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Best Books to Read Based on Your Favorite Color

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A new trend going around is organizing your bookshelf by the color of the book cover. This is a super cute way to make your bookshelf grab the eye of anyone who enters your home.

In other cases, you might see a book and literally judge it by its cover. You see a book that is your favorite color and you know you are going to have to buy it before you even know what it is about.

If you are either looking for books in your favorite color or you are looking to color coordinate your bookshelf, keep reading to get some great book recommendations by color.

Red

Catching Fire is the second novel in The Hunger Games series. Written by Suzanne Collins, this book was released in 2009 after The Hunger Games became a bestseller in 2008. This part of the trilogy follows the events from the first novel, where Katniss Everdeen is experiencing life after winning the Hunger Games. A rebellion is starting, and some Victors are required to return to the games for a second time.

Carrie is a horror novel written by Stephen King and released in 1974. The first run printed 30,000 copies. The novel follows Carrie White, who is unpopular and bullied at her high school. She comes from a super religious household where she is abused by her mother. She uses a newfound power to seek revenge on everyone who is mean and evil to her.

1984 was published in 1950, but it is still an extremely popular book today. The novel follows Winston Smith as he is rewriting history in a way that satisfies the Ministry of Truth. As he continues to write lies, Winston begins to hate the Party more and more as it seeks power for its own sake. As Winston starts to think for himself instead of what the Party wants him to think, he realizes that Big Brother is always watching. This novel is chilling and extremely convincing from start to finish.

Written by Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy follows the people in the town of Pagford after Barry Fairbrother passes away unexpected in his early 40s. Pagford is an English idyll, or so it seems. The cobbled market square and ancient abbey cover up what happens to be a town at war. Rich are at war with the poor, teenagers are at war with their parents, wives at war with husbands, teachers at war with their students. Nothing is what it seems to be. The open seat left by Barry on the town council will be the biggest war yet.

The second book in the Harry Potter series. If you are a fan of Harry Potter, you probably already have this book on your shelf. Follow Harry as he goes through his second year at Hogwarts and faces some incredibly dangerous things, as usual.

Simon Spier is 16 years old and has not yet come out as being gay because he likes to avoid drama. When an email accidentally ends up in the wrong hands, he is at risk of being outed. Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he is pushed out. He has to find a way to do so without pushing away his friends or compromising himself in any way.

The last words Jason Dessen hears before he is knocked unconscious by a masked abductor are “Are you happy with your life?” When he wakes up, he finds himself strapped to a gurney and surrounded by people in hazmat suits. A man that Jason has never met before looks at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” Jason has woken up in a life that is not his own.

Orange

The last of the Harry Potter series. This is where things get serious! Everything comes to an end in this one, and it will make a great addition to your orange book shelf section.

Nine people come to Earth. They look like humans, talk like humans, live among humans, but they are not humans. They can do things that regular humans would never dream of doing, and they have powers that humans will never. They are real life superheroes. They wanted to grow, train, and become stronger to fight back against those who are hunting them. Number One was caught in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. Number Four is next.

Pi Patel is the son of a zookeeper that has a massive amount of knowledge of animal behavior and love for stories. When Pi is just 16, his family emigrates from India to North America with their zoo animals. When the ship unexpectedly sinks, Pi is left alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a hurt zebra, and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The tiger gets rid of all of the other animals, leaving Pi to worry about himself on their 227 day journey while lost at sea.

The Martian follows Astronaut Mark Watney as one of the first people to set foot and walk on Mars. Now he’s convinced he will be the first to die there, too. A dust storm nearly kills him, and the rest of the crew has to evacuate without him thinking he is dead. Mark is stranded and completely alone with no way to contact or signal to Earth that he is, in fact, still alive. Mark is determined to survive his time on Mars, can he overcome the odds?

It was never the intention of of Aza Holmes to pursue the disappearance of a fugitive billionaire by the name of Russell Pickett, but the massive $100,000 reward was too much for her and her best friend, Daisy, to pass up. Together, Aza and Daisy set out to find Pickett’s son Davis. Aza is trying to be the best she can while she is also living with her own spiraling thoughts.

