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?27 ongelezen / 27antqueen, november 14
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (7)92 ongelezen / 92charl08, Vandaag 3:10am
December RandomCAT: Seasonal Reading: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa23 ongelezen / 23MissWatson, Vandaag 2:45am
NinieB thinks chronologically--Third thoughts132 ongelezen / 132MissWatson, Vandaag 2:43am
DeltaQueen's 2021 Challenge - Reading Is Like a Box of Chocolates - Part 7205 ongelezen / 205MissWatson, Vandaag 2:42am
MissWatson roams the centuries, part 487 ongelezen / 87MissWatson, Vandaag 2:34am
December GenreCAT: Mysteries17 ongelezen / 17Robertgreaves, Vandaag 12:26am
justchris works on the TBR box sitting in the bedroom50 ongelezen / 50justchris, Gisteren 11:04pm
What are we reading in December?7 ongelezen / 7DeltaQueen50, Gisteren 10:00pm
Cheli's Mountainous Category Challenge for 2021 Part 2102 ongelezen / 102cyderry, Gisteren 7:34pm
Joy's Challenge for 2021 - CATs, KITs and the DOG41 ongelezen / 41jlshall, Gisteren 6:29pm
LadyoftheLodge reads in 2021403 ongelezen / 403LadyoftheLodge, Gisteren 5:28pm
JayneCM Feels At Home In 2021463 ongelezen / 463JayneCM, Gisteren 4:30pm
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2021 -- Last Thread of the Year!180 ongelezen / 180RidgewayGirl, Gisteren 4:23pm
Mamie returns to Casablanca, page 288 ongelezen / 88VivienneR, Gisteren 3:04pm
Helenliz sends a 4th postcard165 ongelezen / 165Helenliz, Gisteren 2:11pm
Betty (dudes22) 2021 Challenge - I'm Reading with a Great Group - Part 2102 ongelezen / 102dudes22, Gisteren 1:41pm
Katie Reads... and Reads Some More!358 ongelezen / 358katiekrug, Gisteren 11:29am
Christina reads the four seasons in 2021 - part 366 ongelezen / 66christina_reads, Gisteren 11:10am
Jennifer's 2021 Category Challenge (japaul22)229 ongelezen / 229japaul22, Gisteren 10:54am
VivienneR visits Wind in the Willows for the last time153 ongelezen / 153VivienneR, Gisteren 10:48am
December AlphaKIT: G and Q17 ongelezen / 17VivienneR, Gisteren 12:15am
Dogearedcopy's "21/U" Cat Stax99 ongelezen / 99Tanya-dogearedcopy, zondag 11:09pm
susanna.fraser goes exploring in 2021225 ongelezen / 225susanna.fraser, zondag 10:06pm
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2021254 ongelezen / 254DeltaQueen50, zondag 9:36pm
Lori (thornton37814) Watches Birds with Her Fur Boys in 2021 - Thread 4102 ongelezen / 102thornton37814, zondag 7:48pm
Pamelad's New Categories #2302 ongelezen / 302pamelad, zondag 5:27pm
mstrust's little yet fierce challenge- #3103 ongelezen / 103mstrust, zondag 5:23pm
Amber's (scaifea) 2021 Category Challenge - Thread #2201 ongelezen / 201scaifea, zondag 4:02pm
December SFF Kit: Last Chance Challenge6 ongelezen / 6chlorine, zondag 12:31pm
Tess Reads in Time and Space Page 575 ongelezen / 75MissWatson, zondag 4:55am
pammab's 2021 challenge178 ongelezen / 178pammab, zondag 2:17am
Clue Has A Laid Back Year in 2021177 ongelezen / 177clue, zaterdag 10:26pm
December HistoryCAT: Adventure, Exploration and Discovery12 ongelezen / 12MissWatson, zaterdag 10:36am
Crazy4reading is crazy busy but hopes to read in 2021 (Monica Lynn)72 ongelezen / 72crazy4reading, vrijdag 11:25pm
VictoriaPL rejoins the Category Challenge (thread 2)114 ongelezen / 114pamelad, vrijdag 10:39pm
Majkia Reads What She Likes - Spring144 ongelezen / 144majkia, vrijdag 5:24pm
Jackie's 2021 Jar of Fate category challenge - 2126 ongelezen / 126thornton37814, vrijdag 11:32am
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2021 Challenges302 ongelezen / 302LibraryCin, donderdag 11:58pm
Markon reads in 202177 ongelezen / 77markon, donderdag 11:53am
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Polar46 ongelezen / 46dudes22, donderdag 7:47am
November MysteryKIT: Historical Mysteries42 ongelezen / 42MissWatson, donderdag 3:44am
Sally Lou's reading in 2021123 ongelezen / 123sallylou61, woensdag 11:16pm
November HistoryCAT: Events23 ongelezen / 23sallylou61, woensdag 11:07pm
Tricia is still here in 2021183 ongelezen / 183hailelib, woensdag 8:14pm
Kathy's (kac522) Reading Challenges for 2021226 ongelezen / 226kac522, woensdag 5:50pm
April's The Cat Who Got "Shelf" ish 202143 ongelezen / 43lowelibrary, woensdag 4:18pm
November AlphaKIT: B and Y49 ongelezen / 49lowelibrary, woensdag 3:29pm
