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January ColorCAT: Black

2018 Category Challenge

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1luvamystery65
Dec 17, 2017, 7:13pm Top

January ColorCAT: BLACK

Black is the absorption of all color and the absence of light. It's sophisticated and mysterious.

For this challenge choose a book with a black cover, black spine or end papers. Choose a book with the word black in the title or black can be the author's name. Also, if you want to think outside the box, choose a title that evokes the color black, such as crow, raven, midnight, onyx, ebony...

I'm looking forward to see what everyone chooses.

2luvamystery65
Edited: Dec 24, 2017, 2:20pm Top

For my picks I am thinking of

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley annotated version edited by Leslie K. Klinger



This is the book without the dust jacket!



The Musical Brain by Cesar Aira



Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo



Something from my annotated Edgar Allan Poe



Blacklands by Belinda Baur



3Kristelh
Dec 17, 2017, 8:07pm Top

I am thinking The Monk might fit, the cover does have black on it and Monks wear black.

4LittleTaiko
Edited: Dec 17, 2017, 8:54pm Top

Right now I definitely plan on reading Blackberry Wine and might also get in Blackout. Need to look at the covers of some books and see what else will fit.

5LibraryCin
Edited: Dec 17, 2017, 9:30pm Top

Ha! I have a title with "white" that I might read. Will have to look closer at covers and see what I come up with...

ETA: And I have a book with "black" in the title that I need to finish this month! Sigh...

6katiekrug
Dec 17, 2017, 9:50pm Top

>2 luvamystery65: - Blacklands is very good, Ro!

7rabbitprincess
Dec 17, 2017, 10:52pm Top

I've earmarked The Black Arrow, by Robert Louis Stevenson, for this challenge!

8cyderry
Edited: Jan 22, 7:22pm Top

I'm planning Packing for Mars - the cover is predominantly black.

9Zozette
Dec 18, 2017, 1:09am Top

I plan to read The Black Tongue by Marko Hautala. I gather it is horror story based on Finnish folklore.

10Helenliz
Dec 18, 2017, 1:24am Top

Intending to read The Black Moth to start my Heyer in order read.

11VivienneR
Dec 18, 2017, 1:48am Top

Couldn't decide between The Blackhouse by Peter May or The Black Book by Ian Rankin so I decided to read both.

12majkia
Dec 18, 2017, 5:02am Top

I"ll be reading Black Dog by Stephen Booth.

13Zozette
Edited: Dec 18, 2017, 5:10am Top

I really enjoyed The Blackhouse . I liked all of the Lewis trilogy.

14Jackie_K
Dec 18, 2017, 7:32am Top

I've already started Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, and I'm glad I have because I hadn't realised (ebook) just what an epic chunkster it is (according to amazon, the paperback is over 1200 pages! My wrists are definitely thanking me that I'm not reading it in paper format!). I'll be lucky at the rate I'm going to finish it for the end of January, but I will try.

I had originally earmarked it for the grey month later in the year, but I am going to read Agnes Grey for that instead. The book I'd originally earmarked for January also has blue in the title as well as black, so I'm doing it for that month instead.

15casvelyn
Dec 18, 2017, 8:02am Top

>7 rabbitprincess: I'm contemplating The Black Arrow as well. I bought it when I was in grade school because the copy had a horse on the cover. I was so disappointed it wasn't actually a horse book that I've never read it.

16mathgirl40
Dec 18, 2017, 8:13am Top

I have a few possibilities in mind:
The Black Book by Ian Rankin
Rendezvous in Black by Cornell Woolrich
Black Powder War by Naomi Novik

17whitewavedarling
Dec 18, 2017, 10:45am Top

I'm going to be reading The White Cat by Holly Black :) I figured it would be a good way to start off the color challenge for me, with both the colors, and the cover/spine are mostly black!

