Carolyn’s Gentle Spectrums 2019

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.


Include:  colourful, colour, bright, light, iridescent, iridescence, dark, shade, hue, spectrum, rainbow, prism.

Mystery Of The Black Diamonds”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1954
Green Eggs And Ham”  Theodor Seuss Geisel  1960
The Figure In The Shadows”  John Bellairs  1975
The Shadowy Horses”  Susanna Kearsley  1997
The Shadow Of The Wind” (“La Sombra Del Viento”)  Carlos Luiz Zafón  2001
The Lady In Blue” (“La Dama Azul”)  Javier Sierra  1998
The Amber Room”  Steve Berry  2003
Shades Of Earl Grey”  Laura Childs  2003
(9)  “Where Is The Big Red Doggie?”  Norman Bridwell  1998



The Great Airport Mystery”  Leslie McFarlane  1930
Bury Your Dead”  Louise Penny  2010
Night Travellers”  Sandra Birdsell  1982
Cirak’s Daughter”  Charlotte MacLeod  1982
The Hangman”  Louise Penny  2010
A Fine Italian Hand”  Eric Wright  1992
The Gargoyle”  Andrew Davidson  2008
There Was An Old Woman”  Howard Engel  1993
Tunnels Of Time”  Mary Harelkin Bishop  2000
“Haunted Canada 3:  More True Ghost Stories”  Pat Hancock  2007
(11)  “Haunted Canada 2:  True Tales Of Terror”  Pat Hancock  2005


Titles that mention continents, books in or from continents other than yours, atlases, geography;  spotlights other than of your continent.

Payment In Blood”  Elizabeth George  1989  (Scotland)
Tears Of The Giraffe”  Alexander McCall Smith  2000  (Botswana)
Evan Help Us”  Rhys Bowen  1998  (Wales)
Masquerade In Venice”  Velda Johnston  1973  (Italy)
Aunt Dimity And The Next Of Kin”  Nancy Atherton  2005  (England)
Service For Two” Kate Kingsbury 1994
Cardington Crescent”  Anne Perry  1987
Scottish Ghost Stories”  Elliott O’Donnell & Tim Hunt  1911
(9)  “Death In Hanover Close”  Anne Perry  1988

“Central Line”  Maeve Binchy  1978
“Echoes”  Maeve Binchy  1985


Include titles containing words that go with fashion or home decor and books about these things as well!

The Anodyne Necklace”  Martha Grimes  1982  (“necklace”)
The Secret Of Chimneys”  Agatha Christie  1925  (“chimneys”)
A Room With Dark Mirrors”  Velda Johnston  1975
“Cloaked In Malice”  Annette Blair  2012
(5)  “Spellcasting In Silk”  Juliet Blackwell  2015


Look for words associated with education.  Or the books may be instructional:  manuals, school readers….

I Wonder Why Trees Have Leaves”  Andrew Charman & Tony Kenyon  1997
Well-Schooled In Murder”  Elizabeth George  1990
Philly Stakes”  Gillian Roberts  1989
A Piece Of Justice”  Jill Paton Walsh  1995
Hallowe’en Trivia”  Tonya Lambert  2010
“Clifford Counts 1 2 3”  Norman Bridwell  1998
(7)  “The Witch’s House”  Charlotte Armstrong  1963  (university families)


A new one, with our kitty in mind, whom we pray is returned home to us this year!

Survivors, True Death-Defying Escapes”  Larry Verstraete  2003
Life On The Other Side”  Sylvia Browne  1999
The Library Of Lost And Found”  Phaedra Patrick  2019
(4)  “Return To Tradd Street”  Karen White  2014

“The Dog Who Rescues Cats: The True Story Of Ginny”  Philip Gonzalez & Leonore Fleischer  1995
“Always Give A Penny To A Blind Man”  Eric Wright  1999



The Password To Larkspur Lane”  Walter Karig  1933
Stalking Lamb”  Marian Babson  1974
Wild In The City”  Jan Thornhill  1995
Different Dragons”  Jean Little  1986
The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be”  Farley Mowat  1957
The Heart Of A Horse:  Poignant Tales And Humorous Escapades”  Gayle Bunney  2003
The Promise Of The Unicorn”  Vicki Blum  2002
(8)  “Meet My Cats”  Lesley Anne Ivory  1989



Clouds Of Witness”  Dorothy Sayers  1927  (clouds)
Mystery Mile”  Margery Allingham  1930  (mile and marshland)
Death In The Devil’s Acre”  Anne Perry  1985  (acre)
It Happened In Arles”  Mabel Esther Allan  1964  (marshland)
A Palm For Mrs. Pollifax”  Dorothy Gilman  1973  (palm)
The Night Gardener”  Jonathan Auxier  2014  (gardener)
The Dead Man In Indian Creek”  Mary Downing Hahn  1990  (creek)
The Secret Of Devil’s Cave”  Jennifer Hale  1973  (cave)
The Whispering Room”  Amanda Stevens  2009  (bayou)
(10)  “Fog Hides The Fury”  Paula Minton  1957  (fog and ocean)


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
The Last Word”  Ellery Adams  2011
Goodnight, My Angel”  Billy Joel & Yvonne Gilbert  2004
A Child’s Garden Of Verses”  Robert Louis Stevenson & Erik Blegvad  1885
Ghost Stories Of Hollywood”  Barbara Smith & Arlana Anderson-Hale  2000
“The Kiss:  Lovers’ Quotations And Romantic Paintings”  Helen Exley (editor)  1995
“Norman Rockwell, A Sixty Year Retrospective”  Thomas S. Buechner  1972
(8)  “The Art Of The Muppets”  Henson Associates  1980


Let’s make these well-established toys or hobbies, in title or contents.

One Book In The Grave”  Kate Carlisle  2012  (book-repairing)
Splintered Bones”  Carolyn Haines  2002  (horse-training)
The Ghost Children”  Eve Bunting  1989  (doll-collecting)
The Bookshop Of Yesterdays”  Amy Meyerson  2018
Murder Pans Out”  Emily Toll  2003  (gold-panning)
“Peril In Paperback”  Kate Carlisle  2012  (a game-maker’s funhouse)
(7)  “Ajax Penumbra 1969”  Robin Sloan  2013  (riddle-solving, book archiving)


Happy feelings, drink, food, exercise, medicine, energy, medical or spiritual professionals.

Murder On St. Mark’s Place”  Victoria Thompson  2000  (a midwife)
The Coroner’s Lunch”  Colin Cotterill  2004
The Ghosts Of Popcorn Hill”  Betty Ren Wright  1993
(4)  “Darling, Pass The Darjeeling”  Pauline Lawson  2004
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Here are our reviews!

Here is what I read for Gentle Spectrums last year.


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I cherish animals, plants, reading, music and free spirituality. I welcome you for articles, literary activities, and interaction! Surrounding ourselves with good people is a delight. I occasionally review at The Book Depository.
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