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2019 ScaredyKIT - Interest and Planning

2019 Category Challenge

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Edited: Oct 27, 2018, 8:29am Top

If you participated in the 2018 ScaredyKIT, do you want to have another KIT in 2019? Would you like it organized in a similar way: each volunteer to host a month picks a theme for their month?

Any feedback on the 2018 ScaredyKIT? What worked or didn't work for you? Do you have any ideas or suggestions for improving it?

I thought it was a lot of fun and a low-pressure way to read my favorite genre. I would like to see it continue next year, perhaps with some different themes.

Monthly Hosts and Themes:

January - sturlington - NPR 100 Best Horror Stories List or 100 Killer Thrillers List
February - mathgirl40 - The Corporeal Undead
March - LibraryCin - True Crime
April - DeltaQueen50 - Chills and Thrills with Modern Horror/Thrillers (2014 - 2019)
May - mstrust - Children's Horror (or Horrific Children)
June - virginiahomeschooler - Technothrillers
July - Vacation Month (read horror/thriller of your choice)
August - majkia - Gothic
September - The_Hibernator - Ghosts & Hauntings
October - KristelH - Monsters & Creatures
November - sturlington - Stephen King and Family
December - whitewavedarling - Small Press/Indie (or catch up on a previous category)

Oct 7, 2018, 9:07pm Top

I'd also love to see it continue--it pushed me to read some books I'd been slow to getting around to, and I've really enjoyed it. Not sure if I have any suggestions for improving it, but I'd agree that we could do different themes to change it up some.

Oct 7, 2018, 10:15pm Top

I'd love it to continue and I like the current format.

Oct 8, 2018, 12:32am Top

I would like to see it continue, as well. I'm happy with how it was organized, though as mentioned in >1 sturlington:, it might be nice to see different themes - at least some different themes.

We could probably use some of the themes we didn't choose that were suggested for this year.

Oct 8, 2018, 7:41am Top

Yes, I enjoy it and will participate again. Mixing it up to give a different flavor is a good idea.

Oct 8, 2018, 9:55am Top

In the top message, I started the list of monthly volunteer hosts. We'll take volunteers until we fill up or December 1, whichever comes first (we may have to double up then if we don't get enough volunteers). You can volunteer now and then take some time to come up with your theme, if you like.

I volunteer for January again. My theme is selections from the NPR Reader Poll: 100 Best Horror Novels and Stories (full list here). I think this will provide a wide spectrum of choices from the genre to start the year off.

Edited: Oct 8, 2018, 10:38am Top

>1 sturlington: Thanks for initiating next year's ScaredyKIT! I'd love to do this again. I could host February or March. How about "The Corporeal Undead" as a theme? That would include zombies, vampires, mummies and other such creatures.

By the way, I really like the suggested theme for January. I've been reading from NPR's 100 Best Sci-fi and Fantasy list over the past few years, so I'm eager to look at the horror list.

Oct 8, 2018, 11:05am Top

>7 mathgirl40: I'll put you down for February unless someone else wants it. Great theme!

Oct 8, 2018, 1:51pm Top

I don't have a good memory, but I don't see it in the planning thread for 2018. Does anyone remember what some of the themes that had been suggested that weren't chosen for this year? I'm sure we had a longer list to choose from, originally, but they weren't all chosen. Thanks!

Oct 8, 2018, 2:28pm Top

I love the ScaredyKit and I would certainly be up for hosting a month. How about the theme of "Modern Horror Novels for Spooky Reading" which I saw on the internet. This would include any horror story published in the last 5 years (2014 - 2018) plus the current year of 2019. I will take the month of April, but if someone else wants that month, I could move to any other open month.

Oct 8, 2018, 2:40pm Top

>10 DeltaQueen50: Thanks, got you down!

>9 LibraryCin: Yeah, I don't remember either. Maybe we abandoned that list when we decided to just let the hosts choose their own categories.

Some ideas off the top of my head that I don't think we've done before or done lately: Noir, Global Horror (non US/UK), Lovecraftian or Cosmic Horror, Awards (Shirley Jackson, Stoker, Edgar). And of course we could repeat good categories. I really liked the Survival/Disaster category last year and would like to see something similar again.

