Take It Or Leave It - birthstone colour challenge

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Modificato: Gen 28, 2020, 12:18am

Please post your covers here for the Birthstone Colour Challenge.

ETA: I'm going to use this thread for >23 the October birthstone challenge too.

... and for >60 the November birthstone challenge
... and for >81 the December birthstone challenge


Challenge 15 : Read a book with a (predominantly) jasper-coloured cover.


Our dog Jasper was named (after much debate and discussion) for the September birthstone that matches his coat colour, since he was born in September.


September TIOLI thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/310564#6912689
October TIOLI thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/311585
November TIOLI thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/312413
December TIOLI thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/313282#

... continued in 2020

Modificato: Set 3, 2019, 5:12pm

Modificato: Set 3, 2019, 11:28pm

Hi Nina! I hope this cover will do:

It's a copy I've borrowed from the library, and it is very jasper-colored, except for the green spine and gold lettering. If it's not jasper-ish enough, let me know!

Btw, your Jasper is adorable!

Set 4, 2019, 12:07am

>2 FAMeulstee: Welcome Anita! I should have known I could rely on you to kick things off.

>3 Dejah_Thoris: That's perfect, Dejah.

Thank you re Jasper. That's a photo from when we first got him, with all his puppy cuteness. He's still cute, although much larger now; even when I'm angry with him (because he's just chewed up my sock) I can't stay that way long - so I have to pretend.

Set 4, 2019, 9:53am

Would this cover be "Jasper" enough?

Set 5, 2019, 2:35am

>5 FAMeulstee: That works for me, Anita.

I've added another photo of Jasper, taken last week. Poor thing was absolutely wiped out after a long day of ... lying around doing pretty much nothing.

Set 5, 2019, 4:36am

>6 humouress: Thanks, Nina.
Jaspers coat has a lot of shades in the second picture.

Set 5, 2019, 2:00pm

Set 9, 2019, 6:28pm

Here's mine...

Modificato: Set 12, 2019, 6:39pm

How fortunate you (and your family) are to have a Jasper in your life!

Here's my cover and I hope it fits (although) the cover is predominately blue I think it is very Jasperesque

Set 12, 2019, 10:07am

Is this one jasper enough? Percentage-wise there's more white, but the jasper shades seems like the predominant overall color to me.

Set 13, 2019, 12:50am

>7 FAMeulstee: Jasper started out quite pale and has got a bit darker over the years - although I'm never sure how much he has ... um ... acquired ... from the lawn. We did meet an older retriever the other week who was paler than him and who was even more enthusiastic than him. I think he startled Jasper rather; now he knows what it's like for other animals when they meet him!

Set 13, 2019, 12:52am

>8 quondame: >9 Morphidae: >11 antqueen: I can definitely see Jasper shades on your covers.

>10 Carmenere: Thank you! He does act a bit ditzy and can be a nuisance when he wants but we love him. Your book is predominantly blue, but you got me with those puppy eyes, so I'll allow it. I did say I would be flexible.

Modificato: Set 13, 2019, 7:56am

>13 humouress: >10 Carmenere: Ruff ruff ("Thank you" for those who do not speak canine) :0)

Modificato: Set 22, 2019, 4:55pm

my jasperian contribution

would fit one of my bookmarks, too:

Set 23, 2019, 1:32am

>14 Carmenere: Awooor ('You're welcome' with licks - because he's that kind of dog).

>15 paulstalder: You're welcome to join the Jasper challenge, Paul, or put it in your challenge, whichever you prefer.

Set 23, 2019, 5:56am

>16 humouress: thanks, I leave it here with Jasper

Set 25, 2019, 5:11pm

This is pretty jasperish:

Set 27, 2019, 9:39am

>18 quondame: Cheers for IA!

Set 29, 2019, 9:13pm

Mostly jasper-ish.

Ott 6, 2019, 11:23pm

Modificato: Ott 6, 2019, 11:27pm

I’m late to my own party and this isn’t the book I was originally hoping to post but here’s my contribution:

The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis

Modificato: Ott 7, 2019, 10:53pm

Challenge 18: Read a book with a multicoloured cover for the October birthstone (tourmaline and opal) challenge.

So today is the day I turn 50 and I thought I would continue the birthstone challenge into October to celebrate. October birthstones are tourmaline, which comes in a multitude of colours:


and opal, which is usually multicoloured in a single gem (although it can also be a single colour):


and that keeps my Libran heart happy since I don't have to pick just one colour :0)

Modificato: Ott 8, 2019, 4:45am

Happy birthday, Nina!

