2018 Category Challenge

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Welcome to the 2018 Category Challenge!

What are the categories? It’s up to you! You can set as many categories as you like, in whatever genres you like. You can set minimum numbers of books to read in each category, or you can fill them up as the whim takes you. You can structure your reading year around a clever theme, although this is by no means mandatory. You can focus on prize winners, certain geographical areas, topics that are of particular interest to you, series you want to finish, authors with an extensive backlist… there are no limits to what you can do with the challenge.

What if I hate my categories halfway through the year, or sooner? Change them! While we do have the word “challenge” in the group name, reading should always be fun. So if your challenge isn’t working for you, change it up! The only rule is there are no rules.

Do you do group reads? Heck yes. We have four kinds of group reads:

1. “Standard” group reads: we pick a book to read in a specific month or quarter, or throughout the year. We’ll start voting on potential group reads in the last quarter of 2017. But any member can suggest a group read at any time!

2. CATs: these are monthly challenges inspired by the TIOLI (Take It Or Leave It) challenge over at the 75 Books group. We call them CATs because we are the CATegory challenge. Our CATs this year are the Colo(u)rCAT, the MysteryCAT, and the RandomCAT.

3. KITs: these are mini-CATs; KIT comes from kitten :) KITs may be former CATs, or they may be CAT ideas that didn’t get enough votes to be official CATs. Our most popular KITs are the SFFF KIT and the AlphaKIT. Both of these KITs are returning in 2018, and joining them is the wonderfully named ScaredyKIT.

4. BingoDOG: a bingo card put together by the members. One member is responsible for gathering suggestions for squares and weeding out the duplicates, then the finalists are put on a bingo card. We call it the BingoDOG as a counterpart to the CAT challenges.

Do I have to be a member of this group to join the group reads? Not at all. If you have a home base in another group and just want to swing by here for a CAT, KIT, or group read, or to play BingoDOG, you're most welcome to join us.

When do we get started?! The challenge officially begins on January 1, 2018, but you’re welcome to start earlier or later!


CAT planning thread
ColourCAT general thread and ColourCAT wiki
MysteryCAT planning thread and MysteryCAT wiki
RandomCAT planning thread and RandomCAT wiki

AlphaKIT and AlphaKIT wiki
ScaredyKIT planning thread and ScaredyKIT wiki
SFFKIT general thread and SFFKIT wiki

BingoDOG planning thread and BingoDOG wiki

Group reads

Group reads planning thread

First quarter
January: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
February: Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
March: Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

Second quarter
April: The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer
May: Ulysses, by James Joyce: Chapters 1 to 3
June: Ursula K. LeGuin memorial read

Third quarter
August: Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe
September: English Renaissance drama

Fourth quarter
October: Neal Stephenson author read
November: World War One theme read

Multi-month reads
February/March/April: Young Henry of Navarre, by Heinrich Mann
April/May/June: Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Undset
August/September/October: Henry, King of France, by Heinrich Mann (discussion on Young Henry of Navarre thread)

Year-long group reads
The Forsyte Saga, by John Galsworthy
Short story collections

