Reading [the] Rainbow – RED

Reading the Rainbow

Before we get started, no, this is not a LGBTQ+ recs post. Actually, it’s kind of a funny story how I came up with this idea. Not to be confused with the great book by Ned Vizzini…


I contemplated for about a minute about joining the Reading Rush readathon this year. One of the prompts was “read a book with purple on the cover.” After getting up and looking through my shelves I realized that I had A LOT of purple on my shelves lately. Then I started looking at all the clusters of different colored books on my shelves and it sparked this post idea. This is not a recommendations post. Honestly, all it is is a collection of pictures of my own personal shelves according to color. I will spend each week collecting all the books on my own shelf that contain a specific color, photograph them and then show them to you guys! THAT’S IT! Seriously. You may see repeat books in other colors, so just a disclaimer for that. Let me know what you think in the comments. Until then, here are all the RED books on my shelves!

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I do want to preface this by saying that this is not an accurate representation of ALL the books I own. Unfortunately, I have so many, and only a small bit of space in my apartment so the majority of my collection still resides at my parent’s house. Those books are not included in these posts, just the books that I currently have in my apartment.


I tried to pick books that featured mostly red imagery/color on the covers and/or spine. The books to the right are just red spines, whereas the books in the middle all feature heavy red colors throughout the whole cover of the book. The Girls, was an exception. I felt the red face was enough to qualify it as a red book even though much of the cover was also blue. I excluded books whose fonts were red but had no other red imagery on the cover (with the exception of The Mars Room since I felt the text was a predominate part of the cover).

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The Books:

America, Again: Re-becoming the Greatness we Never Weren’t – Stephen Colbert

Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1) – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) – Tomi Adeyemi (B&N Special Edition)

Red Clocks – Leni Zumas (Book of the Month Club)

Cross Her Heart – Sarah Pinborough (Book of the Month Club)

An Anonymous Girl – Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (Book of the Month Club)

The Impossible Fortress – Jason Rekulak (Book of the Month Club)

The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner (Book of the Month Club)

The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch (ARC)

Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco

Sing Unburied Sing – Jesmyn Ward

With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo

Check Please! (#1) – Ngozi Ukazu

The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made – Greg Sestero

The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie


The Books (on the left):

Dragonology – Dugald A. Steer, Ernest Drake, Wayne Anderson

Dry – Neal Shusterman

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak


The Books (on the right):

The Girls – Emma Cline

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

That’s Not What Happened – Kody Keplinger (ARC)

The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin

The Night Circus – Erin Morganstern

Winter in Paradise – Elin Hilderbrand

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Sadly, out of all of these, I have only read 8 of them! Can you guess which ones? Have you read/own any of these? Are there any that I absolutely HAVE to read? Let me know in the comments :]

5 thoughts on “Reading [the] Rainbow – RED

  1. Ahhh, yes! I loved ‘America, Again: Re-becoming the Greatness we Never Werenโ€™t’!!! Both of those books Stephen Colbert wrote as his ‘The Colbert Report’ personality were hilarious :). He had a kids book too, about a flagpole which was also good. He’s just hysterical all around.

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  2. Love organizing my books by color… what a fun idea to feature them in sections and actually take a minute to appreciate all of the colorful goodness! I’m always interested to see which colors are the most common, for myself red is by far the biggest section. I’d say I’m lacking most in the orange and yellow categories!

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