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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Angeheftet2022 Plans?24 ungelesen / 24markon, Gestern 12:48pm
Tess Reads in Time and Space Page 4180 ungelesen / 180VivienneR, Heute 1:52am
JayneCM Feels At Home In 2021411 ungelesen / 411JayneCM, Gestern 10:58pm
Charlotte (Charl08) swims with the penguins (6)183 ungelesen / 183bell7, Gestern 9:48pm
Pamelad's New Categories #2181 ungelesen / 181pamelad, Gestern 8:30pm
susanna.fraser goes exploring in 2021207 ungelesen / 207susanna.fraser, Gestern 7:56pm
November short science fiction & fantasy challenge10 ungelesen / 10Robertgreaves, Gestern 7:36pm
Lisa's 2021 Category Challenge #2167 ungelesen / 167rabbitprincess, Gestern 7:32pm
LadyoftheLodge reads in 2021362 ungelesen / 362VivienneR, Gestern 6:10pm
October MysteryKIT: Minorities/Diverse25 ungelesen / 25lowelibrary, Gestern 5:28pm
Lori (thornton37814) Watches Birds with Her Fur Boys in 2021 - Thread 438 ungelesen / 38VivienneR, Gestern 4:52pm
Jennifer's 2021 Category Challenge (japaul22)207 ungelesen / 207japaul22, Gestern 2:41pm
mstrust's little yet fierce challenge- #387 ungelesen / 87mstrust, Gestern 2:19pm
October SFFKIT: Creature Feature29 ungelesen / 29markon, Gestern 12:53pm
DeltaQueen's 2021 Challenge - Reading Is Like a Box of Chocolates - Part 6221 ungelesen / 221DeltaQueen50, Gestern 12:49pm
Kathy's (kac522) Reading Challenges for 2021200 ungelesen / 200fuzzi, Gestern 12:36pm
The Official UN-official SFF-KIT Planning Thread For 2021!!!78 ungelesen / 78markon, Gestern 11:06am
October 2021 BINGO Reads10 ungelesen / 10MissWatson, Gestern 7:06am
MissWatson roams the centuries, part 441 ungelesen / 41MissWatson, Gestern 6:52am
rabbitprincess stops making sense in 2021, part 3: Wild Wild Life120 ungelesen / 120clue, Sonntag 7:37pm
VictoriaPL rejoins the Category Challenge (thread 2)71 ungelesen / 71VictoriaPL, Sonntag 7:10pm
Mamie returns to Casablanca, page 266 ungelesen / 66VivienneR, Sonntag 6:10pm
VivienneR visits Wind in the Willows for the last time59 ungelesen / 59VivienneR, Sonntag 3:35pm
Cindy/LibraryCin's 2021 Challenges278 ungelesen / 278LibraryCin, Sonntag 3:32pm
Random Cat October 202135 ungelesen / 35LibraryCin, Sonntag 3:31pm
October ScaredyKIT - Real Life Monsters15 ungelesen / 15LibraryCin, Sonntag 3:29pm
Tricia is still here in 2021161 ungelesen / 161hailelib, Sonntag 3:09pm
Majkia Reads What She Likes - Spring121 ungelesen / 121majkia, Sonntag 2:34pm
Jackie's 2021 Jar of Fate category challenge - 2109 ungelesen / 109Jackie_K, Sonntag 12:38pm
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2021 -- Last Thread of the Year!89 ungelesen / 89RidgewayGirl, Sonntag 12:19pm
Helenliz sends a 4th postcard89 ungelesen / 89rabbitprincess, Samstag 7:59pm
2021 CAT Planning thread119 ungelesen / 119pamelad, Samstag 7:45pm
GenreCAT: Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal37 ungelesen / 37Robertgreaves, Samstag 7:31pm
Lori (thornton37814) Watches Birds with Her Fur Boys in 2021 - Thread 3211 ungelesen / 211thornton37814, Samstag 4:13pm
November MysteryKIT: Historical Mysteries15 ungelesen / 15jeanned, Samstag 3:51pm
November HistoryCAT: Events11 ungelesen / 11jeanned, Samstag 3:51pm
November AlphaKIT: B and Y10 ungelesen / 10jeanned, Samstag 3:07pm
November Random CAT : Fortune and Glory!22 ungelesen / 22dudes22, Samstag 2:10pm
MysteryMax Reads in 2021 - Mysteries First47 ungelesen / 47rabbitprincess, Samstag 8:46am
October HistoryCAT - a country or region of your choice18 ungelesen / 18LibraryCin, Freitag 11:57pm
October AlphaKIT: H and E36 ungelesen / 36LibraryCin, Freitag 11:57pm
Kristel's Reading Life in Lists137 ungelesen / 137Kristelh, Freitag 1:22pm
What are we reading in October?38 ungelesen / 38DeltaQueen50, Freitag 12:20pm
Nickelini's Category Challenge 2021221 ungelesen / 221DeltaQueen50, Freitag 12:18pm
Amber's (scaifea) 2021 Category Challenge - Thread #2184 ungelesen / 184scaifea, Freitag 12:18pm
pammab's 2021 challenge174 ungelesen / 174pammab, Donnerstag 11:36pm
NinieB thinks chronologically--Third thoughts98 ungelesen / 98kac522, Donnerstag 11:11pm
Katie Reads... and Reads Some More!332 ungelesen / 332katiekrug, Donnerstag 1:19pm