Edited: Oct 8, 2018, 3:49pm Top

I'd like to host a month. I have some ideas for categories, or I'm fine if it's assigned to me.
I was thinking of a "Haunted Objects" theme. Like the haunted car in Stephen King's Christine, the haunted suit of clothes in Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box, and the countless stories of haunted jewelry.
Or a "Children's Horror", which could include either scary children or scary books for children.

Oct 8, 2018, 3:18pm Top

>11 sturlington: Yeah, maybe we did. I've been looking back and can't find it for suggestions. The other thing that occurred to me is that all the suggestions may have been listed in a post, then - to keep it clean and readable! - the ones not chosen were edited out.

Thanks for the extra suggestions! I'll have to think about what I want! (I did mention that variety is goo, but it's likely that my favourites have already been done!)

Oct 8, 2018, 3:21pm Top

I thought we had done "true crime", but I think that was for this year's MysteryCAT.

How do we feel about a "true crime" month for ScaredyKIT? Horror, thriller, suspense for true crime? I guess suspense may not work as much, since it really happened, so it's not as suspenseful, but Horror can certainly fit with true crime!

I might host a month of ScaredyKIT "true crime", but only if there is enough support for it. That may not be comfortable for some, though, either. Hmmm, don't put me down for that - at least not until I can think more about it.

Edited: Oct 8, 2018, 6:34pm Top

>14 LibraryCin: I'm fine with true crime. :)

Oct 8, 2018, 4:22pm Top

I wonder: would folks be interested in doing a month dedicated to indie publishers and writers? Small/indie presses and self-publishing writers are all over the place, a lot of them producing amazing work, and I'd love to see them get some attention alongside all of the big names/big publishers that tend to be more in focus. What do folks think?

Edited: Oct 8, 2018, 4:31pm Top

>12 mstrust: I like the idea of scary children! What month would you like?

>14 LibraryCin: I would be okay with a true crime month. What month would you like?

>16 whitewavedarling: That sounds like an interesting category. I even have some books that would fit. What month would you like?

Oct 8, 2018, 4:36pm Top

I looked up some categories, see popcornhorror.com
4 main categories; Killers, Monsters, Paranormal, Psychological and 2 sub genres that are very popular Zombies and Gore/Splatter

Under psychological: phobia, madness/paranoia/ home invasion/survival
Zombies (Undead, Virus)
Monsters: Vampire, werewolf

I can take Monsters/Creatures and if we want to fine tune; Classic monsters and Mythological Monsters. You can sign me up for October, November or December.

Oct 8, 2018, 4:45pm Top

>17 sturlington: Great! May or June?

Oct 8, 2018, 6:30pm Top

>17 sturlington:, I can do any month, but I also don't want to take one if someone who hasn't had a chance to host in this kit would like to take a turn. I've got my hosting month coming up next month, I believe :) Whether I take it or someone else does, I just wanted to suggest the category lol. I don't know if we want to wait to hear what others think about the category idea, either--I know it might not be easy for folks who primarily depend on big-box bookstores and libraries since they're less likely to have those books.

Maybe you could keep me on a backburner for whatever month is left out in the end, or just drop me in wherever and remember you can take me out or move me around as needed?

Oct 8, 2018, 11:12pm Top

>18 Kristelh: I looked at that site for ideas, as well. Glad you found something to work with from there!

Oct 8, 2018, 11:14pm Top

Ok, we'll do a month of true crime. Thinking about it, even knowing the outcome, sometimes true crime can still be suspenseful!

I see no one has taken March, so feel free to slot me in there.

Oct 9, 2018, 12:59pm Top

>18 Kristelh: Thanks! I put you in October for now.

>19 mstrust: I put you in May.

>20 whitewavedarling: I'm going to put you in December; my suggestion is to make Small Press/Indie your main topic but also open it for people to catch up on a previous month's topic if they don't have access to those books.

>22 LibraryCin: Got it, thanks!

