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amaranthe's interesting experiment

2019 Category Challenge

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Edited: Dec 21, 2018, 4:44am Top

I haven’t done one of these before, but I am jealous of everyone who has a list of books they read in the past year(s) and so I will now give it a try! This group looks excellent, it does not try to make you do anything you don’t want to do. So I won’t list all the books I intend to read, because for me that could make reading into a chore. Nor will I promise to read a certain number of books, or a certain number in each category, or even to put at least one book into each category (although that would be nice if it were to happen).

I don’t know how many books I will be able to read this year, because I’m one academic quarter into an MLIS degree program, which ironically means I don’t have as much time to read (except materials for class). It will be an interesting experiment in time management. Of course, I can list all of my class materials in one or more categories.

My goal is to read as much as possible and to have at least a large minority of it be from authors/genres/subjects I haven’t read before, without doing poorly in any of my classes or neglecting professional development opportunities. I played Seattle Public Library’s summer book bingo games for a few years, and those were able to get me to read things I wouldn’t have read otherwise, so keeping a list by categories might help me to read a better variety of materials.

Counting the number of entries in this thread will not tell you how many books I have read in some period of time. I will absolutely put the same thing in multiple categories if necessary, I do not need to give myself headaches trying to choose between them, but I will make a note with the item if I do that, for less confusion. Also, I will list individually published short stories, journal articles, and book chapters as separate entries, if that's how I read them.

I will probably make a list at some point of just the books, so as to get a count, because I want to know.

Edited: Jan 12, 4:29pm Top

Group challenges
Any of these I participate in will go here too.

And I can make a list of ones I might do, so as to have them all in one place! And then delete whatever I don't get to!

January AlphaKIT: Q and A

The rules do not require that you choose books or authors by initial letter. Since both of these letters appear in the mid-length acronym for nonconforming genders/sexual orientations (LGBTQQIA+ etc.), I could read a book with a Queer/Questioning person in it and another containing an Asexual. Or written by. (The Q category is of course rather broad this way.)

DONE January RandomCAT -- Your name in print

This one is easy (or I choose to make it so): since I literally got my name out of some books, and I really like the books, I might reread one or two of them. :)

The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles
Glitterland by Alexis Hall

IN PROGRESS January TBRCat - First In, Last Out

I don't have records further back than 2009 for when I acquired any books, so anything acquired before 2009 that I still own and haven't read yet would count, I think. And of course it would count for my own Shelf Ornaments category.

The Elric saga: vol 1 by Michael Moorcock

January SeriesCAT

It doesn't look like you have to read the whole series, just one book (for now). And I like the January theme.

Ijon Tichy series by Stanislaw Lem -- The Star Diaries

IN PROGRESS January UN-official SFF-KIT: "Excuses, Excuses..."

The Rifter by Ginn Hale

BingoDOG reads in January

Maybe something will fit.

Edited: Jan 11, 2:20am Top

Required reading for classes
This will be mostly articles and book chapters, not complete books, and I might forget to update it.

Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson et al.
"'Dear Mary Jane': Some Reflections on Being an Archivist" by John Fleckner
Foundations for Organizing Systems, ch. 1, The Discipline of Organizing by R. Glushko
The intellectual foundation of information organization, ch. 2, Bibliographic Objectives by E. Svenonius
"Information as thing" by M. K. Buckland
"Dilemmas in general theory of planning" by H. W. J. Rittel and M. M. Webber

Edited: Jan 11, 2:21am Top

I don't actually have a clever title for this category that makes sense, yet. The last one was stupid.
Anyway, I reread a lot, and feel guilty about it because it takes up time I could use to read new things.
I don't read any particular title more than once a year, usually.* And if I've read it two or three or four times, it gets less frequent.

Death's Head by Mel Keegan
Equinox by Mel Keegan
The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles
Glitterland by Alexis Hall
Scorpio by Mel Keegan
Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall

*Sometimes Three Men in a Boat gets extra attention.

Edited: Jan 11, 2:22am Top

Queer genre fiction (aka The Usual)

Death's Head by Mel Keegan
Equinox by Mel Keegan
The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles
Glitterland by Alexis Hall
Scorpio by Mel Keegan
Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall

Edited: Jan 11, 2:22am Top

Catchup (Catsup??)
Favorite author/series. Only if there are new books out though.
I recently noticed there are several of those I haven't kept up with.
And the ones I have kept up with are still writing.

