12 Adult Coloring Books for Literature Lovers

From their humble start as a way to relieve stress and be creative, adult coloring books have turned into one of the biggest leisure crazes of the past few years. Mandalas and underwater fantasy worlds may continue to dominate the scene, but the category has gone truly bonkers, offering patient relaxation seekers everything from cats, cats, cats, to reasons mommy drinks.

But for book lovers who have not yet wrecked their eyes on small print, there are many gorgeous options to try out. With illustrations often as intricate as the tales they are based on, these books allow you to immerse yourself in beloved stories in new and, yes, colorful ways. The stories that did not originally include art are especially enjoyable to see reimagined, just waiting for you to add your own artistic flare and ideas. If you haven’t yet joined the coloring craze, check out these coloring books for literature lovers, and remember—it’s supposed to be relaxing. No need to worry about staying in the lines.


Cover_Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy Coloring BookThe Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy Coloring Book

Have fun in the Shire, my precious.





Cover_HP Magical Creatures Coloring BookThe Harry Potter Magical Creatures Coloring Book

There are a few HP coloring books available, but magical creatures in this one are probably the most fun to color.





Cover_Game of ThronesThe Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book

You know what to do when you get to the Red Wedding page.





Cover_You Are HereYou Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds

This is your brain on doodles, from the Furiously Happy writer Jenny Lawson.





Cover_Pride and Prejudice Coloring ClassicPride and Prejudice: A Coloring Classic

For the Austen fan who has (almost) everything.





Cover_Outlander Coloring BookThe Official Outlander Coloring Book

Make sure you have a good shading pencil for highlighting Jamie’s pecs.





Cover_The World of Debbie Macomber Come Home to ColorThe World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home to Color

Cast the black and gray pencils aside; you won’t need them here.





Cover_Escape to Shakespeare's WorldEscape to Shakespeare’s World: A Colouring Book Adventure

Handeth me mine pencils and sharpener, for tonight we colour.





Cover_Where's Waldo The Coloring BookWhere’s Waldo? The Coloring Book

If you still can’t find him when you’re done, I can’t help you.





Cover_Colours of Anna KareninaColours of Anna Karenina: A Colouring Love Story

Hope this one has a happier ending.





Cover_Anne of Green Gables Color the ClassicsColor the Classics: Anne of Green Gables

Color the roof blue; I dare you.





Cover_Escape to Wonderland A Colouring Book AdventureEscape to Wonderland: A Colouring Book Adventure

This one looks pretty trippy even without the mushrooms.






Are you into the coloring book craze, or are you giving it a pass? What are the other books you’d like to see given a coloring book homage? Let us know!

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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