Saturday, December 1, 2012

Color Coded Reading Challenge 2013

This is the first year that I will attempt the Color Coded Reading Challenge. When I saw the post for this challenge at My Reader's Block, I realized that I am already planning (or hoping) to read a lot of books with a color in the title. This one only requires reading nine books, and only a few of the categories may be challenging to find.


These are the basic rules:

* Read nine books in the following categories.
1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title.
2. A book with "Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgundy, etc) in the title.
3. A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.) in the title.
4. A book with "Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title.
5. A book with "Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title.
6. A book with "Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title.
7. A book with "White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc) in the title.
8. A book with any other color in the title (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magenta, etc.).
9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).

* Any book read from January 1 through December 31, 2013 will count.
* Crossovers with other challenges are fine.

There is more explanation at the sign-up post on Bev's blog.

These are the books I have read for the challenge this year:

Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
White Nights by Ann Cleeves
The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
Green-Eyed Lady by Chuck Greaves
Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley (yellow)


Here is a list of a few books that I own and have not read that fit the challenge:
Stuart M. Kaminsky: Murder on the Yellow Brick Road

Charles Finch: A Beautiful Blue Death   

Michael Connelly: The Black Ice

Alex Dryden: Red To Black

Qiu Xiaolong: Death Of A Red Heroine

Emma Lathen: Green Grow the Dollars
Robin Paige: Death At Gallows Green

Henning Mankell: The White Lioness
Several books by Walter Mosley:
A Red Death
White Butterfly
Black Betty


7 comments:

  1. These challenges look intimidating and require a lot of discipline in reading the books and then writing about them. I don't have it. Once in I'd hate to opt out. Good luck to you, Tracy.

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    1. Several of the books I listed here I already planned to read this year, and all are authors that I already like or are interested in, so I am optimistic. And I have the same problem; once in I really want to finish, so I have to be careful not to put too much pressure on myself.

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  2. TracyK: Welcome to the challenge! Lots of good reads on your possibles list. Will be interested to see what you choose.

    Prashant: Reviews are not absolutely required. A joining post and a wrap-up post (listing all the books read and what category they fulfill) are all that you absolutely need if you want to be considered for the prize drawing at the end.

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    1. Bev, thanks very much for making the challenge(s) more simpler than I thought at first. I'll probably consider it next year as I already have too much on my plate besides food and books. Participation by other intrepid bloggers has opened up a whole lot of new books and authors for me.

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  3. Tracy - I give you so much credit for taking on this challenge. I'll be very interested in seeing your reviews as you go along. Good luck!

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  4. Interesting challenge. I'm not doing any challenges next year as I will struggle with mine this year. But good luck!

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  5. The Charles Finch and Death of a Red Heroine were both excellent. I think this sounds like a fun challenge, good luck!

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