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 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

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!

TemaTemaMissatgesÚltim missatge 
Lori (thornton37814) Watches Birds with Her Fur Boys in 2021 - Thread 2124 no llegits / 124hailelib, Avui 7:44pm
April GenreCAT: LITERARY FICTION37 no llegits / 37clue, Avui 6:55pm
APRIL RandomCat - Let's go to the Library without leaving the house61 no llegits / 61clue, Avui 6:50pm
Pamelad's Clayton's Categories Continue38 no llegits / 38pamelad, Avui 6:38pm
May GenreCAT: Short Stories and/or Essays6 no llegits / 6dudes22, Avui 5:56pm
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (3)163 no llegits / 163charl08, Avui 5:40pm
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2021 Challenges142 no llegits / 142LibraryCin, Avui 5:06pm
MissBrangwen's first category challenge! - II140 no llegits / 140ELiz_M, Avui 4:44pm
What are we reading in April?39 no llegits / 39sallylou61, Avui 3:42pm
spiralsheep's GeoKIT and BingoDOG pets, 2021 (part 2)210 no llegits / 210spiralsheep, Avui 3:40pm
GenreCAT 202174 no llegits / 74sallylou61, Avui 3:32pm
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2021 -- Second Quarterish68 no llegits / 68DeltaQueen50, Avui 3:20pm
Pete's 2021 can he even spell the thread right this time challenge?66 no llegits / 66DeltaQueen50, Avui 2:53pm
Katie Reads... and Reads Some More!167 no llegits / 167DeltaQueen50, Avui 2:50pm
DeltaQueen's 2021 Challenge - Reading Is Like a Box of Chocolates - Part 3196 no llegits / 196DeltaQueen50, Avui 2:43pm
May MysteryKIT - European mysteries11 no llegits / 11LittleTaiko, Avui 2:38pm
Amber's (scaifea) 2021 Category Challenge213 no llegits / 213scaifea, Avui 1:56pm
Tess Reads in Time and Space Page 2151 no llegits / 151Tess_W, Avui 1:15pm
mstrust's little yet fierce challenge- #2105 no llegits / 105mstrust, Avui 12:16pm
May RandomCat - Let's Play Monopoly!25 no llegits / 25lowelibrary, Avui 12:04pm
lavaturtle's comics-filled 202126 no llegits / 26lavaturtle, Avui 8:44am
April MysteryKIT - Senior Citizen as Detective32 no llegits / 32fuzzi, Avui 7:16am
casvelyn's 2021 reading117 no llegits / 117casvelyn, Avui 6:46am
April 2021 BingoDog Reads23 no llegits / 23spiralsheep, Avui 6:18am
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Africa30 no llegits / 30spiralsheep, Avui 6:17am
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2021115 no llegits / 115Tess_W, Avui 2:48am
Clue Has A Laid Back Year in 202191 no llegits / 91Tess_W, Avui 2:42am
MissWatson roams the centuries, part 250 no llegits / 50MissWatson, Avui 2:40am
pammab's 2021 challenge100 no llegits / 100pammab, Avui 1:53am
April SFFKit - Series42 no llegits / 42pammab, Avui 12:32am
RandomCAT planning thread 202144 no llegits / 44DeltaQueen50, Ahir 11:45pm
Roberta's (luvamystery65) very, very full plate 2021 Challenge79 no llegits / 79BookLizard, Ahir 10:15pm
NinieB thinks chronologically--the Second Sequence50 no llegits / 50NinieB, Ahir 9:37pm
LadyoftheLodge reads in 2021186 no llegits / 186leslie.98, Ahir 9:09pm
Majkia Reads What She Likes - Spring21 no llegits / 21leslie.98, Ahir 9:00pm
May AlphaKIT: I and N9 no llegits / 9Robertgreaves, Ahir 8:15pm
May HistoryCAT: Dynasties, Civilizations, and Empires8 no llegits / 8Robertgreaves, Ahir 8:06pm
Leslie Detects Part 249 no llegits / 49leslie.98, Ahir 6:25pm
Liz M - NYC and me151 no llegits / 151ELiz_M, Ahir 5:09pm
Helenliz sends a 2nd postcard79 no llegits / 79charl08, Ahir 4:36pm
Jennifer's 2021 Category Challenge (japaul22)120 no llegits / 120japaul22, Ahir 4:17pm
April HistoryCat: Ancient 8th C BC to 6th AD30 no llegits / 30leslie.98, Ahir 3:17pm
MysteryKIT planning thread115 no llegits / 115leslie.98, Ahir 3:06pm
AlphaKIT Planning Thread62 no llegits / 62fuzzi, Ahir 1:34pm
April AlphaKIT: A and W38 no llegits / 38majkia, Ahir 1:32pm
AlphaKIT - Yearlong Letters: X and Z22 no llegits / 22beebeereads, Ahir 11:33am
Lisa's 2021 Category Challenge138 no llegits / 138lsh63, Ahir 11:00am
HistoryCAT Planning thread137 no llegits / 137susanna.fraser, Ahir 10:59am
lavaturtle's 2021 Category Challenge39 no llegits / 39lavaturtle, Ahir 9:34am
