2018 Category Challenge

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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

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
Group Read: The Forsyte Saga115 unread / 115Helenliz, September 2021
Hanneri's 2018 Category Challenge Part 248 unread / 48Hanneri, August 2019
Hanneri's 2018 Category Challenge154 unread / 154Hanneri, July 2019
Clue's Challenge In A Challenge for 2018, August - December48 unread / 48clue, January 2019
Cheli's run at her 10th Category Challenge213 unread / 213christina_reads, January 2019
mathgirl40's 2018 Category Challenge, Part 2116 unread / 116pammab, January 2019
Amber's (scaifea) 2018 Category Challenge #2329 unread / 329thornton37814, January 2019
December MysteryCAT: Futuristic/Fantastical Mysteries39 unread / 39LibraryCin, January 2019
Christina reads whimsically in 2018, part 2106 unread / 106christina_reads, January 2019
Book Concierge Giving it a try59 unread / 59LibraryCin, January 2019
Short Story Collections -- Year-long Group Reading!218 unread / 218whitewavedarling, January 2019
pammab's 2018 challenge121 unread / 121pammab, January 2019
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2018 Challenges318 unread / 318LibraryCin, January 2019
December AlphaKIT: C and W76 unread / 76rabbitprincess, January 2019
December ColorCAT: White51 unread / 51DeltaQueen50, January 2019
DeltaQueen Goes to Sesame Street in 2018 - Part 6274 unread / 274DeltaQueen50, January 2019
Nickelini's Challenge 201871 unread / 71Nickelini, January 2019
Roberta's (luvamystery65) Colorful Reading Challenge part 2131 unread / 131luvamystery65, January 2019
Lisa's Better Late Than Never 2018 Category Challenge45 unread / 45LisaMorr, January 2019
Jennifer (japaul22) Reads in 2018273 unread / 273japaul22, January 2019
Andrea's 2018 Category Challenge – Attack the Stack141 unread / 141andreablythe, January 2019
Mysterymax & Colour in 2018220 unread / 220thornton37814, January 2019
Daisy's 2018 Category Challenge96 unread / 96Rusty37, January 2019
Shannon's Dark, Deep South Challenge (sturlington)163 unread / 163sturlington, January 2019
rabbitprincess travels through time and space in 2018 - part 4103 unread / 103rabbitprincess, January 2019
Kerry (avatiakh) goes for 18 in 2018233 unread / 233thornton37814, January 2019
Chrischi_HH's guided tour through Lübeck 201886 unread / 86Chrischi_HH, January 2019
LittleTaiko's (Stacy) 80's Music Challenge - 2nd Half98 unread / 98rabbitprincess, January 2019
Whitewavedarling... Watching What She Reads in 2018250 unread / 250whitewavedarling, January 2019
BingoDOG reads in December30 unread / 30sturlington, January 2019
Helenliz does battle with the books in 2018 part 2157 unread / 157Helenliz, January 2019
VivienneR Shines on Some Crazy Diamonds in 2018 : Part 4119 unread / 119dudes22, January 2019
Crazy4reading is just going crazy in 201846 unread / 46crazy4reading, January 2019
Lori's (thornton37814) Year-Long Vacation from Meaningful Categories - Thread 4197 unread / 197thornton37814, December 2018
Pamelad's 18 in 2018151 unread / 151pamelad, December 2018
Lori (lkernagh) Reads her ABCs in 2018 - Fifth Thread203 unread / 203lkernagh, December 2018
Lisa's 2018 Category Challenge75 unread / 75lsh63, December 2018
Librariansteffen's Category Challenge for 201828 unread / 28christina_reads, December 2018
kac522 -- 2018 Challenge Reading103 unread / 103kac522, December 2018
RidgewayGirl Reads All Over the Place - Part Four118 unread / 118RidgewayGirl, December 2018
Jackie's Jar of Fate challenge meets the Scottish islands277 unread / 277Jackie_K, December 2018
lindapanzo's second period reading198 unread / 198lindapanzo, December 2018
psutto's next challenge197 unread / 197VivienneR, December 2018
What are we reading in December?24 unread / 24rabbitprincess, December 2018
Tricia Keeps On Reading107 unread / 107VivienneR, December 2018
Sushicat's Playground 2018191 unread / 191VivienneR, December 2018
staci426's 2018 challenge65 unread / 65VivienneR, December 2018
Betty (dudes22) Tries to Catch Up in 2018 - Pt 2118 unread / 118VivienneR, December 2018
