AlphaKIT for 2017

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AlphaKIT for 2017

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Welcome to the unofficial AlphaKIT. Everyone is invited to play every month, once in awhile, or simply to ignore this unofficial optional challenge.

Each month has two letters assigned to it. You can use these letters to help you sort your TBR however you like. First word in title, an author's initial, a character's name, a significant word in the title, name of a series, or ... It's pretty wide open so feel free to be creative.

I try to start a monthly thread by the 15th of the previous month, but everything will be detailed on the wiki once I set it up so it will be there for your use whenever you want to update it, or feel free to ignore that part of the challenge.

And, tada:

The magical blocks have been shaken- not stirred- and the results for 2017 are:

Jan - M & S
Feb - W & H
Mar - E & K
Apr - I & D
May - C & T
Jun - Y & N
Jul - B & G
Aug - O & F
Sep - U & P
Oct - A & V
Nov - L & Q
Dec - J & R

And as always, yearlong X and Z

2017 AlphaKIT wiki is here"

Sep 16, 2016, 1:42pm

You've done such a lovely job of keeping the AlphaKIT going strong!

Sep 16, 2016, 3:39pm


Sep 16, 2016, 8:32pm

LOL! And the planning was so quick for this one!

Sep 17, 2016, 9:42am

I might actually play next year! Not consciously, but at the end of each month I'll list whatever happens to fit the letters. :)

Sep 17, 2016, 9:50am

>5 rabbitprincess: More than welcome to play that way!

Sep 17, 2016, 12:37pm

So glad this will continue, it definitely helps me to dig through that humongous TBR pile and choose something to read.

Edited: Nov 23, 2016, 7:34pm

So glad this Kit is continuing. When I have multiple choices for a CAT, this is what makes picking one easier.

Sep 18, 2016, 2:44pm

Awesome :) I'm glad to see it already present also! I'm in the exact same boat as >7 cyderry: :)

Sep 21, 2016, 8:02pm

I'm here, and have starred this thread, woo!

Sep 21, 2016, 9:27pm

Good to hear.

Sep 25, 2016, 8:30pm


Oct 1, 2016, 10:00am

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Oct 7, 2016, 6:39pm

>13 majkia: thank you!

Oct 7, 2016, 8:50pm

Cool! Time to start thinking about my January choices!

Nov 23, 2016, 2:36pm

I look forward to joining and making a tiny dent in the TBR

Nov 23, 2016, 6:17pm

>16 LittleTaiko: and >17 kac522: I can't believe the year has flown so much! Welcome Kathy to our madness.

Dec 4, 2016, 9:24pm

I'm going to join in this year year. It may be a way to work series reading in...S in January will probably be the 2nd in the series by C.J. Sansom.

About 10 years ago I decided to read from a college reading list by Alpha. My friends made terrible fun of me but I thought it worked great. I can still remember some I read; A was Sherwood Anderson, B was Enid Bagnold, C was Willie Collins...

Edited: Dec 5, 2016, 8:14am

>19 clue: Using Alpha really helps me whittle down the massive TBR I have. It gives me a place to start most months. Otherwise I might be frozen in place trying to figure out which of a hundred books to choose all of which I want to read NOW!

Dec 5, 2016, 12:07pm

>20 majkia: I agree. I used to have so much trouble figuring out where to start each year but since I started using the AlphaKit, my reading just flows so much easier.

Thanks Jean, for all your efforts.

Dec 5, 2016, 2:44pm

I'm with you guys - using the AlphaKit helps me kick start my reading for any given month. If not, I'd be standing there staring at my shares for days trying to decide what I was in the mood for.

Dec 5, 2016, 3:02pm

Me four...

Sometimes I narrow it down by listing my ROOT books (been on my shelves, unread, for a year or more), and then using Alpha to choose which one(s) to read.

Edited: Dec 10, 2016, 9:09am

Just to point out that the AlphaKIT general thread and wiki are not listed on the front page for the 2017 category challenge group.

Dec 10, 2016, 1:26pm

>24 Robertgreaves: Thanks for the reminder. I'd been meaning to drop her a line. Done now.

Dec 14, 2016, 9:54am

Dec 14, 2016, 12:55pm

>26 majkia: thanks!

