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staci426's 2019 Challenge of Categories

2019 Category Challenge

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1staci426
Jan 2, 11:35am Top

Hi everyone! I am Staci, a 40-something state employee from the Jersey Shore. I live with a bunch of cats and an ex-boyfriend. I have been a member of the group for several years now. I am not the most active person around here and like always, have high hopes for participating more this year. I am legally blind, so do most of my reading via audiobooks. I can still read print, but it takes a very long time for me to finish an actual paper book, a little less long to finish an eBook. I’ve finally come to the realization that I am never going to be able to read all of the physical books that I own, about 200 unread, so have started looking for electronic editions of them.

My reading tastes are pretty varied, I read a little bit of everything except romance. My favorite genres are fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction and mystery. I have been slowly making my way through the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I have finished 239 so far. I am also working on the bibliographies, in publication order, of Agatha Christie, Terry Pratchett and Stephen King. I made good progress on the numerous series I’ve been working on last year, and hope to continue with that again this year.

I’m going to try something a little different for me with my categories this year. I’ve always struggled to figure out which category to put a book in if it worked for more than one of them, so this year, I will put the book in every category it fits. I have 12 categories and I’m not going to aim for specific numbers in each. I should read at least 100 books this year, probably more. I will also be participating in the various CATS, KITS and DOG. I haven’t been able to come up with a theme, so will maybe come back later and add cute pictures of my cats to each thread :)

2staci426
Edited: Jan 11, 8:51am Top

I find it easier to reference a running list of my books read for the year, so will keep that here.

JANUARY
1. Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon, sci fi/horror 3.5*
2. Snow White and Other Stories by The Brothers Grimm, fairy tales 3.5*
3. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, spec fic/horror 4*
4. The Council of Twelve by Oliver Potzsch, historical mystery 4*
5. Quicksand by Nella Larsen, fiction 3.5*
6. Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis, mystery 3.5*

3staci426
Edited: Jan 6, 6:12pm Top

1. Speculative Fiction
This is one of my g-to genres when I'm looking for a comfort read. I read nothing but fantasy for over 10 years and then slowly started branching out to other genres. There are so many different sub-genres within this area sometimes with blurred lines on what it actually is. So I will just dump them all into this general one.

1. Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon, 3.5*
2. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer 4*
3. Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
4. Sweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook

4staci426
Edited: Jan 11, 8:51am Top

2. Mystery
Another favorite genre of mine. I have multiple mystery series I've been working on and hope to make more progress on this year.

1. The Council of Twelve by Oliver Potzsch, 4*
2. Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis 3.5*
3.

5staci426
Edited: Jan 5, 2:29pm Top

3. Historical Fiction
This was the first genre I looked into when I decided to branch out from fantasy, and found myself quickly hooked. I feel like I didn't read much of it last year, so decided to make it a category for this year.

1. The Council of Twelve by Oliver Potzsch, 4*
2.
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6staci426
Edited: Jan 4, 2:43pm Top

4. Horror
I hope to get to more of Stephen King this year. I feel like I did not make much progress there last year. I am also always looking for new authors in this genre.

1. Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon, 3.5*
2. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer 4*
3.

7staci426
Edited: Jan 2, 11:58am Top

5. Non-Fiction
I enjoy several different areas in non-fiction: histories, memoirs, health & nutrition related. I've also recently discovered The Great Courses series of lectures and hope to read more of those this year.

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8staci426
Edited: Jan 6, 6:12pm Top

6. 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
I have been slowly making my way through this list since 2007. I've discovered some great books I never would have read if not for the list, so will keep plugging away at it. I would love to make it to 300 this year, but that is probably unlikely with all of the other books I want to read as well.

240. Quicksand by Nella Larsen 3.5*
241.
242.

9staci426
Edited: Jan 11, 8:52am Top

7. Around the World
This will be books set anywhere outside of the United States and books in translation. I would also like to read at least one book in French, the only other language in which I can read, this year. I'm working on trying to read at least one book set in, or by an author from every country of the world. I need to figure out how to do one of those maps that I've seen on other threads.

