Coloring for Grown Ups

Coloring by the fire at the cabin on Memorial Day Weekend

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 Forest and 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 up51dUQltWh3L 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 🙂


Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Before reading Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania I didn’t know much about the story of the Lusitania, and now it’s a story I’ll never forget. Erik Larson is such a storyteller and the tale of the Lusitania was so vividly brought to life in the pages of this book. So much research went into finding tons of small scraps of information about the disaster and weaving them into a full picture of the event itself and many of the people aboard the final crossing.


The individual stories of the people who lived the nightmare make you so invested in the story itself and the outcome. History books must be done well to not read as dull and monotonous …Erik Larson can definitely write history in such a away that you get sucked in.  I couldn’t stop reading this one, and it’s one you definitely don’t want to miss!

Inhuman by Kat Falls

It’s been more than a year since I’ve read Inhuman, but it is still one of my favorites. It came out in paperback yesterday and NW Book Lovers featured my review of it on the front page of their website this morning! Click here to see it for yourself 🙂


Totally nerded out over this one and immediately brought it back in for Suzanne to read, who also loved it. If you haven’t read Kat Falls’ other books, Dark Life and Rip Tide they’re great middle grade adventure stories that boys and girls both will love.

At the Water’s Edge

Happy Book Birthday to Sara Gruen and her new book At the Water’s Edge! Back in November we received this beautiful basket from Sara and her team at Random House and I was SO excited.

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I loved Water for Elephants and Ape House so much that this moved right to the top of my ToBeRead pile. At the Water’s Edge brings the same sense of magical realism I loved in Water of Elephants and the characters are so well thought out and brought to life. Maddie and Ellis Hyde are on their way to Scotland in the midst of World War II to try and find the Loch Ness monster and regain favor with Ellis’ father back in Philadelphia. I so fell in love with Maddie, Angus, Meg, Anna and Scotland in general and am leaving for my own Scottish adventure in two weeks! Maybe I’ll find Nessy myself…. 🙂