23 Awesome Tattoo Ideas for Book Lovers

Love books and tattoos? Then you are in the right place! We have put together 23 awesome literary tattoos for book lovers. We have illustrations from books, portraits of authors, quotes and more. There is something for every bibliophile. Take a look and see what tattoo design you would like next.

1. Roald Dahl’s Matilda Tattoo Idea

Roald Dahl’s Matilda is story loved by generations all over the world. It is a story about a magical girl who loves books. This first tattoo idea features an illustration of Matilda. It is a cute design that is perfect for anyone who loves Roald Dahl and his stories.

2. Book and Flowers Tattoo

Next, we have a stylish book design. It’s a small and simple tattoo of a person reading a book, surrounded with flowers. Something like this would suit everyone and you could recreate it with some colors. We love this tattoo!

Pretty Book and Flowers Tattoo Idea

Source: @jherellejaytattoo

3. Beautiful Jane Austen Tattoo

Jane Austen has written some of most loved stories including Pride and Prejudice and Emma. Her books have inspired many and have become classics of English literature. Our next idea features this stunning Jane Austen portrait in the style of a cameo. This is a must-have for any Austen fan. You could recreate with or without a frame.

4. Stack of Books Tattoo

Our next tattoo design features a stack of books. You could recreate this tattoo with name titles one the spine. The only problem you will have is choosing which stories to choose, as there is probably so many you like.

Stack of Books Tattoo Idea

Source: @isaarttattoo

5. Watercolor Book Tattoo

This next tattoo features a beautiful watercolor tattoo. This is a unique tattoo idea. You could have a tattoo like this placed almost anywhere on the body.

Watercolor Book Tattoo Idea

Source: @tattoojune

6. The Little Prince Tattoo

You can’t consider yourself a bibliophile if you haven’t read The Little Prince. This novella is loved by children and grown-ups because it’s simple, colorful and offers so much important life lessons. You can add a quote from the story below the tattoo. We recommend this one – “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

7. Stack of Books Tattoo Design

Next, we have another stack of books design. There are 4 books with a steaming coffee on the top. Because what is a good read without steaming hot coffee? You could recreate a similar tattoo with your favourite books and add some color to the design too.

Stack of Books Small Tattoo Idea

Source: @terryemi

8. Cute Rib Tattoo Idea

Our next tattoo is perfect for the bookworms. The tattoo features an open book with some small hearts coming out of it. This is a unique and creative idea. You could have a similar design created smaller and more delicate, or bolder with color. Also, you can add a quote below the book – “Read more”.

9. Favourite Book Symbols

You don’t have to have a book design to show off your favourite stories. Maybe you could have symbols tattooed. Here we have an arm tattoo with all different symbols from different books some of which include Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. You could have a similar tattooed created with symbols from your favourite stories.

10. Simple Wrist Book Design

If you don’t want a large tattoo, then you could go for a smaller design like this one. A small open book has been inked onto the wrist. This is a cute design and it would be great as a first tattoo. You could have it placed on other parts of the body too. The ankle would be a good choice.

Simple Wrist Book Tattoo

Source: @carlstroms2

11. Game of Thrones Tattoo Idea

This tattoo was inspired by Emilia Clarke’s tattoo – a homage to Khaleesi’s ‘children’. If you’re a GOT fan and you like Mother of Dragons, you may opt for this lovely tattoo design. The tattoo is pretty small and placed on wrist. It can represent your love for the show or each dragon can symbolize one of your children, a sibling or a friend. The possibilities are endless!

Small Game of Thrones Dragons Tattoo Idea

Source: @inkedbyazja

12. A Girl Flying on a Book

The next tattoo is perfect for a book-lover. It features a girl flying on a book that can represent the power of reading and its ability to transport you to different places. The tattoo also features smaller designs of coffee, photo camera, map, coordinates, letters and Earth.

A Girl Flying on a Book Tattoo Design

Source: @taltuagens

13. Night Court Tattoo

The things we read in some books can help us in hard times, motivate us, help us grow and because of that, can inspire us to get a tattoo dedicated to our favorite book, quote or character. These tattoos are a unique and permanent way of keeping our favorite book memories alive.

14. George R. R. Martin Quote

Many readers love stories written by George R. R. Martin. For fans of his work, here is a tattoo that you may like. It features his quote that reads “I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves”. This is a beautiful quote that expresses how reading opens up the smallest of worlds. Even if you’re not a fan of the author, this quote is amazing.

George R R Martin Quote Tattoo

Source: @m3leficent

15. Pile of Books Tattoo Idea

Our next idea is a tattoo that features a stack of books. Each book is different and there are some flowers inked too. This is a gorgeous tattoo and it would suit any book lover. You could have a design created with your favourite books or add some color.

16. Watercolor Tattoo

Watercolor tattoos are beautiful, add books into the design and you have the perfect tattoo for bookworms. This is an artistic and creative design. You could recreate something similar with your favourite colors, quote and books.

Watercolor Pile of Books Tattoo Idea

Source: @javiwolfink

17. Magical Harry Potter Tattoo Idea

Harry Potter books are loved by all ages across the globe. If you love the books, then this tattoo is for you. It features a hand holding a magic wand. For your tattoo, you can choose your favourite spells and images from the books.

18. Coffee and Books

Our next tattoo is tiny and perfect for a first tattoo. Book tattoos don’t always have to be inspired by a specific book, you can always opt for a more subtle design that will show your love for literary in general.

Simple and Small Book Tattoo Idea with Coffee

Source: @jt_tattoo

19. Unique Book Umbrella Tattoo

A book can protect a person from dark, rainy days in life. This tattoo symbolizes just that. When hard days come, you can clear your mind and soul with a good read.

Unique Book Umbrella Tattoo Idea

Source: @_mfox

20. Pretty Arm Tattoo

Pay homage to your favourite books with out next tattoo idea. The design features a pile of six books and the top one is open. We love how simple the design is, yet so eye-catching. The placement of the tattoo is unique and pretty cool.

Stack of Books Arm Tattoo

Source: @tys_wife

21. My World Tattoo Idea

Our next tattoo expresses a love of reading. It features a girl reading inside a snow globe with a plaque that reads “my world”. Reading transports you to another world and this image is a beautiful representation of that. We love this unique design.

22. Couple Tattoos

These unique tattoos are strong apart, but even better when together. You could also add a quote “I have lived a thousand lives” above or below each tattoo. For more couple tattoos, make sure to check out our other article here.

23. Stephen King Quote

Our next tattoo is inspired by horror writer Stephen King. The design features some of the person’s favourite books and a quote by Stephen King – “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”. You can have a tattoo recreated with your own King favorites or maybe choose your own author and use their books. We love how this tattoo appreciates one author and their work.

Stephen King Quote Tattoo

Source: @javiwolfink

24. Tiny Books Tattoo Idea

You don’t have to opt for a tattoo that reflects your favourite book or character, a tiny tattoo with a stack of books can have a strong meaning as well. When designing your book tattoo, you can have fun and add more or less books, as well as some pop of color.

Tiny Book Tattoo Idea


25. Lovely Back Tattoo

As you can see, books and flowers make very pretty tattoos. If you don’t want your tattoo to be on display, opt for a back placement.

Book Back Tattoo Idea for Women

Source: @tys_wife

We hope you have found inspiration from our book tattoos. We know we did!

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