2021 Category Challenge

Welcome to the 2021 Category Challenge!

What are the categories?

Anything you want them to be! Each member’s challenge is going to be different.

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 theme if you like.
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… the possibilities are endless.

What if I set up my challenge and then get tired of my categories later in the year?

If your challenge ends up not working for you for any reason, at any point during the year, change it up! There is no Category Challenge police. We’re here to read and have fun.

It's a zoo in here! What are these CATs and KITs and DOGs?

The CATs are the "official" year-long challenges voted on by the members, with different topics each month.

This year's CATs are:

GenreCAT
GenreCAT wiki

HistoryCAT planning thread
HistoryCAT wiki

RandomCAT planning thread
RandomCAT wiki

The KITs are similar in structure to CATs, but they are informal challenges run by whichever member is willing to do so.

AlphaKIT planning thread
AlphaKIT wiki

GeoKIT planning thread
GeoKIT wiki

KITastrophe planning thread
KITastrophe wiki

MysteryKIT planning thread
MysteryKIT wiki

ScaredyKIT planning thread
ScaredyKIT wiki

SFFKIT planning thread
SFFKIT wiki

The BingoDOG (so named because it is not a CAT or a KIT) is a bingo card put together by the group members. One member will gather suggestions for squares and weed out duplicate suggestions, and the finalists are put on a bingo card. For several years our bingo cards have been constructed by the wonderful @LShelby.

BingoDOG planning thread
BingoDOG wiki

We also do GROUP READS!

Group reads planning thread

Do I have to be a member of this group to join the group challenges?

Not at all! If you have a home base in another group and just want to swing by for one of our group challenges, or a regular group read, you're most welcome to join us.

When do we get started?

The challenge officially starts January 1, 2021, but you can start earlier or later!

