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October ColorCAT: Orange

2018 Category Challenge

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Sep 17, 5:05pm Top

This month's color is orange. While it might seem fairly limiting, there are a surprising number of options. First there are books whose cover is largely orange. Some options include:

I think you'll find that Penguin offers loads of possibilities. Just a few of those:

If you want to venture away from the cover of the color, there are title options.

One of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the Women’s Prize for Fiction was known as the Orange Prize for Fiction between 1996 and 2012 and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction between 2014 and 2017 – celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. You can find a list of finalists and winners here.

So, check your shelves, and let us know what you plan to read for October. For Me, I'm hoping to get to Carrot Cake Murder.

Sep 17, 5:21pm Top

If my library hold comes in then I plan on reading There There by Tommy Orange.

Sep 17, 5:43pm Top

>2 LittleTaiko: Me too! Could be a wait though.

I also want to read Tangerine which I was going to do for Noir, but it didn't work out this month.

Sep 17, 5:45pm Top

>3 beebeereads: - I know! I've been waiting for months and am finally at number 14 in line. Maybe the last little bit will go faster?

Sep 17, 6:56pm Top

A recommended reading for an adult education class I am taking in October is Playing with Fire: the 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O'Donnell. The main title (without the subtitle) and the author's name are in orange as is the top third of the spine on the bookcover.

I might also read Scarlett, Rhett, and the Cast of Thousands: the Filming of "Gone with the Wind" by Roland Flamini -- a book with numerous photographs.

Other possibilities include: Amelia Earhart: the Final Story by Vincent Loomis with Jeffrey Ethell (which would also qualify for the Pacific Ocean square of this year's BingoDOG and Beyond Suffrage: Women in the New Deal by Susan Ware.

I hope to read at least one other book besides the book for my class.

Sep 17, 7:49pm Top

I'm planning on either Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman or The Terra-Cotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri the next one up for me in the series.

Sep 17, 8:14pm Top

I am planning on reading the following:

Lost on Mars by Paul Magrs

Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie

Sep 17, 8:27pm Top

Looks like I have a few options on my TBR:

I may go with Winter in June, because that would also fulfill one of my remaining Bingo squares.

Sep 17, 10:45pm Top

Getting back on track after the metallic month (back on track meaning I can find something in my pile 'o books here at home where it is the cover colour, I have a few options:

- Burning Bright / Tracy Chevalier
- The Sixteen Pleasures / Robert Hellenga
- Pretend You Don't See Her / Mary Higgins Clark

Sep 18, 12:18pm Top

I'm planning on reading The Fireman by Joe Hill--there's a backdrop of black, but the text and image are both in (flaming) orange.

Edited: Sep 18, 4:32pm Top

These are the books I'm considering. Did not expect to have an abundance of orange choices.

Sep 18, 3:19pm Top

I had Bel Canto all lined up for this, but I'm not sure I'm in the mood for it. I'll have to have a look on the shelves and see if anything else leaps out.

Another suggestion, which I'm not going to read because I read it last year, is Malcolm Orange Disappears by Jan Carson. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

Edited: Sep 18, 4:17pm Top

>8 christina_reads: I picked up Winter in June earlier this year, and have been waiting for October so I could read it!

Sep 18, 5:56pm Top

>11 RidgewayGirl: I read The Great Believers at the end of August. This was a five star read for me!

Sep 19, 12:45am Top

>12 Jackie_K: I do highly recommend Bel Canto.

I'm planning to read (listen to) Tangerine by Christine Mangan.

Sep 19, 2:09am Top

I've got two books I'm reading in October that have orange on the covers


Sep 19, 3:18am Top

I think my choice for this one is Three Wrong Turns in the Desert by Neil Plakcy. Lots of shades of orange on the cover:

Edited: Sep 19, 4:04am Top

For more choices:
Orange is the Dutch national color. Dutch books?
I like the idea of picking books on color.

Edited: Sep 21, 1:40pm Top

I've decided I'm going to read Bossypants for this one. I've already got a couple of fiction books on the go, and as a bit of a fiction-phobe I think if I try and read another fiction book I'll grind to a halt! (just looked at the page that the touchstone leads to, which shows a cover with no orange at all! My copy is all orange where the blue is in the touchstone picture!)

Sep 21, 7:07pm Top

I will probably read The Orange-Yellow Diamond, a Kindle ROOT. Then I will take a look at my book covers & see what else...

Sep 22, 6:36am Top

My copy of The secret agent is a vivid orange Penguin, so I've got one to fit two CATs.

Edited: Sep 23, 12:38pm Top

>4 LittleTaiko: I just started this today - it will not last into October... I was totally hooked by the prologue. If it holds up, I expect this to end on my top ten list this year.

