Color Coded Challenge

Well, I did say a few weeks ago that I was thinking of making this blog a mainly challenge-free zone, but I’ve changed my mind. I am determined that next year I will reduce the number of my unread books by a significant amount.

So I will be taking part in those challenges that encourage me to concentrate on reading books I’ve owned before 1 January 2014 and one of them is Bev’s Color Coded Challenge 2014.

Color Coded Challenge

Here are the rules:

*Read nine books in the following categories (in some categories I have more than one book to choose from, but have just included one for the time being).

1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title – Blue Heaven by C J Box

2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgundy, etc) in the title – The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo

3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.)in the title – The Yellow Admiral by Patrick O’Brian

4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title – The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz

5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title – Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende

6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title – On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin

7. A book with “White” or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc)in the title – The White Queen by Philipa Gregory

8. A book with any other color in the title (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.) – Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi  Adichie

9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.) – Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody

* Any book read from January 1 through December 31, 2014 will count.

*Crossovers with other challenges are fine.

7 thoughts on “Color Coded Challenge

  1. Oh, oh, oh… I could do about five of those straight off. LOL! As you know I came to the same conclusion as you. Ie: I was going to go challenge free next year and then realised that the idea was silly and I could get more off my tbr pile by doing exactly the reverse. I’ll think about this one as it looks like a lot of fun.


    • I hope you do it too, Cath. I’ve got another challenge too that I’m thinking of doing that will help reduce the tbr pile – maybe I’ll get the post finished for tomorrow.


  2. Last year was the first year I went Challenge free EXCEPT for Carl’s RIP VIII challenge which I just enjoy too much to give up. I felt so much less pressure with my book choices, but the result was that I hardly read any of my own books which have been on my shelf for years:(

    This sounds like a good challenge and I may have to reconsider for 2014 something to help me focus on my old stacks.

    Enjoy and good luck with this.


  3. What a fun challenge–I’m not sure if I would have enough color-in-the-title books to fill out a challenge but it would be fun to look. I really enjoyed The White Queen, and Patrick O’Brien is always good. I do have The Color Purple, which I’ve never read!

    Enjoy your end of year reading wrap up!


  4. Margaret – What a great-sounding challenge! I should consider it as I have lots more unread books than I ought to…


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