When guests begin to arrive at the massive mansion, they are expecting a great treat. However, what was supposed to be a great weekend quickly turns into a nightmare when it is discovered there is a killer in the group. The guests are murdered one by one, and the killer plays with the guests by leaving riddles for them to solve. Soon, there are only 3 guests left: the winner, the loser, and the killer.

New York in the 1940s, a time where martini’s are a constant flow from cocktail hour until breakfast at Tiffany’s. Holly Golightly is pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, yet she is fragile, a heart-breaker, a traveller, and a tease. She is a shining flower in this fiction novel.

Yellow

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi. She has always taken the orders she was given, but she hasn’t been able to hold back her bitterness lately. Her friend, Minny, has never help her tongue but she must now keep secrets about her employer that render her speechless. White socialite Skeeter is a recent college graduate who is considered a failure due to the fact that she is not married. Together, these three different women join together to write a tell-all about what it is like to work as a Black maid in the South.

The Great Recession has pushed Clay Jannon out of his life as a web-designer and into Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore. After a few days of working, Clay learns that the bookstore is much more curious than he had expected. There are very few customers that come and go, but they don’t ever buy anything. He studies the clientele, and presents his findings to Mr. Penumbra, only to find out the secrets of the bookstore extend much further than just inside those walls.

Naomi and Ely are best friends and have been inseparable since childhood. Ely is gay, and Naomi dates guys who she claims to like. To protect both of their feelings, they create a No Kiss List consisting of people neither of them are allowed to kiss under any circumstances. Naomi’s boyfriend Bruce isn’t on there, but he should be. When Ely kisses Bruce, it breaks Naomi’s heart.

Pretty Little Liars was adapted into the TV show that ran for so long and was so popular, but most people didn’t realize it was based on a set of books. High school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hannah all have something to hide. After their friend Alison disappears, A comes out. Who is A? Are they dangerous? All we can be sure of is that A is going to expose all of their secrets.

This novel follows Jack Torrance and his family at the location of his new job: the Overlook Hotel. It is their perfect chance for a fresh start as they are staying in the hotel as the off-season caretakers. They’ll have plenty of time to reconnect as a family, and Jack will be able to kick through his writer’s block. As the horrible winter sets in, the hotel begins to feel even more remote, and even more sinister. The only one who realizes what is going on is Danny, Jack’s gifted 5-year old son.

Green

A much anticipated prequel to the events of the Hunger Games series, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes takes place during the 10th annual Hunger Games. Coriolanus Snow is just 18 years old and preparing for his one shot to be a glorious mentor in the Games. The Snow house, once-mighty, has fallen and the fate of the family sits with Coriolanus. Will he be able to charm, outmaneuver, and outwit other students to mentor the winning tribute?

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, there’s only one thing he can remember: his name. He notices that he’s surrounded by people he doesn’t know, mostly boys who also have no memory. They are surrounded by towering stone walls that seem limitless and ever-changing – they are in a maze. To complete the maze is the only way out, and no one has made it alive. Then comes the first ever girl who tells them a message: Remember. Run. Survive.

This book was the start of so much and is the basis for the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical. The novel covers the land of Oz, its Wizard, its people, and the Emerald City through a darker (and greener) lens. Wicked offers a radical revolution of one of the most hared and feared characters in all of literature: the Wicked Witch of the West. However, she isn’t nearly as horrible and awful as we all thought.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a brilliant novel that is a great explanation of what it is like to grow up in high school. Charlie writes letters that are unique. hilarious, and devastating in a way that is much more intimate than a diary. There is no indication of where he lives or who he is writing to. All we know of him from his letters is the world that he shares. Charlie is trying to navigate his life when he finds a new set of friends who introduce him to a new world of things.

Mosey Slocumb is fifteen years old, filled with spirit and sass, on the cusp of becoming a woman. However, she is shaken when a small grave is discovered in her backyard and is determined to find out why it’s there. Liza, her mother, is haunted by some of the choices she made as a teen. This leaves Jenny, Mosey’s grandmother, to defend the future of the family.

