2021 Category Challenge

Welcome to the 2021 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 the "official" year-long challenges voted on by the members, with different topics each month.

This year's CATs are:

GenreCAT wiki

HistoryCAT planning thread
HistoryCAT wiki

RandomCAT planning thread
RandomCAT wiki

The KITs are similar in structure to CATs, but they are informal challenges run by whichever member is willing to do so.

AlphaKIT planning thread
AlphaKIT wiki

GeoKIT planning thread
GeoKIT wiki

KITastrophe planning thread
KITastrophe wiki

MysteryKIT planning thread
MysteryKIT wiki

ScaredyKIT planning thread
ScaredyKIT wiki

SFFKIT planning thread

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

We also do GROUP READS!

Group reads planning thread

Do I have to be a member of this group to join the group challenges?

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, 2021, but you can start earlier or later!

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
Pinned — 2022 Plans?27 unread / 27antqueen, November 14
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2021 -- Last Thread of the Year!185 unread / 185hailelib, Today 5:56pm
What are we reading in December?11 unread / 11dudes22, Today 5:56pm
DeltaQueen's 2021 Challenge - Reading Is Like a Box of Chocolates - Part 7215 unread / 215dudes22, Today 5:47pm
NinieB thinks chronologically--Third thoughts137 unread / 137rabbitprincess, Today 5:45pm
Tess Reads in Time and Space Page 590 unread / 90hailelib, Today 5:44pm
Tricia is still here in 2021186 unread / 186rabbitprincess, Today 5:35pm
Lori (lkernagh) Gets Connected with Her 2021 Reading157 unread / 157rabbitprincess, Today 5:34pm
Amber's (scaifea) 2021 Category Challenge - Thread #2203 unread / 203scaifea, Today 5:04pm
rabbitprincess stops making sense in 2021, part 3: Wild Wild Life147 unread / 147mstrust, Today 4:51pm
December GenreCAT: Mysteries19 unread / 19LibraryCin, Today 4:19pm
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2021 Challenges304 unread / 304LibraryCin, Today 4:18pm
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (7)94 unread / 94charl08, Today 2:45pm
December HistoryCAT: Adventure, Exploration and Discovery15 unread / 15Tess_W, Today 1:26pm
VivienneR visits Wind in the Willows for the last time155 unread / 155VivienneR, Today 12:45pm
Christina reads the four seasons in 2021 - part 367 unread / 67christina_reads, Today 10:20am
Mamie returns to Casablanca, page 289 unread / 89Crazymamie, Today 8:24am
Lisa's 2021 Category Challenge #2195 unread / 195lsh63, Today 8:01am
Kristel's Reading Life in Lists159 unread / 159Kristelh, Today 7:08am
Scaredykit December 20217 unread / 7Kristelh, Today 6:59am
Majkia Reads What She Likes - Spring145 unread / 145majkia, Today 6:54am
lindapanzo rounds the bases in 2021135 unread / 135lindapanzo, Yesterday 9:14pm
Pamelad's New Categories #2303 unread / 303pamelad, Yesterday 6:26pm
December RandomCAT: Seasonal Reading: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa25 unread / 25NinieB, Yesterday 6:24pm
December AlphaKIT: G and Q18 unread / 18LibraryCin, Yesterday 3:31pm
susanna.fraser goes exploring in 2021226 unread / 226susanna.fraser, Yesterday 3:07pm
Pete's 2021 can he even spell the thread right this time challenge?84 unread / 84psutto, Yesterday 2:59pm
Helenliz sends a 4th postcard168 unread / 168Helenliz, Yesterday 2:47pm
Cheli's Mountainous Category Challenge for 2021 Part 2104 unread / 104DeltaQueen50, Yesterday 1:40pm
2021 koalamom39 unread / 39koalamom, Yesterday 7:39am
MissWatson roams the centuries, part 487 unread / 87MissWatson, Yesterday 2:34am
justchris works on the TBR box sitting in the bedroom50 unread / 50justchris, Monday 11:04pm
Joy's Challenge for 2021 - CATs, KITs and the DOG41 unread / 41jlshall, Monday 6:29pm
LadyoftheLodge reads in 2021403 unread / 403LadyoftheLodge, Monday 5:28pm
JayneCM Feels At Home In 2021463 unread / 463JayneCM, Monday 4:30pm
Betty (dudes22) 2021 Challenge - I'm Reading with a Great Group - Part 2102 unread / 102dudes22, Monday 1:41pm
Katie Reads... and Reads Some More!358 unread / 358katiekrug, Monday 11:29am
Jennifer's 2021 Category Challenge (japaul22)229 unread / 229japaul22, Monday 10:54am
Dogearedcopy's "21/U" Cat Stax99 unread / 99Tanya-dogearedcopy, Sunday 11:09pm
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2021254 unread / 254DeltaQueen50, Sunday 9:36pm
Lori (thornton37814) Watches Birds with Her Fur Boys in 2021 - Thread 4102 unread / 102thornton37814, Sunday 7:48pm
mstrust's little yet fierce challenge- #3103 unread / 103mstrust, Sunday 5:23pm
