Adult coloring books are fine with me, but I’m not a big fan of them. I like to color in line drawings of people from movies and TV shows as much as the next girl. Sometimes, though, I want to do something a little more interesting than just color inside the lines. I want to read a book that makes me learn a new skill, make new art, or go outside before the sun goes down. If you’ve ever been in a situation like this, you might like one of these adult coloring books. They’re not just for coloring, though.
And some of them do have coloring, to be clear. But each of these books goes one step further. A feminist word scramble or a random art project idea are two of the things you can do with these books. Each one has something new for you to try. Pick one up, and try to be a little more creative or weird than you were yesterday. These books cover everything from how to write a novel to how to make glue for protest signs that is good for the environment. So the next time you’re bored or in need of some non-screen stress relief, check out one of these weird adult activity books:
‘The Feminist Activity Book’ by Gemma Correll
If you want a book that will both make you laugh and make you angry, look no further. The Feminist Activity Book has fun, arts-and-crafts-based ways to break down the patriarchy. Gemma Correll’s illustrations, games, and activities are both cute and critical of the way we treat women in the world today.
‘Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook’ by Lindsey Grant, Tavia Stewart-Streit, and Chris Baty
Are you more into putting your heart and soul into writing than you are into making art? You might want to try “Ready, Set, Novel.” When NaNoWriMo is over, you can still write your own book with this handy workbook. Page after page of writing exercises, plot maps, character Q&As, field trips, inspirational quotes, and a lot of room to write.
‘Cheerful in 3 1/2 Months’ by Gerard Janssen
If you want to improve your life, you should read this book. It comes with a small book that gives you a different thing to do each day, like giving a gift to a stranger, lighting a fake cigarette, or replacing all your filler words with Hawaiian. You can add a little fun to your daily routine with each new page that is filled with bright colors and fun shapes.
‘The Guerilla Art Kit’ by Keri Smith
For adults who don’t like to color, Keri Smith is the queen. It’s one of her best ideas: art projects that don’t cause any damage to public places. Stencils and “seed bombs” can be made by you. You can also make a “wish tree,” chalk quotes on the sidewalk, put up your flyers with eco-friendly glue, and read this book to learn how to be more expressive.
‘The Open Daybook’ edited by David P. Earle
Pages in The Open Daybook show a different day of the year, as seen by one of 371 artists. If you want, you can use the “calendar” like a normal planner, or you can use the art to make your own unique art statement on the day. You can enjoy this collection all year long, no matter what.
‘Boss Babes: A Coloring and Activity Book for Grown-Ups’ by Michelle Volansky
Frida Kahlo’s flowers, Cher’s tweets, and Beyonce’s crossword puzzle are all in this fun book. There is a book for feminists of all ages called Boss Babes by Michelle Volansky. She has put together and illustrated some of the most powerful women in history, politics or pop culture.
‘Everything That Can Happen In A Day’ by David Horvitz
Tourists might take a picture of you in the background. Buy bottled water that costs a lot. Then, pour it on a tree to make it grow. When you leave flowers in a taxi for the next person, they will be happy. Ideas for getting outside and finding new ways to interact with the world around you are all over Everything That Can Happen in a Day.
‘Fill in the Blank: An Inspirational Sketchbook’ by Vahram Muratyan and Elodie Chaillous
Fill in the Blank lets you make your own vegetables, cars, and homes. It gives you blank areas where you can draw tattoos, castles on the cliffs, topiary, roller coasters, wine labels, and more. This interactive sketchbook lets you do more than just color. You’ll be inspired to think outside the box and fill in the blanks wherever you go.
‘365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life!’ by Noah Scalin
For this book, the title refers to how many projects and activities there are for you to do both on and off the page. Pick one prompt a day to help you with your doodling and journaling, or pick a few prompts when you’re in the mood for them. With this book, you’ll soon be able to do everything from quilling to sculpting to making pop-up books.
The Mindfulness Puzzle Book: Relaxing Puzzles to De-stress and Unwind
While it can be easy to turn on the TV when we want to relax, this could make us more stressed and stressed out.
This collection of relaxing puzzles and brain-training games is meant to help you relax and think outside the box. Problem-solving can be a great way to relax, and this book has a lot of clever puzzles, like crosswords and Sudoku, to keep you busy.
These three books by the same author are all called The Mindfulness Puzzle. You can also buy The Mindfulness Puzzle Books 2 and 3.
I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide and Journal
It will help you find small moments of mindfulness in the everyday. I am Here Now will help.
If you need help slowing down, this guide to mindfulness might be able to help. In this book, there are more than 80 creative ways to meditate. It’s a good way to meditate in a fun way.
It’s a good journal for both beginners and more experienced meditators because it’s light and fun.