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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Vastgezet2022 Plans?31 ongelezen / 31threadnsong, december 2021
Lisa's 2021 Where did the year go? Mini-challenge12 ongelezen / 12LisaMorr, juni 12
Chiliihead's List Challenge7 ongelezen / 7chiliihead, april 28
Markon reads in 202180 ongelezen / 80markon, februari 28
Audiobooks145 ongelezen / 145luvamystery65, februari 3
Soffitta1's 2021 Category Challenge65 ongelezen / 65soffitta1, januari 20
Cheli's Mountainous Category Challenge for 2021 Part 2121 ongelezen / 121rabbitprincess, januari 8
Pete's 2021 can he even spell the thread right this time challenge?87 ongelezen / 87psutto, januari 6
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2021 Challenges333 ongelezen / 333LibraryCin, januari 4
Lori (thornton37814) Watches Birds with Her Fur Boys in 2021 - Thread 4142 ongelezen / 142thornton37814, januari 4
pammab's 2021 challenge190 ongelezen / 190pammab, januari 3
VivienneR visits Wind in the Willows for the last time188 ongelezen / 188VivienneR, januari 3
April's The Cat Who Got "Shelf" ish 202146 ongelezen / 46lowelibrary, januari 3
December RandomCAT: Seasonal Reading: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa59 ongelezen / 59thornton37814, januari 3
Crazy4reading is crazy busy but hopes to read in 2021 (Monica Lynn)73 ongelezen / 73crazy4reading, januari 3
rabbitprincess stops making sense in 2021, part 3: Wild Wild Life171 ongelezen / 171rabbitprincess, januari 2
Pamelad's New Categories #2341 ongelezen / 341pamelad, januari 2
mathgirl40's 2021 category challenge179 ongelezen / 179mathgirl40, januari 2
Chrischi_HH reads for a new home in 202172 ongelezen / 72Jackie_K, januari 2
December MysteryKIT: Greece and Rome24 ongelezen / 24Robertgreaves, januari 2
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2021269 ongelezen / 269Nickelini, januari 1
Christina reads the four seasons in 2021 - part 396 ongelezen / 96christina_reads, januari 1
Kathy's (kac522) Reading Challenges for 2021229 ongelezen / 229kac522, januari 1
December GenreCAT: Mysteries55 ongelezen / 55christina_reads, januari 1
Betty (dudes22) 2021 Challenge - I'm Reading with a Great Group - Part 2120 ongelezen / 120RidgewayGirl, januari 1
Tricia is still here in 2021197 ongelezen / 197christina_reads, januari 1
2021 koalamom42 ongelezen / 42christina_reads, januari 1
DeltaQueen's 2021 Challenge - Reading Is Like a Box of Chocolates - Part 7295 ongelezen / 295threadnsong, januari 1
KITastrophe: October - December - Riots/Uprisings/Sieges/War/Invasions9 ongelezen / 9threadnsong, januari 1
GenreCAT 202185 ongelezen / 85fuzzi, januari 1
NinieB thinks chronologically--Third thoughts157 ongelezen / 157NinieB, januari 1
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (7)224 ongelezen / 224Berly, januari 1
JayneCM Feels At Home In 2021481 ongelezen / 481JayneCM, januari 1
Majkia Reads What She Likes - Spring167 ongelezen / 167majkia, januari 1
Sally Lou's reading in 2021129 ongelezen / 129sallylou61, januari 1
Kristel's Reading Life in Lists166 ongelezen / 166Kristelh, januari 1
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2021 -- Last Thread of the Year!236 ongelezen / 236RidgewayGirl, januari 1
Scaredykit December 202112 ongelezen / 12LibraryCin, december 2021
Whitewavedarling is back for 2021...143 ongelezen / 143whitewavedarling, december 2021
LadyoftheLodge reads in 2021420 ongelezen / 420thornton37814, december 2021
December HistoryCAT: Adventure, Exploration and Discovery23 ongelezen / 23fuzzi, december 2021
Jackie's 2021 Jar of Fate category challenge - 2139 ongelezen / 139Jackie_K, december 2021
VictoriaPL rejoins the Category Challenge (thread 2)134 ongelezen / 134RidgewayGirl, december 2021
mstrust's little yet fierce challenge- #3107 ongelezen / 107mstrust, december 2021
Helenliz sends a 4th postcard206 ongelezen / 206Helenliz, december 2021
Lisa's 2021 Category Challenge #2210 ongelezen / 210lsh63, december 2021
Kerry (avatiakh) loves a challenge188 ongelezen / 188avatiakh, december 2021
susanna.fraser goes exploring in 2021234 ongelezen / 234susanna.fraser, december 2021
AlphaKIT - Yearlong Letters: X and Z43 ongelezen / 43susanna.fraser, december 2021
