BookLizard's 2020 Category Challenge
Join LibraryThing to post.
Last year (a.k.a. this year as I'm typing) I didn't have real categories and I didn't follow through with it much - probably because there was no challenge. This year I'm going to go for it and have 20 categories and try to read 4 books in each category. That's only 80 books, but the challenging part is that half of them will be new-to-me authors. At least that's the goal! LOL
I'm planning on doing 10 categories - the 9 CATs and KITs and one called "SantaThing, Book Bullets, and Group Reads" for books other people make me read.
January: Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath by John C. Esposito
January: Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath by John C. Esposito ****
January Planning :
RandomCAT: Intimidating Book Villette or The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
GeoCAT: Asia I Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
NonfictionCAT: Journalism and News
AlphaKIT: A & U
ScaredyKIT: 1970s-1980s Horror
SFFKIT: "Read an SFF you meant to read last year, but never started/completed"
TravelKIT: City vs. countryside
MysteryKIT: Historical mysteries
KITastrophe: Fires - Killer Show - Fire in the Grove -
SantaThing, Book Bullets, and Group Reads:
Welcome! I do a monthly planner too. Looking forward to following along!
You will have a very well-rounded reading year with all those categories - good luck!
>1 BookLizard: Enjoy your reading this year. I had to chuckle at your comment about the SantaThing, Book Bullets, and Group Reads category being created "for books other people make me read." I was imagining a whole group of LT members forcing you to read a book against your will, lol.
>18 LittleTaiko: Thanks, I'm certainly going to try.
>19 This-n-That: LT members are usually on top of things and I find out about good books here before they hit the bestseller list. It just goes against my nature sometimes to read what others tell me to read - I'm a librarian, I'm the one who is supposed to be doing the recommending. However, my favorite book this year was actually recommended by one of my library patrons, so I'm opening myself up to more possibilities.
. . . and this morning I got access to the comments with other suggestions:
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
Sofie Kelly who wrote Curiosity Thrilled the Cat
Miranda James who wrote Murder Past Due
The Devious Book of Cats by Fluffy and Bonkers (and Joe Garden)
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Sourdough by Robin Sloane
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
It's funny - my Secret Santa originally recommended The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie which I already read, so LT replaced it with Wicked - which I already read (but over 10 years ago so it wasn't in my library)! LOL.
Great SantaThing haul, both books and comments! I have Hollow Kingdom on my to-read list as well.
Good luck with the many many CATs. I find that the number of new authors I read is a very good measure of how bold I am feeling. When I'm feeling hurt or burnt, I retreat to authors I know. when I'm feeling bold and outgoing, I read more new authors. I hit over 50% new authors in 2019, so I hope you can go boldly into your new challenge in 2020 and achioeve the same.
Yay, finishing a book! I hope things get comfortable at work and give you your energy back.
>30 BookLizard: I need to read #3 in that series. I see #8 is due in March.
>31 rabbitprincess: Thanks! I actually spent part of my lunch hour reading and was able to finish another book tonight.
>32 thornton37814: It is a fun series. There's already 8 people ahead of me on the wait list at the library for the next book - I'm hoping they'll get the ebook as well.
Finished another book and it was for a Kit or two.
Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath by John C. Esposito
Burn Boston Burn by Wayne M. Miller ****1/2
My rating is probably slightly inflated because I was interested in all of the places I recognized, although I was too young at the time to remember any of these fires.
Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas
This latest historical romance by Lisa Kleypas was refreshing in its lack of stupidity on the part of the main characters. That's not a criticism of Kleypas' other works, but of many historical romances in general. The "formula" usually includes some big misunderstanding that tears the couple apart so they can reunite at the end. In this work, the love interests actually talk and spend time together and get to know each other. Refreshing.
First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn
The description on Amazon does a good job describing the book. It's what you'd expect from Julia Quinn and thoroughly enjoyable.
The Bachelor by Sabrina Jefferies
I'm on a bit of a historical romance kick, and Jeffries is becoming my favorite new-to-me author. The characters in the novel are keeping secrets, but with good reason. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and I hope there will be more.
Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
The latest book in the series does not disappoint.
Wicked Bite by Jeaniene Frost
The second book in the Night Rebel series was good.
Just a Public Service Announcement: The Internet Archive is lending free digitized books with no wait list. https://blog.archive.org/2020/03/24/announcing-a-national-emergency-library-to-p... I was able to borrow The Great Influenza - the wait time is 16 weeks in Overdrive at my library.
This topic is not marked as primarily about any work, author or other topic.