2016 Category Challenge

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Welcome to the 2016 Category Challenge!

The idea here is to read books from different categories, to chat about what you read, and to inflict bookbullets on your fellow challengers. 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.

When this group was started, the idea was for everyone to pick (their own!) 8 categories of books and read 8 books in each of those categories in 2008. In 2009, it was to read 9 books each in 9 different categories, 10 in 10 in 2010, 11 in 11 in 2011, etc. Once we got into the higher years/numbers, it started to get difficult to get that many books read in a year, but since we still liked our category reading (it helps with reading out of the box), we changed it to a category challenge, so that everyone could pick whichever number of categories they wished and, of course, whichever number of books to read in each category. That's a short version of how this recurring group came to be and you are very welcome to join with us - just set up a thread, name your categories, and chat away!

In this group, we do a few group reads. Some of them are straight group reads, where we pick a book to read for a month or a quarter or sometimes for the whole year.

However, we also do something we call "CATs." They are a variant of 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 for this year, we have a geographic CAT, a Dewey CAT, and a Random CAT. Each month a different volunteer will create the thread for each CAT and outline its parameters.

In addition to the CATs, there are sometimes a few extra challenges that weren't voted as an "official" CATs and are (usually) led by the people who suggested them. We call these KITs (for kittens...). This year, we have an alphabetical KIT.

In 2015, there was also a bingo card challenge added. Not surprisingly, we gave our canine friends a chance to shine and so named it the BingoDOG. This year, we also have a second bingo card that concentrates on female authors, and that one became the WomanBingoPUP...

The challenge officially begins on January 1, 2016, but starting early or late is welcomed.

Have fun!!

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This Year's Group Reads, CATs, and DOG:

GeoCAT General Thread and GeoCAT Wiki
DeweyCAT General Thread and DeweyCAT Wiki
RandomCAT General Thread and RandomCAT Wiki
BingoDOG General Thread and BingoDOG Wiki
WomanBingoPUP General Thread and WomanBingoPUP Wiki
AlphaKIT General Thread and AlphaKIT Wiki
SFF/SFFF-KIT General Thread and SFF/SFFF-KIT Wiki

Group Reads

First Quarter:
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

February:
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

March:
Ludwika by Christoph Fischer

Second Quarter:
Robertson Davies Author Read

July:
The Round House by Louise Erdrich

August:
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

September:
The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

October:
Dracula by Bram Stoker

November:
Barbara Pym Author Read

December:

