2017 Category Challenge

Welcome to the 2017 Category Challenge!

To encourage ourselves to “read outside the box,” in this group we (each) pick (our own) categories to read within. You can have as many or few categories as you wish, they can cover any sort of topic, and you can read as many books as you want in each category. The idea is that if you find that you tend (as many of us do) to read mainly within your comfort area and would like to push yourself outside it, you add a category for your “difficult” reads to your challenge so that you’re encouraged to pick it up at some point during the year. You are, of course, completely free to modify your categories as much as you like during the challenge.

In this group, we do a few different group reads:
1. "Standard" group reads: pick a book to read for a specific month (or a quarter or sometimes for the whole year). At the end of each year, we vote on which group reads to have the following year.
2. CATs: This is influenced by the TIOLI (Take It Or Leave It) that is being done over in the 75:ers group, but to avoid confusion we named ours "CATs" since we're a category challenge group... Get it? :) At the end of each year, we vote on which CATs to have the following year (usually 3) and each month a different volunteer will create the thread for each CAT and outline its parameters.
3. KITs: These were ideas that were not picked as "official" CATs and are usually run by the people who suggested them. They're mini-CATs (hence "KIT" for "kittens").
4. We usually also have a bingo card challenge and, unsurprisingly, have given our canine friends a chance to shine and named it BingoDOG.

The challenge officially begins on January 1, 2017, but starting early or late is welcomed.

Have fun!!

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This Year's Group Reads, CATs, and DOG:

RandomCAT General Thread and RandomCAT Wiki
CultureCAT General Thread and CultureCAT Wiki
CATWoman General Thread and CATWoman Wiki
AwardsCAT General Thread and AwardsCAT Wiki
BingoDOG General Thread and BingoDOG Wiki
SFF/SFFF-KIT Planning Thread and SFF/SFFF-KIT Wiki
AlphaKIT General Thread and AlphaKIT Wiki
Group Reads Planning Thread

Group Reads


First Quarter:




Second Quarter:
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth




Third Quarter:




Fourth Quarter:




