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Books with red in the title
If you are into doing fun reading challenges, reading books with “red” in the title is a perfect one to start. There are certainly many reading challenges with colours in the title, I find the colour “red” to associate it with life, health, courage and power.
For instance the book ‘Red at the bone’ by Jacqueline Woodson, the author uses the phrase to express the raw emotion that the character feels within.
Anita Diamant‘s novel ‘Red Tent’ signifies the powerful world of women. The author might have also chosen the red for the tent to represent the spiritual aspect of the colour, which signifies vitality and passion of the life of the women in the red tent.
So if you’re looking for extraordinary novels with red in the title, you’ll love this post. The list has 22 books with the colour red in the title.
Interestingly some of these novels also have red coves!
So if you’re looking for books with red in the title and on the cover, you can find quite a few here! Let’s get started!
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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Casey McQuiston’s debut novel was published in 2019 and was an instant New York Times bestseller. It chronicles the romance between the president’s son and the Prince of Wales, his longtime nemesis. First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz very well knows that being a son of the first female president of the United States comes with lots of responsibilities. One of which is to socialise with the enemies. So he is forced to attend a British royal wedding where he has to deal with his childhood rival, Prince Henry. But when the photos of confrontation at the wedding leak to tabloids, both are asked to make public appearances to control the political damage. As they begin to spend time together, a mutual connection is formed. Red, White & Royal Blue is a royal romance that is a celebration of profound love and own identities.
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Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson’s profoundly moving tale is a family saga. It narrates the story of two urban families who come together and nurture each other’s lives in a unique way. The story begins in the evening of the coming of age ceremony of sixteen-year-old Melody. Her family and friends have joined the ceremony and they’re cheerfully watching her making an entrance, wearing a beautiful dress that was made for her mother. Soon after we learn more about Melody’s parents and maternal grandparents, who recollect their memories of discovering Melody’s mother, Iris’ teenage pregnancy and their own individual stories. Red at the Bone is a lyrical prose that elucidates not only the black family drama but also motherhood, race and sexuality.
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
The Hunt for Red October is a novel by Tom Clancy about a rogue Soviet submarine captain who wants to defect to the United States with his vessel. The book was published in 1984 and became an instant bestseller.
The story starts with the Soviet Union’s Northern Fleet sending out a new ballistic missile submarine, the Red October, on her maiden voyage. The Soviets are unaware that Captain Marko Ramius has decided to defect and plans to bring his boat into American waters. The CIA learns of this and sends out their best analyst, Jack Ryan, to investigate. Ryan must find out what Ramius’ intentions are before he can get too close to the U.S., but he also needs to make sure that Ramius doesn’t know that he is being followed so as not to jeopardise his mission
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
American author Pierce Brown’s novel Red Rising is a dystopian science fiction, this is the first book in the Red Rising Sag series. The protagonist of the novel, Darrow is a Red, they are the lowest caste in the society, which is ruled by the Gold caste. Darrow is determined to sacrifice his life working in the mines for the next generations. Reds work hard below the surface of Mars to make it suitable to live for future humanity. However, soon he discovers that everything was a lie and a tragic event leads him to seek revenge. When the underground rebels approach him to undertake a secret mission to destroy the Gold, Darrow prepares himself for the task.
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
All Systems Red is the first book in Martha Wells’s sci-fi series- The Murderbot Diaries. The series focuses on a self-hacking robot who is in search of the true meaning of life. All Systems Red is told in the perspective of Murderbot, who got its name after killing a few employees of another planet. The bot is not only a self-aware unit but SecUnit who loves to watch soap operas. Although given a chance Murderbot would rather be left alone, its now accompanying a team of scientists who are researching an uninhabited planet. When they get into an unexpected crisis, the Bot jumps into action.
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Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Red Sparrow is a spy thriller by former CIA officer and author Jason Matthews. It follows Dominika Egorova, a former ballerina who had to end her career because of an accident. When her uncle Egorov approaches her to help him and the Russian secret service, Dominika agrees to do the assignment. Thereafter she is sent for training to serve in the spy service. Despite earning the top place in the classes, she is soon transferred to another place called Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service where she will learn to become a seductress. It includes a vicious training process that’ll train young people to use their brain and body as weapons.
Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca
This is a heartwarming coming-of-age story of a young girl who is growing up in America as a first generation Indian girl. Young Reha is living in two worlds; One with her Indian parents and relatives, and another as an Indian- American student. As she is often confused and anxious between these two worlds, she feels disconnected from her family, especially from her mother. But when she learns that her mother is suffering from a severe disease, she is determined to save her mother. Red, White, and Whole encapsulates themes of identity, loss and community.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Popular children’s author Dr. Seuss is known for writing delightful books for children. Most of his books are very colourful , creative and imaginative. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is no way different. This simple rhyming book is for early readers, but adults can also have fun reading them. It’s the story of Kay and Joy who encounter amusing creatures in their adventures. There is also a man called Ned, who talks a lot about his life. The book is filled with funny characters, tongue twisters and illustrations.
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
American author Wilson Rawls’ classic novels tells a charming coming-of-age story of a young boy who longed to have dogs of his own. Ten-year-old Billy’s family can’t afford to have a dog. So he decides to work hard and save money to own his dogs. Finally after two years he managed to get two puppies and start to train them. Both dogs become friendly and loyal companions of Billy. As the two dogs Old Dan and little Ann become the finest hunters of the valley, they begin to enter in the hunting competitions.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The Red Tent is a reinterpretation of the biblical story of Dinah, daughter of Jacob in the Book of Genesis. As most of the chapter in the bible is about Jacob and his dozen sons, this novel unfolds Dinah’s story and of her mothers—Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah. Dinah narrates the life of mothers , daughters and turmoils of ancient womanhood during the biblical times. Dinah’s mothers have been affectionate towards her and supported her through the youth. As the women in the ancient society seem to possess absolutely no power, they make a place for themselves called- The red tent. Although Dinah had to move out to a new place, she still fondly remembers her life at the red tent. A powerful novel that honours the women of the past.
The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel
The author and conservationist Thornton W. Burgess’ novels always wrote about nature and the beloved creatures of the forest. He loved it so much that he has been writing the tale of nature for 50 long years. The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel is one of such forest adventure stories. The red squirrel named Chatterer is a well-known troublemaker in the green forest. Because of this, the other members of the forest find him irritating. Often he manages to get away from Shadow the Weasel and Redtail the Hawk. Yet Chatterer finds everything fun and exciting. Soon the mischief-maker leaves the forest to find a new home. But his recklessness brings more trouble.
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
German writer Kerstin Gier’s young adult novel Ruby Red is the first book from the Precious Stone Trilogy. Sixteen-year-old Londoner Gwyneth Shepherd comes from a rather odd family. They have been time travellers for a very long time. Although according to her mother she has not inherited the ability from her ancestors, which is why her cousin Charlotte has been trained to take up the role of time traveller of the family. Meanwhile, Gwyneth seems to disappear in the middle of the class and travel back in time to the 18th century. Bizarre time travelling makes Gwyneth nervous and anxious. That’s until she meets her fellow traveller, Gideon.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
Red Leaf and Yellow Leaf is a beautiful picture book from the author & illustrator Lois Ehlert. Just like her other books, Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf is a celebration of natural beauty. She narrates the life of a beautiful maple tree. Essentially a children’s guide to a maple tree. The book has several vivid illustrations and watercolour collage. You can also find several objects such as seeds, fabric, wire, and roots to describe the life of a tree. There is also a unique glossary that explains fascinating facts about trees such as; how they get nutrients, how sap moves and many more fun facts for children and adults.
Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury
In this Young adult historical fiction we meet Tom, short for Tomikazu, who is a Japanese-American boy born in Hawaii. His parents and grandparents were born in Japan and they migrated to America for a better life. When the novel begins we see how the world is about to witness the second world war, but Tom and his friends are busy in their own world. However, a bombing in Pearl Harbor changes everything drastically. America declares war against Japan and all the Japanese in America are sent to training camps. The young Tom and his friends are determined to save the family from misfortune.
