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Book Review: David Bowie Retrospective & Coloring Book

Copyright Year: 2016
Genre(s): Coloring Book, Crafts
ISBN: 9780399579110
Series: none
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary via Goodreads:  This retrospective presents music legend David Bowie's most idiosyncratic and indelible looksthroughout the years, withinsight intohis famed designer collaborations, fashion inspirations, and stylish illustrations perfect for adult coloring book fans.

Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke. . . . Bowie changed his style more dramatically than any other musician in history. His transformations brought about seismic cultural shifts, altering the definition of what it meant to be a popular rock star. This annotated collection of illustrations provide a remarkable overview of Bowie's nearly fifty years of evolution, featuring looks by the likes of Freddie Burretti and Kansai Yamamoto, further establishing him as the fashion king of self-invention."

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I have to be honest. This is my first ever book review of a coloring book and it feels a bit weird. But, it is an adult coloring book, so I guess that makes it a little less weird. This book does combine two of my favorite things: pop culture and crafts, so it is totally up my alley.

David Bowie Retrospective and Coloring Book is primarily a coloring book, but the cover makes it one of the nicest coloring books I've seen. The cover is really nice! The stock picture above doesn't do it justice. It has a really rich navy blue paperbound cover with copper stamping that makes the cover really pop. The back of the cover has a copper stamped hand drawn picture of David Bowie. Really nice! It also has a heavier weight cover, unlike the coloring books found in art and craft stores. I found the 8" x 8" trim size perfect for me as I prefer smaller craft books. Unfortunately, it is only 64 pages. I would have liked to have seen more pages, but I guess for that trim size it works.

The content is pretty good. Each spread has facts about David Bowie on the left page and a drawing of David Bowie to color on the right. I enjoyed reading the little facts about David Bowie, which coincide with each of the drawings. As for the drawings, I thought they were fun but could have used some more background art. Some of the pages just had a drawing of David Bowie and nothing in the background. While I like a more simple coloring book, I can see that being a problem for others.

Overall, I thought this was a super fun coloring book. I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars. It would make a really fun gift for a David Bowie, music, or pop culture fan.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book as part of Blogging for Books. You can read my review on the Blogging for Books site, here.

Back to Writing in 2017

I am happy to say that I am back from my summer/fall of crafting and ready to jump right back into writing. Well actually, I'll be jumping back into researching.

For the rest of the year and the beginning of 2017 I'll be working on my time-travel book. This book requires quite a bit of research, which is really time-consuming. But, the really fun part is I'll be on location to do most of the research in person. That is going to be a lot of fun!

I'll be heading to Florida soon to catch up with family and friends, but I'll also be doing quite a bit of research while I'm there. My time-travel book takes place in South Florida in the '80s, so I need to get some info on life in the Sunshine State in the '80s. I'm really looking forward to getting back to researching and writing.

Since we are almost to the end of 2016 (I still can't believe it) I've put together my top 3 list of things I want to accomplish in 2017.

Top 3 Things to Accomplish in 2017

Publish a Book in 2017!

This is my main goal of 2017. Now which book is the question. My mystery is the closest to being done, but I need to do a lot of editing on it. Since it is book 1 in a four part book series I need it to be very solid. So, I'm thinking it might not be ready to go just yet.

I'm thinking my time-travel book might be the one to release next year. It has a lot of research, but doesn't require as much attention as the mystery. So this is the one I am pushing to finish, but we'll have to see how the research goes.

Get Better Organized

I have never felt so disorganized as I have in 2016. I just couldn't get my crap pulled together this year. So, to assist me in getting better organized I have picked up a few tools, including a bullet journal.

If you have never seen a bullet journal just search "bullet journal" on Instagram or Pinterest. You will get all kinds of ideas for journal spreads, weekly checklists, and other cool bullet journal things.

I'll be starting my writing bullet journal next month so it will be ready to go in January. I will also have a personal journal and a workout journal. In the past I have tried to keep everything in one, but it gets to be too much. Having several different journals makes it a little easier for me to read. At least that's how it is for me. I'll try to post some pics once I get things going in my bullet journal.

I'm also hoping to organize my entire house, which will hopefully clear up some space for me to make my own writing nook. I have an idea of where it will be in the house, but there is a ton of stuff currently in that space. This will be a long term project, so if I can get my writing space completed by the summer I will be a very happy writer!

Read More

I really want to get back to reading regularly, so I will be signing up for the Goodreads reading challenge in January and maybe another reading challenge, or two. My goal for 2017 is to read 25 books or 2 books a month. Since I only read 5 books this year I think this will be quite a big challenge for me.

I'd also like to start reviewing books again. I'm a member of Blogging for Books and have posted a few reviews over the years. I just posted my latest review last month, so I'll be receiving another book to review in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for that one. It looks like a really fun book!

Well, I just wanted to pop in and give you the 411. I'm really looking forward to a fun and productive 2017!