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TBR CAT -- Planning Thread

2019 Category Challenge

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1RidgewayGirl
Edited: Nov 23, 2018, 11:05am Top

Let's get this set up! If you have a suggestion for a month's theme, go ahead and suggest it now. If you're willing to host a month, pick one. And if you want to host a specific topic, specify which month. Hopefully, that will get us set up in plenty of time for those who like to plan their reading ahead of time.

We can also discuss the topics as they're suggested.

TBR CAT:

January: dudes22 -- First in, last out - read one of the oldest members of your tbr

February: Helenliz -- A book you borrowed to read and still haven't got to

March: sallylou61 -- Book acquired on/for trips or for a special occasion

April: mathgirl40 -- Book originally acquired for an LT group read or challenge

May: LibraryCin -- Book that I keep looking at, but never manage to open

June: donan -- Book bullet (i.e. book suggested by someone else, not necessarily on LT)

July: LittleTaiko -- Book by an author with more than one book on your TBR shelf

August: The_Hibernator -- Book purchased with great excitement and with plans to read right away that is somehow still on my tbr a year later

September: Robertgreaves -- Classics I feel I should read

October: DeltaQueen50 -- Book purchased because of its visual appeal (striking cover or colors, beautiful edition, etc.)

November: MissWatson -- Book given to me as a gift

December: RidgewayGirl -- A book I bought because it was so cheap (library sale, remainder table, etc)

2RidgewayGirl
Edited: Nov 12, 2018, 1:18pm Top

Suggestions: (I'll collect the suggestions here for easy reference.)

Book that I keep looking at, but never manage to open

First in, last out - read one of the oldest members of your tbr

Book given to me as a gift

Book originally started or acquired for an LT group read (encompass CATs, KITs, BingoDOG as well as challenges from other LT groups)

Book purchased with great excitement and with plans to read right away that is somehow still on my tbr a year later

(These were all suggestions from the initial CAT planning thread. They can be modified or discarded if y'all want.)

Book bullet (i.e. book suggested by someone else, not necessarily on LT)

Book on subject or in genre don't usually read (but acquired anyway)

Book acquired for/on trip or at a special occasion

Book purchased because of its visual appeal (striking cover or colors, beautiful edition, etc.)

"Classics" that I feel I should read one day (so I bought them), but that day hasn't quite materialized years later

Library book renewed (or checked out again) at least twice

A book I bought because it was so cheap (library sale, remainder table, etc)

A book I bought and then learned it came late in a series I've never started

Authors with more than one book on your TBR shelves

Not my first rodeo! Meaning read a book that you have started and never finished

3sallylou61
Nov 10, 2018, 2:28pm Top

Following are just suggestions:
Book bullet (i.e. book suggested by someone else, not necessarily on LT)
Book originally acquired for a LT CAT or BingoDOG challenge (perhaps combine with group read suggestion)
Book on subject or in genre don't usually read (but acquired anyway)
Book acquired as souvenir of trip or special occasion

4mathgirl40
Edited: Nov 10, 2018, 3:09pm Top

>2 RidgewayGirl: >3 sallylou61: I'll be happy to host "Book originally acquired for an LT group read or challenge", if that theme ends up being chosen. That will encompass CATs, KITs, BingoDOG as well as challenges from other LT groups. Hopefully, everyone will be able to find at least one book that fits this theme ... or dozens as in my case. :)

April is a good month for me, but I'm flexible.

I like all the other themes suggested, but especially "Book given to me as a gift." I find it impossible to get rid of a book that someone gave me as gift, no match how unappealing it is!

5RidgewayGirl
Nov 10, 2018, 4:04pm Top

>3 sallylou61: Added your suggestions to the list.

>4 mathgirl40: Signed you up for April. I'll fill in the themes later, if that's ok?

6mathgirl40
Nov 10, 2018, 4:08pm Top

>5 RidgewayGirl: Yes, that's fine, thanks!

