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Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,967 ratings  ·  609 reviews
A high-born Nigerian goddess, who has been beaten down and unappreciated by her gregarious lover, longs to be truly seen.

A young businesswoman attempts a great leap in her company, and an even greater one in her love life.

A powerful Ghanaian spokeswoman is forced to decide whether she should uphold her family’s politics or be true to her heart.

In her debut collection, inte
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 13th 2021 by William Morrow (first published August 20th 2020)
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chan ☆
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
i’m not normally a short story/anthology fan but this was pretty cool! the writing was gorgeous & ive been thinking of the story titled “nefertiti” since finishing it.
Ms. Woc Reader
I have mixed feelings about the anthology. I was very excited when it started and felt like some of the early stories had beautiful imagery and language. As it got further along the stories were more hit and miss as we towed the line between retellings and original stories from modern times. And while some stories the vivid descriptions painted a beautiful picture in others they just dragged out and failed to add anything of substance. I liked that these were non Western retellings included and ...more
First let me start by saying I was interested in this book because of five things:

1.The title, Love In Colour I find we need more stories about Black love and I was here for all of it.
2.The cover was also a major seller. This cover could be voted the best cover of 2020.
3.The fact that this collection was written by a Black Woman and it is her debut novel.
4.I also loved the book aims to retell mythical tales from around the world using Colour.
5.Also, while I am not a big romance reader, I wa
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
"I am just looking for someone who sees me as I see them."

"She knew that sometimes having everything you desire can make you question your own worthiness."

This collection is so so underrated. The writing speaks volumes. It's beautiful and adventurous.

The characters are etched out in a way they remain forever with you.

Love the never-a-boring-moment while reading the entire book.

The main themes of these stories are women and relationships.


4 🌟

"She wasn't aware, but she found she liked
K.J. Charles
A single author collection of stories about love and lovers, each one retelling or inspired by myth and folklore. Lots of them are from various African cultures, about half were new to me, so I don't suppose I got the full resonance, but all of them stood alone. All m/f except one f/f (an absolute cracker as well). Lovely writing, and lovely, lovely romances, almost all with joyous, hope-filled endings. It's probably shelved in litfic but no romance reader would regret picking this up. A thoroug ...more
Giveaway Win!

If you have been keeping track of what I've been reading for the last few months, you'll have noticed that I've mostly been reading nonfiction. I dont know why nonfiction is the only thing that can really keep my attention but it is what it is.

I started reading this book in February but I put it aside because while I was loving this book I knew that I wasn't in the headspace for it. I feared that if I pushed through and continued reading it I would start to dislike it so I put it a
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
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Rep: non-white characters (stories based on tales/myth/history from Nigeria, Persia, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Guinea, The Gambia, Southern Mauritiana, Lesotho, Egypt, China & Mesopotamia), bi character & wlw li

Galley provided by publisher

Love in Colour is an anthology of myth and folktale retellings from around the world. And, to be honest, it is probably one of the best anthologies I have ever read.

The stories are pretty varied in where they originate, but there isn’t a weak one amon
Simply incredible 5 stars.

I am so thankful to William Morrow Books for having this be a choice to pick from of their April books to review. It's not something I've seen many places and that is an absolute disservice to all of us because this book is AMAZING. I've read a few short story collections in the past year and this one by far makes it to the top of that list (shares the #1 spot in fact with The Secret Lives of Church Ladies). I am again in awe of anyone who can write a book. On top of th
inês ☾
This was a good anthology and a really solid debut. Bolu Babalola created some truly beautiful and romantic stories based on folktales and myths from non western settings.

In terms of enjoyment it was quite a mixed bag for me, I loved some of the stories (e.g. Attem and Nefertiti (f/f)), while others not so much. The ones set in the contemporary world felt a little out of place with all the pop culture references and didn’t completely flow for me with the rest of the collection. I did like the t
Rob Williams
I really, really, really didn't want to finish this book. I found it jarring, uninteresting, weird and awkward all at once. I actually skim read the last 4 stories, barely giving them a chance due to what I'd already read. I think it would be easier to begin with the good rather than the bad.

The only reason I am giving this 2 stars instead of 1 is because of the premises alone. Retelling mythical tales in both a modern and past setting sounds like an interesting idea, right? Right? Yeh. A lot of
Bolu Babalola's writing is lush and superb. There were so many beautiful and heartwarming quotes and passages in this book, it’s hard not to fall in love with the stories (the ones I fell in love with instantly, anyway). The female characters in this book were all so superb in their own way, and each one was amazing. She writes romances and love in the best way, and there were so many beautiful meet-cutes in this book.

Her retelling skills are TOP NOTCH. She bared the stories down, took the most
Sarah Jayyn

💐💐💐💐 (four stars, as rated in colorful bouquets of flowers!)

I was given an Advanced Reader Copy of this book via netgalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Oooh what an unexpected delight this book was! I have such a soft spot for retellings of traditional stories, so of course I had to read this collection. ESPECIALLY, when I figured out that the majority of them were given highly original twists… FOR EXAMPLE, I invite you, if I may, to imagine Mount Olympus but as…. *dun dun
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars! I had seen a lot of positive reviews about this book from other Nigerian readers and so I was excited to check this out. Overall, I like this book, even though this was a situation where I liked the idea and mission of the book more than I liked the actual collection. This books comprises of a total of 13 love stories with mostly optimistic endings. In that sense, it can be considered to be a collection of romantic shorts, even if not all the stories can be considered romances per se. ...more
Inderjit Sanghera
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Babalola explores the various colourations of love, from an African kingdom to a modern day fashion firm, juxtaposing the tales with various myths from around the world which she is able to enliven by exploring the stories from a female perspective, as she puts the thoughts, desires and experiences of the female protagonists at front-and-centre of the short stories.

