I’ve really been enjoying doing more book recommendation posts recently (check out my fantasy and historical fiction recs!), so I thought I’d do a fun post today where I recommend books based on the colour of the cover!
I’m just basing this off the book covers I’m most familiar with and/or own, and I have to say, I was quite surprised by how easy it was to think of books for some colours, but hard for others. I knew black and white would both be easy, but who knew I liked so many yellow books?! And I was really surprised to find that I struggled to come up with any books for red!
But anyway: here goes! My book recommendations by colour:
And I Darken by Kiersten White
A YA novel about a female Vlad the Impaler…what’s not to like?
Magician by Raymond E. Feist
For a classic fantasy romp, look no further than the first book in Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar saga!
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
If you’re looking for a spooky haunted house read, I’d really recommend this book… I was so creeped out!
Jade City by Fonda Lee
For a unique fantasy book with a cool magic system, I’d recommend Jade City by Fonda Lee.
Deathnote by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
This was the first manga series I ever read and is a great starting point. I loved the unique concept and Light Yagami is an amazing anti-hero!
The Last Tudor by Phillippa Gregory
This book tells the story of the Grey sisters, including Lady Jane Grey who was queen for 10 days following the death of Edward VI.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
This is the first book in an incredible series about Henry VIII’s advisor Thomas Cromwell, and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
We probably don’t want to read too many books about pandemics right now, but this book is a really beautiful dystopian novel that is both bleak and full of hope.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
I read this book recently and loved the angst and Gothic atmosphere!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This book is a little uncomfortable in parts, but is definitely a very touching human story at it’s heart.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
If you like stories with crazy timelines, then this one is for you! Set in World War II it follows the fate of Ursula Todd, who gets to live her life over and over again until she (hopefully) gets it right.
The Black Hawks by David Wragg
I love a good band of misfits, and The Black Hawks provides it in the mercenary group (of the same name!) who have to help Chel escort a whiny Prince across the country safely.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
This is a huge book, but it’s worth the effort! It’s a really unique, female-centric fantasy book full of dragons, queens, and hidden societies.
Lancelot by Giles Kristian
I love books about Arthurian legend, and Lancelot is one of the best I’ve read! It puts an intriguing new spin on the classic characters that I absolutely loved!
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
I may not have loved this quite as much as I’d hoped after loving Nikolai so much in the Grisha trilogy, but it’s still a good book in it’s own right.
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Belles control beauty, and everyone wants to be beautiful in this unique YA fantasy novel!
Circe by Madeline Miller
I love Greek myth almost as much as Arthurian legend, and this was a really powerful novel about Circe, the daughter of Helios, who is banished to a deserted island after angering Zeus.
Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon
I don’t read too many memoirs, but I really enjoyed this one by Bryony Gordon, all about her life with OCD.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
If you’re interested in fandoms and the good and bad sides of it, this is the book for you! Eliza is a shy girl with a secret life as the creator of a famous web comic, who ends up befriending one of her biggest fans… Only he doesn’t know who she really is.
If you’re looking for a fantasy series with a strong female protagonist then I’d recommend the Empire trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts.
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
Another ‘band of misfits’ book! This is an incredible YA fantasy book set in an Asian-inspired fantasy world, with a Dragon Ball style quest to find the pieces of a scroll that summons a wish-granting dragon.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
This is another great YA fantasy with great characters, and one of my favourite romances!
Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir
I’d recommend the Six Tudor Queens series by Alison Weir to anyone with an interest in historical fiction, and it all kicks off in this first book!
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
This was such a gripping thriller I read it in a single afternoon!
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
I recently read this book and loved the fairytale/portal fantasy mash up!
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
This book is described on the cover as ‘Project Runway meets Mulan’, and if that doesn’t sell it to you, then I don’t know what will!
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
If you’re looking for a fairytale vibe and wintery atmosphere, then I’d recommend Spinning Silver!
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
I love a good villain, and this book is all about them!
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
This book asks some interesting questions about what would happen if we became so advanced we couldn’t die, and the ethics of living forever. This dystopian novel definitely makes for an interesting read!
The Taming of the Queen by Phillippa Gregory
I didn’t know a whole lot about Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr, so I feel like I learnt a lot through this book!
Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett
This book is another recent read, and one that I really enjoyed! Josie moves back to her old home town and reconnects with her childhood best friend in this swoon-worthy romance.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
Speaking of romance….I absolutely adored the relationship that builds between Steffi and Rhys in this book!
So have you read any of these books? What did you think of it? Which books would you recommend for each colour?