Variations on a Theme: Coloring

I love coloring. I even hosted a girly coloring event not to long ago. Coloring is great because it's both mindless and mindful. I can zone out with my Prismacolors while watching TV or chatting with friends. I don't get to do as much coloring as I like, but when I do have a few hours to devote to this awesome hobby, I'm happy every minute.

If you love this trend as much as I do, then you'll enjoy that this month's Variations on a Theme is a collection of literary adult coloring books.

Pride and Prejudice: A Coloring Classic
Chellie Carroll

Fall in love all over again with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in this wonderful coloring book featuring beautifully intricate patterns and details, classic quotations, and iconic scenes to color in. Includes a fascinating guide to the Victorian language of flowers and a gorgeous foiled cover.

The Official Outlander Coloring Book
Diana Gabaldon

From the lush green of the Scottish Highlands to the military red of a British soldier’s coat or the vibrant hues of a tartan kilt, the colorful world of Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser is now yours to explore. Featuring gorgeous natural landscapes, detailed drawings of Claire’s medicinal herbs, depictions of the books’ most beloved scenes and characters, and intricately rendered clothing, weapons, and armor straight out of eighteenth-century Scotland, these exquisite black-and-white images—from renowned illustrators Juan Alarcón, Yvonne Gilbert, Craig Phillips, Jon Proctor, Tomislav Tomić, and Rebecca Zomchek—are designed to dazzle and inspire. Fans of the series, as well as lovers of history and art, can party like it’s 1743.
Harry Potter: The Coloring Book #1

Unleash your creativity and escape to one of the most beloved series of all time. From the heraldry of the four Hogwarts houses to the extravagant wares of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, the world of Harry Potter overflows with radiant color. Filled with intricate illustrations and elaborate designs used in the making of the Harry Potter films, this book invites you to imbue the wizarding world with color in your own explorations of Hogwarts Castle, the Forbidden Forest, and much more. You will also find pages of magical creatures and iconic scenes from the films, from the Sorting Ceremony in Harry's first year, to the unforgettable final battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort, as well as some of the marvelous props used in the movies, such as The Quibbler, Quidditch World Cup posters, and the Triwizard Cup. Also includes sixteen pages of full-color art from the movies to inspire you as you draw.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Characters and Places Coloring Book

Explore Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in this intricately illustrated black & white gallery of characters and scenes from the film and designs used in its making, which is officially licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products. From the bustling city streets and buildings of a vibrant 1926 New York, to Tina and Queenie’s apartment and the wonders of MACUSA, this book invites you to color your way through the adventure – even from inside Newt’s case! You will also find numerous props and artifacts inside, including wands, signs and symbols, and maybe even a fantastic beast.

Renia Metallinou and Bethan Fanine

Bring to life the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet in this wonderfully romantic coloring book. Beautifully detailed linework combines with iconic quotations to perfectly capture the passion and tragedy of literature's greatest pair of star-crossed lovers. Features a gorgeous foiled cover!

Odessa Begay

Dive into the macabre, mysterious world of Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling tales with popular coloring book artist Odessa Begay (Little Birds). Inspired by Poe’s beloved stories, Begay has created images that reference settings, motifs, and details that fans will recognize.

Other Coloring Books
A Christmas Carol: A Coloring Classic - Charles Dickens
Classic Coloring: Jane Austen - Abrams Noterie and Anita Rundles
Color the Classics: Anne of Green Gables - Jae-Eun Lee
Dracula: A Coloring Classic - Chellie Carroll
The Princess Bride: A Storybook of Color - Rachel Curtis
Wonderland: A Coloring Book Inspired by Alice's Adventures - Amily Shen
The World of Debbie Macomber - Debbie Macomber