Blog All About It Challenge ~ February 2018

Posted February 18, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Blog All About It Challenge / 54 Comments


The second prompt of this challenge is RED.   RED would be my second favorite color (purple nudges it out).  I discovered years ago that RED has the ability to affect people by ‘energizing’ them.  And, guess what my favorite color is to wear to the office on Mondays?  Yep… must need extra energy then.

But, anyhoot, that’s off point.  Here’s what I’ve got for you this month.

I’ve taken some editorial liberty and have made the monthly challenge prompt RE(a)D to suit my purposes.  But not entirely!  See, I’ve decided to go with ‘books I’ve RE(a)D with RED covers for my theme this month.  Clever, yeah?  Hehe!

So, I was planning to make this neat, cool book tree pile of books with red covers and realized fairly early in the game that I might not have the engineering skills or materials necessary for that one.  Books of all sizes, sure.  But enough books for a decent ‘tree’?  Nope.  I guess RED covers are a minority on my shelves.

Next, I considered bookspine poetry with my meager RED book pile… but… see… *cough* was too lazy.

So, I went with just a nice display of my RE(a)D RED books.  We have our Patricia Briggs, JR Ward, Diana Gabaldon, Kristoff & Kauffman, Stephanie Barron, Mark Lawrence, Jeannie Lin, and Deanna Raybourn for a nice variety of fiction.

RE(a)D any of these or other books by the authors?  Got a favorite book with RED book cover?  Do Tell!

Oh, and I’ll leave you with a snazzy pic of my RED blanket, RED phone playing my current audiobook, Year One by Nora Roberts, and an ‘about-to-be-opened’ RED box of Whitman’s Christmas chocolates.

If you are interested in the details about this challenge hosted by Anna @ HCBS, here is the link:

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    Sounds like you got a lot of good ideas for spending some quality time indoors during the winter. We’ve recently been playing so games as well. Thanks for sharing and be careful on that ice!

    • Thanks, Barb! I try to save certain things for this time of the year to keep them fresh and interesting. Glad to encounter another game lover. 🙂

  • I don’t like it. I don’t like being cold. I feel drained once Christmas passes and don’t perk up again until end Feb / beginning of March.
    Good luck with the colouring! I love sitting with the pencils and my colouring book. 🙂

    • Yeah, I understand about the drained feeling since I get that way in the summer. I’ve only colored a few pages, but I can definitely see how therapeutic it is. Loving it!

  • I will admit I get excited and I love winter the first month…December…after that? I’m over it.

    • Haha! I think I might feel the same way about summer. Got my BBQ, parade, visit to the lake… okay, I’m good. 🙂

  • Yay for winter. I love the peace and quiet from snow. Hot cider is delicious.

    • Yes. I love dropping spices into my cider and a good pinch of cinnamon especially. 🙂

  • RO

    Like you, I’m a fan of all types of purple, but red is definitely next because it’s so bright and colorful. Your set-up is pretty amazing and I’m impressed. Happy Sunday and Hugs…RO

    • Isn’t purple just so majestic and lovely? But yes, red is so full of energy and color. I can’t help slipping it on or picking that color for an Icee or Tootsie Pop or nail polish. 🙂

      Have a lazy Sunday, Radiant Ro!

  • Lovely red. Although I honed in on the chocolate 😉

  • shootingstarsmag

    How fun!! I’ve read Illuminae from your pile. 🙂 And a red blanket with some chocolate sounds just divine.


    • Oh cool! Illuminae was a gift and it wasn’t even on my radar at the time, but I loved it and the sequel. I can’t wait for Obsidio to release next month. 🙂
      Heh heh, that chocolate was a perfect pairing for a cold winter night and a good book. 🙂

  • Red is also my second favorite color probably. My favorite one being green. I can’t think of as many books with a red cover that I have, although I know some series were each book has a different color that have some red ones in it. I like your red books picture.

    • Green is so calming to me. I painted our office/guest room that color. 🙂

      I was all gung-ho to make my red book tree, but I had the same problem as you with a scarcity of red books. I enjoyed setting up the pictures. I’ve seen a few people organize their bookshelves by color and it always looks so pretty that way, but I’m a list type and need to see them by author or genre or it would drive me nuts. 🙂

  • I haven’t read these but seeing Diana Gabaldon reminds that I need to finish Outlander. I’ve only read the first book. I’m seeing Red….lol. I like purple but blue is my favorite color. Hope you have a great week!

