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AlphaKIT for 2018

2018 Category Challenge

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Edited: Dec 9, 2017, 4:25pm Top

Combos for 2018:

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

Yearlong: X, Z

UPDATED: New Wiki is here: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/2018_AlphaKIT

Sep 12, 2017, 12:26pm Top

Bring 'em on! :) And thanks for setting this up again. I do love this KIT.

Sep 12, 2017, 5:06pm Top

I love this Kit as well and I am ready for the combos!

Sep 12, 2017, 7:27pm Top

I'll be doing this KIT again, but I don't usually look at the letters until the mid-way point of the month before, which is usually when I plan my reads!

Sep 12, 2017, 8:22pm Top

Here's what random.org gave us:

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

Yearlong: X, Z

A couple of tough months, but I did check to see if any doubles repeated from this year and I didn't see any.

Comments? Requests/ pleading for mercy to move something?

Sep 13, 2017, 12:15am Top

Hey, my birthday month is also my initials! Love it! :-)

Sep 13, 2017, 9:45am Top

I was initially going to plead for mercy on April since those are the two hardest letters for me to find for some reason. However, after a quick scan of my shelves I found two books that will work so I'm setting them aside for April. :)

Sep 13, 2017, 12:10pm Top

Here's another lover of AlphaKIT. Thanks for doing this again, majkia. This year I limited it to mysteries and really enjoyed the added challenge. I might try that again.

Sep 14, 2017, 2:58pm Top

Yay, I love the AlphaKIT! Those pairs look OK to me - thanks >5 majkia:!

Sep 16, 2017, 12:40pm Top

Ditto to everyone above--I adore this KIT and will absolutely be in again for 2018!

Oct 18, 2017, 11:46pm Top

Thank you for doing this again, Majkia. It's my favourite FELINE because it's so easy to look at the shelves and see whether I've got something that fits.

Do you think J for December 2017 and February 2018 is putting them a bit close together?

Oct 18, 2017, 11:51pm Top

This year is the first year I've been in Alpha Cat and I really liked it. I took books off my TBR every month! So, on to 2018! Thanks majkia for your work.

Oct 19, 2017, 2:06am Top

I'm planning on using this to pull books off the Orange prize list (winners and shortlist) using the author's name. I want to read more of them this year, so this will help me pick what's next. I think most months are covered, but I don't expect to manage every month.

January is covered, there's a book by Valerie Martin on the list. Double letter score!

Oct 19, 2017, 6:18am Top

You're welcome everyone. :) Glad it is useful for so many. I use it to work through the TBR too. Helps with the too many options months.

Oct 19, 2017, 7:57pm Top

I play this like a scratch-card lottery -- did anything I read match the month's letters? Always a fun surprise :)

Edited: Oct 19, 2017, 11:19pm Top

Oct 19, 2017, 11:11pm Top

>16 majkia: This link goes to Mystery CAT?

Oct 19, 2017, 11:20pm Top

that's what i get for working on several at one time. Fixed.


Oct 21, 2017, 7:56pm Top

looks good

Oct 22, 2017, 12:28am Top

Thanks for hosting this again!

Oct 26, 2017, 8:55pm Top

I adore this Kit, so thank you >1 majkia: again for setting it up!

I have to add... I wonder if even the randomizer knew that the ScaredyKit and the MysteryCat might have crime on our brains as we set things up? I wrote the letters into my list of monthly goals since I try to match the alphakit letters into my other monthly rules, and immediately, what jumped out at me were S & A and B & E respectively.

SA = Special Agent
B & E = Breaking & Entering

Maybe I just watch too much Criminal Minds, but I couldn't help commenting on the match-ups here when I noticed them :) They're giving me a laugh, anyway!

Oct 26, 2017, 9:00pm Top

>21 whitewavedarling: :) The mysteries of the magic 8 ball randomizer :)

Oct 26, 2017, 9:41pm Top

>21 whitewavedarling: >22 majkia: I am amazed how often we get a meaningful combination which makes the month's letters easy to remember.

Oct 26, 2017, 10:31pm Top

>21 whitewavedarling: LOL! Oh, that made me laugh!

Nov 22, 2017, 12:04am Top

So, are X and Z always the year-long letters?
In any case, this looks like fun! Dropping off a star and will participate loosely in 2018.

Nov 22, 2017, 7:07am Top

>25 EBT1002: Yeah. Since they are harder to fulfill they're always the year long ones.

Nov 22, 2017, 4:19pm Top

>26 majkia: Got it. Thank you.

Nov 23, 2017, 12:31am Top

I find Z easy enough. Q is the other tough one.

Nov 23, 2017, 10:07am Top

>28 sushicat:, That's what I was thinking! And weirdly, I've actually got more 'Z' in my library than 'Y', though that 'Y' isn't hard to find. Q and X send me searching libraries and used bookstores, though.

Nov 23, 2017, 10:45pm Top

I am usually ok with Q, but I read a lot of historical fiction and history, so I can usually find something where the title starts with Queen... :-)

I am still waiting on a book from the library to fit. Depending when it comes for me, I may be reading it into the start of December, but I will get to it!

Nov 24, 2017, 12:35am Top

I still haven't found an X book for this year.

Nov 24, 2017, 9:00am Top

>31 jeanned:, My go-to 'X' books of late have been the Inspector Chen mystery series by Qiu Xiaolong, which starts with Death of a Red Heroin; I've read the first two, and loved both. It also occurred to me recently that an ongoing option could be Piers Anthony's Xanth series, which I've always meant to read, if it worked for the series title to start with X :)

Edited: Nov 24, 2017, 10:27am Top

A quick YA book is X: by Ilyasah Shabazz is an option for X.