Dec 31, 2016, 3:02pm

I have never done a book challenge, but this seems simple enough. I think I will try it. Do I need to make my own thread of what I am reading or just post on the monthly ones.

Dec 31, 2016, 3:07pm

You don't need to make a thread, unless you want to. Most of us don't. But we do comment on the monthly thread and update the wiki. But then those are optional too!


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Dec 31, 2016, 11:55pm

>28 lowelibrary: glad you joined is fun!

Edited: Jan 2, 2017, 9:21pm

Finished one book so far - The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders. Nice way to kick off this challenge.

Jan 14, 2017, 2:39pm

Jan 14, 2017, 2:41pm

Question about the wiki: are the listings in any particular order? alpha by title? or by author? or just randomly out there?

Jan 14, 2017, 2:48pm

alpha by title

Jan 14, 2017, 3:07pm

>35 majkia: Ah, OK, thanks, I will make my first attempt to update the wiki.

Jan 14, 2017, 3:17pm

>36 kac522: Be Brave! IF you don't get it quite right, one of us will fix it. :)

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Edited: Jan 29, 2017, 9:37pm

Posted in the wrong place!

Feb 14, 2017, 6:14pm

March AlphaKIT post is up!

Mar 14, 2017, 9:03am

April AlphaKIT post is up:

Mar 14, 2017, 9:06am

>41 majkia: thanks!

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Apr 14, 2017, 7:10am

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May 14, 2017, 8:23pm

Jul 4, 2017, 9:17pm

Is there a July thread?

Jul 4, 2017, 9:49pm

Jul 14, 2017, 11:00am

Jul 14, 2017, 11:01am

I hope everyone is still enjoying the AlphaKIT thread.

Jul 14, 2017, 1:49pm

I'm definitely still enjoying it! It's the first one I pick books for each month. Thanks for keeping us going each month!

Jul 14, 2017, 2:07pm

>50 majkia: I'm enjoying AlphaKIT too! I love trying to find books to fit, especially this year when I limited my choice to mysteries. Thanks majkia.

Jul 14, 2017, 5:30pm

Helps me choose my books each month!

Jul 14, 2017, 8:21pm

>50 majkia: I am enjoying it, still! Thank you!

Many times, something I'm reading anyway will fit, but I love that it will help me pick things off my tbr if there isn't something I'm reading anyway. I particularly hope to find ones that are less well-known (i.e. have fewer tags, so they don't come up with I search for other challenges via tags!).

Jul 16, 2017, 5:59pm

My own challenge this year is based on the alphabet but I would be participating anyway as I love these alphabet matchups, another great way to pull books from my own shelves.

Edited: Jul 16, 2017, 11:04pm

>50 majkia: I am, this was my first year to try it, and it's really helped me concentrate on my TBR. If it is included in next year's challenges I'll definitely join in.

Jul 16, 2017, 11:48pm

Though I don't post in the ALPHAkit threads, I do keep up with the Wikis! This is my first year participating in the ALPHA challenge, and I really love checking my stacks and pulling out prospective titles each month! :-)

Jul 17, 2017, 8:16am

I love the AlphaKit! I try to always get at least one book read each month that matches the challenge. :)

Aug 14, 2017, 7:41am

Thanks guys. I'll keep it up then. :)

Aug 14, 2017, 7:42am

Sep 15, 2017, 8:15am

Sep 15, 2017, 5:00pm

>61 majkia: yippee!

Oct 14, 2017, 12:32pm

Oct 18, 2017, 5:29pm

>63 majkia: thank you, kindly!

Nov 10, 2017, 2:42pm

Thought I would give everyone a heads up:

RE: the wikis.

I posted here:

And was referred to another thread where the wikis have been turned off due to spam? Until they get some kind of fix.

Nov 10, 2017, 6:20pm

>65 LibraryCin: thanks for the heads up!

Nov 12, 2017, 7:47am

Nov 12, 2017, 7:49am

wiki edits still not available. hopefully soon.

Nov 12, 2017, 5:33pm

>68 majkia: thanks. We'll survive while the LT staff fixes the spammer problems.

Dec 29, 2017, 5:14pm

Sorry to hear Sue Grafton died. She was not well enough to write the planned Z is for Zero.

Dec 29, 2017, 6:34pm

>70 VivienneR: sorry to hear that as well.