The sixth book of the Harry Potter series is a wild one. Harry faces one of the most dangerous adventures he has ever set out on.

While the cover of this book isn’t green, the spine is. That makes it perfect for your green shelf. The third book in the Harry Potter series clears up so many things for us as readers and for Harry himself that were suspicious before!

Blue

The Fault in Our Stars is a story about how Hazel has always lived a pretty sheltered life due to the fact that she has a terminal illness. She feels that everyone views her as the sick girl. One day she meets a boy named Augustus Waters at a Cancer Kid Support Group, and Hazel’s story is rewritten completely.

17-year old Mia has absolutely no memory of the accident, but she does remember what happened after. She watched her own body be dragged out of the wreck. She tries her best to put together the pieces to determine what she lost, what she has left, and she has to make an incredibly difficult choice. This novel is so beautiful and will change the way you look at life.

Published in 1925, The Great Gatsby tells the story of the Jazz Age. The story revolves around the incredibly wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby constantly throws lavish parties on Long Island for a specific reason. This novel is beautifully crafted and is definitely a classic.

This book tells the story of Susie Salmon as she adjusts to her new home in Heaven, which is nothing like what she expected it to be. She watches as life on Earth continues even though she’s not there, her friends share rumors about her disappearance, her killer is trying to cover his tracks, and her family is filled with grief.

The fifth book in the Harry Potter series introduces us to a new elite group and a new piece of information about Harry and Lord Voldemort.

Mockingjay is the third book of the Hunger Games series follows Katniss Everdeen and her life after her home has been destroyed. Gale escaped, and Katniss’ family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol, and District 13 really does exist. There are rebels, leaders, and a revolution in the works.

Purple

The very first book of the Harry Potter series. In this book we are introduced to all of the characters we know and love so much as they make their way through their first year at Hogwarts and their first life-threatening adventure.

All of the women in Iris and Malina’s family have some kind of unique magical ability to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her visions into glasswork. Malina can interpret different moods as music. Their mother has a strict rule: keep their gifts a secret. They are not allowed to share their gifts with anyone, and they are forbidden from falling in love.

The Color Purple is an insanely powerful cultural touchstone of modern African literature. The novel depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Celie and Nettie were separated as young girls, but retain their loyalty and hope to see each other again over the years. This novel was groundbreaking due to the silence it broke around domestic and sexual abuse.

Victoria-Margaret, the crown princess of the empire, is a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history. The imperial tradition of genetically arranged matchmaking will guide Victoria-Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage. Before she does her duty, she gets one summer of freedom and privacy in a far corner of the empire. She meets Helena (daughter of a placement geneticist) and August (heir to a powerful shipping firm), and they realize they can change the world to get what they want.

Pink

There are only a few rules that Jules Larsen must follow at her new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew – one of the highest profile buildings in Manhattan. These rules are no visitors, no nights spent away, and no disturbing the other residents. Being recently heartbroken, and just flat broke, Jules is completely taken by her surroundings and accepts the terms. She gets to know the staff, including another sitter named Ingrid who disappears shortly. Will Jules find out the truth about what is happened at the Bartholomew?

Fern is on the wealthy Commodore Island waiting for summer, college, and for her childhood best friend to decide that he loves her. Ivy Avila drops onto the island much like a shooting star. When Ivy shines on Fern, she feels seen and heard. Fern feels like she has a purpose when they are together. The more time they spend together, the more twisted everything around her becomes. Fern won’t be the same person she was.

August is a cynical 23-year old who moves to New York to prove that things like magic and cinematic love stories aren’t real. She doesn’t think anything can change how she feels, until one day she runs into Jane on the train. Jane is dazzling, charming, and mysterious. August decides that maybe some things are worth believing in after all.

Swimming Lessons is a collection of poetry by actress Lili Reinhart. It explores the beginnings of young love, battling anxiety and depression in the face of fame, and the inevitable heartbreak that comes with passion. These poems are relatable and deeply intimate. Provocative and comforting. Small but profound. Lili’s poems reflect her honesty and unique perspective.

