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Lisa's 2019 Month to Month Category Challenge

2019 Category Challenge

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Edited: Jan 7, 7:17am Top

Welcome to my 2019 Category Challenge. My name is Lisa, and in addition to reading, I enjoy watching classic old movies and spending time with my family. Lately I've found that I've been spending a lot less time here than I used to, but I still like to pop in from time to time to see what everyone else is reading and up to. This is my 12th year on LT and my 11th participating in the Category Challenge group. I tend to read a lot of mysteries, but try to branch out and read other genres from time to time.

My categories will be my reading for each month, with goals of clearing some of my physical books, and the hidden books on my Kindle and Nook.

I plan to participate in as many CATS as possible, the BingoDog, and I want to also try the PopSugar Challenge this year as well.

Edited: Jan 14, 7:09am Top


1Police NOOK January SeriesCAT ****
2Nightblind January SeriesCAT/ Pop 23 NOOK *** 1/2
3The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. NOOK ***
4The Devil All The Time January Calendar CAT NOOK ****1/2
5 Ordeal by InnocenceLIBRARY ***
6 A Double LifeLIBRARY **

Ten North Frederick January Calendar CAT/ B14 NOOK
Accused January RandomCAT Alpha Kit NOOK
Bitter Truth January TBR ROOT

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January: - Series in translation Police, Snowblind
February: - YA/Children's
March: - Series by a favorite author
April: - Series You've Been Meaning to Get Back To
May: - Newest book in a favorite series
June: - Series that are definitely complete
July: - Genre: fantasy
August: - Series set in a country/region where you do not live
September: - Genre: Mystery (incl. culinary cozies with recipes, cozies by the sea)
October: - Historical Series
November: - Series with a female protagonist
December: - Series that's new to you


January: First in, last out - read one of the oldest members of your tbr
February: A book you borrowed to read and still haven't got to
March: Book acquired on/for trips or for a special occasion
April: Book originally acquired for an LT group read or challenge
May: Book that I keep looking at, but never manage to open
June: -- Book bullet (i.e. book suggested by someone else, not necessarily on LT)
July: -- Book by an author with more than one book on your TBR shelf
August: -- Book purchased with great excitement and with plans to read right away that is somehow still on my tbr a year later
September: -- Classics I feel I should read
October: -- Book purchased because of its visual appeal (striking cover or colors, beautiful edition, etc.)
November: Book given to me as a gift
December: A book I bought because it was so cheap (library sale, remainder table, etc


January- name in title or author


January- The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr , The Devil All The Time

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1. Author uses middle name or middle initial The Devil All The Time
2. Debut novel
3. Book about/featuring siblings
4. Read a book bullet
5. Book mentioned in another book
6. Topic or character related to medicine/health
7. Animal on cover/in title/plays a significant role
8. Book with an artistic character
9. Eastern European author or setting
10. Children’s/YA book, or reread a childhood favorite
11. Alliterative title
12. Part of a series
13. Read a CAT- January SeriesCAT(translation) Police
14. Prize-winning book
15. Weather (title contains a weather word, or book involves/centers around a weather event)
16. Short stories or essays
17. Book made into a movie -
18. Fairy Tale
19. Graphic novel
20. Main title has 6 or more words in it
21. Cover has at least two human figures
22. Book in translation - Nightblind
23. Book has an LT rating of 4.0 or more
24. Title contains a homophone word

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2019 PopSugar Challenge

01 - A book becoming a movie in 2019
02 - A book that makes you nostalgic
03 - A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
04 - A book you think should be turned into a movie
05 - A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads
06 - A book with a plant in the title or on the cover
07 - A reread of a favorite book
08 - A book about a hobby
09 - A book you meant to read in 2018
10 - A book with "pop", "sugar" or "challenge" in the title
11 - A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover
12 - a book inspired by mythology, legend or folklore
13 - A book published posthumously
14 - a book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
15 - A retelling of a classic
16 - A book with a question in the title
17 - A book set on a college or university campus
18 - a book about someone with a super power
19 - a book told from multiple POVs
20 - a book set in space
21 - a book by two female authors
22 - A book with a title that contains "salty", "sweet", "bitter" or "spicy"
23 - A book set in Scandinavia Nightblind
24 - a book that takes place in a single day
25 - a debut novel
26 - a book that's published in 2019
27 - a book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature
28 - a book recommended by a celebrity you admire
29 - a book with "love" in the title
30 - a book featuring an amateur detective
31 - A book about a family
32 - A book written by an author from Asia, Africa or South America
33 - A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title
34 - a book that includes a wedding
35 - A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter
36 - A ghost story
37 - a book with a two-word title
38 - A novel based on a true story
39 - A book revolving around a puzzle or game
40 - Your favorite prompt from a past Popsugar Reading Challenge

Dec 2, 2018, 6:40pm Top

Looking forward to following your 2019 reading!

Dec 2, 2018, 6:41pm Top

Thanks Lori, I'm off to see if your thread is up!

Dec 3, 2018, 11:38am Top

Great to see you set up here, Lisa. I am going to be working on the PopSugar Challenge as wellso we can root each other on!