18dudes22
Dec 18, 2017, 11:02am Top

I'm going to read Black River by S.M. Hulse which is also going to be for the Random Cat (BB from Judy - DQ). I also have Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman and Black Mulberries by Caitlin Davies to consider if I have more time.

19christina_reads
Dec 18, 2017, 11:55am Top

Right now I'm planning to read A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh, which I think I've read before but can't remember anything about! My copy has a mostly black cover:

20Chrischi_HH
Dec 18, 2017, 3:27pm Top

I think I'll read The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell. My copy is mostly black. And it fits the RandomCAT, too, as it is a BB tat hit me in 2015.

21sushicat
Edited: Dec 18, 2017, 3:52pm Top

I’m thinking of Black Hole by Charles Burns.

22LibraryCin
Dec 18, 2017, 9:28pm Top

23cmbohn
Dec 19, 2017, 1:52pm Top

I'm planning on The Black Hand: The Epic War if I can get a copy of it and The Black Lung Captain. I'm looking for a year of reading more of what I really love.

24christina_reads
Dec 19, 2017, 2:10pm Top

>23 cmbohn: I liked The Black Lung Captain a lot! You're reminding me that I still need to read those last two books in the series!

25staci426
Dec 19, 2017, 2:56pm Top

>23 cmbohn: I was also looking at The Black Hand. It caught my attention as one of today's Kindle daily deals.

26Jackie_K
Dec 19, 2017, 4:46pm Top

I've decided that although I'm going to carry on reading Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, I'm not going to knock myself out to finish it by the end of January. My reading tends to be in the hour after I go to bed, and I read bits of two or three books then. At that rate my kobo is telling me I am going up 1% read every two to three days (I started it nearly a week ago, and I'm yet to hit 4%), so even if I up the reading speed it may well still take me several months! I'll just resurrect the thread in the month that I eventually finish it :) (maybe I'll finish it in August, in Grey month).

27mysterymax
Dec 19, 2017, 4:48pm Top

I've requested January Black as it seems so very appropriate!

28mysterymax
Dec 19, 2017, 4:49pm Top

I've requested January Black from the library as it seemed so very appropriate.

29novawalsh
Dec 19, 2017, 5:27pm Top

I'm going to try Voyage of the Narwhal which has a mostly black cover, plus it also covers my AlphaCAT V requirement. Doubling up is always good!

30rabbitprincess
Dec 19, 2017, 6:27pm Top

>15 casvelyn: An early lesson in judging books on their covers, I guess! My copy also has a horse on the cover, but the horse is carrying a helmet-wearing, sword-wielding guy. I actually can't remember whether I read the blurb before buying it or just picked it up at the book sale because of Robert Louis Stevenson.

31cmbohn
Dec 19, 2017, 9:09pm Top

I loved The Black Arrow. It took a bit to get into the language, but it was really good.

32EBT1002
Edited: Dec 20, 2017, 11:08am Top

I'm going to read Magpie Murders for this Black month!

ETA: I'm also thinking to read Murder in the Marais by Cara Black. Note that both of these can also work for the AlphaKIT since M is one of the letters for January.

33virginiahomeschooler
Edited: Dec 20, 2017, 2:29pm Top

Several of my January planned reads have black covers including

Artemis
The Redbreast
and American Gods (this one I'm currently reading but don't think I'll finish before the end of the year)

34DeltaQueen50
Dec 20, 2017, 3:18pm Top

I am planning on reading Black Coffee by Agatha Christie and The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy for January's ColorCat. As the month progresses, I may have more to add depending on the color of the covers of books that I read.

35LibraryCin
Dec 20, 2017, 8:42pm Top

I get most of my books from the library, so I'm guessing as to what might work from what I already plan to read:

In the Kingdom of Ice - the cover looks about 3/4 black
The Radium Girls - again, the cover looks about 3/4 black
20th Century Ghosts - much of the cover look black.

Now, that's just from the main cover that is displaying here.