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Épinglé2022 Plans?31 non-lus / 31threadnsong, Décembre 2021
Lisa's 2021 Where did the year go? Mini-challenge12 non-lus / 12LisaMorr, Juin 12
Chiliihead's List Challenge7 non-lus / 7chiliihead, Avril 28
Markon reads in 202180 non-lus / 80markon, Février 28
Audiobooks145 non-lus / 145luvamystery65, Février 3
Soffitta1's 2021 Category Challenge65 non-lus / 65soffitta1, Janvier 20
Cheli's Mountainous Category Challenge for 2021 Part 2121 non-lus / 121rabbitprincess, Janvier 8
Pete's 2021 can he even spell the thread right this time challenge?87 non-lus / 87psutto, Janvier 6
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2021 Challenges333 non-lus / 333LibraryCin, Janvier 4
Lori (thornton37814) Watches Birds with Her Fur Boys in 2021 - Thread 4142 non-lus / 142thornton37814, Janvier 4
pammab's 2021 challenge190 non-lus / 190pammab, Janvier 3
VivienneR visits Wind in the Willows for the last time188 non-lus / 188VivienneR, Janvier 3
April's The Cat Who Got "Shelf" ish 202146 non-lus / 46lowelibrary, Janvier 3
December RandomCAT: Seasonal Reading: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa59 non-lus / 59thornton37814, Janvier 3
Crazy4reading is crazy busy but hopes to read in 2021 (Monica Lynn)73 non-lus / 73crazy4reading, Janvier 3
rabbitprincess stops making sense in 2021, part 3: Wild Wild Life171 non-lus / 171rabbitprincess, Janvier 2
Pamelad's New Categories #2341 non-lus / 341pamelad, Janvier 2
mathgirl40's 2021 category challenge179 non-lus / 179mathgirl40, Janvier 2
Chrischi_HH reads for a new home in 202172 non-lus / 72Jackie_K, Janvier 2
December MysteryKIT: Greece and Rome24 non-lus / 24Robertgreaves, Janvier 2
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2021269 non-lus / 269Nickelini, Janvier 1
Christina reads the four seasons in 2021 - part 396 non-lus / 96christina_reads, Janvier 1
Kathy's (kac522) Reading Challenges for 2021229 non-lus / 229kac522, Janvier 1
December GenreCAT: Mysteries55 non-lus / 55christina_reads, Janvier 1
Betty (dudes22) 2021 Challenge - I'm Reading with a Great Group - Part 2120 non-lus / 120RidgewayGirl, Janvier 1
Tricia is still here in 2021197 non-lus / 197christina_reads, Janvier 1
2021 koalamom42 non-lus / 42christina_reads, Janvier 1
DeltaQueen's 2021 Challenge - Reading Is Like a Box of Chocolates - Part 7295 non-lus / 295threadnsong, Janvier 1
KITastrophe: October - December - Riots/Uprisings/Sieges/War/Invasions9 non-lus / 9threadnsong, Janvier 1
GenreCAT 202185 non-lus / 85fuzzi, Janvier 1
NinieB thinks chronologically--Third thoughts157 non-lus / 157NinieB, Janvier 1
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (7)224 non-lus / 224Berly, Janvier 1
JayneCM Feels At Home In 2021481 non-lus / 481JayneCM, Janvier 1
Majkia Reads What She Likes - Spring167 non-lus / 167majkia, Janvier 1
Sally Lou's reading in 2021129 non-lus / 129sallylou61, Janvier 1
Kristel's Reading Life in Lists166 non-lus / 166Kristelh, Janvier 1
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2021 -- Last Thread of the Year!236 non-lus / 236RidgewayGirl, Janvier 1
Scaredykit December 202112 non-lus / 12LibraryCin, Décembre 2021
Whitewavedarling is back for 2021...143 non-lus / 143whitewavedarling, Décembre 2021
LadyoftheLodge reads in 2021420 non-lus / 420thornton37814, Décembre 2021
December HistoryCAT: Adventure, Exploration and Discovery23 non-lus / 23fuzzi, Décembre 2021
Jackie's 2021 Jar of Fate category challenge - 2139 non-lus / 139Jackie_K, Décembre 2021
VictoriaPL rejoins the Category Challenge (thread 2)134 non-lus / 134RidgewayGirl, Décembre 2021
mstrust's little yet fierce challenge- #3107 non-lus / 107mstrust, Décembre 2021
Helenliz sends a 4th postcard206 non-lus / 206Helenliz, Décembre 2021
Lisa's 2021 Category Challenge #2210 non-lus / 210lsh63, Décembre 2021
Kerry (avatiakh) loves a challenge188 non-lus / 188avatiakh, Décembre 2021
susanna.fraser goes exploring in 2021234 non-lus / 234susanna.fraser, Décembre 2021
AlphaKIT - Yearlong Letters: X and Z43 non-lus / 43susanna.fraser, Décembre 2021
Jennifer's 2021 Category Challenge (japaul22)252 non-lus / 252japaul22, Décembre 2021
December AlphaKIT: G and Q42 non-lus / 42LibraryCin, Décembre 2021
Mamie returns to Casablanca, page 296 non-lus / 96Crazymamie, Décembre 2021
Katie Reads... and Reads Some More!369 non-lus / 369katiekrug, Décembre 2021
Amber's (scaifea) 2021 Category Challenge - Thread #2215 non-lus / 215scaifea, Décembre 2021
Donan's 2021 Challenge20 non-lus / 20donan, Décembre 2021
October HistoryCAT - a country or region of your choice22 non-lus / 22pamelad, Décembre 2021
Shannon Starts Again in 2021 (sturlington)110 non-lus / 110sturlington, Décembre 2021
Karene's 21 Categories36 non-lus / 36kpolhuis, Décembre 2021
lindapanzo rounds the bases in 2021138 non-lus / 138lindapanzo, Décembre 2021
Tess Reads in Time and Space Page 5108 non-lus / 108clue, Décembre 2021
MissWatson roams the centuries, part 4107 non-lus / 107rabbitprincess, Décembre 2021
MysteryMax Reads in 2021 - Mysteries First60 non-lus / 60mysterymax, Décembre 2021
MissBrangwen's first category challenge! - II247 non-lus / 247MissBrangwen, Décembre 2021
Mystery Max fixes a messed up reading list1 non-lu / 1mysterymax, Décembre 2021
November short science fiction & fantasy challenge50 non-lus / 50threadnsong, Décembre 2021
Threadnsong Accepts Reading Challenges41 non-lus / 41threadnsong, Décembre 2021
What are we reading in December?35 non-lus / 35threadnsong, Décembre 2021
December SFF Kit: Last Chance Challenge9 non-lus / 9markon, Décembre 2021
Clue Has A Laid Back Year in 2021181 non-lus / 181clue, Décembre 2021
Dogearedcopy's "21/U" Cat Stax105 non-lus / 105MissWatson, Décembre 2021
Geo Kit: 2020 (All Year) Asia84 non-lus / 84MissWatson, Décembre 2021
lavaturtle's comics-filled 202156 non-lus / 56lavaturtle, Décembre 2021
June GenreCAT: Historical Fiction69 non-lus / 69lowelibrary, Décembre 2021
Lori (lkernagh) Gets Connected with Her 2021 Reading162 non-lus / 162RidgewayGirl, Décembre 2021
AlphaKIT Planning Thread79 non-lus / 79majkia, Décembre 2021
November HistoryCAT: Events24 non-lus / 24threadnsong, Décembre 2021
lavaturtle's 2021 Category Challenge86 non-lus / 86lavaturtle, Décembre 2021
justchris works on the TBR box sitting in the bedroom50 non-lus / 50justchris, Décembre 2021
Joy's Challenge for 2021 - CATs, KITs and the DOG41 non-lus / 41jlshall, Décembre 2021
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Polar46 non-lus / 46dudes22, Décembre 2021
November MysteryKIT: Historical Mysteries42 non-lus / 42MissWatson, Décembre 2021
November AlphaKIT: B and Y49 non-lus / 49lowelibrary, Décembre 2021
November Random CAT : Fortune and Glory!48 non-lus / 48clue, Novembre 2021
What are we reading in November?34 non-lus / 34Tanya-dogearedcopy, Novembre 2021
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT Planning Thread For 2021!!!87 non-lus / 87markon, Novembre 2021
November GenreCAT: SFF57 non-lus / 57christina_reads, Novembre 2021
ScaredyKIT 2021 Planning Thread74 non-lus / 74lowelibrary, Novembre 2021
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): South America39 non-lus / 39VivienneR, Novembre 2021
SFF-KIT 2021 - February - Sentient Things89 non-lus / 89wartgin, Novembre 2021
November ScaredyKIT: Stephen King and Family18 non-lus / 18lowelibrary, Novembre 2021
GeoKit Oceania 202149 non-lus / 49DeltaQueen50, Novembre 2021
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (6)250 non-lus / 250charl08, Novembre 2021
RandomCAT planning thread 202154 non-lus / 54clue, Novembre 2021
October MysteryKIT: Minorities/Diverse32 non-lus / 32VivienneR, Novembre 2021
MysteryKIT planning thread130 non-lus / 130Robertgreaves, Novembre 2021
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Europe124 non-lus / 124Tess_W, Novembre 2021
KITastrophe: Yearlong-Epidemics and Pandemics32 non-lus / 32beebeereads, Novembre 2021
GenreCAT: Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal44 non-lus / 44MissWatson, Novembre 2021
October ScaredyKIT - Real Life Monsters22 non-lus / 22mstrust, Novembre 2021
October SFFKIT: Creature Feature33 non-lus / 33antqueen, Novembre 2021
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