Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Colorful Reads


I'm rubbish when it comes to the really creative Top Ten Tuesday prompts, so today's is just impossible for me: Top Ten Book Titles That Sound Like Crayola Crayon Colors.  Seriously, I got nothin'.  The idea of color did get the cogs in my brain turning, though.  Since I did a list of specific colors found in book titles not too long ago, I decided to look at titles with the word "color" in them.  I found quite a few, which I'll talk about in a sec.

Before we do that, though, take a minute to click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl.  Jana has all the deets on how to participate in TTT.  It's a fun weekly event (even when the topic du jour is a toughie)—don't miss out!

Top Ten Books With "Color" in Their Titles  


1.  The Color Purple by Alice Walker—Not surprisingly, this is the first book that came to my mind.  It's been ages since I read this one, so I don't remember much about it except that it deals with two Black sisters in Georgia who stay connected through letters.  I recall it being a tough read with heavy subject matter (domestic and sexual abuse).


2.  Color Me Beautiful: Discover Your Natural Beauty Through the Colors That Make You Look Great and Feel Fabulous by Carole Jackson—I remember devouring this book as a kid, convinced that I'd look like a supermodel if I just found the right colors to make my drab brown hair and eyes come alive through the magic of colorful clothes!  If you've ever had your colors done to determine which "season" you are, you'll know what I'm talking about.  Oh, the '80s!

I haven't read any of these, but they all sound interesting to me:


3.  The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles—This historical novel takes place during the American Civil War and features a former slave who heads out West hoping to find freedom and safety for his family.  When a violent raid steals away everything he loves, he vows to get it back no matter the cost.


4.  True Colors by Kristin Hannah—I'm a big Hannah fan, so I'm down for this novel which revolves around three sisters and the shocking crime that rocks their world, revealing all their secrets along the way.


5.  The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride—When he was a child, McBride found his "light-skinned" mother embarrassing with her fiery, demanding ways and confusing in her evasiveness about her past.  It was only as an adult that he began to look into her background, which yielded shocking revelations about an enigmatic woman with a fascinating story.


6.  Color Me Dark by Patricia C. McKissack—I've talked about my love for the Dear America series before, I'm sure.  They're middle-grade books that bring historical events to life through the fictionalized diaries of young girls.  I've read a number of them as well as a few hist-fic titles by McKissack, but I'd never heard of this one until today.  Set in 1919, it's about the migration of Black people out of the American South to escape racism. 


7.  The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder by Sarah J. Harris—Intriguing title, no?  This one concerns a 13-year-old boy with synesthesia who's desperate to find out who killed his beloved neighbor.


8.  The Colors of the Rain by R.L. Toalson—I love historical middle-grade novels, so I'm surprised this one has never come across my radar before.  Written in verse, the book is about the tension and violence surrounding desegregation that took place in Houston, Texas, in 1972.


9.  Color Me Murder by Krista Davis—This series opener introduces Florrie Fox, a bookstore manager and adult coloring book creator, who becomes an amateur sleuth when she finds a dead body hidden in her shop.


10.  The Color of Water in July by Nora Carroll—Books about people inheriting family homes full of secrets always appeal to me.  This one is about a woman who returns to her ancestral cottage in Michigan, where she discovers letters and photos that reveal hidden secrets.

There you have it, ten "colorful" books that I've either read or want to read.  Have you read any of them?  Can you think of any others that fit the prompt?  Were you creative enough to come up with any Crayola color titles?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!

41 comments:

  1. I struggled with this week's prompt, too. Your tweak was a good one. :)

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-literature-themed-colouring-books/

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    1. Thanks! The more abstract the prompt is, the tougher it seems to be for more brain. I guess I'm just a more literal type of person :)

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

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  2. That's not a bad approach, really. It would be pretty cool to see "The Color of Lightning" on a bright orange or yellow crayon, for instance. And the color of murder one would work on a really black crayon, etc.

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    1. True, true. I guess I did the prompt without even realizing it! LOL.

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

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  3. Double points for The Color Purple - contains the word color AND a color. Such an amazing book too.

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    1. Extra credit for me! I really don't remember much about the novel, so maybe it's time for a re-read.

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

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  4. I like your twist on the topic - the colour of water in july is a beautiful title!

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    1. It is, isn't it? Very evocative. The book sounds like my kind of thing, too.

      Thanks for stopping in, Catherine!

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  5. A straightforward connection to colors! Makes absolute sense. :-)
    ~Lex

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    1. Ha ha. I guess I'm more of a literal thinker than an abstract one. I have trouble with the less straightforward TTT topics.