7dudes22
Nov 10, 2018, 4:34pm Top

>4 mathgirl40: - Nobody ever gives me books because they know how many I have and are afraid they'd give me a duplicate. At least I assume that's the reason. But I'll find something.

8dudes22
Nov 10, 2018, 4:47pm Top

Kay - I'll take January and I'd like to host " first in, last out"

9Helenliz
Nov 10, 2018, 4:55pm Top

Seeing my reading eyes are always larger than my reading time, I have quite a lot of books tbr. I'll offer to host a month (gulp, not done this before). And I'd like to suggest "A book you borrowed to read and still haven't got to"

I suffer from this as the library allows me up to 20 renewals of a book (assuming no-one else has reserved it), meaning I could have a book out for 63 weeks. I've not yet pushed it that far, but there's time yet...

I don't mind when, but let's say February, to give me as little time as possible to chicken out >;-)

10kac522
Nov 10, 2018, 4:58pm Top

A couple more topic suggestions:

--Book purchased because of its visual appeal (striking cover or colors, beautiful edition, etc.).
--"Classics" that I feel I should read one day (so I bought them), but that day hasn't quite materialized years later. I have tons of these.

11kac522
Nov 10, 2018, 5:01pm Top

>9 Helenliz: Wow, your library beats mine--we get 15 renewals if no one has requested it. And (hangs head in shame) I *have* used the maximum on several occasions...

12rabbitprincess
Nov 10, 2018, 5:12pm Top

>9 Helenliz: Yay, Helen! Glad you're going for it and hosting a month :D

13RidgewayGirl
Nov 10, 2018, 6:12pm Top

Ok, I've added names and Helenliz's suggestion to the lists.

14clue
Nov 10, 2018, 7:11pm Top

How about:

A book I bought because it was so cheap (library sale, remainder table, etc)

A book I bought and then learned it came late in a series I've never started.

15sallylou61
Edited: Nov 10, 2018, 7:38pm Top

I would like to take March, and would prefer to do Classics I feel I should read unless kac522, who suggested it, wants it. If that is the case, my choice would be book acquired as a souvenir of trip or on special occasion. (I have a lot of books I've bought at the Virginia Book Festival but have never read.) Of course, the topic would need to be one selected in the final cut.

16LibraryCin
Edited: Nov 10, 2018, 7:45pm Top

So, I may be adjusting this slightly to play along. I consider my "tbr" as anything I have adding to my list of books I want to get to some day, not just books I own. I think I might have to slightly alter some categories to fit that.

That being said, I'll peruse the suggested themes to see what I might want to host...

ETA: If we decide to include this theme, I think I'd like to host it:
"Book that I keep looking at, but never manage to open"

17kac522
Nov 10, 2018, 9:20pm Top

>15 sallylou61: You are welcome to lead a classics month--I was just tossing out ideas.

18RidgewayGirl
Nov 10, 2018, 10:31pm Top

Suggestions added.

LibraryCin, is there a month you'd prefer?

Do we want to continue to make suggestions until, say, November 20th? Is that enough time?

19LibraryCin
Nov 11, 2018, 12:51am Top

>18 RidgewayGirl: No preference, really, but if we want to just keep going in order, you can put me in for May. If someone else really wants May, I can switch.

20sallylou61
Nov 11, 2018, 9:01am Top

Let's change my suggestion, "Book acquired as souvenir of trip or special occasion" to
Acquired for/on trip or at a special occasion

Making it a souvenir is too limiting.

Thanks.

21sallylou61
Nov 11, 2018, 9:02am Top

>17 kac522: Thanks.

22owlie13
Nov 11, 2018, 10:09am Top

Will allowances be made for those of us who don't get library books if that's the challenge? Or could Kindle Unlimited count as a library? The book is borrowed and you can only have so many books out at a time.