Edited: Nov 24, 2017, 2:05pm Top

I'm planning to read The Autobiography of Malcolm X for X in 2018 but the Inspector Chen series is intriguing.

Nov 24, 2017, 5:50pm Top

I'll second >32 whitewavedarling: and Qiu Xiaolong's Inspector Chen series. I've only read Don't Cry, Tai Lake, which was very good.

Nov 24, 2017, 7:19pm Top

>32 whitewavedarling: I read the first Qiu Xiaolong and quite enjoyed it. I will look for others. Also, can we use the series title? That would get me going on Xanth for sure.

Nov 25, 2017, 10:33am Top

>36 jeanned:, I don't know--I was wondering that at one point, too, but I guess I figured it was just as acceptable as using letters that are within titles and authors' names, which I've seen folks do... >1 majkia:, what do you think?

Nov 25, 2017, 11:26am Top

>37 whitewavedarling: I always tell folks to use the rules they want to. Use the letters in a way that works for you and makes you enjoy the challenge more!

Nov 25, 2017, 4:22pm Top

>38 majkia: I love that approach.

Nov 25, 2017, 4:44pm Top

>38 majkia:, Awesome--I kind of thought that was the approach :) >36 jeanned:, Looks like a series title works just fine in that case!

Nov 25, 2017, 10:30pm Top

>40 whitewavedarling: Yippee! And thank you!

Nov 26, 2017, 4:41am Top

>37 whitewavedarling: That’s a much easier way of getting things done. I might actually succeed doing it that way. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to use the first letter of either the family name or the title (excluding articles).

Edited: Nov 27, 2017, 1:49pm Top

>42 sushicat:, Yep, I know it would be easier, and may go to it someday; I always use the first non-article word of the title or the family name, but I think a series title makes sense, too. I've been left searching for Q, X, and Z on a number of occasions--even Y a few times--but so far I've found them, even if I haven't always had time to read them in the given month lol :)

>41 jeanned:, Maybe we'll have to do a Xanth month/groupread one of these days, and then everyone will likely have an X!

Dec 5, 2017, 1:09am Top

It's a small thing but I'm excited to read Magpie Murders in January. Double score.

Dec 5, 2017, 7:13am Top

>44 EBT1002: oh. that would work for ColorCAT too! Hmm...

Dec 5, 2017, 3:26pm Top

>44 EBT1002: Oh, what a great idea!

Dec 9, 2017, 4:36pm Top

Edited: Dec 14, 2017, 2:50pm Top

Edited: Dec 14, 2017, 2:50pm Top

Yearlog letter thread is up: http://www.librarything.com/topic/277800

Dec 14, 2017, 2:30pm Top

>48 majkia:, not sure if it just me, but both of the links are going to the year-long letter thread.

Dec 14, 2017, 2:50pm Top

fixed. Link to January is: http://www.librarything.com/topic/277799

Dec 17, 2017, 4:49pm Top

I thought that those following the Alphakit might appreciate my almost finished baby blanket. 26 letters, the two blank squares are for the baby's name and date of birth. Due 31st December, so not long to go now - and I'm finished ahead of schedule!

Each letter does denote what is around it, but some of them are a bit tenuous, but isn't that part of the fun of the category challenge, some of them are shoe-horned in?

Dec 17, 2017, 4:53pm Top

>52 Helenliz: Beautiful!!!

Dec 17, 2017, 4:53pm Top

Oh lovely!

Dec 17, 2017, 5:31pm Top

>52 Helenliz: What a treasure!

Dec 17, 2017, 5:42pm Top

>52 Helenliz: Gorgeous!

Dec 17, 2017, 5:59pm Top

What a pretty quilt!

Dec 17, 2017, 6:02pm Top

>52 Helenliz: lovely!!

Dec 18, 2017, 1:59am Top

Lovely. Another reader on the way?

Dec 18, 2017, 2:25am Top

Beautiful! Lucky baby!

Dec 18, 2017, 2:47am Top

Thank you all! >59 Robertgreaves: it's for a friend's child, and (s)he will read if I have any thing to do with it!

Dec 18, 2017, 1:39pm Top

Wow, that's gorgeous -- what a wonderful gift!

Dec 18, 2017, 6:19pm Top

>52 Helenliz: - What a lovely quilt!

Dec 20, 2017, 11:48pm Top

>52 Helenliz: That quilt is gorgeous, a real work of art!

Dec 29, 2017, 5:15pm Top

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


Dec 29, 2017, 8:43pm Top

I’m so bummed by this news. I’m looking forward to reading Y. Think I’ll save it so I can savor it.

Jan 10, 11:05am Top


I have a question: is there a tag(s) that we could/should use on the books we read of this KIT?

I personalty love the tag feature, and think it would be fun if we had a tag for the KIT, for the year, and for the month. Not that it would be mandatory, but it seems like a fun idea.

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Jan 10, 1:54pm Top

>67 dreamweaver529: I tag my reads AlphaKIT, but feel free to keep them separated by year if you like that.

Jan 10, 2:40pm Top

>67 dreamweaver529: I'm tagging mine #AlphaKit and #AuthorM.

Jan 10, 11:21pm Top

I tag mine as "January AlphaKit: M", changing the month and letter as appropriate.

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Feb 14, 9:43am Top

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Mar 15, 12:38pm Top

>74 majkia: thanks!

I'm having a tough time getting March titles...

Mar 20, 4:52pm Top

>75 fuzzi: Wait til next month...

Mar 22, 12:42pm Top

>76 majkia: yes, U & Y are particularly difficult!

Apr 14, 12:46pm Top

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Jun 14, 12:02pm Top

July thread is up:http://www.librarything.com/topic/292448

Jul 14, 11:50am Top

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Sep 14, 9:55am Top

>84 majkia: thank you.

Oct 14, 5:22pm Top

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