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14 Pop Culture Coloring Books for Adults

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Still waiting on that next season of Game of Thrones or Sherlock? Missing Breaking Bad? Ease the pain with one of these pop culture-themed coloring books. As we’ve mentioned before, these books aren’t just for kids anymore. Adults have been utilizing coloring as an effective way to unwind and manage stress. And since you’re going to be breaking out your colored pencils, it might as well be to add some color to Harry Styles’s face.

1. HARRY POTTER COLORING BOOKS

Wizards rejoice! Soon there will be a whole series of Harry Potter coloring books for you to enjoy. Scholastic is already selling a general Harry Potter version with more specific topics like creatures, artifacts, and magical places and characters coming soon. Finally you can give Hogwarts the color makeover you always wanted. You just have to wait for the book to come back in stock.

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2. GAME OF THRONES

The elaborate and ornate world of Game of Thrones offers plenty of complex designs and patterns to color in. From the lavish castle in King’s Landing to the twisty Weirwoods in the North, there is no shortage of incredible scenes to color. There are 45 illustrations in total, drawn by artists Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomić, Adam Stower, and Levi Pinfold.

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3. DOCTOR WHO

Color your way through 96 timey-wimey illustrations from Doctor Who. There are planets, galaxies, villains, heroes, the Doctor, and the TARDIS, all ready to be filled in with colored pencils. This coloring book does not come out until February, but you can order the UK version right now. 

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4. SHERLOCK

Here is another English classic for your coloring pleasure. The book contains over 50 scenes and cast images from the show to color, but the most intriguing part is the clues. One clue from each episode is hidden in the book’s pages, and will only be revealed as you complete the scene.

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5. TOLKIEN’S WORLD

Enjoy coloring Tolkien’s vast Middle-earth, from the Trees of the Valar to Mount Doom. This unofficial coloring book was created by illustrators Ian Miller, Allan Curless, and Mauro Mazzara, and comes with 90 pages of intricate artwork.

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6. HARRY STYLES

Get lost coloring in the eyes of One Direction’s front man Harry Styles. Ever wonder what Harry would look like as a blonde? Now you can find out! You can also design and draw some cool tattoos for the singer to sport. Once you finish coloring, you hang up your work with this themed duct tape

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7. THRILL MURRAY

Over 10 illustrators have come together to create a celebration of the enigmatic Bill Murray. You can color him in some of his best roles like The Life Aquatic, Ghostbusters, and Lost in Translation.

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8. CLASSIC MOVIE POSTERS

Remember the classics with this old school coloring book. You can color in posters of such films as Gone With the Wind, North by Northwest and 28 other timeless classics. If you would like to change Clark Gable’s hair to a lovely shade of green, no one can stop you.

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9. DONALD TRUMP

“Let’s Make Coloring Great Again!” This Donald Trump-themed coloring book takes a look at some of the things the GOP candidate could accomplish in office. Color in awe as Trump meets with aliens, defeats Kim Jong-un in Connect Four, and finds his way onto Mount Rushmore. Love him or hate him, this is the perfect coloring book for all your political pals.

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10. TED CRUZ

This 24-page coloring book is a little more self-serious than the Trump version. The book offers colorable pages as well as direct quotes from Cruz about his political stance and ideas for the country.

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11. HILLARY CLINTON

For the liberal counterpart to Ted Cruz’s coloring book, try Hillary Clinton's version. This coloring book follows Clinton from childhood to her campaign for presidency.

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12. BREAKING BAD

While Breaking Bad might be over, the love of the show remains strong. You can relive the action with Gus, Jesse, Skyler, and the rest of the gang thanks to this 80-page coloring and activity book. You better break out a blue crayon!

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13. STAR WARS

The excitement of the new Star Wars movie is probably enough to make you a nervous wreck, so chill out with this relaxing coloring book. The clever book takes symbols and objects from the Star Wars world and turns them into abstract, kaleidoscopic designs.

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14. BUN B’S RAPPER COLORING AND ACTIVITY BOOK

This is the perfect activity book for any hip hop lover. There are 48 pages of coloring and activities including some notable names like Kanye West, Earl Sweatshirt, Tupac, and Drake.

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15 Powerful Quotes From Margaret Atwood
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It turns out the woman behind such eerily prescient novels as The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake is just as wise as her tales are haunting. Here are 15 of the most profound quips from author, activist, and Twitter enthusiast Margaret Atwood, who was born on this day in 1939.

1. On her personal philosophy

 “Optimism means better than reality; pessimism means worse than reality. I’m a realist.”

— From a 2004 interview with The Guardian

2. On the reality of being female

“Men often ask me, Why are your female characters so paranoid? It’s not paranoia. It’s recognition of their situation.”

— From a 1990 interview with The Paris Review

3. On limiting how her politics influence her characters

“You know the myth: Everybody had to fit into Procrustes’ bed and if they didn’t, he either stretched them or cut off their feet. I’m not interested in cutting the feet off my characters or stretching them to make them fit my certain point of view.”

