2017 Category Challenge

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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

TBD...

First Quarter:

January:

February:

March:

Second Quarter:
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

April:

May:

June:

Third Quarter:

July:

August:

September:

Fourth Quarter:

October:

November:

December:

Year-Long Group Reads:
The Vorkosigan Saga
Proust Volume 1 - Swann's Way
Poldark series
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TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
The Vorkosigan Saga Continues!44 unread / 44fuzzi, December 2019
Group Read: Proust Volume 4: Sodom and Gomorrah24 unread / 24pamelad, May 2018
Soffitta1's 2017 Category Challenge181 unread / 181soffitta1, April 2018
Group Read: Proust Volume 3, The Guermantes Way24 unread / 24March-Hare, March 2018
2017: JMC400m's Category Challenge25 unread / 25JMC400m, February 2018
Group Read: Proust Volume 2, Within a Budding Grove29 unread / 29March-Hare, January 2018
Jackie's second Jar of Fate category challenge189 unread / 189Jackie_K, January 2018
December CATWoman: Modern (post-1960) novels by women52 unread / 52Jackie_K, January 2018
Hanneri's 2017 Category Challenge184 unread / 184Hanneri, January 2018
Group Read: Proust Volume 7, Finding Time Again9 unread / 9japaul22, January 2018
psutto's 7th challenge143 unread / 143psutto, January 2018
Kerry's (avatiakh) commonplace challenge part 2164 unread / 164rabbitprincess, January 2018
LisaMorr is taking 2017 seriously166 unread / 166luvamystery65, January 2018
pammab's 2017 challenge78 unread / 78pammab, January 2018
DeltaQueen's Year of Freedom - Part 8140 unread / 140DeltaQueen50, January 2018
rabbitprincess sails from sea to sea to sea in 2017 - Part 3190 unread / 190rabbitprincess, January 2018
Paruline is conquering Mount TBR in 2017114 unread / 114paruline, January 2018
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2017141 unread / 141pammab, January 2018
VioletBramble's 2017 Category Challenge203 unread / 203pammab, January 2018
mathgirl40's 2017 Category Challenge, Part 2212 unread / 212pammab, January 2018
Leslie Rocks in 2017213 unread / 213leslie.98, January 2018
Chrischi_HH's Disney Challenge 2017125 unread / 125pammab, January 2018
tymfos "consider the source" category challenge for 201774 unread / 74tymfos, January 2018
CBL Reads from a Fair Number of Ladies in 2017 Thread #2118 unread / 118cbl_tn, January 2018
Sushicat joins the fun66 unread / 66rabbitprincess, January 2018
lkernagh (Lori) Reads Her Way Through The Months in 2017 - Third Thread286 unread / 286andreablythe, January 2018
DeltaQueen Is Planning a Year of Freedom in 2017 - Part 7263 unread / 263andreablythe, January 2018
Roberta's (luvamystery65) Colorful Challenge third thread78 unread / 78luvamystery65, January 2018
Group Read: Proust, Volume 1 - Swann's Way60 unread / 60March-Hare, January 2018
Group Read: Proust Volumes 5 & 6 : The Captive and The Fugitive17 unread / 17leslie.98, January 2018
Lori's Ancestral Challenge - thread 3233 unread / 233thornton37814, January 2018
RidgewayGirl's Year of Books, Part Four215 unread / 215VivienneR, January 2018
December RandomCAT- One Day120 unread / 120fuzzi, January 2018
MissWatson takes astronomical readings124 unread / 124MissWatson, January 2018
MarthaJeanne's Reading Log133 unread / 1332wonderY, January 2018
Whitewavedarling and her glass half full, or empty...270 unread / 270whitewavedarling, January 2018
kac522 2017 Random Acts of Reading113 unread / 113kac522, January 2018
Donan's 2017 Thread35 unread / 35donan, January 2018
Pamelad's 17 in 17108 unread / 108VivienneR, January 2018
Vivienne's Year of the Cat - End of the Year100 unread / 100VivienneR, January 2018
Cheli's Homebound Category Challenge for 2017213 unread / 213christina_reads, January 2018
Christina reads a "Gilmore Girls" category challenge - Part 2110 unread / 110christina_reads, January 2018
Tricia's "The Books Around Me Challenge"112 unread / 112rabbitprincess, January 2018
LibraryCin's 2017 Reading Log/Challenges328 unread / 328LibraryCin, January 2018
Dudes22 (Betty's) 2017 Reading Quotes - Pt 2118 unread / 118dudes22, January 2018
Shannon's (sturlington) Stephen King Not-a-Challenge102 unread / 102christina_reads, January 2018