1. Snow White and Other Stories by The Brothers Grimm, 3.5*, translated from the German
2. The Council of Twelve by Oliver Potzsch, translated from German, 4*
3. Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis, Denmark & Ukraine, 3.5*

10staci426
Edited: Jan 11, 8:52am Top

8. Animals
I wanted to have some more fun, less serious categories this year, so picked animals as one. This will be books about animals, with pictures of animals on the cover, or an animal in the title or authors name.

1. Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis 3.5*
2.
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11staci426
Edited: Jan 6, 6:14pm Top

9. Food
Another fun category. This will be anything relating to food: the story itself, the tile, author or cover. Also books related to diet and nutrition as I'm hoping to get into better health this year.

1Sweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook.
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12staci426
Edited: Jan 2, 2:42pm Top

10. The Arts
This will include books related to performing and visual arts such as painting, acting, sculpting, dance, etc. I will also include plays and graphic novels here.

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13staci426
Edited: Jan 6, 6:14pm Top

11. Off the Shelf
Like I mentioned in my first post, I know I will never be able to read all of my physical books with the deteriorating state of my vision. It has been getting harder and harder over the years for me to read actual books. So I've been hunting down electronic (preferably audio) versions of all of the books that I own, starting with what I can get free from the library. I have been able to find quite a few, so will try to get as many read this year as I can. So, the edition I'm reading might not physically come from my shelf, but if there is a copy sitting on my shelf, it will count here. I will not include audio or eBooks that I already own here.

1. Sweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook
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14staci426
Edited: Jan 2, 2:54pm Top

12. Everything Else
And one final category just in case I can't manage to fit something into one of the others. I will also track the books I did not finish here.

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Did Not Finish
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15staci426
Edited: Jan 8, 11:13am Top

RandomCAT

JANUARY: Your Name in Print
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
The Council of Twelve by Oliver Potzsch, Barbara
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

16staci426
Edited: Jan 4, 10:58am Top

CalendarCAT

JANUARY
Snow White and Other Tales by The Brothers Grimm, Jacob Grimm was born in January
The Council of Twelve by Oliver Potzsch, 12th Night 1/5 & story starts out in late January
Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb, dragon appreciation day

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

17staci426
Edited: Jan 8, 9:03am Top

SeriesCAT

JANUARY: In Translation
The Council of Twelve by Oliver Potzsch, book 7 in the Hangman's Daughter series, German
Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis, book 3 in the Nina Bord series, Danish

FEBRUARY: YA/Children's

MARCH: Favorite Author

APRIL: A Series You've Wanted to Get Back To

MAY: Newest Book in a Favorite Series

JUNE: Series is Complete

JULY: Fantasy

AUGUST: Set Somewhere I Don't Live

SEPTEMBER: Mystery

OCTOBER: Historical

NOVEMBER: Female Protagonist

DECEMBER: New to Me

18staci426
Edited: Jan 6, 6:16pm Top

TBRCAT

JANUARY: First In, Last Out
Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb, one of my early Kindle purchases
Sweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook

FEBRUARY: Borrowed Book Still Unread

MARCH: Acquired on /for a trip or special occasion

APRIL: Acquired for a group read or challenge

MAY: Keep looking at it, but never manage to pick it up

JUNE: Book Bullet

JULY: Author has more than one book on the TBR shelf

AUGUST: Purchased with great excitement, but still not read

SEPTEMBER: Classic I should have read

OCTOBER: Purchased because of it's visual appeal

NOVEMBER: Given as a gift

DECEMBER: Bought it because it was so cheap

19staci426
Edited: Jan 6, 6:17pm Top

SFFKIT

JANUARY: Something I didn't get to last year
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
Sweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook

FEBRUARY: Colonization

MARCH: Mystery/police procedural/detective

APRIL: Sword & Sorcery

MAY: International SciFI/Fantasy

JUNE: Road-trip

JULY: Space Opera

AUGUST: Alternate History

SEPTEMBER: Series

OCTOBER: Comedy

NOVEMBER: Award-winners

DECEMBER: End of the year wrap-up

20staci426
Edited: Jan 2, 3:48pm Top

ScardyKIT

JANUARY: NPR 100 Horror/Thriller

February: Corporeal Undead

MARCH: True Crime

APRIL: Chills & Thrills with modern horror (2014-2019)