Lisa's 2021 Category Challenge #2192 ongelezen / 192lsh63, woensdag 7:56am
November Random CAT : Fortune and Glory!48 ongelezen / 48clue, dinsdag 9:18pm
rabbitprincess stops making sense in 2021, part 3: Wild Wild Life145 ongelezen / 145Tess_W, dinsdag 8:27pm
2021 koalamom38 ongelezen / 38koalamom, dinsdag 6:22pm
November short science fiction & fantasy challenge47 ongelezen / 47fuzzi, dinsdag 6:10pm
What are we reading in November?34 ongelezen / 34Tanya-dogearedcopy, dinsdag 4:37pm
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT Planning Thread For 2021!!!87 ongelezen / 87markon, dinsdag 3:38pm
November GenreCAT: SFF57 ongelezen / 57christina_reads, dinsdag 11:32am
Kristel's Reading Life in Lists155 ongelezen / 155Kristelh, dinsdag 9:49am
ScaredyKIT 2021 Planning Thread74 ongelezen / 74lowelibrary, november 29
Scaredykit December 20216 ongelezen / 6LibraryCin, november 29
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): South America39 ongelezen / 39VivienneR, november 28
lavaturtle's 2021 Category Challenge85 ongelezen / 85lavaturtle, november 28
December MysteryKIT: Greece and Rome16 ongelezen / 16LadyoftheLodge, november 27
Shannon Starts Again in 2021 (sturlington)102 ongelezen / 102sturlington, november 27
KITastrophe: October - December - Riots/Uprisings/Sieges/War/Invasions7 ongelezen / 7Tess_W, november 26
SFF-KIT 2021 - February - Sentient Things89 ongelezen / 89wartgin, november 24
November ScaredyKIT: Stephen King and Family18 ongelezen / 18lowelibrary, november 22
GeoKit Oceania 202149 ongelezen / 49DeltaQueen50, november 22
MysteryMax Reads in 2021 - Mysteries First55 ongelezen / 55mysterymax, november 21
lavaturtle's comics-filled 202155 ongelezen / 55lavaturtle, november 21
Audiobooks133 ongelezen / 133Tanya-dogearedcopy, november 20
mathgirl40's 2021 category challenge137 ongelezen / 137DeltaQueen50, november 18
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (6)250 ongelezen / 250charl08, november 16
RandomCAT planning thread 202154 ongelezen / 54clue, november 15
October MysteryKIT: Minorities/Diverse32 ongelezen / 32VivienneR, november 14
GenreCAT 202184 ongelezen / 84rabbitprincess, november 14
MysteryKIT planning thread130 ongelezen / 130Robertgreaves, november 13
AlphaKIT Planning Thread75 ongelezen / 75fuzzi, november 13
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Europe124 ongelezen / 124Tess_W, november 12
lindapanzo rounds the bases in 2021134 ongelezen / 134thornton37814, november 8
Threadnsong Accepts Reading Challenges38 ongelezen / 38threadnsong, november 7
KITastrophe: Yearlong-Epidemics and Pandemics32 ongelezen / 32beebeereads, november 6
Kerry (avatiakh) loves a challenge157 ongelezen / 157avatiakh, november 5
GenreCAT: Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal44 ongelezen / 44MissWatson, november 5
October ScaredyKIT - Real Life Monsters22 ongelezen / 22mstrust, november 3
October SFFKIT: Creature Feature33 ongelezen / 33antqueen, november 2
Random Cat October 202146 ongelezen / 46clue, november 1
October HistoryCAT - a country or region of your choice21 ongelezen / 21VivienneR, november 1
2021 CAT Planning thread124 ongelezen / 124LadyoftheLodge, november 1
Pete's 2021 can he even spell the thread right this time challenge?83 ongelezen / 83psutto, november 1
DeltaQueen's 2021 Challenge - Reading Is Like a Box of Chocolates - Part 6249 ongelezen / 249Nickelini, oktober 31
October 2021 BINGO Reads12 ongelezen / 12NinieB, oktober 31
AlphaKIT - Yearlong Letters: X and Z38 ongelezen / 38lowelibrary, oktober 31
October AlphaKIT: H and E46 ongelezen / 46Robertgreaves, oktober 31
What are we reading in October?45 ongelezen / 45pamelad, oktober 30
September ScaredyKit- The Dead, Their Habits and Abodes38 ongelezen / 38mstrust, oktober 28
Whitewavedarling is back for 2021...131 ongelezen / 131whitewavedarling, oktober 27
Tess Reads in Time and Space Page 4181 ongelezen / 181Tess_W, oktober 26
Lori (thornton37814) Watches Birds with Her Fur Boys in 2021 - Thread 3211 ongelezen / 211thornton37814, oktober 23
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Africa49 ongelezen / 49Tess_W, oktober 16
****Romance of the Three Kingdoms - Year long group read74 ongelezen / 74DeltaQueen50, oktober 14
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