Year-Long Group Reads:
The Vorkosigan Saga
Fables by Bill Willingham

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TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
Group Read: The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold124 unread / 124mathgirl40, October 2019
klarusu's 2016 Category Challenge64 unread / 64shahneha, February 2018
Clue 2016 Page 24 unread / 4clue, May 2017
Soffitta1's 2016 Category Challenge90 unread / 90soffitta1, April 2017
Book Lizard's 2016 Idiomatic Category Challenge101 unread / 101luvamystery65, April 2017
Wolfy’s 2016 Category Challenge - The Hateful Eight190 unread / 190-Eva-, February 2017
Paruline's demographic reading113 unread / 113paruline, January 2017
VioletBramble's 2016 Category Challenge238 unread / 238VioletBramble, January 2017
-Eva-'s 2+0+1+6 Challenge - Part 2173 unread / 173avatiakh, January 2017
psutto's 2016 challenge157 unread / 157psutto, January 2017
Andrea's 2016 Challenge - the DIY MFA170 unread / 170andreablythe, January 2017
Lisa's 2016 R&D Category Challenge223 unread / 223LisaMorr, January 2017
DeltaQueen Threads Her Way Through 2016 - Part 8174 unread / 174DeltaQueen50, January 2017
VictoriaPL's 2016 Reading - part 3167 unread / 167andreablythe, January 2017
Staci426's Jersey Girl Category Challenge105 unread / 105auntmarge64, January 2017
Cammykitty's Tag-your-it Category Challenge thread 2141 unread / 141cammykitty, January 2017
Leslie's 2016 Challenge: Let's Go to the Movies - Part 3129 unread / 129leslie.98, January 2017
December GeoCAT - Destination: western Europe63 unread / 63mathgirl40, January 2017
Ridgeway Girl Reads in Different Places, Part Five233 unread / 233mathgirl40, January 2017
Jennifer's (japaul22) 2016 Acrostic Challenge310 unread / 310paruline, January 2017
rabbitprincess' 2016 challenge: "The one, the only, and the best" - Part 4175 unread / 175rabbitprincess, January 2017
Kerry (avatiakh) category challenge 2016 part 2177 unread / 177avatiakh, January 2017
inge87's 16-in-16, Part III: A Gallery of Beauties192 unread / 192paruline, January 2017
Christina reads a "leap year" in 2016, part 2127 unread / 127christina_reads, January 2017
VivienneR's 2016 Category Challenge - Volume 3166 unread / 166mathgirl40, January 2017
mathgirl40's 2016 Category Challenge, Part 2188 unread / 188mathgirl40, January 2017
Stacy's (LittleTaiko) School Days Challenge (2nd half)84 unread / 84mathgirl40, January 2017
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2016297 unread / 297paruline, January 2017
kac522's Slightly Challenging 2016--The Second Half73 unread / 73kac522, January 2017
Librariansteffen's 2016 Category Challenge30 unread / 30librariansteffen2, January 2017
The Official/unofficial SFF/SFFF-KIT Clean-up Reader's Choice Thread and Challenge for December 2016!29 unread / 29fuzzi, January 2017
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2016 Challenges333 unread / 333Kristelh, January 2017
Whitewavedarling's new year of books197 unread / 197whitewavedarling, January 2017
Max Reads "Whatever" in 2016178 unread / 178thornton37814, January 2017
Lori (lkernagh) Takes Giant Steps to Reading in 2016 - Part 4213 unread / 213lkernagh, January 2017
Tricia's Practically the Same Challenge, 2016 Edition168 unread / 168hailelib, January 2017
Hanneri's 2016 Category Challenge152 unread / 152Hanneri, January 2017
lindapanzo's 2016 reading: Second inning51 unread / 51mysterymax, January 2017
tymfos “Series”ous Food challenge123 unread / 123tymfos, January 2017
MarthaJeanne's General Thread16 unread / 16MarthaJeanne, January 2017
Betty's (dudes22) 2016 Garden of Bookly Delights - Part 2234 unread / 234VioletBramble, December 2016
Lisa's 2016 Reading Challenge163 unread / 163christina_reads, December 2016
CBL hears the Sound of Music Part 345 unread / 45cbl_tn, December 2016
lavaturtle reads 8 in 8 in 201679 unread / 79lavaturtle, December 2016
Lori's (thornton37814) 2016 Musical Category Challenge - Track 4228 unread / 228thornton37814, December 2016
CBL's Woman Bingo Pup26 unread / 26cbl_tn, December 2016
Majkia (Jean) Reads by the Month200 unread / 200majkia, December 2016
Karene's Challenge: 16 With Extras38 unread / 38rabbitprincess, December 2016
December AlphaKIT: T and E48 unread / 48whitewavedarling, December 2016
Les Catégories de Mamzel 2016 - Parte Trois100 unread / 100paruline, December 2016
MissWatson visits 16 small(ish) towns in Germany – the second trip211 unread / 211paruline, December 2016
Roro8's "Best of" for….. 2016, #2159 unread / 159Roro8, December 2016
Jackie's first Category Challenge, 2016137 unread / 137rabbitprincess, December 2016
MarthaJeanne's Reading Log116 unread / 116MarthaJeanne, December 2016
December DeweyCAT 940-99930 unread / 30dudes22, December 2016
countrylife's CATs v201647 unread / 47countrylife, December 2016
Shannon (sturlington) follows her bliss in 2016 Part 2153 unread / 153clue, December 2016
December RandomCat: Our Gifts47 unread / 47sturlington, December 2016
Crazy4reading moves through the challenges87 unread / 87crazy4reading, December 2016
Clue 2016185 unread / 185clue, December 2016
Sally Lou's 2016 challenge151 unread / 151sallylou61, December 2016
The 4th Annual Christmas Murder Mystery Thread!!31 unread / 31inge87, December 2016
Roberta's (luvamystery65) Opposites Attract Challenge part 2109 unread / 109luvamystery65, December 2016
Cariola's 2016 Category Challenge58 unread / 58Cariola, December 2016
Chrischi_HH's 2016 Cat. Challenge - Singing along with Oasis pt. 1181 unread / 181rabbitprincess, December 2016
Cheli's Olympian effort at the Category Challenge in 2016 Part II36 unread / 36cyderry, December 2016
BingoDOG December reads14 unread / 14christina_reads, December 2016
AA198653 unread / 53AngelaB86, December 2016
Woman BingoPUP December reads9 unread / 9sallylou61, December 2016
What are we reading in December?40 unread / 40lsh63, December 2016
MarthaJeanne's Nonfiction24 unread / 24MarthaJeanne, December 2016
Jenn's 2016 Challenge112 unread / 112deep220, December 2016
dieKatze is going around town with books #276 unread / 76Tara1Reads, December 2016
Jules' 2016 Category Challenge61 unread / 61lkernagh, December 2016
Pamelad's 2016 Category Challenge144 unread / 144lkernagh, December 2016
Katrina's 16s70 unread / 70lkernagh, December 2016
lindapanzo's 2016 mini-challenge14 unread / 14lindapanzo, December 2016
Donan's first go around83 unread / 83LittleTaiko, December 2016
AlphaKIT year long : X and Z27 unread / 27fuzzi, December 2016
January AlphaKIT: M and S3 unread / 3majkia, December 2016
CBL hears the Sound of Music Part 2309 unread / 309cbl_tn, December 2016
CBL's Bingo Card41 unread / 41sallylou61, December 2016
October DeweyCat: 800's: Literature58 unread / 58nittnut, December 2016
Sir Furboy's Language Category Challenge99 unread / 99sirfurboy, December 2016
Kimberly's (kkunker) 2016 Star Wars Category Challenge67 unread / 67kkunker, December 2016
DeltaQueen Threads Her Way Through 2016 - Part 7252 unread / 252DeltaQueen50, December 2016
November SFFFKit: Time Travel42 unread / 42Roro8, December 2016
November Destination: Destination:Northern Africa and the Middle East47 unread / 47MissWatson, December 2016
November AlphaKIT: N and Y34 unread / 34majkia, December 2016
November group author read - Barbara Pym9 unread / 9japaul22, December 2016
November RandomCat: Celebrating NaNoWriMo49 unread / 49mathgirl40, December 2016
BingoDOG November Reads7 unread / 7christina_reads, December 2016
The Official UN-official SFF/SFFF-KIT for 2016119 unread / 119fuzzi, November 2016
MarthaJeanne's Fiction26 unread / 26MarthaJeanne, November 2016
Nittnut's 2016 Musical Category Challenge - Thread 135 unread / 35MissWatson, November 2016
WomanBingoPUP November reads9 unread / 9MissWatson, November 2016
November Dewey: 900-93944 unread / 44MissWatson, November 2016
LauraBrook Does Her Best in 2016 - Part 164 unread / 64-Eva-, November 2016
What are we reading in November?40 unread / 40whitewavedarling, November 2016
Tafadhali's 2016 Challenge38 unread / 38Tafadhali, November 2016
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