    • Ha! Red-tinted goggles today. Yes, DG’s Outlander series is a monster to get through, but I never noticed once I was in the middle of one of them.

      I love so many shades of blue when I’m feeling reflective or having deep thoughts. 🙂

      You have a snazzy week, too, Cricket!

  • Red, orange, same difference. 😀 😀 😀 Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios is a great red book, also V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series. Happy reading, Sophia!

    Have a wonderful weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Orange is another high energy color. 🙂 Oh, nice to know of some more good Red covered books. Thanks!

  • I love the color as read because its such a vibrant color and I don’t think enough covers are red!!

    • I agree. Bright jewel tone red covers will always catch my eye. 🙂

  • Love what you did with this prompt! I love Gabaldon and Briggs of course. I have the audio for Red Sister that I hope to get to soonish.

    • Oh yes, great authors with some solid series. Red Sister is such a rich and lush and exciting at times fantasy. Hope you enjoy it, Carole. 🙂

  • Oh nice and a great looking bunch of book covers there.

    • Why, thank you, Mary! 🙂 I loved pulling them all off the shelf and arranging them together.

  • Karen

    Fun take on red! I’m still trying to figure out my red post lol

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • I just went with the easy and obvious. 🙂 But, thanks for saying so. I’ll look forward to your post, Karen!

  • Lots of red, how fun and pretty 😀

  • I am not a big fan of the colour red. I don’t mind it, but if I had choice of colours to choose from it would not be high on ymy list.:)

    • Perfectly alright. 🙂 Are you a more calm color lover, Nadene?

      • Yes, I prefer pastel colours.

        • Ah yes! I like bright colors and wear them, but I am also a fan of pastels/light shades in my home environment. My home is mostly neutrals and pastels. The exception is my bright kitchen. I like how the softer colors help relax everyone.

  • Oh man! I wanted to jump on this challenge in January and didn’t get the chance. I may jump on now and just play catch up.

    Aren’t you a sly fox fitting your re(a)d in there. LOL I am a huge fan of red, too. There is just something so powerful about the color!

    • Yes, do! These are a fun way to add in a few non-review posts if you are discussion-challenged like me. 🙂

      Heh heh, I was attempting to be clever, there. Yes, red is so powerful and gives me the feeling right when I need it most times.

  • Cheryl Mash

    Now I am craving chocolates!!! I just checked one of my TBR bookcases and was surpised at how many books I have with a red cover.

    • Sorry to tease you with chocolate, Cheryl!

      Fun way to rediscover your book shelf. I have a blogger friend who reorganized her shelves by color so it all looks like a rainbow now. It’s lovely, but I know I couldn’t do it- need the books organized by author and genre. LOL

  • Sasha Zatz

    Lovely post. I only own two books with a properly red cover. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

    • Oh hey… you remind me, I have Mockingjay somewhere, too. I could have added that one to the pile. 🙂

      I’ve only got the pile there in the picture. More and more, I’ve been going electronic or borrowing books so I guess I don’t have that many red physical books.

      Thanks, Sasha! 🙂

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    Awesome post and I love that display. I also love the Snoopy box!

    • I love that Whitman’s did a special Snoopy Christmas Candy box. I kept the box after the chocolate disappeared. 🙂

      Thanks, Barb!

  • Ooo! A good selection of red books!

  • Diana Gabaldon and chocolate are favorites ;-). Have you been watching the Outlander tv series?

    • Yes, a heady combo, there.

      Actually, I only got through half the first season and then got distracted. Terrible of me. I have been listening through the series as a re-read. I love the audio narrator, Davina Porter.

      • Me too. I like Davina’s works.

        • I’ve given it due thought and I think the reason I drifted away from the show is that I prefer the books, particularly with Davina’s interpretation of the story. She’s got a gift for dialogue nuances and I love when she does Jamie and Clare’s bantering. The show is visually lush and I loved that, but there’s something about the words of the books. 🙂

          • I feel the same in general for adaptations made from series. I like to focus on getting through one or the other instead of at the same time as each offer different entertainment value.

            • Yes, that was my plan. I’ll go back to the TV adaption once I’m not in the middle of listening to the books. Maybe after the last book in the series releases and I’m in desperation for more Outlander no matter how I can get it. 🙂

  • Nice selection of red.