2021 Category Challenge

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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?31 unread / 31threadnsong, December 2021
Lisa's 2021 Where did the year go? Mini-challenge12 unread / 12LisaMorr, June 2022
Chiliihead's List Challenge7 unread / 7chiliihead, April 2022
Markon reads in 202180 unread / 80markon, February 2022
Audiobooks145 unread / 145luvamystery65, February 2022
Soffitta1's 2021 Category Challenge65 unread / 65soffitta1, January 2022
Cheli's Mountainous Category Challenge for 2021 Part 2121 unread / 121rabbitprincess, January 2022
Pete's 2021 can he even spell the thread right this time challenge?87 unread / 87psutto, January 2022
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2021 Challenges333 unread / 333LibraryCin, January 2022
Lori (thornton37814) Watches Birds with Her Fur Boys in 2021 - Thread 4142 unread / 142thornton37814, January 2022
pammab's 2021 challenge190 unread / 190pammab, January 2022
VivienneR visits Wind in the Willows for the last time188 unread / 188VivienneR, January 2022
April's The Cat Who Got "Shelf" ish 202146 unread / 46lowelibrary, January 2022
December RandomCAT: Seasonal Reading: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa59 unread / 59thornton37814, January 2022
Crazy4reading is crazy busy but hopes to read in 2021 (Monica Lynn)73 unread / 73crazy4reading, January 2022
rabbitprincess stops making sense in 2021, part 3: Wild Wild Life171 unread / 171rabbitprincess, January 2022
Pamelad's New Categories #2341 unread / 341pamelad, January 2022
mathgirl40's 2021 category challenge179 unread / 179mathgirl40, January 2022
Chrischi_HH reads for a new home in 202172 unread / 72Jackie_K, January 2022
December MysteryKIT: Greece and Rome24 unread / 24Robertgreaves, January 2022
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2021269 unread / 269Nickelini, January 2022
Christina reads the four seasons in 2021 - part 396 unread / 96christina_reads, January 2022
Kathy's (kac522) Reading Challenges for 2021229 unread / 229kac522, January 2022
December GenreCAT: Mysteries55 unread / 55christina_reads, January 2022
Betty (dudes22) 2021 Challenge - I'm Reading with a Great Group - Part 2120 unread / 120RidgewayGirl, January 2022
Tricia is still here in 2021197 unread / 197christina_reads, January 2022
2021 koalamom42 unread / 42christina_reads, January 2022
DeltaQueen's 2021 Challenge - Reading Is Like a Box of Chocolates - Part 7295 unread / 295threadnsong, January 2022
KITastrophe: October - December - Riots/Uprisings/Sieges/War/Invasions9 unread / 9threadnsong, January 2022
GenreCAT 202185 unread / 85fuzzi, January 2022
NinieB thinks chronologically--Third thoughts157 unread / 157NinieB, January 2022
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (7)224 unread / 224Berly, January 2022
JayneCM Feels At Home In 2021481 unread / 481JayneCM, January 2022
Majkia Reads What She Likes - Spring167 unread / 167majkia, January 2022
Sally Lou's reading in 2021129 unread / 129sallylou61, January 2022
Kristel's Reading Life in Lists166 unread / 166Kristelh, January 2022
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2021 -- Last Thread of the Year!236 unread / 236RidgewayGirl, January 2022
Scaredykit December 202112 unread / 12LibraryCin, December 2021
Whitewavedarling is back for 2021...143 unread / 143whitewavedarling, December 2021
LadyoftheLodge reads in 2021420 unread / 420thornton37814, December 2021
December HistoryCAT: Adventure, Exploration and Discovery23 unread / 23fuzzi, December 2021
Jackie's 2021 Jar of Fate category challenge - 2139 unread / 139Jackie_K, December 2021
VictoriaPL rejoins the Category Challenge (thread 2)134 unread / 134RidgewayGirl, December 2021
mstrust's little yet fierce challenge- #3107 unread / 107mstrust, December 2021
Helenliz sends a 4th postcard206 unread / 206Helenliz, December 2021
Lisa's 2021 Category Challenge #2210 unread / 210lsh63, December 2021
Kerry (avatiakh) loves a challenge188 unread / 188avatiakh, December 2021
susanna.fraser goes exploring in 2021234 unread / 234susanna.fraser, December 2021
