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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Lori's Ancestral Challenge - thread 2 184thornton37814, Today 11:59amignore
Lisa's 2017 Reading of Series and Other Pursuits 140jonesli, Today 11:47amignore
lavaturtle's 2017 reads 66lavaturtle, Today 11:43amignore
Whitewavedarling and her glass half full, or empty... 152whitewavedarling, Today 11:20amignore
rabbitprincess sails from sea to sea to sea in 2017 - Part 2 97mstrust, Today 10:56amignore
lkernagh (Lori) Reads Her Way Through The Months in 2017 - Second Thread 102dudes22, Today 8:32amignore
Dudes22 (Betty's) 2017 Reading Quotes 190dudes22, Today 8:28amignore
Jackie's second Jar of Fate category challenge 92Jackie_K, Today 8:11amignore
Kristel's Year of the Rooster 2017, 2nd quarter 39Kristelh, Today 8:01amignore
April AwardsCAT -- International Dublin Literary Award and the Pulitzer Prize 70Kristelh, Today 7:46amignore
casvelyn's reading all the books part 2 31MissWatson, Today 4:50amignore
MissWatson takes astronomical readings 157MissWatson, Today 4:49amignore
MarthaJeanne's Reading Log 45MarthaJeanne, Today 1:53amignore
Roberta's (luvamystery65) Colorful Challenge second thread 127ronincats, Yesterday 11:21pmignore
June SFF/SFFFKit - Series! 15lkernagh, Yesterday 10:24pmignore
CBL's Bingo Card 13cbl_tn, Yesterday 9:58pmignore
CBL Reads from a Fair Number of Ladies in 2017 169cbl_tn, Yesterday 9:51pmignore
May CultureCAT -- Gender Equality 34rosalita, Yesterday 8:29pmignore
Hanneri's 2017 Category Challenge 63Hanneri, Yesterday 8:23pmignore
Mamzel's 2017 WANT Reading 204mamzel, Yesterday 5:54pmignore
May CATWoman- Women in the arts 33LisaMorr, Yesterday 5:43pmignore
LibraryCin's 2017 Reading Log/Challenges 155LibraryCin, Yesterday 4:04pmignore
May RandomCAT: All About Mom 40LibraryCin, Yesterday 4:02pmignore
Kerry's (avatiakh) commonplace challenge 217avatiakh, Yesterday 3:37pmignore
Monica AKA Crazy4reading attempts the Art of reading again 64crazy4reading, Yesterday 3:09pmignore
lindapanzo'a lucky 7 category challenge 148lindapanzo, Yesterday 12:42pmignore
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2017 92Nickelini, Saturday 8:56pmignore
DeltaQueen Is Planning a Year of Freedom in 2017 - Part 4 187DeltaQueen50, Saturday 7:38pmignore
May AlphaKIT: C and T 58lavaturtle, Saturday 4:54pmignore
What Are You Reading in May 64VivienneR, Saturday 3:26pmignore
Vivienne's Year of the Cat - 2nd Quarter 100VivienneR, Saturday 3:20pmignore
Jennifer's (japaul22) Year of Rewarding Reading 111japaul22, Saturday 2:06pmignore
RidgewayGirl's Year of Books, Part Two 194RidgewayGirl, Saturday 9:03amignore
Sally Lou's 2017 challenge 77sallylou61, Saturday 12:36amignore
Jean's Grand Tour 123majkia, Friday 5:48pmignore
Dogeared Copy's 2017 Category Challenge 75Tanya-dogearedcopy, Friday 4:56pmignore
Mystery Max's Characters 78mysterymax, Friday 3:20pmignore
News from Wolfy 11VivienneR, Friday 2:00pmignore
Traci Tries Again in 2017 123virginiahomeschooler, Friday 10:41amignore
Sir Furboy's Language (and Random Stuff) Category Challenge 43sirfurboy, Friday 9:13amignore
Group Read: Proust Volume 3, The Guermantes Way 4Simone2, Friday 2:56amignore
Group Read: Proust Volume 2, Within a Budding Grove 28Simone2, Friday 2:41amignore
The Official UN-official SFF/SFFF-KIT for 2017 74LisaMorr, Thursday 5:59pmignore
2nd Quarter Group Read of A Suitable Boy 27DeltaQueen50, Thursday 5:47pmignore
May AwardsCAT- Man Booker International Prize and the Edgar Awards 34VivienneR, Thursday 3:54pmignore