The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Christina Diaz Gonzalez’s heartwarming historical fiction narrates the story of 14-year-old Lucía and her unexpected journey to Cuba. Just like any teenager Lucía isn’t quite happy about her strict parents and irritating younger brother. She dreams of parties and having a fun life. Everything changes when Operation Pedro Pan gets introduced, a massive evacuation of Cuban children to America. More than 14,000 unaccompanied minors are sent to America to escape the laws of Fidel Castro and the Communist party. Lucía feels lonely and isolated in this new country and wonders whether she can ever see her own country or parents again.
Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr
Katie Malone is a young widow who decides to move back to Virgin River to reunite with her brother and his girlfriend. Life isn’t easy for her, particularly with 5 year old twin boys. Having just come out of a failed romance, Katie hopes to find some down time in Virgin River. On her way there she accidentally meets former Hollywood child actor, Dylan Childress. Both feel a mutual connection and their paths cross several times in the Virgin River. Although, both aren’t really looking for a serious relationship at the moment, at times it isn’t easy to let go of people.
Red Roses Mean Love by Jacquie D’Alessandro
Jacquie D’Alessandro’s historical fiction novel follows Hayley Albright, an orphan who has given up her own dreams of love and marriage and spends her life taking care of her beloved siblings. One day in the woods she comes upon a stranger, who is unconscious and seriously injured. She brings him to her house and looks after him. The stranger turns out to be Lord Stephen Barret, but he hides his true identity from her. Instead he tells her that he is just a tutor and was on his way to his new job. The Lord discovers a new side of him during his time with Hayley. Her kindness and warmth help him enjoy his second life. However, soon he must find out about his assassin.
The Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
American novelist Robert A. Heinlein’s novel is one of the earliest works in the science fiction genre. Set in the distant future, the Red Planet follows the life of two teenage boys from Mars. Jim and Frank are two friends who are moving to Mars to attend a new school. During the journey, they come across native inhabitants of Mars known as Martians and explore more about their life. However, once in the school their life becomes harder as they mostly get in trouble with the new authoritarian headmaster.
The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck’s novella The Red Pony is a collection of short stories about a boy named Jody and his life on the family ranch. The book narrates four different stories about the life of a boy which includes many moments like his little adventure at father’s California ranch, and some includes his life as a young boy. Jody learns many lessons about life and death through his father and friends. Steinbeck infuses the themes of coming-of-age, grief, loss and tragedy in these stories.
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
New York Times bestselling author Michael Hall’s picture book is the story of a crayon who suffers an identity crisis. The blue crayon has a red label so everyone assumes he is a red crayon. Although everyone around him tries to help him to be red, it just doesn’t work. He can’t be red. He feels left out among other crayons. That’s until a new friend offers him something unique, which will help him explore his true self. This funny and moving picture teaches children to be brave enough and be true to oneself. Also helping little ones to be able to accept others just as they are.
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
Leni Zumas’ novel can be labelled as a contemporary novel with a few elements of dystopian fiction. The story takes place in a fictional town of Newville in Oregon. The government has enacted the Personhood Amendment, giving constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property to every embryo. Abortion is illegal and vitro fertilization is also banned. Adoption is also no longer an option for single parents. The story explores the lives of four women; a single high-school teacher, a wife, a daughter and a mender. We see how they navigate their life through these laws alongside battling their own individual problems.
Red Wolf by Jennifer Dance
Canadian author Jennifer Dance narrates a compelling tale about the life of a First Nation boy and his wolf in 1800s Canada. As a part of the compulsory residential school system for Indian children, five year old Red wolf is taken away from his native home to a new school. The officials inform the Indians about how the school system can help the children to be smarter than the white men. However, once school Red gets frightened of the new system. He is given a new name and is forced to obliterate his own culture and heritage. Dance also crafts a parallel story of a wolf cub named Crooked Ear, who also finds it hard to fit in with the new pack.
There you’ve the list of books with ‘red’ in the title!
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