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Dejah_Thoris’ Trifecta Challenge

2018 Category Challenge

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Dec 25, 2017, 3:25pm Top

Greetings, all! I rejoined LT last June, but stuck to a single thread over in 75 Books Challenge. I’ve kept an eye on the Category Challenge as well, an with 2018 on the horizon, I’ve decided to keep a thread for this group as well - I’ve always enjoyed the Category Challenge format and the Cats, Kits and Dog!

18x18 seems a little ambitious, so I’ve settled on three groups of six categories each (some of which will be split further) and aim for at least six books for each category. That’s 108, which shouldn’t be a problem.

Group One: the Geography categories
In an ongoing attempt to spread my reading around the world, I have six categories that roughly match the continents.

Group Two: the Deweys
I’ve begun work on the Dewey Decimal Challenge in large part because my reading tends to clump in certain decimals - and I want my reading to be more broad! I will not use the 8xx decimal (literature) and some of the decimals will be combined to work out to six.

Group Three: Genre fiction
I read plenty of genre fiction - more science fiction & fantasy than mystery, these days. I also try to regularly read plays and have a separate category for Pulitzer Prize for Drama winners and nominees.

I’ll participate in various Kits and Cats, but while I’ll aim for every month, I’m not going to be too upset if I don’t manage it.

On to the books!

Edited: Jun 26, 9:57pm Top

Category 1:1:1: North America (excluding U.S., including Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean)

1. The Night of Four Hundred Rabbits by Elizabeth Peters (Mexico)
2. The Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson (Caribbean)
3. The Devil's Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea (Mexico)

Plus the U.S.

1. Mrs. 'arris Goes to New York by Paul Gallico (New York)
2. Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels (Washington, D.C.)
3. About That Fling by Tawna Fenske (Oregon)
4. Up to Date by Susan Hatler (California)
5. Living Lies by Kate Mathis (several)
6. A Calculated Risk by Katherine Neville (several)
7. The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman (Vermont)
8. The Bees: A Novel by Laline Paull

Edited: Mar 24, 3:16pm Top

Category 1:2:2: South America

1. City of Silver by Annamaria Alfieri (Bolivia)

Edited: Jun 26, 9:13pm Top

Category 1:3:3: Europe - 6 completed on 3/24/2018

1. Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson (Iceland)
2. The Grey Beginning by Barbara Michaels (Italy)
3. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Denmark)
4. Ludmila: A Story of Lichtenstein by Paul Gallico (Lichtenstein)
5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (England)
6. 1914 and Other Poems by Rupert Brooke (England, France)


7. The Air Raid Killer by Frank Goldammer

Edited: Jun 26, 9:39pm Top

Category 1:4:4: Africa

1. A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayton (Kenya)
2. Trade Wind by M. M. Kaye (Zanzibar, Tanzania)
3. Death in Zanzibar by M. M. Kaye (Zanzibar, Tanzania)
4. Murder at Government House by Elspeth Huxley (British colonial/fictional0

Edited: Jun 26, 9:53pm Top

Category 1:5:5: Asia - 6 completed in April

1. The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad (Afghanistan and Pakistan)
2. Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim (Iraq)
3. The Merry Misogynist by Colin Cotterill (Laos)
4. The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (India)
5. The Fishing Fleet: Husband Hunting in the Raj by Anne De Courcy (India)
6. Death in Kashmir by M. M. Kaye


7. Cherry Blossom Clinic by Elizabeth Hunter (Japan)
8. Love Songs From a Shallow Grave by Colin Cotterill (Laos and Cambodia)

Edited: Jun 26, 9:46pm Top

Category 1:6:6: Australia, other Pacific islands, the Oceans, Antarctica - 6 completed in June

1. The Dry by Jane Harper (Australia)
2. In the Wake of Madness: The Murderous Voyage of the Whaleship Sharon by Joan Druett (Pacific)
3. Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Australia)
4. A Watery Grave by Joan Druett (Atlantic)
5. Blood and Circuses by Kerry Greenwood (Australia)
6. Shark Island by Joan Druett (Atlantic)