Jennifer's (japaul22) Year of Rewarding Reading247 unread / 247kac522, January 2018
Andrea's 2017 Challenge140 unread / 140andreablythe, January 2018
lavaturtle's 2017 reads139 unread / 139lavaturtle, January 2018
Stacy's (LittleTaiko) It's All About Me Challenge - Part 2106 unread / 106thornton37814, December 2017
December AlphaKIT: J and R69 unread / 69whitewavedarling, December 2017
Librariansteffen's Category Challenges for 201724 unread / 24librariansteffen2, December 2017
MarthaJeanne's General statistics17 unread / 17MarthaJeanne, December 2017
Sir Furboy's Language (and Random Stuff) Category Challenge76 unread / 76sirfurboy, December 2017
Lisa's 2017 Reading of Series and Other Pursuits181 unread / 181RidgewayGirl, December 2017
Sally Lou's 2017 challenge176 unread / 176sallylou61, December 2017
Poldark Group Read (December): Bella Poldark10 unread / 10christina_reads, December 2017
lindapanzo'a lucky 7 category challenge282 unread / 282Chrischi_HH, December 2017
Jean's Grand Tour245 unread / 245majkia, December 2017
MarthaJeanne's Nonfiction23 unread / 23MarthaJeanne, December 2017
December AwardsCat, 2017; International awards (a prize from a country you aren't living in)16 unread / 16Kristelh, December 2017
December CultureCAT: Cultural Flow and Immigration63 unread / 63whitewavedarling, December 2017
AlphaKIT for 201771 unread / 71fuzzi, December 2017
The 5th Annual Christmas Murder Mystery Thread46 unread / 46Chrischi_HH, December 2017
Roro's a Series Reader in 2017209 unread / 209Roro8, December 2017
July RandomCAT- Let's Celebrate!46 unread / 46kac522, December 2017
Shannon's Reading and Review Thread (sturlington)203 unread / 203sturlington, December 2017
Dogeared Copy's 2017 Category Challenge108 unread / 108rabbitprincess, December 2017
Traci Tries Again in 2017191 unread / 191virginiahomeschooler, December 2017
Mamzel's 2017 WANT Reading37 unread / 37mamzel, December 2017
VictoriaPL's 2017 reading, part two300 unread / 300VictoriaPL, December 2017
Clue's 2017 Unexpected Project Challenge190 unread / 190clue, December 2017
Mystery Max's Characters117 unread / 117dudes22, December 2017
staci426's 2017 Category Challenge42 unread / 42VivienneR, December 2017
Kristel's Year of the Rooster 2017, 2nd quarter107 unread / 107lkernagh, December 2017
Kimberly's (kkunker) 2017 Category Challenge37 unread / 37lkernagh, December 2017
Ardene (markon) tries a new thing in 201774 unread / 74ronincats, December 2017
December SFF/SFFF KIT- Magic Systems34 unread / 34fuzzi, December 2017
December BingoDOG reads5 unread / 5christina_reads, December 2017
AlphaKIT Year Long Letters: X and Z21 unread / 21whitewavedarling, December 2017
Zero's 2017 Categories38 unread / 38thatguyzero, December 2017
November CATWoman: Feminist and LGBTQ Books51 unread / 51mathgirl40, December 2017
Threadnsong's GiNORmous TBR pile53 unread / 53threadnsong, December 2017
Staff reverting wiki changes due to spam25 unread / 25LibraryCin, December 2017
November AlphaKIT: L and Q55 unread / 55LibraryCin, December 2017
November SFFKit: Historical Fantasy24 unread / 24AHS-Wolfy, December 2017
AA1986 in 201722 unread / 22AngelaB86, December 2017
November AwardsCAT - Local awards36 unread / 36mathgirl40, December 2017
November RandomCAT - Traffic Jam74 unread / 74kac522, December 2017
November CultureCAT: Conflict and war (including terrorism)38 unread / 38mathgirl40, December 2017
Group read: Poldark series59 unread / 59fuzzi, December 2017
Poldark Group Read (November): The Twisted Sword10 unread / 10christina_reads, December 2017
Monica AKA Crazy4reading attempts the Art of reading again83 unread / 83crazy4reading, December 2017
MarthaJeanne's Fiction25 unread / 25MissWatson, December 2017
May RandomCAT: All About Mom44 unread / 44kac522, November 2017
November BingoDOG reads14 unread / 14christina_reads, November 2017
Vivienne's Year of the Cat - Part 3199 unread / 199VivienneR, November 2017
Poldark Group Read: The Angry Tide (July)24 unread / 24jnwelch, November 2017
October AlphaKIT: A and V59 unread / 59sturlington, November 2017
The Official UN-official SFF/SFFF-KIT for 2017159 unread / 159fuzzi, November 2017
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