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The Happy Geeks Coloring Book!

Disclaimer: This item was sent to me in exchange for my personal use and unbiased review. There are affiliate links in this post which you should use, because you love me.

Adult coloring books are all the rage these days. It’s a known scientific fact that coloring can help sharpen the mind, reduce stress & depression, and improve your hand/eye coordination. Personally, I’ve been wanting to buy one for myself for quite some time, but I couldn’t settle on which to start with – they all seemed fun!

If you’re a geek like me, maybe you don’t want to stick to a particular fandom. Maybe you want an adult coloring book that caters to general geekery. Well feast your eyes on this cuteness!

The Happy Geeks Coloring Book
This is the Happy Geek’s Coloring Book which features over 30 single pages of geek inspired illustrations perfect for coloring and leveling up your creativity! This coloring book was illustrated by Colleen Palmer and Jaleh Afshar – both residents of good ole Salt Lake City, Utah!

I’m really enjoying this coloring book because I feel like there’s something in it for everyone. It’s a broader book – so it’s covering geeky topics like console games, cosplay, tabletop games, kawaii, anime, fantasy, etc. The pictures are interesting because some are more cartoonish while others are drawn more realistically. Seriously, there’s really a little bit of everything in here!

Check out some of the fun I’ve had…

The Happy Geeks Coloring Book Game Controllers Illustration
I decided to take out this sheet and scan it into my computer so I could play around with it since I definitely didn’t have the right colors for this picture. I had a great time coloring it digitally, which I think is a fun alternative to regular coloring (even if it does sort of defeat the purpose).

I wanted to do something sort of nostalgic, so I colored the game controllers their traditional colors (can you guess which controller is for what system?) and then added a sepia filter to make it look more aged. It was a lot of fun to work with!

Nostalgic Game Controllers

This other picture just made me giggle when I saw it. It’s SO cute. But unfortunately, I’m again running into the issue that I don’t have the right colors for everything in the picture. I definitely need to invest in some color pencils.

Narwhal and Unicorn
IMPORTANT NOTES
I strongly suggest using crayons or color pencils with this book. I purchased some no-bleed Crayola markers to use with it and found that the paper slightly buckles when it gets the slightest bit damp – similar to what happens when you paint with watercolors on the wrong type of paper. So keep that in mind if you purchase this coloring book.

There are no perforated edges for tearing out the pages. I LOVE that the pages are in singles, so there isn’t a design front and back. It means you can take out a picture, color and keep it without sacrificing a design you might like on the back. But taking the pages out is a little tricky. I used an exacto-knife and lightly ran it down the edge of the page until it came loose, then trimmed any imperfect edges with some scissors.

All things said, I love my new geeky coloring book and I’m so glad to have it. I foresee me scanning in more of the images for digital coloring and framing to decorate my office with!

The Happy Geeks Coloring Book Back

Book Review: Brilliantly Smart Tips

Book Review: Brilliantly Smart Tips

I should be honest and tell you that Jeremy’s brother Eric is the author (if we can even call him that) of the book I am going to share with you today. And yeah, so maybe if you buy it through any links on my blog, I’ll make a few meager pennies from the sales. But keeping with this whole honesty theme we’ve got going on… This book is the right kind of crazy and absurd. It’s smart (dare I say, brilliant?), fun to read, and¬†charmingly illustrated.

I’ve been really lazy about reading Eric’s book, Brilliantly Smart Tips. See, I’ve had an original, unfinished copy of this book for months now and just hadn’t bothered to read it – despite Jeremy’s nagging that I needed to read it because it was “So awesome and funny”. Not that I didn’t believe him… I just… I dunno. Lazy? Procrastination? Well now that Eric’s book is officially official and we spent $10 to own it, I knew it was time to do my girlfriendly duties to this family – read it, review it, and convince you to buy it.


Eric Kinsey, Author of Brilliantly Smart

Meet The Author

First, I want to introduce you to the author of Brilliantly Smart Tips (for every day life), Eric Kinsey. Here’s the part where I was going to introduce him in a cool way with keyword rich phrases like “Zelda Enthusiast”, “New Author”, and the like… but I ran out of ideas.

