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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What are we reading in September?41 olästa / 41christina_reads, Idag 10:29am
Amber's (scaifea) 2021 Category Challenge - Thread #2161 olästa / 161scaifea, Idag 10:20am
Christina reads the four seasons in 2021 - part 328 olästa / 28christina_reads, Idag 10:02am
Katie Reads... and Reads Some More!309 olästa / 309katiekrug, Idag 8:55am
casvelyn's 2021 reading155 olästa / 155casvelyn, Idag 8:34am
Majkia Reads What She Likes - Spring105 olästa / 105majkia, Idag 8:31am
Helenliz sends a 3rd postcard181 olästa / 181Helenliz, Idag 7:40am
Random Cat September 202171 olästa / 71dudes22, Idag 5:41am
MissWatson roams the centuries, part 3153 olästa / 153MissWatson, Idag 2:49am
Lisa's 2021 Category Challenge #2142 olästa / 142MissWatson, Idag 2:36am
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Europe112 olästa / 112MissWatson, Idag 2:32am
September HistoryCAT - Religion/Philosophy/Politics/Law32 olästa / 32MissWatson, Idag 2:31am
Tess Reads in Time and Space Page 4120 olästa / 120pammab, Idag 12:10am
SFF KIT September: Near Future/Alternate Reality (Alternate History)28 olästa / 28christina_reads, Igår 11:27pm
VivienneR visits Wind in the Willows the third time211 olästa / 211VivienneR, Igår 8:24pm
DeltaQueen's 2021 Challenge - Reading Is Like a Box of Chocolates - Part 6107 olästa / 107DeltaQueen50, Igår 7:51pm
Pamelad's New Categories #2136 olästa / 136pamelad, Igår 6:09pm
rabbitprincess stops making sense in 2021, part 3: Wild Wild Life88 olästa / 88rabbitprincess, Igår 6:06pm
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2021 -- Third Quarter184 olästa / 184RidgewayGirl, Igår 5:52pm
Clue Has A Laid Back Year in 2021154 olästa / 154rabbitprincess, Igår 5:39pm
Mamie returns to Casablanca251 olästa / 251pamelad, Igår 5:27pm
Lori (thornton37814) Watches Birds with Her Fur Boys in 2021 - Thread 3161 olästa / 161thornton37814, Igår 5:05pm
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (6)97 olästa / 97charl08, Igår 4:14pm
LadyoftheLodge reads in 2021335 olästa / 335LadyoftheLodge, Igår 4:01pm
September AlphaKIT: F and L47 olästa / 47LadyoftheLodge, Igår 3:53pm
MysteryKIT planning thread122 olästa / 122LadyoftheLodge, Igår 3:52pm
Jackie's 2021 Jar of Fate category challenge - 275 olästa / 75Jackie_K, Igår 2:35pm
October HistoryCAT - a country or region of your choice10 olästa / 10sallylou61, Igår 2:12pm
Kerry (avatiakh) loves a challenge140 olästa / 140christina_reads, Igår 10:30am
pammab's 2021 challenge156 olästa / 156Jackie_K, Igår 9:36am
NinieB thinks chronologically--Third thoughts62 olästa / 62NinieB, Igår 7:16am
JayneCM Feels At Home In 2021364 olästa / 364Tess_W, Igår 3:17am
****Romance of the Three Kingdoms - Year long group read64 olästa / 64DeltaQueen50, Igår 2:46am
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2021 Challenges260 olästa / 260pammab, söndag 11:26pm
VictoriaPL rejoins the Category Challenge (thread 2)43 olästa / 43thornton37814, söndag 10:06pm
susanna.fraser goes exploring in 2021191 olästa / 191susanna.fraser, söndag 3:56pm
lavaturtle's comics-filled 202148 olästa / 48lavaturtle, söndag 3:18pm
Kathy's (kac522) Reading Challenges for 2021173 olästa / 173NinieB, söndag 2:47pm
Betty (dudes22) 2021 Challenge - I'm Reading with a Great Group - Part 250 olästa / 50thornton37814, söndag 1:32pm
mstrust's little yet fierce challenge- #362 olästa / 62mstrust, söndag 10:58am
Shannon Starts Again in 2021 (sturlington)90 olästa / 90sturlington, söndag 10:57am
Joy's Challenge for 2021 - CATs, KITs and the DOG38 olästa / 38jlshall, lördag 7:25pm
October SFFKIT: Creature Feature11 olästa / 11VioletBramble, fredag 3:07pm
Random Cat October 202119 olästa / 19Helenliz, fredag 2:23pm
Geo Kit: 2020 (All Year) Asia78 olästa / 78nrmay, fredag 12:02pm
September GenreCAT 2021 Children/YA45 olästa / 45fuzzi, torsdag 10:44pm
September ScaredyKit- The Dead, Their Habits and Abodes31 olästa / 31LibraryCin, torsdag 6:19pm
September MysteryKIT: Mismatched ? Detectives27 olästa / 27christina_reads, torsdag 5:44pm
October ScaredyKIT - Real Life Monsters7 olästa / 7Tess_W, torsdag 4:53pm
