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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Fastnålat2022 Plans?22 olästa / 22syedlearns, Igår 12:00pm
Jackie's 2021 Jar of Fate category challenge - 2107 olästa / 107Jackie_K, Idag 9:34am
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (6)175 olästa / 175charl08, Idag 8:53am
MysteryMax Reads in 2021 - Mysteries First47 olästa / 47rabbitprincess, Idag 8:46am
November Random CAT : Fortune and Glory!21 olästa / 21Kristelh, Idag 8:03am
VivienneR visits Wind in the Willows for the last time52 olästa / 52dudes22, Idag 7:11am
JayneCM Feels At Home In 2021408 olästa / 408JayneCM, Idag 4:37am
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2021 Challenges277 olästa / 277LibraryCin, Igår 11:58pm
October HistoryCAT - a country or region of your choice18 olästa / 18LibraryCin, Igår 11:57pm
October AlphaKIT: H and E36 olästa / 36LibraryCin, Igår 11:57pm
Random Cat October 202132 olästa / 32LibraryCin, Igår 11:27pm
Pamelad's New Categories #2177 olästa / 177pamelad, Igår 9:10pm
Tess Reads in Time and Space Page 4176 olästa / 176pammab, Igår 5:16pm
DeltaQueen's 2021 Challenge - Reading Is Like a Box of Chocolates - Part 6212 olästa / 212mstrust, Igår 2:07pm
Kristel's Reading Life in Lists137 olästa / 137Kristelh, Igår 1:22pm
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2021 -- Last Thread of the Year!85 olästa / 85DeltaQueen50, Igår 12:30pm
What are we reading in October?38 olästa / 38DeltaQueen50, Igår 12:20pm
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2021221 olästa / 221DeltaQueen50, Igår 12:18pm
Amber's (scaifea) 2021 Category Challenge - Thread #2184 olästa / 184scaifea, Igår 12:18pm
Helenliz sends a 4th postcard87 olästa / 87Helenliz, Igår 11:50am
VictoriaPL rejoins the Category Challenge (thread 2)70 olästa / 70VictoriaPL, Igår 11:32am
October 2021 BINGO Reads9 olästa / 9MissWatson, Igår 5:19am
MissWatson roams the centuries, part 437 olästa / 37MissWatson, Igår 5:14am
pammab's 2021 challenge174 olästa / 174pammab, torsdag 11:36pm
NinieB thinks chronologically--Third thoughts98 olästa / 98kac522, torsdag 11:11pm
Lori (thornton37814) Watches Birds with Her Fur Boys in 2021 - Thread 3210 olästa / 210thornton37814, torsdag 9:13pm
Jennifer's 2021 Category Challenge (japaul22)206 olästa / 206japaul22, torsdag 7:43pm
Tricia is still here in 2021160 olästa / 160hailelib, torsdag 1:42pm
Katie Reads... and Reads Some More!332 olästa / 332katiekrug, torsdag 1:19pm
Mamie returns to Casablanca, page 256 olästa / 56Crazymamie, torsdag 11:03am
GenreCAT: Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal35 olästa / 35VioletBramble, torsdag 9:18am
susanna.fraser goes exploring in 2021202 olästa / 202susanna.fraser, torsdag 12:30am
mstrust's little yet fierce challenge- #379 olästa / 79mstrust, onsdag 5:53pm
Christina reads the four seasons in 2021 - part 342 olästa / 42christina_reads, onsdag 4:26pm
Betty (dudes22) 2021 Challenge - I'm Reading with a Great Group - Part 279 olästa / 79dudes22, onsdag 4:23pm
LadyoftheLodge reads in 2021360 olästa / 360LadyoftheLodge, onsdag 3:58pm
October MysteryKIT: Minorities/Diverse23 olästa / 23lowelibrary, onsdag 11:47am
lavaturtle's 2021 Category Challenge82 olästa / 82lavaturtle, onsdag 9:10am
lavaturtle's comics-filled 202152 olästa / 52lavaturtle, onsdag 9:02am
Lisa's 2021 Category Challenge #2165 olästa / 165lsh63, onsdag 8:19am
November HistoryCAT: Events10 olästa / 10Helenliz, onsdag 3:12am
October SFFKIT: Creature Feature25 olästa / 25antqueen, tisdag 11:12am
Majkia Reads What She Likes - Spring120 olästa / 120RidgewayGirl, tisdag 10:28am
Cheli's Mountainous Category Challenge for 2021 Part 281 olästa / 81thornton37814, tisdag 8:07am
November MysteryKIT: Historical Mysteries14 olästa / 14beebeereads, måndag 7:41pm
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT Planning Thread For 2021!!!76 olästa / 76fuzzi, måndag 1:32pm
AlphaKIT - Yearlong Letters: X and Z36 olästa / 36EBT1002, söndag 11:07pm
mathgirl40's 2021 category challenge113 olästa / 113mathgirl40, söndag 7:08pm
November GenreCAT: SFF19 olästa / 19Tess_W, söndag 3:17pm