23Helenliz
Nov 11, 2018, 11:25am Top

>22 owlie13: you can borrow from a lot of sources that are not a library. Books borrowed from friends & family, maybe? From Little free libraries? Even bookcrossing books, as the idea is that you release the book you've found back into the wider world again. I don't know how Kindle unlimited works, but if it is something that you have to "return" a book in order to download another, that sounds a lot like borrowing a book to me.

24donan
Nov 11, 2018, 1:13pm Top

I'm excited for this CAT! I would love to host a month and I'm flexible as to which month.

25RidgewayGirl
Nov 11, 2018, 1:49pm Top

>22 owlie13: Remember that the CATs are optional and designed to be dipped in and out of as desire and opportunity allows. They're just a way of making our reading more fun, and for us to have an opportunity to discuss books. Don't feel obligated. And CATs are entirely up to you. If you want to count kindle books, or that book your mother keeps asking you to return, that's entirely up to you.

26RidgewayGirl
Nov 11, 2018, 1:50pm Top

>24 donan: I've marked you in for June, but we can rearrange as necessary later. Consider it a place marker.

27RidgewayGirl
Nov 11, 2018, 1:51pm Top

>20 sallylou61: I've added your variation to the original suggestion.

28sallylou61
Nov 11, 2018, 1:56pm Top

>2 RidgewayGirl: Hi Kay,

I would like the phrase
Book acquired as souvenir of trip or special occasion/
to be dropped from the suggestion, and only the second phrase used.

Thanks.

29RidgewayGirl
Nov 11, 2018, 4:05pm Top

30Robertgreaves
Nov 11, 2018, 5:42pm Top

As a topic suggestion, authors with more than one book on your TBR shelves.

31RidgewayGirl
Nov 11, 2018, 5:48pm Top

32LadyoftheLodge
Nov 11, 2018, 6:25pm Top

These suggestions are great! I really like the "bought it cheap, such as at a sale"--I have lots of those!! Also ones I keep opening and looking at but never manage to read, and the classics idea. Lots of fun!

33DeltaQueen50
Nov 11, 2018, 10:33pm Top

I would be happy to host a month - how about October?

34Jackie_K
Nov 12, 2018, 8:30am Top

>32 LadyoftheLodge: I was just coming to suggest 'bought because it was a bargain', but someone beat me to it!

I think I'd be able to find something for nearly all of the suggested categories so far, with the exception of 'bought for an LT group read/challenge' - I think I've always just raided what was already on Mt TBR for any challenge, rather than buy something new specifically for a challenge. Although if that category could be opened up to also include real life book groups, I'd be able to find something for that as well.

35RidgewayGirl
Nov 12, 2018, 9:14am Top

>33 DeltaQueen50: I've put you down for October.

>34 Jackie_K: You can decide for yourself what does and doesn't count.

36tess_schoolmarm
Nov 12, 2018, 10:19am Top

Topic suggestion: Not my first rodeo! Meaning read a book that you have started and never finished.

37Jackie_K
Nov 12, 2018, 11:10am Top

>36 tess_schoolmarm: Oh my, I've got more of those than I want to think about!

38whitewavedarling
Nov 12, 2018, 11:40am Top

>34 Jackie_K:, I'm glad you said that--I was feeling a little bit lazy for never being willing to go to a store or library to complete a challenge lol. The best I could do would be to choose an ARC from my pile of books waiting to be reviewed, or one of those few books I've gotten from Member Giveaways that are also waiting to be reviewed!

39mathgirl40
Edited: Nov 12, 2018, 11:52am Top

>34 Jackie_K: >38 whitewavedarling: The actual category proposed was "originally started or acquired for an LT group read or challenge". So the book doesn't need to have been bought for that purpose. Several times, I'd picked out something from my TBR pile and started it for an LT challenge ... and then lost momentum when we reached the end of the month and I was only 10% through the book. :)

40whitewavedarling
Nov 12, 2018, 11:53am Top

>39 mathgirl40:, ah, good to know--I got caught up in discussion and missed/forgot the original phrasing!

