Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week since I last did one of these, I just got back from visiting a friend who’s dog has just had puppies and THEY WERE SO CUTE, so my week is already made!
Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so that means another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking Books With Colours In Their Titles, so these will be a mix of books that I’ve read and books from my TBR with colourful titles!
- The Red Ribbon-Lucy Adlington
This story about seamstresses at Auschwitz-Birkenau follows fictional characters, but it has a basis in real life: there really were women at Auschwitz who were required to make clothes for the wives of Nazi officers, and most of the women doing this work were Jewish. Lucy Adlington, the author of the book is actually a costume historian (she studies historical clothing), so I’m pretty interested to see how she tackled this book!
2. The Priory of The Orange Tree-Samantha Shannon
Any excuse to share this book’s beautiful cover! I’m sure that most of you are probably familiar with this beast of a book by now, but if you’re not, then it’s basically a feminist retelling of the legend of George and The Dragon, set in a fantasy world.
3. Blue Lily, Lily, Blue-Maggie Stiefvater
The third book of the series, and probably actually my least favourite just because it felt like kind of a filler book but it does fit with this prompt, as it is both the name of the main character in this book and a colour.
4. The Silvered Serpents-Roshani Chokshi
The cover for this one is so beautiful and I know I’ve said it before, but so Christmassy! I might actual save this one for just before Christmas so I can enjoy it on a cold winter’s night as I feel that’s what this cover deserves. Anyway, I promise, I’m not just all for this book because of the cover, I really enjoyed The Gilded Wolves and am excited to see what the characters get up to next.
5. Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies-Scarlett Curtis
I still haven’t got around to reading this collection of feminist essays yet, but I definitely want to soon!
6. Scarlet-AC Gaughen
If we’re being strictly technical, Scarlet is a shade not a colour in itself, but it’s my list so I’m going with it! I’m really looking forward to reading this one, I love Robin Hood and I’ve not actually read any retellings of it (though that will change once I read Sherwood next month). Scarlet is also the surname of the man character, Will Scarlet, who in this book is a girl.
7. A Blade So Black-L.L. McKinney
I’ve had mixed luck with Alice in Wonderland retellings in the past, but both were actually origin stories for the Queen of Hearts so it will be interesting to read one where Alice is the main character and we love to see fantasy stories with Black girl leads!
8. Blanca & Roja-Anna-Marie McLemore
Honestly, I’m not usually a massive magical realism person, but the cover for this one is so beautiful and I love the idea of a Snow White, Rose Red/Swan Lake retelling as it’s not something that you see very often.
9. Between Shades of Gray-Ruta Sepetys
This is my favourite of Ruta Sepetys’ books (granted I have only actually read this one and Salt To The Sea), it’s such a beautiful, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful book and the atrocities of Stalin’s rule of the Soviet Union, especially the Baltic deportations to Siberia do not get talked about in the mainstream anywhere near as much as they should.
10. Beyond The Black Door-A.M. Strickland
This book sounds so cool, it’s all about a girl who can walk into other people’s souls whilst they sleep! The protagonist is also asexual which is not something I’ve really read about much before (and it’s #ownvoices as well).
So there we go, books with colourful titles! Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next week for another Top Ten Tuesday, the topic is meant to be Books I Love But Never Reviewed, but I did that one a few years ago and it was a relatively extensive list, so I’m going to a different topic, I’m going to talk about Movies I’ve Enjoyed Where I Didn’t Read The Book (it has happened on occasion and no I’m not sorry about it, see my discussion post on this issue).