Several years ago, I did a color challenge with a fellow blogger where books were picked by the color of their covers. Most of the books came from my TBR shelves, which was an added bonus.

Today, I’ve written a color challenge of my own and urge you to join me. There is no “due date” or timeline; there are twelve books to read; you don’t have to read them in order; and, it is a chance to read books first, then count them towards the challenge. What could be better?

Here are the books to read:

  1. A book with a red cover or any shade of red in the cover design.
  2. Blue on the cover
  3. Yellow on the cover
  4. White on the cover
  5. Black on the cover
  6. Green on the cover
  7. Orange on the cover
  8. Pink on the cover
  9. Purple on the cover
  10. Brown on the cover
  11. The word “color” in the title
  12. An author “of color”

I have already started, out of order, but that’s not necessary, my first book.

Any shade of blue will do. Gee, I’m a poet and don’t know it! LOL

Blue background frames the cover of The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie, first in a three book series of books about Buddhist beliefs written from a cat’s point of view. A cat of many names, “Little Snow Lion,” “HHC” (short for His Holiness’s Cat), and many others depending on who comes in contact with her, she was rescued by His Holiness when driving along a street. It is a “warmhearted, irreverent, and wise” look at the inner workings of the Dalai Lama’s household, with secondary characters that are delightful: monks, a “fake it” restaurant owner, and Italian woman who is His Holinesses’s cook, and others. Also, the book (and the series) has been described as a “multi-layered treatise on the practical aspects of Buddhist teachings.” (Goodreads)

After reading the Breakfast with Buddha series, this series (and I certainly will read the other two books.) will expand my understanding of and appreciation for the Buddhist principles and teachings. The book is great as a stand-alone, but it ended with a cliffhanger which demands I read the next book.


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


  1. This is such a great idea! I would join you if not for my current tbr that needs to be read and reviewed in the next few months! But Iā€™m gonna KIV this challenge! Love the idea šŸ™‚ Also, you won the giveaway on my blog, Rae! Congratulations!!! Could you email me your mailing address please? šŸ™‚

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