Read The Rainbow

When I found out that I have more than 400 books on my unread shelf I knew I had to find a way to narrow this list so my head wouldn’t spin when selecting what book to start reading. So I created two methods to help me choose books throughout the year.

  1. My Top 15 Books to Read in 2019 List
  2. A Read The Rainbow Challenge

After rearranging my shelves, I realized that I had many books with similar colored spines and colors from across the entire rainbow. Therefore, through A Read The Rainbow Challenge, I will select one book a month based on the color of the spine.

The order of colors that I will be following for 2019 are:

  • January- Red
  • February- Orange
  • March- Yellow
  • April- Green
  • May- Light Blue
  • June- Dark Blue
  • July- Purple
  • August- Pink
  • September- Gray
  • October-White
  • November- Tan/Brown
  • December- Black

For my January read, I have selected The Red Queen’s Daughter by Jacqueline Kolosov. This book has been on my shelf for at least 5 years and I have always been intrigued my the cover. This book is also the book I am reading for Whitney’s January Unread Shelf Challenge, so if I don’t finish it by the end of the month it’s going to be donated.

I would love for others to take part in this color based challenge with me, especially if you have an extensive unread shelf to tackle this year. Feel free to follow along with the colors I have already chosen, but try to create your own too. Maybe you have different colors on your shelves, want to include a “pattern” option to your spine colors, or have more than 12 spines of a specific color that you select one of each month.

Throughout 2019 I will be using #readtherainbow on Instagram to track my progress and selections each month. I look forward to seeing what others pick up throughout the year as well. Happy Reading!


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