The Rainbow Tag

I was tagged by my wonderful, dearest friend Marina from https://booksofmagic.wordpress.com to join in the Rainbow Tag. So, after a rather hectic, demanding day the idea to take some photos and search through the piles of books was refreshing:) It also gave me the opportunity to thank that the publishing companies are in dire need for some variety on the colours of the book covers but that’s another story.

Be patient with me, the lightning was pretty bad but I managed:)

The Rules:

  • Thank the lovely person that tagged you!
  • It must be the dominant color of the cover not the spine!
  • It has to be a book you own and/or has to be the exact copy you read (E.g. There are two copies of The Hate U Give, choose the cover of the copy you read)
  • If you do not own a book of the certain color, choose one that has the color somewhere on it.
  • Tag some people to do it! Whether they are bloggers, bookstagrammers, or booktubers. Spread the love!
  • Make it a game or do the tag as originally intended.

 

                                                RED 🍎

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Τότε που χάθηκαν οι Μονόκεροι by Nineta Voloudaki

I don’t read books written by Greek writers and yet this one is among the novels that I have read a dozen times. A tale of the Last Unicorn, of Templar Knights, betrayal, love and devotion transcending the boundaries of time. It is set in Mani, where my family comes from, and holds a special place in my heart.

                                   Orange 📙

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Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

The only ”clearly” orange book I have on my shelves. Although it’s nothing spectacular, it is full of a strangely poetic sensuality and the Geneva setting certainly helps.

Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that “love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . .” A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune.

Maria’s despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness—sexual pleasure for its own sake—or risking everything to find her own “inner light” and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love.

                                       Yellow🌻

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I swear to the might gods of reading that in real life, the cover is a beautiful pale yellow and my choice is not a lame excuse to brainwash you with my love for this masterpiece.😗

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature. 

                                       Green🍀

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The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

One of the finest books you’ll ever read….

Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890’s, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way.

They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, and Will is the local vicar. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. But Will sees his parishioners’ agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from true faith. Although they can agree on absolutely nothing, as the seasons turn around them in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart.

Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.

                                           Blue 📘

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Dreaming the Hound (Boudica#3) by Manda Scott

This is the third and, in my opinion, the best installment in the 4-volume series dedicated to the life of the legendary queen Boadicea and her fight for freedom.

In a spellbinding novel of gods and men, myth and brutality, acclaimed author Manda Scott returns to her heralded saga of a world under siege. For here is the epic tale of Boudica, the legendary Celtic queen, and her embattled Eceni tribe—a bold new work of imaginative fiction that takes us on a thrilling journey into a clash between magic and mankind.

To the Eceni tribe of Britannia, nature is the ultimate god, and warriors are joined in battle by the voices and spirits of their ancestors. But the proud Eceni are running out of time. Nero’s army, long since out of patience with Britannia’s wild tribes, is becoming increasingly oppressive. And Boudica’s family is at the center of a gathering storm: Cunomar, Boudica’s son, who longs for the mettle to kill as fiercely as his mother… Graine, her young daughter, gifted with the power of dreamers, scarred forever by the horrors of war…and Boudica’s brother, born Bán of the Eceni, turned the traitor Valerius—a man caught between worlds: warrior and dreamer, Roman and Eceni.

As conflict erupts between the tribes and their brutal invaders, Boudica is forced to make a bold sacrifice. Cloaking her identity, she will travel directly into the stronghold of an enemy who longs for her crucifixion. What happens next—in a brutal drama of betrayal, heroism, and sacrifice—will leave Boudica with no options but one: to raise and arm every warrior, every dreamer, every tribe…and push the invader and its legions back into the sea.

                             Turquoise💎

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The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

I couldn’t find a cover in the particular colour so I give you the closest one I have. One of my treasured books and a wonderful moment for Emma Donoghue.

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.

Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, The Wonder—inspired by numerous European and North American cases of “fasting girls” between the sixteenth century and the twentieth—is a psychological thriller about a child’s murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.