— From a 1997 interview with Mother Jones

4. On so-called “pretty” works of literature

“I don’t know whether there are any really pretty novels … All of the motives a human being may have, which are mixed, that’s the novelists’ material. … We like to think of ourselves as really, really good people. But look in the mirror. Really look. Look at your own mixed motives. And then multiply that.”

— From a 2010 interview with The Progressive

5. On the artist’s relationship with her fans

“The artist doesn’t necessarily communicate. The artist evokes … [It] actually doesn’t matter what I feel. What matters is how the art makes you feel.”

— From a 2004 interview with The Guardian

6. On the challenges of writing non-fiction

“When I was young I believed that ‘nonfiction’ meant ‘true.’ But you read a history written in, say, 1920 and a history of the same events written in 1995 and they’re very different. There may not be one Truth—there may be several truths—but saying that is not to say that reality doesn’t exist.”

— From a 1997 interview with Mother Jones

7. On poetry

“The genesis of a poem for me is usually a cluster of words. The only good metaphor I can think of is a scientific one: dipping a thread into a supersaturated solution to induce crystal formation.”

— From a 1990 interview with The Paris Review

8. On being labeled an icon

“All these things set a standard of behavior that you don’t necessarily wish to live up to. If you’re put on a pedestal you’re supposed to behave like a pedestal type of person. Pedestals actually have a limited circumference. Not much room to move around.”

— From a 2013 interview with The Telegraph

9. On how we’re all born writers

“[Everyone] ‘writes’ in a way; that is, each person has a ‘story’—a personal narrative—which is constantly being replayed, revised, taken apart and put together again. The significant points in this narrative change as a person ages—what may have been tragedy at 20 is seen as comedy or nostalgia at 40.”

— From a 1990 interview with The Paris Review

10. On the oppression at the center of The Handmaid's Tale

“Nothing makes me more nervous than people who say, ‘It can’t happen here. Anything can happen anywhere, given the right circumstances.” 

— From a 2015 lecture to West Point cadets

11. On the discord between men and women

“‘Why do men feel threatened by women?’ I asked a male friend of mine. … ‘They’re afraid women will laugh at them,’ he said. ‘Undercut their world view.’ … Then I asked some women students in a poetry seminar I was giving, ‘Why do women feel threatened by men?’ ‘They’re afraid of being killed,’ they said.”

— From Atwood’s Second Words: Selected Critical Prose, 1960-1982

12. On the challenges of expressing oneself

“All writers feel struck by the limitations of language. All serious writers.”

— From a 1990 interview with The Paris Review

13. On selfies

“I say they should enjoy it while they can. You’ll be happy later to have taken pictures of yourself when you looked good. It’s human nature. And it does no good to puritanically say, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be doing that,’ because people do.”

— From a 2013 interview with The Telegraph

14. On the value of popular kids' series (à la Harry Potter and Percy Jackson)

"It put a lot of kids onto reading; it made reading cool. I’m sure a lot of later adult book clubs came out of that experience. Let people begin where they are rather than pretending that they’re something else, or feeling that they should be something else."

— From a 2014 interview with The Huffington Post

15. On why even the bleakest post-apocalyptic novels are, deep down, full of hope

“Any novel is hopeful in that it presupposes a reader. It is, actually, a hopeful act just to write anything, really, because you’re assuming that someone will be around to [read] it.”

— From a 2011 interview with The Atlantic 

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China's New Tianjin Binhai Library is Breathtaking—and Full of Fake Books
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A massive new library in Tianjin, China, is gaining international fame among bibliophiles and design buffs alike. As Arch Daily reports, the five-story Tianjin Binhai Library has capacity for more than 1 million books, which visitors can read in a spiraling, modernist auditorium with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

Several years ago, municipal officials in Tianjin commissioned a team of Dutch and Japanese architects to design five new buildings, including the library, for a cultural center in the city’s Binhai district. A glass-covered public corridor connects these structures, but the Tianjin Binhai Library is still striking enough to stand out on its own.

The library’s main atrium could be compared to that of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum in New York City. But there's a catch: Its swirling bookshelves don’t actually hold thousands of books. Look closer, and you’ll notice that the shelves are printed with digital book images. About 200,000 real books are available in other rooms of the library, but the jaw-dropping main room is primarily intended for socialization and reading, according to Mashable.

The “shelves”—some of which can also serve as steps or seating—ascend upward, curving around a giant mirrored sphere. Together, these elements resemble a giant eye, prompting visitors to nickname the attraction “The Eye of Binhai,” reports Newsweek. In addition to its dramatic main auditorium, the 36,000-square-foot library also contains reading rooms, lounge areas, offices, and meeting spaces, and has two rooftop patios.

Following a three-year construction period, the Tianjin Binhai Library opened on October 1, 2017. Want to visit, but can’t afford a trip to China? Take a virtual tour by checking out the photos below.

A general view of the Tianjin Binhai Library
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People visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A general view of China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A woman taking pictures at China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A man visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A woman looking at books at China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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A general view of China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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People visiting China's Tianjin Binhai Library.
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[h/t Newsweek]

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