People say to never judge a book by its cover. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate ’em, right? Today I’m excited to share with you my Reading Rainbow Book Tag, a blog post that challenges you to look at the books on your bookshelf in a new and creative way. The task: see if you can pick out books you’ve read with covers for every color of the rainbow. I’ve even thrown in a few extra hues just for fun! Here’s what I came up with.
RED: The Face On The Milk Carton by Caroline B Cooney. This suspenseful novel follows the story of Janie, a high schooler who has reason to believe her parents kidnapped her when she was a child. Suddenly, her world is filled with questions. Who is she? Where does she come from? What is the truth? Once you pick up the first novel in the Janie Johnson series, you won’t be able to stop until you’ve read them all.
ORANGE: Hamlet by William Shakespeare. When the prince of Denmark sees his dead father’s ghost, he has every right to go crazy. And when that ghost tells Hamlet his uncle killed the king to take the crown for himself, revenge is in the air. But what will happen next? Will Hamlet avenge his father by killing his sinister uncle? Will Fortinbras lead his army to success? Will Ophelia ever learn to swim? No matter what, this literary play will have those of you with a keen wit and a quick mind chuckling from beginning to end.
YELLOW: Accused by Lisa Scottoline. What happens when a bee-keeping thirteen-year-old girl decides to reopen the case of her older sister’s murder? Mary Dinunzio is on the job. You’ll never see another bee without thinking of Allegra again after reading this awesome legal mystery novel, the first in the reboot of Scottoline’s Rosato & Associates series.
GREEN: The Princess Bride by William Goldman. The book, the movie; I just can’t get enough of this story. When Buttercup believes her one true love, Westley, has died, she is willed into a marriage with the ruthless Prince Humperdinck. However, the story doesn’t end there. There’s action, adventure, and intrigue as a motley crew of flawed henchmen struggles to save Buttercup from her fate and help her reunite with Westley in the end.
BLUE: Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. With danger looming in their future, Ben, Firedrake the dragon, and Sorrel all head out in search of a place where dragons can live in peace forever. Along the way they encounter a collection of friends and desperately try to skirt one very dangerous villain. Guided by a combination of courage and destiny, this crew brings a story full of imagination and wonder to every chapter.
INDIGO: Children Of The River by Linda Crew. When Sundara fled Cambodia four years ago, the last place she thought she’d wind up was under the spell of the charming American boy, Jonathan. Now she has to decide if following her heart will result in stabbing her family, and her traditional Cambodian values, in the back. Complex and all too realistic, this unique story will hook you from the very first page.
VIOLET: If I Have A Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? by Melissa Kantor. Complete with a wicked stepmother, a pair of nasty stepsisters, and an endless list of chores, Lucy Norton’s life has become the underside of your typical Cinderella tale. But when a high school Prince Charming finally takes an interest in her, things start looking up for Lucy. In the end, a change is sure to come. But the question is, will it involve glass slippers and perfect ballroom dances, or is real life too far off from fantasy?
PINK: The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker. A unique spin on the classic tale, The Frog Prince, this story follows Princess Emeralda who is forced to frog hop her way to freedom when a witch’s spell goes horribly wrong. The first in a series of magical tales, The Frog Princess opens the door into the amazing world Baker has created for Emeralda and Prince Eadric.
WHITE: Confessions Of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. When an extreme shopper who has absolutely no right giving advice on how to manage money finds herself posing as a fraudulent financial advisor, things are bound to get out of hand. This hilarious story follows Becky Bloomwood, a young adult just trying to navigate “the real world” for the first time on her own.
BROWN: The Two Princesses Of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine. Addie has always been more reserved than her bolder sister, Meryl, but she doesn’t shy away from danger when Meryl gets deathly ill. Desperate to save her sister’s life, Addie sets out on a quest fraught with ogres, gigantic dragons, and an ever-ticking clock. If you’re anything like me, you’ll fly through this incredible story of friendship and youthful determination and keep it close to your heart.
BLACK: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Say what you will about the pop culture phenomenon that exploded back in 2008, but I truly enjoy this story. When Bella falls for a vampire, Edward, a slew of challenges emerges as if fate is set on keeping them apart. These star-crossed lovers have to navigate Edward’s seemingly unquenchable thirst for blood, the Cullen’s secret family history, and James, a bloodthirsty villain who shows up determined to hunt Bella down.
So there you have it! I hope you liked this tag. Did it inspire you? Give it a try! If you don’t have an extensive collection of your favorite former reads at your disposal, just take a camera to your local library and get creative. It doesn’t have to be fancy. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Also, make sure to let me know in the comments if you like this type of post. Would you like to see more tags in the future?