MysteryKIT planning thread128 olästa / 128majkia, söndag 2:15pm
rabbitprincess stops making sense in 2021, part 3: Wild Wild Life116 olästa / 116rabbitprincess, söndag 2:02pm
November AlphaKIT: B and Y9 olästa / 9LibraryCin, lördag 10:48pm
November ScaredyKIT: Stephen King and Family7 olästa / 7LibraryCin, lördag 10:30pm
Audiobooks124 olästa / 124LibraryCin, lördag 3:27pm
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Africa49 olästa / 49Tess_W, lördag 1:47pm
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Polar45 olästa / 45Robertgreaves, lördag 9:47am
Pete's 2021 can he even spell the thread right this time challenge?82 olästa / 82rabbitprincess, oktober 15
Shannon Starts Again in 2021 (sturlington)96 olästa / 96sturlington, oktober 15
RandomCAT planning thread 202150 olästa / 50majkia, oktober 15
AlphaKIT Planning Thread70 olästa / 70majkia, oktober 15
Threadnsong Accepts Reading Challenges35 olästa / 35MissWatson, oktober 15
October ScaredyKIT - Real Life Monsters14 olästa / 14JayneCM, oktober 15
ScaredyKIT 2021 Planning Thread69 olästa / 69LibraryCin, oktober 14
Kerry (avatiakh) loves a challenge150 olästa / 150DeltaQueen50, oktober 14
****Romance of the Three Kingdoms - Year long group read74 olästa / 74DeltaQueen50, oktober 14
GenreCAT 202183 olästa / 83MissWatson, oktober 14
HistoryCAT Planning thread142 olästa / 142LibraryCin, oktober 13
justchris works on the TBR box sitting in the bedroom48 olästa / 48justchris, oktober 13
Chrischi_HH reads for a new home in 202155 olästa / 55Chrischi_HH, oktober 11
Sally Lou's reading in 2021117 olästa / 117sallylou61, oktober 11
Dogearedcopy's "21/U" Cat Stax91 olästa / 91DeltaQueen50, oktober 10
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Europe120 olästa / 120MissWatson, oktober 10
MissWatson roams the centuries, part 3175 olästa / 175MissWatson, oktober 10
Geo Kit: 2020 (All Year) Asia82 olästa / 82Jackie_K, oktober 8
BookLizard's Pathetic 2021 Category Challenge22 olästa / 22rabbitprincess, oktober 6
Whitewavedarling is back for 2021...129 olästa / 129whitewavedarling, oktober 6
Joy's Challenge for 2021 - CATs, KITs and the DOG39 olästa / 39jlshall, oktober 5
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): South America38 olästa / 38DeltaQueen50, oktober 5
Kathy's (kac522) Reading Challenges for 2021194 olästa / 194fuzzi, oktober 5
September GenreCAT 2021 Children/YA57 olästa / 57MissWatson, oktober 5
KITastrophe: Yearlong-Epidemics and Pandemics31 olästa / 31beebeereads, oktober 4
spiralsheep's GeoKIT and BingoDOG pets, 2021 (part the third)207 olästa / 207cindydavid4, oktober 4
VivienneR visits Wind in the Willows the third time229 olästa / 229VivienneR, oktober 4
September HistoryCAT - Religion/Philosophy/Politics/Law40 olästa / 40threadnsong, oktober 3
SFF KIT September: Near Future/Alternate Reality (Alternate History)36 olästa / 36threadnsong, oktober 3
Clue Has A Laid Back Year in 2021157 olästa / 157Tess_W, oktober 3
April's The Cat Who Got "Shelf" ish 202141 olästa / 41lowelibrary, oktober 1
September AlphaKIT: F and L59 olästa / 59VivienneR, oktober 1
September BingoDOG reads9 olästa / 9dudes22, oktober 1
KITastrophe: October - December - Riots/Uprisings/Sieges/War/Invasions4 olästa / 4SilverWolf28, september 30
CBL (cbl_tn) keeps it simple in 2021 part 270 olästa / 70cbl_tn, september 30
lindapanzo rounds the bases in 2021130 olästa / 130lindapanzo, september 30
2021 koalamom36 olästa / 36koalamom, september 30
Tafadhali's Readapalooza 202124 olästa / 24Tafadhali, september 29
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2021 -- Third Quarter203 olästa / 203RidgewayGirl, september 29
September MysteryKIT: Mismatched ? Detectives37 olästa / 37VivienneR, september 28
What are we reading in September?53 olästa / 53LadyoftheLodge, september 28
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): North America70 olästa / 70Tess_W, september 28
KITastrophe planning54 olästa / 54SilverWolf28, september 27
Random Cat September 202183 olästa / 83pamelad, september 27
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