I’m still in a colors-ish phase, so I decided I’d go along the route of color-coding my books! Well, actually, assigning ten books a specific color is like trying to use one-word descriptions of your feelings toward the book, I suppose. Which was probably harder to do than having to pick books that I want-but-maybe-don’t-want to read. Okay, lie. Usually when I put books on my to-read list it’s there FOREVER, so uh, it’s always been a matter of getting to it as opposed to me maybe not wanting to read it anymore.
There are a lot of color-meaning sites and image charts out there, so I just went ahead and picked the first thing that came out of my Googlesearch, and voila, the Color Wheel Pro descriptions are what I’m basing color identity to the books I’ve read so far this year.
Top Ten Books I Would Assign Colors To
PINK – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – For the romance, the friendship, and the love that the protagonists underwent through the entire book.
RED – The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson – I thought the color fit very well, because I swear Luthadel was in danger of an all-out war throughout the entire book. Plus, where else would you find a powerful and most determined Mistborn than in this book?
RED-ORANGE – Moon Called by Patricia Briggs – It appears that werewolf society in Patricia Briggs’ books are largely dependent upon dominance contests between the males. Understandable, since wolves are highly aggressive and often jump into action.
YELLOW – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – Totally not just because of the Yellow Brick Road, I swear! The story itself is energetic and bright and shiny, so yeah. That and the Yellow Brick Road…
DARK GREEN – The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith – I get some random amusement by calling this book “Cormoran Strike and the Death of a Supermodel” (I blame Harry Potter!). A lot of the motive for the crime here revolved around greed and ambition. So, yeah, Slytherin colors for you!
AQUA – Squire by Tamora Pierce – The color seems to describe emotional healing and protection. I thought Keladry pretty much exudes this role in all the books, but saving a baby griffin from crazed centaurs, caring for it, and returning it to its rightful family pretty much seals the deal here.
BLUE – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne – Truly fitting. Blue is oceanic, but it also describes intelligence and wisdom. Blue would describe a journey across the oceans with a curious and adventuresome professor in a submarine that is the stuff of Victorian science fiction.
PURPLE – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This color is extravagant and grand and every bit as royal and creative as it ought to be. The Night Circus has quite the imagery down in that respect.
And while not necessarily “hues” or “colors” in general (rather, a “tint” and “shade”, respectively), I’m including white and black in this list:
WHITE – Fairest in All the Land by Bill Willingham – Not typically what I would associate with the color white, but when I think about it, the old fairy tale females are usually portrayed as pure, beautiful, perfect, and good. The title “fairest” kind of conveys this. Of course, the graphic novel itself is a whole different story altogether, but I’m digressing.
BLACK – Death by Neil Gaiman – I think Gaiman’s depiction of Death is one of my favorites (she’s certainly as elegant and mysterious as they come), and the author himself writes a lot of dark, eerie stuff, the Sandman series being one of them.