Jennifer's 2021 Category Challenge (japaul22)252 ongelezen / 252japaul22, december 2021
December AlphaKIT: G and Q42 ongelezen / 42LibraryCin, december 2021
Mamie returns to Casablanca, page 296 ongelezen / 96Crazymamie, december 2021
Katie Reads... and Reads Some More!369 ongelezen / 369katiekrug, december 2021
Amber's (scaifea) 2021 Category Challenge - Thread #2215 ongelezen / 215scaifea, december 2021
Donan's 2021 Challenge20 ongelezen / 20donan, december 2021
October HistoryCAT - a country or region of your choice22 ongelezen / 22pamelad, december 2021
Shannon Starts Again in 2021 (sturlington)110 ongelezen / 110sturlington, december 2021
Karene's 21 Categories36 ongelezen / 36kpolhuis, december 2021
lindapanzo rounds the bases in 2021138 ongelezen / 138lindapanzo, december 2021
Tess Reads in Time and Space Page 5108 ongelezen / 108clue, december 2021
MissWatson roams the centuries, part 4107 ongelezen / 107rabbitprincess, december 2021
MysteryMax Reads in 2021 - Mysteries First60 ongelezen / 60mysterymax, december 2021
MissBrangwen's first category challenge! - II247 ongelezen / 247MissBrangwen, december 2021
Mystery Max fixes a messed up reading list1 ongelezen / 1mysterymax, december 2021
November short science fiction & fantasy challenge50 ongelezen / 50threadnsong, december 2021
Threadnsong Accepts Reading Challenges41 ongelezen / 41threadnsong, december 2021
What are we reading in December?35 ongelezen / 35threadnsong, december 2021
December SFF Kit: Last Chance Challenge9 ongelezen / 9markon, december 2021
Clue Has A Laid Back Year in 2021181 ongelezen / 181clue, december 2021
Dogearedcopy's "21/U" Cat Stax105 ongelezen / 105MissWatson, december 2021
Geo Kit: 2020 (All Year) Asia84 ongelezen / 84MissWatson, december 2021
lavaturtle's comics-filled 202156 ongelezen / 56lavaturtle, december 2021
June GenreCAT: Historical Fiction69 ongelezen / 69lowelibrary, december 2021
Lori (lkernagh) Gets Connected with Her 2021 Reading162 ongelezen / 162RidgewayGirl, december 2021
AlphaKIT Planning Thread79 ongelezen / 79majkia, december 2021
November HistoryCAT: Events24 ongelezen / 24threadnsong, december 2021
lavaturtle's 2021 Category Challenge86 ongelezen / 86lavaturtle, december 2021
justchris works on the TBR box sitting in the bedroom50 ongelezen / 50justchris, december 2021
Joy's Challenge for 2021 - CATs, KITs and the DOG41 ongelezen / 41jlshall, december 2021
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Polar46 ongelezen / 46dudes22, december 2021
November MysteryKIT: Historical Mysteries42 ongelezen / 42MissWatson, december 2021
November AlphaKIT: B and Y49 ongelezen / 49lowelibrary, december 2021
November Random CAT : Fortune and Glory!48 ongelezen / 48clue, november 2021
What are we reading in November?34 ongelezen / 34Tanya-dogearedcopy, november 2021
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT Planning Thread For 2021!!!87 ongelezen / 87markon, november 2021
November GenreCAT: SFF57 ongelezen / 57christina_reads, november 2021
ScaredyKIT 2021 Planning Thread74 ongelezen / 74lowelibrary, november 2021
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): South America39 ongelezen / 39VivienneR, november 2021
SFF-KIT 2021 - February - Sentient Things89 ongelezen / 89wartgin, november 2021
November ScaredyKIT: Stephen King and Family18 ongelezen / 18lowelibrary, november 2021
GeoKit Oceania 202149 ongelezen / 49DeltaQueen50, november 2021
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (6)250 ongelezen / 250charl08, november 2021
RandomCAT planning thread 202154 ongelezen / 54clue, november 2021
October MysteryKIT: Minorities/Diverse32 ongelezen / 32VivienneR, november 2021
MysteryKIT planning thread130 ongelezen / 130Robertgreaves, november 2021
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Europe124 ongelezen / 124Tess_W, november 2021
KITastrophe: Yearlong-Epidemics and Pandemics32 ongelezen / 32beebeereads, november 2021
GenreCAT: Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal44 ongelezen / 44MissWatson, november 2021
October ScaredyKIT - Real Life Monsters22 ongelezen / 22mstrust, november 2021
October SFFKIT: Creature Feature33 ongelezen / 33antqueen, november 2021
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