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2019 Category Challenge

Welcome to the 2019 Category Challenge, where the only rule is there are no rules.

What are the categories? Whatever you like! The point is for you to figure out what you want to get out of your reading year: Do you want to make progress on some of those series you follow? Is there an author whose works you'd like to read or re-read? Are there genres or subject areas you want to focus on?

Some members (your admin included) like to use the same categories each year and dress them up with a clever theme. Some members use the months of the year as their categories to give themselves more freedom to read by whim. It's all good! We want the challenge to work for you!

If you hate your 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!

So what's with the menagerie? CATs, KITs, DOGs??

The Category Challenge runs several group-wide challenges that members can play along with as they please: CATs, KITs, and the BingoDOG.

The CATs 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 normally have three CATs; however, this year we had a tie for third place in the voting, so we're having four:


Any CATs that don't make the cut as official CATs can be turned into KITs. These are mini-CATs (KIT comes from kitten). KITs can also be former CATs from previous years, or just something fun that a member comes up with. In previous years we've had the SFFFKIT (for sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction) and the AlphaKIT (two letters of the alphabet are the featured letters of the month, and you use these to pick a book to read).

The BingoDOG, meanwhile, is 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. The member who gathers suggestions for squares will set the deadline for submissions.

What about regular group reads? We do those too! Members can suggest a group read at any time, or spread the word about group reads going on in other groups. We've even carried over group reads from previous years of the Category Challenge (e.g., the Vorkosigan Saga read-along).

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, 2019, but you’re welcome to start earlier or later!


CAT planning thread

CalendarCAT planning thread and CalendarCAT wiki
RandomCAT planning thread and RandomCAT wiki
SeriesCAT planning thread and SeriesCAT Wiki
TBRCAT planning thread and TBRCAT Wiki

AlphaKIT planning thread and AlphaKIT Wiki
ScaredyKIT planning thread and ScaredyKIT Wiki
SFFFKIT planning thread and SFFFKIT Wiki

BingoDOG planning thread and BingoDOG Wiki

Group reads

Group reads planning thread

First quarter
January: The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
February: Secondhand Time, by Svetlana Alexievich

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Multi-month reads

The Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien - April / May / June
Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding - July / August / September

Year-long reads

Emile Zola: Les Rougon-Macquart series
A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth
The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher: Catch-up thread
Pilgrimage, by Dorothy Richardson
Short stories and anthologies

Total members: 115 members

Recent members: tallpaul, ReneeMarie, pammab, mandymarie20, -Eva-, madhatter22, beckybury, BookLizard, bkinetic, psutto, LauraBrook, nrmay, sumpter-girls, karenmarie, AHS-Wolfy, cbl_tn, lowelibrary, CaitZ, countrylife, amaranthe, witchyrichy, joriestory, dreamweaver529, JayneCM, rhian_of_oz, mysterymax, Yells, Lori76, TinaTome, This-n-That