      Thanks for coming by, Lex!

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  6. I loved the colour purple! What a fabulous book.

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    1. I remember being moved by the novel when I read it, but it's been so long ago that I can barely remember anything about it. My memory is no bueno!

      Thanks for stopping in!

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  7. This is a great list! The Color Purple was the first one that came to my mind, too. I really want to pick up The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder that sounds like a really interesting book.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier!
    https://bookwyrmknits.com/2021/04/13/top-ten-tuesday-crayola-crayon-titles/

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    1. I agree! I've read a few books about synesthesia, but I hadn't heard of this one until I started Googling books with "color" in the title. It sounds intriguing, doesn't it? I hope we both enjoy it.

      Thanks for coming by, Nicole!

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  8. Fun take on this week's TTT. And who knew there were so many books with color in the title?

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    1. Right? Most of them, not surprisingly, have to do with racism and the Civil Rights Movement. I find those topics fascinating, so I definitely added more books to my TBR list because of this TTT.

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

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  9. Beautiful books! I love how descriptive the color or water and rain is to me. Sounds lovely! Happy TTT!

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    1. I love water and rain! I grew up next to a big river and it was always interesting to see how its color and mood changed from day to day. Sometimes, it was bright blue and sparkly in the sun; other times, it was grey and moody. Always changing.

      Thanks for stopping in, Anna!

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  10. I like what you did here! There are so many great books with "Color" in the title.

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    1. Agreed! I found a whole bunch of new-to-me titles to add to my TBR list (not that it needs any more - ha ha).

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

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  11. Nice list. The Color Purple came up while I was searching, too.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today.

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    1. I saw it on several lists today!

      Thanks for stopping in, Cheryl!

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  12. Good twist. I wasn't sure about this week's prompt, but after looking at some others, I gave it a go. I would not have thought that many books would have "color" or in Canada "colour" in the title.

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    1. I should have followed your example and looked at a few lists before I made mine. I was being too literal with the prompt, I think - that's why I was finding it so tough!

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

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  13. Color Me Murder looks fun. And I like the sound of the Color of Lightning too!

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    1. I'm excited to give COLOR ME MURDER a go. I've never read a book starring someone who creates those adult coloring books. Sounds interesting.

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

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  14. I haven't read any of these but looks like a lot of great reads!

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    1. I hope they are! I'm picking up the McBride book at the library today. I'm excited to read it.

      Thanks for stopping in, Sam!

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  15. I absolutely love how you can always find a twist to the topic. I have even read some of the books on your list. I remember when "colour me beautiful" was a thing and I had my colours done. I'm a "true summer".

    My TTT.

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    1. Ha ha. Sometimes, I just draw a blank on the topics and have to figure out how to make them work better for me.

      I remember one of my mom's friends coming to our house and doing colors for me, my mom, and my two sisters. My mom, my older sister, and I are all Autumns. My younger sister has lighter hair and eyes, so she was a Summer, I think. It was fun to do.

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

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    2. I thought you might be autumn. And yes, it was fun. And I noticed that I was wearing all the "right" clothes anyway.

      In two weeks I'll have a twist. 😁

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  16. I think these titles would make pretty intriguing crayon names too!

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    1. I guess I did the right topic without even realizing it! LOL.

      Thanks for stopping in, Ellie!

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  17. The first "color" book that comes to my mind is a Little Golden Book that I've had most of my life--The Color Kittens! I've always loved that one.

    I read The Color Purple several years ago for Banned Book Week and you're right that it's difficult. I was surprised by how much I loved it though.

    Great take on the topic!

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    1. Oh my goodness, I used to ADORE Little Golden books. I don't remember that particular one, though.

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

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  18. Good twist on the theme for this week. We all did Color Me Beautiful when it first came out and I even remember going to a consultant to "have my colors done." I'm a summer.

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    1. It was a popular thing back in the day! I was surprised to see that the author/creator of Color Me Beautiful maintains a website even today. Crazy.

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

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  19. Nice way to spin this week's theme. The Color Purple was the only one that came to mind when I first read your topic, but you came up with some great ones. :)

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    1. The first two were the only ones I could think up on my own. I Googled the rest :)

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

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  20. I remember seeing “Color me Beautiful” growing up! I guess I should have read it!

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  21. I have never owned an adult coloring book, but I would be hard pressed not to grab the nearest set of markers and go to town filling in the rest of Color Me Murder's cover, haha. I understand the yellow splash with the title is meant to stand out, but all that black and white space just looks DISTRESSINGLY empty. Frankly I hope there's a whole Instagram account or at least tag devoted to people showing off how they made their personal copy unique.

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