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2019 Category Challenge

Welcome to the 2019 Category Challenge, where the only rule is there are no rules.

What are the categories? Whatever you like! The point is for you to figure out what you want to get out of your reading year: Do you want to make progress on some of those series you follow? Is there an author whose works you'd like to read or re-read? Are there genres or subject areas you want to focus on?

Some members (your admin included) like to use the same categories each year and dress them up with a clever theme. Some members use the months of the year as their categories to give themselves more freedom to read by whim. It's all good! We want the challenge to work for you!

If you hate your 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!

So what's with the menagerie? CATs, KITs, DOGs??

The Category Challenge runs several group-wide challenges that members can play along with as they please: CATs, KITs, and the BingoDOG.

The CATs 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. We normally have three CATs; however, this year we had a tie for third place in the voting, so we're having four:


Any CATs that don't make the cut as official CATs can be turned into KITs. These are mini-CATs (KIT comes from kitten). KITs can also be former CATs from previous years, or just something fun that a member comes up with. In previous years we've had the SFFFKIT (for sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction) and the AlphaKIT (two letters of the alphabet are the featured letters of the month, and you use these to pick a book to read).

The BingoDOG, meanwhile, is 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. The member who gathers suggestions for squares will set the deadline for submissions.

What about regular group reads? We do those too! Members can suggest a group read at any time, or spread the word about group reads going on in other groups. We've even carried over group reads from previous years of the Category Challenge (e.g., the Vorkosigan Saga read-along).

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, 2019, but you’re welcome to start earlier or later!


CAT planning thread

CalendarCAT planning thread and CalendarCAT wiki
RandomCAT planning thread and RandomCAT wiki
SeriesCAT planning thread and SeriesCAT Wiki
TBRCAT planning thread and TBRCAT Wiki

AlphaKIT planning thread and AlphaKIT Wiki
ScaredyKIT planning thread and ScaredyKIT Wiki
SFFFKIT planning thread and SFFFKIT Wiki

BingoDOG planning thread and BingoDOG Wiki

Group reads

Group reads planning thread

First quarter
January: The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
February: Secondhand Time, by Svetlana Alexievich

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Multi-month reads

The Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien - April / May / June
Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding - July / August / September

Year-long reads

Emile Zola: Les Rougon-Macquart series
A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth
The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher: Catch-up thread | Main thread
Pilgrimage, by Dorothy Richardson
Short stories and anthologies

Total members: 123 members

Recent members: yaviancha, ali_nico, Rabbitknitter, carolsteffes, Hortence28, shendrix413, SharingHub, ColinMichaelFelix, AugustusV., TheEclecticBookworm, aliceaausacheva, marykinney, deborahuggin, kennethbetts, Gomu, Ajit_Singh, Stellaa, pdever, Lucianna-AU, threadnsong, HighViolet, deep220, tallpaul, ReneeMarie, pammab, mandymarie20, -Eva-, madhatter22, beckybury, BookLizard

