Coloring for grown ups is one of the hottest trends in bookselling right now. The amount of awesome books that are now available specifically for more advanced color-ers (colorists?) is HUGE! At our store, the hands-down favorites are Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden and Enchanted Forestand we’ve had a heck of a time keeping them in stock. I took Enchanted Forest with me on our Memorial Day weekend vacation and all of my friends wanted a turn to color! I thought I was totally nerding out here by bringing my coloring book, but it turns out I should have brought one for everyone.
There is something so relaxing and therapeutic about putting pen, pencil or crayon to paper and creating something beautiful…whether you’re doodling freehand or coloring in between the lines. But this brings up a very important matter…what to use to do the coloring?! People definitely have their preferences and if you prefer to use markers, it can be hard to find some quality markers that don’t bleed through to the next page. While there aren’t a huge variety of colors yet, I LOVE coloring with Sharpie Pen Stylos and I’m hoping they come out with a wider range of colors soon because they. are. rad. and the fine tips are perfect for coloring small spaces. So get on it, Sharpie!
But the really exciting news is that Johanna has a brand new coloring book coming out called Lost Ocean from Penguin Random House in October 2015! If I were you, I would preorder it now because I have a feeling it will fly off the shelves. AND! If you cannot wait until October, Johanna has made a page of her new aquatic adventure available for your coloring pleasure! Right now! Just click right HERE and get coloring 🙂
Last week I had the pleasure of attending an awesome cocktail party on Capitol Hill to celebrate Erin Bow’s newest book The Scorpion Rules. After a long walk from the ferry terminal, we arrived at Tavern Law and picked up this super awesome telephone on the wall to be allowed entrance to Needle & Thread through this equally awesome door. Upstairs, Needle & Thread is a modern day speakeasy which instantly transports you back to the Prohibition era with low lighting and 1920’s style furniture. We were greeted with signature cocktails made specifically after the book’s main character, Princess Greta, made out of gin, St. Germain, lemon juice and rhubarb bitters and which Erin noted “Fittingly, is subtle, bittersweet, and hella strong.” Awesome party for a great book.The Scorpion Rules takes place in a future world that has been ravaged by war. Artificial Intelligence has gotten so smart that it has decided it could do a better job ruling the world than humans are currently doing and, to keep peace, demands that the child of each ruling power must be turned over to the Precepture to be kept as hostages and a deterrent to war. If one of the powers wishes to start a war, their child will be killed. Really exciting read that Sci-Fi fans will absolutely love. The Scorpion Rules is out September 22nd, 2015. Thank you to Simon & Schuster for a wonderful event! You can also check out Erin’s blogpost about her time in Seattle here (she liked my picture of her book against the Seattle skyline so much that she used it on her blogpost!)
I LOVE Sarah Dessen books, and her newest book Saint Anythingis one of her best. Is there anything better to read on a sunny day than one of Sarah’s books?! They are the perfect beach read. Recently, Publisher’s Weekly asked booksellers questions about the upcoming summer and how it was shaping up for bookstores across the country and I, of course, gushed about Saint Anything. Check out the entire article here! BUT the exciting part (no offence to Publishers Weekly…haha) was when I tweeted the link to the article and Sarah promptly replied that I made her day…and then replied a second time thanking me and Pub Weekly for the mention! Total nerdy fan girl moment…it happens. (Thanks Sarah!) Also, I dare you to read Saint Anything and not be totally craving pizza, french fries and dum dums by the time you get to the end.