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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July AlphaKIT: S and O63 ulæste / 63lowelibrary, I går 9:34pm
Rhea's 2021 Challenge 235 ulæste / 35pamelad, I går 6:17pm
Pamelad's New Categories #250 ulæste / 50pamelad, I går 6:12pm
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (5)140 ulæste / 140VictoriaPL, I går 6:10pm
Christina reads the four seasons in 2021 - part 2125 ulæste / 125christina_reads, I går 5:58pm
Kristel's Reading Life in Lists106 ulæste / 106Kristelh, I går 4:58pm
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2021 Challenges213 ulæste / 213LibraryCin, I går 4:09pm
LadyoftheLodge reads in 2021310 ulæste / 310LadyoftheLodge, I går 2:15pm
VivienneR visits Wind in the Willows the third time108 ulæste / 108VivienneR, I går 2:06pm
Lisa's 2021 Category Challenge #298 ulæste / 98lsh63, I går 1:02pm
Whitewavedarling is back for 2021...114 ulæste / 114RidgewayGirl, I går 12:50pm
Tess Reads in Time and Space Page 3212 ulæste / 212Tess_W, I går 12:28pm
July ScaredyKIT: Ghosts and Hauntings31 ulæste / 31whitewavedarling, I går 12:02pm
Amber's (scaifea) 2021 Category Challenge - Thread #2101 ulæste / 101scaifea, I går 10:12am
August MysteryKIT: Cozy Mysteries Featuring Animals16 ulæste / 16NinieB, I går 8:14am
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2021 -- Third Quarter105 ulæste / 105VictoriaPL, I går 7:15am
VictoriaPL rejoins the Category Challenge (thread 1)149 ulæste / 149VictoriaPL, I går 7:13am
July Mystery KIT: Cops 'n' Robbers Lady Style63 ulæste / 63markon, I går 6:33am
RandomCAT July 2021 Summertime55 ulæste / 55MissWatson, I går 3:07am
July GenreCat: Romance39 ulæste / 39MissWatson, I går 3:05am
MissWatson roams the centuries, part 383 ulæste / 83MissWatson, I går 2:58am
August HistoryCAT: Read about your own country!16 ulæste / 16JayneCM, I går 1:30am
Clue Has A Laid Back Year in 2021135 ulæste / 135JayneCM, I går 1:15am
DeltaQueen's 2021 Challenge - Reading Is Like a Box of Chocolates - Part 5185 ulæste / 185JayneCM, I går 1:14am
July 2021 BingoDOG Reads42 ulæste / 42JayneCM, I går 1:12am
August ScaredyKit: Adrift (Water and Outer Space)18 ulæste / 18JayneCM, I går 1:11am
justchris works on the TBR box sitting in the bedroom42 ulæste / 42justchris, onsdag 11:12pm
NinieB thinks chronologically--the Second Sequence231 ulæste / 231NinieB, onsdag 10:24pm
susanna.fraser goes exploring in 2021171 ulæste / 171susanna.fraser, onsdag 10:04pm
KITastrophe: Yearlong-Epidemics and Pandemics22 ulæste / 22susanna.fraser, onsdag 10:01pm
Betty (dudes22) 2021 Challenge - I'm Reading with a Great Group189 ulæste / 189dudes22, onsdag 8:17pm
JayneCM Feels At Home In 2021237 ulæste / 237JayneCM, onsdag 7:43pm
rabbitprincess stops making sense in 2021, part 3: Wild Wild Life29 ulæste / 29rabbitprincess, onsdag 7:35pm
Majkia Reads What She Likes - Spring75 ulæste / 75RidgewayGirl, onsdag 6:26pm
What are we reading in July?60 ulæste / 60LadyoftheLodge, onsdag 3:09pm
mstrust's little yet fierce challenge- #2185 ulæste / 185mstrust, onsdag 2:09pm
July HistoryCAT: Social History29 ulæste / 29christina_reads, onsdag 9:59am
MysteryMax Reads in 2021 - Mysteries First23 ulæste / 23mysterymax, onsdag 9:49am
Katie Reads... and Reads Some More!265 ulæste / 265katiekrug, tirsdag 10:53am
Lori (thornton37814) Watches Birds with Her Fur Boys in 2021 - Thread 395 ulæste / 95thornton37814, tirsdag 9:24am
2021 Category Challenge SFFKit JULY : Historical fantasy14 ulæste / 14MissWatson, tirsdag 6:01am
Jackie's 2021 Jar of Fate category challenge - 240 ulæste / 40MissWatson, tirsdag 4:19am
MissBrangwen's first category challenge! - II214 ulæste / 214MissWatson, tirsdag 4:14am
Sally Lou's reading in 2021106 ulæste / 106sallylou61, mandag 10:43pm
mathgirl40's 2021 category challenge99 ulæste / 99JayneCM, mandag 7:12pm
CBL (cbl_tn) keeps it simple in 2021 part 241 ulæste / 41cbl_tn, mandag 7:10pm
Helenliz sends a 3rd postcard70 ulæste / 70Helenliz, mandag 1:31pm
