This week I’ve decided to take part in ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ again hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic is ‘books with colours in the title’. Honestly I found this topic quite difficult when I realised I didn’t have a lot of books with colours in the title, but I think I managed to pull together an okay list of books.
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Synopsis: In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is meant to be a time of celebration, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, an event described as the unbalancing of the would by the Sun Priest. Meanwhile, a ship sets sail for Tova, and Xilai, the captain, is a disgraced Teek whose voice and songs can calm the waters and warp a man’s mind. She carries a passenger often described as harmless, but she knows men who are seen as harmless are often the villains.
Publication Date: 13th October 2020
The Green Mile by Stephen King
Synopsis: In Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the men in the E block each wait their turn to walk ‘the Green Mile’ to meet Cold Mountain’s electric chair. Prison Guard Paul Edgecombe thinks he’s met them all whilst working on the Mile, but he’s never met anyone like John Coffey. A man with the sweetness of the child but also with the towering body of giant convicted on a crime of shocking violence. But on the Mile Edgecombe beings to discover something about John that changes and challenges his beliefs forever.
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
Synopsis: In California, 1970, Bean and Liz are left behind by their mother when she goes on a trip to ‘find herself’, only leaving them enough money for a month or two. But when Bean returns from school one afternoon to find police outside their house she and Liz decide to take a bus to their uncle, Tinsley, widowed and living alone in a decaying mansion. During the summer they find ways to make money and Bean discovers truths about their mother and why she left. But when they return to school everything changes when Liz starts to withdraw and something happens to her in a car with a man.
Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid
Synopsis: Rebecca’s twin sister Hephzibah was beautiful, popular and daring, she was a force of life but now she’s gone and Rebecca’s alone. When they were both alive they stayed silent about what their homelife was like and who their parents really were, but Rebecca knows the truth about Hephzibah’s death and finds herself holding on to too many secrets – her sister wanted to escape, could she instead?
The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
Synopsis: Sym has been in love with Titus Oates for a while, even though he’s been dead for ninety years. Sym is obsessed with the Antarctic and she imagines Captain Oates from Scott’s doomed expedition, spilling all her secrets and feelings to him. Sym’s uncle, Victor, is even more obsessed though and agrees to take her into the Antarctic wilderness, but what starts as a dream trip slowly turns into a nightmare fight for survival.
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
Synopsis: Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie keep hope in each other across distance and time. Through letters that span twenty years, that are first addressed to God by Celie, the reader is taken on the journey of the lives of Celie, Nettie, Shug Avery and Sophia, narrating their stories of pain, bravery and resilience against domestic and sexual abuse.
My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk
Synopsis: In 16th century Istanbul the Sultan secretly commissions a group of artists to create a great book celebrating him and the Ottoman Empire, and at a time of violent fundamentalism this is dangerous. But when one of the miniaturists is murdered, and the Sultan demands an answer in three days, their Master must seek outside help and answers to know if they meet their end because of romantic jealousy, political terror or professional rivalry.
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Synopsis: Balram Halwai: servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer. Over the course of seven nights Balram tells us his story and he came to be the successful man he is today. Born in India he gets his lucky break when he’s hired as a chauffeur and moves to Delhi, and is exposed to the world of the ultra-rich. With a watchful eye and calculating gaze Balram begins to scheme on how he can leave his old life behind for good and enter this new world of the rich, and he discovers how: by killing his master.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgress
Synopsis: In this nightmare vision of the future a totalitarian government rules and criminals take over the night. Alex, a teenage gang leader, with his three friends hunt for terrible thrills after dark and rob, rape and murder for fun. But when Alex finds himself subjected to the state who are intent on reforming him, and at the mercy of Dr Brodsky and his mind-altering techniques he discovers there is no fun left for him now.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Synopsis: Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the society of the future. He and the rest of his community believe they work all day to make the surface of Mars inhabitable to future generations, but they’ve been lied to, they are nothing more than slaves to an upper elite who already live on the surface. Discovering this Darrow infiltrates the Institute of the gold caste, where the next generation of overlord’s struggle for power, he’s intent on revenge and vows to stop at nothing to bring down his enemies.