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2018 Category Challenge

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Edited: Jan 2, 2:28am Top

Continuing in my (likely futile) attempts to read more widely and efficiently. Apparently I'm a moody reader and so tend to veer away from lists and plans almost immediately after making them. lol But it's fun to do the planning - and maybe some day, in the distant future, I'll manage to stick with it for the entire year. Stick with it AND remember to document it... :D

:: categories *planned* - heh ::
Group reads...

Edited: Mar 22, 5:51am Top


Since I'm hoping to follow along various CATs & KITs I may keep to just a few categories this year... still mulling but current thinking is -

1 - about books, reading & writing
The End of Your Life Book Club - Will Schwalbe
This Year You Write Your Novel - Walter Mosely

2 - essay collections
The Geek Feminist Revolution - Kameron Hurley (1/29)
Women & Power - Mary Beard (2/16)

3 - history (of people, places or things)
biography: A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way Through Love, Loss, and Laughter - Rachael Herron

4 - on science & nature

5 - folklore, mythology & mythic fiction
Uprooted - Naomi Novik (2/10)
Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen (2/8)
Beneath the Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire (3/5)
Conspiracy of Ravens - Lila Bowen (3/11)

6 - malingerers (fiction & non too long on the TBR)
(Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell)

7 - from my own shelves

Edited: Aug 31, 11:07pm Top


January: "Read an SFF you meant to read in 2017,
God's War (Bel Dame Apocrypha, #1) - Kameron Hurley

February: "Urban Fantasy"
Taken - Benedict Jacka

March: "Off World"
Remnants of Trust - Elizabeth Bonesteel
Breach of Containment - Elizabeth Bonesteel

April: "Time Travel"

May: "Rise Up"
Blood Orbit - K R Richardson

June: "Series"
Burn Bright - Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #5)
Dark Queen - Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #12)
Into The Fire - Elizabeth Moon (Vatta's Peace #2)

July: "Cyberpunk or Techno SFF"

August: "Makes You Laugh"
Terminal Alliance - Jim C Hines

September: Myths, Legends, & Fairy Tales

October: "Historical and Alt-historical"
November: "Creatures"
December: "This is how it ends"

Edited: Aug 31, 11:12pm Top


January: Nordic Mysteries
An Event In Autumn - Henning Mankell

February: Female Cop/Sleuth/Detective
The Sunday Philosophy Club - Alexander McCall Smith

March: Global Mysteries
Vintage Murder - Ngaio Marsh (New Zealand)

April : Classic and Golden Age Mysteries
Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple #1) - Agatha Christie
Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey, #13) - Dorothy L. Sayers
Striding Folly (Lord Peter Wimsey, #15) - Dorothy L. Sayers
Miss Pym Disposes - Josephine Tey
The Man in the Queue (Inspector Alan Grant, #1) - Josephine Tey
A Shilling for Candles (Inspector Alan Grant, #2) - Josephine Tey
To Love and Be Wise (Inspector Alan Grant, #4) - Josephine Tey
Footsteps in the Dark - Georgette Heyer
The Unfinished Clue - Georgette Heyer
Envious Casca (Inspector Hemingway Mystery #2) - Georgette Heyer
Duplicate Death (Inspector Hemingway Mystery #3) - Georgette Heyer
Detection Unlimited (Inspector Hemingway Mystery #4) - Heyer

May : Mysteries involving Transit

June : True Crime

July: Police Procedurals

August: Historical Mysteries
Final Curtain - Ngaio Marsh
Night at the Vulcan - Ngaio Marsh

September:Noir and Hard-Boiled Mysteries

October: Espionage
November: Cozy Mysteries
December: Futuristic/Fantastical Mysteries

Edited: Aug 31, 11:23pm Top


January : Ack! I’ve Been Hit - The Ever Dangerous Book Bullets
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) - Janet Evanovich - always comes up on lists of humorous reads; yep, fun & funny :)

February : Laissez les bons temps roulez
Uprooted Naomi Novik - didn't note if there was a specific name but there's a harvest festival (iirc) that takes place.

March : Ripped From the Headlines

April : a book related to "April"

May : a book with a flower or other plant in the title or on the cover
The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn #1) - Anne Bishop (a tree)
Latter End - Patricia Wentworth (roses)

June : Unusual Narrators

July : Getting to Know You

August : Let's Go to the Mountains
Mira's Last Dance - Lois McMaster Bujold (starts in mountains...)