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RidgewayGirl Reads Books in 2019 - Part One 89VictoriaPL, Today 8:57pmignore
Tess Follows the Yellow Brick Road in 2019 170tess_schoolmarm, Today 8:48pmignore
Christina reads the 2019 Category Challenge 72pammab, Today 7:44pmignore
2019's Short Story Collection and Anthology GroupRead 12pammab, Today 7:35pmignore
DeltaQueen's Random Miscellaneous Challenge 182pammab, Today 7:32pmignore
japaul22's 2019 Category Challenge 35dudes22, Today 7:25pmignore
pammab's 2019 challenge 25pammab, Today 6:53pmignore
2019 Group Read: A Suitable Boy 23karenmarie, Today 6:13pmignore
BingoDOG reads in January 73NinieB, Today 6:12pmignore
January SeriesCAT 84NinieB, Today 6:11pmignore
lavaturtle Reads Randomly in 2019 34lavaturtle, Today 5:59pmignore
BingoDOG Planning Thread 117Kristelh, Today 5:56pmignore
February RandomCAT - We Need a Break! 16clue, Today 5:56pmignore
2019 group reads planning thread 125Jackie_K, Today 4:48pmignore
January AlphaKIT: Q and A 98scaifea, Today 4:38pmignore
Amber's (scaifea) 2019 Category Challenge 88scaifea, Today 4:36pmignore
February TBRCat - A Borrowed Book 29ronincats, Today 4:22pmignore
February ScaredyKIT: The Corporeal Undead 23LibraryCin, Today 4:22pmignore
February SeriesCAT: Children’s/Young Adult Series 26LibraryCin, Today 4:17pmignore
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2019 Challenges 59LibraryCin, Today 3:57pmignore
Roro finds her mojo in 2019 5Roro8, Today 3:08pmignore
Betty's (dudes22) Raining Cats and Dogs in 2019 61dudes22, Today 3:01pmignore
TBR@61 Robertgreaves's challenge for 2018/2019 part 2 23connie53, Today 2:55pmignore
January TBRCat - First In, Last Out 62dudes22, Today 2:30pmignore
January ScaredyKIT: NPR 100 Favorite Horror Stories or 100 Killer Thrillers 47mstrust, Today 2:24pmignore
January RandomCAT -- Your name in print 121VivienneR, Today 1:06pmignore
casvelyn's not reading anything in 2019 41casvelyn, Today 12:31pmignore
MysteryMax Binge Reads in 2019 42mysterymax, Today 12:17pmignore
Lori (lkernagh) Binge Reads through 2019 108AHS-Wolfy, Today 12:09pmignore
This-n-That's Monthly Challenge 2019 55This-n-That, Today 11:53amignore
rabbitprincess paints a portrait of her reading year in 2019 141rabbitprincess, Today 11:36amignore
Lisa's Not Quite As Serious in 2019 62LisaMorr, Today 11:24amignore
Traci's Happiest Reading Challenge on Earth 45hailelib, Today 10:35amignore
Sally Lou's reading in 2019 42hailelib, Today 10:23amignore
Shannon's Serendipity-Doo-Dah Reading in 2019 (sturlington) 59sturlington, Today 10:08amignore
Majkia (Jean) Gets Her G∑∑K On - I 76majkia, Today 9:52amignore
January CalendarCAT 101LisaMorr, Today 5:28amignore
Clue Reads The Stars In 2019 45tess_schoolmarm, Today 2:49amignore
Tricia Tries to Keep Up in 2019 46hailelib, Yesterday 10:09pmignore
Wolfy’s Revisiting the Category Challenge for 2019 42SouthernKiwi, Yesterday 9:29pmignore
January UN-official SFF-KIT: "Excuses, Excuses..." 56lkernagh, Yesterday 9:12pmignore
CBL's musical categories, part 1 71thornton37814, Yesterday 9:09pmignore
Lori's (thornton37814) 2019 Classic Bands Challenge 143thornton37814, Yesterday 8:31pmignore
LadyoftheLodge 5 CATS 33LadyoftheLodge, Yesterday 3:46pmignore
DreamWeaver529's Dream Vacations 71dreamweaver529, Yesterday 2:51pmignore
Jackie's 2019 5 star category challenge 99The_Hibernator, Yesterday 11:33amignore
Stacy's (LittleTaiko) 2019 Challenge - Clue 70LittleTaiko, Yesterday 11:15amignore
madhatter22's 2019 Category Challenge 12LisaMorr, Yesterday 8:24amignore
VioletBramble's 2019 Category Challenge 29LisaMorr, Yesterday 8:18amignore
