Best Adult Coloring Books for Geeks

I think most people have fond memories of colouring from their childhood, there is something about making a black and white picture come to life with colour that is very satisfying. I first heard about adult coloring books about a year ago when looking at forms of meditation. As a child it is called colouring in, as an adult it is called mindfulness. As a software engineer it is good to have a hobby that doesn’t involve looking at a screen.

I started with The Mindfulness Coloring Book, and although it is probably good for some people I didn’t like the mindless random patterns. I think anyone with even a mild case of OCD would find this book frustrating as sometimes the lines don’t match up making alternating patterns impossible.

My wife has a couple of good colouring books such as Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom and Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest. The problems is I don’t want to colour in flowers, animals or random patterns. My 2 year old daughter loves colouring at the moment and I think it was colouring in with her that made me realise I like using realistic colours.

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Why can’t all programming books look like this?

I have read quite a lot of programming books over the years. A lot of them have been really useful in learning a new programming language and some of them have been less than helpful. Unfortunately, the one thing all these books had in common was how dull they were to read. It’s not necessarily the fault of the author, programming is more of a practical subject and reading pages on pages of code can get a bit dry after a while. Some books do try and add a bit of humour to break up the monotony but even this can get a bit annoying after a while (yes, I mean you Head First).

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