I'm glad so many people want to do this again next year! Take a look at the evolving list in >1 sturlington: and let me know if you want to change your month or tweak your theme.

Oct 10, 2018, 1:06pm Top

>23 sturlington: Sounds good! That'll also give me plenty of time to keep an eye out for authors who made the transition from indie/small presses to big publishers, maybe making it easier for folks who prefer libraries to kindles and indie finds :) (That said, of course, the offer stands--if someone wants a month but can't do the open ones, I'm totally glad to be switched since it won't matter on my end!)

Oct 10, 2018, 4:59pm Top

Don't want to host,but how about a Stephen King category?

Oct 10, 2018, 7:47pm Top

>25 Tess_W: We usually do Stephen King and Family every year, and it's always popular. As he's my favorite writer, I'm willing to host that month too, if no one else wants to.

Oct 10, 2018, 10:25pm Top

>25 Tess_W: >26 sturlington: I love the King and Family theme and would be happy to see it come back. I hosted this year, but I'm quite willing to relinquish it for next year. I've already signed up for a different theme, and one commitment will be enough for me, so thank you, sturlington, for offering.

As mentioned, I don't want to volunteer for any more months. However, I'm hoping someone will choose a thriller theme. Originally, the ScaredyKIT was meant to cover both horror and thriller, and it would be great to see a few more themes that focus mainly on thrillers or can accommodate both horror and thriller equally.

Oct 11, 2018, 8:36am Top

>27 mathgirl40: It's no problem for me to host a Stephen King month! I've slotted it in for November for now, but it can move to any other month if someone else wants November.

I'd also like to see some thriller topics: psychological, political (could be appropriate), spy/war, techno are all possibilities.

Oct 11, 2018, 9:21am Top

I will volunteer to host techno-thrillers for June.

Oct 11, 2018, 9:26am Top

>29 virginiahomeschooler: That would be great, thanks!

There's also NPR's 100 best thrillers list, from 2010:

Maybe January's theme could allow either list, unless someone wants to use this theme for its own month?

Oct 11, 2018, 10:19am Top

>30 mathgirl40: That's a good suggestion--I'll add that to January's theme. There seems to be a lot of horror on that list as well.

>29 virginiahomeschooler: Thanks! Got it.

Oct 11, 2018, 2:58pm Top

Oct 24, 2018, 9:26am Top

>30 mathgirl40: lets use the thrillers list for one of the months not already spoken for.

Oct 24, 2018, 12:52pm Top

I'll do a month.

Oct 24, 2018, 2:58pm Top

>33 Kristelh: Sure, if there any months left over, we can split it off from January's current theme, as long as that's OK with >31 sturlington:.

Oct 25, 2018, 6:44am Top

>34 majkia: Great! What month do you want and what would you like your topic to be?

>33 Kristelh: and >35 mathgirl40: I like the idea of having both the lists in the same month, so you don't have to read a horror book if you don't want to.

Oct 25, 2018, 7:45am Top

>36 sturlington: How about August and gothic

Oct 25, 2018, 10:59am Top

>36 sturlington: OK, it's fine with me either way! :)

Oct 25, 2018, 11:49am Top

You don't seem to have a ghosts/haunting category - as I assume they are not considered corporeal undead.

Oct 25, 2018, 12:05pm Top

>39 The_Hibernator: I intentionally chose the topic "corporeal undead" since we usually have a month covering the incorporeal kind. It would be great if someone volunteered for that category. :)

Oct 25, 2018, 12:33pm Top

I can do that, though I'd prefer September to July.

Oct 25, 2018, 12:40pm Top

I was thinking of including thrillers in with my theme for April, that way people that don't want to read straight horror would have an alternative. Sound ok? New title could be "Chills and Thrills with Modern Horror/Thrillers (2014 - 2019)"

Oct 25, 2018, 2:40pm Top

>41 The_Hibernator: You can have September for Ghosts and Hauntings.

>42 DeltaQueen50: I will make that change. Thanks!

Oct 25, 2018, 2:41pm Top

We have only one month left! Thanks to all our volunteers so far.