September : Happy Birthday

October :
November :
December :

Edited: Aug 31, 11:23pm Top


Jan: V, M (wiki updated)
Visions of Sugar Plums - Janet Evanovich
One for the Money - Janet Evanovich

Feb : P, J
The Sunday Philosophy Club - Alexander McCall Smith
Cosmic Powers - John Joseph Adams, editor
The Singing Sands - Josephine Tey
Nightmare in Pink - John D MacDonald
Taken - Benedict Jacka

Mar: F, I
Full Dark House - Christopher Fowler

Apr: Y, U
The Unfinished Clue - Georgette Heyer

May: Q, K
Blood Orbit (Gattis File #1) - K R Richardson
Queen of the Tearling - Erika Johansen

Jun: G, R
English Country House Murders - Thomas Godfrey, ed.
Raven Black - Ann Cleves

Jul: S, A
A Pocket Full of Rye - Agatha Christie

Aug: O, D
Dark Echoes of the Past - Ramon Diaz Eterovic

Sep: B, E

Oct: N, L
Nov: T, H
Dec: C, W

Yearlong: X, Z

Edited: Jun 2, 8:45pm Top


Jan - "Gothic"
(TBR: The Woman in Black)

Feb - "Survival/Disaster"
Year One - Norah Roberts (read in Jan; Gothic in Feb? :D)

Mar - "Weird Fiction"
(Nancy Collins, Caitlin Kiernan, EAPoe)
A Dozen Black Roses - Nancy A Collins
The Darkest Heart - Nancy A Collins

Apr - "Supernatural"
Box Office Poison (Linnet Ellery, #2) - Phillipa Bornikova (vampires & lawyers)

May - "Close to Home"
Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep, #1) - Mira Grant

June - "Adapted to Screen"

July - "Science/Techno Thrillers"
Aug - "Series"
Sept - "Stephen King and Family"
Oct - "Ghost Stories"
Nov - "Serial Killers"
Dec - "Psychological Suspense"

Edited: Jun 2, 8:53pm Top

Group Reads

First quarter
January: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
(counting as read; I've read 2 or 3 times previously not into rereading it at the mo')
February: Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
March: Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

Second quarter
April: The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer
May: Ulysses, by James Joyce
June: Ursula K. LeGuin memorial read

Third quarter
August: Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe
September: English Renaissance drama

Fourth quarter
October: Neal Stephenson author read
November: World War One theme read

Year-long group reads
- The Forsyte Saga, by John Galsworthy
- Short story collections
Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies - John Joseph Adams, editor
Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories (Miss Marple #15) - Agatha Christie

Jan 2, 12:01pm Top

Have a great year of reading!

Jan 2, 6:50pm Top

Welcome back and have a great reading year! It is so fun to plan -- and sometimes even more fun to deviate from those plans ;)

Jan 4, 11:57pm Top

I always find that my plans are made to be broken. Hope 2018 has plenty of great reading surprises for you.

Jan 5, 11:42pm Top

Good luck and have fun with your challenge. It is always nice that one has the ability to change the challenge at any time. ;-)

Jan 7, 12:56pm Top

'moody reader' - I know what you mean. I would never restrict myself to a list of books. I am too easily beguiled by books that pop up here and there. I always have the best intentions to clear room on my bookshelves, and fail. Oh, well. And my Kindle collection... well, we won't even go there. Keeping up with the KITs and CATs is fun, though, so good luck with your plan.

Jan 7, 1:59pm Top

I know the "problem", too, and therefore keep the challenge open enough to allow moodiness. Enjoy your reading!

Edited: Feb 26, 12:07pm Top

Belated hello & thanks for all the well wishes! (I would swear I replied last month but lately I seem to be writing numerous posts and then fail to actually hit the post button. I guess I get interrupted and forget I wasn't quite done. Terminally distracted. lol

I've been trying to keep updating as I go - so far just doing it in the posted lists, and fairly infrequently; hoping to get in the habit of posting as I go, but I'm already ahead of last year at least :D

Feb 26, 5:51pm Top

Looks like you've had a good AlphaKit month for February! :)

Mar 3, 8:42am Top

>16 rabbitprincess: I did! Total fluke, as it turns out. lol

Mar 3, 8:54am Top

I missed a couple of CATs & KITs - oh, and the group reads - I'm going to try and catch up and complete the missing this month - just to be all completionist-like. :)

Edited: Jun 3, 6:09pm Top

Surfacing! I'm still not sticking around consistently but trying to at least visit more often than I usually manage. o.O I've missed a few categories the last couple of months but really killed on the April MysteryCAT. lol

(NOTE TO SELF: haven't updated wikis)

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