And here is my multicolored cover:

Ott 8, 2019, 6:58pm

Thank you Anita!

Modificato: Ott 9, 2019, 3:26pm

Ott 8, 2019, 10:50pm

>26 Morphidae: Whoa, that’s in yer face!

Modificato: Ott 9, 2019, 3:27pm

>27 humouress: That's Spider (the main character) for ya.

I changed my image to a link to the work.

Ott 10, 2019, 4:09pm

Happy birthday, Nina!

Would this cover do?

It definitely NOT as colorful as the other two posted....

If it's sufficiently multi-chromatic, let me know - there's another spot it can go.


Ott 10, 2019, 8:37pm

Thank you Dejah!

I want to say ‘yes’ and it’s certainly colourful but it’s really just blue and shades of yellow. Would it fit the other challenge better?

Ott 10, 2019, 8:43pm

It will fit into the other challenge just fine. I'll find another for yours!

Modificato: Ott 11, 2019, 3:33am

Well shoot, I always have problems posting covers. I want to read the audiobook of Angels' Flight by Nalini Singh. I'll post it, and you can go to my copy of the book to view the cover and see what you think.

Ott 11, 2019, 3:57am

>32 Citizenjoyce: I'll give it a try, you mean this one?

Ott 11, 2019, 5:20am

>33 FAMeulstee: doggone it, that's what I got.

Ott 11, 2019, 8:38am

How's this?

Ott 11, 2019, 3:38pm

>33 FAMeulstee: you got it!
>35 Morphidae: thanks, but that’s not the audiobook.

Ott 11, 2019, 6:02pm

>34 Citizenjoyce: >36 Citizenjoyce: I’m a bit confused; is >33 FAMeulstee: right or not?

Ott 12, 2019, 6:41am

>37 humouress: Yes but, is it just me? Sometimes the cover shows up and sometimes it doesn't. Tonight it doesn't.

Ott 12, 2019, 12:24pm

>36 Citizenjoyce: It is an audiobook version just not yours.

>38 Citizenjoyce: It's not a bug, it's a feature.

Put https:// in front of the link in your browser.

Ott 13, 2019, 12:10am

Modificato: Ott 13, 2019, 2:29am

>32 Citizenjoyce: I've been dithering a bit because I hate saying 'No'; do you have another challenge your book would fit into? I was thinking of 'multi-coloured' as 'lots of colours' rather than just 'more than one or two colours'.

If it helps, the one I'm planning to read is:

Ott 13, 2019, 2:10pm

>41 humouress: I think I can fit it elsewhere.

Modificato: Ott 14, 2019, 2:35am

How about this one? Mambo in Chinatown.
ETalso add I see it has only 4 colors. Probably not multiple enough.

Ott 13, 2019, 6:15pm

>43 Citizenjoyce: That links to your work. It's the HTML of the cover image you want to use, not the HTML of the work page.

Ott 14, 2019, 2:21am

>44 PawsforThought: Thanks, I finally got it, for now.

Modificato: Ott 16, 2019, 4:49am

OK, I think I have it now.
it has at least 8 different colors.

Ott 15, 2019, 10:30pm

It's about time to re-re-read an old familiar story:

Ott 15, 2019, 10:42pm

>42 Citizenjoyce: Oh good; then I don't feel so guilty.

>43 Citizenjoyce: I can't see that, for some reason.

>46 Citizenjoyce: Yes! I love that aqua colour in the middle.

Ott 15, 2019, 10:44pm

>47 quondame: That sounds familiar for some reason but I can't remember if I've ever read it. I like the picture on the sail.

Ott 15, 2019, 11:23pm

>49 humouress: Jody A Lee has a pretty recognizable style.

Ott 16, 2019, 1:35am

My ebook of Up the Line has this awesome cover.

Ott 16, 2019, 1:28pm

>51 jeanned: that’s pretty awesome.

Ott 16, 2019, 5:12pm

Ott 17, 2019, 3:22pm

I hope this cover fits in a little better!

>41 humouress: Nina, I'm a fan of Dave Duncan's four part A Man of His Word series. I reread it not all that long ago, but I may try to join you, especially if you're planning on reading all four books over the next few months. Have you started it yet?

Ott 17, 2019, 8:14pm

Ott 19, 2019, 6:37am

>54 Dejah_Thoris: That looks good.