36Robertgreaves
Dec 23, 2017, 2:23am Top

37Robertgreaves
Edited: Dec 23, 2017, 2:23am Top

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38luvamystery65
Dec 24, 2017, 2:22pm Top

Finally posted pics of my choices in >2 luvamystery65:

I love my annotated Frankenstein. The dust cover is beautiful but I love the book cover even more.

39majkia
Dec 24, 2017, 2:28pm Top

>38 luvamystery65: Oh that is a gorgeous book

40Roro8
Dec 25, 2017, 11:07pm Top

>38 luvamystery65:, they all look very black! Great options.

41Berly
Dec 26, 2017, 5:39pm Top

I am going to read Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. Obviously it could work for Green, too, but I have lots of options in the shelves for that color!

42Helenliz
Dec 27, 2017, 3:54pm Top

>41 Berly: I adored that book. He could have been present in some of my childhood, the details were just so bang on.

43Berly
Dec 27, 2017, 3:54pm Top

Oh! Now I am really excited to read it. Thanks. : )

44ErinPaperbackstash
Dec 28, 2017, 12:40pm Top

Good picks. I read Frankenstein for the first time in 2017; what a beautiful book. Fell in love with the writing style, even though Victorian melodrama is rarely for me.

45Dejah_Thoris
Dec 29, 2017, 8:54pm Top

At a minimum, I should get to Norman Cantor's In the Wake of the Plague: the Black Death and the World it Made, but I imagine there will be others.

Would the 'blind' in Snowblind count?

46RidgewayGirl
Dec 30, 2017, 12:26pm Top

>45 Dejah_Thoris: It does if you want it to.

I picked up Trell by Dick Lehr for this CAT, but I'll finish it today or tomorrow. It's an excellent YA novel about a teenage girl working to free her father who is in prison for a murder he didn't commit. It's also about what Boston was like in the eighties, when crack swept through and about journalism - Trell works with a lawyer working on her father's appeal and with a jaded old reporter who is putting a story together. There's a lot of nuance her for a YA novel.

47majkia
Dec 30, 2017, 4:18pm Top

I've started Black Dog for this month's color cat.

48RidgewayGirl
Edited: Jan 1, 12:04pm Top

I finished Trell by Dick Lehr this morning. The cover is predominantly black.

49Helenliz
Jan 1, 12:05pm Top

I finished The Black Moth this afternoon. Started last night, needing something to relax with in the bath (and thought Frankestein didn't fit the bill!) Finished off today. First 2018 finish and it was a good one.

50virginiahomeschooler
Edited: Jan 1, 12:25pm Top

I finished Artemis this morning.

51LibraryCin
Jan 1, 3:41pm Top

>50 virginiahomeschooler: And? How was it?

52virginiahomeschooler
Jan 1, 4:00pm Top

>51 LibraryCin: whoops. Guess I left that out. I hadn't actually read the blurb about this one. I knew that it took place on the moon, but that was all. I had been dying to read it because I loved The Martian so much. And I think the fact that I loved it so much hurt Artemis. It was good. The writing was solid. The story was well thought out. But... I couldn't help comparing it to the other book. And it just wasn't that. If I can step away and rate it based only on its own merits, I do feel like it was worth reading (I gave it 4 stars). But I still finished it feeling sort of let down.

53LibraryCin
Jan 1, 4:18pm Top

>52 virginiahomeschooler: Thank you! Yeah, it's hard not to compare, for sure.

54Zozette
Edited: Jan 1, 6:22pm Top

I am currently listening to Artemis and I am bit disappointed so far. Weir’s weakest area when it comes to writing is his character development and that did not have too much of a negative effect on The Martian but it does on Artemis. The book started off promising with a Saudi woman as its main character but she half way through the book she comes across to me as being not that much different from a whiny American teenager. Only a 3.5/5 for me at this stage of reading.