AlphaKIT - Yearlong Letters: X and Z43 unread / 43susanna.fraser, December 2021
Jennifer's 2021 Category Challenge (japaul22)252 unread / 252japaul22, December 2021
December AlphaKIT: G and Q42 unread / 42LibraryCin, December 2021
Mamie returns to Casablanca, page 296 unread / 96Crazymamie, December 2021
Katie Reads... and Reads Some More!369 unread / 369katiekrug, December 2021
Amber's (scaifea) 2021 Category Challenge - Thread #2215 unread / 215scaifea, December 2021
Donan's 2021 Challenge20 unread / 20donan, December 2021
October HistoryCAT - a country or region of your choice22 unread / 22pamelad, December 2021
Shannon Starts Again in 2021 (sturlington)110 unread / 110sturlington, December 2021
Karene's 21 Categories36 unread / 36kpolhuis, December 2021
lindapanzo rounds the bases in 2021138 unread / 138lindapanzo, December 2021
Tess Reads in Time and Space Page 5108 unread / 108clue, December 2021
MissWatson roams the centuries, part 4107 unread / 107rabbitprincess, December 2021
MysteryMax Reads in 2021 - Mysteries First60 unread / 60mysterymax, December 2021
MissBrangwen's first category challenge! - II247 unread / 247MissBrangwen, December 2021
Mystery Max fixes a messed up reading list1 unread / 1mysterymax, December 2021
November short science fiction & fantasy challenge50 unread / 50threadnsong, December 2021
Threadnsong Accepts Reading Challenges41 unread / 41threadnsong, December 2021
What are we reading in December?35 unread / 35threadnsong, December 2021
December SFF Kit: Last Chance Challenge9 unread / 9markon, December 2021
Clue Has A Laid Back Year in 2021181 unread / 181clue, December 2021
Dogearedcopy's "21/U" Cat Stax105 unread / 105MissWatson, December 2021
Geo Kit: 2020 (All Year) Asia84 unread / 84MissWatson, December 2021
lavaturtle's comics-filled 202156 unread / 56lavaturtle, December 2021
June GenreCAT: Historical Fiction69 unread / 69lowelibrary, December 2021
Lori (lkernagh) Gets Connected with Her 2021 Reading162 unread / 162RidgewayGirl, December 2021
AlphaKIT Planning Thread79 unread / 79majkia, December 2021
November HistoryCAT: Events24 unread / 24threadnsong, December 2021
lavaturtle's 2021 Category Challenge86 unread / 86lavaturtle, December 2021
justchris works on the TBR box sitting in the bedroom50 unread / 50justchris, December 2021
Joy's Challenge for 2021 - CATs, KITs and the DOG41 unread / 41jlshall, December 2021
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Polar46 unread / 46dudes22, December 2021
November MysteryKIT: Historical Mysteries42 unread / 42MissWatson, December 2021
November AlphaKIT: B and Y49 unread / 49lowelibrary, December 2021
November Random CAT : Fortune and Glory!48 unread / 48clue, November 2021
What are we reading in November?34 unread / 34Tanya-dogearedcopy, November 2021
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT Planning Thread For 2021!!!87 unread / 87markon, November 2021
November GenreCAT: SFF57 unread / 57christina_reads, November 2021
ScaredyKIT 2021 Planning Thread74 unread / 74lowelibrary, November 2021
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): South America39 unread / 39VivienneR, November 2021
SFF-KIT 2021 - February - Sentient Things89 unread / 89wartgin, November 2021
November ScaredyKIT: Stephen King and Family18 unread / 18lowelibrary, November 2021
GeoKit Oceania 202149 unread / 49DeltaQueen50, November 2021
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (6)250 unread / 250charl08, November 2021
RandomCAT planning thread 202154 unread / 54clue, November 2021
October MysteryKIT: Minorities/Diverse32 unread / 32VivienneR, November 2021
MysteryKIT planning thread130 unread / 130Robertgreaves, November 2021
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Europe124 unread / 124Tess_W, November 2021
KITastrophe: Yearlong-Epidemics and Pandemics32 unread / 32beebeereads, November 2021
GenreCAT: Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal44 unread / 44MissWatson, November 2021
October ScaredyKIT - Real Life Monsters22 unread / 22mstrust, November 2021
October SFFKIT: Creature Feature33 unread / 33antqueen, November 2021
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