2015 Category Challenge

Welcome to the 2015 Category Challenge!

The idea is to read books from different categories, to chat about what you read, and to inflict bookbullets on your fellow challengers. You can have as many or few categories as you wish, they can cover any sort of topic, and you can read as many books as you want in each category.

When this group was started, the idea was for everyone to pick (their own!) 8 categories of books and read 8 books in each of those categories in 2008. In 2009, it was to read 9 books each in 9 different categories, 10 in 10 in 2010, 11 in 11 in 2011, etc. Once we got into the higher years/numbers, it started to get difficult to get that many books read in a year, but since we still liked our category reading (it helps with reading out of the box), we changed it to a category challenge, so that everyone could pick whichever number of categories they wished and, of course, whichever number of books to read in each category. That's a short version of how this recurring group came to be and you are very welcome to join with us - just set up a thread, name your categories, and chat away!

The challenge officially begins on January 1, 2015, but starting early or late is welcomed.

Have fun!!

NOTE: Next Year's Challenge can be accessed here. Welcome!

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This Year's Group Reads, CATs, and DOG:

HistoryCAT Wiki and HistoryCAT Discussion
SFFFCAT Wiki and SFFFCAT Discussion
RandomCAT Wiki and RandomCAT Discussion
AlphaKIT Wiki and AlphaKIT Discussion
CookingKIT Wiki and CookingKIT Discussion
BingoDOG Wiki and BingoDOG Discussion
Group Read Wiki and Group Read Discussion
BioKIT Wiki and BioKIT Discussion
If you want to participate in the Horror! read, click here. (separate group)
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Group Reads

First Quarter:
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

January:
The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt

February:
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

March:
Beloved by Toni Morrison

Second Quarter:
Thomas Becket by John Guy General Chat Thread / Book Discussion

April:
Orlando by Virginia Woolf

May:
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

June:
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Third Quarter:
The Black Count by Tom Reiss General discussion / Book discussion

July:
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

August:
Liaden Universe series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Agatha Christie author read

September:
Ernest Hemingway author read
Harumi Murakami author read

Fourth Quarter:
I know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou General Thread / Discussion Thread

October:
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

November:
J. M. Coetzee author read

December:
Haruki Murakami author read
The Christmas Murder Mystery/Gifts Group Read

Year-Long Group Reads:
Jane Austen
Isaac Asimov
Peter Ackroyd - History of England
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