Stacy's (LittleTaiko) It's All About Me Challenge 119mamzel, Thursday 11:48amignore
June Awards CAT - PEN America Literary Awards and National Book Award (USA) 15VioletBramble, Thursday 11:11amignore
Shannon's Reading and Review Thread (sturlington) 100sturlington, Thursday 10:06amignore
June RandomCAT: Into the Unknown 17DeltaQueen50, Thursday 1:14amignore
Donan's 2017 Thread 25donan, Thursday 1:02amignore
Clue's 2017 Unexpected Project Challenge 95DeltaQueen50, Wednesday 11:40pmignore
June CATWoman - Professional Women 11DeltaQueen50, Wednesday 11:34pmignore
June AlphaKIT: Y and N 14cracked4u, Wednesday 11:21pmignore
mathgirl40's 2017 Category Challenge, Part 1 198mathgirl40, Wednesday 10:38pmignore
Soffitta1's 2017 Category Challenge 112soffitta1, Wednesday 4:28pmignore
VioletBramble's 2017 Category Challenge 116mamzel, Wednesday 1:45pmignore
Threadnsong's GiNORmous TBR pile 28VictoriaPL, Wednesday 8:13amignore
Roro's a Series Reader in 2017 132Roro8, Tuesday 9:26pmignore
AlphaKIT Year Long Letters: X and Z 5christina_reads, Tuesday 1:57pmignore
VictoriaPL's 2017 reading, part two 128VictoriaPL, Tuesday 11:33amignore
psutto's 7th challenge 84psutto, Monday 2:54pmignore
Christina reads a "Gilmore Girls" category challenge 147christina_reads, Monday 10:52amignore
inge87's Shakespearean 17-in-17, Part 2: II Be or Not II Be 80lkernagh, Monday 9:50amignore
LisaMorr is taking 2017 seriously 96lkernagh, Monday 9:44amignore
May BingoDOG reads 19dudes22, May 21ignore
May SFFKIT: Aliens! 48Robertgreaves, May 21ignore
June CultureCAT: Environmentalism/Conservation 12BLBera, May 21ignore
RandomCAT General Thread 31majkia, May 19ignore
Cheli's Homebound Category Challenge for 2017 102cyderry, May 18ignore
Poldark Group Read: The Black Moon (May) 25christina_reads, May 17ignore
Tricia's "The Books Around Me Challenge" 67hailelib, May 16ignore
Pamelad's 17 in 17 73pamelad, May 16ignore
AwardsCAT General Thread 18clue, May 15ignore
Cariola's 2017 Bingo Challenge 14Cariola, May 15ignore
deep220 2017 Reading Challenge 37deep220, May 15ignore
CATWoman General Thread 35LittleTaiko, May 15ignore
AlphaKIT for 2017 46majkia, May 14ignore
April CultureCAT: Religious Diversity & Freedom 84EBT1002, May 14ignore
CultureCAT General Thread 24LibraryCin, May 14ignore
April SFFFKit: Apocalyptic & Dystopian Literature 52mysterymax, May 11ignore
AA1986 in 2017 19rabbitprincess, May 9ignore
Leslie Rocks in 2017 83leslie.98, May 6ignore
Ardene (markon) tries a new thing in 2017 45tymfos, May 6ignore
Andrea's 2017 Challenge 45DeltaQueen50, May 5ignore
tymfos "consider the source" category challenge for 2017 59tymfos, May 3ignore
April 2017 AlphaKIT: J and D 62whitewavedarling, May 3ignore
What are we reading in April? 45DeltaQueen50, May 2ignore
April CATWoman: Biography, Autobiography, Memoir 47mathgirl40, May 2ignore
Chrischi_HH's Disney Challenge 2017 63rabbitprincess, May 1ignore
Sushicat joins the fun 42christina_reads, May 1ignore
Poldark Group Read: April (Warleggan) 19VictoriaPL, May 1ignore
Group read: Poldark series 31fuzzi, May 1ignore
MarthaJeanne's Nonfiction 16MarthaJeanne, April 30ignore
MarthaJeanne's Fiction 18MarthaJeanne, April 30ignore
MarthaJeanne's General statistics 6MarthaJeanne, April 30ignore
Shannon's (sturlington) Stephen King Not-a-Challenge 71sturlington, April 30ignore
April 2017 - BingoDOG Reads 28LisaMorr, April 29ignore
Poldark Group Read (March): Jeremy Poldark 23avatiakh, April 27ignore
April RandomCAT – Love in the Stacks 96nrmay, April 27ignore

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