Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colours

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.

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This is a great, fun post.

And as a self confessed stationary nerd – surely the highlight of each year is the August order of new stationary and notebooks for work! – this is just joyous fun!

And I mean look at some of the names that crayola came up with!

Fiery RoseSizzling SunsetHeat WaveLemon Glacier
Spring FrostAbsolute ZeroWinter SkyFrostbite
Sizzling RedRed SalsaTart OrangeOrange Soda
Bright YellowYellow SunshineSlimy GreenGreen Lizard
Denim BlueBlue JeansPlump PurplePurple Plum
Sweet BrownBrown SugarEerie BlackBlack Shadows

And there is a list here of the best crayola colour names at which you can add your vote if you feel like it!

Currently the top five are

  • Purple Mountains Majesty
  • Magic Mint
  • Robin’s Egg Blue
  • Tickle Me Pink
  • Razmatazz

Anyway!

Moving to books, let’s have a look at the possible titles that might make a good colour name.

Burnt Sugar, Avni Doshi

A dark brown colour, a few shades deeper than caramel or coffee; perhaps akin to what is now named Fuzzy Wuzzy… oh my, that sounds like a problematic name, Crayola!

Concrete Rose, Angie Thomas

We are definitely in the pinks here from the rose, but a darker greyer shade… This is currently called Off Road.

Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami

This feels like a rather literal and prosaic name, but what could be more evocative of the deep green of a pine forest?

I do find the contrast between the green below and the red of the book cover somehow deeply unsettling.

Pine by Francine Toon could have been another contender but that seemed a little too literal.

Stardust, Neil Gaiman

Stardust for me evokes a sparkling silver colour, full of life and energy which is a little tricky to recreate in the pallete available to either a child with crayons or WordPress.

Perhaps the Crayons with Glitter collection Quick Silver colour which marries the blue of the night sky with the silver of the stardust

Crayon Colour

Glitter

Miss Benson’s Beetle, Rachel Joyce

Despite the prominent golden yellow on the cover of the book, beetles remind me of iridescent blues and greens, so again perhaps the Crayon with Glitter range will help.

Crayon colour

Glitter

What we are trying to recreate is this image of a tansy beetle

Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy

This is an easy colour to pick again: it is the colour of the book cover, the deep crimson of a fresh wound. The sort of colour that would turn a child’s colouring book into a thing of horror!

Oddly, Crayola don’t currently have a colour named after blood…

On Midnight Beach, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Midnight Beach as a colour would evoke a deep purple, nearly black but with enough blue in it to clearly not be black yet… basically the colour of the sea in the book cover.

Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi

A somewhat self explanatory choice: the colour of a golden baked gingerbread, with a hint of brown to it.

Inferno, Dan Brown

Another somewhat prosaic choice, the colour of intense fire, reds and yellows and orange.

If we rely on the Colour Mix Up Crayon range, we might combine three colours.

This combination is currently called Blazing Bonfire.

Mudlarking, Lara Maiklem

The (somewhat unpleasant) colour of the mud at the edge of the River Thames. A dark thick brown colour redolent of thick oozing wet mud.

When would you ever use that?


So there we have it: ten book titles that could be the name of a crayola crayon colour. A great, fun list and an ideal warm up to next week’s colourful book cover topic!

Upcoming Top Ten Tuesday Topics

  • April 20: Colorful Book Covers
  • April 27: Animals from Books (these could be mythical, real, main characters, sidekicks, companions/pets, shifters, etc.) (Submitted by Paige @paigesquared and Jennifer Y. @ Never Too Many to Read)
  • May 4: My Ten Most Recent Reads (maybe share a one-sentence review to go with?)
  • May 11: Books with Nature on the Cover (flowers, trees, landscapes, animals, etc.)
  • May 18: Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences (Submitted by Jessica @ A Cocoon of Books)
  • May 25: Book Quotes that Fit X Theme (Pick any theme you want, i.e., motivational quotes, romantic dialogues, hunger-inducing quotes, quotes that fill you with hope, quotes on defeating adversity, quotes that present strong emotions, healing, etc. and then select quotes from books that fit that theme.)

25 comments

  1. Oh very nice job this week! I love that we both used books with blood in the title. Ha! Yeah, I don’t think Crayola would go for that. Maybe they need adult crayons… or maybe not. 😂 And I want that Miss Benson’s Beetle crayon!

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