                                    Purple💜

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The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

It could have been a masterpiece but it was simply good. It also made me realize that I have no books with purple covers…

Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land. Magical winged creatures flit around the icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass. Ida is an outsider in these parts who has only visited the islands once before. Yet during that one fateful visit the glass transformation began to take hold, and now she has returned in search of a cure. 

                                        Pink🌸

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A Cruel Courtship (Margaret Kerr #3) by Candace Robb

I detest pink, I admit. I think it should be banished to the end of the world. On the other hand, this book is not that bad…

Scotland, 1297. In the weeks leading up to the battle of Stirling Bridge, Margaret Kerr takes up residence in Stirling to discover why the informer who has been providing Wallace and Murray with details of the English plans has become unreliable. She’s accepted the undertaking at the request of James Comyn, kinsman of the deposed king of Scots. It is an important and difficult mission, for who holds Stirling Castle holds Scotland, and a battle for the castle is imminent. Margaret’s loyalty is tested when her estranged husband, Roger, is killed, and she suspects James is his murderer. Now her spying role is duplicitous and doubly dangerous… 

                                    Brown🐻

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Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

One of the best books I’ve read this year…

The main lesson Luce had learned was that you couldn’t count on anybody. In the lonesome beauty of the forest, across the far shore of the mountain lake from town, Luce acts as caretaker to an empty, decaying lodge. She leads a solitary life until the stranger children come, bringing fire, murder, and love.

                                         White 💮

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The Good People by Hannah Kent

It’s Hannah Kent, people…

County Kerry, Ireland, 1825.

The fires on the hills smouldered orange as the women left, pockets charged with ashes to guard them from the night. Watching them fade into the grey fall of snow, Nance thought she could hear Maggie’s voice. A whisper in the dark.

“Some folk are born different, Nance. They are born on the outside of things, with a skin a little thinner, eyes a little keener to what goes unnoticed by most. Their hearts swallow more blood than ordinary hearts; the river runs differently for them.”

Nóra Leahy has lost her daughter and her husband in the same year, and is now burdened with the care of her four-year-old grandson, Micheál. The boy cannot walk, or speak, and Nora, mistrustful of the tongues of gossips, has kept the child hidden from those who might see in his deformity evidence of otherworldly interference.

Unable to care for the child alone, Nóra hires a fourteen-year-old servant girl, Mary, who soon hears the whispers in the valley about the blasted creature causing grief to fall upon the widow’s house.

Alone, hedged in by rumour, Mary and her mistress seek out the only person in the valley who might be able to help Micheál. For although her neighbours are wary of her, it is said that old Nance Roche has the knowledge. That she consorts with Them, the Good People. And that only she can return those whom they have taken…

                                   Black🖤

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The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson

Instead of a boring old black cover, I chose one with hints of silver and red. This book is a dark, haunting marvel…

GOOD FRIDAY, 1612. Pendle Hill, Lancashire.

A mysterious gathering of thirteen people is interrupted by local magistrate, Roger Nowell. Is this a witches’ Sabbat?

Two notorious Lancashire witches are already in Lancaster Castle waiting trial. Why is the beautiful and wealthy Alice Nutter defending them? And why is she among the group of thirteen on Pendle Hill?

Elsewhere, a starved, abused child lurks. And a Jesuit priest and former Gunpowder plotter, recently returned from France, is widely rumoured to be heading for Lancashire. But who will offer him sanctuary? And how quickly can he be caught?

This is the reign of James I, a Protestant King with an obsession: to rid his realm of twin evils, witchcraft and Catholicism, at any price…

                                     Gold🥇

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

The golden medal is not accidental. (Did I just create a rhyme?) It’s Neil Gaiman and Norse Myths and a beautiful black-golden cover…

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again. 

 

This has been so much fun!!! Many thanks to lovely Marina for the tag! I tag everyone of you that wants to join in!!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. You have some beautiful books there Amalia! 🙂 And some I really want to read soon! I’m glad you accepted the challenge and that you had fun doing it, I had so much fun too 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Marina!! It was great fun!!

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  2. Such a cool tag!! The Good People by Hannah Kent is one I really want to get to after reading Burial Rites.

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    1. I adore ”Burial Rites”, Grainne! I look forward to your thoughts on it. ”The Good People” was excellent as well.

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