Rainbow Books Reading Challenge!

As you can probably tell by my blog’s banner, I like rainbow things.

And, as you can probably tell by my blog’s banner, and by this picture of my bookshelf below, I have most of my books arranged in a rainbow:


I know, I know, rainbow bookshelves can be quite controversial. On the one hand, it’s like, how can you split up a book trilogy or series? On the other hand, it’s like, but it looks so pretty! Then there are some who wonder, well, if a person is so invested in just the aesthetics of their bookshelf, do they even read the books on them?

I definitely read my books. But, as I mentioned in my post about beautiful book covers, I definitely also care about the aesthetics of my books because I’m a book collector as well as a reader.  

However, I’m still torn because, while I love rainbow things, I’m a bit too much of a perfectionist to split up all of my trilogies and series’. It’s only right that they’re placed in the correct order, and often they’re designed to look good together anyway.

So, to work around my conflicting beliefs, most of the books that are arranged in a rainbow format are standalone books. There are only about four or five series of books that have been rearranged. In fact, the only one of my shelves that isn’t arranged in a rainbow or as part of a rainbow is the one that contains most of my trilogies and series’.

Also, you might not be able to tell in the picture, but I have extra deep bookshelves, which means that all my shelves contain two rows of books. Handy when you’re short on bookshelf space but have many books. Not so handy when you can’t remember what books you have because you can’t see them all. The front row of books are the only ones arranged in rainbow because they’re the ones that can be seen. 

I came up with the idea for this challenge as I was looking at my bookshelf, trying to decide which book to read next.

The Rules:

I pick a book from each colour of the rainbow – well, each colour of my rainbow, which are: red/pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. I’ll also add black, even though it’s not really a rainbow colour, because after all the purple books I have a whole row of black books. (Just FYI, I’m going by the book spine colours.) 

I will read a book of each colour in the order of the rainbow, and review each book.

I must read a book a week, so it will take me 7 weeks to complete this challenge.

Here are my book choices:

  • RED/PINKSlade House, by David Mitchell 
  • ORANGE: Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • YELLOW: The Girl With All The Gifts, by M.R. Carey (Yellow was difficult to choose! It was between this book, The Bees, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future and Not If I See You First) 
  • GREEN: The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge
  • BLUE: The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, by Leslye Walton
  • PURPLE: Magonia, by Maria Dahvana Headley 
  • BLACK: Forbidden, by Tabitha Suzuma


The challenge will start on the week commencing Monday the 13th of February. I will have a review of the book up on the Sunday of each week. Wish me luck!

Follow my blog to keep up with updates on this challenge!

Also, if anyone would like to do this challenge please let me know. We could do it together! It would be fun to see other people’s book choices based on colour!


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