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Group Read: The Forsyte Saga115 non-lus / 115Helenliz, Septembre 2021
Hanneri's 2018 Category Challenge Part 248 non-lus / 48Hanneri, Août 2019
Hanneri's 2018 Category Challenge154 non-lus / 154Hanneri, Juillet 2019
Clue's Challenge In A Challenge for 2018, August - December48 non-lus / 48clue, Janvier 2019
Cheli's run at her 10th Category Challenge213 non-lus / 213christina_reads, Janvier 2019
mathgirl40's 2018 Category Challenge, Part 2116 non-lus / 116pammab, Janvier 2019
Amber's (scaifea) 2018 Category Challenge #2329 non-lus / 329thornton37814, Janvier 2019
December MysteryCAT: Futuristic/Fantastical Mysteries39 non-lus / 39LibraryCin, Janvier 2019
Christina reads whimsically in 2018, part 2106 non-lus / 106christina_reads, Janvier 2019
Book Concierge Giving it a try59 non-lus / 59LibraryCin, Janvier 2019
Short Story Collections -- Year-long Group Reading!218 non-lus / 218whitewavedarling, Janvier 2019
pammab's 2018 challenge121 non-lus / 121pammab, Janvier 2019
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2018 Challenges318 non-lus / 318LibraryCin, Janvier 2019
December AlphaKIT: C and W76 non-lus / 76rabbitprincess, Janvier 2019
December ColorCAT: White51 non-lus / 51DeltaQueen50, Janvier 2019
DeltaQueen Goes to Sesame Street in 2018 - Part 6274 non-lus / 274DeltaQueen50, Janvier 2019
Nickelini's Challenge 201871 non-lus / 71Nickelini, Janvier 2019
Roberta's (luvamystery65) Colorful Reading Challenge part 2131 non-lus / 131luvamystery65, Janvier 2019
Lisa's Better Late Than Never 2018 Category Challenge45 non-lus / 45LisaMorr, Janvier 2019
Jennifer (japaul22) Reads in 2018273 non-lus / 273japaul22, Janvier 2019
Andrea's 2018 Category Challenge – Attack the Stack141 non-lus / 141andreablythe, Janvier 2019
Mysterymax & Colour in 2018220 non-lus / 220thornton37814, Janvier 2019
Daisy's 2018 Category Challenge96 non-lus / 96daisy_may, Janvier 2019
Shannon's Dark, Deep South Challenge (sturlington)163 non-lus / 163sturlington, Janvier 2019
rabbitprincess travels through time and space in 2018 - part 4103 non-lus / 103rabbitprincess, Janvier 2019
Kerry (avatiakh) goes for 18 in 2018233 non-lus / 233thornton37814, Janvier 2019
Chrischi_HH's guided tour through Lübeck 201886 non-lus / 86Chrischi_HH, Janvier 2019
LittleTaiko's (Stacy) 80's Music Challenge - 2nd Half98 non-lus / 98rabbitprincess, Janvier 2019
Whitewavedarling... Watching What She Reads in 2018250 non-lus / 250whitewavedarling, Janvier 2019
BingoDOG reads in December30 non-lus / 30sturlington, Janvier 2019
Helenliz does battle with the books in 2018 part 2157 non-lus / 157Helenliz, Janvier 2019
VivienneR Shines on Some Crazy Diamonds in 2018 : Part 4119 non-lus / 119dudes22, Janvier 2019
Crazy4reading is just going crazy in 201846 non-lus / 46crazy4reading, Janvier 2019
Lori's (thornton37814) Year-Long Vacation from Meaningful Categories - Thread 4197 non-lus / 197thornton37814, Décembre 2018
Pamelad's 18 in 2018151 non-lus / 151pamelad, Décembre 2018
Lori (lkernagh) Reads her ABCs in 2018 - Fifth Thread203 non-lus / 203lkernagh, Décembre 2018
Lisa's 2018 Category Challenge75 non-lus / 75lsh63, Décembre 2018
Librariansteffen's Category Challenge for 201828 non-lus / 28christina_reads, Décembre 2018
kac522 -- 2018 Challenge Reading103 non-lus / 103kac522, Décembre 2018
RidgewayGirl Reads All Over the Place - Part Four118 non-lus / 118RidgewayGirl, Décembre 2018
Jackie's Jar of Fate challenge meets the Scottish islands277 non-lus / 277Jackie_K, Décembre 2018
lindapanzo's second period reading198 non-lus / 198lindapanzo, Décembre 2018
psutto's next challenge197 non-lus / 197VivienneR, Décembre 2018
What are we reading in December?24 non-lus / 24rabbitprincess, Décembre 2018
Tricia Keeps On Reading107 non-lus / 107VivienneR, Décembre 2018
Sushicat's Playground 2018191 non-lus / 191VivienneR, Décembre 2018
staci426's 2018 challenge65 non-lus / 65VivienneR, Décembre 2018
Betty (dudes22) Tries to Catch Up in 2018 - Pt 2118 non-lus / 118VivienneR, Décembre 2018
Majkia (Jean) Reads What Strikes Her Fancy - Spring139 non-lus / 139thornton37814, Décembre 2018
