2019 Category Challenge

Welcome to the 2019 Category Challenge, where the only rule is there are no rules.

What are the categories? Whatever you like! The point is for you to figure out what you want to get out of your reading year: Do you want to make progress on some of those series you follow? Is there an author whose works you'd like to read or re-read? Are there genres or subject areas you want to focus on?

Some members (your admin included) like to use the same categories each year and dress them up with a clever theme. Some members use the months of the year as their categories to give themselves more freedom to read by whim. It's all good! We want the challenge to work for you!

If you hate your categories halfway through the year, or sooner, change them! While we do have the word “challenge” in the group name, reading should always be fun. So if your challenge isn’t working for you, change it up!

So what's with the menagerie? CATs, KITs, DOGs??

The Category Challenge runs several group-wide challenges that members can play along with as they please: CATs, KITs, and the BingoDOG.

The CATs are monthly challenges inspired by the TIOLI (Take It Or Leave It) challenge over at the 75 Books group. We call them CATs because we are the CATegory challenge. We normally have three CATs; however, this year we had a tie for third place in the voting, so we're having four:


Any CATs that don't make the cut as official CATs can be turned into KITs. These are mini-CATs (KIT comes from kitten). KITs can also be former CATs from previous years, or just something fun that a member comes up with. In previous years we've had the SFFFKIT (for sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction) and the AlphaKIT (two letters of the alphabet are the featured letters of the month, and you use these to pick a book to read).

The BingoDOG, meanwhile, is a bingo card put together by the members. One member is responsible for gathering suggestions for squares and weeding out the duplicates, then the finalists are put on a bingo card. We call it the BingoDOG as a counterpart to the CAT challenges. The member who gathers suggestions for squares will set the deadline for submissions.

What about regular group reads? We do those too! Members can suggest a group read at any time, or spread the word about group reads going on in other groups. We've even carried over group reads from previous years of the Category Challenge (e.g., the Vorkosigan Saga read-along).

Do I have to be a member of this group to join the group reads? Not at all. If you have a home base in another group and just want to swing by here for a CAT, KIT, or group read, or to play BingoDOG, you're most welcome to join us.

When do we get started?! The challenge officially begins on January 1, 2019, but you’re welcome to start earlier or later!


CAT planning thread

CalendarCAT planning thread and CalendarCAT wiki
RandomCAT planning thread and RandomCAT wiki
SeriesCAT planning thread and SeriesCAT Wiki
TBRCAT planning thread and TBRCAT Wiki

AlphaKIT planning thread and AlphaKIT Wiki
ScaredyKIT planning thread and ScaredyKIT Wiki
SFFFKIT planning thread and SFFFKIT Wiki

BingoDOG planning thread and BingoDOG Wiki

Group reads

Group reads planning thread

First quarter
January: The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
February: Secondhand Time, by Svetlana Alexievich

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Multi-month reads

The Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien - April / May / June
Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding - July / August / September

Year-long reads

Emile Zola: Les Rougon-Macquart series
A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth
The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher: Catch-up thread | Main thread
Pilgrimage, by Dorothy Richardson
Short stories and anthologies

