Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors | Top 10 Tuesdays

Welcome back, it’s Tuesday, which mean’s it’s also Top 10 Tuesdays, which is now hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl, make sure to check her blog out!

Anyways, here’s the list:

Flamer by Mike Curato

I was inspired by the vibrant cover, but I can easily imagine Flamer being a crayon color. Not only does it evoke the image of a roaring fire, it also sounds like a color already. I could pick from a range of “fire” colors for this crayon, but I think it sounds like it would be more yellow-orange than red or blue. What do you think?

This book is amazing, by the way. It’s a YA graphic novel, semi-autobiographical, about a young boy struggling with being bullied while on a Boy Scout trip. There are themes of racism, homophobia, and suicide, so it’s a heavy story, but very well written/illustrated. Definitely worth the read.


Wildwood by Colin Meloy

I just like the sound of the word, “wildwood.” It makes me think of deep, forest greens, possibly browns. I’ve decided to picture it as a shade of green crayon. I think it could easily be part of a pack of crayons centered around nature colors. There could be sky colors, browns, etc. I’d buy that pack!

This book is one I read a long while ago. Any Decemberist fans out there?! I bought it as soon as I heard that Meloy had written a book and it is very enjoyable! It’s got young kids wandering around in a forest and conversing with/helping forest animals. It’s a series that I haven’t finished, but I hope to one day!


Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

I could easily see this as being a color in a “witchy” or “Halloween” pack. It has that haunting sound to it, plus I think it evokes the idea of a shade of icy white or “bone” white, you know? Something that evokes the pure white of winter snow. It also evokes that white/cream bone color, but I think it would be more blue-tinged because of the “winter” part.

I read this book a loooong time ago, way back when the movie came out and I wanted to read the novel first. You remember that movie, Jennifer Lawrence’s debut? It’s a pretty good movie, though it’s one of those very serious/deeply depressing ones that always make me want to immediately watch something lighthearted and funny to cheer me up.


Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter

Hear me out – this could also be part of the witchy/Halloween pack! I mean, with “ghost” in the title, it seems it would fit perfectly! This one, to me, sounds like it would be a shade of grey, some kind of color that would be translucent-ish, like a ghost. Perhaps it would be a tinge bluish, like a lot of people make ghosts look in movies/tv shows. I don’t know. But I think it would make a haunting crayon color.

This book is part of the “Jackaby” series, which is basically a supernatural Sherlock Holmes for teens. I have read almost the whole series. I thought it was just a trilogy, but then the fourth one came out, so…But they’re good! If you like supernatural mysteries, than definitely check them out.


Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

This one is akin to Flamer. I picked it because, again, it evokes the image of fire and all colors associated with fire. I think, though, this one feels like it would be more of a deeper orange, though, because “home fire” suggests to me a fire that has been burning for a while and is probably closer to embers than a roaring flame.

I read this book a year back for a reading challenge. It’s actually a re-telling of Antigone, set in modern day and about British Muslims. The book is very well-written. I really enjoyed reading it. It tackles Islamophobia and the meaning of citizenship. What country do you “belong” to when you look a certain way and people assume you’re not from where you were born? I also enjoyed the multiple perspectives presented in the book. It gives the story a complete feeling.


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Looking through my books, when I came across Cinder, I immediately thought it would make a great crayon color. I imagine it would be a grayish black, but not super black. The kind of smudgy gray you’d get if you, ya know, sat by a fire and lots of cinders fell on you and made you dirty so people start calling you “Cinderella”…

I love this series, by the way. It was so interesting to read each successive book to see what fairy tale Meyer would pick to re-invent next. I love the steampunk-ish, futuristic vibe of these books and the reimagined fairytale aspect is a huge draw, for me. I love that Cinder is a cyborg. Not a common trait for MCs. I also enjoyed getting a different perspective on this overarching story with each successive book.


Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

I think this title rather sounds like it could be a lipstick color, but I think the same idea applies to crayon colors. In this case, I think it could go one of two ways, either it could be your typical “damsel” and be a princessy-pink or it could be a “take down the patriarchy” ironic “damsel,” kind of like this book, and be a more violent shade, like blood red. I dunno, what do you think?

I absolutely love this book, by the way. It is everything I want in a feminist, smash the patriarchy YA novel. I didn’t as much care for Arnold’s follow-up, Red Hood, but this one, this book is kick ass. I would read it again and again, to be honest. It’s the kind of fantasy story that takes you by surprise and I totally did not see the ending coming. I highly recommend it.


Jade Green by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Okay, so this is a bit of a gimmie, but – this book is awesome and I think that the color of jade is really beautiful. I can easily imagine it being in a “precious gems” pack of crayons. I know there are a lot of green shades out there, but I think jade-green is not a hue that is often included. It is a more delicate shade of green, but I think it would make a great crayon color.

This book haunted me after I read it. I’d say it was one of the first “horror” books I’ve ever read (as much as a middle grade from the 2000s can be considered horror). It definitely scared me and even so, it’s only of my favorite books that I read as a kid. I liked the story and I think it’s one of those ghost stories that isn’t too cheesy. I probably wouldn’t find it scary now, as an adult, but I’ll always remember how the color green was a forbidden color and our MC totally disregarded this warning. Haunting ensues.


Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

This title is akin to Jade Green in that it’s a bit on the nose, but I just like the sound of it. It sounds a little more kick ass than “grey.” This could be the deep black of a cast iron skillet or it could be a more grayish color, like iron generally is. I could easily see it being a slightly more assertive color than your typical greys that are included in traditional crayon packs.

If you enjoy superpower stories but set in historical times, then this book is a great pick. Its set in the 1920s and people are not allowed to exercise their “gifts” if they have them. This book has major gangster fell, with special clubs where magic folk can use their powers. It’s also got a bit of a twist that will get you. I haven’t read anything else by Soria, but she’s on my list of authors to read more from.


Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix

Okay, so very similar situation to the Jade Green one. Emerald is a color, but I like the sound of “Newt’s Emerald” better. It makes me think of a slightly more yellowy green, like what a cartoonist would use to color an amphibian. It has that slightly funky tilt to it than straight up emerald. If you were making a pack of crayons with animal-associated colors, this would fit right in.

I’m sure readers of my blog will get sick of me hyping this book, but I can’t help myself. Love it! It’s a fun romp/adventure story set in a fantasy Regency England. There’s magic, mystery, and mischief. I adore anything by Nix, but this is one of my favorites. I highly recommend it, of course.

4 thoughts on “Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors | Top 10 Tuesdays

    1. Thank you! Yes, It’s a super cool name! The series is really good. This book is probably the most cool sounding, for sure. I’d love to have a crayon called this. I think I’d use it all the time 🙂

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