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Joy's 2018 Category Challenge

2018 Category Challenge

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Edited: Dec 30, 2017, 11:38pm Top

OK, my 2017 Challenge was not exactly a success. Actually, 2017 was sort of a mess for me, in many ways. Didn’t get much reading done and never really got around to doing anything with my Category Challenge. As it turns out, seventeen categories were just too many to keep up with, and I kept getting bogged down.

But I definitely want to try again in 2018, so I’ve been trying to come up with a plan that will make things a little easier to handle, and not so limiting. I’ve noticed that several people are using months of the year as their categories, and that’s very appealing -- I could set myself a certain number of books to aim for each month. Or maybe not. Honestly, even that might be a little too daunting -- I’ve learned that I don’t do well with too much structure. So I’ll probably just try to read as much as I can each month and watch my twelve “categories” fill up.

Anyway, for now I’m pretty satisfied with the monthly set-up. We’ll see how it goes.

Edited: Aug 12, 11:33am Top

Reserving this space for lists, notes, etc. Maybe just for talking to myself….

....Or maybe KIT talk....

I'm thinking of trying the AlphaKIT this year. Maybe unofficially. I attempted the Bingo Dog last year, but didn't finish it. Might not be any more successful with this one, but I like the planning sessions. :) I especially love the idea of trying to find one book that somehow combines both letters each month. We'll see how far I go.

A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple #5), by Agatha Christie ✭✭✭✭
Vintage Murder (Inspector Roderick Alleyn #5), by Ngaio Marsh ✭✭✭

How to Be Human, by Paula Cocozza ✭✭✭✭
Just Kids, by Patti Smith ✭✭✭✭

Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit ✭✭✭½

Apr: Y, U
Umbrella, by Taro Yashima ✭✭✭

May: Q, K
Pale Horse, Pale Rider: Three Short Novels, by Katherine Anne Porter ✭✭✭✭
The Quiet American, by Graham Greene ✭✭✭✭

Jun: G, R
The Gardener, by Sarah Stewart; illus. by David Small ✭✭✭✭
Golem, by David Wisniewski (illus. by author) ✭✭✭½
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead ✭✭✭✭

Jul: S, A
Tailspin, by Sandra Brown ✭✭✭
The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot #6), by Agatha Christie ✭✭✭✭

Aug: O, D
The Dead House, by Billy O'Callaghan ✭✭✭✭

Sep: B, E
Oct: N, L
Nov: T, H
Dec: C, W

Yearlong: X,Z
Miss Zukas and the Library Murders (Miss Zukas #1), by Jo Dereske ✭✭✭✭

Yearlong: X - Possibilities:
The Appleton Case (Markham Sisters #1), by Diana Xarissa
Beautiful Days, by Teng Xiaolan
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
I Am Madame X, by Gioia Diliberto
Miss Chopsticks, by Xinran
Murder on the Oxford Canal (DI Hillary Greene #1), by Faith Martin

Yearlong: Z - Possibilities:
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
The Dead Zone, by Stephen King
Doorways in the Sand, by Roger Zelazny
Hidden Camera, by Zoran Živković
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People, by Farahad Zama
The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #3), by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
A Rose for Ecclesiastes, by Roger Zelazny
Towards Zero (Superintendent Battle #5), by Agatha Christie
Zuckerman Unbound, by Philip Roth

Edited: Feb 10, 1:32am Top

Books Read in JANUARY:

1. Balthus: Cats and Girls. Sabine Rewald (nonfiction: art history)
2. Intruder in the Dark (Inspector Littlejohn #43), by George Bellairs (fiction: mystery/police procedural)
3. A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple #5). Agatha Christie (fiction: mystery/amateur sleuth)
4. Vintage Murder (Roderick Alleyn #5). Ngaio Marsh (fiction: mystery/police procedural)
5. If Morning Ever Comes. Anne Tyler (fiction)

Edited: Mar 2, 11:43am Top

Books Read in FEBRUARY:

1. How to Be Human. Paula Cocozza (fiction)
2. My Sister's Bones. Nuala Ellwood (fiction: psychological suspense)
3. Miss Zukas and the Library Murders (Miss Zukas #1). Jo Dereske (fiction: cozy mystery, amateur sleuth)
4. Just Kids. Patti Smith (nonfiction: memoir)

Edited: Apr 29, 11:01am Top

Books Read in MARCH:

