We love tattoos and books in the summer, so we’re combining those interests in all these 25 amazing female-written literary tattoos!

Have you ever read a book that has completely changed the way you think or read one that completely blew your mind? It might have been a story from when you were younger, or it could be a novel you read recently. Books can really resonate with us long after we first read them, which is probably why literary tattoos are very popular. Whether it is a quote that perfectly describes how you feel or a symbolic reference to a certain passage in the book, literary tattoos celebrate the stories that have captivated us.

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To celebrate World Book Day, here are 20 amazing literary tattoos:

1. The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks

I'm A Bird Nicholas Sparks Notebook Tattoo
I’m A Bird Nicholas Sparks Notebook Tattoo

It’s slightly cheesy, but what Nicholas Sparks book doesn’t have a bit of cheese? That is what the people want. That tattoo is very sweet with the cursive font and birds flying away.

2. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Incredible Tattoos Inspired By Books
Eyes Great Gatsby Tattoo

The Great Gatsby has so many brilliant lines that are worthy of a tattoo. However, I love that this person chose to get the all-seeing, all-knowing eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg.

3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare

Love Run Smooth Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Getting a quote from The Bard gets you serious literary cred. The placement on this one is great.

4. Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen

Fools In Love Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I’m sure there would be a few people who wouldn’t mind getting a Mr. Darcy tattoo, but this quote about love is a more subtle choice.

5. Game Of Thrones, George R. R. Martin

Fear Cuts Game Of Thrones Tattoo
The Most Amazing “Game of Thrones” Tattoos.

Even if we don’t carry around swords like they do in the Seven Kingdoms, this Game Of Thrones tattoo still has such a valid message.

6. Dracula, Bram Stoker

Dracula Bram Stoker Tattoo
Dracula Bram Stoker Tattoo

This tattoo is based on Gary Oldman’s character in the movie version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but without the book, we wouldn’t have the movie, so I’m including it on this list. How could I not include it?!

7. The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

Dr Seuss Tattoo
Dr. Seuss Inspired Tattoos

Who says that literary tattoos have to be from books off your college syllabus? Dr. Seuss has so many quotes, and the characters always make fun of tattoos.

8. Fifty Shades Of Grey, E.L. James

Fifty Shades Of Grey Tattoo
Fifty Shades Of Grey Tattoo

They have a Grow Your Own Christian Grey toy, so you really shouldn’t be surprised that there are Fifty Shades tats. This is a unique take on the usual gray tie, whips, and handcuffs.

9. Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter Tattoos
Wit Beyond Measure Fawkes Harry Potter Tattoo

No literary tattoo list would be complete with a Harry Potter tattoo or two. Instead of the usual glasses and wand, this one features Fawkes, the Deathly Hallows mark, and a brilliant Rowena Ravenclaw quote.

10. Lord Of The Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord Of The Rings Tattoo
Lord Of The Rings tattoos.

There is no shortage of symbols or characters for Lord Of The Rings tattoos. The shape on this one is interesting. The outline design makes a strong statement without fifty different colors.

11. Matilda, Roald Dahl

Matilda Roald Dahl Tattoo
Matilda Roald Dahl Tattoo

This is such a sweet tattoo. It is done in the same way Quentin Blake did the illustrations in the book.

12. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley Frankenstein Tattoo
Mary Shelley Frankenstein Tattoo

Tattoos of the monster aren’t uncommon among Halloween lovers, but it is too rare that we see a Mary Shelley quote as a tattoo.

13. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer

Twilight Tattoo
Twilight Tattoo

This is so cool the way they have taken the cover art from the Twilight books and created one design from them. There is no Bella or Edward, but we know what this tattoo is about.

14. Tulips, Sylvia Plath

Tulips Silvia Plath
Sylvia Plath Tattoos: Literary Tattoos.

This is such a beautiful, feminine tattoo. The way the quotes have been incorporated with the stems is so clever.

15. Romeo And Juliet, William Shakespeare

Romeo And Juliet Shakespeare Tattoo
Romeo And Juliet Shakespeare Tattoo

You can’t get away with only featuring one Shakespeare tattoo. This may not be the most positive quote, but it is a classic line, and the placement on it is fab.

16. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner Tattoo
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is one of those books that everyone talks about, so it isn’t surprising to see many tattoos based on it.

17. Game Of Thrones, George R. R. Martin

Ghost Game Of Thrones Tattoo
Ghost Game Of Thrones Tattoo.

This is incredible. The detail on Ghost and the forest in the background is amazing. It almost makes you look forward to winter.

18. Winnie The Pooh, A. A. Milne

Winnie The Pooh Tattoo
Incredible Tattoos Inspired By Books From Childhood. Winnie The Pooh Tattoo.

This is so cute. I would expect most people to choose multicolored Winnie The Pooh tattoos, but this black and white one has a retro feel. This scene is also great.

19. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird Tattoo
To Kill A Mockingbird Tattoo.

Atticus Finch was a man of many wise words. I love how this person placed it on their bicep. Of course, no To Kill A Mockingbird tat would be complete without a bird.

20. Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter Dreams Tattoo
Harry Potter Dreams Tattoo.

At first glance, you might not realize that this is a Harry Potter tattoo. Then when you read the quote, you realize it is. I like the way it has been set up like a scene, and the quote is written vertically.

21. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

wuthering heights tattoo
Wuthering Heights Tattoo

I’m the first to admit that I’m not the kind of girl that goes for these Victorian, “chick lit”-esque novels. I hated Jane Eyre when I read it in high school, and I won’t go near Pride and Prejudice or anything of the like. I just can’t get through them. There is, however, something to be said for the way they say things. People just don’t talk this way anymore, and I’ll admit that it’s a shame.

22. Wild, Cheryl Strayed

Wild, Cheryl Strayed tattoo
Wild, Cheryl Strayed Literary Tattoo.

I certainly hope that you all know that the Reese Witherspoon movie was a book first. If not, then you and I need to have a conversation.

23. A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket

series of unfortunate events
Series Of Unfortunate Events Tattoo.

At first, glance, unless you have a photographic memory of your childhood, you probably didn’t realize that this is Count Olaf’s symbol from Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. But now that I know, I love it, and it’s a great way to introduce subtlety into the otherwise usually obvious genre of literary tattoos.

24. Looking for Alaska, John Green

John Green Literary Tattoo
John Green Literary Tattoo.

Say what you will about the seemingly over-dramatized lives of teenagers, but John Green is wonderful.

25. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk

May I Never Be Perfect
Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club. “May I Never Be Perfect” Literary Tattoo.

Just a little parting wish for all of you.

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