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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: A Rainbow of TBR Books

At first blush, today's Top Ten Tuesday topic sounds easy:  Top Ten Books With Colors in the Title.  I racked my brain to come up with colorful books I've read and ... nuthin'.  When I scanned my TBR lists, though, a number of titles popped up.  So, I've amended today's prompt just a tad.

Before we get to that, though, be sure to stop by That Artsy Reader Girl and give our TTT host, Jana, some love.  All the details about this fun meme are on her blog.  Join in, won't you?

Top Ten Books On My TBR List With Colors in the Title 

1.  Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain MurphyI've talked about my excitement for this YA novel before.  I loved Murphy's debut novel, The Disappearances, and have been waiting anxiously for her to release another.  An e-ARC of this one is waiting on my Kindle; I just need to get to it.

2.  Butterfly Yellow by Thanhhá Lai—This YA novel concerns two Vietnamese children desperately trying to escape their war-torn country and find refuge in America.  When her younger brother is ripped from her arms at the airport, Hang is left behind.  Years later, Hang finally makes it to the U.S., but where is her brother?  How will she ever find him again? 

3.  Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos—Another historical, this MG offering centers around the launch of the Challenger and a young foster kid who can't wait for the big event.  Not only does Nova love space, but her beloved missing sister has promised she'll be there to watch the launch with Nova.

4.  White Rose by Kip Wilson—This WWII novel in verse is based on the true story of a young woman's determination to resist the Nazi regime in Germany.

5.  Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth WeinA fiery explosion brings down a stunt plane holding the mothers of two children, killing one.  The surviving woman vows to raise the dead woman's son, a Black boy, along with her own white daughter.  Determined to find somewhere their unusual family can live in peace (1930's America is not that place), they move to Ethiopia, where they find the acceptance they're looking for.  When the threat of war causes turmoil, the family's lives change once again ...

6.  The Blue Cotton Gown by Patricia Harman—This memoir about a midwife who practiced in Appalachia for many years sounds fascinating.

7.  The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths—I love the Ruth Galloway mystery series, so this one—#8 in the series—is definitely one I want to read.

8.  Greenglass House by Kate Milford—Winter is hardly the busy season at this smuggler's inn, so when the guest bell goes off unexpectedly, the innkeepers' adopted son is surprised.  He's even more shocked when the place fills with a strange mix of mysterious lodgers and odd things start to happen.  It's up to him and the cook's daughter to figure out what in the world is going on.

9.  The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman—This MG historical is about two mortal enemies brought together when the Chernobyl plant explodes.  As the two girls are bustled off to Leningrad toward an unknown new life, they must rely on each other to face the past and forge a new future.

10.  Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes—Sawyer Taft, an 18-year-old auto mechanic, wants nothing to do with the frilly, fake-y debutante season.  But, when her grandmother offers her a very large sum to participate, she can't say no (even though she really, really wants to), especially since it will give her the opportunity to ask questions about the biggest mystery of her life—her father's identity. 

There you have it, ten books with colorful titles that I want to read.  Have you read any of them?  What did you think?  What colorful books are on your list today?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will return the favor on yours.

Happy TTT!


  1. Planet Earth Is Blue sounds really good!

    My TTT .

    1. Doesn't it? I've never read a book that deals with the Challenger explosion. I'm super intrigued by it.

      Thanks for coming by, Lydia!

  2. White Rose was a standout for me last year. I put Little White Lies and Butterfly Yellow are on my list for this week too. My List

    1. Oh, good! WHITE ROSE sounds amazing. I'm glad it delivers on its fascinating premise.

      Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie!

  3. Little White Lies - I read that! and liked it. Plant Blue is on my TBR too. I thought you would have a lot of mystery/thrillers, but you have a wide array of books here. Lots of different age groups too, and so much black and white.

    1. Most of my lists are heavy on mysteries/thrillers since that's the genre I tend to read most. I realized, though, that there aren't a lot of colors in mystery/thriller titles. Hist fic is my second favorite genre and I much more success there.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

  4. Little White Lies is on my TBR and I can't wait to read it.

    Here is my TTT:

    1. It sounds SO good, doesn't it? I can't wait.

      Thanks for stopping by, ichlese!

  5. Great list! I love the sound of The Blackbird Girls and butterfly yellow sounds like nothing I've ever read before

    1. Right? I've never read a book about Chernobyl and I can only think of one other book I've read about the Vietnam War. I'm excited for both of these.

      Thanks for coming by, Evelyn!

  6. Ooh I love the sound of White Rose! The cover is just lovely too!

    1. Agreed. I need to get to it sooner rather than later.

      Thanks for stopping by, Proxyfish!

  7. Black Dove, White Raven is the only Elizabeth Wein book I haven't read yet, I need to get on that.
    My TTT:

    1. Oh, really? I've only read CODE NAME VERITY, so I'm very behind on her books. Shame on me!

      Thanks for coming by!

  8. What a colourful list! Oooh, Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes seems interesting...

    Here's my TTT list this week!

    1. It does sound good, doesn't it? I'm excited to see what it's all about.

      Thanks for stopping by, Lectrice!

