A couple of years ago adult coloring books were all the rage and then the trend seemed like it started to fade. But now, probably due to people being at home so much, adult coloring books have made a come back. There are a lot of themes to choose from, from beautiful landscapes to sayings you won't see embroidered on a pillow any time soon. I've personally found it both satisfying and mentally therapeutic to spend time coloring an intricate image that suits my mood, or gets me out of it.
Here are five adult coloring books that, at the time of this writing, are Amazon bestsellers and cover quite a range of creative coloring opportunities.
Disney Dreams Collection Thomas Kinkade Studios Coloring Book by Thomas Kinkade
Thomas Kinkade, known as the Painter of Light, meets the magic of Disney in this adult coloring book. I think it's interesting that when adults want comfort coloring, Disney is at the top of the list. The 63 drawings are from Kinkade's own Disney Dreams collection, and this coloring book is unusual in that it shows his painting on one side, in full color, then the opposite page is the line art of the same image for you to color in whatever way you choose. Channel your inner Kinkade or put your own spin on it, it's up to you.
New this year, 100 Flowers is a perfect coloring book for adults who want to be creative but don't want super intricate images. The flowers are varied and pictured on their own, in baskets and wreaths, bouquets and vases: lots of choices here. All the images have larger areas to color than you'll find in many of the adult coloring books out there, and the designs are simple and peaceful. You can get as creative as you like, with realistic or fanciful colors for familiar flowers, or by adding your own details. Perfect for when you want to relax and complete a project in a shorter amount of time.
Drinking Animals Coloring Book by Caffeinestar Publishing
This is probably one of my favorites. I think its funny and a little strange, but I like it. Each page features a different animal with a cocktail in their paw, claw, hoof—you get what I mean—and the recipe for said cocktail is also included on the page. While I am skeptical of the Beer and Vodka cocktail recipe, the others look more mainstream, and the overall vibe is very playful. I could absolutely see myself sitting outside with this book and a pack of bright pens, coloring in the picture of a chicken drinking a frozen coconut mojito. Will probably need to mix one for myself first, just for inspiration.
This adult coloring book seems to have something special going for it. This edition was first published back in 2017, and I've seen it on the bestseller list for the category many times in the past few years. It's garnered 4.5 stars and over 3,000 reviews, so clearly people love it. I really like the variety of themes, all in one coloring book. Animals and flowers, mandalas and patterns: if you don't know what you feel like working on, just flip through the pages until inspiration strikes and you're on your way to colorful relaxation.
Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book by Sasha O'Hara
Another older entry into the adult coloring book market Calm the F*ck Down has stood the test of time. And no wonder—when things are crazy, we all need a little levity and for those with a more irreverent sense of humor, this one delivers. Each of the 21 single-sided design pages has a moderate to complex image (abstract doodles, fairies, people, etc.,) along with a cheeky saying. Find your inner calm by coloring a page that reminds you to "Dance like no one attractive is watching" or perhaps an expression you might not want to say out loud, but will definitely make you smile to color it in.
The trend is back, and here are some of the titles on Amazon's best-selling adult coloring books list right now.