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2018 BingoDOG Suggestion Thread

2018 Category Challenge

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Oct 1, 2017, 7:48pm Top

I’m happy to say that it looks like there is definitely interest in continuing with the BingoDOG for 2018.

If you are wanting to contiribute to next year’s squares please send me 1-2 suggestions in a private message. I’ll keep the suggestion window open until after the CAT’s have been selected in case you’re wanting to suggest a square related to a CAT that didn’t get chosen.

Looking forward to seeing what great ideas you guys come up with for 2018!

Oct 2, 2017, 10:16am Top

Yay, the BingoDOG is returning! Thanks for taking this on, Stacy. I'll try to think of some good suggestions for squares....

Oct 2, 2017, 10:21am Top

Yes, thanks for taking charge of this >1 LittleTaiko:! I will also try to think up some suggestions.

Oct 2, 2017, 10:51am Top

>1 LittleTaiko: Me three!

Oct 2, 2017, 1:19pm Top

>1 LittleTaiko: Many thanks for setting this up. Especially if you get too many suggestions, are you planning to decide yourself (the usual practice) or have a discussion as we did for the Woman BingoPUP a couple of years ago? Also, if you are able to make for bingo cards, will you instruct some of us so that we will not need to depend upon one person in the future (plus be able to form our own bingo cards if we want to do so)? I notice that there are a number of instructions on the web for creating bingo cards, but they mostly are for printing out the cards instead of sharing them on a website and letting numerous people copy them as we do here.

Thanks again. I'm really looking forward to playing again next year.

Oct 2, 2017, 9:38pm Top

Looking forward to everyone’s suggestions. I’ve already received some really good ones so far.

>5 sallylou61: - If for some reason I have too many suggestions, I may try to combine any that logically go together. If not, I’ll probably decide myself unless there are just too many to choose from and then open it up for a vote.

Yes, once I figure out the whole bingo card process I’ll be happy to share it with you guys so that anyone can create them going forward.

Oct 7, 2017, 10:24am Top

Thank you for setting this up, I'm really looking forward to another year of Bingo.

Oct 9, 2017, 3:49pm Top

I'd love to make a suggestion, but I need to think about what suggestion to make. It would be nice to come up with something a bit different from what I've suggested before.

Oct 10, 2017, 12:33pm Top

>8 LibraryCin: - Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. There are still plenty of open squares to fill so feel free to send me a couple once you come up with them. I'm not finalizing anything until after the CAT's have been selected so you have a week or so to think of something new.

Oct 10, 2017, 7:34pm Top

>9 LittleTaiko: Great! Thank you for the timeline! :-)

Edited: Oct 21, 2017, 6:23pm Top

Here is the list of BingoDOG squares for 2018. I'll work on putting together the actual cards over the next month but wanted to share all the great ideas that were submitted.

1. Title contains a person’s rank, real or fictional
2. Story involves travel
3. A long-time TBR/TBR the longest
4. Poetry or plays
5. New-to-you author
6. Autobiography/memoir
7. Book with a beautiful cover (in your opinion)
8. Book that fits at least 2 KIT’s/CAT’s
9. Related to the Pacific Ocean
10. Title contains something you would see in the sky
11. Book bought in 2017 that hasn’t been read yet
12. Number in the title
13. Book that is humorous
14. Book on the 1001 list
15. LGBT central character
16. Book set during a holiday
17. Fat book - 500 plus pages
18. X somewhere in the title
19. Money in the title - any form of currency, type of payment, etc...
20. Book published in 2018
21. Relative name in the title (aunt, niece, etc...)
22. Originally in a different language
23. Published more than 100 years ago
24. Title contains name of a famous person, real or fictional
25. Read a CAT (middle square)

Now I'm off to start looking for books that will help fill my card for next year!

Oct 21, 2017, 5:37pm Top


Oct 21, 2017, 5:37pm Top

Yay! Thank you for putting this together.

Oct 21, 2017, 5:42pm Top

Thanks. This BingoDOG looks more challenging than some of those in the past -- which will be fun.