Edited: Jun 26, 9:29pm Top

Category 2:1:7: Dewey 0xx and 1xx

0xx: Information

1. 025.820 The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

1xx: Philosophy and Psychology


Edited: Feb 19, 8:56pm Top

Category 2:2:8: Dewey 2xx and 4xx

2xx: Religion

1. 242.8 The Prayers of Jane Austen by Jane Austen
2. 222.110 Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler

4xx: Language

1. 448.342 French for Cats by Henry Beard

Edited: Mar 5, 11:52am Top

Category 2:6:12: 9xx

9xx: Biography & History

1. 940.475 Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915 by Anonoymous
2. 977.662 Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 by Daniel James Brown

Edited: Jul 3, 12:21am Top

Category 3:1:13: Science Fiction - 6 completed 2/10/2018

1. Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vinge
2. A Matter of Oaths by Helen S. Wright
3. I Will Fear No Evil by Robert A. Heinlein
4. Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn
5. Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
6. Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Le Guin


7. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
8. Planet of Exile by Ursula K. Le Guin
9. We Are Legion: We Are Bob by Dennis E. Taylor
10. For We Are Many by Dennis E. Taylor
11. Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
12. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
13. Dark in Death by J. D. Robb
14. City of Illusions by Ursula K. Le Guin
15. All These Worlds by Dennis E. Taylor
16. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
17 Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci
18. Hunting Party by Elizabeth Moon
19. Sporting Chance by Elizabeth Moon
20. Winning Colors by Elizabeth Moon
21. Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon
22. Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreia
23. Time Traders by Andre Norton
24. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
25. Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse by Chris Roberson
26. Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey
27. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope by Roy Thomas, et al
28. Saturn's Children by Charles Stross
29. Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
30. The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold
31. Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey
32. New York, 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
33. A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff
34. Saga: Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
35. Saga: Volume Two by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
36. Saga: Volume Three by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
37. Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold
38. Mindbridge by Joe Haldeman
39. Alien Night on Union Station by E. M. Foner

Edited: Jul 3, 12:21am Top

Category 3:2:14: Fantasy - 6 completed on 2/12/2018

1. An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock
2. Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan
3. God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell
4. The City of Brass by S. A. Charkaboty
--. Bones by P. C. Hodgell
5. Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey
6. Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire


7. Autumn Bones by Jacqueline Carey
8. The Dragon Conspiracy by Lisa Shearin
9. Dark of the Moon by P. C. Hodgell
10. Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin and Milla Vane
11. Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
12. Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson
13. Poison Fruit by Jacqueline Carey
14. Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
15. Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
16. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
17. Deerskin by Robin McKinley
18. The Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell
19. If I Never Get Back by Darryl Brock
20. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
21. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
22. This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova
23. At the Table of Wolves by Kay Kenyon
24. Box Office Poison by Phillipa Bornikova
25. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
26. The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell
27. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
28. The Brimstone Deception by Lisa Shearin
29. Finding Magic by Tanya Huff
30. Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
31. The Curse of the Giant Hogweed by Charlotte MacLeod
32. Seeker's Mask by P. C. Hodgell
33. Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff

Edited: Jun 26, 9:52pm Top

Category 3:3:15: Mysteries - 6 completed on 2/15/2018

1. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton (California)
2. Prince of Darkness by Barbara Michaels (Maryland)
3. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan (Colorado)
4. Design for Dying by Renee Patrick (California)
5. Spinsters in Jeopardy by Ngaio Marsh
6. The Secret of Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene


7. The Lady Vanishes by Ethel Lina White
8. The Gate Keeper by Charles Todd
9. Scales of Justice by Ngaio Marsh
10. Don't Die Under the Apple Tree by Amy Patricia Meade (New York)
11. Color Me Murder by Krista Davis (Washington, D. C.)
12. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
13. Ring of Fear by Anne McCaffrey
14. Singing in the Shrouds by Ngaio Marsh
15. Silver Wings for Vicki by Helen Wells
16. A Soupcon of Poison by Ashley Gardner
17. Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson
18. Death Below Stairs by Ashley Gardner
19. Kale to the Queen by Nell Hampton
20. Fall of Angels by Barbara Cleverly
21. Alpha Alpine by Mary Daheim
22. Wine of Violence by Priscilla Royal

Edited: Jul 1, 11:14am Top

Category 3:4:16: Historical Fiction (written or set before 1950) - 6 completed on 02/21/208

