reading the rainbow…

Just a personal reading challenge. In two parts:

1. read a book that contains in its title one of the colors of the rainbow (7 books total)

2. read one book whose spine represents each of the colors of the rainbow (7 books total)

Categories and potential reads:

“Red” in title:

  • The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Red Rosa by Kate Evans
  • Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech

“Orange” in title: *completed*

“Yellow” in title:

  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan

“Green” in title:

  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
  • Green Witch by Alice Hoffman

“Blue” in title:

  • The Bluest Eye  by Toni Morrison
  • Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
  • Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
  • Blue Covenant by Maude Barlow

“Indigo” in title: 

  • Indigo’s Star by Hilary McKay
  • Sassafrass, Cypress, & Indigo by Ntozake Shange

“Violet” in title:

  • Violet & Claire by Francesca Lia Block
  • The Purple Violet of Oshaantu by Neshani Andreas

Red spine:

  • Sula by Toni Morrison
  • Troublemaker and Other Saints by Christina Chiu
  • Family by Ed Sanders
  • Queer: A Graphic History by Dr. Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele

Orange spine:

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett
  • Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan
  • Birdology by Sy Montgomery

Yellow spine: *completed*

  • Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
  • The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • The Armless Maiden: And Other Tales for Childhood’s Survivors edited by Terri Windling
  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
  • Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Green spine: 

  •  Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland
  • Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks
  • Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Blue spine:

  • The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa
  • War Dance by Sherman Alexie
  • I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto

Indigo spine: *completed*

  • The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson
  • Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
  • Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night by Sindiwe Magona
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • Tender Points by Amy Berkowitz

Violet spine:

  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Tell No Tales by Eleanor Taylor Brown
  • Nocturnes by John Connolly
  • Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters


2 thoughts on “reading the rainbow…

  1. Didn’t there used to be a reading challenge that was exactly this? Not the spines but colors in the title? Even if there wasn’t, this sounds like a fun one. Enjoy and may all your books you select be excellent!


    1. Thanks Michelle! And yeah, I remember a challenge that was very much like this but with more colors. And I’m not surprised to hear there was one exactly like this too. There’ve been so many challenges over the years…and I used to sign up for waaaaay too many of them. I think I’m falling down that rabbit hole again…

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