"the world was hers for the reading"

photo: Instagram @leftylucille

The Scholastic Book Fair was so lit at my elementary school, you would've thought Dr. Dre was doing a concert in the auditorium. Books were GOLD at my school, and if you — like me — grew up proud of being a reader, what better way to pay tribute than with a book-themed tattoo?

On one hand, you're saying to the world, "I'm a reader and I'm edgy" — which couldn't be sexier, IMO. On the other hand, you're saying "This is something that meant a lot to me growing up" — which is *so emotional.*

Looking for inspiration? These 22 book tattoos will get you started — and hit you with a glorious wave of nostalgia.

"The Little Prince."

St. Exupery out here still making me cry.

Edgar Allen Poe.

In a delightful letter to a fan, Poe wrote, "I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity". Literary nerds have fangirled hard ever since.

"Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allen Poe.

Poe forever.

"The Hobbit."

J.R.R. Tolkien realness

"Alice in Wonderland."

This beautiful watercolor rendition of "Alice in Wonderland" got me feeling some type of way.

Another "Alice."

Looking wistfully away from us.

"The Bell Jar."

Oh Sylvia, you beautiful woman, thank you for your words.

"Still I Rise."

Maya Angelou's beautiful poem 

"The Great Gatsby."

"And so beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." Oof, Fitzgerald is always good.

"100 Years of Solitude."

Oh, the rains of Maconda. I should read this one again.

"The Handmaids Tale."

Got me emotional.

"The Heart of Darkness."

This one speaks to my moody high school reading.


Oh yeah, moody Monica is digging this.

Stephen King's "It."


"A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Helena: And though she be but little, she is fierce. 

*schedules tattoo apointment*

"The Giving Tree."

I have no tears left. 

"The Giving Tree" ...AGAIN.

I can't take this.

"To Kill a Mockingbird."

"Hey Boo" 

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."

Nothing is ever quite as it seems.

"A Court of Mist and Fury."

My heart is aching.

"The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," from the Narnia series.

"But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, 'Courage, dear heart,' and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan's, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face." - C.S. Lewis

"Where the Wild Things Are."

where the wild things are
photo: Instagram @gearsforqueers

"I'll eat you up, I love you so."