And now, for some color therapy.

There’s a coloring book for everything these days, because WE ARE STRESSED THE HELL OUT. As much as I love a good mandala and there’s something so satisfying about a stormtrooper sugar skull, there are times when I need… more. More than a quick page I can print out from Pinterest, you know? Here’s a look at some of my therapeutic coloring sources these days.

Beauty and the Beast Coloring Book (2017), $15.99, ISBN: 978-1-62686-885-4

It’s not a secret that Beauty and the Beast is one of our collective ships around here – look at that library ! – and the latest movie with our girl crush, Emma Watson, was pure celluloid joy. This coloring book, with beautiful artwork and quotations from the original story by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, just makes me happy. So many swirls, so many fine elements to discover.


Dot to Hot: Dot-to-Dot Heart-Throbs from Heathcliff to Darcy (2017), $12.99, ISBN: 9781499804980

When I got this one in the mail from the publisher, the first thing I did was take pictures and send it to the Rat Queens. Julie quickly claimed Darcy, but no one will touch my Heathcliff with a 10-foot coloring pencil. Like Russian princes better? Dot-to-Hot’s got your back with Andrei Balonsky from War and Peace. Each heart-throb comes with some commentary so witty and fabulous, you’d swear we wrote it: Piera almost jumped on the table and grabbed my copy when she read the commentary on Little Women‘s Theodore Laurence, so passionately in agreement was she. If a dot-to-dot book inspires this many feels, it’s worth it.

“Treat him mean, basically. It works like a dream.”


Release Your Anger: 40 Swear Words to Color Your Anger Away, Midnight Edition, (2016),
$9.99, ISBN: 978-153270000-2

I got this as a birthday gift from Stacey, who knows how much I appreciate creative use of profanity. It doesn’t get more creative than this. Set against hearts, flowers, and all sorts of peaceful, relaxing backgrounds, you’ll find some laugh-out-loud sweary words. Yes, you’ll find more middle of the road fare like “Moron”, “Whore”, and “Piss Off”, but when you have Just. Had. That. Day, you need to up your game. Release Your Anger is here for you, with “Piss Flaps”, “Fuckwit”, Mel Gibson’s favorite one ,”Sugartits”, and a plethora of words that will make your next get-together wondrous.


Jenny Lawson, You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds (2017),
$15.99, ISBN: 978-1-250-11988-9

Part coloring book, part therapist, You Are Here by The Bloggess – another ONWNet patron saint – is loaded with illustrations and doodles that Jenny Lawson came up with as a form of meditation, of coping. She added some words of advice and inspiration, threw in some musings, and bestowed upon us this book. Anything that encourages me to “Weird on, you badass motherfucker”, and reminds me that the tiny voice inside my head can be an asshole is a lifeline. I adore you, Bloggess. You weird on, too, you beautiful badass motherfucker.

“Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not real.”


Last but NEVER least, it’s the Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring book. I downloaded this as a free PDF from SheKnows about a year ago, and it gives me LIFE. Every time that circus peanut and his alt-right circus gets me down, I just remember that The Notorious RBG STILL has our backs, and I am ready to donate any and all vital organs and store pints of my own blood to keep that woman going. Reaffirm your faith in the world with your own PDF copy, which includes 10 pages of RBG goodness to paper your home and office. Including this one:

RBG on a unicorn. You’re welcome.

About the Author

Rosemary K.
I’m a children’s librarian, comics and pop culture fiend, bibliomaniac, unrepentant fangirl, and tabletop gaming n00b. Every year, I watch streaming E3 panels with my kids, who are gamers, and I return to my Monster Busters app on my phone and sigh.
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