2018 Category Challenge

Welcome to the 2018 Category Challenge!

What are the categories? It’s up to you! You can set as many categories as you like, in whatever genres you like. You can set minimum numbers of books to read in each category, or you can fill them up as the whim takes you. You can structure your reading year around a clever theme, although this is by no means mandatory. You can focus on prize winners, certain geographical areas, topics that are of particular interest to you, series you want to finish, authors with an extensive backlist… there are no limits to what you can do with the challenge.

What if I hate my categories halfway through the year, or sooner? Change them! While we do have the word “challenge” in the group name, reading should always be fun. So if your challenge isn’t working for you, change it up! The only rule is there are no rules.

Do you do group reads? Heck yes. We have four kinds of group reads:

1. “Standard” group reads: we pick a book to read in a specific month or quarter, or throughout the year. We’ll start voting on potential group reads in the last quarter of 2017. But any member can suggest a group read at any time!

2. CATs: these are monthly challenges inspired by the TIOLI (Take It Or Leave It) challenge over at the 75 Books group. We call them CATs because we are the CATegory challenge. We’ll start voting on and discussing the structure of the 2018 CATs in the last quarter of 2017. Check out our previous groups (2013 to 2017) for examples of what the CATs look like.

3. KITs: these are mini-CATs; KIT comes from kitten :) KITs may be former CATs, or they may be CAT ideas that didn’t get enough votes to be official CATs. Our most popular KITs are the SFFF KIT and the AlphaKIT.

4. BingoDOG: a bingo card put together by the members. One member is responsible for gathering suggestions for squares and weeding out the duplicates, then the finalists are put on a bingo card. We call it the BingoDOG as a counterpart to the CAT challenges.

Do I have to be a member of this group to join the group reads? Not at all. If you have a home base in another group and just want to swing by here for a CAT, KIT, or group read, or to play BingoDOG, you're most welcome to join us.

When do we get started?! The challenge officially begins on January 1, 2018, but you’re welcome to start earlier or later!


CAT planning thread
ColourCAT general thread and ColourCAT wiki
MysteryCAT planning thread and MysteryCAT wiki
RandomCAT planning thread and RandomCAT wiki

AlphaKIT and AlphaKIT wiki
ScaredyKIT planning thread and ScaredyKIT wiki
SFFKIT general thread and SFFKIT wiki

BingoDOG planning thread

Group reads

Group reads planning thread

First quarter
January: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
February: Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
March: Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

Second quarter
April: The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer

Third quarter
August: Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe

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

Multi-month reads
February/March/April: Young Henry of Navarre, by Heinrich Mann
August/September/October: Henry, King of France, by Heinrich Mann

Year-long group reads
Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Unset
The Forsyte Saga, by John Galsworthy
Short story collections

Total members: 74 members

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Amber's (scaifea) 2018 Category Challenge 49VivienneR, Today 1:10amignore
KatieKrug's Mostly Random Challenge 24VivienneR, Today 1:07amignore
What are you reading first? 15VivienneR, Today 12:59amignore
MAMZEL in 2018 8VivienneR, Today 12:50amignore
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Roro's reading BOA for 2018 34DeltaQueen50, Yesterday 5:05pmignore
Mamie's Fellowship of the Read 49Crazymamie, Yesterday 1:29pmignore
casvelyn's first thread of 2018: the books go ever on and on 38casvelyn, Yesterday 9:00amignore
Lori (lkernagh) Reads her ABCs in 2018 - First Thread 28pamelad, Yesterday 5:12amignore
Pamelad's 18 in 2018 8pamelad, Yesterday 2:01amignore
Sushicat's Playground 2018 13virginiahomeschooler, Sunday 10:34pmignore
Soffitta1's 2018 Category Challenge 32Chrischi_HH, Sunday 3:59pmignore
Roberta's (luvamystery65) Colorful Reading Challenge 34Chrischi_HH, Sunday 3:28pmignore
Helenliz does battle with the books in 2018 31Chrischi_HH, Sunday 3:10pmignore
2018 MysteryCAT General thread 106VivienneR, Saturday 11:58pmignore
CMBohn is back, and this time it's 2018 46cmbohn, Saturday 9:25pmignore
Whitewavedarling... Watching What She Reads in 2018 35whitewavedarling, Saturday 12:21pmignore
Shannon's Dark, Deep South Challenge (sturlington) 37sturlington, Saturday 10:41amignore
lindapanzo's first period reading 41scaifea, Saturday 10:36amignore
Karene's 2018 Challenge 30scaifea, Saturday 9:10amignore
DeltaQueen Goes to Sesame Street in 2018 55VivienneR, Saturday 2:08amignore
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Sally Lou's reading in 2018 20sallylou61, Friday 8:17pmignore
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LittleTaiko's (Stacy) 80's Music Challenge 38dudes22, Friday 6:54pmignore
Christina reads whimsically in 2018 41christina_reads, Friday 5:58pmignore
Tafadhali goes boldly forward in 2018 31mamzel, Friday 3:02pmignore
Indubitably Okay 2018 33mamzel, Friday 2:45pmignore
Clue's Challenge In A Challenge for 2018 30mamzel, Friday 2:43pmignore
leslie.98's CATs and DOGs in 2018 29mamzel, Friday 1:35pmignore
Chrischi_HH's guided tour through Lübeck 2018 24mamzel, Friday 1:30pmignore
Majkia (Jean) Reads What Strikes Her Fancy 43mamzel, Friday 1:07pmignore
Daisy's 2018 Category Challenge 27mamzel, Friday 12:28pmignore
Staff reverting wiki changes due to spam 5lorannen, Friday 11:34amignore
Group reads planning thread 122MarthaJeanne, Tuesday 11:57amignore
MarthaJeanne General thread 2MarthaJeanne, November 11ignore
2018 ColorCAT General Thread 38EBT1002, November 7ignore
The Official UN-official SFF/SFF-KIT for 2018!! 29rabbitprincess, November 2ignore
2018 BingoDOG Suggestion Thread 30MissWatson, October 27ignore
AlphaKIT for 2018 24LibraryCin, October 26ignore
ScaredyKIT Planning Thread 48mathgirl40, October 24ignore
2018 CATs planning thread 177VivienneR, October 21ignore
RandomCAT General Thread 23virginiahomeschooler, October 21ignore
HorrorKIT Planning 18mathgirl40, October 18ignore

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