Oct 21, 2017, 6:09pm Top

Looks like fun!

Edited: Oct 21, 2017, 7:08pm Top

Awesome! I've started putting together my pool for books that would fit the ColourCAT and MysteryCAT and seeing how many of those books fit the squares :D
(what do you mean, I have books to read in 2017?)

Oct 21, 2017, 7:14pm Top

Do we have to go for blackout? I don't know if I've got something for all 25 squares.

Oct 21, 2017, 7:20pm Top

>17 cmbohn: Cindy, you can choose how you would like to fill in your bingo card. Some of us go for the full card while others make Bingos by doing lines - horizontal, diagonal or vertical.

Oct 21, 2017, 7:20pm Top

>17 cmbohn: No, you don't have to :)

Oct 21, 2017, 7:37pm Top

>11 LittleTaiko: Terrific categories! This will be fun. Already I'm looking for titles. Thanks Stacy.

Oct 21, 2017, 7:39pm Top

That's a relief! I came up with a few now, but I don't want to get overwhelmed before I even start.

Oct 21, 2017, 8:28pm Top

I was wondering what I'd do tonight while watching TV - now I'll update my 2018 spreadsheet and start looking for books.

Oct 22, 2017, 4:11am Top

Oh, these look like fun! Some really imaginative challenges in there! Now I think I'm ready to finalise my own 2018 challlenge.

Oct 22, 2017, 9:18am Top

I forgot to send in a suggestion, but I can see it wasn't necessary anyway. Really great choices in my opinion! Can we now skip November and December to get started? Ok, just joking... ;)

Oct 22, 2017, 9:44am Top

Great ideas! I'm looking forward to this BingoDOG!

Oct 22, 2017, 11:19am Top

>24 Chrischi_HH: I know, right? I try to make fewer plans for the end of the year since I'm always more focused on the New Shiny Challenges than the last two months of the old ones!

Oct 26, 2017, 4:00pm Top

This is a great list!! So thankful to everyone who submitted an idea.

Oct 27, 2017, 2:11am Top

So nice to see some really different topics - I specially hate "books recommended by your mother" (no mother in my life anymore) and "author sharing your initials" (my initials are very difficult to match).

Oct 27, 2017, 2:42am Top

>28 sushicat: I agree. An author sharing my initials was the hardest one I ever had to find.

Oct 27, 2017, 5:44am Top

>28 sushicat: >29 VivienneR: Same here. I always have to reverse them.

Nov 21, 2017, 11:56pm Top

I'm thinking about doing the BingoDOG Challenge for 2018....

Nov 22, 2017, 4:36pm Top

>11 LittleTaiko: If you are going to have 1001 list as a square, I think there needs to be a link if this is a specific 1001. Personally, I could very easily come up with my own 1001!

Nov 23, 2017, 6:19am Top

>32 cyderry: Yeah, me too.

Nov 23, 2017, 6:33pm Top

>32 cyderry: and >32 cyderry:: I suggested this one; it's meant to be any book from any edition of 1001 Books You Must Read Before you Die.

Nov 25, 2017, 4:56pm Top

>34 LisaMorr: The link isn't a list, it's a book.

Dec 1, 2017, 1:55pm Top

Here's another iteration of the 1001 list, if helpful for anyone: https://1001bookreviews.com/the-1001-book-list/

Edited: Dec 1, 2017, 3:25pm Top

Thank you for the links. I've started working on the cards and hope to have them by next weekend at the latest.

Dec 10, 2017, 11:51am Top

I'll set up a Bingo Dog wiki in the next day or two

Dec 14, 2017, 5:59pm Top

Any word on the Bingo cards?

Dec 14, 2017, 9:42pm Top

Still working on them. They should be ready this weekend when I have a chance to use the computer they were started on. Sorry for the delay!!

Dec 15, 2017, 11:01am Top

>42 LittleTaiko: Thanks so much for doing this! :)

Dec 15, 2017, 9:51pm Top

I can't even believe we're halfway through December already!

Thank you >42 LittleTaiko: for doing the Bingo cards!