1. Coffin, Scarcely Used (Flaxborough Mysteries #1). Colin Watson (fiction: mystery/police procedural)
2. Five Children and It. E. Nesbit (fiction, children's: fantasy)
3. Give the Boys a Great Big Hand (87th Precinct #11). Ed McBain (fiction: mystery/police procedural)
4. Holmes Entangled. Gordon McAlpine (fiction: mystery/historical fiction)
5. The Rabbit and the Shadow. Mélanie Rutten (fiction, children's: picture book)


Possibilities for MARCH AlphaKit (F, I):

An Artist of the Floating World, by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Figure in the Shadows, by John Bellairs
The Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit
Foundation, by Isaac Asimov
Framed in Lace (Needlecraft Mystery #2), by Monica Ferris
In the Best of Families (Nero Wolfe #17), by Rex Stout
I Still Dream About You, by Fannie Flagg
The Long Farewell (Sir John Appleby #17), by Michael Innes
Murder In the Meadow (DI Hillary Greene #7), by Faith Martin
Murder Is Served, by Frances & Richard Lockridge

Edited: Apr 29, 10:58am Top

Books Read in APRIL:

1. Murder in the Meadow (DI Hillary Greene #7), by Faith Martin (fiction: mystery/police procedural)
2. The Cottingley Secret, by Hazel Gaynor (fiction/historical fiction)
3. Time Out of Joint, by Philip K. Dick (fiction: sci-fi)
4. Feathers for Lunch, by Lois Ehlert (fiction: children's picture book)
5. The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life, by Lois Ehlert (nonfiction: art/children's picture book)
6. Umbrella, by Taro Yashima (fiction: children's picture book)


Possibilities for APRIL AlphaKit (Y, U):

Above Us Only Sky. Michele Young-Stone
American Eve. Paula Uruburu
Die For You. Lisa Unger
Love Unknown. A.N. Wilson
Making It Up. Penelope Lively
The Unicorn. Iris Murdoch
Unnatural Death. Dorothy L. Sayers
The Wanderer in Unknown Realms. John Connolly
When You Reach Me. Rebecca Stead
Ysabel, by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Year of Magical Thinking. Joan Didion
Your Lover Just Called. John Updike

Edited: Jun 7, 11:40pm Top

Books Read in MAY:

1. Pale Horse, Pale Rider: Three Short Novels, by Katherine Anne Porter (fiction: short fiction)
2. The Quiet American, by Graham Greene (fiction)
3. At the Mountains of Madness, by H.P. Lovecraft (fiction: horror, sci-fi, short fiction)


Possibilities for MAY AlphaKit (Q, K):

Christopher and His Kind. Christopher Isherwood
The Dog Who Knew Too Much. Spencer Quinn
The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Burning Cove, #1). Amanda Quick
The Glass Key. Dashiell Hammett
God Knows. Joseph Heller
Identity. Milan Kundera
Istanbul Passage. Joseph Kanon
Jumping the Queue. Mary Wesley
Keep the Aspidistra Flying. George Orwell
Keep the Change. Thomas McGuane
Kinds of Love. May Sarton
King, Queen, Knave. Vladimir Nabokov
Los Alamos. Joseph Kanon
The Man in the Queue (Inspector Alan Grant #1). Josephine Tey
Paper: Paging Through History. Mark Kurlansky
A Question of Inheritance (A Very English Mystery #2). Elizabeth Edmondson
A Question of Proof (Nigel Strangeways #1). Nicholas Blake
The Quest of the Missing Map (Nancy Drew #19). Carolyn Keene
The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin #1). M.C. Beaton
The Quiet American. Graham Greene
Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on Sixty and Beyond. Larry McMurtry
What the Night Knows. Dean Koontz

Edited: Jul 9, 5:25pm Top

Books Read in June:

1. When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead (fiction: young adult, sci-fi)
2. The Adventures of Miss Petitfour, by Anne Michaels (fiction: children's lit, fantasy)
3. The Gardener, by Sarah Stewart; illus. by David Small (fiction: children's lit)
4. Golem, by David Wisniewski (fiction: children's lit, folklore)


Possibilities for JUNE AlphaKit (G, R):

