2020 Category Challenge

Welcome to the 2020 Category Challenge!

What are the categories?

Anything you want them to be! Each member’s challenge is going to be different.

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 theme if you like.
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… the possibilities are endless

What if I set up my challenge and then get tired of my categories later in the year?

If your challenge ends up not working for you for any reason, at any point during the year, change it up! There is no Category Challenge police. We’re here to read and have fun.

It's a zoo in here! What are these CATs and KITs and DOGs?

The CATs are year-long challenges voted on by the members, with different topics each month. This year's CATs are:

RandomCAT
- planning thread
- wiki
GeoCAT
- planning thread
- wiki
Non-fiction CAT
- planning thread
- wiki

The KITs are informal challenges run by whichever member is willing to do so. They are run the same way as CATs. This year our KITs are:

AlphaKIT
- planning thread
- wiki
ScaredyKIT
- planning thread
- wiki
SFFFKIT
- planning thread
- wiki
TravelKIT
- planning thread
- wiki
MysteryKIT
- planning thread
- wiki
KITastrophe
- planning thread
- wiki

The BingoDOG (so named because it is not a CAT or a KIT) is a bingo card put together by the group members. One member will gather suggestions for squares and weed out duplicate suggestions, and the finalists are put on a bingo card. For several years our bingo cards have been constructed by the wonderful @LShelby.

BingoDOG planning thread
BingoDOG wiki

And if that isn't enough, we also do group reads!

Do I have to be a member of this group to play with the CATs and KITs?

Not at all! If you have a home base in another group and just want to swing by for one of our group challenges, or a regular group read, you're most welcome to join us.

When do we get started?

The challenge officially starts January 1, 2020, but you can start earlier or later!

