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AlphaKIT for 2017

2017 Category Challenge

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1majkia
Edited: Oct 1, 2016, 9:59am Top



Welcome to the unofficial AlphaKIT. Everyone is invited to play every month, once in awhile, or simply to ignore this unofficial optional challenge.

Each month has two letters assigned to it. You can use these letters to help you sort your TBR however you like. First word in title, an author's initial, a character's name, a significant word in the title, name of a series, or ... It's pretty wide open so feel free to be creative.

I try to start a monthly thread by the 15th of the previous month, but everything will be detailed on the wiki once I set it up so it will be there for your use whenever you want to update it, or feel free to ignore that part of the challenge.

And, tada:

The magical blocks have been shaken- not stirred- and the results for 2017 are:

Jan - M & S
Feb - W & H
Mar - E & K
Apr - I & D
May - C & T
Jun - Y & N
Jul - B & G
Aug - O & F
Sep - U & P
Oct - A & V
Nov - L & Q
Dec - J & R

And as always, yearlong X and Z

2017 AlphaKIT wiki is here"
http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/2017_Unofficial_AlphaKIT

2RidgewayGirl
Sep 16, 2016, 1:42pm Top

You've done such a lovely job of keeping the AlphaKIT going strong!

3LisaMorr
Sep 16, 2016, 3:39pm Top

Yay!

4LibraryCin
Sep 16, 2016, 8:32pm Top

LOL! And the planning was so quick for this one!

5rabbitprincess
Sep 17, 2016, 9:42am Top

I might actually play next year! Not consciously, but at the end of each month I'll list whatever happens to fit the letters. :)

6majkia
Sep 17, 2016, 9:50am Top

>5 rabbitprincess: More than welcome to play that way!

7cyderry
Sep 17, 2016, 12:37pm Top

So glad this will continue, it definitely helps me to dig through that humongous TBR pile and choose something to read.

8VivienneR
Edited: Nov 23, 2016, 7:34pm Top

So glad this Kit is continuing. When I have multiple choices for a CAT, this is what makes picking one easier.

9whitewavedarling
Sep 18, 2016, 2:44pm Top

Awesome :) I'm glad to see it already present also! I'm in the exact same boat as >7 cyderry: :)

10fuzzi
Sep 21, 2016, 8:02pm Top

I'm here, and have starred this thread, woo!

11Robertgreaves
Sep 21, 2016, 9:27pm Top

Good to hear.

12luvamystery65
Sep 25, 2016, 8:30pm Top

Woohoo!

13majkia
Oct 1, 2016, 10:00am Top

14Lisa805
Edited: Oct 7, 2016, 3:02pm Top

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15fuzzi
Oct 7, 2016, 6:39pm Top

>13 majkia: thank you!

16LittleTaiko
Oct 7, 2016, 8:50pm Top

Cool! Time to start thinking about my January choices!

17kac522
Nov 23, 2016, 2:36pm Top

I look forward to joining and making a tiny dent in the TBR

18majkia
Nov 23, 2016, 6:17pm Top

>16 LittleTaiko: and >17 kac522: I can't believe the year has flown so much! Welcome Kathy to our madness.

19clue
Dec 4, 2016, 9:24pm Top

I'm going to join in this year year. It may be a way to work series reading in...S in January will probably be the 2nd in the series by C.J. Sansom.

About 10 years ago I decided to read from a college reading list by Alpha. My friends made terrible fun of me but I thought it worked great. I can still remember some I read; A was Sherwood Anderson, B was Enid Bagnold, C was Willie Collins...

20majkia
Edited: Dec 5, 2016, 8:14am Top

>19 clue: Using Alpha really helps me whittle down the massive TBR I have. It gives me a place to start most months. Otherwise I might be frozen in place trying to figure out which of a hundred books to choose all of which I want to read NOW!

21cyderry
Dec 5, 2016, 12:07pm Top

>20 majkia: I agree. I used to have so much trouble figuring out where to start each year but since I started using the AlphaKit, my reading just flows so much easier.

Thanks Jean, for all your efforts.

22LittleTaiko
Dec 5, 2016, 2:44pm Top

I'm with you guys - using the AlphaKit helps me kick start my reading for any given month. If not, I'd be standing there staring at my shares for days trying to decide what I was in the mood for.

23fuzzi
Dec 5, 2016, 3:02pm Top

Me four...

Sometimes I narrow it down by listing my ROOT books (been on my shelves, unread, for a year or more), and then using Alpha to choose which one(s) to read.

24Robertgreaves
Edited: Dec 10, 2016, 9:09am Top

Just to point out that the AlphaKIT general thread and wiki are not listed on the front page for the 2017 category challenge group.

25majkia
Dec 10, 2016, 1:26pm Top

>24 Robertgreaves: Thanks for the reminder. I'd been meaning to drop her a line. Done now.

26majkia
Dec 14, 2016, 9:54am Top

27fuzzi
Dec 14, 2016, 12:55pm Top

>26 majkia: thanks!

28lowelibrary
Dec 31, 2016, 3:02pm Top

I have never done a book challenge, but this seems simple enough. I think I will try it. Do I need to make my own thread of what I am reading or just post on the monthly ones.

29majkia
Dec 31, 2016, 3:07pm Top

You don't need to make a thread, unless you want to. Most of us don't. But we do comment on the monthly thread and update the wiki. But then those are optional too!

