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.

“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)


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


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



“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”)


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


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!


About RIEDEL Fascination

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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