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Les Rougon-Macquart series - year long group read 19Starfall15, March 23ignore
Pilgrimage Year-long read 70LisaMorr, March 22ignore
2019 Group Read: A Suitable Boy 106Tanya-dogearedcopy, January 25ignore
Cheli's Colorful 2019 Category Challenge 195thornton37814, January 20ignore
Yearlong AlphaKIT - X and Z 27Robertgreaves, January 18ignore
Koalamom 2019 31koalamom, January 16ignore
Lisa's Not Quite As Serious in 2019 176LisaMorr, January 14ignore
mathgirl40's 2019 Category Challenge, Part 2 125mathgirl40, January 9ignore
rabbitprincess paints a portrait of her reading year in 2019 - Part 4 104mathgirl40, January 4ignore
December CalendarCAT 43beebeereads, January 3ignore
December Series CAT: A series that is new to you 51beebeereads, January 3ignore
Roberta's (luvamystery65) BORING 2019 Category Challenge 153Berly, January 2ignore
December Scaredy-Kit! 17mathgirl40, January 2ignore
Wolfy’s Revisiting the Category Challenge for 2019 157mathgirl40, January 2ignore
Audiobooks continued (Thread 2) 109luvamystery65, January 2ignore
Kathy's (kac522) 2019 Reading Projects 152kac522, January 2ignore
Christina reads the 2019 Category Challenge, Part 3 123christina_reads, January 2ignore
Jackie's 2019 5 star category challenge Part 2 162Jackie_K, January 2ignore
VioletBramble's 2019 Category Challenge 153JayneCM, January 1ignore
Pete's totally going to read TBR this year 101JayneCM, January 1ignore
Tricia Tries to Keep Up in 2019 148JayneCM, January 1ignore
amaranthe's interesting experiment 64amaranthe, January 1ignore
December RandomCAT- Season's Readings 89Kristelh, January 1ignore
Threadnsong's TBR Shelf, 2019 ed. 40threadnsong, January 1ignore
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2019 Challenges 336LibraryCin, January 1ignore
Lori (lkernagh) Binge Reads through 2019 - 2nd Thread 233lkernagh, January 1ignore
pamelad's 19 in 2019 186pamelad, January 1ignore
Nickelini and her 2019 Category Challenge 99Nickelini, January 1ignore
NinieB puts on her hiking boots 249JayneCM, January 1ignore
pammab's 2019 challenge 110pammab, January 1ignore
Lori's (thornton37814) 2019 Classic Bands Challenge - Thread 4 213thornton37814, December 2019ignore
Stacy's (LittleTaiko) 2019 Challenge - Clue - 2nd Half 79JayneCM, December 2019ignore
VivienneR in Christie's Footsteps - End of the year! 142JayneCM, December 2019ignore
My First Challenge! 258JayneCM, December 2019ignore
Betty's (dudes22) Raining Cats and Dogs in 2019 - PT 2 67dudes22, December 2019ignore
Helenliz Houses the Hoard, pt 4 148charl08, December 2019ignore
Lisa's 2019 Month to Month Category Challenge 79JayneCM, December 2019ignore
RidgewayGirl Reads Books in 2019 - Part Three 251RidgewayGirl, December 2019ignore
Amber's (scaifea) 2019 Category Challenge 359scaifea, December 2019ignore
December BingoDOG Reads 41NinieB, December 2019ignore
What are we reading in December? 49christina_reads, December 2019ignore
December SFFFKit: 2019 Wrap Up 26fuzzi, December 2019ignore
japaul22's 2019 Category Challenge 255japaul22, December 2019ignore
Clue Reads The Stars In 2019 9dudes22, December 2019ignore
Kerry (avatiakh)'s 2019 category challenge 200avatiakh, December 2019ignore
DeltaQueen's Random Miscellaneous Challenge - Part 7 188JayneCM, December 2019ignore
December AlphaKIT - E and R 47christina_reads, December 2019ignore
lavaturtle Reads Randomly in 2019 158rabbitprincess, December 2019ignore
Group Read - Tom Jones - July, August & September 39mathgirl40, December 2019ignore
Tess leaves the Yellow Brick Road part 3 215mathgirl40, December 2019ignore
Majkia (Jean) Gets Her G∑∑K On - I 146majkia, December 2019ignore
2019's Short Story Collection and Anthology GroupRead 72chlorine, December 2019ignore
Shannon's Serendipity-Doo-Dah Reading in 2019 (sturlington) 135sturlington, December 2019ignore
April's Cat Who Challenge 52lowelibrary, December 2019ignore
Chrischi_HH's walk through Lübeck 2019 79VivienneR, December 2019ignore
Dogearedcopy's "19/S" Cat Stax 147VivienneR, December 2019ignore
LadyoftheLodge 5 CATS 179thornton37814, December 2019ignore
Donan's 2019 Challenge 20donan, December 2019ignore
Montarville goes to school in 2019 38VivienneR, December 2019ignore
TBR CAT -- A book I bought because it was so cheap 31LibraryCin, December 2019ignore
This-n-That's Monthly Challenge 2019 88Tess_W, December 2019ignore
MissWatson climbs the Ziggurat of Babel (aka Mount TBR) - the second ascent 175Tess_W, December 2019ignore
ML Crazy4reading's CAT challenge 2019 103JayneCM, December 2019ignore
Dresden Files Catch-up Thread 41LisaMorr, December 2019ignore
staci426's 2019 Challenge of Categories 60staci426, December 2019ignore
Sally Lou's reading in 2019 149sallylou61, December 2019ignore
Whitewavedarling's Winding Path as of 2019 133rabbitprincess, December 2019ignore
Joy's 2019 Category Challenge 48JayneCM, December 2019ignore
November CalendarCAT 52kac522, December 2019ignore
November 2019 ScaredyKIT: Stephen King and Family 19chlorine, December 2019ignore
November SFFKIT: Award Winners 74scaifea, December 2019ignore
October RandomCAT: Knock-offs, Follow-ups, Tributes, Parodies 62LadyoftheLodge, December 2019ignore
Tafadhali's 2019 Anniversary Challenge 35Tafadhali, December 2019ignore
Is anyone thinking of next year? 17Nickelini, December 2019ignore
November AlphaKIT: S and Y 63LibraryCin, December 2019ignore
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT For 2019!!! 123fuzzi, December 2019ignore
November TBR CAT: Book given to me as a gift 40Kristelh, November 2019ignore
2019 ScaredyKIT - Interest and Planning 76whitewavedarling, November 2019ignore
November's RandomCat: Childhood Memories 38LadyoftheLodge, November 2019ignore
DeltaQueen's Random Miscellaneous Challenge - Part 6 254DeltaQueen50, November 2019ignore
2019 SeriesCAT Planning Thread 160lsh63, November 2019ignore
Clue Reads The Stars In 2019 166dudes22, November 2019ignore
November SeriesCAT - Female Protagonist 58LibraryCin, November 2019ignore
2019 group reads planning thread 135JayneCM, November 2019ignore
What are we reading in November? 47DeltaQueen50, November 2019ignore
November BingoDOG Reads 18dudes22, November 2019ignore
TBR CAT -- Planning Thread 120LittleTaiko, November 2019ignore
BingoDOG Planning Thread 137EBT1002, November 2019ignore
2019 CalendarCAT Planning Thread 66LibraryCin, November 2019ignore
AlphaKIT for 2019 98Kristelh, November 2019ignore
2019 CATs planning thread 113pamelad, November 2019ignore
2019 RandomCAT planning thread 60lsh63, November 2019ignore
Betty's (dudes22) Raining Cats and Dogs in 2019 200dudes22, November 2019ignore
rabbitprincess paints a portrait of her reading year in 2019 - Part 3 173rabbitprincess, November 2019ignore
CBL's musical categories, part 2 105cbl_tn, November 2019ignore
October BingoDOG reads 26NinieB, November 2019ignore
October CalendarCAT 33sturlington, November 2019ignore
October TBRCat - Book Purchased Because of the Visual Appeal of the Cover 37DeltaQueen50, November 2019ignore
VivienneR in Christie's Footsteps - Part 3 192VivienneR, November 2019ignore

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