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Lord of the Rings Group Read34 ongelezen / 34ironjaw, april 19
2019 Group Read: A Suitable Boy107 ongelezen / 107Tanya-dogearedcopy, december 2020
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT For 2019!!!124 ongelezen / 124fuzzi, oktober 2020
Les Rougon-Macquart series - year long group read19 ongelezen / 19Starfall15, maart 2020
Pilgrimage Year-long read70 ongelezen / 70LisaMorr, maart 2020
Cheli's Colorful 2019 Category Challenge195 ongelezen / 195thornton37814, januari 2020
Yearlong AlphaKIT - X and Z27 ongelezen / 27Robertgreaves, januari 2020
Koalamom 201931 ongelezen / 31koalamom, januari 2020
Lisa's Not Quite As Serious in 2019176 ongelezen / 176LisaMorr, januari 2020
mathgirl40's 2019 Category Challenge, Part 2125 ongelezen / 125mathgirl40, januari 2020
rabbitprincess paints a portrait of her reading year in 2019 - Part 4104 ongelezen / 104mathgirl40, januari 2020
December CalendarCAT43 ongelezen / 43beebeereads, januari 2020
December Series CAT: A series that is new to you51 ongelezen / 51beebeereads, januari 2020
Roberta's (luvamystery65) BORING 2019 Category Challenge153 ongelezen / 153Berly, januari 2020
December Scaredy-Kit!17 ongelezen / 17mathgirl40, januari 2020
Wolfy’s Revisiting the Category Challenge for 2019157 ongelezen / 157mathgirl40, januari 2020
Audiobooks continued (Thread 2)109 ongelezen / 109luvamystery65, januari 2020
Kathy's (kac522) 2019 Reading Projects152 ongelezen / 152kac522, januari 2020
Christina reads the 2019 Category Challenge, Part 3123 ongelezen / 123christina_reads, januari 2020
Jackie's 2019 5 star category challenge Part 2162 ongelezen / 162Jackie_K, januari 2020
VioletBramble's 2019 Category Challenge153 ongelezen / 153JayneCM, januari 2020
Pete's totally going to read TBR this year101 ongelezen / 101JayneCM, januari 2020
Tricia Tries to Keep Up in 2019148 ongelezen / 148JayneCM, januari 2020
amaranthe's interesting experiment64 ongelezen / 64amaranthe, januari 2020
December RandomCAT- Season's Readings89 ongelezen / 89Kristelh, januari 2020
Threadnsong's TBR Shelf, 2019 ed.40 ongelezen / 40threadnsong, januari 2020
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2019 Challenges336 ongelezen / 336LibraryCin, januari 2020
Lori (lkernagh) Binge Reads through 2019 - 2nd Thread233 ongelezen / 233lkernagh, januari 2020
pamelad's 19 in 2019186 ongelezen / 186pamelad, januari 2020
Nickelini and her 2019 Category Challenge99 ongelezen / 99Nickelini, januari 2020
NinieB puts on her hiking boots249 ongelezen / 249JayneCM, januari 2020
pammab's 2019 challenge110 ongelezen / 110pammab, januari 2020
Lori's (thornton37814) 2019 Classic Bands Challenge - Thread 4213 ongelezen / 213thornton37814, december 2019
Stacy's (LittleTaiko) 2019 Challenge - Clue - 2nd Half79 ongelezen / 79JayneCM, december 2019
VivienneR in Christie's Footsteps - End of the year!142 ongelezen / 142JayneCM, december 2019
My First Challenge!258 ongelezen / 258JayneCM, december 2019
Betty's (dudes22) Raining Cats and Dogs in 2019 - PT 267 ongelezen / 67dudes22, december 2019
Helenliz Houses the Hoard, pt 4148 ongelezen / 148charl08, december 2019
Lisa's 2019 Month to Month Category Challenge79 ongelezen / 79JayneCM, december 2019
RidgewayGirl Reads Books in 2019 - Part Three251 ongelezen / 251RidgewayGirl, december 2019
Amber's (scaifea) 2019 Category Challenge359 ongelezen / 359scaifea, december 2019
December BingoDOG Reads41 ongelezen / 41NinieB, december 2019
What are we reading in December?49 ongelezen / 49christina_reads, december 2019
December SFFFKit: 2019 Wrap Up26 ongelezen / 26fuzzi, december 2019
japaul22's 2019 Category Challenge255 ongelezen / 255japaul22, december 2019
Clue Reads The Stars In 20199 ongelezen / 9dudes22, december 2019
Kerry (avatiakh)'s 2019 category challenge200 ongelezen / 200avatiakh, december 2019
DeltaQueen's Random Miscellaneous Challenge - Part 7188 ongelezen / 188JayneCM, december 2019
December AlphaKIT - E and R47 ongelezen / 47christina_reads, december 2019