Majkia (Jean) Reads What Strikes Her Fancy - Spring139 unread / 139thornton37814, December 2018
MissWatson balances her books, the second ledger180 unread / 180thornton37814, December 2018
lavaturtle reads things in 2018140 unread / 140lavaturtle, December 2018
Montarville reads categorically49 unread / 49thornton37814, December 2018
MarthaJeanne's Reading Log146 unread / 146thornton37814, December 2018
Sally Lou's updated reading challenge for 2018 -- replaces Sally Lou's reading in 2018191 unread / 191thornton37814, December 2018
December SFFKit - This is how it ends!29 unread / 29threadnsong, December 2018
December RandomCAT: Secret Santa53 unread / 53Jackie_K, December 2018
December ScaredyKIT Psychological Thrillers (or catch all)17 unread / 17whitewavedarling, December 2018
2018 MysteryCAT General thread123 unread / 123fuzzi, December 2018
Yearlong Letters for 2018: X and Z48 unread / 48whitewavedarling, December 2018
Tafadhali goes boldly forward in 201851 unread / 51Tafadhali, December 2018
Traci Gets Cozy in 2018 Part 2209 unread / 209virginiahomeschooler, December 2018
November SFFKIT: Creatures!30 unread / 30sturlington, December 2018
September SFFFkit: Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales42 unread / 42mathgirl40, December 2018
2018 BingoDOG Suggestion Thread106 unread / 106christina_reads, December 2018
BingoDOG reads in November13 unread / 13christina_reads, December 2018
MarthaJeanne General thread14 unread / 14MarthaJeanne, December 2018
MarthaJeanne's Nonfiction24 unread / 24MarthaJeanne, December 2018
November MysteryCAT: Cozies51 unread / 51Familyhistorian, December 2018
October Group Read: Neal Stephenson29 unread / 29mathgirl40, December 2018
November RandomCAT: It's all about money...34 unread / 34mathgirl40, December 2018
MarthaJeanne's Fiction25 unread / 25MarthaJeanne, December 2018
November AlphaKIT: T and H69 unread / 69rabbitprincess, December 2018
November ColourCAT: red68 unread / 68mathgirl40, November 2018
The November ScaredyCat: Serial Killers26 unread / 26mathgirl40, November 2018
What are we reading in November?44 unread / 44rabbitprincess, November 2018
The Official UN-official SFF/SFF-KIT for 2018!!82 unread / 82whitewavedarling, November 2018
Favorite Authors Edit5 unread / 5MarthaJeanne, November 2018
2018 ColorCAT General Thread55 unread / 55Chrischi_HH, November 2018
ScaredyKIT Planning Thread88 unread / 88Kristelh, November 2018
RandomCAT General Thread59 unread / 59LibraryCin, November 2018
AlphaKIT for 201887 unread / 87majkia, November 2018
October RandomCAT: Playing Cards62 unread / 62lavaturtle, November 2018
October SFFKIT: Historical and Alt-Historical41 unread / 41whitewavedarling, November 2018
Threadnsong's Gi-NOR-mous TBR Pile 2018 ed.49 unread / 49threadnsong, November 2018
October ScaredyKIT: Ghost Stories37 unread / 37mstrust, November 2018
VictoriaPL's Hanging Out with the 2018CC crew156 unread / 156VictoriaPL, November 2018
October ColorCAT: Orange55 unread / 55LibraryCin, November 2018
October Mystery CAT – Espionage42 unread / 42beebeereads, November 2018
RidgewayGirl Reads All Over the Place - Part Three201 unread / 201RidgewayGirl, November 2018
October AlphaKIT - N and L66 unread / 66lkernagh, November 2018
Lori's (thornton37814) Year-Long Vacation from Meaningful Categories - Thread 3214 unread / 214thornton37814, November 2018
rabbitprincess travels through time and space in 2018 - part 3170 unread / 170rabbitprincess, October 2018
What are we reading in October?53 unread / 53lsh63, October 2018
VivienneR will Shine on Some Crazy Diamonds in 2018 : Part 3190 unread / 190VivienneR, October 2018
BingoDOG reads in October8 unread / 8VivienneR, October 2018
Cariola's 2018 Bingo Challenge43 unread / 43Cariola, October 2018
SEPTEMBER GROUP READ: English Renaissance Drama--The Duchess of Malfi20 unread / 20RidgewayGirl, October 2018
Lori (lkernagh) Reads her ABCs in 2018 - Fourth Thread205 unread / 205lkernagh, October 2018
Feb/Mar/Apr Shared Read: Young Henry of Navarre30 unread / 30MissWatson, October 2018
DeltaQueen Goes to Sesame Street in 2018 - Part 5260 unread / 260DeltaQueen50, October 2018
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