November 24, 2009

Ideas for Colorful Challenge Selections

There have been a couple questions wondering how many books out there have colors in their titles that can be used for The Colorful Challenge. There are so many! For inspiration, I have listed some here for you. To sign up for the 2010 Colorful Challenge, click here.

  • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
  • The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • The White Garden: A Novel of Virginia Woolf by Stephanie Barron
  • White Fang by Jack London
  • The White Russian by Tom Bradby
  • Vision in White by Nora Roberts
  • Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor by Matthew Latimer
  • White Oleander by Janet Finch

  • Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
  • Black: The Birth of Evil by Ted Dekker
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden
  • Black Widow by Randy Wayne White
  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell

  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Blue Moon: The Immortals by Alyson Noel
  • Something Blue by Emily Griffin
  • Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet
  • Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller
  • Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  • True Blue by David Baldacci
  • Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz
  • Violets are Blue (Alex Cross) by James Patterson

  • Red (Dead World, Book 1) by Jordan Summers
  • The Red Book by Carl Jung
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
  • The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal by Lily Koppel

  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi
  • Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris (could count for yellow or blue!)
  • Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Road Trip into the Heart of Fan Mania by Warren St. John
  • Love in Condition Yellow: A Memoir of an Unlikely Marriage by Sophia Raday
  • Days of Gold by Jude Deveraux
  • Thousand Pieces of Gold by Ruthanne Lum McCann
  • Blood and Gold (Vampire Chronicles) by Anne Rice
  • Gold of Kings (Christian Mystery) by T. Davis Bunn
  • Men, Money, and Gold Diggers by Je'Caryous Johnson
  • The Power of Gold: The History of an Obsession by Peter L. Bernstein

  • The Silver Spoon by Phaidon Press
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis
  • The Scalpel and the Silver Bear by Lori Alvord
  • The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black
  • The Silver Rose by Susan Carroll

  • Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Gray Matter by Gary Beaver
  • Gray Ghost by William G. Tapply

  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Think Orange by Reggie Joiner
  • Five Quarters of an Orange: A Novel by Joanne Harris
  • Blood Orange by Drusilla Campbell
  • The Ride of a Lifetime: Doing Business the Orange County Choppers Way by Paul Teutel

  • Green Angel by Alice Hoffman
  • Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson
  • Green by Ted Dekker
  • Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life by Sophie Uliano
  • Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • Green Porno: A Book and Short Films by Isabella Rossellini

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi
  • The Purple Land by H.W. Hudson
  • Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
  • When the Purple Mountain Burns by Shouhua Qi

  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Scarlet (King Raven, Book 2) by Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Scarlet (Dead World, Book 2) by Jordan Summers
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
  • A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird by Bruce Barcott

  • Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd by Mark Blake
  • Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage by Jeff Benedict
  • My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
  • Princess in Pink by Meg Cabot
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
  • Little Pink Slips by Sally Koslow

  • The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie
  • Black Rose by Nora Roberts
  • The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
  • The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupak Shakur
  • Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald

  • Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All by Donald J. Sobol
  • Murder at the Brown Palace: A True Story of Seduction & Betrayal by Dick Kreck
  • Bobbi Brown Beauty Evolution by Bobbi Brown
  • Reynold Brown: A Life in Pictures by Daniel Zimmer and David J. Hornung
  • The Turquoise by Anya Seton
  • Turquoise Lament by John D. MacDonald
  • The Turquoise Ring by Grace Tiffany
  • Turquoise: A Chef's Travels in Turkey by Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf
  • Indigo by Alice Hoffman
  • The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti
  • The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children by Doreen Virtue
  • Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica
  • Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia by Richard E. Cytowic
  • Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker
  • Violet by Jane Feather
  • Violet by Lauren Royal
  • Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph
  • Through Violet Eyes by Stephen Woodworth
  • Ultra Violet (Jane Kelly Mysteries) by Nancy Bush
  • Crimson Joy by Robert B. Parker
  • The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin" (Once Upon a Time) by Suzanne Weyn and Mahlon F. Craft
  • Crimson Stain: The Shocking True Story of the Only Amish Man Ever Convicted of Homicide by Jim Fisher
  • The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  • Kiss of Crimson (The Midnight Breed, Book 2) by Lara Adrian
  • First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, Book 1) by Jeaniene Frost
  • The Lavender Hour: A Novel by Anne Leclaire
  • The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming by Jeannie Ralston
  • Lavender: Fragrance of Provence by Hans Silvester
  • Lavender Morning by Jude Deveraux
  • The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government by David K. Johnson
  • Lavender Lies: A China Bayles Mystery by Susan Wittig Albert
  • Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy Seal by Chuck Pfarrer
  • Navy Wife (The Navy Series #1) by Debbie Macomber
  • Jane Austen and the Navy by Brian Southam
  • When Will My Ship Come In?: The Misadventures of a Navy Wife by L.A. Krueger
  • Navy Blue and Other Colors by Frances Wills Thorpe
  • Navy Blue Eyes by Kevin Hunter
  • Plum Lucky by Janet Evonovich
  • The Land of Green Plums by Herta Muller and Michael Hoffman
  • Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • Plum Island by Nelson DeMille
  • Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner
  • At the Sign of the Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper

If you are interested in the challenge, please go to the top of this post to sign up!


  1. Hey, The Rose Labyrinth--I actually have that book! :)

  2. Great list! I'm reading my last book for the 2009 challenge and am thinking about 2010 options already. I had some enjoyable reads from the challenge.

  3. That sounds like a fun challenge, and that list really is helpful. I actually see 2 or 3 books I already own and a couple more I was already planning on reading. I'll have to check if I can find 9 (I'm sure I can!) and then I'll join!

  4. Oh wow there are some great books on here. Will definitely be joining! Will be posting soon!!

  5. Amazing, Rebecca! You do the most thorough and informative posts! You are the Queen of book bloggers :) Great list and sounds like a fun challenge!

    I came to wish you Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful day full of love and yummy things :))
    Hugs :))

  6. I never realized how many books there are out there with colors in the titles! Great list!

  7. I love this list, so very cool! My next book, coming out in July is called Indigo Blues. I also have a manuscript on submission called Pure Red so hopefully we'll be able to add that one to the list in the future.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. WOW...that was really thoughtful of you to post all these titles by color. Thanks (not positive I'll sign up but will flag this post; thanks again.

  9. Hi Rebecca, just popping in to wish you and your family a most happy and blessed Thanksgiving. Enjoy your day!

    This is a fabulous list. I may join this challenge but my goal for the new year is to read a lot of books that I already have on the shelves. I'll check my titles when we get back to FL.

  10. What a great list! Maybe I'll do the challenge now. Thanks for all the hard work that you do. I put some of your lists on word docs so I can save them. This one will be saved too.

  11. If you are looking to get creative, I found a list of all the Crayola crayon colors on Wikipedia:

  12. Great list! I'm definitely doing the challenge. Here's a few more books I thought of while reading your list.

    Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

    My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest

    Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moo

    The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers

  13. Ok, I found a few more on the 1,000 books to read before you die list...

    Indigo – Marina Warner

    Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates
    On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin
    The Red and the Black – Stendhal

    The Green Man – Kingsley Amis
    The Green Hat – Michael Arlen
    Girl With Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien

    Blue Noon – Georges Bataille

    Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley
    The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    The Golden Bowl – Henry James
    The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing


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