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BookLizard's 2020 Category Challenge

2020 Category Challenge

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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.

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January: Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath by John C. Esposito

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January: Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath by John C. Esposito ****

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SantaThing, Book Bullets, and Group Reads (oh my!)

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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:

Dec 7, 2019, 11:05pm Top

Welcome! I do a monthly planner too. Looking forward to following along!

Dec 8, 2019, 2:42pm Top

Enjoy your 2020 reading!

Dec 8, 2019, 3:29pm Top

Hope you have fun with your 2020 reading!

Dec 8, 2019, 7:27pm Top

Have a great reading year!

Dec 9, 2019, 8:47am Top

>13 NinieB: Thanks. My planning usually only lasts one month, but maybe I'll do better this year. Good luck with your own planning.

>14 DeltaQueen50: >15 Tess_W: >16 rabbitprincess: Thanks, you too.

I've starred all your threads, but I'm terrible about following anyone.

Dec 9, 2019, 12:04pm Top

You will have a very well-rounded reading year with all those categories - good luck!

Dec 10, 2019, 3:50pm Top

>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.

Dec 11, 2019, 8:49am Top

>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.

Dec 11, 2019, 11:04am Top

Enjoy your 2020 reading!

Dec 25, 2019, 12:19am Top

I got my SantaThing ebooks today:

Sweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook
Wicked by Shannon Drake
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

Dec 25, 2019, 10:29am Top

. . . 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.

Dec 25, 2019, 1:52pm Top

Great SantaThing haul, both books and comments! I have Hollow Kingdom on my to-read list as well.

Dec 25, 2019, 2:00pm Top

>24 rabbitprincess: A couple of people recommended Hollow Kingdom, so it's high on my want-to-read list. Unfortunately, it's high on everyone's list - estimated 22 week wait for the ebook from my library.

Dec 26, 2019, 3:21am Top

>24 rabbitprincess: >25 BookLizard: I picked my copy of Hollow Kingdom up from the library before Christmas - looking forward to it!

Dec 26, 2019, 5:30am Top

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.

Jan 1, 7:49pm Top

Best wishes for your 2020 category reading!

Jan 2, 7:19pm Top

Good luck for your 2020 reading. Glad to follow you along my friend.

Jan 29, 10:02am Top

Booking the Crook by Laurie Cass

I finally finished a book! Only took me 29 days. I have about 1/2 a dozen books started, but haven't been able to stick with anything. I switched jobs at work and that has been taking all my energy. Used to be a night owl, but now I'm falling asleep at 11.

Jan 29, 7:36pm Top

Yay, finishing a book! I hope things get comfortable at work and give you your energy back.

Jan 30, 1:50pm Top

>30 BookLizard: I need to read #3 in that series. I see #8 is due in March.

Jan 30, 10:22pm Top

>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

Jan 30, 10:54pm Top

February Planning Thread


GeoCAT: Europe (except the UK)

AlphaKIT: B & F Burn, Boston, Burn

SFFKIT: Transformation

MysteryKIT: Furry Sleuths Curiosity Thrilled the Cat

KITastrophe: Invasions

SantaThing, Book Bullets, and Group Reads:

Feb 4, 8:03am Top

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.

Feb 7, 8:03am Top

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.

Feb 9, 3:18pm Top

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.

Feb 9, 3:35pm Top

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.

Feb 10, 10:14pm Top

Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

The latest book in the series does not disappoint.

Feb 16, 4:42pm Top

Wicked Bite by Jeaniene Frost

The second book in the Night Rebel series was good.

Feb 23, 11:54am Top

Where Winter Finds You by J. R. Ward


Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

This novel is an interesting exploration of race and privilege in the age of social media.

Mar 20, 3:06pm Top

>42 BookLizard: I like that bookmobile cat series! Good escapism.

Mar 20, 10:55pm Top

>43 thornton37814: This one doesn't disappoint.

Mar 26, 7:44am Top

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.

Mar 26, 6:03pm Top

>45 BookLizard: Librarians everywhere are excited about that!

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