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.
Have fun in the Shire, my precious.
There are a few HP coloring books available, but magical creatures in this one are probably the most fun to color.
You know what to do when you get to the Red Wedding page.
This is your brain on doodles, from the Furiously Happy writer Jenny Lawson.
For the Austen fan who has (almost) everything.
Make sure you have a good shading pencil for highlighting Jamie’s pecs.
Cast the black and gray pencils aside; you won’t need them here.
Handeth me mine pencils and sharpener, for tonight we colour.
If you still can’t find him when you’re done, I can’t help you.
Hope this one has a happier ending.
Color the roof blue; I dare you.
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!