For the years I managed an indie bookstore, one of my favorite displays to create involved grouping books together by their cover color. No need to concern myself necessarily with their content, just the amazing, attractive cover art was all that I needed to consider.  Plus, it helped to answer the frequent customer question, “Hey! What was the name of that book? You know the one with the (insert a color) cover?”

“Colour is like food for the spirit—plus it’s not addictive or fattening.” Isaac Mizrahi

So, here are my picks for your red bookshelf:

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

  1. The Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger. Many think of this classic novel as the forerunner for YA fiction.The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  2. The Story of Ferdinand,” by Munro Leaf. The story of a pacifist young bull who dares to be different.Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  3. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” by Becky Albertalli. Always read the book before you see the movie.Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
  4. Red Dragon,” by Thomas Harris. Since you have to have at least one book on the red shelf with red in the title, it should definitely be this thriller that introduced the world to Hannibal Lecter.The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  5. The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead. #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for weeks, a Pulitzer Prize winner, National Book Award winner, and winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  6. Wolf Hall,” by Hilary Mantel. Historical fiction at its best. Reading it is like watching a really entertaining soap opera.


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Julie Bond

Julie Bond is a voracious reader with eclectic tastes running the gamut from YA lit, to psychological suspense, and anything dog-related, of course. You can find her haunting her favorite San Francisco Bay Area indie bookstores. Email her at


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