The adult coloring book trending has been in the media for a while now, presumably a new fad consumers would quickly forget. However, Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book has sold over 2 million copies and has been translated into 14 languages world wide, cementing the adult coloring trend as a very real hobby. Basford has gone on to create two more coloring books, Enchanted Forest and Lost Ocean (in addition to drawing for companies ranging from Vogue to Chipotle).
Apparently the same adults that buy themselves coloring books are also the same people that write really great Amazon customer reviews. From people being pissed off that the drawings are too difficult, to pissed off that they aren’t challenging enough, to down right bizarro internet-trolling, these coloring books and their customer commentary are pure entertainment.
Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford
Coloring Book For Grown Ups by Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen
Unicorns Are Jerks: a coloring book exposing the cold, hard, sparkly truth by Theo Nicole Lorenz
Color Me Drunk: A Drinking and Drawing Activity Book by Potter Style
on March 2, 2015: “This is a big, heavier than expected book with a ton of activities. I’m on major painkillers post surgery and I can tell this is gonna keep me occupied for a good while.”
It Really Sucks When… An Adult Coloring Book of Embarrassing Moments by Ricky Villanueva Castillo
Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace: a body-positive coloring book by Theo Nicole Lorenz
Dinosaurs With Jobs: a coloring book celebrating our old-school coworkers by Theo Nicole Lorenz
The Hipster Coloring Book For Adults: You’ve Probably Never Colored It by Lilt Kids Coloring Books
By Chocophat on December 12, 2014: “Pretty disappointing.[…] There are a few decent animal pictures but mostly odd random pages of sunglasses, bikes, non hipster girls and backpacks.”
Outside The Lines: An Artists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations by Souris Hong-Porretta
on June 20, 2015: “Poor lil’ Lulu, Some very adult or teenage humor, not fit for Lulu. Other drawings OK.”
If you enjoyed the above, you may also enjoy the website Coloring Corruptions, which feature childrens coloring books that adults have defaced with their lewd, damaged senses of humor.