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
Jerusalem by Alan Moore - year long Group Read55 unread / 55Familyhistorian, March 20
DeltaQueen's 2020 Reading Room of Follies and Quirks - Part VIII145 unread / 145Dianekeenoy, January 17
VivienneR's R is for Reading in 2020 - Part 3297 unread / 297VivienneR, January 9
Kerry (avatiakh) reads around the world271 unread / 271thornton37814, January 8
Pete's 2020 'I'm not going to buy any books and oly read the ones i already have' challenge129 unread / 129psutto, January 7
MissWatson books a score of Richards – the last arrest147 unread / 147MissWatson, January 5
mathgirl40's 2020 category challenge270 unread / 270pammab, January 4
leslie.98 goes to MDI in 2020 - Part 3199 unread / 199leslie.98, January 4
Short Works Collections27 unread / 27sallylou61, January 4
Cheli's working on 2020 Categories204 unread / 204cyderry, January 3
Threadnsong Reads Thru 202063 unread / 63threadnsong, January 2
Majkia (Jean) - Backporch Birding Challenge - Final53 unread / 53majkia, January 2
pammab's 2020 challenge145 unread / 145pammab, January 2
rabbitprincess is reading fully and completely in 2020 - Part 463 unread / 63pammab, January 1
April's The Cat Who Challenge 202048 unread / 48lowelibrary, January 1
Christina reads by Hogwarts houses in 2020, part 2176 unread / 176christina_reads, January 1
LittleTaiko (Stacy) - Lullaby of Broadway165 unread / 165LittleTaiko, January 1
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2020 -- Fourth Quarter141 unread / 141pammab, January 1
HannahJo’s 2020 Challenge104 unread / 104pammab, January 1
Chrischi_HH on tour in 202098 unread / 98pammab, January 1
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2020 Challenges309 unread / 309LibraryCin, January 1
December AlphaKIT: W and N53 unread / 53fuzzi, January 1
December RandomCAT: Goodbye 2020 (pick 6)84 unread / 84kac522, January 1
LadyoftheLodge Reads in 2020294 unread / 294LadyoftheLodge, January 1
NinieB Soars to New Heights in 2020383 unread / 383NinieB, January 1
Tricia’s 2020 Pile of Books45 unread / 45christina_reads, January 1
Lori's (thornton37814) Cat-Filled 2020 Category Challenge - Thread 495 unread / 95thornton37814, January 1
sallylou61's reading in 2020175 unread / 175sallylou61, December 2020
Montarville's dogs, wolves and coyotes (2020)37 unread / 37Montarville, December 2020
December MysteryKIT: Cozies44 unread / 44fuzzi, December 2020
Lori (lkernagh) Reboots her ABCs Challenge for 2020 - Second Thread184 unread / 184Kristelh, December 2020
December: SFFFKIT Short Fiction24 unread / 24lavaturtle, December 2020
lavaturtle reads in 2020165 unread / 165lavaturtle, December 2020
Betty (dudes22) is Looking for a Father - Part 2149 unread / 149dudes22, December 2020
Mysterymax's 2020 Reads71 unread / 71mysterymax, December 2020
December Nonfiction CAT: Adventures by sea, land, or air.25 unread / 25Jackie_K, December 2020
Jackie has her reading badge - the 2020 Hey Duggee category challenge235 unread / 235Jackie_K, December 2020
Susanna (susanna.fraser) gets categorical in 2020244 unread / 244susanna.fraser, December 2020
2020 Category Challenge : Dogearedcopy's "20/T" Cat Stax116 unread / 116Tanya-dogearedcopy, December 2020
Nickelini's categories in 2020106 unread / 106Nickelini, December 2020
pamelad's eight easy categories, part 2199 unread / 199pamelad, December 2020
JayneCM Has Books To The Ceiling, Books To The Sky589 unread / 589Jackie_K, December 2020
This-n-That Picking Up Where I Left Off (Sep-Dec)58 unread / 58This-n-That, December 2020
Jennifer's 2020 reading categories (japaul22)207 unread / 207japaul22, December 2020
Helenliz erects an edifice - the penthouse suite256 unread / 256Helenliz, December 2020
Zozette’s 2020 Challenge126 unread / 126VivienneR, December 2020
Rhea's same categories as last year46 unread / 46Settings, December 2020
Koalamom in 202037 unread / 37thornton37814, December 2020
Amber's (scaifea) 2020 Category Challenge257 unread / 257scaifea, December 2020
December BingoDOG reads36 unread / 36sallylou61, December 2020
What are we reading in December?47 unread / 47rabbitprincess, December 2020
2020's Hits and Misses9 unread / 9DeltaQueen50, December 2020
Kathy's (kac522) 2020 Reading Projects139 unread / 139kac522, December 2020
Christmas Books36 unread / 36christina_reads, December 2020
VioletBramble's 2020 Category Challenge112 unread / 112VioletBramble, December 2020
Markon reads 202030 unread / 30markon, December 2020
Lord Peter 12 and final: Gaudy Night28 unread / 28fuzzi, December 2020
Clue Picks Up Steam in 2020! Page 249 unread / 49mathgirl40, December 2020
December: TravelKit, December: Related to a Place You Would Like to Visit21 unread / 21LadyoftheLodge, December 2020
Audiobooks193 unread / 193luvamystery65, December 2020
Tess Reads her own Tomes--page 2237 unread / 237clue, December 2020
CRAZY4READING HAS GONE CRAZY!! (MONICA LYNN) 202086 unread / 86lkernagh, December 2020
December ScaredyKit: Classics18 unread / 18NinieB, December 2020
Yearlong Letters X and Z52 unread / 52Kristelh, December 2020
Kristel's Year of the Rat 202050 unread / 50Kristelh, December 2020
Joy’s 2020 Category Challenge62 unread / 62jlshall, December 2020
lindapanzo's 2020 reading--first period83 unread / 83lindapanzo, December 2020
December GeoCAT--Catching Up or Choose Your Own Adventure15 unread / 15DeltaQueen50, December 2020
December 2020 Kitastrophe10 unread / 10LibraryCin, December 2020
sturlington Reads Month to Month in 2020133 unread / 133DeltaQueen50, December 2020
David's December Daily Readalong Final List. Please Join In.21 unread / 21LadyoftheLodge, December 2020
Lord Peter- August - Have His Carcase18 unread / 18mathgirl40, December 2020
November ScaredyKIT: Stephen King and Family27 unread / 27mathgirl40, December 2020
The Magic Mountain, September/October Group read71 unread / 71MissWatson, December 2020
Roberta's (luvamystery65) Wild About Harry!91 unread / 91Berly, December 2020
November Non-Fiction CAT: Food, Home and Recreation40 unread / 40luvamystery65, December 2020
SFFKit: November - dystopia73 unread / 73threadnsong, December 2020
November AlphaKIT: I and Q59 unread / 59LibraryCin, December 2020
November BingoDOG reads12 unread / 12rabbitprincess, December 2020
Lord Peter November: The Nine Tailors42 unread / 42fuzzi, December 2020
Lord Peter Wimsey Group read43 unread / 43majkia, December 2020
What are we reading in November?45 unread / 45DeltaQueen50, December 2020
Poldark Quarter 4 Read--Warleggan10 unread / 10clue, December 2020
November TravelKIT: Living in a New Country21 unread / 21LibraryCin, November 2020
November RandomCAT: Lest We Forget57 unread / 57Jackie_K, November 2020
rabbitprincess is reading fully and completely in 2020 - Part 3225 unread / 225rabbitprincess, November 2020
November GeoCAT: Africa - Part II21 unread / 21Jackie_K, November 2020
DeltaQueen's 2020 Reading Room of Follies and Quirks - Part VII245 unread / 245DeltaQueen50, November 2020
Lori's (thornton37814) Cat-Filled 2020 Category Challenge - Thread 3225 unread / 225thornton37814, November 2020
Clue Picks Up Steam in 2020!158 unread / 158clue, November 2020
End of the year meme82 unread / 82BookLizard, November 2020
November MysteryKIT- Noir/ Gumshoes45 unread / 45LibraryCin, November 2020
November KITastrophe: Outside Your Home Country6 unread / 6JayneCM, November 2020
Any interest in a TravelKIT?114 unread / 114mstrust, November 2020
2020 ScaredyKIT Planning Thread63 unread / 63sturlington, November 2020
MysteryKIT Interest Thread73 unread / 73LadyoftheLodge, November 2020
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT Planning Thread For 2020!!!71 unread / 71fuzzi, November 2020
2020 NonFictionCAT Main Thread29 unread / 29pamelad, November 2020
Lisa tries to Challenge Herself in 202070 unread / 70lsh63, November 2020
2020 RandomCAT Planning Thread71 unread / 71EBT1002, November 2020
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