  9. Great list. Here is my TTT.

    1. Thanks! I struggled a little to find colorful books, but I managed to get ten. Phew.

      Thanks for coming by!

  10. I have not read any of these books but some sound good. I have read other Phillipa Gregory books, but not this one. Nice list, Susan.

    1. I'm glad you found a few titles to pique your interest. Enjoy!

      Thanks for stopping by, Carla!

  11. I love middle grade books. I'll have to check out Greenglass House. It looks like fun.

    1. I do, too! I'm always on the lookout for great-looking MG books. The ones I listed all sound excellent to me.

      Thanks for coming by, Cheri!

  12. I love the Ruth Galloway series too! Great list of colorful book titles.

    1. It's such a great series! I'm reading it slowly, so it will be a while before I get to #8, but I'll get there eventually.

      Thanks for stopping by, Iliana!

  13. I love that you also color coded yours! I must admit, I've never heard of any of these, but I adore the cover for Greenglass House, so I'll have to check into that one a bit more!

    1. It sounds like a really fun read, doesn't it? I've heard good things about it, so I'm excited to read it.

      Thanks for coming by, Holliehocks!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

      Thanks for coming by, AB!

  15. I've read The Woman in Blue, that was excellent. Going to look into Greenglass House as it sound intriguing.

    1. It will take me a little while to get to THE WOMAN IN BLUE, but I'm sure I'll enjoy it. I've liked all the books in the Ruth Galloway series. They're interesting and fun. I know I'm not the only fan!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cath!

  16. I don't know any of these titles, but I think yours is the third list that has Little White Lies on it and ooooh, do I so want to read that one!

    1. Me, too! It sounds like lots of fun. Barnes is kind of hit and miss for me, but this book sounds like one I'll enjoy. I hope we both love it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Verushka!

  17. Hi there Susan! I haven't read any of these and I've only seen Little White Lies. Where do you get all your awesome books??

    Great list, I am stopping here for a while.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog earlier.

    1. Ha ha. I don't know - whenever I see a great-sounding book on a blog or website, I add it to my TBR lists on Goodreads. That way I can remember them. If I didn't record them on GR, I would never remember what I want to read!

      Thanks so much for coming by!

  18. Butterfly Yellow is one I really want to read! The Blackbird Girls is intriguing, too. :)

    1. BUTTERFLY YELLOW sounds unique and fascinating, doesn't it? And THE BLACKBIRD GIRLS is one I'm definitely intrigued by. I hope we both love them!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

  19. I really need to read some of the Ruth Galloway series... And Greenglass House looks interesting - I love the cover!

    My TTT

    1. It's a great series! The history and archaeology bits are interesting and the characters are understated but enjoyable. I hope you enjoy the series when you get to it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Leslie!

  20. I haven't read any of these but the MG/YA novels all sound appealing, especially Little White Lies. I have a Goodreads friend with a 12-year-old who posts a lot about the books they read together, and they loved Greenglass House.

    1. That's cute. I love when parents and children read together! I've heard lots of good things about GREENGLASS HOUSE. I need to get to it sooner rather than later.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, RS!

  21. This is a great prompt. It would make for a fun bookstack challenge too!

    1. It was a fun prompt even though I had some trouble with it! Lots of people were much more creative with it than I was. And, I agree, it would make for fun book stacks. You follow Deb at Readerbuzz, don't you? She did some stacks:

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Ethan!

  22. Lovely list! I'll have to look into reading some of these.

    I hope you enjoy Splinters of Scarlet!

    1. Thank you! I'm really excited for SPLINTERS OF SCARLET. I've been waiting for so long - I really hope it lives up to my expectations :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Jaime!

  23. Most of these are new to me but I really enjoyed Greenglass House - I really want to read the sequel. Elly Griffiths is an author I really want to read more from!

    1. I'm really behind in my Elly Griffiths reading, but I'm enjoying the Ruth Galloway series a lot. I also read and liked THE STRANGER DIARIES, which I thought was a standalone. Apparently, it's the first in a series. Sweet!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Katherine!

  24. These covers are lovely. I've read 'The disappearances' and sort of didn't like the book, maybe too much romance for me. I've tried reading 'Greenglass house' but I couldn't get into it. I was quite bored by the beginning, maybe I'll try again later.

    Have a lovely day.

    1. Oh, no! I loved THE DISAPPEARANCES because it was so unique. I've heard nothing but good things about GREENGLASS HOUSE, so I hope I find it more exciting than you did.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lissa!

  25. It was a fun topic even though I struggled with it a bit.

    Thanks for stopping by, Anna!

  26. I think I interpreted the prompt in a similar way to you. Didn't realise I was giving it a twist! LOL

    All of these are new to me!

  27. I haven't read any of these titles but they all sound really good. I LOVE the cover for Little White Lies.

  28. So many great looking books, but I don't think I've read any of them. Greenglass House and The Blackbird Girls are the ones I would most reach for.

    Thanks for sharing.

  29. The two I've read, Butterfly Yellow and White Rose, are both so good!


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