November 20, 2012

Book Selection Ideas for the Colorful Reading Challenge

Colorful Reading Challenge:
Book Ideas

There are so many books out there that can be read for the 2013 Colorful Challenge.  I decided to make an updated list of the one I made in 2010 for inspiration! Whether you prefer literary fiction, mysteries, historical fiction, young adult, true crime, memoirs, or general nonfiction, you will find a book here.  These are just ideas and starting points.  You don't have to use these books!  Any books with colors in the title will do.

To sign up for the 2013 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
  • Cold White Fury by Beth Amos
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by The Brothers Grimm


  • 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
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright
  • Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  • Black for Remembrance by Carlene Thompson 
  • Black Out by Lisa Unger
  • The Black Echo (Harry Bosch #1) by Michael Connelly
  • Black Friday by James Patterson

  • Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Gray Matter by Gary Beaver
  • Gray Ghost by William G. Tapply
  • The Grays by Whitley Strieber
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3) by Cinda Williams Chima
  • Gray's Anatomy by Peter L. Williams, Henry Gray
  • Shades of Gray by Brooke McKinley
  • The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson
  • The Gray Man (Court Gentry #1) by Mark Greaney

  • 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
  • Silver Bullet by Stephen King
  • Silver Girl by Elin Hildebrand
  • The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
  • Silver Wedding by Maeve Binchy
  • Silver Angel by Johanna Lindsey

  • 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
  • Tarnished Gold (Landry #5) by V.C. Andrews
  • Gold by Chris Cleave
  • The Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille
  • A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
  • Black Gold by Marguerite Henry
  • Spartan Gold (Fargo Adventure #1) by Clive Cussler


  • 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 
  • 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
  • Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
  • Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
  • Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
  • The Yellow House: A Novel by Patricia Falvey
  • The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee
  • An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy

  • 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
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman
  • Orange Crush by Tim Dorsey
  • The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder
  • Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football by David Winner
  • Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney
  • Blood Orange Brewing (A Tea Shop Mystery #7) by Laura Childs
  • The Orange Blossom Special by Betsy Carter
  • Lime Tree Can't Bear Orange by Amanda Smyth


  • 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
  • Red Hook Road: A Novel by Ayelet Waldman
  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  • Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter #1) by Thomas Harris
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
  • Red Lily by Nora Roberts
  • The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • Little Red Riding Hood by Brothers Grimm
  • Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black


  • 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
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
  • Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy
  • Little Scarlet by Walter Mosley

  • 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
  • Crimson Kiss by Trisha Baker
  • Crimson Moon (Crimson Trilogy #1) by J.A. Saare
  • The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin by Suzanne Weyn


  • 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
  • Surrender the Pink by Carrie Fisher
  • Pink Jinx (Cajun #5) by Sandra Hill


  • 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
  • Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti
  • Rose by Holly Webb

  • 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 Green Mile by Stephen King
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Anonymous
  • Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
  • Green-Eyed Demon (Sabina Kane #3) by Jaye Wells
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
  • Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
  • How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
  • The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
  • Green Darkness by Anya Seton
  • Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer- America's Deadliest Serial Murderer by Ann Rule

  • The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation #3) by Lauren Willig
  • Emerald by Phyllis A. Whitney
  • A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman
  • The Emerald Talisman (Talisman #1) by Brenda Pandos
  • Emerald City by Jennifer Egan
  • The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Emerald by Karen Wallace
  • Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaren
  • The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
  • The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
  • Jade by Ruth Ryan Langan
  • Jade by Jill Marie Landis
  • Jade Star (Star #4) by Catherine Coulter
  • Jade by Jade Goody
  • Jade Green by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Throne of Jade (Temeraire #2) by Naomi Novik
  • Jade Island (Donovan #2) by Elizabeth Lowell
  • Jade by Norah Hess
  • Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen #9) by Joanne Fluke
  • Lime Street at Two by Helen Forrester
  • Lime's Photograph by Leif Davidsen
  • Lime Creek by Joe Henry
  • The Adventures of Jack Lime by James Leck
  • Key Lime Blues: A Wes Darling Mystery by Mike Jastrzebski
  • Key Lime Pie by Josi S. Kilpack

  • 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
  • Turquoise by Aamer Hussein
  • Assassins of the Turquoise Palace by Roya Hakakian
  • The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • Turquoise Eye of Horus (Egyptian Shifters #1) by Marisa Chenery
  • Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds


  • 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
  • The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard
  • Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman
  • The Blue Nowhere by Jeffrey Deaver
  • Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen 

  • 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
  • Piper Reed: Navy Brat (Piper Reed #1) by Kimberly Willis Holt

  • 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
  • Death in a Mood Indigo by Francine Matthews
  • Indigo Blue by Cathy Cassidy
  • Dress Her in Indigo by John D. MacDonald
  • 22 Indigo Place by Sandra Brown
  • Indigo Summer by Monica McKayhan
  • The Indigo King (Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica #3) by James A. Owen

  • 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
  • Violets are Blue (Alex Cross #7) by James Patterson
  • Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
  • Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
  • Violet and Claire by Francesca Lia Block
  • Violet Eyes: A Retelling of the Princess and the Pea by Debbie Vigui

  • 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
  • Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
  • Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick
  • The Purple Emperor (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #2) by Herbie Brennan
  • Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch

  • 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
  • Wild Lavender by Belinda Alexandra
  • Lavender Vows (The Medieval Herb Garden #1) by Colleen Gleason
  • The Long Lavender Look by John D. MacDonald

  • 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
  • On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Plum Girl by Jill Winters

  • 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 Man in the Brown Suit (Colonel Race #1) by Agatha Christie
  • The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton
  • Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Brown's Requiem by James Ellroy
  • Bad Boy Brawly Brown by Walter Mosley

  • Cinnamon by V.C. Andrews
  • Cinnamon Kiss by Walter Mosley
  • Cinnamon Skin by John D. MacDonald
  • Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman
  • The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Pheobe Stone
  • Cinnamon Dreams by Vic Winter
  • Cinnamon by Cherie Davis
  • Cinnamon and Roses by Heidi Betts
  • Cinnamon Gardens: A Novel by Shyam Selvadurai

  • The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3) by Philip Pullman
  • Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon
  • Nine Princes in Amber (Amber Chronicles #1) by Roger Zelazny
  • Amber Eyes (Amber Eyes #1) by Maya Banks
  • The Amber Photograph by Penelope J. Stokes
  • Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor
  • Black Amber by Phyllis A. Whitney
  • Amber House by Kelly Moore
  • Amber Magic by B.V. Larson

If you are interested in the challenge, please click here to sign up!!


  1. You're BACK! I've missed you.
    I'm thinking about this challenge, but the two times I tried, I failed miserably to complete....though I did manage a few. Hmmm....(tempted again)

  2. Aww, you are the sweetest, Mardel!!! If you want to try again, I am thinking 2013 is the year. Don't forget you can crossover with other challenges to make it easier!

  3. Gina, a book dragonJanuary 3, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    the reviews do me in!

  4. Gina, don't worry about the reviews too much. Just a blurb will do. A couple of sentences saying whether you think it sucked or was great will do. No need to get elaborate unless you want to!

  5. Quirky BookandFilmBuffJanuary 3, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Great list! I see some favorites on here, like Fried Green Tomatoes and the Chimamanda Ngozi novels. You did beautiful work here! ;-)

  6. What a fun challenge idea! I will try to link up. New follower here!

    1. I totally missed this comment! I'm sorry! I am so glad you are joining! I am going to get the link things fixed for February.


Thank you for visiting! Leave a comment and share your thoughts with me!