If you've been in a chain bookstore lately, you've probably noticed that, seemingly overnight, adult coloring books are now a THING.
I love it. I remember having an extremely stress-inducing senior year of high school and just wanting to color. I was taking four AP classes on top of my regular schedule, working 3 hours a day after school, and spending my evenings scouring the internet for scholarship money. I applied for 63 scholarships, but this was 2008-2009, the height of The Great Recession, so I only got two. TWO. My efforts were in vain...
Is it any wonder I wanted to dissipate my stress with coloring?! My ardent desire to get a new mega box of 96 Crayola crayons (with the sharpener in the back, of course) and sit down on the floor to color seemed like the best idea I'd ever had.
But alas, CareBears, Dora the Explorer, Bob the Builder, and angels weren't really my thing, so I was out of luck.
You know, in retrospect, I probably would've fared about the same if I'd spent all that time I used applying for scholarships coloring instead. Even if it was in coloring books meant for kids.
But hey! Now I can get my mega box of crayons and have some non-toddler-themed things to color. Huzzah! Adults win!
Check out these stunningly gorgeous adult coloring books I found.
Click on the images to get a closer look. Adults: 1. Kids: 0.
Pro tip: You don't have to give up time you'd normally spend reading to color. Sit down with your crayons and put on an audiobook. Stress be gone!
All of these adult coloring books can be purchased at your typically book retailers except for the Harry Potter coloring book, which has to be pre-ordered since it doesn't come out for over a month, and the 25 Beautiful Things coloring book, which can only be purchased from the artist's website.