MAY: Children's horror or horrific children

JUNE: Technothrillers

JULY: Vacation time, anything goes

AUGUST: Gothic

SEPTEMBER: Ghosts & Hauntings

OCTOBER: Monsters & Creatures

NOVEMBER: Stephen King & family

DECEMBER: Small press/Indie or catch up on a previous month

21staci426
Edited: Jan 8, 9:04am Top

AlphaKIT

JANUARY
Q
Quicksand by Nella Larsen
A
Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis

FEBRUARY
K
O

MARCH
U
L

APRIL
B
M

MAY
H
V

JUNE
J
D

JULY
C
P

AUGHUST
N
I

SEPTEMBER
F
W

OCTOBER
G
T

NOVEMBER
S
Y

DECEMBER
E
R

YEAR LONG
X
Z

22staci426
Edited: Jan 11, 8:58am Top



1. Prize winner:
2. Graphic novel:
3. Related to medicine or health:
4. Children's/YA:
5. Mentioned in another book:
6. Book bullet:
7. Eastern European author or setting:
8. Food related:
9. In translation: The Council of Twelve by Oliver Potzsch, German
10. Short stories/Essays:
11. Part of a series: Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis, Nina Bord book 3
12. Alliterative title:
13. Read a CAT:
14. Animal related:
15. Weather related:
16. Fairy Tale: Snow White and Other Stories by The Brothers Grimm
17. Made into a movie: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
18. Author uses middle name or initial:
19. Cover has at least 2 humans:
20. Main title has 6+ words:
21. Debut novel: Quicksand by Nella Larsen
22. LT rating of 4.0+:
23. Artistic character:
24. Homophone in the title:
25. About or featuring siblings:


23staci426
Edited: Jan 2, 5:18pm Top

I'm excited to finally get this thread up and running and to start a new year of reading. Now I need to start visiting all of the other threads. Happy reading everyone!

24JayneCM
Jan 2, 5:21pm Top

Happy reading in 2019!

25LittleTaiko
Jan 2, 5:56pm Top

Nice well-rounded categories. I'm especially interested in your mysteries and historical fiction sections.

26rabbitprincess
Jan 2, 8:00pm Top

Welcome back and have a great reading year! Good luck with continuing to tackle the 1001 Books list.

27tess_schoolmarm
Jan 2, 8:11pm Top

Good Luck with your 2019 reading!

28thornton37814
Jan 2, 10:37pm Top

Welcome back!

29staci426
Jan 3, 1:44pm Top

Thanks for the welcome, everyone!

I've started off the year with a few short listens:

1. Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon 3.5*
Categories: science fiction/horror
Audible Original Drama, read by full cast, 4:28 hours


This was a free Audible Original giveaway for December. I normally would not listen to something like tjhis as it is a dramatization of a novel. It takes place in between the first two movies and features Ripley, a new ship full of characters, Ash and the aliens. It was a fun quick listen, well acted and a good way to start of the New Year. I probably won't listen to the rest of the series though, I feel like it's a waste of a credit to use one on a dramatization. Maybe I'll eventually get around to the actual novels. This one fits for AlphaKIT, A.

2. Snow White and Other Stories by The Brothers Grimm, 3.5*
Categories: Around the world
Unabridged audio download from the library, read by Rebecca Burns, 4:33 hours


This was a collection of about 20 of the original fairy tales included in the Grimm collection. It included all of the big ones, Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel & Gretel as well as some lesser known ones, at least to me, Ricky of the Tuft, The Raven and Twelve Brothers. This was just the type of listen I was looking for on my first day back to work after the holidays. I used this for Bingo Square, fairy tale. It also fits for CalendarCAT, Jacob Grimm was born in January.

I am currently listening to:
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
The Council of Twelve by Oliver Potzsch

30Zozette
Jan 3, 1:45pm Top

An wonderful challenge. I am also trying to get through the works of Agatha Christie and of Stephen King. And I also like fairy tales, so I will be following your thread with interest. I read nearly all of Christie’s book as a teenager and many again when I was in my 30s but that was a couple of decades ago.

Like you I find it easiest to listen to audiobooks, partly because my eyesight is getting worse as I age but mainly because arthritis in my fingers often makes it difficult for me to hold books.i am particularly enjoying the Christie audiobooks that are narrated by Hugh Fraser. It will be interesting to see you enjoy the same books as me.

