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2018 ColorCAT General Thread

2018 Category Challenge

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Edited: Oct 20, 2017, 9:45am Top

Welcome all to the 2018 ColorCAT challenge. My assumption is that this challenge would focus primarily on a color included in the title of a book or refer to the color of the cover. Does anyone have any other interpretations?

If you are interested in hosting a month, please let me know which month you would like and which color you choose.


January/Black - luvamystery65
February/Brown - whitewavedarling
March/Green - DeltaQueen50
April/Yellow - VivienneR
May/Blue - RidgewayGirl
June/Purple - sallylou61
July/Pink - clue
August/Grey - LittleTaiko
September/Metallic - VioletBramble
October/Orange - virginiahomeschooler
November/Red - MissWatson
December/White - Chrischi_HH

Oct 19, 2017, 10:55am Top

>1 LittleTaiko: I think your assumption is right, with the option of opening up colors to related images--so, blue might lead to folks reading books with 'sky' or 'ocean' in the title, and 'red' could lead to something like blood or roses.

Do we need to discuss the 12 colors? I don't know if folks were thinking of including black and white or not, since those are colors and not colors...

I know the basics would be: Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow, Blue... which is six. Beyond that? Pink? Black and white? Gray and brown? And/or...?

(Admittedly, I may be letting my mind veer off into this tangent because I want to host a month, but don't really care much about which month/color since it will be a discovery process no matter what for me!)

What are others thinking?

Oct 19, 2017, 11:17am Top

>2 whitewavedarling: hmm, I hadn't really thought about how hard it might be to get to 12 distinct colors without adding in like teal or magenta (which could be hard to differentiate from blue, green, pink...). What about silver / gold as an option?

I like the idea of the host selecting their color of choice.

Oct 19, 2017, 11:23am Top

Here are a list of colors for inspiration of the twelve months that I use on my personal challenge. I only use 11 colors, but The 12th month could be multicolored or metallic


Oct 19, 2017, 11:26am Top

I just looked up the top 10 favorite colors (according to one website) and they are blue, red, green, purple, black, orange, yellow, gold, white, and pink. Maybe we could start with those and then add in gray, silver, or brown to get to 12.

Oct 19, 2017, 11:45am Top

>5 LittleTaiko:, How about going with that list of 10, but taking >4 luvamystery65:'s suggestion about doing a metallic month? Gold and silver could go together then, and then colors 11 & 12 would be gray and brown?

Oct 19, 2017, 11:49am Top

Great idea! I'll add that in to the top post so everyone know which colors to choose from.

Oct 19, 2017, 12:12pm Top

I'll take the color Black in January

Edited: Oct 19, 2017, 12:23pm Top

Are we only going by the color on the cover of the book or can we open it up to include the color being mentioned in the title or the author's name. So if Black is the color of the month then you could read a book with a black cover or the author's name is Black or black is mentioned in the title as in The Crime At Black Dudley.

Oct 19, 2017, 12:25pm Top

I'll volunteer for Green in the month of March.

Oct 19, 2017, 12:28pm Top

>9 DeltaQueen50: - It can also be color in the title or author's name. Or as mentioned above it could have the option of opening up colors to related images--so, blue might lead to folks reading books with 'sky' or 'ocean' in the title, and 'red' could lead to something like blood or roses.

Oct 19, 2017, 12:32pm Top

>9 DeltaQueen50: >11 LittleTaiko: My thinking is that we can be as creative as we want to be in connecting the color to the book. The color could be in the title, author's name, protagonist's name, somewhere on the cover...and I'd imagine that synonyms would count (so "red" could also include crimson, scarlet, ruby, maroon, etc.).

Oct 19, 2017, 12:40pm Top

If like to volunteer for Orange in October.

Edited: Oct 19, 2017, 12:51pm Top

>9 DeltaQueen50: I plan on reading books with black covers and black in the title. I think the more flexible the better.

I have a few books with colored edges as well. It might be fun to slot them in this challenge.

Oct 19, 2017, 12:56pm Top

This is going to be fun. I'm hoping this will help me choose books from my oversized tbr.

May I have blue, please? In May or June?

Oct 19, 2017, 1:12pm Top

>12 christina_reads: - Absolutely! it can be as restrictive or as flexible as each person wants to make it.