Oct 26, 2018, 12:22pm Top

I was just thinking--July is still up for grabs if anyone wants it, but if no one does, we could make it Summer Vacation month, read the horror/thriller of your choice. Might be a good time for people to pick beach/pool/airplane reads and also no need to have a host except to throw up the thread, which I would be willing to do.

Oct 26, 2018, 10:18pm Top

>45 sturlington: That sounds like an excellent idea!

Oct 27, 2018, 8:28am Top

>46 DeltaQueen50: I'm going to put that as a placeholder for now, so people can start to plan if they like, but if anyone does want to take July, it's still available.

Jan 14, 2019, 10:37pm Top

The February thread is up: http://www.librarything.com/topic/302426

Feb 15, 2019, 9:11pm Top

I've just posted the March ScaredyKIT:

Mar 15, 2019, 1:46pm Top

The April ScaredyKit is up - https://www.librarything.com/topic/304852

Apr 16, 2019, 5:45pm Top

May 25, 2019, 8:30pm Top

Have we got a thread for June yet?

May 25, 2019, 9:29pm Top

I don't think so.

May 26, 2019, 12:55am Top

Looks like it's >29 virginiahomeschooler: who volunteered to host June. Maybe I'll drop her a note?

May 26, 2019, 6:18am Top

I'm so sorry. I totally forgot I'd volunteered. I'll get it set up today. So so sorry.

May 26, 2019, 7:48am Top

>57 virginiahomeschooler: No problem! You've still got time.

Jun 22, 2019, 2:09pm Top

Jul 14, 2019, 10:17am Top

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Aug 24, 2019, 1:20am Top

Hi, everyone. I tried to contact The_Hibernator earlier in the week (she is scheduled to do Sept), but I haven't heard back.

Sept's theme is ghosts and hauntings. If I'm remembering correctly, I did this theme last year or the year before in the Horror group, so I could quickly and easily recycle that, possibly with a few tweaks.

Just checked - it was Oct 2016, so almost three years ago.

If no one else wants to come up with something (and we don't hear back from The Hibernator), are we ok with me simply "recycling" my previous hosting of this theme? We can give it a few more days, and I can post on Wed. Thoughts?

Aug 24, 2019, 1:50am Top

>63 LibraryCin: Could you link to what you did before so that those of us who want to make their selections early can use that, and then make it official if The_Hibernator still hasn't woken up before Wednesday?

Aug 24, 2019, 2:21am Top

>63 LibraryCin: That would be great if you step in if Hibernator can't make it. Thanks for looking into it.

Edited: Aug 24, 2019, 2:16pm Top

>64 Robertgreaves: That's a good idea! I'll go find it...


Here is a link to my October 2016 thread in the Horror group when we did this theme:

Aug 24, 2019, 2:30pm Top

I think a new thread here on the Category Challenge would be best and if you are ok with putting it up, Cindy, then I think you should go ahead and put one up for September's Ghosts & Hauntings.

Aug 25, 2019, 10:13am Top

>67 DeltaQueen50: Me too. Thanks for picking this up, Cindy!

Edited: Aug 25, 2019, 2:26pm Top

>67 DeltaQueen50: >68 sturlington: So, you figure we shouldn't wait any longer? I can do it today, then.

Aug 25, 2019, 2:47pm Top

OK, I went ahead and added it here:

If anyone already looked at the link for my post on the same topic in the Horror group from 2016, I've added a few more suggestions here, and changed the photo, and added another photo.

Oct 15, 2019, 10:01am Top

Oct 19, 2019, 6:20pm Top

The 2020 Planning Thread for CATs next year has started here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/312074#6945930

Oct 31, 2019, 9:22am Top

Here is a thread for planning ScaredyKIT 2020: https://www.librarything.com/topic/312530#

Oct 31, 2019, 9:43am Top


Nov 18, 2019, 5:46pm Top

Hey everyone--I've had a crazy Fall, but I promise to have the December thread up sooner than later. I should have time this weekend if all goes as planned!

Nov 30, 2019, 3:56pm Top

Sorry for the delay, folks; here's the thread! https://www.librarything.com/topic/313464#

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