NARC: Death's Head by Mel Keegan
NARC: Equinox by Mel Keegan
NARC: Scorpio by Mel Keegan

This series was unfinished for a long time, which was very annoying, so I only read it two or three times and then didn't for awhile. It seems to have been finished now, so I can read it again and go to the end this time. The first few books, written in the early 90s, are full of gratuitous sexual content (it probably began as some kind of fanfiction with the names changed, but so did a lot of recent bestsellers). They also contain occasional sexism/other problematic elements that wouldn't fly in 2018, but the plot is very exciting. The Hellgate series (finished a few years back) is even better, and less dated, though not without problematic elements of its own; the sexual content/fanservice is pretty much a thing in all of this author's work. I tried rereading some of the author's historical fiction recently, but it had become boring and terrible, so I had to stop (possibly Fortunes of War would hold up okay, but I haven't tried it lately). The SF genre seems to be their sweet spot.

Edited: Dec 21, 2018, 4:11am Top

Out of my comfort zone.

Edited: Dec 21, 2018, 4:54am Top

Shelf ornaments (aka TBR)
I recently got rid of some unread books.
If a book annoys me when I look at it, I probably don't want to read it at all. So I kept the ones I like to look at (and maybe also want to read someday).
There are a lot left, because books are pretty.

Edited: Dec 21, 2018, 4:12am Top

Guilt Edges
Someone not on LibraryThing advised me to read it and will be sad if I don’t.

Edited: Dec 21, 2018, 4:13am Top

Read aloud
If I have some time and an audience, I do this.

Edited: Jan 11, 2:25am Top

Fiction – Genre categories:

Children’s. Including picture books. I have nieces and nephews and also plan to be a librarian, so I need to catch up.

The snowy day by Ezra Jack Keats
The little old lady who was not afraid of anything by Linda Williams (reread)
The right number of elephants by Jeff Sheppard
Stella, fairy of the forest by Marie-Louise Gay
Harry and the lady next door by Gene Zion (reread)
A treeful of pigs by Arnold and Anita Lobel
Good dog, Carl by Alexandra Day (reread)
Brundibar by Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak
Town Mouse, Country Mouse by Jan Brett
An invitation to the Butterfly Ball by Jane Yolen and Jane Breskin Zalben
Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole
Madeline and the Bad Hat by Ludwig Bemelmans


Into the Wild by Erin Hunter


Death's Head by Mel Keegan
Equinox by Mel Keegan
The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles
Scorpio by Mel Keegan


Romance (primarily). Things in other categories might be romance too, but I won't put a book twice in this post.

Glitterland by Alexis Hall
Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall




Antiques (written more than 100 years ago)

Edited: Dec 21, 2018, 4:15am Top

Nonfiction – All
If I find, by making a list, that I read a great deal more nonfiction than I thought I did, it can be split up later.

Edited: Dec 21, 2018, 4:16am Top

A Miscellany of Sense and Nonsense*
Anything that doesn’t fit elsewhere, or other really great categories I think of later.


*apologies to Jerome K. Jerome, or his anthologist.

Edited: Dec 21, 2018, 4:17am Top

Books for Use, Not Reading
Includes things like cookbooks and plant identification guides and other reference books that aren't meant to be read from cover to cover.*

*Not that it's forbidden to do so or anything. I have done occasionally.

Edited: Jan 6, 1:27am Top

Read approximately Sep-Dec 2018, before/during/after my first quarter of classes.
NOT including readings specifically for class.
Accuracy suspect, since I didn’t deliberately keep track before now.

Bones and Silence by Reginald Hill
The Price of Butcher’s Meat by Reginald Hill*
Good Morning, Midnight by Reginald Hill
The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny
Born Guilty by Reginald Hill
Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
Casket of Souls by Lynn Flewelling
Shards of Time by Lynn Flewelling
The Truth by Terry Pratchett (reread, read aloud)
Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
The Warden by Anthony Trollope
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
The Henchmen of Zenda by KJ Charles
Unfit to Print by KJ Charles
Band Sinister by KJ Charles
Brown Gold: Milestones of African American Children's Picture Books, 1845-2002 by Michelle H. Martin
Grilled Cheese and Goblins by Nicole Kimberling
Twittering Birds Never Fly by Kou Yoneda, volumes 1-2 (reread) & 3 (catchup)
Once Upon a Western Shore by Harper Fox
Underhill by Harper Fox
My Last Husband by Alexis Hall
The Price of Meat by KJ Charles*
Make Me an Offer by Wolf Mankowitz
Point of Hopes by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett (reread)
Point of Knives by Melissa Scott (reread)
Point of Dreams by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett (reread)
Fair's Point by Melissa Scott (reread)
Point of Sighs by Melissa Scott
Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

I think that's it, apart from picture books; I don't always remember to come on here and write it down after reading something that took 10 minutes, but I did read (or re-read) a dozen or two of those while looking for Christmas presents for young relatives.

