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Adult Coloring Books dominated sales in 2015 and will continue…

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Nine of the 20 books on Amazon’s current bestseller list contain few words and belong to a genre that didn’t exist two years ago. Welcome to the biggest publishing craze of the year: coloring books for adults, writes Susannah Cahalan in the New York Post.

More than 2,000 have hit stands since 2013 and the genre’s two biggest bestsellers, “Secret Garden” and “Enchanted Forest,” have sold a combined 13.5 million copies in 50 countries, she wrote.

“Adult coloring books are key factors in three of the top four adult nonfiction categories,” according to Kristen McLean, director of new business development for Nielsen Book.

“They make up 14 out of the top 20 for games/hobby/activity, including the top three slots. They are 40 out of the top 50 in art/design. There are even three in the top 20 in self-help,” she was quoted an article in the ABA Winter Institute’s look at 2016 bookselling trends from Publishers Weekly.

So what is the attraction to coloring books? People consider it therapeutic, stress-relieving and calming. Adrienne Raphel in her piece in The New Yorker called the trend, the “Peter Pan Market” as adults turn to coloring to relive the joys of their childhood.

Starre Vartan wrote in Mother Nature Network (MNN) that MNN’s own Robin Shreeves is a fan, “I enjoy them because when I’m doing them, I don’t think about anything but colors. They take me away from life’s problems without a lot of effort. So do many other creative endeavors, but with the coloring book, I can do it for 10 minutes instead of the time it would take me to do some other things. I don’t do it often, but I pick it up from time to time and get lost for a bit,” Shreeves wrote.

“Coloring fulfills a creative urge and is also soothing and calming,” wrote Jan Hornbeck Chapman, an Ohio-based youth librarian in her 60s, according to Vartan.

Vartan also quoted Sophie Hessekiel, a college student at Vassar in Poughkeepsie, New York, echoes Chapman, even though she’s at a completely different stage of life. “Coloring lets you think about nothing for a little while, and the feel of a marker on paper is very soothing,” she wrote.

 

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What Readers are Saying about Windswept

Reviews originally published on Amazon.com

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Get Windswept into Love


Believe in love again

I’ve been reading Owain Glyn’s work for over two years on the read-free website Wattpad and he is amazing. This collection of his romantic sonnets will make your heart sing and revive your belief in love in all its phases. There is no artifice in this poetry. There is elegance without effort, lyrical perfection without egotism, and soul-bearing without self-pity. It is truly accessible to those who say they don’t like poetry. They will change their minds! I hope some of his other collections will soon be in print. –  Jan on October 28, 2015


I will always treasure this book

Who ever said that poetry is not for the ordinary man or woman? This beautiful collection would both lift and melt the heart of anyone fortunate enough to open it. From the first poem on I was hooked. I found it entrancing, enthralling and filled with simple yet profound emotions. I will always treasure this book. Wonderful. – Colm Herron on October 14, 2015

Sit back and enjoy 

Not normally a poetry reader I fell in love with Owain Glyn’s poems when I came across this book on wattpad. His poetry really strikes a chord. This beautiful collection is timeless and well worth your time and your pennies. – Angie on Oct. 15, 2015

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Poet Owain Glyn

Poet Owain Glyn

Windswept – Poems of Love
List Price – $10.99

Get your copy for $9.99 at our bookstore.

5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
140 pages
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ISBN-13: 978-0990679028
ISBN-10: 0990679020
BISAC: Poetry / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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The Poetry of Love…by Owain Glyn

Bring a little love into your life today

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Love comes alive in Windswept

Now available – the paperback and eBook versions of Windswept.

Owain Glyn’s Windswept – Poems of Love containing 107 inspiring and heart-felt poems, has been read over 2 million times on the popular Wattpad online community of authors, writers and poets.

Owain is a Welsh exile, currently living on the wild coast of Cornwall, UK, a land of legend, from King Arthur, and Merlin, to mermaids, pirates, and smugglers.

Inspired by his surroundings and his love of words he writes on a wide range of subjects, from romance, to humour, politics, dark spiritual matters, and children’s poetry. He writes in a style which he hopes is accessible to all.

Poet Owain Glyn

Poet Owain Glyn

Bring some love into your life – order your copy here for $10.99.