Welcome!

30lowelibrary
Dec 31, 2016, 3:41pm Top

thanks

31fuzzi
Dec 31, 2016, 11:55pm Top

>28 lowelibrary: glad you joined us...it is fun!

32LittleTaiko
Edited: Jan 2, 2017, 9:21pm Top

Finished one book so far - The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders. Nice way to kick off this challenge.

33majkia
Jan 14, 2017, 2:39pm Top

34kac522
Jan 14, 2017, 2:41pm Top

Question about the wiki: are the listings in any particular order? alpha by title? or by author? or just randomly out there?

35majkia
Jan 14, 2017, 2:48pm Top

alpha by title

36kac522
Jan 14, 2017, 3:07pm Top

>35 majkia: Ah, OK, thanks, I will make my first attempt to update the wiki.

37majkia
Jan 14, 2017, 3:17pm Top

>36 kac522: Be Brave! IF you don't get it quite right, one of us will fix it. :)

38clue
Edited: Jan 29, 2017, 6:45pm Top

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39luvamystery65
Edited: Jan 29, 2017, 9:37pm Top

Posted in the wrong place!

40majkia
Feb 14, 2017, 6:14pm Top

March AlphaKIT post is up! http://www.librarything.com/topic/249043

41majkia
Mar 14, 2017, 9:03am Top

April AlphaKIT post is up: http://www.librarything.com/topic/251826

42fuzzi
Mar 14, 2017, 9:06am Top

>41 majkia: thanks!

43clue
Edited: Apr 27, 2017, 3:58pm Top

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44majkia
Apr 14, 2017, 7:10am Top

45clue
Edited: Apr 27, 2017, 3:58pm Top

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46majkia
May 14, 2017, 8:23pm Top

47LittleTaiko
Jul 4, 2017, 9:17pm Top

Is there a July thread?

48LibraryCin
Jul 4, 2017, 9:49pm Top

49majkia
Jul 14, 2017, 11:00am Top

50majkia
Jul 14, 2017, 11:01am Top

I hope everyone is still enjoying the AlphaKIT thread.

51LittleTaiko
Jul 14, 2017, 1:49pm Top

I'm definitely still enjoying it! It's the first one I pick books for each month. Thanks for keeping us going each month!

52VivienneR
Jul 14, 2017, 2:07pm Top

>50 majkia: I'm enjoying AlphaKIT too! I love trying to find books to fit, especially this year when I limited my choice to mysteries. Thanks majkia.

53cyderry
Jul 14, 2017, 5:30pm Top

Helps me choose my books each month!

54LibraryCin
Jul 14, 2017, 8:21pm Top

>50 majkia: I am enjoying it, still! Thank you!

Many times, something I'm reading anyway will fit, but I love that it will help me pick things off my tbr if there isn't something I'm reading anyway. I particularly hope to find ones that are less well-known (i.e. have fewer tags, so they don't come up with I search for other challenges via tags!).

55DeltaQueen50
Jul 16, 2017, 5:59pm Top

My own challenge this year is based on the alphabet but I would be participating anyway as I love these alphabet matchups, another great way to pull books from my own shelves.

56clue
Edited: Jul 16, 2017, 11:04pm Top

>50 majkia: I am, this was my first year to try it, and it's really helped me concentrate on my TBR. If it is included in next year's challenges I'll definitely join in.

57Tanya-dogearedcopy
Jul 16, 2017, 11:48pm Top

Though I don't post in the ALPHAkit threads, I do keep up with the Wikis! This is my first year participating in the ALPHA challenge, and I really love checking my stacks and pulling out prospective titles each month! :-)

58fuzzi
Jul 17, 2017, 8:16am Top

I love the AlphaKit! I try to always get at least one book read each month that matches the challenge. :)

59majkia
Aug 14, 2017, 7:41am Top

Thanks guys. I'll keep it up then. :)

60majkia
Aug 14, 2017, 7:42am Top

61majkia
Sep 15, 2017, 8:15am Top

62fuzzi
Sep 15, 2017, 5:00pm Top

>61 majkia: yippee!

63majkia
Oct 14, 2017, 12:32pm Top

64fuzzi
Oct 18, 2017, 5:29pm Top

>63 majkia: thank you, kindly!

65LibraryCin
Nov 10, 2017, 2:42pm Top

Thought I would give everyone a heads up:

RE: the wikis.

I posted here:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/274788#6241961

And was referred to another thread where the wikis have been turned off due to spam? Until they get some kind of fix.

66fuzzi
Nov 10, 2017, 6:20pm Top

>65 LibraryCin: thanks for the heads up!

67majkia
Nov 12, 2017, 7:47am Top

68majkia
Nov 12, 2017, 7:49am Top

wiki edits still not available. hopefully soon.

69fuzzi
Nov 12, 2017, 5:33pm Top

>68 majkia: thanks. We'll survive while the LT staff fixes the spammer problems.

70VivienneR
Dec 29, 2017, 5:14pm Top

Sorry to hear Sue Grafton died. She was not well enough to write the planned Z is for Zero.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/mystery-writer-sue-grafton-dies-at-77/article37457893/

71fuzzi
Dec 29, 2017, 6:34pm Top

>70 VivienneR: sorry to hear that as well.

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