignore
RidgewayGirl Reads All Over the Place - Part Three 201RidgewayGirl, November 2018ignore
October AlphaKIT - N and L 66lkernagh, November 2018ignore
Lori's (thornton37814) Year-Long Vacation from Meaningful Categories - Thread 3 214thornton37814, November 2018ignore
rabbitprincess travels through time and space in 2018 - part 3 170rabbitprincess, October 2018ignore
What are we reading in October? 53lsh63, October 2018ignore
VivienneR will Shine on Some Crazy Diamonds in 2018 : Part 3 190VivienneR, October 2018ignore
BingoDOG reads in October 8VivienneR, October 2018ignore
Cariola's 2018 Bingo Challenge 43Cariola, October 2018ignore
SEPTEMBER GROUP READ: English Renaissance Drama--The Duchess of Malfi 20RidgewayGirl, October 2018ignore
Lori (lkernagh) Reads her ABCs in 2018 - Fourth Thread 205lkernagh, October 2018ignore
Feb/Mar/Apr Shared Read: Young Henry of Navarre 30MissWatson, October 2018ignore

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