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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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Total members: 123 members

Recent members: Sara_Zagrodzky, soffitta1, augustgarage, thesmallestfrye, PeterDamianBellis, pammab, Dejah_Thoris, AHMay, June, discorpion, crookedcat, bobinette, Jaslyn30, brenchristo, thatguyzero, Oscar2017Live1, RecklessReader, JamesShamblin, muddy21, mamatygress, shivam06, LeonardoAngue, Roger_Kitchen, Montarville, goonergirl1982, paruline, deborah2202, mysterymax, bookwormjules, brenpike

Tags: 2017CC (1), 2017 (1), Challenge group (1)

Administrators: -Eva- (creator)

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The Vorkosigan Saga Continues! 44fuzzi, December 2019ignore
Group Read: Proust Volume 4: Sodom and Gomorrah 24pamelad, May 2018ignore
Soffitta1's 2017 Category Challenge 181soffitta1, April 2018ignore
Group Read: Proust Volume 3, The Guermantes Way 24March-Hare, March 2018ignore
2017: JMC400m's Category Challenge 25JMC400m, February 2018ignore
Group Read: Proust Volume 2, Within a Budding Grove 29March-Hare, January 2018ignore
Jackie's second Jar of Fate category challenge 189Jackie_K, January 2018ignore
December CATWoman: Modern (post-1960) novels by women 52Jackie_K, January 2018ignore
Hanneri's 2017 Category Challenge 184Hanneri, January 2018ignore
Group Read: Proust Volume 7, Finding Time Again 9japaul22, January 2018ignore
psutto's 7th challenge 143psutto, January 2018ignore
Kerry's (avatiakh) commonplace challenge part 2 164rabbitprincess, January 2018ignore
LisaMorr is taking 2017 seriously 166luvamystery65, January 2018ignore
pammab's 2017 challenge 78pammab, January 2018ignore
DeltaQueen's Year of Freedom - Part 8 140DeltaQueen50, January 2018ignore
rabbitprincess sails from sea to sea to sea in 2017 - Part 3 190rabbitprincess, January 2018ignore
Paruline is conquering Mount TBR in 2017 114paruline, January 2018ignore
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2017 141pammab, January 2018ignore
VioletBramble's 2017 Category Challenge 203pammab, January 2018ignore
mathgirl40's 2017 Category Challenge, Part 2 212pammab, January 2018ignore
Leslie Rocks in 2017 213leslie.98, January 2018ignore
Chrischi_HH's Disney Challenge 2017 125pammab, January 2018ignore
tymfos "consider the source" category challenge for 2017 74tymfos, January 2018ignore
CBL Reads from a Fair Number of Ladies in 2017 Thread #2 118cbl_tn, January 2018ignore
Sushicat joins the fun 66rabbitprincess, January 2018ignore
lkernagh (Lori) Reads Her Way Through The Months in 2017 - Third Thread 286andreablythe, January 2018ignore
DeltaQueen Is Planning a Year of Freedom in 2017 - Part 7 263andreablythe, January 2018ignore
Roberta's (luvamystery65) Colorful Challenge third thread 78luvamystery65, January 2018ignore
Group Read: Proust, Volume 1 - Swann's Way 60March-Hare, January 2018ignore
Group Read: Proust Volumes 5 & 6 : The Captive and The Fugitive 17leslie.98, January 2018ignore
Lori's Ancestral Challenge - thread 3 233thornton37814, January 2018ignore
RidgewayGirl's Year of Books, Part Four 215VivienneR, January 2018ignore
December RandomCAT- One Day 120fuzzi, January 2018ignore
MissWatson takes astronomical readings 124MissWatson, January 2018ignore
MarthaJeanne's Reading Log 1332wonderY, January 2018ignore
Whitewavedarling and her glass half full, or empty... 270whitewavedarling, January 2018ignore
kac522 2017 Random Acts of Reading 113kac522, January 2018ignore
Donan's 2017 Thread 35donan, January 2018ignore
Pamelad's 17 in 17 108VivienneR, January 2018ignore
Vivienne's Year of the Cat - End of the Year 100VivienneR, January 2018ignore
Cheli's Homebound Category Challenge for 2017 213christina_reads, January 2018ignore
Christina reads a "Gilmore Girls" category challenge - Part 2 110christina_reads, January 2018ignore
Tricia's "The Books Around Me Challenge" 112rabbitprincess, January 2018ignore
LibraryCin's 2017 Reading Log/Challenges 328LibraryCin, January 2018ignore