Christina reads the four seasons in 2021 - part 342 ungelesen / 42christina_reads, Mittwoch 4:26pm
Betty (dudes22) 2021 Challenge - I'm Reading with a Great Group - Part 279 ungelesen / 79dudes22, Mittwoch 4:23pm
lavaturtle's 2021 Category Challenge82 ungelesen / 82lavaturtle, Mittwoch 9:10am
lavaturtle's comics-filled 202152 ungelesen / 52lavaturtle, Mittwoch 9:02am
Cheli's Mountainous Category Challenge for 2021 Part 281 ungelesen / 81thornton37814, Dienstag 8:07am
AlphaKIT - Yearlong Letters: X and Z36 ungelesen / 36EBT1002, Oktober 17
mathgirl40's 2021 category challenge113 ungelesen / 113mathgirl40, Oktober 17
November GenreCAT: SFF19 ungelesen / 19Tess_W, Oktober 17
MysteryKIT planning thread128 ungelesen / 128majkia, Oktober 17
November ScaredyKIT: Stephen King and Family7 ungelesen / 7LibraryCin, Oktober 16
Audiobooks124 ungelesen / 124LibraryCin, Oktober 16
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Africa49 ungelesen / 49Tess_W, Oktober 16
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Polar45 ungelesen / 45Robertgreaves, Oktober 16
Pete's 2021 can he even spell the thread right this time challenge?82 ungelesen / 82rabbitprincess, Oktober 15
Shannon Starts Again in 2021 (sturlington)96 ungelesen / 96sturlington, Oktober 15
RandomCAT planning thread 202150 ungelesen / 50majkia, Oktober 15
AlphaKIT Planning Thread70 ungelesen / 70majkia, Oktober 15
Threadnsong Accepts Reading Challenges35 ungelesen / 35MissWatson, Oktober 15
ScaredyKIT 2021 Planning Thread69 ungelesen / 69LibraryCin, Oktober 14
Kerry (avatiakh) loves a challenge150 ungelesen / 150DeltaQueen50, Oktober 14
****Romance of the Three Kingdoms - Year long group read74 ungelesen / 74DeltaQueen50, Oktober 14
GenreCAT 202183 ungelesen / 83MissWatson, Oktober 14
HistoryCAT Planning thread142 ungelesen / 142LibraryCin, Oktober 13
justchris works on the TBR box sitting in the bedroom48 ungelesen / 48justchris, Oktober 13
Chrischi_HH reads for a new home in 202155 ungelesen / 55Chrischi_HH, Oktober 11
Sally Lou's reading in 2021117 ungelesen / 117sallylou61, Oktober 11
Dogearedcopy's "21/U" Cat Stax91 ungelesen / 91DeltaQueen50, Oktober 10
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): Europe120 ungelesen / 120MissWatson, Oktober 10
MissWatson roams the centuries, part 3175 ungelesen / 175MissWatson, Oktober 10
Geo Kit: 2020 (All Year) Asia82 ungelesen / 82Jackie_K, Oktober 8
BookLizard's Pathetic 2021 Category Challenge22 ungelesen / 22rabbitprincess, Oktober 6
Whitewavedarling is back for 2021...129 ungelesen / 129whitewavedarling, Oktober 6
Joy's Challenge for 2021 - CATs, KITs and the DOG39 ungelesen / 39jlshall, Oktober 5
GeoKIT 2021 (all year): South America38 ungelesen / 38DeltaQueen50, Oktober 5
September GenreCAT 2021 Children/YA57 ungelesen / 57MissWatson, Oktober 5
KITastrophe: Yearlong-Epidemics and Pandemics31 ungelesen / 31beebeereads, Oktober 4
spiralsheep's GeoKIT and BingoDOG pets, 2021 (part the third)207 ungelesen / 207cindydavid4, Oktober 4
VivienneR visits Wind in the Willows the third time229 ungelesen / 229VivienneR, Oktober 4
September HistoryCAT - Religion/Philosophy/Politics/Law40 ungelesen / 40threadnsong, Oktober 3
SFF KIT September: Near Future/Alternate Reality (Alternate History)36 ungelesen / 36threadnsong, Oktober 3
Clue Has A Laid Back Year in 2021157 ungelesen / 157Tess_W, Oktober 3
April's The Cat Who Got "Shelf" ish 202141 ungelesen / 41lowelibrary, Oktober 1
September AlphaKIT: F and L59 ungelesen / 59VivienneR, Oktober 1
September BingoDOG reads9 ungelesen / 9dudes22, Oktober 1
KITastrophe: October - December - Riots/Uprisings/Sieges/War/Invasions4 ungelesen / 4SilverWolf28, September 30
CBL (cbl_tn) keeps it simple in 2021 part 270 ungelesen / 70cbl_tn, September 30
lindapanzo rounds the bases in 2021130 ungelesen / 130lindapanzo, September 30
2021 koalamom36 ungelesen / 36koalamom, September 30
Tafadhali's Readapalooza 202124 ungelesen / 24Tafadhali, September 29
RidgewayGirl Reads Some Books in 2021 -- Third Quarter203 ungelesen / 203RidgewayGirl, September 29
September MysteryKIT: Mismatched ? Detectives37 ungelesen / 37VivienneR, September 28
What are we reading in September?53 ungelesen / 53LadyoftheLodge, September 28
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