I took part in The Colour Run (aka the happiest 5k) last week and I’m still feeling very colourful. There’s more than likely still some rainbow paint powder hiding out in my hair…
It only felt right to participate in the fun rainbow spine tag too! These types of posts have been floating around on YouTube and book blogs for a while and I thought it was about time I got involved too.
I tried my best to pick my favourite/most memorable books to create the rainbow effect and it was a lot more difficult than I’d expected. It turns out that yellow and orange are quite rare book cover colours!
Red: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
I challenge any music lover not to adore this book. The main character Rob is a record store owner in his mid-thirties coming to terms with a recent break up. He spends a lot of time discussing mix-tapes, constructing a desert island top five and rearranging his vinyl collection.
Orange: Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Solitaire perfectly captures the conflicting emotions, thoughts and beliefs most people feel when growing up. Inspired by The Catcher in the Rye, it’s the perfect example of growing pains.
Yellow: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
This is one of the most magical stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It was my Dad’s favourite childhood story and then ended up becoming mine. Who wouldn’t want to be a kid in a magical chocolate factory?!
Green: How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan
This collection of short love stories include an incredible amount of diverse characters and one of the things I love is that David actually wrote most of the stories while he was growing up as gifts for his friends.
Blue: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Please don’t write this one off if you weren’t particularly impressed with the film, it’s a beautiful story that’s both gruesome and whimsical. It has one of the most harrowing endings I’ve ever read in a book. It’s definitely one that stays with you for a while after reading.
Indigo: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is an all-time favourite of mine and the perfect portrayal of the American Dream. The Great Gatsby transports you back to the glamorous 1920s flapper era showing up an insight into the young, rich and beautiful.
Violet: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
Will Grayson, Will Grayson tells the story of two very different boys whose paths cross in a very unlikely location thanks to the fact that they share the same name. It’s not short on heart and laughter but also points out a lot of deeper and darker issues that many teenagers have to face on a daily basis.