Surprising Bestsellers: Adult Coloring Books

My Mandala Coloring Book by Jim GogartyLikely StoriesThey’re not prurient … but they’re popular! Adult coloring books are all the rage, and proponents claim they are an excellent stress reducer. CNN reports that they “are being marketed to stressed-out, work-addled adults, who want to benefit from the quiet zen that a coloring session can bring.”

Popular titles include Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, by Johanna Basford, and Color Me Calm: 100 Coloring Templates for Meditation and Relaxation, by Lacy Mucklow. Mandala patterns are also popular, and mainstay publisher Dover features a range of coloring books for adults, including fine art titles that get you one step closer to Cézanne!

Even television stars are getting in on the game. Broad City comedienne Abbi Jacobson has two coloring books out now, including one of New York (of course) and another featuring the sights of San Francisco.

Let us know: have you tried this trend? If not, what would convince you to give it a try? Personally, I’m waiting for a Downton Abbey–themed coloring book set or possibly one inspired by themes from Haruki Murakami novels.



About the Author:

Erin Downey Howerton is a public librarian in Kansas. Follow her on Twitter at @hybridlib.

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