41RidgewayGirl
Nov 12, 2018, 1:19pm Top

42RidgewayGirl
Nov 12, 2018, 6:59pm Top

There are five months that are still open for volunteers (hint, hint).

We have fifteen potential topics. Please toss in your idea if you have one you'd like to see.

Suggestions are open until the 20th around noonish, EST.

What would people prefer -- that we vote on which suggestions to adopt, or have each host choose one?

43dudes22
Nov 12, 2018, 7:55pm Top

Since there are only 15, I think we should let the host choose. Seems like it would be less work than setting up a vote just to eliminate 3.

44LibraryCin
Nov 12, 2018, 10:34pm Top

I love voting on them, but that's a really good point about only eliminating 3 using a vote. Maybe not worth it.

45Helenliz
Nov 13, 2018, 1:39am Top

Unless there are any that anyone has a significant objection to, I think leave it up to the hosts.

46The_Hibernator
Edited: Nov 13, 2018, 2:13am Top

I think leave it up to the hosts, too.I can take August.

47MissWatson
Nov 13, 2018, 6:03am Top

I could take November.

48RidgewayGirl
Nov 13, 2018, 7:32am Top

>46 The_Hibernator: and >47 MissWatson: Done and thanks to you both.

Two spots remain!

49LittleTaiko
Nov 13, 2018, 11:36am Top

I'll volunteer for July.

50RidgewayGirl
Nov 13, 2018, 11:54am Top

51LibraryCin
Nov 13, 2018, 4:03pm Top

So, this was the one I said earlier that (if chosen), I'd like to host in May. :-) I guess we're choosing ourselves!

ETA: If we decide to include this theme, I think I'd like to host it:
"Book that I keep looking at, but never manage to open"

52tess_schoolmarm
Nov 13, 2018, 4:06pm Top

>51 LibraryCin: LOL that would not really narrow it down for me!

53RidgewayGirl
Nov 13, 2018, 4:53pm Top

54VivienneR
Nov 13, 2018, 8:10pm Top

We still need a few hosts over at the CalendarCAT thread. Feel free to jump in!

55LibraryCin
Nov 13, 2018, 9:03pm Top

>52 tess_schoolmarm: I guess you'll have lots of choices, then! :-)

56LibraryCin
Nov 13, 2018, 9:05pm Top

Whoa! Wait - I think I only signed up for one month, not two! It looks like September might still be open. I think I said I'd do May.

57RidgewayGirl
Nov 13, 2018, 9:06pm Top

>56 LibraryCin: Good catch! I've taken you off of September.

Folks, September is still up for grabs.

58LibraryCin
Nov 13, 2018, 9:10pm Top

59Robertgreaves
Nov 13, 2018, 10:52pm Top

I'll volunteer for September

60RidgewayGirl
Nov 14, 2018, 8:56am Top

Thanks, Robert. You've been added to the list.

61majkia
Nov 14, 2018, 9:04am Top

TBR CAT wiki: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/2019_TBRCAT

We just need to add in the themes when we figure them out.

62LittleTaiko
Nov 14, 2018, 10:27am Top

Do we decide now which themes we want to host or wait until it's our month?

63Helenliz
Nov 14, 2018, 10:47am Top

I think some hosts have expressed a preference already. (I know I did!).

64RidgewayGirl
Nov 14, 2018, 11:38am Top

Let's wait until the 20th, in case anyone has another potential theme to suggest. And then I'll attach themes to names based on your stated preference.

So if you have ideas, it's not too late to bring them up, and if you've signed on to host a month, feel free to keep an eye on the suggestions and then voice your preference now or after the 20th. If you've already chosen, I'll add that to the main list on the 20th, but feel free to change your mind.

65MissWatson
Nov 14, 2018, 11:43am Top

My own preference would be for the books acquired on/for trips or for a special occasion, but I have acquired books for nearly every other reason mentioned here, too. So I'm flexible.