MissWatson balances her books, the second ledger180 non-lus / 180thornton37814, Décembre 2018
lavaturtle reads things in 2018140 non-lus / 140lavaturtle, Décembre 2018
Montarville reads categorically49 non-lus / 49thornton37814, Décembre 2018
MarthaJeanne's Reading Log146 non-lus / 146thornton37814, Décembre 2018
Sally Lou's updated reading challenge for 2018 -- replaces Sally Lou's reading in 2018191 non-lus / 191thornton37814, Décembre 2018
December SFFKit - This is how it ends!29 non-lus / 29threadnsong, Décembre 2018
December RandomCAT: Secret Santa53 non-lus / 53Jackie_K, Décembre 2018
December ScaredyKIT Psychological Thrillers (or catch all)17 non-lus / 17whitewavedarling, Décembre 2018
2018 MysteryCAT General thread123 non-lus / 123fuzzi, Décembre 2018
Yearlong Letters for 2018: X and Z48 non-lus / 48whitewavedarling, Décembre 2018
Tafadhali goes boldly forward in 201851 non-lus / 51Tafadhali, Décembre 2018
Traci Gets Cozy in 2018 Part 2209 non-lus / 209virginiahomeschooler, Décembre 2018
November SFFKIT: Creatures!30 non-lus / 30sturlington, Décembre 2018
September SFFFkit: Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales42 non-lus / 42mathgirl40, Décembre 2018
2018 BingoDOG Suggestion Thread106 non-lus / 106christina_reads, Décembre 2018
BingoDOG reads in November13 non-lus / 13christina_reads, Décembre 2018
MarthaJeanne General thread14 non-lus / 14MarthaJeanne, Décembre 2018
MarthaJeanne's Nonfiction24 non-lus / 24MarthaJeanne, Décembre 2018
November MysteryCAT: Cozies51 non-lus / 51Familyhistorian, Décembre 2018
October Group Read: Neal Stephenson29 non-lus / 29mathgirl40, Décembre 2018
November RandomCAT: It's all about money...34 non-lus / 34mathgirl40, Décembre 2018
MarthaJeanne's Fiction25 non-lus / 25MarthaJeanne, Décembre 2018
November AlphaKIT: T and H69 non-lus / 69rabbitprincess, Décembre 2018
November ColourCAT: red68 non-lus / 68mathgirl40, Novembre 2018
The November ScaredyCat: Serial Killers26 non-lus / 26mathgirl40, Novembre 2018
What are we reading in November?44 non-lus / 44rabbitprincess, Novembre 2018
The Official UN-official SFF/SFF-KIT for 2018!!82 non-lus / 82whitewavedarling, Novembre 2018
Favorite Authors Edit5 non-lus / 5MarthaJeanne, Novembre 2018
2018 ColorCAT General Thread55 non-lus / 55Chrischi_HH, Novembre 2018
ScaredyKIT Planning Thread88 non-lus / 88Kristelh, Novembre 2018
RandomCAT General Thread59 non-lus / 59LibraryCin, Novembre 2018
AlphaKIT for 201887 non-lus / 87majkia, Novembre 2018
October RandomCAT: Playing Cards62 non-lus / 62lavaturtle, Novembre 2018
October SFFKIT: Historical and Alt-Historical41 non-lus / 41whitewavedarling, Novembre 2018
Threadnsong's Gi-NOR-mous TBR Pile 2018 ed.49 non-lus / 49threadnsong, Novembre 2018
October ScaredyKIT: Ghost Stories37 non-lus / 37mstrust, Novembre 2018
VictoriaPL's Hanging Out with the 2018CC crew156 non-lus / 156VictoriaPL, Novembre 2018
October ColorCAT: Orange55 non-lus / 55LibraryCin, Novembre 2018
October Mystery CAT – Espionage42 non-lus / 42beebeereads, Novembre 2018
RidgewayGirl Reads All Over the Place - Part Three201 non-lus / 201RidgewayGirl, Novembre 2018
October AlphaKIT - N and L66 non-lus / 66lkernagh, Novembre 2018
Lori's (thornton37814) Year-Long Vacation from Meaningful Categories - Thread 3214 non-lus / 214thornton37814, Novembre 2018
rabbitprincess travels through time and space in 2018 - part 3170 non-lus / 170rabbitprincess, Octobre 2018
What are we reading in October?53 non-lus / 53lsh63, Octobre 2018
VivienneR will Shine on Some Crazy Diamonds in 2018 : Part 3190 non-lus / 190VivienneR, Octobre 2018
BingoDOG reads in October8 non-lus / 8VivienneR, Octobre 2018
Cariola's 2018 Bingo Challenge43 non-lus / 43Cariola, Octobre 2018
SEPTEMBER GROUP READ: English Renaissance Drama--The Duchess of Malfi20 non-lus / 20RidgewayGirl, Octobre 2018
Lori (lkernagh) Reads her ABCs in 2018 - Fourth Thread205 non-lus / 205lkernagh, Octobre 2018
Feb/Mar/Apr Shared Read: Young Henry of Navarre30 non-lus / 30MissWatson, Octobre 2018
DeltaQueen Goes to Sesame Street in 2018 - Part 5260 non-lus / 260DeltaQueen50, Octobre 2018
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