I haven't started A Man of His Word yet. I'm trying to finish The Great Hunt first; hopefully I'll finish today or tomorrow and then I can move on to Duncan's book next week. It'd be great to read together! I might get my first TIOLI point in ages ;0)

>55 dallenbaugh: Looks good too.

Modificato: Nov 2, 2019, 1:31pm

Ott 23, 2019, 5:29pm

>57 Citizenjoyce: An insult to pigs everywhere!

Ott 23, 2019, 10:33pm

>57 Citizenjoyce: Hmm; I'm not sure if I should sanction that ;0) but you could squeak it past me. Use the unofficial channel.

Modificato: Nov 2, 2019, 3:47am

Challenge 16: Read a book with an orange and/or yellow cover for the November birthstone challenge

The November birthstone challenge.

There are two birthstones for November: citrine (which is yellow) and topaz which comes in several pretty colours but the most desirable, apparently, is imperial topaz - a rich orange colour so I will go with autumnal colours.

link back to November TIOLI thread

Nov 2, 2019, 3:49am

Found an orange cover The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

Modificato: Nov 2, 2019, 11:52am

Some Buried Caesar by Rex Stout

Modificato: Nov 2, 2019, 1:49pm

Out Of Orange by Cleary Wolters
After having both watched the series of and read the book Orange Is the New Black which is both a memoir by Piper Kerman and A commentary on the prison system, I thought I’d look at the situation from Alex’s point of view. After reading one review I understand this memoir is much more self centered and less of a social commentary, about what anyone familiar with the story would expect.

Nov 2, 2019, 6:43pm

I do hope this qualifies as I have it checked out from 2 libraries.....

Nov 2, 2019, 9:18pm

>61 FAMeulstee: That is orange!

>62 dallenbaugh: That's bright!

>63 Citizenjoyce: At first I thought that one was just a shirt until I scrolled down.

>64 quondame: Oh, Susan *shakes head*

... no, just teasing ;0) Yes, that qualifies.

Nov 3, 2019, 6:58am

Faery Lands Forlorn by Dave Duncan

It certainly has citrine elements - is it enough to count?

Nov 3, 2019, 11:59am

>66 Dejah_Thoris: Yes, it does.

Modificato: Dic 1, 2019, 10:45pm

What do you think? Will this work?

Nov 12, 2019, 9:43pm

>68 Citizenjoyce: Woah that's bright! Yes, that works.

Nov 12, 2019, 9:43pm

>66 Dejah_Thoris: I've joined you but am only progressing slowly.

Nov 12, 2019, 10:05pm

>70 humouress: I'll hold off a bit - if you think we need to move it to December, let me know!

Modificato: Nov 15, 2019, 12:36am

Twisted Twenty-Six

It's bright! And a trifle more orange in person.

Nov 17, 2019, 12:31am

>72 Dejah_Thoris: I like the swirls of colour too.

>71 Dejah_Thoris: I'l give it another go today. Recent weeks have been especially busy with exams and this weekend I managed to double book one sons birthday party (for which I always make the cake) and the Parents' Choir performance - but managed both, with the help of the rest of the family.

Modificato: Nov 17, 2019, 5:57pm

>73 humouress: Just let me know how it's going. November, December - what ever!

And I'm sorry to hear your weekend was so crazy, but I'm glad things worked out.

Nov 19, 2019, 5:56am

would that be okay for this month? My scanner made it slightly darker, though.

Modificato: Nov 21, 2019, 12:20pm

>74 Dejah_Thoris: I'm about half-way through, so I think we can count it for November.

This week has been more relaxed. Today I ended up staying at home with my younger son who was off school with a cold. Obviously it wasn't too bad because he was up and about rather than sleeping it off - so we ended up starting a 1,500 piece jigsaw. We managed to do the edge (apart from 4 or 5 pieces) and he's planning on continuing with it tomorrow. I suspect he'll be well enough to go to school, though. :0)

ETA: there's not a lot of variation in the colours. Maybe I can count it towards the November birthstone challenge ...

>75 paulstalder: Looks like that will work, Paul.

Nov 22, 2019, 3:39am

>76 humouress: thanks a lot

Nov 22, 2019, 9:56pm

Hello, Sunshine, Laura Dave (Completed)

Nov 23, 2019, 9:01pm

I'm going to add this for the November challenge -

Dic 1, 2019, 4:43am

I guess we are going to use this thread again for the December challenge?

