Today, I’ll take a closer look at another category for the RWC 2017 Reading Challenge.

Category #2: A Book With a Purple Cover

This one’s quite self-explanatory. It’s one of the few cases where it’s what’s on the outside that counts. The genre and content can be absolutely anything. And cover art (and color) often varies based on the edition of the book.

As for interpretation, the book doesn’t have to be completely purple. It could have “purple” in the title. There could be a character named “Purple” in the cover art. It’s up to you.

I’m going to provide examples both from my personal library, as well as books I haven’t read.

Faery Tales – Carol Ann Duffy

Here’s a book I bought based primarily on the cover. This collection of fairy tales includes some traditional, some retellings, and some new.

Meaning of Night: A Confession – Michael Cox (hardcover)


It’s a long book (700 pages), but well worth the read. There’s a confession of murder and then an amazing backstory about the surrounding circumstances and revenge. It’s dark and involves a complicated narrator you can’t quite trust. Plus, it’s set in Victorian London.

Lady Susan – Jane Austen (The Art of the Novella edition)

This short epistolary book was recently made into a movie, which I haven’t seen yet but perhaps soon. Once you separate the characters in your mind (often a confusion with the letter-writing style), it’s a very funny tale of a woman manipulating the lives of her family and friends.

Jamaica Inn – Daphne Du Maurier (Mass Market edition)

Typical du Maurier here, at least in my experience. Dark, twisted characters in a dark, twisted atmosphere. The heroine of this book, Mary Yellan, isn’t perfect but that made her more enjoyable. She’s flawed, she’s afraid, and she tried to do the right thing over and over again.

(S)mythology by Jeremy Tarr

This is the “oldest” book on the list based on the date I read it. I was in love with the idea of it – mythology and fairy tales. It’s heavily illustrated in a beautiful style, full of reds and purples. If you’re into mythology and love stories, check it out.

3 AM Epiphany – Brian Kitely

I haven’t read this yet but I wanted to include something nonfiction. This gorgeous book is full of writing exercises to improve your fiction. I’m looking forward to diving into it soon.

What purple books have I left out that fit in this category? Leave a comment below with your thoughts about these or any I may have missed.

If you have suggestions for books that fit in future categories, let me know. I’ll include your name (and a link, if you like) when I share those suggestions.