A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2). Louise Penny
Gallows View (Inspector Banks #1). Peter Robinson
The Galton Case (Lew Archer #8). Ross Macdonald
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Anita Loos
The Ghost Writer. Philip Roth
The Glass Room. Simon Mawer
The Golden Spiders (Nero Wolfe #22). Rex Stout
Good Morning, Midnight. Jean Rhys
The Grass Harp. Truman Capote
A Great Reckoning (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #12). Louise Penny
The Greengage Summer. Rumer Godden
A Guilty Thing Surprised (Inspector Wexford #5). Ruth Rendell
The Ivory Grin (Lew Archer #4). Ross Macdonald
James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl
The Long Goodbye. Raymond Chandler
A Restless Evil (Mitchell and Markby #14). Ann Granger
River Out of Eden. Richard Dawkins
Sins of the Fathers (Inspector Wexford #2). Ruth Rendell
Standing in Another Man's Grave (Inspector Rebus #18). Ian Rankin
Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World. Lawrence Goldstone and Nancy Goldstone
The Westing Game. Ellen Raskin
When You Reach Me. Rebecca Stead

Edited: Aug 3, 1:26pm Top

Books Read in July:

1. Tailspin, by Sandra Brown (fiction: romantic suspense; thriller)
2. The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot #6), by Agatha Christie (fiction: mystery)


Possibilities for JULY AlphaKit (S, A):

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion. Fannie Flagg
An American Childhood. Annie Dillard
And Be a Villain (Nero Wolfe #11). Rex Stout
The Caves of Steel (Robot #1). Isaac Asimov
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner #1). Philip K. Dick
Gently Down the Stream (Chief Superintendent Gently #3). Alan Hunter
The House of the Spirits. Isabel Allende
In the Penny Arcade. Steven Millhauser
July and August. Nancy Clark
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories. Susanna Clarke
Last Seen Alive (Inspector Thanet #5). Dorothy Simpson
A Long Time Coming. Aaron Elkins
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (Miss Marple #9). Agatha Christie
Miss Seeton by Appointment (Miss Seeton #6). Hampton Charles
Murder Must Advertise. Dorothy L. Sayers
Night Soldiers. Alan Furst
Ring Around the Sun. Clifford D. Simak
Say it with Poison (Markby & Mitchell Mysteries #1). Ann Granger
A Season in Purgatory. Dominick Dunne
The Secret Adversary (Tommy & Tuppence #1). Agatha Christie
A Shadow on the Wall. Jonathan Aycliffe
Sins and Needles (Needlecraft Mystery #10). Monica Ferris
A Splash of Red (Jemima Shore #3). Antonia Fraser
The Stately Home Murder (Inspector Sloan #3). Catherine Aird
Time and Again. Clifford D. Simak
The Weight of Water. Anita Shreve

Edited: Sep 2, 1:42am Top

Books Read in August:

1. The Dead House, by Billy O'Callaghan (fiction: horror / ghost stories)
2. A Long Time Coming, by Aaron Elkins (fiction: mystery / art related)
3. Last Song Sung (Cullen and Cobb #3), by David A. Poulsen (fiction: mystery / private investigator)


Possibilities for AUGUST AlphaKit (O, D):

The Birds and Other Stories. Daphne du Maurier
Cast, in Order of Disappearance. Simon Brett
The Dead House. Billy O’Callaghan
Dead Lake. Darcy Coates
Diary of a Provincial Lady (The Provincial Lady #1). E.M. Delafield
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner #1). Philip K. Dick
I'll Be Your Blue Sky (Love Walked In #3). Marisa de los Santos
The Jewel That Was Ours (Inspector Morse #9). Colin Dexter
Once Too Often (Inspector Thanet #14). Dorothy Simpson
Origin. Dan Brown
Out of Circulation (Miss Zukas #5). Jo Dereske
Overture to Death. Ngaio Marsh
River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life. Richard Dawkins
The Wheel on the School. Meindert DeJong
The Year of Magical Thinking. Joan Didion

Edited: Sep 20, 11:44am Top

Books Read in September:

1. Call for the Dead (George Smiley #1), by John le Carré
2. The Man Who Couldn't Miss (Stewart Hoag #10), by David Handler (reading now)
3. A Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael #1), by Ellis Peters (reading now)


Possibilities for SEPTEMBER AlphaKit (B, E):

Bitter End (a Nero Wolfe novella). Rex Stout
Bramton Wick. Elizabeth Fair
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls. Emily Carpenter
Claws and Effect. Rita Mae Brown
Eclipse. John Banville
The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories. Algernon Blackwood
Jane Eyre. Charlotte Brontë
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Eric Hodgins
A Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael #1). Ellis Peters
Old Bones (Gideon Oliver #4). Aaron Elkins
Payment in Blood (Inspector Lynley #2). Elizabeth George
The Rules of Engagement. Anita Brookner
Trust Your Eyes. Linwood Barclay