31lkernagh
Jan 4, 1:58pm Top

Welcome back and wishing you a great year of reading! I rely on audioreads for roughly half of my reading so I am looking forward to following your audio reading.

32staci426
Jan 4, 5:48pm Top

>30 Zozette: Sounds like we have some common reading interests. I will have to make my way over to your thread. I also have enjoyed listening to Hugh Fraser's Christie narrations. I hope to get to more this year.

>31 lkernagh: Thanks for stopping by!

33LisaMorr
Jan 5, 11:58am Top

Another fantasy and sci-fi lover, I'll be following along! And great job on the 1001 list so far!

34DeltaQueen50
Jan 5, 1:04pm Top

I've dropped my star and I look forward to following along in 2019.

35staci426
Jan 8, 10:19am Top

>33 LisaMorr: & >34 DeltaQueen50: Welcome!

Feel like I'm off to a good start so far this year.

3. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer 4*
Categories: Speculative Fiction/Horror
Unabridged audio download from library, read by Carolyn McCormick, 6 hours


This was a reread for me. I had wanted to get to it last year after I had watched the movie and realized I didn't really remember the story. I think I enjoyed this even more on a second listen and will reread the rest of the series as well. I used this for RandomCAT, name in print: my brother is Jeff, SFFFKIT, wanted to read it last year & AlphaKIT, A.

4. The Council of Twelve by Oliver Potzsch 4*
Category: Mystery/Historical/Around the World
Unabridged Audible download from Kindle Unlimited, read by Grover Gardner, 18:09 hours


Another excellent installment in the Hangman's Daughter series, taking place in 17th century Germany. In this installment, the entire family is together in Munich for a meeting of the top 12 hangmen of the country. This is the last published book in the series. I hope there will be more. This book fit several CATs & KITs: Random, name in print: I have an Aunt Barbara, she was an important part of this story; Series, translation: originally written in German; Calendar, January: for 12th night, also story takes place in late January into early February; Bingo: in translation.

5. Quicksand by Nella Larsen 3.5*
Categories: 1001 books, fiction
Unabridged audio download from LibriVox, read by Elizabeth Klett, 5:03 hours


This was a quick listen off the 100 Books list. From what I've read about the author, the early parts of the novel were semi-autobiographical. The story is about Helga Crane, a young mixed race woman struggling to find a place where she fits amidst the racial tensions of the 1920s. I found this a very compelling and interesting story. I look forward to reading the author's only other novel which is also part of the 1001 list. I chose this for the 1001 books group monthly challenge to read a new to you author as well as for this month's AlphaKIT, Q.

I am currently working on:
Sweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook, hard cover/fantasy
Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb, ebook/fantasy
Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis, audio/mystery
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, audio/thriller


36MissWatson
Jan 8, 10:33am Top

You really are on a roll!

37rabbitprincess
Jan 8, 8:23pm Top

I love fitting one book into multiple challenges! It is so satisfying :)

38staci426
Jan 11, 9:18am Top

6. Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis 3.5*
Categories: Mystery/Around the World/Animals
Unabridged audio download from library, read by Susan Boyce, 10:57 hours


This is book 3 in the Nina Borg mystery series. Nina is a nurse working at a refugee camp. The story follows her in modern day Denmark as she tires to help a young girl from the camp who's Ukrainian mother has been accused of killing her husband and is on the run. The story also flashes back to 1930s in the Ukraine and the story of two young sisters, Olga & Oksana. I've really been enjoying this series. It looks like there is only one more book after this one. I like the character of Nina. She's definitely not perfect, but I think she's trying. It will be interesting to see what she does in the last book. This book fit a few CATS/KITS: Series, in translation from the Danish; Calendar, January for National Bird Day; Alpha A & Bingo, part of a series.

Still working on:
Sweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook, hard cover/fantasy
Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb, ebook/fantasy
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, audio/thriller
And will be starting:
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel, sci fi/audio


39tess_schoolmarm
Jan 11, 9:33am Top

>38 staci426: Could this book be read as a stand alone?

40staci426
Jan 11, 10:36am Top

>39 tess_schoolmarm: I think it would be ok to read this as a stand alone. There is some of Nina's family life issues that follow her throughout the series, but I don't think you need to have read the earlier books to appreciate this one.

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