55LittleTaiko
Jan 1, 5:27pm Top

>52 virginiahomeschooler: - You liked it much more than I did. It was a DNF for me from the end of last year. I know part of why I hated it so much was that I kept comparing it to The Martian which isn't fair. However, I had a real problem with the main character and just couldn't keep reading. It did win the Goodreads award for SF I believe so obviously I'm in the minority. :)

56virginiahomeschooler
Jan 1, 6:04pm Top

>54 Zozette: Jazz is definitely the weakest part of the book and never really all that likeable for me. I sort of felt like he wrote her the same way he wrote the Mark Watney in The Martian. But what worked with Watney doesn't work with Jazz. They're both brilliant, though with Watney we are able to see his genius through his actions while we're mostly simply told that Jazz is exceptionally bright. I don't know how he coudlve done things differently, but yeah where Watney was (at least for me) what made The Martian, Jazz is more a drawback for Artemis.

>55 LittleTaiko: I struggled with the middle. I felt like it started strong and ended well, but the middle was too much like living inside Jazz's head, and I didn't like her enough to want to stay for long. That said, I have this weird fascination with the idea of colonizing a distant planet (or the moon), and so I'm a sucker for stories like this one. Weir is very good at those little details that some probably find over the top and maybe a bit dull. But I love that stuff. I don't understand most of it, but I love it.

57mysterymax
Jan 1, 10:26pm Top

>56 virginiahomeschooler: Now I'm torn. I was looking forward to reading it because I loved The Martian.

58pamelad
Jan 1, 11:37pm Top

Cornell Woolrich wrote a "Black" series. I'm going with Rendezvous in Black because it's available on the Kindle.

It's doubly black, because it's noir.

59virginiahomeschooler
Jan 2, 8:57am Top

>57 mysterymax: Sorry! I mean I still am glad I read it. If you go into it knowing the main character is sort of a criminal and not the hero that Watney was, it's not a bad book. I will say I'm glad I borrowed it from the library instead of bought it.

60mysterymax
Jan 2, 9:52am Top

>59 virginiahomeschooler: Sounds like a good idea. I already have three books on interlibrary loan request. Maybe they won't come until the weather warms up. Right now, it's too cold to go anywhere. My next Somerset book is percolating in my mind, so I'm using the time to curl up in my chair with blankets, tea and cat.

61gaeta1
Edited: Jan 2, 9:43pm Top

I am reading The Woman in Black but The Radium Girls works, too.

62DeltaQueen50
Jan 4, 12:57am Top

>58 pamelad: I love Cornell Woolrich and so I just had to rush over to Amazon and pick myself up a Kindle copy of Rendezvous in Black!

I have completed my first read for this months ColorCat: Black Coffee which was actually an adaptation of a 1930's Agatha Christie play, written by Charles Osborne in 1998. It was light and fairly enjoyable, but there were some areas that were very different from Christie.

63whitewavedarling
Jan 4, 3:13pm Top

I couldn't resist penciling in White Cat by Holly Black for this challenge, despite the title. And... I loved it. Full review written, but if you like urban fantasy or kitty cats or con stories... well, I just loved it. 'Nuff said.

64sumpter-girls
Jan 4, 4:10pm Top

Yesterday picked up the latest Jack Reacher novel, The Midnight Line, by Lee Child from the library. I finished it yesterday as well, so one challenge down. Not my favorite Jack Reacher, but a fun read.

65lkernagh
Jan 5, 11:08pm Top

Just realized that my first read in 2018 fits the January ColourCAT:



Not for the title but for the predominantly black cover.

66leslie.98
Jan 6, 10:31am Top

I finished the short story The Minister's Black Veil by Hawthorne. I had thought that it was a novella rather than a short story so I will have to look through my Kindle for another 'black' title.

67luvamystery65
Jan 6, 10:51am Top

>66 leslie.98: It still counts even if it's a short story.