66RidgewayGirl
Nov 14, 2018, 11:52am Top

>65 MissWatson: I'm so impressed with all of you who know exactly which theme they want to host! There are so many interesting ones.

But it's probably wise to grab your first choice and change later, since they'll be assigned on a who-requested-it-first basis.

67LittleTaiko
Edited: Nov 14, 2018, 12:02pm Top

I could definitely find a book for almost all of the options suggested so far. My preference would be to host authors with more than one book on your TBR shelf if nobody else has claimed that one.

68Robertgreaves
Nov 14, 2018, 6:39pm Top

Has anyone claimed First In Last Out?

69dudes22
Edited: Nov 14, 2018, 7:25pm Top

I have - #8

70Robertgreaves
Nov 14, 2018, 8:31pm Top

Classics?

71sallylou61
Edited: Nov 14, 2018, 9:28pm Top

>70 Robertgreaves: Hi Robert, I had requested it in #15, but would be glad if you did it instead. I realized after requesting it that March is a very busy month for me with the Virginia Festival of the Book. It occurs over 5 days, and I always buy books. Most of my classics are long, and I would prefer to choose a different topic where my TBR books would be shorter in length.

72mathgirl40
Nov 14, 2018, 9:14pm Top

As mentioned earlier, I'll be happy to take "book originally started or acquired for an LT group read or challenge" if no one else wants it.

73Robertgreaves
Nov 14, 2018, 9:18pm Top

>71 sallylou61: Agreed then. I will do classics.

74sallylou61
Edited: Nov 14, 2018, 9:30pm Top

If Robert Greaves takes classics, I would like to do book given to me as a Gift. All of my other favorite topics have already been spoken for. (I'm assuming that a person's first choice takes preference over a second choice; don't want to use the word "trumps". I had listed acquired for/on a trip or at special event (using the old terminology) as a alternate in #15.)

I see Robert has already agreed to do classics

75MissWatson
Nov 15, 2018, 4:55am Top

>74 sallylou61: I'm happy to swap if you would rather do the special occasion/event/trip. Books given as a gift also live on my shelves.

76The_Hibernator
Nov 15, 2018, 8:56am Top

Is " book purchased with great excitement" taken already?

77RidgewayGirl
Nov 15, 2018, 8:57am Top

>76 The_Hibernator: I think that one is still up.

78RidgewayGirl
Nov 15, 2018, 9:02am Top

My plan is that on Tuesday I'll start at the top and match hosts with themes. If you've changed your mind, or switched with someone, I'll change the list as I go. I expect to make mistakes, so please take a look and correct me as needed.

79sallylou61
Nov 15, 2018, 9:31am Top

>75 MissWatson: Thanks, MissWatson, I would like to swap if that is okay with you. I have a lot of special occasion books left to read.

80MissWatson
Nov 15, 2018, 9:43am Top

>79 sallylou61: Yes, of course, you're welcome.

81RidgewayGirl
Nov 20, 2018, 8:25am Top

I've assigned topics. Please check your topic and make sure I've gotten it right and let me know if I haven't.

DeltaQueen50 and donan, you still have to pick your topics. Here are the remaining choices:

Book bullet (i.e. book suggested by someone else, not necessarily on LT)

Book on subject or in genre don't usually read (but acquired anyway)

Book purchased because of its visual appeal (striking cover or colors, beautiful edition, etc.)

Library book renewed (or checked out again) at least twice

A book I bought and then learned it came late in a series I've never started

82mathgirl40
Nov 20, 2018, 9:57am Top

>81 RidgewayGirl: Looks good. Thanks!

83DeltaQueen50
Nov 20, 2018, 11:29am Top

>81 RidgewayGirl: Oh, put me down for the "Book purchased because of its visual appeal (striking cover or colors, beautiful edition, etc.)" - I know I have done that more than a few times!

84donan
Nov 23, 2018, 12:03am Top

>81 RidgewayGirl: I'll take book bullet. Thanks!

