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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Ancorat2022 Plans?31 no llegits / 31threadnsong, desembre 2021
Lisa's 2021 Where did the year go? Mini-challenge12 no llegits / 12LisaMorr, juny 12
Chiliihead's List Challenge7 no llegits / 7chiliihead, abril 28
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Audiobooks145 no llegits / 145luvamystery65, febrer 3
Soffitta1's 2021 Category Challenge65 no llegits / 65soffitta1, gener 20
Cheli's Mountainous Category Challenge for 2021 Part 2121 no llegits / 121rabbitprincess, gener 8
Pete's 2021 can he even spell the thread right this time challenge?87 no llegits / 87psutto, gener 6
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2021 Challenges333 no llegits / 333LibraryCin, gener 4
Lori (thornton37814) Watches Birds with Her Fur Boys in 2021 - Thread 4142 no llegits / 142thornton37814, gener 4
pammab's 2021 challenge190 no llegits / 190pammab, gener 3
VivienneR visits Wind in the Willows for the last time188 no llegits / 188VivienneR, gener 3
April's The Cat Who Got "Shelf" ish 202146 no llegits / 46lowelibrary, gener 3
December RandomCAT: Seasonal Reading: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa59 no llegits / 59thornton37814, gener 3
Crazy4reading is crazy busy but hopes to read in 2021 (Monica Lynn)73 no llegits / 73crazy4reading, gener 3
rabbitprincess stops making sense in 2021, part 3: Wild Wild Life171 no llegits / 171rabbitprincess, gener 2
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December MysteryKIT: Greece and Rome24 no llegits / 24Robertgreaves, gener 2
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2021269 no llegits / 269Nickelini, gener 1
Christina reads the four seasons in 2021 - part 396 no llegits / 96christina_reads, gener 1
Kathy's (kac522) Reading Challenges for 2021229 no llegits / 229kac522, gener 1
December GenreCAT: Mysteries55 no llegits / 55christina_reads, gener 1
Betty (dudes22) 2021 Challenge - I'm Reading with a Great Group - Part 2120 no llegits / 120RidgewayGirl, gener 1
Tricia is still here in 2021197 no llegits / 197christina_reads, gener 1
2021 koalamom42 no llegits / 42christina_reads, gener 1
DeltaQueen's 2021 Challenge - Reading Is Like a Box of Chocolates - Part 7295 no llegits / 295threadnsong, gener 1
KITastrophe: October - December - Riots/Uprisings/Sieges/War/Invasions9 no llegits / 9threadnsong, gener 1
GenreCAT 202185 no llegits / 85fuzzi, gener 1
NinieB thinks chronologically--Third thoughts157 no llegits / 157NinieB, gener 1
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (7)224 no llegits / 224Berly, gener 1
JayneCM Feels At Home In 2021481 no llegits / 481JayneCM, gener 1
Majkia Reads What She Likes - Spring167 no llegits / 167majkia, gener 1
Sally Lou's reading in 2021129 no llegits / 129sallylou61, gener 1
Kristel's Reading Life in Lists166 no llegits / 166Kristelh, gener 1
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2021 -- Last Thread of the Year!236 no llegits / 236RidgewayGirl, gener 1
Scaredykit December 202112 no llegits / 12LibraryCin, desembre 2021
Whitewavedarling is back for 2021...143 no llegits / 143whitewavedarling, desembre 2021
LadyoftheLodge reads in 2021420 no llegits / 420thornton37814, desembre 2021
December HistoryCAT: Adventure, Exploration and Discovery23 no llegits / 23fuzzi, desembre 2021
Jackie's 2021 Jar of Fate category challenge - 2139 no llegits / 139Jackie_K, desembre 2021
VictoriaPL rejoins the Category Challenge (thread 2)134 no llegits / 134RidgewayGirl, desembre 2021
mstrust's little yet fierce challenge- #3107 no llegits / 107mstrust, desembre 2021
Helenliz sends a 4th postcard206 no llegits / 206Helenliz, desembre 2021
Lisa's 2021 Category Challenge #2210 no llegits / 210lsh63, desembre 2021
Kerry (avatiakh) loves a challenge188 no llegits / 188avatiakh, desembre 2021
susanna.fraser goes exploring in 2021234 no llegits / 234susanna.fraser, desembre 2021
AlphaKIT - Yearlong Letters: X and Z43 no llegits / 43susanna.fraser, desembre 2021
Jennifer's 2021 Category Challenge (japaul22)252 no llegits / 252japaul22, desembre 2021
December AlphaKIT: G and Q42 no llegits / 42LibraryCin, desembre 2021