68leslie.98
Jan 6, 11:18am Top

>67 luvamystery65: Thanks. I will still try to find another title but with less stress now :)

69HighViolet
Jan 6, 11:41am Top

I am reading Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. This has been on my book list for years-I am so glad for this challenge to push me to finally get it read. I'm halfway through, it's very enjoyable, and a nice opposition to Frankenstein when I need to take a break from that one.

70MissWatson
Jan 7, 7:06am Top

I finished The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson. Rather disappointing.

71rabbitprincess
Jan 7, 9:24am Top

>70 MissWatson: Ruh-roh! I have that one in my purse for reading next!

72VivienneR
Jan 7, 4:45pm Top

Just finished The Blackhouse by Peter May and gave it 4.5 stars!

Many thanks to DeltaQueen50 for the BB

73Roro8
Jan 8, 5:30am Top

>72 VivienneR:, I just read your review. It sounds good.

74MissWatson
Jan 8, 10:19am Top

>71 rabbitprincess: Your experience may be different from mine, but so far all of Stevenson's young boy heroes struck me as far too naive, given their upbringing.

75VivienneR
Jan 8, 1:29pm Top

>73 Roro8: Thank you, Ro! I loved it.

76rabbitprincess
Jan 8, 6:18pm Top

>74 MissWatson: I read and loved (and still love) Kidnapped and Treasure Island, but that could be because I read them as a kid and have been inoculated against the naivete. We'll see how this one goes, with my reading it for the first time as an adult!

77cmbohn
Edited: Jan 8, 10:55pm Top

I started Edinburgh Twilight which will count for this challenge because of the cover. I'm not far enough into it to tell if I'm going to like it.

78LittleTaiko
Jan 9, 12:28pm Top

I finished Blackberry Wine which was a lovely pleasant read.

79Crazymamie
Jan 9, 12:40pm Top

I listened to the audiobook of Artemis, which was fun and fast-paced.

80DeltaQueen50
Jan 9, 5:04pm Top

Both the cover of When We Were Animals and it's dark content fits the theme of "Black":

81LibraryCin
Edited: Jan 10, 10:21pm Top



20th Century Ghosts / Joe Hill
4 stars

This is a book of short stories, some horror, some fantasy, some a combination. Some of the stories include: a young Van Helsing, a movie theatre ghost, a boy who wakes up one morning having turned into a bug, two brothers – the younger a savant who builds cardboard box mazes, an inflatable boy, a very reclusive horror writer, a basement with an old nonworking phone that rings, an odd museum, a boy who can actually fly while wearing his cape, and more.

I really enjoyed most of these stories. Collections of short stories often end up ok for me, with a mix of liking some stories and not liking others. I don’t think there were any I disliked in this collection, and most I really liked. Many of the stories don’t quite “end”… with more of a leave-it-up-to-your-imagination kind of thing, which can be extra-creepy with horror stories! I have had “The ants go marching one-by-one...” going through my head since I finished the book (it played a role in one of the last stories).

82sallylou61
Edited: Jan 11, 2:24pm Top

I've read Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals, Women, a Passion by Melissa Holbrook Pierson for this CAT. It is a rather disjointed book in which the author talks mainly about girls/women and horses. She relates her own experiences with horses, mentions horses in literature, and describes some appalling conditions under which some horses live and/or die. There is a photograph at the beginning of each chapter, and most of the horses are black and the girls/women have dark hair.

83LibraryCin
Jan 13, 1:34am Top



In the Kingdom of Ice / Hampton Sides
4.5 stars

In the late 19th century, Captain De Long paired up with the owner of the New York Herald (who funded the trip) to sail the USS Jeannette to the North Pole. At the time (though no one had yet been there), some people thought that once you pushed past the ice, there was warmer and open water. De Long, armed with maps (many of which were simply incorrect) from German cartographer Petermann, took off on the multi-year voyage with 32 other men to sail through to the ice-free section and the North Pole. Without wanting to give too much away, this would prove to be incredibly dangerous.