85RidgewayGirl
Nov 23, 2018, 11:06am Top

And we are good to go! See you all in January, when Betty will kick the year off with First In, Last Out.

86Jackie_K
Nov 24, 2018, 6:33am Top

Fantastic - I've almost finished planning my reads for this challenge next year. Once I've finished December's ColourCAT book I'll have the wonderful pleasure of digging out all the paper books I have planned for this CAT and for the Non-Fiction challenge in the 75 group, and then making a very satisfying pile of books to savour.

87LadyoftheLodge
Edited: Nov 24, 2018, 4:17pm Top

>86 Jackie_K: I spent hours over the Thanksgiving weekend doing just that! It was like a scavenger hunt, trying to locate all the books in the many places they are hiding in my house. Now I need to place the sticky notes on the books to remind myself of the months and topics. Seems as if I forget something instantly if I don't write it down!

88Jackie_K
Nov 24, 2018, 5:25pm Top

>87 LadyoftheLodge: I have lists for the two challenges on my bedside table, so I don't lose them. That also helps me remember the ebooks I will read (as obviously they can't go into the physical book pile). I will also go through my Jar of Fate towards the end of the year and dig out all the titles I'm hoping to read (I'll put any titles I don't read back in so they can have their chance another time) and keep them separately too.

This year I found there were only 2 or 3 books that I'd chosen for a challenge where, when it came down to it, I just wasn't in the mood and chose something else instead. I know planning books to read in advance doesn't work for everyone, but I'm always really chuffed when I find that there's a book on my TBR that meets a challenge, so I'm happy to leave it until the right month for the challenge.

89LadyoftheLodge
Nov 24, 2018, 8:48pm Top

>88 Jackie_K: Oh, the Jar of Fate! I have one of those too, but it has not gotten much business lately! I have an old-school type composition book in which I write my lists. I have been using it for a few years now and it is fun to look back and see what I read in previous years.

90dudes22
Dec 14, 2018, 2:26pm Top

So, the January thread is up: https://www.librarything.com/topic/300226

91LibraryCin
Dec 28, 2018, 3:57pm Top

Is there a TBRCAT wiki set up? There isn't a link on the group home page, so just wondering. I should be able to make some time to set it up (just need to find my instructions again!) in the next few days if it hasn't already been done.

92dudes22
Dec 28, 2018, 5:14pm Top

Although I had January, I have no idea how to set up a wiki, so I hope I wasn't supposed to. There are a few that aren't set up yet.

93LibraryCin
Edited: Dec 28, 2018, 5:26pm Top

>92 dudes22: Oh, it looks like the other CATs are set up, but not the KITs... or, at least the links aren't there.

No, just because you are doing January doesn't mean you are meant to also set up the wiki. Usually someone just does it! LOL! I did the SeriesCAT, because I was the one who suggested it (though I had to ask for help on how to do it).

So, in the next few days, I can try to set this one up, but I wanted to be sure someone else hadn't already done it. It's possible it's been done, but the link just wasn't added to the group page. (I made sure to let the person who set up the group page know the link to the SeriesCAT when I set it up, so she could add the link.)

ETA: AlphaKIT wiki is set up, but the link not posted, so I've given that link to rabbitprincess to see if she can update and include the link. I haven't yet looked for the others. Looks like BingoDOG wiki is either not set up or the link not posted, as well

94majkia
Dec 28, 2018, 6:23pm Top

95LibraryCin
Dec 28, 2018, 6:38pm Top

>94 majkia: Thank you!

96rabbitprincess
Dec 28, 2018, 10:01pm Top

Link has been added to the main group page!

97LibraryCin
Dec 29, 2018, 12:42am Top

>96 rabbitprincess: Thank you so much!

98Helenliz
Jan 14, 3:56pm Top

99sallylou61
Feb 15, 10:26am Top

The thread for March is up at: https://www.librarything.com/topic/303844#

100mathgirl40
Mar 14, 10:17pm Top

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