Top 10 Tuesdays: Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Good Crayola Crayon Colours

I think this week’s prompt takes the prize for weirdest topic so far! To be honest, I was dreading it a bit when I first saw it because I had no idea how to even begin to approach it. Luckily, I noticed a note beside the topic suggesting we look up some of the weird colours that Crayola has already used. Once I did that, it didn’t take long to realize how many strange ones they had already! After that, it was a simple matter of browsing through my Goodreads TBR list to see which book titles really jumped out at me as something that could be a colour. I was surprised to see that it didn’t take too long to reach a full list of ten using only books published this year and in the future! I really thought I’d have to dig quite a bit further back to find most of them. I guess it helps that there are so many books with interesting titles coming out in the next year or so! These are all books that immediately caught my attention when I noticed them on my list, with a suggestion of what kind of colour they might be.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

1) Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen – I would guess some kind blue-green colour, kind of resembling algae that floats on top of the ocean anyway like a kind of “skin,” probably mostly green

2) White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson – Aside from this being one of my most anticipated books of the year, the title immediately struck me as a great crayon colour! I picture it is a kind of very pale gray, close to white but with enough of a gray tinge to be visible

3) Dark Waters by Katherine Arden – This one is probably pretty similar to Skin of the Sea, but a much darker shade to resemble a deeper part of the ocean. I’d imagine it would be a bit more of a deep blue with a little green

4) Flash Fire by T.J. Klune – I feel like this colour probably already exists, but I’m picturing a very bright reddish-orange, maybe with a little yellow or even white mixed in since that sometimes happens with a very hot flame

5) Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler – Again, I somehow get the impression this has been done before, but it jumped out at me immediately as a crayon colour. Ironically enough, I have no idea what colour I think it would be. Blue would make sense, but for some reason, I’m thinking it would be a light pink

6) Sunkissed by Kasie West – Definitely a kind of light tan/brown or even a yellow colour. When I think of something sunkissed, I tend to think of a faint suntan so I’d want a colour that kind of captures that

7) Yolk by Mary H.K. ChoiThis would obviously need to be the same kind of colour as an egg yolk, so a relatively vibrant yellow or gold

8) Black Widows by Cate QuinnI guess it would be hard to make a black crayon that has anything other than just black, but it would be cool if this one could somehow have a stripe of red in it that didn’t get interfered with by the black, since black widow spiders are known for their red markings

9) Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. BrowneThis is another one that would probably be on that greenish-blue spectrum. I was picturing it a kind of blue like a swimming pool, but when I looked up the colour of chlorine, that seems to be more like a pale green

10) Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas – I’m not entirely sure what this colour would look like, but the name was too good to pass up! I’m picturing some kind of dusky pink kind of colour, but it’s a little hard to describe


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