This was amazing! Some of the background information near the start of the book, particularly about Bennett (who funded the trip), wasn’t as interesting, but it wasn’t uninteresting, either. I seem to be fascinated by survival stories (though I’m about the opposite of a risk-taker, myself - I’ll just read about it, thanks!). This one read like fiction and it kept me wanting to keep reading to find out what happened next. It is nonfiction, so it really happened, but I honestly didn’t know how it would turn out, so I was riveted!

84Robertgreaves
Edited: Jan 13, 5:38am Top



COMPLETED The Diva Wore Diamonds by Mark Schweizer

Each book in this series has a cartoon and the two triangles which are different for each book -- this happens to be the black one.

85dudes22
Jan 13, 7:59am Top

>83 LibraryCin: - My husband loves these type of books so I'm going to keep track of this as an idea for a gift for him.

86beebeereads
Jan 13, 11:13am Top

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History The cover is mostly black, the hardcover is all black and some might argue that the content satisfies that requirement also...but I won't go there.

I am at heart a wannabe journalist, certainly not in skill, but in my lifelong fascination with the career path. I have read many memoirs over the years of print, TV and digital journalists and am always in awe of the hard work that is required to feed the press and keep our world safe by putting out the truth. Katy Tur is at heart a rough and tumble style journalist who has successfully adapted to a professional on-screen presence with grace and wit. There were laugh-out-loud anecdotes about the campaign trail and wise observations about the process and the candidate. There were astonishing reports of risk to the journalists from the rally crowds. Tur mixed a personal memoir with the unusual experience of following Trump on the campaign trail. At first I found the back and forth timeline a bit questionable, but once I adjusted, I realized the wisdom of formatting the story in this way. Her writing is clear, precise, inviting and funny as needed. I didn’t think I wanted to revisit 2016 because we watched it all so closely on TV, but this was a suitable epilogue to that experience. I will continue to follow her career and am grateful she took the time to record this portion of her reporting life.

87rabbitprincess
Jan 13, 12:45pm Top

I finished The Black Arrow, by Robert Louis Stevenson. It came in from the library book sale and will go back there. It wasn't terrible, but certainly not my favourite Stevenson.

88Jackie_K
Jan 13, 12:46pm Top

>86 beebeereads: Ooh, I keep getting recommended this book by kobo recommendations. I haven't bought it (too expensive), but will keep it on the wishlist. I really like this sort of book written by journalists too (usually - I suspect Fire and Fury might be a bit much for me). I've often thought if I could have my time again I'd train to be a journalist.

89beebeereads
Jan 13, 1:43pm Top

>88 Jackie_K: heh,heh, yes a bit much for me too and question as to whether "journalist" would be an accurate title for him.

90LibraryCin
Jan 13, 2:22pm Top

>85 dudes22: I think it would make a great gift for someone who likes these kinds of books!

91scaifea
Jan 13, 7:54pm Top

I'll be reading Einstein's Dreams for this one (about half of the cover is black).

92raidergirl3
Jan 13, 9:09pm Top

>91 scaifea: oh, I love Einstein’s Dreams. Sometimes I read it to my grade 12 physics classes.

93scaifea
Jan 13, 9:19pm Top

>92 raidergirl3: It's my husband's book (he's a physicist by trade), and it's been on our shelves since we married 13 years ago. I've wanted to read it ever since, but just hadn't gotten round to it - I'm looking forward to it!

94leslie.98
Jan 15, 3:06pm Top

95LittleTaiko
Jan 15, 3:48pm Top

I finished two other books that qualify for this challenge and am almost finished with a third.

Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life by Jonathan Gould (the cover is predominately black)
Black Skies by Arnaldur Indriaason

Almost finished with Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola.