lindapanzo rounds the bases in 2021101 no llegits / 101Helenliz, Ahir 8:12am
Tricia is still here in 202183 no llegits / 83DeltaQueen50, dimarts 10:19pm
VictoriaPL rejoins the Category Challenge (thread 1)36 no llegits / 36DeltaQueen50, dimarts 9:51pm
Cheli's Mountainous Category Challenge for 202195 no llegits / 95cyderry, dimarts 6:50pm
Betty (dudes22) 2021 Challenge - I'm Reading with a Great Group152 no llegits / 152Chrischi_HH, dimarts 4:16pm
Soffitta1's 2021 Category Challenge34 no llegits / 34soffitta1, dimarts 4:14pm
Crazy4reading is crazy busy but hopes to read in 2021 (Monica Lynn)44 no llegits / 44Chrischi_HH, dimarts 3:29pm
Scaredy Kit May 2021 - Witches and Magick8 no llegits / 8mstrust, dimarts 2:11pm
VivienneR visits Wind in the Willows second trip44 no llegits / 44VivienneR, dimarts 2:08pm
April ScaredyKit- Possession39 no llegits / 39lowelibrary, dimarts 12:45pm
Kitastrophe April-June 2021 Planes, Trains, Boats8 no llegits / 8katiekrug, dimarts 10:09am
Whitewavedarling is back for 2021...55 no llegits / 55whitewavedarling, dimarts 9:35am
Stacy's (LittleTaiko) 2021 Battle of the Sexes84 no llegits / 84thornton37814, dimarts 9:06am
JayneCM Feels At Home In 2021139 no llegits / 139JayneCM, dimarts 8:45am
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): North America44 no llegits / 44spiralsheep, dimarts 8:22am
April's The Cat Who Got "Shelf" ish 202134 no llegits / 34lowelibrary, dilluns 7:23pm
Christina reads the four seasons in 2021 - part 225 no llegits / 25christina_reads, dilluns 6:17pm
Hannah Jo’s Forest of Reading 202150 no llegits / 50HannahJo, dilluns 4:17pm
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): South America26 no llegits / 26spiralsheep, dilluns 12:32pm
Chrischi_HH reads for a new home in 202145 no llegits / 45spiralsheep, dilluns 3:25am
Cora's 2021 Challenge75 no llegits / 75Cora-R, diumenge 6:12pm
Jackie's 2021 Jar of Fate category challenge138 no llegits / 138Jackie_K, diumenge 4:45pm
CBL (cbl_tn) keeps it simple in 2021137 no llegits / 137cbl_tn, diumenge 4:13pm
SFFKIT - March - Fortune and Glory!47 no llegits / 47chlorine, diumenge 3:04pm
MysteryMax Reads in 2021 - Mysteries First145 no llegits / 145dudes22, diumenge 11:51am
rabbitprincess stops making sense in 2021, part 2: Making Flippy Floppy66 no llegits / 66hailelib, diumenge 10:38am
susanna.fraser goes exploring in 2021115 no llegits / 115susanna.fraser, dissabte 8:53pm
Markon reads in 202174 no llegits / 74markon, dissabte 4:40pm
Shannon Starts Again in 2021 (sturlington)72 no llegits / 72RidgewayGirl, dissabte 2:15pm
Jenn's 2021 Challenge23 no llegits / 23deep220, dissabte 9:46am
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT Planning Thread For 2021!!!59 no llegits / 59luvamystery65, dijous 10:46pm
KITastrophe: Yearlong-Epidemics and Pandemics15 no llegits / 15Tess_W, dijous 10:16am
Mamie returns to Casablanca152 no llegits / 152Crazymamie, dijous 7:55am
March ScaredyKit: Short Stories and Novellas34 no llegits / 34okeres, dijous 6:19am
March HistoryCat: Early Modern History c. 1500 - 180052 no llegits / 52MissWatson, dijous 3:14am
Kristel's Reading Life in Lists67 no llegits / 67Kristelh, abril 7
2021 koalamom28 no llegits / 28koalamom, abril 7
Audiobooks89 no llegits / 89leslie.98, abril 7
March 2021 BingoDOG Reads71 no llegits / 71MissWatson, abril 7
mathgirl40's 2021 category challenge66 no llegits / 66scaifea, abril 7
Majkia Reads What She Likes158 no llegits / 158majkia, abril 7
Pamelad's Clayton's Categories240 no llegits / 240JayneCM, abril 7
Geo Kit: 2020 (All Year) Asia31 no llegits / 31DeltaQueen50, abril 6
Rhea's 2021 Challenge70 no llegits / 70Settings, abril 6
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Europe48 no llegits / 48MissBrangwen, abril 6
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Polar35 no llegits / 35Tess_W, abril 5
Dogearedcopy's "21/U" Cat Stax64 no llegits / 64spiralsheep, abril 5
VivienneR visits Wind in the Willows251 no llegits / 251VivienneR, abril 4
Threadnsong Accepts Reading Challenges19 no llegits / 19threadnsong, abril 4
March GenreCAT Action & Adventure77 no llegits / 77beebeereads, abril 4
March RandomCAT: It's a Surprise!51 no llegits / 51dudes22, abril 2
This is a feature balloon