Dec 15, 2017, 10:39pm Top

I am sorely tempted--can't wait to see the card! This sounds fun.

Dec 17, 2017, 5:57pm Top

Quick update - the cards have been created and emailed to Shelby. Once I have the links, I’ll post them here.

Dec 28, 2017, 9:41am Top

Sorry about the delay in getting these up. I've been offline for the past two weeks.

<img src="http://www.lshelby.com/Utilities/Bingo/bingocardC.php?type=CAT2018-1&color=green&markers=9-13-20-5-24-6">

<img src="http://www.lshelby.com/Utilities/Bingo/bingocardC.php?type=CAT2018-2&color=blue&markers=2-13-19-7-22-14">

Don't forget that you can change the color of the markers to any of the following:
aqua, black, blue, fuchsia, gray, green, lime, maroon, navy, olive, orange, purple, red, silver, teal, white, and yellow

If you haven't used my cards before, instructions on how they work can be found at:

Have fun playing BINGO! :)

Dec 28, 2017, 9:47am Top

>47 LShelby: Thank you so much! The cards look great!

Dec 28, 2017, 9:58am Top

>48 Montarville:
All comments as to the wonderfulness of the cards should be directed LittleTaiko who actually made them. I just uploaded them to my server, and posted the links.

...It is really cool for me that that little bingo marker web-utility program I coded four or five years ago is still being used, though. :)

Dec 28, 2017, 10:03am Top

47 Thanks!

Dec 28, 2017, 10:20am Top

Brilliant cards. Thanks to all concerned. >:-)

Dec 28, 2017, 11:22am Top

Awww puppies! Thanks LittleTaiko for making the cards and LShelby for providing the web infrastructure!

Dec 28, 2017, 12:15pm Top

Sweet! Thanks to LShelby and LittleTaiko!

Dec 28, 2017, 12:55pm Top

Thank you to both LittleTaiko and LShelby for two excellent bingo cards. Beautiful job!

Dec 28, 2017, 1:36pm Top

Echoing the compliments on the cards. Love puppers in glasses!

Dec 28, 2017, 2:38pm Top

>54 VivienneR:, 55 Me too, I'm excited about getting the new reading year started in just a couple of days!

Dec 28, 2017, 2:49pm Top

Thank you both for the bingo cards. I can't wait to start filling the slots.

Dec 28, 2017, 5:28pm Top

Thank you both for making the BingoDOG possible this year!

Dec 28, 2017, 9:11pm Top

These are great. Thank you both.

Dec 29, 2017, 12:22am Top

I am excited to try these out this year! Thank you.

Dec 29, 2017, 2:45pm Top

Thanks! This looks so fun - looking to participating for the first time!

Dec 29, 2017, 3:04pm Top

You all are quite welcome! To be fair, my husband created the backgrounds as he speaks the tech language better than I do. My job was filling in the squares which was way harder than I thought it would be. :) Now I have the hang of it though and should be able to do these much faster in the future.

Jan 2, 9:48am Top

Thanks for getting this up and running! Can't wait to participate this year.

Edited: Jan 27, 6:47pm Top

Who suggested the square "Money in the title - any form of currency, type of payment, etc..."? Would How Not to Get Rich: The Financial Misadventures of Mark Twain count? Financial misadventures certainly implies money; the book is about Mark Twain and money.

Jan 27, 1:25pm Top

>64 sallylou61: It was me and I would say it counts, because this is definitely about money.

Edited: Jan 27, 4:41pm Top

>65 MissWatson: . Thanks, I will count it. I've just finished reading this book which my husband got us (from our cats!) for our wedding anniversary. I was amazed to read how often and far Twain kept getting into debt sometimes for an invention which did not pan out. He finally got a robber baron who liked his writing to manage his business affairs.

Edited: Feb 11, 9:56am Top

>65 MissWatson: I have a question about the money one as well. Does the money word actually have to mean money in the title or does it just need to be a word that could mean money? For example, if I found a biography on Johnny Cash (I have no desire to read such a book, just thinking here) or something like Cookie Dough or Die, would that work?