96leslie.98
Jan 16, 8:54pm Top

I think that I will reread via audiobook Georgette Heyer's first book, The Black Moth. It has been several years since I read this one.

97Roro8
Jan 16, 9:47pm Top



I read Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda, selected for the black cover. Paul and Mia Strom seem to have the perfect marriage, but all is not as it seems. A 3 star psychological thriller.

I really liked the cover and bought it specifically for this month's colourCAT - even though I told myself I was going to try to read books from my shelf for this one. Oh well, maybe next month.

98DeltaQueen50
Jan 18, 1:57pm Top

I have finished listening to The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy. The author's wordy style adapted very well to audio and kept me involved throughout 13 plus hours of listening.

99Zozette
Jan 20, 11:43pm Top

Yesterday I finished listening to The Black Echo by Michael Connelly _ the first Harry Bosch book. It was quite a good story but I think it drag a little towards the end. I might read another Harry Bosch book one day.

I tried to listen The Black Tongue by Marko Hautala but I gave up on it, it wasn’t the book for me.

100leslie.98
Jan 21, 1:33am Top

Upon trolling through the many unread books on my Kindle, I discovered The Black Tulip by Dumas. I think that will be my next book for this CAT!

101hailelib
Jan 21, 3:02pm Top

I read Black Powder War which I very much enjoyed.

102LibraryCin
Edited: Jan 21, 11:16pm Top



The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women / Kate Moore
5 stars

In the early 20th century, radium was touted as being beneficial to one’s health. Clock dials were being painted with radium so they would glow in order to be read in the dark. Young women, mostly in their late teens or early 20s, were working in factories, hand painting the radium on to those dials, and being paid very well to do so. Not only hand painting them, but licking the brushes they used to paint, in order to make a nice sharp tip to be able to paint perfectly. Eventually, many of these women began having health problems, from their teeth falling out to carcinomas in various parts of their bodies. The companies that employed these women continued to insist it wasn’t radium that was the problem.

Wow! Scary stuff! Imagine your jawbone disintegrating and breaking through into your mouth in pieces. These women were still young, wanted to get married and have families. Even worse was when a group of women who worked at a factory in New Jersey successfully sued for their health problems, but the company in Illinois told their employees that the radium the company used in NJ wasn’t to blame – it was something additional they put in theirs that wasn’t used in the Illinois factory… so the “lip, dip, paint” method continued in Illinois.

This book is nonfiction, but read like fiction. It kept me wanting to read, and it was a surprisingly fast read. Even more horrifying, ”lip, dip, paint” was still being used in Illinois in 1978!!!!!!. I guess it’s nonfiction, so I shouldn’t need a spoiler there, but I’m putting it in, anyway.

103clue
Jan 22, 12:14am Top



I read Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan, a novella I loved.

104staci426
Jan 22, 9:19am Top

I've finished two books for this month's challenge:
The Black Tongue by Marko Hautala 4*
What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong 4*, this one has a mostly black cover.

105Crazymamie
Jan 22, 10:06am Top

>103 clue: That is one of my favorites! I have read it multiple times.

106LittleTaiko
Jan 22, 12:05pm Top

Finished a short story collection with a black cover called The Age of Perpetual Light. Not something I would recommend though.

107sushicat
Edited: Jan 22, 2:13pm Top

Finished Black Hole by Charles Burns and gave it 4.4 stars. This graphic novel takes you on an acid trip, where teenagers affected by a sexually transmitted disease are horribly disfigured, shunned and persecuted they live at the margins of society. Very well done.

108clue
Jan 23, 10:42am Top

>105 Crazymamie: This is one I'm keeping on the shelf, I'm sure I'll reread it again too.

109hailelib
Jan 24, 2:31pm Top

I just finished Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. with a mostly black cover. Really fun read. Also a Bingo square and an AlphaKit

110MissWatson
Jan 25, 3:55am Top

I read Black Powder War which was a lot of fun, despite the battles, and also works for the SFF KIT.