1. A Casualty of War by Charles Todd (set in 1918, France and England)
2. The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer (published in 1921, set in Georgian England)
3. Dangerous Masquerade by April Kihlstrom (Regency era, England)
4. On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt (set 1859 - 1901, England, Germany)
5. A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (set 1665 London, published 1722)
6. Powder and Patch by Georgette Heyer (Set Georgian England, published 1923)


7. Creole Holiday by Phyllis A. Whitney (set in 1890s New Orleans)
8. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (England, reworking of Jane Eyre)
9. Zuleika Dobson, Or, An Oxford Love Story by Max Beerbohm (published in 1911)
10. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
11. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by R. A. Dick
12. Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
13. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
14. Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest by Alice B. Emerson

Edited: Jun 26, 8:58pm Top

Category 3:5:17: Plays - 6 completed on 3/11/2017

1. Equus by Peter Shaffer
2. The Circle: A Comedy in Three Acts by W. Somerset Maugham
3. Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
4. Sense and Sensibility by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen
5. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
6. Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca


7. I Remember Mama by John Van Druten
8. Waiting in the Wings by Noel Coward
9. Berkeley Square by John L. Balderston

Edited: Apr 1, 7:45pm Top

Category 3:6:18: Pulitzer Prize for Drama Winners and Nominees

1. The Piano Lesson by August Wilson (PPD Winner, 1990)
2. Fences by August Wilson (PPD Winner, 1987)
3. The Young Man From Atlanta by Horton Foote (PPD Winner, 1995)

Edited: Mar 24, 3:27pm Top

Edited: Apr 1, 7:49pm Top

Edited: Dec 25, 2017, 3:53pm Top

Welcome! I've got a damaged charging port on my laptop, so off it will be going to be repaired - and I have no idea how long that will take.

I set this up today on a borrowed computer - I'd forgotten how annoying it can be to use an unfamiliar keyboard! I'll pretty my thread up once I've go my laptop back, but this should do for the moment.

I may not post much for a bit, but I won't have forgotten my thread is here.

Dec 26, 2017, 11:26am Top

Welcome back and have a great reading year! I'm using a borrowed computer myself (at my parents' for the holidays) and fully sympathize with the annoyance of an unfamiliar keyboard. Hope your laptop gets repaired soon!

Dec 26, 2017, 11:30am Top

Good to see you, and good luck with getting that laptop repaired!

Dec 26, 2017, 3:21pm Top

Here's to another great year of books!

Dec 27, 2017, 9:18am Top

Dropping a star, Dejah! Hoping your computer woes are soon over.

Dec 27, 2017, 11:30pm Top

>24 rabbitprincess:. Thank you for the welcome, RP! I must say, as annoying as using an unfamiliar keyboard is, it beat using my phone, which I’m doing tonight!

>25 majkia:. Hi, Jean! I’ll get the laptop back....eventually. I expect I’ll appreciate it more, lol.

>26 mamzel:. Why thank you, mamzel! And the same to you!

>27 Crazymamie:. Hi, Mamie - and thanks for dropping by. You’re welcome any time.

Dec 28, 2017, 8:20pm Top

Dropping my star! Hope 2018 is filled with good reads!

Dec 29, 2017, 2:07pm Top

Welcome back!

Dec 29, 2017, 2:40pm Top

>29 thornton37814: >30 lkernagh: Thank you, Lori & Lori! I'm looking forward to 2018 and some great books!

Dec 30, 2017, 6:32pm Top

Welcome back!! Nice to see you back here again.

Happy New Year!!

Dec 30, 2017, 9:12pm Top

Welcome back! Happy reading for 2018!

Dec 30, 2017, 9:48pm Top

>32 lindapanzo: >33 LittleTaiko: Thank you, Linda and Stacy! I always enjoy the Category Challenge, and I'm delighted to be back.

Jan 4, 7:09pm Top

Hi Dejah, so nice to see you back here. :) I am looking forward to a fun year filled with challenges so I hope you get your laptop back soon.

Jan 5, 7:23pm Top

>35 DeltaQueen50: Hi Judy! Thanks for dropping by. The Challenges look great and are already influencing my reading. As for the laptop....well, I'll have it back one of the days.

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