Edited: Sep 20, 11:37am Top

Books Read in October:


Possibilities for OCTOBER AlphaKit (N, L):

Lolita. Vladimir Nabokov (this would be a re-read)
The Luzhin Defense. Vladimir Nabokov
The Night Ocean. Paul La Farge
The Nine Tailors. Dorothy L. Sayers
The Norths Meet Murder (Mr. & Mrs. North #1). Richard and Frances Lockridge
Number the Stars. Lois Lowry
The Red Notebook. Antoine Laurain

Edited: Aug 3, 1:44pm Top

Books Read in November:


Possibilities for NOVEMBER AlphaKit (T, H):

Across the River and into the Trees. Ernest Hemingway
Closing Time. Joseph Heller
Gently Through the Mill (Chief Superintendent Gently #5). Alan Hunter
Hanging By a Thread. Monica Ferris
High Rising (Barsetshire #1). Angela Thirkell
Picture This. Joseph Heller
Strangers on a Train. Patricia Highsmith
Summer Half (Barsetshire #5). Angela Thirkell
The Summer of Dead Toys (Inspector Salgado #1). Antonio Hill
The Talented Mr. Ripley. Patricia Highsmith
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Henry Farrell

Edited: Aug 3, 1:43pm Top

Books Read in December:


Possibilities for DECEMBER AlphaKit (C, W):

All Shall Be Well (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #2). Deborah Crombie
The Atomic Weight of Love. Elizabeth J. Church
The Camomile Lawn. Mary Wesley
The Case Is Closed (Miss Silver, #2). Patricia Wentworth
The Catherine Wheel (Miss Silver #15). Patricia Wentworth
Child of the Northern Spring (Guinevere #1). Persia Woolley
The Chrysalids. John Wyndham
The Clock Strikes Twelve (Miss Silver #7). Patricia Wentworth
The Complete Wandering Ghosts. Francis Marion Crawford
Dumb Witness (Hercule Poirot #16). Agatha Christie
The Good Children. Kate Wilhelm
Keep You Close. Lucie Whitehouse
The Man Who Was Thursday. G.K. Chesterton
Miss Silver Comes to Stay (Miss Silver, #16). Patricia Wentworth
The Moonstone. Wilkie Collins
The Mystery of Lewis Carroll. Jenny Woolf
A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge #1). Charles Todd
The Vacillations of Poppy Carew. Mary Wesley
The Waiting Room. F.G. Cottam
The Wapshot Chronicle. John Cheever
The Wheel of Darkness. Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Wide Open (Wide Open #1). Deborah Coates
Wings of Fire (Inspector Ian Rutledge #2). Charles Todd
Wise Children. Angela Carter
The Wolf in Winter (Charlie Parker #12). John Connolly
The Women in the Castle. Jessica Shattuck

Any of the Flaxborough Mystery series, by Colin Watson

Dec 31, 2017, 11:50pm Top

Hope 2018 goes better for you. Happy reading!

Jan 1, 1:28am Top

Good luck with your 2018 reading

Jan 1, 9:19am Top

I love the month headers you have so far. I hope 2018 will be more relaxed and enjoyable for you.

Jan 1, 9:04pm Top

Another monthly reader! I hope you enjoy your more relaxed 2018 challenge. :)

Jan 5, 11:22pm Top

Welcome back and here is hoping 2018 is an easier year for you! Months is a good way to go and I love the images you have chosen so far.

Jan 6, 1:37pm Top

Good luck with your 2018 reading challenge.

Jan 6, 5:33pm Top

>15 thornton37814: Thanks! Happy Reading to you, too!

Jan 6, 5:36pm Top

>16 Roro8: Thank you! Hope you have a great reading year.

Jan 6, 5:38pm Top

>17 mamzel: Thanks. I debated about having headers or not having them. Decided I needed something to look at each month. Hope you have a great reading year!

Jan 6, 5:39pm Top

>18 christina_reads: Thank you! Yes, 2017 was sort of chaotic in many ways. Hoping for better things in 2018. Happy Reading to you!

Jan 6, 5:41pm Top

>19 lkernagh: Thanks. Yes, I think a monthly plan will be easy to handle even if not as exciting. Happy Reading in 2018!

Jan 6, 5:43pm Top

>20 DeltaQueen50: Thank you! Good luck to you, too.

Jan 6, 5:58pm Top

Have a great reading year!

Jan 6, 6:14pm Top

>27 rabbitprincess: Thanks! It seems to be starting out well, anyway. Hope you have a great reading year, too!

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