7 Literary Adult Coloring Books

by Amy Sachs

In case you've (somehow!) missed the latest trend, coloring books are back in full force. What used to be thought of as a way to entertain little kids is now the absolute best way to unwind at the end of a long day, relax, and take your mind off of, well, everything! I mean, Johanna Basford's Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books didn't outsell Harper Lee for nothing, after all!

Now, when you go to your local Barnes and Noble, there are entire sections and tables dedicated to coloring books for adults. The possibilities are actually endless when it comes to coloring. Want to color animals? You can. People? Go for it! There are even ugly sweater coloring books, because Christmas is right around the corner. It's a way to be crafty without the mess and glue, and it's a way to unwind that costs you almost nothing.

And of course, because there really is a coloring book for everyone, there are coloring books that bookworms will fall in love with, too. It was really only a matter of time before things as hugely popular as Harry Potter and Game of Thrones had coloring books all their own. Even Marvel is getting in on the coloring book action! Here are seven literary coloring books for adults to occupy you as the colder weather sets in, and you want a little break from all those fall reads!

Harry Potter Coloring Book

THIS IS NOT A DRILL. This Harry Potter coloring book is a real thing that you can buy come November. From Harry and Hedwig to Hippogrifs, we'll be able to color in our favorite Harry and friends moments from now on. Sharpen your colored pencils and break out your crayons because November will be here before we know it!

A Game of Thrones Coloring Book

The official Game of Thrones coloring book is here to get you through this tough time between seasons and books. But, spoiler alert, you might want to start sharpening those red colored pencils.

Sherlock: The Mind Palace Coloring Book

Coloring is a great way to get our of your own Mind Palace and just relax. If you're a Sherlock fan who is still.waiting. for a new season, and have read the books more times than you care to admit, the Sherlock coloring book might be the perfect thing for you! (There is also a Benedict Cumberbatch coloring book, because of course there is!)

Romeo and Juliet: The Coloring Book

Wherefore art thou... colored pencils? Fans of Shakespeare young and old can appreciate him in an entirely new way with this one!

Tolkien's World: A Coloring Book

Color everything from Bag End, Mordor and back again with this Tolkien-inspired coloring book! For all fantasy fans and adult colorers alike, this one is... PRECIOUS.

Outlander Coloring Book

Travel through time — well, the time you'll spend coloring at least — with this amazingly detailed Outlander coloring book. Bring your favorite characters to life all on your own with this one!

Marvel Coloring Book

If comic books are more your speed, fear not! Marvel announced a coloring book of their own this summer, and the first one Age of Ultron is being released this month, with more to follow in 2016!

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