Feb 11, 1:25pm Top

>67 virginiahomeschooler: I'd use something like that!

Feb 11, 5:23pm Top

>67 virginiahomeschooler: - Yes, the intent with this one was that anything money related could be used - cash, penny, nickel, dough,etc...

Feb 11, 6:34pm Top

>67 virginiahomeschooler: - I used one with "fortune" in the title.

Feb 12, 3:49am Top

>67 virginiahomeschooler: Yes, of course that was also intended, just as rich and poor would also count.

Mar 12, 10:38am Top

What is the definition of relative name in title? Can it just mean the word for a relative or must a name be attached? Over the weekend I read Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush. Would this qualify? It is obvious that the title is referring to the Bush twins although it does not read Sister Jenna and Sister Barbara.

Mar 12, 10:48am Top

It's my understanding it would be just the word for relative such as sister, aunt, uncle, cousin, etc...No need to include the actual name in the title.

Mar 12, 11:53am Top

>74 LittleTaiko: Thanks, I've used it.

Mar 12, 8:34pm Top

"Title contains name of a famous person" - could a (music) group count for this? Or do we want to be more specific to a person?

Mar 12, 10:55pm Top

Wife would count as a relative, right? I feel like I have "wife" books coming out my ears.

Mar 13, 10:04am Top

>76 LibraryCin: - I think a music group would work just fine for that square.

>77 virginiahomeschooler: - Yes, a wife or husband would definitely count as a relative.

Mar 13, 7:24pm Top

>78 LittleTaiko: Thank you! I'll add in the one I read, then.

Apr 23, 9:31pm Top

Yippee! Done! Covered 'em all!!

Apr 23, 9:40pm Top

>80 LadyoftheLodge: Congratulations!

Apr 24, 6:40am Top

>80 LadyoftheLodge: Wow! I'm finding this card very challenging. That's impressive.

Apr 24, 7:41am Top

>80 LadyoftheLodge: - Wow! That's great!

Apr 24, 4:10pm Top

Way to go!

Apr 24, 10:42pm Top

>80 LadyoftheLodge: Congratulations, you've left me in the dust! I'll get there but it won't be soon.

Apr 27, 8:19pm Top

Thanks for all the kind comments. It is so nice to have friends who like to read! Last year I finished by the end of May, so this year I am ahead of schedule.

Apr 30, 9:56pm Top

>80 LadyoftheLodge:, Congratulations. I think I have 4 left counting the middle square and I am finding this a hard one to complete.

May 2, 9:02am Top

The thread for May is up at http://www.librarything.com/topic/290827

May 25, 6:05pm Top

I have a question about the "fits at least two KITS/CATS." For this book, does it have to fit the KIT and CAT in the same month. And the "two" means one KIT and one CAT, right?

Asking for a friend....

May 25, 7:53pm Top

>89 witchyrichy: I took it to mean in the same month.

I assumed it meant either 2 CATs, 2 KITs, or 1 CAT and 1 KIT.

May 26, 5:34pm Top

>89 witchyrichy: I read it the same way as >90 LibraryCin:.
That's not to say that's the only possible reading of it, of course.

May 26, 6:53pm Top

>90 LibraryCin: >91 Helenliz: Thanks for your interpretations! It makes it more of a challenge to do it in one month.

Edited: May 27, 7:25am Top

>92 witchyrichy: it’s one book that meets criteria for 2 CAT/KIT in once month. CATS and KITS being essentially equal in this challenge.

Jun 1, 10:06am Top

I started a new topic for June: https://www.librarything.com/topic/292012

Jun 24, 10:34am Top

So, I've just joined the group and I have to say that i'm feeling a little overwhelmed. Might just observe for a few months to see if I get the hang of things, and jump into the challenges for 2019 and later. (And I DO realize there will be a new group set up for 2019, 2020, etc).

One thing that would be helpful is some sort of explanation for each of the CATs and KITs.