The list has been updated with requests thus far. I'll be happy to switch a color with anyone who wants it as long as I don't end up with pink. :)

Oct 19, 2017, 1:44pm Top

I would be happy to host Red in November.

Oct 19, 2017, 1:58pm Top

This is going to be a fun one. I'm excited about the number of books I will be able to clear from my shelves!

Oct 19, 2017, 2:06pm Top

I'd like to host Yellow in April.

Oct 19, 2017, 2:17pm Top

I'm glad to do Brown in February or September!

Oct 19, 2017, 3:27pm Top

I would like to do purple in June.

Oct 19, 2017, 3:56pm Top

I can do white in December. :)

Oct 19, 2017, 4:54pm Top

wow, look at you guys go!

Oct 19, 2017, 5:50pm Top

>23 majkia: Ha! We don't hang about! We'll soon be halfway through our 2018 books!

Oct 19, 2017, 7:06pm Top

I am not planning to host a month/colour for this one, but I just want to follow along with the discussion. I like that it's opening up to more than just the colour of the book cover.

Oct 19, 2017, 7:15pm Top

I'll take Pink in July (I think it's still open).

Oct 19, 2017, 7:24pm Top

I have a question. I know we're talking about expanding the colors from just the color of the cover. How do you guys feel about the Orange Prize? Is that too far outside the scope?

Oct 19, 2017, 7:37pm Top

>27 virginiahomeschooler: I was hoping the Orange Prize would be an obvious choice! And maybe even the Bailey's prize too (formerly Orange).

Oct 19, 2017, 7:53pm Top

WOW, you guys are fast! :D This is going to be an interesting challenge!

Edited: Oct 19, 2017, 9:43pm Top

Very impressive indeed! We just need one more host to round out the year. If anyone is interested in hosting September/Metallic colors (silver/gold), please speak up.

Oct 19, 2017, 9:03pm Top

>27 virginiahomeschooler: - I think that would be a great way to do the Orange month if that is what you are interested in.

Oct 19, 2017, 10:09pm Top

I'll take September/Metallic.

Oct 20, 2017, 10:14am Top

We are all set for 2018! Thank you all for your input and for volunteering to host a month. I have a message out to majkia to see if she can create the wiki for this challenge. Once we have that we are good to go.

I was scanning my shelves last night to see what might fit for each month. So much to choose from - this will be fun!

Oct 20, 2017, 3:18pm Top

>34 majkia: - Thank you so much!

Oct 21, 2017, 12:23pm Top

So far I've managed to dig out books that will work for 6 of the 12 months (5 are either titles or author names, and just 1 is cover colour). This is the CAT I'm most likely to participate in, I'm looking forward to going through my shelves to see if I can find some more suitable covers.

Oct 21, 2017, 6:57pm Top

I'll have to look through my books and see what I can find. This sounds like fun!

Nov 7, 2017, 2:51pm Top

I'm planning to play along with this one. It just strikes me as pure fun and it seems like it would be pretty easy to find a book that "works" each month.

Nov 25, 2017, 10:35pm Top

I am trying to read more books off my shelf and this seems like a fun way to do it. Count me it!

Dec 9, 2017, 11:14am Top

I may finally get around to reading those John D MacDonald books sitting on the shelf.

Dec 9, 2017, 2:28pm Top

>40 mysterymax: Good idea!

Dec 14, 2017, 11:24pm Top

Hello all! I'll have the January thread up by Saturday.

Dec 17, 2017, 7:15pm Top

Thank you for your patience everyone. The January ColorCAT is here. http://www.librarything.com/topic/278127

Jan 14, 3:07pm Top

February/Brown Thread posted! http://www.librarything.com/topic/283214

Feb 14, 10:00pm Top

March/Green Thread is up - http://www.librarything.com/topic/286860

Mar 14, 8:52pm Top

April - Yellow thread is up: http://www.librarything.com/topic/288471

Apr 19, 10:53am Top

May 14, 11:11am Top

The June thread, purple, is up at:

Jun 15, 9:49am Top

The Pink July thread is here:


Jul 15, 4:17pm Top

The August thread, gray/grey is up:


Aug 14, 10:30am Top

The September Thread, Metallic, is Up:


Sep 17, 5:07pm Top

October (ORANGE) is up.

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