lavaturtle Reads Randomly in 2019158 ongelezen / 158rabbitprincess, december 2019
Group Read - Tom Jones - July, August & September39 ongelezen / 39mathgirl40, december 2019
Tess leaves the Yellow Brick Road part 3215 ongelezen / 215mathgirl40, december 2019
Majkia (Jean) Gets Her G∑∑K On - I146 ongelezen / 146majkia, december 2019
2019's Short Story Collection and Anthology GroupRead72 ongelezen / 72chlorine, december 2019
Shannon's Serendipity-Doo-Dah Reading in 2019 (sturlington)135 ongelezen / 135sturlington, december 2019
April's Cat Who Challenge52 ongelezen / 52lowelibrary, december 2019
Chrischi_HH's walk through Lübeck 201979 ongelezen / 79VivienneR, december 2019
Dogearedcopy's "19/S" Cat Stax147 ongelezen / 147VivienneR, december 2019
LadyoftheLodge 5 CATS179 ongelezen / 179thornton37814, december 2019
Donan's 2019 Challenge20 ongelezen / 20donan, december 2019
Montarville goes to school in 201938 ongelezen / 38VivienneR, december 2019
TBR CAT -- A book I bought because it was so cheap31 ongelezen / 31LibraryCin, december 2019
This-n-That's Monthly Challenge 201988 ongelezen / 88Tess_W, december 2019
MissWatson climbs the Ziggurat of Babel (aka Mount TBR) - the second ascent175 ongelezen / 175Tess_W, december 2019
ML Crazy4reading's CAT challenge 2019103 ongelezen / 103JayneCM, december 2019
Dresden Files Catch-up Thread41 ongelezen / 41LisaMorr, december 2019
staci426's 2019 Challenge of Categories60 ongelezen / 60staci426, december 2019
Sally Lou's reading in 2019149 ongelezen / 149sallylou61, december 2019
Whitewavedarling's Winding Path as of 2019133 ongelezen / 133rabbitprincess, december 2019
Joy's 2019 Category Challenge48 ongelezen / 48JayneCM, december 2019
November CalendarCAT52 ongelezen / 52kac522, december 2019
November 2019 ScaredyKIT: Stephen King and Family19 ongelezen / 19chlorine, december 2019
November SFFKIT: Award Winners74 ongelezen / 74scaifea, december 2019
October RandomCAT: Knock-offs, Follow-ups, Tributes, Parodies62 ongelezen / 62LadyoftheLodge, december 2019
Tafadhali's 2019 Anniversary Challenge35 ongelezen / 35Tafadhali, december 2019
Is anyone thinking of next year?17 ongelezen / 17Nickelini, december 2019
November AlphaKIT: S and Y63 ongelezen / 63LibraryCin, december 2019
November TBR CAT: Book given to me as a gift40 ongelezen / 40Kristelh, november 2019
2019 ScaredyKIT - Interest and Planning76 ongelezen / 76whitewavedarling, november 2019
November's RandomCat: Childhood Memories38 ongelezen / 38LadyoftheLodge, november 2019
DeltaQueen's Random Miscellaneous Challenge - Part 6254 ongelezen / 254DeltaQueen50, november 2019
2019 SeriesCAT Planning Thread160 ongelezen / 160lsh63, november 2019
Clue Reads The Stars In 2019166 ongelezen / 166dudes22, november 2019
November SeriesCAT - Female Protagonist58 ongelezen / 58LibraryCin, november 2019
2019 group reads planning thread135 ongelezen / 135JayneCM, november 2019
What are we reading in November?47 ongelezen / 47DeltaQueen50, november 2019
November BingoDOG Reads18 ongelezen / 18dudes22, november 2019
TBR CAT -- Planning Thread120 ongelezen / 120LittleTaiko, november 2019
BingoDOG Planning Thread137 ongelezen / 137EBT1002, november 2019
2019 CalendarCAT Planning Thread66 ongelezen / 66LibraryCin, november 2019
AlphaKIT for 201998 ongelezen / 98Kristelh, november 2019
2019 CATs planning thread113 ongelezen / 113pamelad, november 2019
2019 RandomCAT planning thread60 ongelezen / 60lsh63, november 2019
Betty's (dudes22) Raining Cats and Dogs in 2019200 ongelezen / 200dudes22, november 2019
rabbitprincess paints a portrait of her reading year in 2019 - Part 3173 ongelezen / 173rabbitprincess, november 2019
CBL's musical categories, part 2105 ongelezen / 105cbl_tn, november 2019
October BingoDOG reads26 ongelezen / 26NinieB, november 2019
October CalendarCAT33 ongelezen / 33sturlington, november 2019
October TBRCat - Book Purchased Because of the Visual Appeal of the Cover37 ongelezen / 37DeltaQueen50, november 2019
VivienneR in Christie's Footsteps - Part 3192 ongelezen / 192VivienneR, november 2019
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