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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. Our CATs this year are the Colo(u)rCAT, the MysteryCAT, and the RandomCAT.

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. Both of these KITs are returning in 2018, and joining them is the wonderfully named ScaredyKIT.

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 and BingoDOG wiki

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
May: Ulysses, by James Joyce: Chapters 1 to 3
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

Multi-month reads
February/March/April: Young Henry of Navarre, by Heinrich Mann
April/May/June: Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Undset
August/September/October: Henry, King of France, by Heinrich Mann (discussion on Young Henry of Navarre thread)

Year-long group reads
The Forsyte Saga, by John Galsworthy
Short story collections

Total members: 156 members

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December RandomCAT: Secret Santa 15LibraryCin, Today 6:55pmignore
DeltaQueen Goes to Sesame Street in 2018 - Part 6 129DeltaQueen50, Today 6:48pmignore
What are we reading in November? 26rabbitprincess, Today 6:38pmignore
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2018 Challenges 283rabbitprincess, Today 6:11pmignore
December AlphaKIT: C and W 9whitewavedarling, Today 3:41pmignore
MarthaJeanne's Reading Log 125MarthaJeanne, Today 3:11pmignore
VivienneR Shines on Some Crazy Diamonds in 2018 : Part 4 49VivienneR, Today 12:09pmignore
ScaredyKIT Planning Thread 87Kristelh, Today 11:01amignore
Lori's (thornton37814) Year-Long Vacation from Meaningful Categories - Thread 4 65thornton37814, Today 9:06amignore
BingoDOG reads in November 8sturlington, Today 8:31amignore
Amber's (scaifea) 2018 Category Challenge #2 273scaifea, Today 7:55amignore
November RandomCAT: It's all about money... 26MissWatson, Today 4:34amignore
November ColourCAT: red 38MissWatson, Today 4:28amignore
MissWatson balances her books, the second ledger 141MissWatson, Today 4:25amignore
RandomCAT General Thread 59LibraryCin, Yesterday 10:55pmignore
RidgewayGirl Reads All Over the Place - Part Four 41LittleTaiko, Yesterday 8:48pmignore
November MysteryCAT: Cozies 22dudes22, Yesterday 7:56pmignore
AlphaKIT for 2018 87majkia, Yesterday 7:34pmignore
November AlphaKIT: T and H 34majkia, Yesterday 7:33pmignore
2018 MysteryCAT General thread 121LisaMorr, Yesterday 4:54pmignore
The November ScaredyCat: Serial Killers 16mstrust, Yesterday 4:05pmignore
Sally Lou's updated reading challenge for 2018 -- replaces Sally Lou's reading in 2018 182LittleTaiko, Yesterday 2:49pmignore
Betty (dudes22) Tries to Catch Up in 2018 - Pt 2 101dudes22, Yesterday 5:55amignore
Group Read: The Forsyte Saga 98Helenliz, Yesterday 1:22amignore
Helenliz does battle with the books in 2018 part 2 123Helenliz, Yesterday 12:55amignore
mathgirl40's 2018 Category Challenge, Part 2 51mathgirl40, Tuesday 8:47pmignore
Book Concierge Giving it a try 48BookConcierge, Tuesday 4:34pmignore
LittleTaiko's (Stacy) 80's Music Challenge - 2nd Half 60LittleTaiko, Tuesday 3:47pmignore
Short Story Collections -- Year-long Group Reading! 180Helenliz, Tuesday 2:30pmignore
Sushicat's Playground 2018 178sushicat, Tuesday 2:20pmignore
staci426's 2018 challenge 58staci426, Tuesday 1:25pmignore
Crazy4reading is just going crazy in 2018 32crazy4reading, Tuesday 8:29amignore
Jennifer (japaul22) Reads in 2018 241japaul22, Monday 1:25pmignore
Roberta's (luvamystery65) Colorful Reading Challenge part 2 110BookLizard, Monday 11:40amignore
Kerry (avatiakh) goes for 18 in 2018 178thornton37814, Monday 9:34amignore
psutto's next challenge 188psutto, Monday 8:58amignore
October RandomCAT: Playing Cards 62lavaturtle, Sunday 6:13pmignore
lavaturtle reads things in 2018 125lavaturtle, Sunday 6:09pmignore
October SFFKIT: Historical and Alt-Historical 41whitewavedarling, Sunday 3:49pmignore
Threadnsong's Gi-NOR-mous TBR Pile 2018 ed. 49threadnsong, Saturday 5:31pmignore
Daisy's 2018 Category Challenge 90daisy_may, Saturday 4:31pmignore
rabbitprincess travels through time and space in 2018 - part 4 37rabbitprincess, Saturday 1:22pmignore