Chloe Whittaker is seeking revenge after the most popular students ruined her best friend Monica’s life. Chloe plans on taking each one of them down personally. She’s traded her jeans and t-shirts for designer clothes and deleted everything on her social media that would link her to Monica and blow her cover. She carefully thought out how she would befriend the girls in the clique, fine out their secrets, and expose them.

The Princess Diaries is a story we all know and love. Mia is a New York City girl living with her artist mother learns that her Dad is the Prince of Genovia. Mia is prime princess material and must go through princess lessons to learn a few things before she takes over the throne.

Black

The Hunger Games takes place in the ruins of a place that was previously known as North America, but is now called Panem. Panem consists of one Capitol and 12 outlying districts. In order to keep the districts in line and prevent an uprising, each district must send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games: a fight to the death on live TV. 16-year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers as tribute when her younger sister’s name is called, and her life changes in ways she never thought possible.

Twilight is one of those series that you either love or you hate. I, personally, am obsessed with the series! Isabella Swan moves to Forks, a small, rainy town in Washington, and thinks it might be the most boring move she’s ever made. Once she meets mysterious Edward Cullen, Isabella’s like takes a turn that is both thrilling and terrifying.

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words as much as he is tired of his life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek out what the poet Francois Rabelais called the “Greatest Perhaps”. So much waits for Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young.

Animal Farm is the history of a revolution that went wrong. Mr. Jones of Manor Farm is lazy and drunk, so much so that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over his farm. The Animal Farm vows to eliminated the inequities of the farmyard and benefit all who walk on four legs.

Life turns upside-down for Wisty and Whit when they are hauled out of their beds one night, separated from their parents, and thrown into a secret compound. They can’t comprehend what is happening, but they do know that the new government is trying to suppress Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The siblings are imprisoned together and learn, while trying to escape, that maybe there is a specific reason they were singled out.

Brown

This is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series and, as usual, we learn more and more about Harry Potter and his past. There is plenty of conflict in this book, especially between the two best friends, Harry and Ron.

There are four seekers who come to this ugly and abandoned old mansion. The first is Dr. Montague, a scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon known as a haunting. Next is Theodora, Dr. Montague’s assistant. Then there is Eleanor, a lonely homeless girl that is plenty acquainted with poltergeists. Finally, there is Luke who is the future heir of Hill House. Their stay is spooky, but Hill House is gaining necessary power to make one of them its own.

Grey

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is unforgettable. As the story opens, a horrific family tragedy sends 16-year old Jacob on a journey to a remote island of the coast of Wales. This is where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They might have been dangerous.

The book that inspired the Netflix series, Thirteen Reasons Why is a beautiful, yet tragic story. Clay Jensen arrives home after school one day to a strange package sitting on his porch with his name on it. Inside, there are several tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his crush, who had committed suicide two weeks ago. Hannah’s voice tells him the thirteen reasons she decided to end her life, and Clay was one of those reasons. If he listens to all the tapes, he’ll find out why.

23-year old Marshall Stone was a confident U.S. flyboy stationed in England with multiple B-17 bombing raids under his belt. When the enemy fighters forced his plane to crash in a Belgian field during a mission to Germany, he had to rely on nothing but the kindness of Belgian and French citizens to help him hide from the Nazis. Decades later, Marshall returns to his crash site and finds himself obsessed by the girl in the blue beret who protected him in Paris.

White

In this book of poems, you will meet a boy who turns into a TV and a girl who eats a whale. You will also meet the Unicorn and the Bloath, as well as Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who refuses to take the garbage out. This book is a place where you can wash your shadow and plant gardens of diamonds. Anything is possible with Shel Silverstein’s masterful poem collection.

How would you react if everyone you’ve ever had a secret crush on found out at the exact same time that you did? Lara Jean Song keeps all of her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. These aren’t letters anyone wrote to her, they are one’s she has written. She pours her heart out into these letters, but she would never say things like that in real life. There are five letters total, and one day they accidentally get mailed out.

There’s no doubt this is an extremely long list, but there are tons of options here for your bookshelf!

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