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

“Golden Threads”  Kay Hooper  1989
“Grey Mask”  Patricia Wentworth  1928



“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


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)
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


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”)
“The Lamp At Noon And Other Stories”  Sinclair Ross  1968  (“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!

Survivors, True Death-Defying Escapes”  Larry Verstraete  2003

“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

“Reflections Of Eden:  My Years With The Orangutans Of Borneo”  Biruté M.F. Galdikas  1995
“Where Nests The Water Hen”  Gabrielle Roy  1950



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”)

“Sea Swept” Nora Roberts 1998
“The Secret Of Devil’s Cave” Jennifer Hale 1973
“Settlers Of The Marsh” Frederick Philip 1925
“A Dry Spell” Susie Moloney 1997
“The Secret Of Devil’s Cave”  Jennifer Hale  1973  (“cave”)
“Settlers Of The Marsh”  Frederick Philip  1925  (“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
The Last Word”  Ellery Adams  2011
Goodnight, My Angel”  Billy Joel & Yvonne Gilbert  2004


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)

“Murder Pans Out”  Emily Toll  2003  (gold-panning)
“Ajax Penumbra 1969”  Robin Sloan  2013  (riddle-solving and 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

“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!


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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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