If so, here is my blue December book, the Dutch translation of The honest truth by Dan Gemeinhart:

Modificato: Dic 3, 2019, 11:37pm

Yes we are! I suppose I should really copy the challenge across. :0)

So; while my reading seems to be even slower than usual, I still want to attempt posting a year of birthstone challenges. Oddly enough, birthstones aren't something I'm that fussed about; just curious. Each time I set the monthly challenge, I have to look up the birthstones and learn something about them. They're not always consistent across the board or even across time. For instance, from the 15th to 20th centuries the December birthstones were bloodstone and ruby.

December is all about blue, even though there is a choice of three stones - turquoise, tanzanite and (for those following US birthstone charts) blue zircon. So you have a choice of shades of blue.

Challenge 16: Read a book with a (predominantly) blue cover for the December birthstone challenge

December TIOLI thread

Dic 1, 2019, 12:00pm

Here is my blue cover:

Dic 1, 2019, 1:29pm

"Mostly" blue

Dic 1, 2019, 10:44pm

I have 2, maybe

Modificato: Dic 5, 2019, 1:23pm

And this one if you think it has enough blue. If not, it can go in the lovely catch-all challenge

Dic 1, 2019, 11:35pm

I almost forgot to post mine....

City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender

Modificato: Dic 6, 2019, 6:55pm

Is there enough blue on this one?

Modificato: Dic 5, 2019, 11:47pm

>88 Citizenjoyce: Mmmm ... I don't think so. Only about a quarter of the background is blue and I don't see any more - unless my monitor isn't picking it up?

Sorry :0/

Dic 6, 2019, 3:58am

>89 humouress: I think you're seeing it the way it is. No problem, I think I can fit it in Paul's weird Christmas tree challenge.

Modificato: Dic 6, 2019, 3:10pm

Here's mine:

Dic 6, 2019, 6:56pm

I really have to stop adding books, but I just got this one

Modificato: Dic 8, 2019, 12:04pm

This will be mine:

Dic 8, 2019, 12:14pm

blue enough?

Dic 8, 2019, 10:44pm

>95 paulstalder: I’ll give you the turquoise. Yes.

Dic 9, 2019, 5:17pm

Blue enough?

Dic 9, 2019, 10:37pm

Dic 10, 2019, 1:22pm

Yay! :)

Dic 13, 2019, 8:57pm

I can't quite make out if this is predominately blue. What do you think?

Modificato: Dic 13, 2019, 11:50pm

>100 countrylife: For what it's worth...

Some people think TinEye is great, others think it's worthless. In this case, the "Black Russian" looks like a super dark navy to me. YMMV.

Dic 14, 2019, 1:29am

Murder at the Palace by Margaret Dumas

Modificato: Dic 14, 2019, 4:50am

>100 countrylife: It does look like most of the water is blue. I could give you a very dark tanzanite.

>101 Morphidae: Oh.

Well, Morphy thinks navy - so yes.

>102 Dejah_Thoris: Phew, this one is easier. No.

.... Just kidding; it's turquoise ;0)

Dic 14, 2019, 5:51pm

Interesting - I've never heard of TinEye. I'm going to finish Maggie for this challenge, then. Thank you!

Dic 17, 2019, 2:14am

Modificato: Dic 17, 2019, 2:37am

Tanzanite I think, Heather, with a touch of zircon.

Dic 20, 2019, 5:20pm

I'll submit Astray

Dic 21, 2019, 2:38pm

>107 quondame: Turquoise

Dic 27, 2019, 8:55pm

I finished Maggie by Charles Martin, The German Midwife by Mandy Robotham, both pictured above, and Made in the USA by Billie Letts.

Modificato: Dic 28, 2019, 11:21am

I'm hoping this will work!

Let me know when you get back online, humouress. I'll do the stats after that. :D


Gen 16, 2020, 3:31am

I’m here!

Gen 16, 2020, 12:13pm

>111 humouress: Welcome home!

Gen 17, 2020, 2:21am

Thank you!

Modificato: Gen 20, 2020, 8:51pm

I submit this cover for January -

Modificato: Gen 28, 2020, 2:23am

This is my January read:

Gen 28, 2020, 12:20am

I think it’ll be easier to continue this in the 2020 group, so I’ve created a new thread:


Feel free to repost your covers there if you wish.

Gen 28, 2020, 12:21am

>114 quondame: >115 Citizenjoyce: Both gorgeously garnet-y!

Modificato: Apr 5, 2020, 2:17am

For April

Apr 5, 2020, 2:56am

>118 quondame: That will work.

PS - the link for the 2020 thread is in post >116 humouress: