In keeping with this issue’s arts & entertainment theme, our editor’s picks highlight reading for that rainy afternoon when you may be feeling creative and crafty:

 

The Wynwood Coloring Book

Various Artists

65 pages, $25

WynwoodColoringBook.com

Printed books are making a comeback, but the shocking news is that nearly half of that recent increase is attributed to the recent popularity of adult coloring books. Here’s a locally-produced book inspired by the distinctive street art on the walls in Miami’s Wynwood district.

 

The LEGO Animation Book

David Pasano and David Pickett

216 pages, $19.95

NoStarch.com

How fun would it be to make your own LEGO movie? This fun guide from No Starch Press offers a complete guide to creating the sort of cheeky short fi lms that are all the rage on YouTube. Maybe you could even become the next top animator at Disney or Dreamworks.

 

Beginning Illumination

Claire Travers

80 pages, $24.99

SchifferBooks.com

This photo-fi lled guide offers all the information to begin the beautiful and fascinating ancient art of illumination and then improve your skills. Patience and skill are defi nitely required; otherwise, you may want to stick to scrapbooking.

 

Breakfast Tea & Bourbon

Pete Bissonette

193 pages, $24

LearningStrategies.com

Not only is “Breakfast Tea & Bourbon” an intriguing contemporary adventure novel, the book and accompanying online clues lead to a hidden treasure worth $50,000. Order your copy and start reading because the treasure hunt begins on Feb. 9.

 

Geek Girls Crafts

The Geek Girls (Jade, Sandy & España)

Bi-monthly Podcast

GeekGirlsCrafts.blogspot.com

Three “geek girls,” who love to craft, talk about their particular geek genres in excruciating detail—anime, gaming, books, movies—and everything else in between. And then they talk more about costuming and cosplaying, fiber arts and anything craft-related.

 

Show & Tell

Ken Bloom

337 pages, $19.95

Amazon.com

We all love a little hot gossip and this book is full of shocking, true stories about many of our showbiz favorites. You’ll defi nitely earn the title, “Theater Queen,” after fi nishing this dishy edition. Highly recommended for true theater afi cionados.

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