December SFF Kit: Last Chance Challenge6 unread / 6chlorine, Sunday 12:31pm
pammab's 2021 challenge178 unread / 178pammab, Sunday 2:17am
Clue Has A Laid Back Year in 2021177 unread / 177clue, Saturday 10:26pm
Crazy4reading is crazy busy but hopes to read in 2021 (Monica Lynn)72 unread / 72crazy4reading, Friday 11:25pm
VictoriaPL rejoins the Category Challenge (thread 2)114 unread / 114pamelad, Friday 10:39pm
Jackie's 2021 Jar of Fate category challenge - 2126 unread / 126thornton37814, Friday 11:32am
Markon reads in 202177 unread / 77markon, Thursday 11:53am
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Polar46 unread / 46dudes22, Thursday 7:47am
November MysteryKIT: Historical Mysteries42 unread / 42MissWatson, Thursday 3:44am
Sally Lou's reading in 2021123 unread / 123sallylou61, Wednesday 11:16pm
November HistoryCAT: Events23 unread / 23sallylou61, Wednesday 11:07pm
Kathy's (kac522) Reading Challenges for 2021226 unread / 226kac522, Wednesday 5:50pm
April's The Cat Who Got "Shelf" ish 202143 unread / 43lowelibrary, Wednesday 4:18pm
November AlphaKIT: B and Y49 unread / 49lowelibrary, Wednesday 3:29pm
November Random CAT : Fortune and Glory!48 unread / 48clue, November 30
November short science fiction & fantasy challenge47 unread / 47fuzzi, November 30
What are we reading in November?34 unread / 34Tanya-dogearedcopy, November 30
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT Planning Thread For 2021!!!87 unread / 87markon, November 30
November GenreCAT: SFF57 unread / 57christina_reads, November 30
ScaredyKIT 2021 Planning Thread74 unread / 74lowelibrary, November 29
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): South America39 unread / 39VivienneR, November 28
lavaturtle's 2021 Category Challenge85 unread / 85lavaturtle, November 28
December MysteryKIT: Greece and Rome16 unread / 16LadyoftheLodge, November 27
Shannon Starts Again in 2021 (sturlington)102 unread / 102sturlington, November 27
KITastrophe: October - December - Riots/Uprisings/Sieges/War/Invasions7 unread / 7Tess_W, November 26
SFF-KIT 2021 - February - Sentient Things89 unread / 89wartgin, November 24
November ScaredyKIT: Stephen King and Family18 unread / 18lowelibrary, November 22
GeoKit Oceania 202149 unread / 49DeltaQueen50, November 22
MysteryMax Reads in 2021 - Mysteries First55 unread / 55mysterymax, November 21
lavaturtle's comics-filled 202155 unread / 55lavaturtle, November 21
Audiobooks133 unread / 133Tanya-dogearedcopy, November 20
mathgirl40's 2021 category challenge137 unread / 137DeltaQueen50, November 18
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (6)250 unread / 250charl08, November 16
RandomCAT planning thread 202154 unread / 54clue, November 15
October MysteryKIT: Minorities/Diverse32 unread / 32VivienneR, November 14
GenreCAT 202184 unread / 84rabbitprincess, November 14
MysteryKIT planning thread130 unread / 130Robertgreaves, November 13
AlphaKIT Planning Thread75 unread / 75fuzzi, November 13
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Europe124 unread / 124Tess_W, November 12
Threadnsong Accepts Reading Challenges38 unread / 38threadnsong, November 7
KITastrophe: Yearlong-Epidemics and Pandemics32 unread / 32beebeereads, November 6
Kerry (avatiakh) loves a challenge157 unread / 157avatiakh, November 5
GenreCAT: Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal44 unread / 44MissWatson, November 5
October ScaredyKIT - Real Life Monsters22 unread / 22mstrust, November 3
October SFFKIT: Creature Feature33 unread / 33antqueen, November 2
Random Cat October 202146 unread / 46clue, November 1
October HistoryCAT - a country or region of your choice21 unread / 21VivienneR, November 1
2021 CAT Planning thread124 unread / 124LadyoftheLodge, November 1
DeltaQueen's 2021 Challenge - Reading Is Like a Box of Chocolates - Part 6249 unread / 249Nickelini, October 31
October 2021 BINGO Reads12 unread / 12NinieB, October 31
AlphaKIT - Yearlong Letters: X and Z38 unread / 38lowelibrary, October 31
October AlphaKIT: H and E46 unread / 46Robertgreaves, October 31
What are we reading in October?45 unread / 45pamelad, October 30
September ScaredyKit- The Dead, Their Habits and Abodes38 unread / 38mstrust, October 28
Whitewavedarling is back for 2021...131 unread / 131whitewavedarling, October 27
Tess Reads in Time and Space Page 4181 unread / 181Tess_W, October 26
Lori (thornton37814) Watches Birds with Her Fur Boys in 2021 - Thread 3211 unread / 211thornton37814, October 23
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Africa49 unread / 49Tess_W, October 16
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