GenreCAT: Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal15 olästa / 15LadyoftheLodge, torsdag 4:51pm
2021 Category Challenge SFFKit JULY : Historical fantasy19 olästa / 19chlorine, torsdag 11:24am
lavaturtle's 2021 Category Challenge69 olästa / 69lavaturtle, torsdag 9:05am
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT Planning Thread For 2021!!!74 olästa / 74fuzzi, torsdag 6:50am
CBL (cbl_tn) keeps it simple in 2021 part 266 olästa / 66cbl_tn, onsdag 7:51pm
Jennifer's 2021 Category Challenge (japaul22)174 olästa / 174japaul22, onsdag 7:24pm
RandomCAT planning thread 202149 olästa / 49clue, onsdag 2:34pm
October AlphaKIT: H and E5 olästa / 5dudes22, onsdag 5:06am
ScaredyKIT 2021 Planning Thread66 olästa / 66lowelibrary, onsdag 12:23am
July GenreCat: Romance42 olästa / 42LibraryCin, tisdag 9:13pm
GenreCAT 202182 olästa / 82LibraryCin, tisdag 9:12pm
AlphaKIT Planning Thread69 olästa / 69majkia, tisdag 7:40am
Tricia is still here in 2021147 olästa / 147rabbitprincess, september 13
Cheli's Mountainous Category Challenge for 2021 Part 263 olästa / 63cyderry, september 13
KITastrophe: Yearlong-Epidemics and Pandemics26 olästa / 26nrmay, september 13
Threadnsong Accepts Reading Challenges31 olästa / 31DeltaQueen50, september 13
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2021201 olästa / 201Nickelini, september 13
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Africa47 olästa / 47chlorine, september 12
GeoKit Oceania 202148 olästa / 48VivienneR, september 10
September BingoDOG reads1 oläst / 1sallylou61, september 10
Sally Lou's reading in 2021113 olästa / 113sallylou61, september 9
Audiobooks118 olästa / 118Tanya-dogearedcopy, september 8
August HistoryCAT: Read about your own country!32 olästa / 32MissWatson, september 6
August RandomCAT: On the Road Again55 olästa / 55VivienneR, september 5
Kristel's Reading Life in Lists126 olästa / 126Kristelh, september 5
AlphaKIT - Yearlong Letters: X and Z32 olästa / 32VivienneR, september 5
Lisa's 2021 Where did the year go? Mini-challenge11 olästa / 11Tess_W, september 5
MysteryMax Reads in 2021 - Mysteries First31 olästa / 31mysterymax, september 4
July - September KITastrophe: Weather/Geologic/Fires12 olästa / 12LibraryCin, september 3
mathgirl40's 2021 category challenge110 olästa / 110mathgirl40, september 1
Christina reads the four seasons in 2021 - part 2166 olästa / 166NinieB, september 1
2021 koalamom35 olästa / 35koalamom, september 1
April's The Cat Who Got "Shelf" ish 202140 olästa / 40christina_reads, september 1
Pete's 2021 can he even spell the thread right this time challenge?80 olästa / 80Helenliz, september 1
SFFKit Augut : Female Authors56 olästa / 56AHS-Wolfy, augusti 31
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (5)252 olästa / 252mdoris, augusti 31
VictoriaPL rejoins the Category Challenge (thread 1)225 olästa / 225VictoriaPL, augusti 31
August AlphaKIT: V and J42 olästa / 42lowelibrary, augusti 31
August MysteryKIT: Cozy Mysteries Featuring Animals29 olästa / 29lowelibrary, augusti 31
August GenreCAT: Poetry/Drama/Graphic Novels47 olästa / 47VioletBramble, augusti 31
justchris works on the TBR box sitting in the bedroom45 olästa / 45justchris, augusti 31
August 2021 BingoDOG Reads30 olästa / 30sallylou61, augusti 30
Crazy4reading is crazy busy but hopes to read in 2021 (Monica Lynn)60 olästa / 60crazy4reading, augusti 29
August ScaredyKit: Adrift (Water and Outer Space)31 olästa / 31sturlington, augusti 28
DeltaQueen's 2021 Challenge - Reading Is Like a Box of Chocolates - Part 5250 olästa / 250DeltaQueen50, augusti 28
What are we reading in August?38 olästa / 38rabbitprincess, augusti 26
Buddy Read - The complete stories: Clarice Lispector21 olästa / 21markon, augusti 25
Whitewavedarling is back for 2021...125 olästa / 125whitewavedarling, augusti 25
March GenreCAT Action & Adventure78 olästa / 78lowelibrary, augusti 23
lindapanzo rounds the bases in 2021129 olästa / 129JayneCM, augusti 22
Betty (dudes22) 2021 Challenge - I'm Reading with a Great Group202 olästa / 202dudes22, augusti 17
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