Pete's totally going to read TBR this year 40psutto, Yesterday 7:55amignore
Mandy's Cat Challenge 2019 15LisaMorr, Yesterday 4:50amignore
My First Challenge! 116JayneCM, Yesterday 4:03amignore
Kathy's (kac522) 2019 Reading Projects 58kac522, Yesterday 1:03amignore
Roberta's (luvamystery65) BORING 2019 Category Challenge 54VivienneR, Yesterday 12:32amignore
Audiobooks 126luvamystery65, Thursday 11:46pmignore
2019 SeriesCAT Planning Thread 133LibraryCin, Thursday 11:33pmignore
Patrick's 2019 Category Challenge 56ChessFanatic, Thursday 11:30pmignore
Nickelini and her 2019 Category Challenge 22Nickelini, Thursday 9:57pmignore
Dejah_Thoris’ Unchallenging Category Challenge 63rabbitprincess, Thursday 9:46pmignore
2019 CalendarCAT Planning Thread 51Robertgreaves, Thursday 9:25pmignore
ML Crazy4reading's CAT challenge 2019 55lkernagh, Thursday 9:22pmignore
Cariola's 2019 Bingo Challenge 10Cariola, Thursday 7:49pmignore
Helenliz Houses the Hoard 63katiekrug, Thursday 4:17pmignore
VivienneR in Christie's Footsteps 127Zozette, Thursday 3:25pmignore
Pilgrimage Year-long read 8tallpaul, Thursday 11:55amignore
What are you reading in January 2019? 69JayneCM, Thursday 9:49amignore
2019 RandomCAT planning thread 41LisaMorr, Thursday 8:06amignore
lindapanzo's open-ended reading challenge--part 1 65Helenliz, Thursday 4:58amignore
mathgirl40's 2019 Category Challenge, Part 1 22LisaMorr, Thursday 4:23amignore
12 Categories and a Teashop 69Zozette, Wednesday 11:57pmignore
Rhea's first challenge 11lkernagh, Wednesday 9:26pmignore
AlphaKIT for February: K and O 14Kristelh, Wednesday 4:02pmignore
MissWatson climbs the Ziggurat of Babel (aka Mount TBR) 57MissWatson, Wednesday 6:55amignore
BookLizard's 2019 Category Challenge 25BookLizard, Tuesday 11:27pmignore
February Calendar CAT 18VivienneR, Tuesday 9:59pmignore
Les Rougon-Macquart series - year long group read 10Yells, Tuesday 6:45pmignore
February UN-official SFF-KIT: Colony 18JayneCM, Tuesday 4:10amignore
2019 ScaredyKIT - Interest and Planning 50mathgirl40, Monday 10:37pmignore
VictoriaPL's 2019 Four Seasons CC 33VictoriaPL, Monday 10:29pmignore
February Calendar CAT 2clue, Monday 10:10pmignore
TBR CAT -- Planning Thread 98Helenliz, Monday 3:56pmignore
AlphaKIT for 2019 77dudes22, Monday 2:51pmignore
Whitewavedarling's Winding Path as of 2019 59VivienneR, Monday 2:35pmignore
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT For 2019!!! 73fuzzi, Monday 9:44amignore
2019 Sushicat plays in the library - again! 24sushicat, Monday 2:16amignore
pamelad's 19 in 2019 42pamelad, Monday 12:35amignore
Bkinetic browses blithely in 2019 41bkinetic, Sunday 5:04pmignore
Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Group Read 9JayneCM, Sunday 4:59pmignore
The Hibernator is Categorically Challenged 37This-n-That, Sunday 3:41pmignore
Jorie's 19CATs for 2019 49LisaMorr, Sunday 2:42pmignore
Leona's Reading Challenges for 2019 13mnleona, Saturday 6:57amignore
amaranthe's interesting experiment 36rabbitprincess, January 11ignore
staci426's 2019 Challenge of Categories 40staci426, January 11ignore
Lisa's 2019 Month to Month Category Challenge 44tess_schoolmarm, January 11ignore
okeres | 2019 Reading Categories 25okeres, January 11ignore
Dogearedcopy's "19/S" Cat Stax 44tess_schoolmarm, January 11ignore
Katrina's 2019 Challenge 63katrinasreads, January 10ignore
Cheli's Colorful 2019 Category Challenge 39thornton37814, January 10ignore
Help with changing order in groups on profile screen 7sallylou61, January 9ignore

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