Aug 26, 2015
Coloring books for adults, a bookselling vacation, and two backlist books that we can't wait for you to read.
Have you heard about the new craze rocking the book world? Coloring books for grownups are selling like crazy, and in this episode we talk about what might be driving this craze, and if we are going to try it out. The trend started with books illustrated by Johanna Basford, and now it seems that almost every publisher has some in its lineup. Coming in October: The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book and Diana Gabaldon's Official Outlander Coloring Book. Michael is intrigued by Highlights Hidden Pictures and Fantastic Cities, which he posted about on the new Books on the Nightstand Instagram page (please follow us if you are on Instagram). What about you? Have you tried grownup coloring books?
This week the book world was all excited about a listing on AirBnB, where for £150 per week you can run a bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland and live in the apartment over the shop. This sounds like a dream vacation to us (even though it's work). Wigtown itself sounds like an amazing book community. There are 10 bookstores in town, with a population of 1000.
If you're one of our listeners and decide to go on this bookstore AirBnB adventure, let us know -- we'll make you our roving reporter!
I was thinking about what books I would recommend to people who love Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and one of the books I thought about was Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati. It's not really like Outlander, but it's historical fiction with a strong romance element. And it's the beginning of a series, so there's a lot more reading ahead if you love Into the Wilderness.
Michael recommends Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien, and the film of the novel is out today as we record. The movie differs a lot from the book, so Michael wanted us to know about it now. It's the story of a young woman who believes she's the last person alive after a nuclear war ... until she sees a strange man in the valley.