Dec 3, 2018, 7:04pm Top

Hi Judy, thank you! I will be sure to star your thread. I have to admit it is fun looking through all of the books trying to see what wil, fit where, the physical books as well as all those deal books I bought years ago that I havent thought about since. I know there are some I probably will not want to read.

Dec 3, 2018, 9:37pm Top

I am struggling with the idea of an adult "choose your own adventure". I did buy one - a Regency Romance - but I'm not sure how I will react to it!

Dec 4, 2018, 12:46pm Top

Looking forward to following your reading in 2019!

Dec 11, 2018, 5:50pm Top

Wishing you a fun year of reading, Lisa, and I hope you knock some books off your tbr.

Dec 12, 2018, 3:16am Top

Good luck with your reading!

Dec 12, 2018, 4:21am Top

I read Snowblind a few months ago and recently downloaded the audiobook versions of the rest of the Dark Iceland series and I plan to listen to Nightblind this month. I love Icelandic mysteries.

Dec 12, 2018, 9:08am Top

Lovely pictures, Lisa. Have a lovely reading year, too.

Dec 12, 2018, 9:59am Top

Wishing you a fun year of reading and best of luck with the PopSugar challenge, too!

Dec 13, 2018, 7:29am Top

>21 DeltaQueen50: Judy, I think I have some of those buried somewhere too!
>22 VivienneR: Thank you Vivienne, I hope to be around here more next year.
>23 This-n-That: Thank you, I haven't bought any books in years, but I succumbed this year with the Black Friday sales, oops! I think the PopSugar will be fun
>24 tess_schoolmarm: Thank you Tess!
>25 Zozette: Hi Zozette, I love Icelandic mysteries also, I may start it before January!
>26 MissWatson: Thank you, Birgit! It was fun trying to match the pictures to each month.

Dec 31, 2018, 11:40am Top

Happy New Year!

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>29 The_Hibernator:, >30 thornton37814:, and >31 tess_schoolmarm: Thank you for the festive New Year wishes, Rachel, Lori and Tess!

I can't believe I have yet to make headway in a book yet today. I have spent most of the day cleaning up and facing the reality of getting ready for work tomorrow. I did start Police and an Agatha Christie that I haven't read, Ordeal by Innocence. It's hard sometimes for me to keep track because some of her books have duplicate titles.

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End of Year Meme:

Describe yourself: Force of Nature
How do you feel? The Far Side of the Dollar
Describe where you currently live: November Road
If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Florida
Favorite form of transportation: Ride the Pink Horse
Your best friend is: The Perfect Girl
You and your friends are: Those Girls
What's the weather like? Winter in June
Your favorite time of day is: Round Midnight
What is life for you? The Comforts of Home
You fear: Sleeping Beauties
Best advice: Don’t Let Go
How you would like to die: The Last Good Kiss
Your soul’s present condition: Pieces of Her

Jan 2, 11:44am Top

You're making me want to add the PopSugar challenge to my reading goals, which I really don't need to do, but there it is and it looks so interesting.

Jan 2, 4:15pm Top

>33 jonesli: Ha, my weather answer is the same as yours!

Jan 2, 4:35pm Top

Love the describe yourself answer!

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>34 RidgewayGirl: Hi Kay, I've been to your thread and see you have the Pop Sugar all set to go. Good Job!
>35 christina_reads: Hi Christina, that's right we both read that book last year! Have you read the last one?
>36 LittleTaiko: Hi Stacy, I don't feel like it today, I've been dragging. Perhaps too much holiday time off!

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>37 jonesli: Nope, haven't read the fourth book yet. I'm not wildly enthused about it, but I still have a little curiosity to see how everything will turn out, especially with Jack. Personally, I'm rooting for Peaches at this point!

ETA: In looking at the Amazon page for When Winter Returns, I'm not sure it's actually meant to be the final book in the series! The synopsis makes it seem like not everything is tied up in the end. So maybe the author had planned or is planning more books, which I'm not sure how I feel about, to be honest!

Jan 2, 7:03pm Top

Ooh, excellent choice for the time-of-day question! And I agree with The Comforts of Home :)

Jan 2, 10:33pm Top

Good meme answers!

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Jan 8, 4:35pm Top

I'm trying to get better at posting my thoughts about what I read so here's what I've finished a week into the new year.

Fresh off the fast paced Harry Hole read, Phantom, I was left wondering what was going to happen next, so I just had to read Police. I'm satisfied for now and can wait to read The Thirst. There was a very happy event that took place at the end of Police, but I suspect it won't last long. I was glad to revisit this series.

Snowblind didn't wow me as much as Snowblind and I think I can wait before going further in this series.

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr wasn't really an autobiography, it was more a blend of actual speeches and biographical events that switched back and forth in a very disjointed way. There was some good background information that I was not familiar with and reading the speeches of course, was awe inspiring.

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The Devil All The Time is the third book that I have read by this author. His books are dark, twisted and gritty, which I happen to enjoy. The main characters include a violent orphan, a twisted couple who pick up hitchhikers and two con men, who pose as preachers ( think Deliverance). The settings veer back and forth between West Virginia and Ohio, with never a dull moment.

I had planned to read this book this year anyway, but the author's birthday is January 31, which fits the CalendarCAT.

Jan 11, 8:56am Top

>43 jonesli: Sounds very dark but since I'm from Ohio, going to put it on my wish list.

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