And if you want to know more about Owain, see the interview by Phoenix Rainex on her site.

And be sure to read JT Twissle’s excellent article on how Owain creates his poetry, The Passionate and Whimsical Poet of Penzance on her site.

 

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Windswept – Poems of Love
List Price: $10.99
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White Bleed on Cream paper
140 pages
Publication Date – September 30, 2015
Outer Banks Publishing Group

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Women want to read everything

21 Books From The Last 5 Years That Every Woman Should Read

The Huffington Post | By Nina Bahadur

The one struggle of being a woman who reads is that you want to read everything.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed by bestseller lists, because there just isn’t enough time in the day to read every hot new book. Between near-constant recommendations of amazing memoirs, new sequels and a terrifyingly long list of bookmarked Internet longreads, it can be stressful to choose what you should pick up next. Knowing which classics you’re missing from your reading repertoire is easy — it’s a little harder to remember what you’ve missed from three years ago.

We’ve done a little bit of the hard work for you (or maybe just increased your book stress… sorry) by pulling together a list of incredible titles from the past few years that you should add to the pile on your bedside table. These books by women are just a few of the incredible titles published recently — an exhaustive list would be hundreds of books longer. Those listed here are some of the most-discussed, thought-provoking and life-changing books from a diverse group of women writers. They make you rethink what being a feminist means, offer life advice to women of all ages, and reinforce your long-held belief that Tina and Amy should be your best friends and life coaches forever. The novels are some of the finest writing from woman authors. From lighthearted memoirs to harrowing thrillers, there’s a genre here for everyone.

Here are 21 books published in the past 5 years that all women should read>

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No Matter What…

Never Judge a Book by its Cover

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Read with Pride.

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Another Reason Not to Fear Short Attention Spans: The Slow Reading Movement

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Earlier today I posted an argument against authors writing for shorter attention spans. I argued that attention spans weren’t actually getting shorter; instead, readers will stick with a book which interests them no matter the interruption. I still think that is a good argument, but it’s not the only one I could make.  An article… Read More »

Source: Here’s Another Reason Not to Fear Short Attention Spans: The Slow Reading Movement | Ink, Bits, & Pixels

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10 books Millennials should read this year

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Books are great escapes

Publisher’s Note: Kara Cronin a contributor to Elite Daily and Gen Y’er put this list together of 10 books Millennials should read this year. Call it your 2015 book reading bucket list.

By Kara Cronin

As a single, adventurous 20-something, I have found books to be the greatest companion and reading to be the best escape from my current reality: Job searching, Netflix and constantly attempting to navigate the balance of being a fun, carefree postgrad and a serious young professional.

I have found comfort in plopping myself down at a coffeeshop, opening a good book and escaping to an alternate universe where I can forget about my troubles and spend time acquainting myself with fictional characters.

When I find a book in which the words on the pages come to life, I know I’ve found a keeper.

Something about experiencing the characters’ ups and downs alongside them makes me feel connected, like I’m getting to go on their adventures with them.

In attempt to help my fellow Millennials add a little spice to their lives while expanding their minds, I put together a reading list of my 10 favorite reads from the past year.

These books will make you laugh, cry, smile and question. Click here to see Kara’s list>

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12 Celebrities on Their Favorite Books

Jennifer Lawrence, Jon Hamm, James Franco and 9 others reveal the books that made a difference in their lives

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James Franco

 I Lay Dying

By William Faulkner

“My father gave me this book when I was getting into trouble in high school,” says Franco, whose story collection, Palo Alto, focuses on several delinquent teens, including one on probation for drunk driving. “I was spending a lot of time alone at home,” he continues, “and that’s when I really started reading.”

Read more about the other celebrities.

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How To Become a Better Reader in 10 Steps from Publishers Weekly

How To Become a Better Reader in 10 Steps

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By Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, is back with Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. Here, Rubin shares 10 tips for becoming a better reader.

Reading is an essential part of my work, it’s an important aspect of my social life, and most importantly, it’s my favorite thing to do. I’m not a well-rounded person.

But reading takes time, and most days, I can’t read as much as I’d like. As I was writing Better Than Before, my book about habit change, I adopted many new habits to help me get more good reading done. Consider whether these habits might work for you – click here to read the rest of the story.

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