For example, I was looking at AlphaKIT .... and then I looked at the AlphaKIT wiki .... SO I'm guessing that I can find the month's letters in ANY word in the title, or the author's initials. But I don't find an actual explanation anywhere. So could I use author last name sancheZ for 'Z'? Or would that last name only count for 'S'? Seems that I could use a word in the title that begins with a 'Z' no matter whether it's the first word of the title or not (e.g. "The Tower, The Zoo, and the Tortoise") ... but what about a word in the title that includes a letter 'Z' even if it's not the first letter of that word? (e.g. "Blue HoriZon")?

Jun 24, 12:01pm Top

>95 BookConcierge: Hi, and welcome to the group! It is perfectly OK to observe and get the hang of things. That is how a lot of us got started :)

For the AlphaKIT, from what I've seen, people normally use the first letter of a word in the title or of the author's initials. I'm not saying they *couldn't* use letters that appear in other places in a word, but it might be more of a last resort, especially for those pesky Q's, X's and Z's.

As for the other KITs and CATS, each one has a specific theme and different topics each month that fit the theme (for example, with the MysteryCAT, each month features a different type of mystery novel). The person hosting the monthly topic will explain what the topic covers and suggest some books that would fit the parameters of the topic. If you have a book that seems like it might fit but you're not sure, just ask and we'll help you figure it out. (Usually the answer is yes.)

If you have particular questions about a given KIT or CAT, let us know! You can post on that KIT's or CAT's main thread (as seen on the main group page) or on the current topic, and someone will be by to help you out :)

Jun 24, 12:29pm Top

>95 BookConcierge: Welcome, BookConcierge, I hope you soon feel at home. Take your time looking around. The main thing about the CATs, KITs and BingoDog is that they're optional. Some of the people who have been doing the Category Challenge for years, who never participate in these side challenges, there are a few who manage to follow several every single month, and most people dip in and out of them as they find books, or when they need a little inspiration on what to read next.

So take a look at the side challenges and feel free to jump into the ones that interest you as often or infrequently as you want and ignore the ones that don't.

And as for which books qualify for any given challenge -- that's entirely up to you. Just as each person designs their own category challenge each year, with categories and numbers you choose to suit yourself - either to push yourself into new areas or simply to have a fun way to keep track of your reading. If you want to join the AlphaKIT and count any letter appearing on the front cover, you can do that. If you only want to count the first letter of the first word in the title, that's also fine. The other side challenges are likewise up to you to decide how stringent or relaxed you want to be about them.

I hope you'll eventually set up your own thread (either this year, or next year) and let us see what you're reading!

Jun 24, 2:07pm Top

>95 BookConcierge: Hi, BC! Thanks for giving it a try! There is a lot going on here, and I started off slowly, as well, just following along to see how it worked. You could always choose ONE of the challenges to try for the rest of this year, if you'd like.

PM (on any platform we are connected!) or email me if you want more help behind the scenes. :-)

I see >96 rabbitprincess: has answered your question about AlphaKIT already.

Jun 25, 6:53am Top

>95 BookConcierge: Hello! Great to see you here.

Jul 2, 7:43pm Top

I just realized that no matter how many books I read this year, I will not fill my card - there are several blocks I just will not read because they don't interest me and since I have so many books I want to read, it won't happen. I enjoy the bingo card but if the selections next year are again a bit political and off the wall, I won't be playing along.

Jul 2, 8:14pm Top

>100 cyderry: I haven't found a money title yet, either, but isn't the fun in the challenge of trying?

Jul 2, 8:43pm Top

>100 cyderry: - I'm interested in which you find political, as I didn't interpret any of them that way. Perhaps sharing which are frustrating or challenging would allow other bingo players to make suggestions?

I only have 8 squares left to fill, but even with that many completed, I still haven't gotten an actual Bingo!

Jul 4, 11:31pm Top

For the Pacific Ocean prompt, I might also read The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara. It sounds like a difficult but worthwhile read....

Jul 7, 12:38pm Top

I have a BINGO across, but the squares get harder and harder to fill as the year progresses...we'll see!

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