*Total coincidence that Reginald Hill and KJ Charles have books with very similar titles. I was going to read both of them anyway.
The Zenda books are not a coincidence at all, they are related.

Dec 21, 2018, 5:22pm Top

I like your approach - sounds fun!

Dec 21, 2018, 6:50pm Top

Welcome to the group! Wishing you a wonderful reading year.

Dec 21, 2018, 7:29pm Top

I am applauding at the Guilt Edges category! Brilliant! Welcome aboard and have fun :)

Edited: Dec 22, 2018, 12:01pm Top

Welcome. I think you got the point of this Challenge - To have fun with your reading!

Dec 22, 2018, 8:29am Top

Welcome! I love that description of the TBR as shelf ornaments! I have been known to buy books just because they looked gorgeous...

Dec 22, 2018, 4:25pm Top

Thanks all! I think it will be fun, and what a great group. :)

Dec 23, 2018, 3:02am Top

Good luck with your reading!

Dec 23, 2018, 3:42pm Top

Nice plan! I don't list books I plan to read either, I'd never be able to stick with them. Have fun!

Dec 23, 2018, 5:24pm Top

I plan to read ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ This year, for a very special reason. There are some interesting books on your list. Enjoy your reading year.

Edited: Dec 24, 2018, 1:22am Top

>24 Zozette: Thank you! Now I am curious about why you are going to read Prisoner of Zenda, but if it is a private reason that is totally fine. I read it myself because I wanted to read The Henchmen of Zenda and thought it would be even more entertaining if I read the source material first (it was, I think). Don't read "Henchmen" if you really like the main character of "Prisoner" though. Unless you enjoy alternate points of view regardless. :)

Dec 24, 2018, 11:00am Top

Excellent set up and welcome to the group.

Edited: Dec 24, 2018, 11:03am Top

Good luck in 2019, both with reading and school. I've been in the Challenge several years and for the last three have had very simple categories. Right now that just works better for me too. Whatever suits at the time is our rule.

Dec 31, 2018, 8:54am Top

Love the octopus! Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2018, 11:51am Top

Dec 31, 2018, 2:53pm Top

Jan 1, 10:31am Top

Welcome! Wishing you a year of fun and rewarding reading!

Jan 1, 1:58pm Top

Welcome!! Hope you enjoy the challenge!

Jan 9, 1:29am Top

I have now read several things, however nearly all of them are either re-reads or picture books, so I am making an easy start it seems. The NARC books I have to re-read because the series seems to have been finished recently after lying unfinished for many years, so I want to finish it but have forgotten the details that are supposed to be resolved in the final books. The other re-reads are pure self-indulgence, even if they do work for RandomCat.

The YA book Into the Wild, about warrior cats, is from an author who is a favorite of my nephew's. I think the Redwall series is better, and so is The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, but I gave him those for Christmas so he can judge for himself. And the Warriors books are probably very enjoyable for eleven-year-olds in general, the one I read isn't actually boring, it has a decent plot and reasonably good world-building and characters. The writing is just kind of bland and not very funny or beautiful or clever in my opinion, so it suffers by comparison to other books about animal characters that are more skillfully written.

Jan 11, 9:39am Top

>33 amaranthe: I gave the Redwall series as a Christmas gift to my grandchildren.

Jan 11, 4:42pm Top

>34 tess_schoolmarm: Lucky grandchildren! It has been a favorite of mine for ages. When I was a kid I tried one time to make an index of all the charming little songs, I thought they weren't very good poetry but liked them anyway. (I found it recently in a box of old papers.)

Jan 11, 9:43pm Top

My cousin and I were really into Redwall in our youth. Someday I'll revisit them! My favourite was probably The Long Patrol, because of the hares :D

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