Top Ten Tuesday: Colorful Classics

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog, and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

I’m putting a slight spin on this week’s color theme, to instead feature: Ten Colorful Classics.

These books all contain a color as part of their title.



The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

A highly entertaining and unputdownable Victorian sensation novel, The Woman in White is a delightful reading experience. I can’t wait to watch the new BBC miniseries!



The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy

This is such a fun and romantic adventure story set during the French Revolution. I keep meaning to check out the rest of the series…



Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott

I think I loved this sequel even more than its predecessor, Eight Cousins, when I was a child; although I can remember very little about it now. Clearly, it’s time for a re-read!



A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Okay, so I haven’t actually read this dystopian classic, but I couldn’t come up with an “orange” classic that I have read. Can you think of one?



The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

This novella is gripping, disturbing, and horrifying. The Yellow Wallpaper is a groundbreaking feminist text and a must-read.



Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

I mean, how could my “green” pick ever be anything other than Anne of Green Gables?!



The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

This was the first Toni Morrison novel I had the pleasure to read, but it certainly won’t be my last. The prose is stunning and the story is heartbreaking but impactful.



The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple is not an easy read, but it is ultimately a powerful and hopeful novel. The film version is a must-watch as well, and I’d love to catch the musical someday.



The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I wish Oscar Wilde had written more novels, but I’m oh so glad he wrote this one. It’s both beautiful and disturbing, dazzling and dark; just like Dorian himself.



The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Witch of Blackbird Pond set the historical fiction bar pretty high for me when I read it as a pre-teen. I’d love to re-visit it as an adult to see whether or not it holds up; although I very much expect it does.


Can you think of other classics with colorful titles?




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  1. Very creative!! I haven’t read Clockwork Orange or Dorian Gray yet, but I really liked all the others. You brought back good memories thinking of Rose in Bloom and Blackbird Pond. 🙂

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  2. I like the spin you’ve put on this week’s topic! I love The Woman in White and The Scarlet Pimpernel – I’ve read a few of the other books in the Pimpernel series and thought they were worth reading, though not as good as the first one.

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  3. Jessie, I am very impressed you thought of so many classics with a colour in the title! On my new Classics Club list I have these colourful titles: Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë, The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas and Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. I also love A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle 🙂

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  4. Oranges are not the. . . is fantastic, I love the look and sound of the yellow wallpaper. That’s going on my list! I’ve got a book looking at me called ‘Ishmael’s Oranges’, but I haven’t read it yet. What’s with orange all of a sudden?!

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