Mamie returns to Casablanca, page 296 no llegits / 96Crazymamie, desembre 2021
Katie Reads... and Reads Some More!369 no llegits / 369katiekrug, desembre 2021
Amber's (scaifea) 2021 Category Challenge - Thread #2215 no llegits / 215scaifea, desembre 2021
Donan's 2021 Challenge20 no llegits / 20donan, desembre 2021
October HistoryCAT - a country or region of your choice22 no llegits / 22pamelad, desembre 2021
Shannon Starts Again in 2021 (sturlington)110 no llegits / 110sturlington, desembre 2021
Karene's 21 Categories36 no llegits / 36kpolhuis, desembre 2021
lindapanzo rounds the bases in 2021138 no llegits / 138lindapanzo, desembre 2021
Tess Reads in Time and Space Page 5108 no llegits / 108clue, desembre 2021
MissWatson roams the centuries, part 4107 no llegits / 107rabbitprincess, desembre 2021
MysteryMax Reads in 2021 - Mysteries First60 no llegits / 60mysterymax, desembre 2021
MissBrangwen's first category challenge! - II247 no llegits / 247MissBrangwen, desembre 2021
Mystery Max fixes a messed up reading list1 no llegit / 1mysterymax, desembre 2021
November short science fiction & fantasy challenge50 no llegits / 50threadnsong, desembre 2021
Threadnsong Accepts Reading Challenges41 no llegits / 41threadnsong, desembre 2021
What are we reading in December?35 no llegits / 35threadnsong, desembre 2021
December SFF Kit: Last Chance Challenge9 no llegits / 9markon, desembre 2021
Clue Has A Laid Back Year in 2021181 no llegits / 181clue, desembre 2021
Dogearedcopy's "21/U" Cat Stax105 no llegits / 105MissWatson, desembre 2021
Geo Kit: 2020 (All Year) Asia84 no llegits / 84MissWatson, desembre 2021
lavaturtle's comics-filled 202156 no llegits / 56lavaturtle, desembre 2021
June GenreCAT: Historical Fiction69 no llegits / 69lowelibrary, desembre 2021
Lori (lkernagh) Gets Connected with Her 2021 Reading162 no llegits / 162RidgewayGirl, desembre 2021
AlphaKIT Planning Thread79 no llegits / 79majkia, desembre 2021
November HistoryCAT: Events24 no llegits / 24threadnsong, desembre 2021
lavaturtle's 2021 Category Challenge86 no llegits / 86lavaturtle, desembre 2021
justchris works on the TBR box sitting in the bedroom50 no llegits / 50justchris, desembre 2021
Joy's Challenge for 2021 - CATs, KITs and the DOG41 no llegits / 41jlshall, desembre 2021
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Polar46 no llegits / 46dudes22, desembre 2021
November MysteryKIT: Historical Mysteries42 no llegits / 42MissWatson, desembre 2021
November AlphaKIT: B and Y49 no llegits / 49lowelibrary, desembre 2021
November Random CAT : Fortune and Glory!48 no llegits / 48clue, novembre 2021
What are we reading in November?34 no llegits / 34Tanya-dogearedcopy, novembre 2021
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT Planning Thread For 2021!!!87 no llegits / 87markon, novembre 2021
November GenreCAT: SFF57 no llegits / 57christina_reads, novembre 2021
ScaredyKIT 2021 Planning Thread74 no llegits / 74lowelibrary, novembre 2021
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): South America39 no llegits / 39VivienneR, novembre 2021
SFF-KIT 2021 - February - Sentient Things89 no llegits / 89wartgin, novembre 2021
November ScaredyKIT: Stephen King and Family18 no llegits / 18lowelibrary, novembre 2021
GeoKit Oceania 202149 no llegits / 49DeltaQueen50, novembre 2021
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (6)250 no llegits / 250charl08, novembre 2021
RandomCAT planning thread 202154 no llegits / 54clue, novembre 2021
October MysteryKIT: Minorities/Diverse32 no llegits / 32VivienneR, novembre 2021
MysteryKIT planning thread130 no llegits / 130Robertgreaves, novembre 2021
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Europe124 no llegits / 124Tess_W, novembre 2021
KITastrophe: Yearlong-Epidemics and Pandemics32 no llegits / 32beebeereads, novembre 2021
GenreCAT: Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal44 no llegits / 44MissWatson, novembre 2021
October ScaredyKIT - Real Life Monsters22 no llegits / 22mstrust, novembre 2021
October SFFKIT: Creature Feature33 no llegits / 33antqueen, novembre 2021
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