Shannon Starts Again in 2021 (sturlington)87 ulæste / 87sturlington, søndag 4:27pm
Tricia is still here in 2021121 ulæste / 121hailelib, søndag 3:06pm
August GenreCAT: Poetry/Drama/Graphic Novels18 ulæste / 18Jackie_K, søndag 10:46am
rabbitprincess stops making sense in 2021, part 2: Making Flippy Floppy173 ulæste / 173rabbitprincess, søndag 10:08am
July - September KITastrophe: Weather/Geologic/Fires8 ulæste / 8LibraryCin, lørdag 11:33pm
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Europe103 ulæste / 103VivienneR, lørdag 6:39pm
spiralsheep's GeoKIT and BingoDOG pets, 2021 (part the third)206 ulæste / 206rabbitprincess, fredag 5:43pm
lavaturtle's comics-filled 202139 ulæste / 39lavaturtle, fredag 9:20am
SFFKit Augut : Female Authors22 ulæste / 22AHS-Wolfy, fredag 7:11am
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): North America68 ulæste / 68Tess_W, juli 22
AlphaKIT - Yearlong Letters: X and Z29 ulæste / 29EBT1002, juli 22
Audiobooks114 ulæste / 114Kristelh, juli 22
Scaredy Kit May 2021 - Witches and Magick21 ulæste / 21JayneCM, juli 22
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Polar43 ulæste / 43VivienneR, juli 21
Jennifer's 2021 Category Challenge (japaul22)153 ulæste / 153japaul22, juli 21
August RandomCAT: On the Road Again15 ulæste / 15whitewavedarling, juli 21
lavaturtle's 2021 Category Challenge63 ulæste / 63lavaturtle, juli 21
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2021179 ulæste / 179Nickelini, juli 21
Cheli's Mountainous Category Challenge for 2021 Part 222 ulæste / 22cyderry, juli 20
Pamelad's New Categories201 ulæste / 201JayneCM, juli 19
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): South America35 ulæste / 35Jackie_K, juli 18
Dogearedcopy's "21/U" Cat Stax82 ulæste / 82Tanya-dogearedcopy, juli 15
MysteryKIT planning thread118 ulæste / 118LibraryCin, juli 15
August AlphaKIT: V and J16 ulæste / 16majkia, juli 15
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT Planning Thread For 2021!!!67 ulæste / 67fuzzi, juli 15
HistoryCAT Planning thread140 ulæste / 140NinieB, juli 15
GenreCAT 202181 ulæste / 81LibraryCin, juli 14
Liz M - me and NYC (2)23 ulæste / 23ELiz_M, juli 14
Joy's Challenge for 2021 - CATs, KITs and the DOG36 ulæste / 36jlshall, juli 14
RandomCAT planning thread 202147 ulæste / 47VivienneR, juli 14
Roberta's (luvamystery65) very, very full plate 2021 Challenge91 ulæste / 91luvamystery65, juli 13
ScaredyKIT 2021 Planning Thread64 ulæste / 64luvamystery65, juli 13
AlphaKIT Planning Thread66 ulæste / 66majkia, juli 13
Liz M - NYC and me211 ulæste / 211ELiz_M, juli 10
lindapanzo rounds the bases in 2021124 ulæste / 124lindapanzo, juli 10
Geo Kit: 2020 (All Year) Asia67 ulæste / 67MissWatson, juli 10
Kathy's (kac522) Reading Challenges for 2021153 ulæste / 153kac522, juli 9
Cheli's Mountainous Category Challenge for 2021153 ulæste / 153cyderry, juli 8
****Romance of the Three Kingdoms - Year long group read56 ulæste / 56DeltaQueen50, juli 7
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Africa42 ulæste / 42Tess_W, juli 6
BookLizard's Pathetic 2021 Category Challenge20 ulæste / 20BookLizard, juli 6
June MysteryKIT: Golden Age Detection35 ulæste / 35VivienneR, juli 5
June AlphaKIT: C and D53 ulæste / 53beebeereads, juli 4
KITastrophe: Jan - Mar - Technology/Industrial/Man-made21 ulæste / 21LibraryCin, juli 4
MysteryMax Reads in 2021 - Mysteries First176 ulæste / 176mysterymax, juli 4
CBL (cbl_tn) keeps it simple in 2021180 ulæste / 180cbl_tn, juli 3
June 2021 BingoDog Reads40 ulæste / 40DeltaQueen50, juli 2
April's The Cat Who Got "Shelf" ish 202137 ulæste / 37lowelibrary, juli 1
June GenreCAT: Historical Fiction68 ulæste / 68MissWatson, juli 1
June RandomCAT -- Everything Old is New Again52 ulæste / 52kac522, juli 1
GeoKit Oceania 202144 ulæste / 44pamelad, juli 1
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2021 -- Second Quarterish183 ulæste / 183VivienneR, juni 30
June ScaredyKIT: Diverse Perspectives18 ulæste / 18lowelibrary, juni 30
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