As an adult coloring book FANATIC, who has 70+ coloring books on my shelves, here are some my favorites. These are my nominations for the top 10 most fun (and sometimes weird) adult coloring books on Amazon.
MOST UNUSUAL: A Weight Loss Coloring Book For Adults – Lose Weight While You Color suggests that you can lose weight while having a wonderful time coloring pages with ‘gorgeous thin body’ affirmations on intricate backgrounds. If you think this sounds like marketing BS, I was inclined to agree with you – until I read the explanation. It’s all about changing our subconscious mind programs which pretty much control our lives and I know that’s absolutely spot on. Definitely an intriguing possibility for those of us who need to lose a few pounds.
FUNNIEST: Funny Quotes Coloring Book – Pop Art Women Coloring Book for Adults & Teens, Volume 1 offers 60 pages of stunning “pop art” women saying really hilarious things. The cover, for example, has a sweet young thing with tears running down her checks because she borrowed money and those unreasonable lenders expect her to pay them back! How mean of them. My fav in the book advises us never to take a laxative and a sleeping pill on the same night. Euuuuuwwwww. I like this one so much that I was thrilled to see there is a Volume 2. I can only hope the author publishes V3 (and 4, 5, 6).
SWEETEST: Inspirational Quotes Coloring Book for Mothers of Daughters & Girls Grades 3-7, Volume 1 truly is perfect for middle school age girls and perhaps even younger ones. I’m long past that age but I have a daughter and I love, love, love this book because I see her in these pages. Most of the girls share the page with a dog or cat and the cover has a gorgeous child advising us never to try to “outstubborn” a cat (one of my spoiled felines just wandered by my keyboard to agree with this great advice). Another has an adorable girl with an eager dog and she comments, “Dogs lives are too short. Their only fault really.” Agreed. Fortunately there are three volumes in this wonderful series.
SWEAR WORDS: 50 Shades Of Bullsh*t: Dark Edition is a very popular coloring book and I admit that I haven’t bought this one. I’m not a prude but pages and pages of swear words just aren’t my thing. Still, lots of folks like this coloring book and the ‘dark’ part means that the pages are black with the designs in white.
CORONA SUCKS: we’re all sick and tired of this damn virus and all the misery it’s brought us. Fuck Off, Coronavirus, I’m Coloring openly calls itself immature. Sometimes it just feels great to cuss out pandemics, viruses, social distancing and lock downs (“Let me out of this house NOW!!!) and if you feel like a temper tantrum, this coloring book will do it.
STONER PARADISE: if you consider yourself to be a stoner – or fondly remember the ‘good ole days’ when stoning was a fav pasttime – then Stoner Coloring Book for Adults: The Stoner’s Psychedelic Coloring Book is for you. All 25 pages are of characters who either are blown away or whose appearance seems appropriate ONLY to folks who are having a really good time. Huge eyes or multiple eyes anyone?
BE HAPPY NOW: some coloring books are … well … downers. For instance, there’s a popular adult coloring book on serial killers. Personally, I don’t feel that spending hours taking in energy from murderers is a wise idea, although you are certainly free to disagree with me. My feelings won’t be hurt. :-) If you’re like me, and want to feel good, then Don’t Worry, Be Happy Coloring Book Treasury is a good choice. There are 96 pages and this book is spiral bound which makes it easier to color. I think the designs are a bit simplistic, but the mood is uplifting and fun. There is a similar coloring book for girls, although it is disappointing in that it only has 22 drawings. They have affirmations on each page, surrounded by appropriate small drawings.
MOTHER NATURE: no coloring book list can be complete without a nod to Mom Nature and 100 Flowers: An Adult Coloring Book with Bouquets, Wreaths, Swirls, Patterns, Decorations, Inspirational Designs is a popular choice. The designs are a bit simplistic, but some adult “colorers” (is there such a word?) prefer simple to intricate. The back of the pages are black and this is controversial. Some folks really like this because it helps to keep liquid coloring tools like markers from bleeding through the page. Others don’t like this feature because it makes colors look “dull”. In my admittedly amateur survey, I went through literally hundreds of reviews and keep a tally and the black page feature seems to have more detractors than fans.
HOLIDAYS: are a popular theme and Halloween and Christmas are definitely the most popular. Personally, I don’t care what time of year it is and coloring Halloween pages on the 4th of July is fine with me. A friend buys holiday pages, colors them, signs the back and frames them as gifts. Interesting idea.
EVIL VILLAINS: I don’t like books about serial killers because they’re REAL, but Disney Villains are fun just because they’re not. There are animal villains like the two evil Siamese from Lady and the Tramp and of course Cruella makes an appearance as a human scoundrel. I have to disagree with the cheshire cat from Alice being a baddie, though. The hard cover is great but I don’t like the repetitious patterns that have the same image printed again and again.
Agree? Disagree? I’m cool with whatever you think and if there are some YOU like a lot, please let us know and we’ll feature them in other posts.