I read a Buzzfeed headline today about how physical copies of books are selling better than they previously have!
But then I actually read the article and discovered that this rise in sales is linked primarily to 1 thing (among others but still): adult coloring books.
I finally caved and bought one of these last week. It’s a small one, with a variety of different types of coloring pages, and it was $3 at Target.
Personal opinion here: If you’re looking to kill a bunch of time, these are great. I started mine yesterday and only got halfway through a page in the 20 minutes while I was waiting for my dryer to finish (curse public laundry-doing). But if you’re as picky about aesthetics as I am (and I can be with somethings), adult coloring books are the devil.
I started color one section in one color, and then I got really concerned with what colors were considered complementary to purple. But of course only two colors are, and you need way more than 3 colors to finish filling this thing in, so I had to pull up a color wheel and pick my colors for a reason. Purple, yellow and magenta are complementary. From there, I had to make sure yellow was next to reds and oranges. Pink and purple were in the vicinity of blues and greens.
I got so concerned with making sure it looked good that it wasn’t remotely “relaxing.”
Besides that, these darned things can be expensive! I think the price on many of them has dropped, but I find it kind of ridiculous to spend $10+ on a coloring book. Whenever I would randomly get the urge to color, I’d go buy one from Dollar Tree for a buck. Lisa Frank is crazy intricate too, ya know.
Apparently, also jumping into the adults-want-to-be-kids-again craze (I don’t mean this to sound as judgey as it does. I LOVE coloring haha), they’re making adult “dot-to-dots” and “color by numbers” books as well:
THESE DON’T LOOK CALMING TO ME.
Okay, this wasn’t supposed to diverge into a rant about adult coloring books, but it did.
I’m totally going to keep coloring mine. Might need to go buy a better set of colored pencils, with more color variety so I can make sure my colors are more complementary to each other.
I think it’s great that something is helping physical book sales rise again. The numbers alone will be enough cause to keep bookstores open for longer. But why can’t it be for books that tell stories?
Do you color in books geared towards adults? Do you find it to be calming and stress-free? Explain because I want to stop caring so much and let it be a calming experience!