Whilst there are no duds in this collection, a few of the stories in particular stand out. ‘Thisbe’ explores the bourgeoning romance
2020 Winter Bingo (#SnowInLoveBingo❄️): Retelling/Mythology

I have no idea how to rate this. As with most short story collections, my reactions range widely (loved one story, meh on the next two). Obviously I’m not familiar with the myths/folktales that the author draws inspiration from, so I can’t fully admire authorial decisions to twist the retellings. I personally preferred the stories with magical/fantastical elements; the contemporary spins weren’t as engaging. The stories with the most
An absolutely compelling set of short stories exploring various myths both familiar to me and unknown to me. My favorite story involved two warriors, one also a queen, who finally succumb to their pining before going off to fight and maybe perish. I'm a sucker for "let's live tonight, for tomorrow we may die" so that hit the spot for me.

I reviewed a complementary copy of the audiobook from HarperCollins audio for Library Journal, and checked out a print copy from my library.
I didn’t think it was possible for a book to totally and completely over shoot my highest expectations. I was completely enthralled from the first page to the last. You know a book is brilliant when the introduction gives you chills. Reading the 12 stories that make up ‘Love in Colour’ was the kind of immersive experience that one can only hope to experience while reading. This book was written to be read. It was written to be enjoyed. Its was written to be savored.

In these tales Bolu Babalola
Toya (the reading chemist)
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bipoc
Y’all I devoured this book in a day. This book is a collection of short stories where Babalola reimagines non-Western folktales that centers BIPOC. All of the stories have the theme of love in common, big don’t go into this thinking it’s all cheesy romance because it’s 100% not.

While I definitely had a few standout favorites in this anthology, all of these stories were incredible. It is clear that Babalola is one heck of a storyteller, and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with next.

Jenny Cooke (Bookish Shenanigans)
Such a fun and joyful collection.
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book was so so beautiful, I loved it all. It had me smiling so much, cracking up several times (Orin and Deji, omg 😂), and definitely had me wishing for MORE!
I’m so sad I’ve finished the book and won’t experience the pleasure of reading it for the first time again, but I definitely look forward to reading it multiple times in the future and going back to it for comfort and lovely romance.

Thank you Bolu Babalola for this book, for re-stitching these stories together to create somethin
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Waited with anticipation for this anthology to come out and it did not disappoint. Tried hard to savour this debut, but found myself wanting to read the next story as soon as I’d finished the last. Such rich and beautiful stories that celebrate love in all its forms- with some well known mythical tales and other more modern romances. Each story follows well sketched out characters that are fresh and honest. Loved this and delighted to see it has reach Sunday times bestseller status in less than ...more
Noelia Alonso

Each individual rating:
Osun: 6.5
Scheherazade: 8
Psyche: 8.5
Attem: 9
Yaa: 9
Siya: 7
Nefertiti: 7.5
Naleli: 8
Zhinu: 8.5
Thisbe: 9
Tiara: 7
Orin: 8
Alagomeji: 9

A very solid debut. Love Bolu Babalola's writing and how much emotion and depth she gave to the characters she was reimagining. An author to keep an eye on.
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Big thanks to Netgalley, Headline and the author for an advanced ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review! 💃♥️

Love in Colour is a gorgeous short story collection from one author, retelling of myths and great love stories from around the world. (Plus a couple of original stories.) Each retelling is different from the last: some have a very modern feeling, some are more magical. I didn’t have a preference for style and my favourites were all over the board. (They were probably Scheheraz
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love love LOVED this. Bolu writes love like no other.
I appreciate Babalola re-telling the tales in a way where women were centered and removing the predatory characteristics in the original tales. The author's note reads "It was less about being chosen and more about their agency in allowing themselves to love and be loved".

The blurb states that the book takes a step in decolonizing tropes of love but it only scratched the surface. Unfortunately, this anthology is heavily cisgendered and there's more to decolonizing than just Black and Indigenous
bolu is really cool and talented but i think this book could have had a better editor to strip back some of the more overwrought passages
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A collection of ancient mythical love stories reworked with a modern twist? Great, right up my alley, love the concept.

The first two stories were decent but things soon went downhill. From the third story onwards, things were more miss than hit. Bolu is definitely a very capable writer but it is painfully obvious that she is an avid Twitter user. In fact, some parts of this book felt like one long Twitter thread which really cheapened the feel of the whole thing. A lot of the time, it was reall
Wyna Modisapodi
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was enchanted and enthralled from the first sentence to the last alluring sentence of the book . The ingenuity, deftness and dexterity in which the author narrated the mythical/folklore tales left me awestruck and wanting more . The writing style is beyond lyrical .
Jun 12, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Can’t decide which I more excited for: reading the book or seeing the cover on my shelf.
Mindfully Evie
Okay, what just happened?!? This book was amazing, so breathtakingly beautiful. I had quite low expectations going into it as mutual goodreads friends had mainly given it 3-stars, so I wasn’t expecting much, and boy was I wrong!

Every story was just as magical and enchanting as the last. In only 20 pages, Bolu made me fall head first into a world enriched in so much colour and texture. How she managed to make me love all 13 short shorties I’m blown away by. Maybe some I loved more than others, bu
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