November SFFKIT: Creatures! 17Crazymamie, Saturday 9:54amignore
Shannon's Dark, Deep South Challenge (sturlington) 142rabbitprincess, Saturday 9:15amignore
Traci Gets Cozy in 2018 Part 2 200rabbitprincess, Saturday 9:14amignore
Whitewavedarling... Watching What She Reads in 2018 214whitewavedarling, Friday 6:44pmignore
lindapanzo's second period reading 171rabbitprincess, Friday 6:42pmignore
Cheli's run at her 10th Category Challenge 174cyderry, Thursday 6:42pmignore
Jackie's Jar of Fate challenge meets the Scottish islands 236Jackie_K, Thursday 12:50pmignore
Lisa's Better Late Than Never 2018 Category Challenge 37LisaMorr, November 5ignore
October ScaredyKIT: Ghost Stories 37mstrust, November 5ignore
Mysterymax & Colour in 2018 191mysterymax, November 5ignore
VictoriaPL's Hanging Out with the 2018CC crew 156VictoriaPL, November 4ignore
Lori (lkernagh) Reads her ABCs in 2018 - Fifth Thread 75rabbitprincess, November 4ignore
October ColorCAT: Orange 55LibraryCin, November 3ignore
October Mystery CAT – Espionage 42beebeereads, November 3ignore
Clue's Challenge In A Challenge for 2018, August - December 35clue, November 3ignore
RidgewayGirl Reads All Over the Place - Part Three 201RidgewayGirl, November 3ignore
kac522 -- 2018 Challenge Reading 92kac522, November 2ignore
October AlphaKIT - N and L 66lkernagh, November 2ignore
Lori's (thornton37814) Year-Long Vacation from Meaningful Categories - Thread 3 214thornton37814, November 2ignore
Tafadhali goes boldly forward in 2018 50Tafadhali, November 1ignore
MarthaJeanne General thread 12MarthaJeanne, November 1ignore
rabbitprincess travels through time and space in 2018 - part 3 170rabbitprincess, October 31ignore
What are we reading in October? 53jonesli, October 31ignore
VivienneR will Shine on Some Crazy Diamonds in 2018 : Part 3 190VivienneR, October 31ignore
Christina reads whimsically in 2018, part 2 67christina_reads, October 31ignore
Andrea's 2018 Category Challenge – Attack the Stack 121andreablythe, October 30ignore
Nickelini's Challenge 2018 65Nickelini, October 29ignore
BingoDOG reads in October 8VivienneR, October 28ignore
Chrischi_HH's guided tour through Lübeck 2018 71Chrischi_HH, October 27ignore
October Group Read: Neal Stephenson 27mathgirl40, October 26ignore
Pamelad's 18 in 2018 146pamelad, October 25ignore
Cariola's 2018 Bingo Challenge 43Cariola, October 22ignore
The Official UN-official SFF/SFF-KIT for 2018!! 77whitewavedarling, October 22ignore
SEPTEMBER GROUP READ: English Renaissance Drama--The Duchess of Malfi 20RidgewayGirl, October 18ignore
2018 ColorCAT General Thread 54MissWatson, October 15ignore
Lori (lkernagh) Reads her ABCs in 2018 - Fourth Thread 205lkernagh, October 14ignore
Feb/Mar/Apr Shared Read: Young Henry of Navarre 30MissWatson, October 14ignore
DeltaQueen Goes to Sesame Street in 2018 - Part 5 260DeltaQueen50, October 11ignore
VioletBramble's 2018 Category Challenge 90VioletBramble, October 10ignore
BingoDOG reads in September 18christina_reads, October 10ignore
Yearlong Letters for 2018: X and Z 45VivienneR, October 9ignore
Hanneri's 2018 Category Challenge 98Hanneri, October 7ignore
September SFFFkit: Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales 41threadnsong, October 7ignore
Mamie's Fellowship of the Read (Page 2) 43Crazymamie, October 7ignore
September AlphaKIT - B and E 90Tanya-dogearedcopy, October 6ignore
September ColorCAT - Metallic 74whitewavedarling, October 6ignore
September RandomCAT: Happy Birthday 84whitewavedarling, October 6ignore
September MysteryCAT -- Noir and Hardboiled 63mathgirl40, October 5ignore
The 2019 group is up! 16kpolhuis, October 5ignore
2018 BingoDOG Suggestion Thread 105christina_reads, October 5ignore
September ScaredyKIT: Stephen King and family 50staci426, October 2ignore
MarthaJeanne's Fiction 23MarthaJeanne, October 1ignore
MarthaJeanne's Nonfiction 21MarthaJeanne, October 1ignore
What are we reading in September? 28rabbitprincess, September 29ignore
Group reads planning thread 209RidgewayGirl, September 29ignore
2019? thoughts of Next year 3rabbitprincess, September 28ignore
leslie.98's CATs and DOGs in 2018 - Part 2 163thornton37814, September 26ignore

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