This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books with colors in the title. Fun stuff! I love all of the amazing words for color – jewel tones, floral colors, culinary colors. When I was in grade school, I’d love to look up a color in a thesaurus so I could swim around in all of the gorgeous synonyms. I mean, why have just an ordinary blue when it could be sapphire, cobalt, cerulean, or azure.
So onto my colorful list of books!
There were SO.MANY.CHOICES for this one! Easy ones like The Scarlet Letter, a classic like the Sherlock Holmes story A Study in Scarlet. But I’ve chosen to go with a recent favorite.
All Systems Red by Martha Wells. This is the first novella in the Murderbot series. Murderbot is an absolute favorite of mine. A Security Unit, it’s forced to watch over and rescue humans when they do stupid things. Which is often. When what it really wants to do is watch its favorite tv shows. I can identify! My review of Network Effect, the most recent book in the series.
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. This book is such a favorite that I’ve read more than one copy into tatters. The story of Harry Crewe, the Homelander orphan girl who became Harimad-sol, King’s Rider, and heir to the Blue Sword, Gonturan, that no woman had wielded since the Lady Aerin herself bore it into battle.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare is another childhood favorite. Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean island she left behind.
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman. Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either.
I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, The Deck of Omens.
The City of Brass by SA Chakraborty. Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. This book sounds amazing and I need to read it soon! I’ve been putting it off because it’s huge but I really just need to read it.
Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews is book 5 in an urban fantasy series about a family of magic users fighting for their place in the local hierarchy. Ilona Andrews is on my automatic buy list..
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston was one of my top reads earlier this year. Much love for this book! Read my thoughts about it.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert was a fun romance. Nice to see a MC dealing with a disability while having a successful career and finding love.
Purple Cow by Seth Godin is a thought-provoking marketing book about figuring how to be extraordinary – the purple cow that everyone remembers.
What books would you include in your book rainbow? Let me know in the comments below.