Dudes22 (Betty's) 2017 Reading Quotes - Pt 2 118dudes22, January 2018ignore
Shannon's (sturlington) Stephen King Not-a-Challenge 102christina_reads, January 2018ignore
Jennifer's (japaul22) Year of Rewarding Reading 247kac522, January 2018ignore
Andrea's 2017 Challenge 140andreablythe, January 2018ignore
lavaturtle's 2017 reads 139lavaturtle, January 2018ignore
Stacy's (LittleTaiko) It's All About Me Challenge - Part 2 106thornton37814, December 2017ignore
December AlphaKIT: J and R 69whitewavedarling, December 2017ignore
Librariansteffen's Category Challenges for 2017 24librariansteffen2, December 2017ignore
MarthaJeanne's General statistics 17MarthaJeanne, December 2017ignore
Sir Furboy's Language (and Random Stuff) Category Challenge 76sirfurboy, December 2017ignore
Lisa's 2017 Reading of Series and Other Pursuits 181RidgewayGirl, December 2017ignore
Sally Lou's 2017 challenge 176sallylou61, December 2017ignore
Poldark Group Read (December): Bella Poldark 10christina_reads, December 2017ignore
lindapanzo'a lucky 7 category challenge 282Chrischi_HH, December 2017ignore
Jean's Grand Tour 245majkia, December 2017ignore
MarthaJeanne's Nonfiction 23MarthaJeanne, December 2017ignore
December AwardsCat, 2017; International awards (a prize from a country you aren't living in) 16Kristelh, December 2017ignore
December CultureCAT: Cultural Flow and Immigration 63whitewavedarling, December 2017ignore
AlphaKIT for 2017 71fuzzi, December 2017ignore
The 5th Annual Christmas Murder Mystery Thread 46Chrischi_HH, December 2017ignore
Roro's a Series Reader in 2017 209Roro8, December 2017ignore
July RandomCAT- Let's Celebrate! 46kac522, December 2017ignore
Shannon's Reading and Review Thread (sturlington) 203sturlington, December 2017ignore
Dogeared Copy's 2017 Category Challenge 108rabbitprincess, December 2017ignore
Traci Tries Again in 2017 191virginiahomeschooler, December 2017ignore
Mamzel's 2017 WANT Reading 37mamzel, December 2017ignore
VictoriaPL's 2017 reading, part two 300VictoriaPL, December 2017ignore
Clue's 2017 Unexpected Project Challenge 190clue, December 2017ignore
Mystery Max's Characters 117dudes22, December 2017ignore
staci426's 2017 Category Challenge 42VivienneR, December 2017ignore
Kristel's Year of the Rooster 2017, 2nd quarter 107lkernagh, December 2017ignore
Kimberly's (kkunker) 2017 Category Challenge 37lkernagh, December 2017ignore
Ardene (markon) tries a new thing in 2017 74ronincats, December 2017ignore
December SFF/SFFF KIT- Magic Systems 34fuzzi, December 2017ignore
December BingoDOG reads 5christina_reads, December 2017ignore
AlphaKIT Year Long Letters: X and Z 21whitewavedarling, December 2017ignore
Zero's 2017 Categories 38thatguyzero, December 2017ignore
November CATWoman: Feminist and LGBTQ Books 51mathgirl40, December 2017ignore
Threadnsong's GiNORmous TBR pile 53threadnsong, December 2017ignore
Staff reverting wiki changes due to spam 25LibraryCin, December 2017ignore
November AlphaKIT: L and Q 55LibraryCin, December 2017ignore
November SFFKit: Historical Fantasy 24AHS-Wolfy, December 2017ignore
AA1986 in 2017 22AngelaB86, December 2017ignore
November AwardsCAT - Local awards 36mathgirl40, December 2017ignore
November RandomCAT - Traffic Jam 74kac522, December 2017ignore
November CultureCAT: Conflict and war (including terrorism) 38mathgirl40, December 2017ignore
Group read: Poldark series 59fuzzi, December 2017ignore
Poldark Group Read (November): The Twisted Sword 10christina_reads, December 2017ignore
Monica AKA Crazy4reading attempts the Art of reading again 83crazy4reading, December 2017ignore
MarthaJeanne's Fiction 25MissWatson, December 2017ignore
May RandomCAT: All About Mom 44kac522, November 2017ignore
November BingoDOG reads 14christina_reads, November 2017ignore
Vivienne's Year of the Cat - Part 3 199VivienneR, November 2017ignore
Poldark Group Read: The Angry Tide (July) 24jnwelch, November 2017ignore
October AlphaKIT: A and V 59sturlington, November 2017ignore

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