This is the final post in my series of favorite books with different colored covers. I could continue with minor colors, but I’ve hit most of the colors I really like (red, black, turquoise, green…). But I had a fun time with this series! I chose violet (versus purple) simply because I like the word better. Violet just slips off your tongue better (I’m an English major, bear with me).
Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Set in ancient Egypt, this YA adventure follows Mara, a slave striving to gain her freedom. I loved this book back when I was a teenager. It’s got a perfect balance between adventure, mystery, romance, and coming-of-age. The cover isn’t entirely purple, but her dress and the under-hue always looked mostly violet to me.
Dramacon, Vol. 1 by Svetlana Chmakova
This was another teen favorite of mine during my couple years when I got into manga-style comics. This one is by Russian comic artist Svetlana Chmakova and it follows Christie as she works to promote herself as an artist at ‘Dramacon,’ an anime convention. There she makes friends, and meets a mysterious, handsome guy. While it is an incredibly sappy, cliqued story, the art is gorgeous and the story is really cute! It’s also only three books, so it’s not like getting into an endless manga series.
The Garden of Eve by K. L. Going
This is certainly the prettiest cover on my list. It is a middle-school story, which I read back in 2007 when it first came out and it remains one of my favorite books. It follows Evie, who moves to a new town with her father after her mother dies. There, she befriends a boy who believes he is dead and grows a tree which leads to a mysterious garden. While it is a fantasy, it speaks to a lot of deep topics I rarely expect from kid’s books, such as grief, and acceptance of reality.
Diary of a Fairy Godmother by Esme Raji Codell & Drazen Kozjan
This book is actually more pink, but purple is basically pink with some blue, so whatever (I make my own rules). The title pretty much explains this book, which follows Hunky Dory (yes, that is her name) as she attempts to be a fairy godmother to several famous fairytale princess, tumbling through adventures along the way. I loved this book for it’s quirky voice and funny story. It’s a light, fun read.
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
This was one of the first books I read as a child, and it gave me a love of that which is imaginary which has lasted into my adult life. To think that we can create things out of nothing, with only our imaginary and a crayon, is incredible. Thus, while this book was published in the 50s, I think it is still one of the most important books any child should read.
Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
I’ve talked about my love of Rhys Bowen’s mysteries before, both this series and the Molly Murphy series. This book follows Georgie, a distant relation to the King of England, in the 1930s as she attempts to make a living while solving murders. I love this series, and the covers remind of my art deco combined with 1930s art.
Have you read any of these books? What’s your favorite book with a violet cover? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more madness and, as always,
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