TTT: Books I Would Assign Colors To

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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.

REDThe 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-ORANGEMoon 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 GREENThe 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!

AQUASquire 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.

BLUETwenty 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.

BLACKDeath 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.

10 thoughts on “TTT: Books I Would Assign Colors To

  1. Ohhh. I’m sort of surprised by the colours you assign to the books that I’ve read, but in your reasoning I see why you did it. I’d give Moon Called ‘silver’ (which is not the same as white) but that is just me. 🙂
    Of course, Black is Death in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series…


    1. I think silver works fine, too! I went for red because while there wasn’t much romance in book 1, I felt there was passion. Either through the passion for protection and then there was that scene in Moon Called where Adam and Mercy were both impassioned and enraged that someone would DARE harm Adam’s daughter (and got what’s coming to him *sighs satisfactorily*).

      And have you read the Death shorts? Apparently there was a separate volume outside of Sandman on Death herself.


      1. I have read (and have) ‘The Time of Your Life’ and ‘The High Cost of Living’. Do you mean those? I really like them a LOT and am glad that Gaiman expanded her story in those two short books.


        1. Yes! Those were the two. They added the rest of the Death stories that appeared in the Sandman (and Endless) as well, but those two were the big shorts in the volume I’d read.


            1. I honestly thought it was just called Death, by Neil Gaiman. I think the cover does read “The Absolute Death” so that might be the title.


              1. THE ABSOLUTE DEATH collects the miniseries DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING and DEATH: THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE together with “The Sound of Her Wings” and “Façade” from THE SANDMAN #8 and #20, the P. Craig Russell-illustrated “Death and Venice” from THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS, and the never-before reprinted stories “A Winter’s Tale” and “The Wheel.” This deluxe volume also features an introduction by The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer as well as extensive galleries of Death portraits and retail products, sketches by artist Chris Bachalo, and the complete original script by Gaiman for THE SANDMAN #8.
                meeehhhhh. (thank you…. <_<)


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