I created Gentle Spectrums, after enjoying title and word games but finding rules narrrow. I love scavenger hunts through my shelves, that fit my reading fancy. I have many colour titles and would not abide a limit of one hue in a year. The thrill of matching books is to keep on adding them, isn’t it?
Six years ago, Gentle Spectrums solved that problem: the first group with unlimited colours! This remains the only one mixing that theme, with an easy-to-fill game of broad headings. I blended my favourite traits in an inclusive way. If you like my creativity and flexibility: join via this year’s beautiful butterfly logo!
Here are my ideas for the new selection of headings. Please visit again for the book reviews I link up to my lists.
(1) LIMITLESS PALETTE ~ COLOURS!
Include: colourful, colour, bright, light, iridescent, iridescence, dark, shade, hue, spectrum, rainbow, prism.
“Golden Threads” Kay Hooper 1989
“Mystery Of The Black Diamonds” Phyllis A. Whitney 1954
“Grey Mask” Patricia Wentworth 1928
“The Stonewalkers” Vivien Alcock 1981
“The Great Airport Mystery” Leslie McFarlane 1930
Choose titles that mention continents, any books in or from continents other than yours, general atlases, geography; spotlights other than of your continent.
“Payment In Blood” Elizabeth George 1989 (Scotland)
“Mystery Mile” Margery Allingham 1930 (England)
“It Happened In Arles” Mabel Esther Allan 1964 (France)
“Death In The Devil’s Acre” Anne Perry 1985 (England)
(4) FASHION AND DECOR
Include titles containing words that go with fashion or home decor and books about these things as well!
“The Anodyne Necklace” Martha Grimes 1982 (the word “necklace”)
“The Lamp At Noon And Other Stories” Sinclair Ross 1968 (the word “lamp”)
Look for words associated with education. Or the books may be instructional: manuals, school readers….
“Morality For Beautiful Girls” Alexander McCall Smith 2001
(6) HOPE AND TRIUMPH!
A new one, with our kitty in mind, whom we pray is returned home to us this year!
“Always Give A Penny To A Blind Man” Eric Wright 1999
“The Password To Larkspur Lane” Walter Karig 1933
“Different Dragons” Jean Little 1986
“Reflections Of Eden: My Years With The Orangutans Of Borneo” Biruté M.F. Galdikas 1995
“Wild Geese” Martha Ostenso 1925
“Where Nests The Water Hen” Gabrielle Roy 1950
“Tears Of The Giraffe” Alexander McCall Smith 2000
(8) NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
“Clouds Of Witness” Dorothy Sayers 1927 (the word “clouds”)
“A Palm For Mrs. Pollifax” Dorothy Gilman 1973 (the word “palm”)
“Evan Help Us” Rhys Bowen 1998 (set in the Welsh mountains)
“Sea Swept” Nora Roberts 1998 (the word “sea”)
“The Secret Of Devil’s Cave” Jennifer Hale 1973 (the word “cave”)
“Settlers Of The Marsh” Frederick Philip 1925 (the word “marsh”)
(9) THE ARTS
Fine arts, photography, music, film-making, poetry. Key words in titles, or books about these.
“Robert Service: A Great Canadian Poet’s Love Affair With The North” Elle Andra-Warner 2004
(10) TOYS OR HOBBIES
Let’s make these well-established toys or hobbies, in title or contents.
“Murder Pans Out” Emily Toll 2003 (gold-panning country)
“Ajax Penumbra 1969” Robin Sloan 2013 (riddle-solving and books)
Happy feelings, drink, food, exercise, medicine, energy, medical or spiritual professionals.
“Murder On St. Mark’s Place” Victoria Thompson 2000 (a midwife)
“Monk’s Hood” Ellis Peters 1980 (an herbalist monk)
“Solace For A Sinner” Caroline Roe 2000 (a doctor)
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Here is what I read for Gentle Spectrums last year!