Year-Long Group Reads:
The Vorkosigan Saga
Proust Volume 1 - Swann's Way
Poldark series
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Jackie's second Jar of Fate category challenge 74VivienneR, Yesterday 12:48amignore
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Group Read: Proust Volume 2, Within a Budding Grove 13japaul22, Monday 7:42pmignore
Kristel's Year of the Rooster 2017 65VivienneR, Monday 7:20pmignore
CBL Reads from a Fair Number of Ladies in 2017 126cbl_tn, Monday 6:21pmignore
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Poldark Group Read (March): Jeremy Poldark 11fuzzi, Monday 3:35pmignore
March 2017 AlphaKIT - E and K 59fuzzi, Monday 3:31pmignore
Christina reads a "Gilmore Girls" category challenge 112christina_reads, Monday 3:11pmignore
Whitewavedarling and her glass half full, or empty... 101whitewavedarling, Monday 1:34pmignore
What are we reading in March? 67LittleTaiko, Monday 12:51pmignore
Mamzel's 2017 WANT Reading 166mamzel, Monday 12:45pmignore
March 2017: BingoDOG reads 28lavaturtle, Monday 9:33amignore
lavaturtle's 2017 reads 54lavaturtle, Monday 9:22amignore
Dogeared Copy's 2017 Category Challenge 51VictoriaPL, Monday 8:31amignore
Stacy's (LittleTaiko) It's All About Me Challenge 102VictoriaPL, Monday 8:26amignore
Cheli's Homebound Category Challenge for 2017 76thornton37814, Sunday 10:06pmignore
Hanneri's 2017 Category Challenge 46Hanneri, Sunday 4:57pmignore
April CATWoman: Biography, Autobiography, Memoir 20streamsong, Sunday 3:12pmignore
Threadnsong's GiNORmous TBR pile 17threadnsong, Sunday 3:08pmignore
Group Reads for 2017 120mathgirl40, Sunday 8:04amignore
Jennifer's (japaul22) Year of Rewarding Reading 87japaul22, Saturday 8:18pmignore
VictoriaPL's 2017 reading, part two 87rabbitprincess, Saturday 6:02pmignore
RidgewayGirl's Year of Books, Part Two 72RidgewayGirl, Saturday 2:26pmignore
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Lori's Ancestral Challenge - thread 2 81thornton37814, Friday 9:15pmignore
MarthaJeanne's Reading Log 29MarthaJeanne, Friday 4:21pmignore
Mystery Max's Characters 54mysterymax, Friday 2:35pmignore
tymfos "consider the source" category challenge for 2017 52tymfos, Friday 6:57amignore
VioletBramble's 2017 Category Challenge 92VioletBramble, Thursday 8:56pmignore
mathgirl40's 2017 Category Challenge, Part 1 119rabbitprincess, Thursday 6:14pmignore
Shannon's Reading and Review Thread (sturlington) 58LisaMorr, Thursday 1:36pmignore
lindapanzo'a lucky 7 category challenge 122lindapanzo, Wednesday 10:51pmignore
inge87's Shakespearean 17-in-17 178inge87, Wednesday 4:37pmignore
April AwardsCAT -- International Dublin Literary Award and the Pulitzer Prize 19LisaMorr, Wednesday 4:06pmignore
psutto's 7th challenge 74psutto, Wednesday 12:51pmignore
Clue's 2017 Unexpected Project Challenge 80LisaMorr, Wednesday 11:26amignore
Andrea's 2017 Challenge 39LisaMorr, March 21ignore
Pamelad's 17 in 17 56LisaMorr, March 21ignore
LisaMorr is taking 2017 seriously 74LisaMorr, March 21ignore
Reckless Categories for 2017 (Reckless Reader) 12christina_reads, March 21ignore
Sushicat joins the fun 35christina_reads, March 21ignore
Jean's Grand Tour 93majkia, March 21ignore
Kerry's (avatiakh) commonplace challenge 142christina_reads, March 20ignore
Thingaversaries! 8LisaMorr, March 20ignore
Sir Furboy's Language (and Random Stuff) Category Challenge 32sirfurboy, March 20ignore
April 2017 AlphaKIT: J and D 20LibraryCin, March 18ignore
February CATWoman - Debut Books 59Jackie_K, March 18ignore
Roro's a Series Reader in 2017 101Roro8, March 18ignore
CultureCAT General Thread 22EBT1002, March 18ignore
Traci Tries Again in 2017 86rabbitprincess, March 17ignore
AwardsCAT General Thread 14luvamystery65, March 15ignore
RandomCAT General Thread 25dudes22, March 15ignore
staci426's 2017 Category Challenge 37staci426, March 15ignore
Monica AKA Crazy4reading attempts the Art of reading again 53crazy4reading, March 15ignore
CATWoman General Thread 33sallylou61, March 14ignore
deep220 2017 Reading Challenge 35deep220, March 14ignore
The Official UN-official SFF/SFFF-KIT for 2017 70DeltaQueen50, March 14ignore
Tricia's "The Books Around Me Challenge" 50VictoriaPL, March 14ignore
AlphaKIT for 2017 42fuzzi, March 14ignore
Leslie Rocks in 2017 76leslie.98, March 13ignore
Erin's Carnival of Books 51MissWatson, March 13ignore
Sace's Easy Roy G. Biv Challenge 57Sace, March 12ignore
Librariansteffen's Category Challenges for 2017 22librariansteffen2, March 12ignore
-Eva-'s 7 in 2017 - Part 1 93lkernagh, March 12ignore
Sally Lou's 2017 challenge 53sallylou61, March 11ignore
Poldark Group Read (February): Demelza 21VictoriaPL, March 11ignore
Group read: Poldark series 23fuzzi, March 11ignore
Zero's 2017 Categories 30-Eva-, March 9ignore
February SFFKIT: Space Travel 76Bluebird1, March 9ignore
February CultureCAT: Medicine and Public Health 64Bluebird1, March 9ignore
Hibernator chases the CAT 102andreablythe, March 8ignore
MarthaJeanne's Fiction 15MarthaJeanne, March 7ignore
AA1986 in 2017 17ArmyAngel1986, March 6ignore
Kimberly's (kkunker) 2017 Category Challenge 34-Eva-, March 5ignore
Jules' 2017 Category Challenge 38bookwormjules, March 4ignore

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