So I asked Jeremy, loving younger brother that he is, for some words to best describe Eric so that you can get a picture of who he is.

Jeremy: Fat.
Kimi: Jeremy! That’s NOT nice!
Jeremy: What? It’s usually the word people choose…
Kimi: We’re trying to sell a book here Jeremy. Don’t you want your brothers to do well?
Jeremy: …
Kimi: Fine. Whatever. You’re no help.

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So About That Book…

Brilliantly Smart Tips by Eric Kinsey

There’s so much going on with this 134 page (and some change) book that I don’t really even know where to start. Ah wait… we’ll just steal the description straight from Eric. I mean, it’s his book so I assume he knows what it’s about. Maybe? Probably not.

Join Eric as he walks you through some of the most important and useful information you have ever had the opportunity to rest your squishy little ocular orifices upon. A book that is so easy to read it consist completely of words and pictures, numbers as well (page numbers)….and no shortage of ellipses.

Eric’s advice accompanied by Bryan’s incredibly artistically amazing drawings will leave you feeling like you just flipped your pillow and it’s raining outside and the cat is purring, it’s peaceful, you are happy….rose petals? and life is beautiful it’s a sunny happy day, or possibly cooler laid back evening, whichever you find to be more comforting, either way it’s totally still raining. Fun and easy to read for the whole family, except for your uncle……he knows what he did.

Oh. So I guess we gotta talk about Jeremy’s older brother Bryan too, huh? Pfft. No one wants to hear about him. Oh… I’m being told that apparently I have to talk about him because, well… he’s kind of a contributor to the book. Fine!


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Meet The Illustrator

This is Bryan Saxon. Don’t let that last name fool you. He’s definitely blood… and blood is thicker than water, just not as thirst quenching (buy the book and I swear you’ll find that hilarious).

Bryan is responsible for the pictures in the book. Ya know, because that’s what the word illustrator means. His work is Picasso good. Pistachios. Something. I swear, you’ll get that joke if you just buy the book.

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Back to the Book…

BSZombieMartEric teaches you the importance of not eating Zombie meat (a personal favorite of mine… the tip, not the meat*), adopting Orphans, having good comebacks, and family. That’s right… not only is this book educational and valuable to your every day life, it’s also touching… borderline charitable. You’re practically donating money to charity by buying this book. I bet you can even write it off on your taxes.**

In all seriousness, this book and it’s 50-odd tips (oh sorry, spoilers!) will have you on the edge of your toilet seat. You’ll be dieing to know what wisdom Eric will bestow upon you next.

Need to get out of work so you have more time to read this book? No problem. Tip #2 covers that exact topic, leaving you the entire day to relax, fart (just not in front of girls… because they don’t find that funny), and learn from the best. You’re practically educating yourself here. FAFSA will probably reimburse you for this book.***


Conclusion? + GIVEAWAY!

Okay for real. I greatly enjoyed the book and I’m not just saying that because the boys are family. If you enjoy the kind of humor with which this post was written, you will LOVE the book. It’s not a terribly long or difficult read and it would make a fun housewarming or Christmas gift.

If you are too cheap to spend $10 on what’s probably the best piece of literature you’ll read all year, I’ve made it my solemn duty to do my part in passing on this book to as many people as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t afford to send it to everyone (and then none of us would ever make any money off of this nonsense) so I can only give one book away!

Yup. U.S. residents can enter below in hopes of winning their very own, paperback copy of Brilliantly Smart Tips by Eric Kinsey. It’s a good day to be you. Giveaway form below the awesome picture…

50 Brilliantly Smart Tips for Everyday Life

 
Brilliantly Smart Book Giveaway


*#SorryNotSorry for the accidental double entendre.
**Please don’t try to write this book off on your taxes. I mean, unless you want to get audited.
***FAFSA will not reimburse you. I know, I’m as sad as you are about this.