111leslie.98
Jan 25, 8:48pm Top

I finished The Black Tulip by Dumas -- a nice blend of historical fiction, adventure and romance.

112Berly
Jan 26, 2:37am Top

Finished Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. Good stuff about a 13-year-old boy growing up. Bullying, first kisses, the agony of stuttering, family upheavals. A little rough to get into due to accents and colloquial language, but worth it.

113MissWatson
Jan 26, 3:48am Top

And I also finished Die Giftköchin which has a black cat on the cover of my edition (I wonder why? The cat dies early in the book), black vegetation and is full of black humour of a kind that is typical for Finnish authors. Of course, it's possible only authors with that kind of odd humour are translated into German...

114Robertgreaves
Jan 29, 9:58am Top

115LittleTaiko
Jan 29, 10:24am Top

One more down - The Black Count which I'm happy to have finally finished. I should get one more in before the end of the month with Raven Black.

I'm absolutely loving the Color challenge as I've been reading a wide variety of books that seem to fit. Wonder if I'll have as much luck next with brown?

116Crazymamie
Jan 29, 10:26am Top

>115 LittleTaiko: Oh, I love Raven Black - that whole series, actually. I am waiting on the next one. *sigh*

117dreamweaver529
Jan 29, 10:34am Top

I've manged to read 2 this month:


  The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt -:- Review

  Son of the Black Sword Saga of the Forgotten Warrior by Larry Correia -:- Review

I enjoyed both, though I liked Son of the Black Sword better. It looks to be the beginning of a good fantasy series.

118leslie.98
Edited: Jan 29, 8:25pm Top

>98 DeltaQueen50: I must have internalized your remark about The Black Dahlia as a few days later I checked out the audiobook in CD form from the library!

119VivienneR
Jan 31, 2:29pm Top

Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason filled Bingo square "fits at least 2 KITs/CATs". Black cover meant it was a fit for ColourCAT.

120mathgirl40
Jan 31, 9:59pm Top

I did well with this month's theme, having finished 3 books: The Black Book by Ian Rankin, Black Powder War by Naomi Novik and Rendezvous in Black by Cornell Woolrich. They were all very enjoyable reads and even better, they were all ones that had been sitting on my shelves for a while.

121dudes22
Edited: Jan 31, 10:17pm Top

I fell behind this month because we’ve been visiting friends and very busy. But I did start Black River by S.M. Hulse which I’m enjoying a lot.

122VivienneR
Edited: Feb 1, 9:43pm Top

Just finished my last January book: The Camel Club by David Baldacci that has a black cover. This was my first Baldacci but this is not a preferred genre so I don't think I'll continue with the series. It had a topical theme concerning a possible U.S. nuclear attack on, or by, North Korea, which is a bit too close to the truth to be entertaining.

123luvamystery65
Feb 4, 10:55am Top

I finished Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo, The Musical Brain and other stories by Cesar Aira and I'm finishing up Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I put aside my annotated copy and am reading the new Penguin 1818 release which also has a black cover. Should finish tonight.

124DeltaQueen50
Feb 5, 5:06pm Top

>118 leslie.98: I hope you enjoy The Black Dahlia, Leslie.

125kac522
Mar 1, 1:10am Top

A tad late to the party, but did finish Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf. Much of the book takes place in the quiet of the night.

126Jackie_K
Mar 1, 4:56am Top

>125 kac522: Don't worry, I'm still reading my January ColourCAT book! (about 68% through now, sigh. I should get it finished in March though - the kobo is telling me I have 7 hours left to read).

127Jackie_K
Mar 5, 4:30pm Top

I went for a final push, and finally finished Black Lamb & Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia tonight. I have a real sense of achievement (if I'd realised how much of a chunkster it was I might not have started - I guess that's an advantage of reading an ebook copy!), but also glad it's finished!

128candylol
Mar 5, 7:13pm Top

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