Sep 30, 8:30pm Top

I'm still thinking about what to read for Orange October. It's a bit of a stretch but I'm wondering if everyone would throw tangerines at me if I read Milkman by Anna Burns. The cover has some lovely orange woven with other colors (it's a sunset image) but the real clincher is that Burns' earlier novel, No Bones was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2002. What do you think?

Oct 2, 2:26pm Top

>22 sushicat: - Ooh, that is good to know. I'm picking up my copy from the library tomorrow. Looking forward to having something good to dive into!

Oct 2, 8:22pm Top

Orange elements on the cover of Arabella The Traitor of Mars:

Edited: Oct 3, 5:35am Top

I'm going to read Rebecca Solnit's The Mother of All Questions, which has an orange cover.

Oct 4, 3:32pm Top

Our book club is reading Persuasion by Jane Austen this month. I had planned to reread my annotated version (which has annotations on each page facing the text), but decided not to read such a cumbersome book. The edition which I purchased, in the Life Time Library series, has a hideous mostly orange book jacket; the illustrations of Anne Elliot and Capt. Wentworth even have very orange faces. I was unable to find a picture of the book jacket on the web. The cover of this hardback book also is mainly orange. I still hope to read at least one other book with an orange cover.

Oct 4, 7:06pm Top

What did you think of that book? I have that series on my list of TBR books.

Oct 4, 7:39pm Top

>29 benitastrnad: I read the whole trilogy. They are great fun with lots of buckles swashed in a ripping yarn format. Even though he hasn't got the Regency diction and customs quite right, after a while you stop noticing and just get swept along in the sheer nonsense of it all.

Oct 5, 9:29am Top

>29 benitastrnad: >30 Robertgreaves: Count me in as another fan of the series! As Robert says, they're great fun, especially if the concept of "Regency space opera" appeals to you.

Oct 6, 4:44pm Top

Pretend You Don't See Her / Mary Higgins Clark
3.5 stars

When real estate agent, Lacey, witnesses the murder of a woman she is selling a house for, she is in danger. Not only that, the dying woman tasked Lacey with giving her daughter’s journal to her daughter’s father. Her daughter was killed in a car crash a few months previous. However, the journal is now evidence.

I liked it, but there were a lot of characters that I had a bit of trouble keeping straight. The author jumps to different perspectives, on occasion, and the reader knows who the killer is (as does Lacey) from the start, but how it all ties together is unknown. Overall, it was “good” for me.

Oct 7, 9:02am Top

Tina Fey's Bossypants was a fun, easy read which I really appreciated in the midst of some of the more heavy reading I'm doing at the moment! Having said that, it wasn't as fluffy as many celeb memoirs, and there were quite a few times I had to stop and think and appreciate her honesty. I loved her prayer for her daughter, and her musings on just having the one child, and the extended chapter on when she played Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live was really interesting and generous, I thought (towards the end of the 2008 presidential campaign, Sarah Palin herself was on the show so they met, which must have been pretty weird for both of them). 4/5.

Oct 8, 4:40am Top

I have finished a book with an orange cover, Geschichte Italiens im Mittelalter, a non-fiction history book about Italy in the Middle Ages. A quick read, but rather inelegantly written and relying too much on previous knowledge.

Oct 8, 5:07pm Top

I've finished The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler Olsen. According to someone who has much better vision than me, the cover is an orangey-peachy color.

Oct 10, 12:33pm Top

Just finished The little stranger by Sarah Waters

Although this is a long story, the drawn-out, slowly-evolving style enhances the reading experience, playing with the reader's mind right to the end.

As well as an orange cover, it was long-listed for the Orange prize in 2010.

Oct 11, 8:54pm Top

>36 VivienneR: i really enjoyed it when i read it earlier this year!

Edited: Oct 13, 9:55pm Top

I finished The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. I think the writing is orange looking so am using it for this cat.

Oct 14, 12:15am Top

>37 LibraryCin: It was a good one! I'll be looking out for more of Sarah Waters.

Edited: Oct 14, 12:17am Top

And another book for Orange month:

Malcolm Orange Disappears by Jan Carson

Northern Ireland author, Jan Carson, has the most imaginative writing style I've ever come across. That it's a debut novel makes it all the more awe-inspiring. Eleven year-old Malcolm, his parents, and baby brother travel around America living in their beat-up Volvo. Malcolm is worried about the holes that are beginning to form on his body although no one else notices. When the father abandons the family, Malcolm's mother finds a job and home at a Baptist retirement village in Oregon filled, of course, with fantastically colourful characters. Carson maintains the surprise factor throughout this ingenius story without once letting up. This is a wonderful, unforgettable story.

My thanks to Jackie_K for the recommendation.

Oct 14, 11:56am Top

>38 Kristelh: I'm reading it right now and I fully agree. I'll use it for this CAT too.

Oct 15, 5:16am Top

The November thread is up: http://www.librarything.com/topic/297527

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