I’ve been on a roll, posting something almost everyday since last week. I feel so proud of myself! **Pats self on back.** Maybe I’m getting back that sweet blogging groove I had last year.
I’m kicking off the week with the Rainbow Book Tag, which I found on Rachel’s blog, Life of a Female Bibliophile. The rules are:
- Choose book covers from each color of the rainbow. Books that are your favorite from that color! If you can’t find a book of a certain color then choose a cover that has that color on it somewhere.
- The choices have to be books you own and/or has to be the exact edition you read.
And again we have another fun way to recommend books to folks. I’ll use the colors Rachel included in her post and will start with my favorite color —
Turquoise is such a cool, calm color. I love it because it reminds me of the sea. The ocean is often variations of blue, but the tranquil beaches I enjoy visiting back home have turquoise waters. If this is also your favorite color, check out Anita’s post on teal.
The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
A middle-grade contemporary novel about a boy on a road trip with his family. Charlie and his siblings have to travel cross country to meet their father, a war journalist, who was injured in Afghanistan and is receiving treatment. Along the way, Charlie tries to spot all the birds he and his dad had planned on seeing together in the wild.
I recently received an ARC of this, though the book was published in January. I like the cover design and I think the illustrations are cute, but I love it just because of its color. I might read it soon. My plan was to read middle-grade novels in March, but I’ve yet to start on that goal.
I also love blue. Actually, variations of blue and dark purple, colors of the ocean basically, are my favorites; and yellow as well. It’s quite random to have yellow in my cool-color mixture of favorites, but yellow is fun so I like to have it around.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, illus. by Jules Feiffer
A classic, middle-grade fantasy novel about a boy who embarks on a fantastical adventure due to boredom.
Everyone says this is an enjoyable read, and it does have fun moments, but I was unimpressed by the story despite my enjoyment of its play on words. I think I read it too late in life, if mid-20s can be considered late. I wish I’d read it when I was an adolescent or a little younger than that. I think I would have appreciated the story a lot more then.
I find indigo to be a more mysterious color than dark purple.
Join by Steve Toutonghi
In this futuristic sci-fi novel, people are able to join in and share a single consciousness, thereby allowing individuals to experience the world through multiple bodies. However, this system is threatened when a killer begins to manipulate it.
I got this book last year and still haven’t read it yet. It’s hard for me to drum up an interest in sci-fi novels. However, the premise is so weird that I would like to read it at some point. I think it would feel weird to experience the world through multiple bodies. How does one process all that stimulation?
A deep, dark plum. That’s what I like. Makes me feel regal.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
The first in a duology of the same name, Seraphina is a YA fantasy novel set in a world where dragons can assume human form. It’s about Seraphina’s struggle to accept her identity as a half-dragon as she tries to help the captain of the Queen’s Guard investigate the murder of a member of the royal family.
I enjoyed this duology and the world it’s set in, which has some steampunk qualities. I also like Hartman’s writing style, which tends to be descriptive, and would like to read more from her. I have my fingers crossed that she’ll write more stories set in this world.
I actually don’t like pink. It’s too fickle; well, more carefree than fickle… Argh! I just don’t like it.
Zodiac Starforce, #1 by Kevin Panetta, illus. by Paulina Ganucheau
A comic book series about a group of high-school girls who freelance as superheroes who save the world from dark creatures.
I got this comic at a comic book expo I attended last year. The intense pink of the cover captured my attention. I had to have it. I’ve heard it’s great.
I think red is my least favorite color. It’s so intense.
Rasputin, Vol. 1: The Road to the Winter Palace by Alex Grecian, illus. by Riley Rossmo
This is an alternative history, fantasy comic about the notorious mad monk Rasputin, who was in service to the family of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. The comic provides an explanation for his mystical powers.
Rasputin is one of my favorite historical figures so when I saw this comic at my comic book shop, I had to buy it. The story and art is okay. I wasn’t impressed by either, but I like the twist Grecian includes on why Rasputin is considered mad.
Hmm… I’m not a fan of orange either; but I do like oranges. Is it just me, or has oranges become more acidic over the years? The ones I get in the store are often almost sour and are so soft too.
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
A classic sci-fi novel about the adventures of Axel and his uncle, Otto Lidenbrock, as they journey to the…
This was a surprisingly fun read. I expected it to be boring, but the dialogue kept me hooked and reading.
I like brown. It’s such a warm, sweet color. 🙂 But I probably think that because it makes me think of chocolate.
The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
Basically a fantasy novel about an innocent, inexperienced, young man who must defeat the evil dude and save the world.
I bought this book because of its TV adaptation that aired on MTV. It sucked. I stopped watching after a couple episodes. However, I would like to try this story, though I’m doubtful that I’ll like it.
Black is unpredictable and sexy. I love it.
Dataclysm by Christian Rudder
Here’s a book that discusses trends in our society. Dataclysm is a nonfiction book written by OkCupid cofounder Christian Rudder that shows how data can be used to predict human behavior.
It sounds like it would be a boring read, but it wasn’t. Rudder’s writing was easy to read, and the information presented will spark an interest in you since it discusses the sort of data social media websites collect from us. I highly recommend it.
I just want to be extra and include all the colors. By the way, I prefer to spell grey with an “e” rather than an “a”. It looks better that way.
Sky High by Germano Zullo, illus. by Albertine
An illustrated children’s book about competing neighbors who add so many embellishments to their house that they build skyscrapers.
I bought this one last year, I think, but I haven’t yet read it. However, I like the illustrations I glimpsed in it. It seems to be a story told without words, but I’m not entirely sure.
I do not like white. It drives me insane.
Caribbean Mythology and Modern Folklore by Paloma Mohamed
A collection of five one-act plays written for young adults that uses mythology and folklore of the Caribbean and its diasporas to explore modern issues.
I read this for college but didn’t like it. I think it’s because we were critiquing it. Maybe I’ll like it now if I reread it.
Ahh, yellow. I love yellow. I think of my soul as yellow. This color makes me so happy. I smile whenever I think of it.
Watchmen by Alan Moore, illus. by Dave Gibbons
From Goodreads: “This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings.”
I bought it last year. I heard it’s freaking awesome. I haven’t read it yet. Anything is possible.
Not many people like green, I realize. I wonder if its because of trees.
Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods by Tania del Rio, illus. by Will Staehle
This is the second book in a middle-grade fantasy series about a boy called Warren the 13th, who manages his family’s hotel.
Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods will be published on March 21. I recently received a copy of the book from the publisher. It’s so green and beautiful. I love the design and illustrations. I read the first book, Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye, last year. The story was okay, but the illustrations, which were done in black and white with pops of red, were great. I look forward to reading this one hopefully soon.