As a new mom to a 4-month-old boy, I look at my rare lounge chair time to lie back and crack a novel a rare indulgence — and necessary sanity-saver. Happily, I’ve found some of the very coolest literary tote bags for all the readers and avowed book nerds out there (raising hand here!) who mark the passage of summer in pages, not tan lines.
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Austen, Twain, and Thoreau reimagined as punk rockers? I loved this Punk Rock Authors literary book tote from Out of Print Clothing before even seeing the Oscar Wilde quote on the back.
Oh, Hermione, you’ve never led us astray. I can’t wait to display this timeless advice on my When in Doubt Go to the Library book tote from The Literary Gift Company. Just know this tote ships from the U.K, so you’ll have to be patient. But as we learned from J.K. Rowling, some things from across the pond are absolutely worth the wait.
Neil Gaiman is a favorite our and I think this Dream Tote will come in handy when you fall in love with him like we did and need to haul the entire Gaiman section home from your local library.
(PS if you’re new to this giant of the fantasy genre — and kids’ books, too! — start with American Gods, which is trending thanks to the STARZ television series it inspired.)
If your most prized possession is your library card, the How We Roll literary book tote from Bookriot is for you. And what an amazing gift if you’re fortunate to have a librarian in your life!
For all the other grown-ass adults who take pride in their love of children’s lit, the perfect literary tote for us: The I Read YA Tote from Fable and Black. It’s all ready to pack with phenomenal reads like Wonder and Brown Girl Dreaming, entirely 100% guilt-free.
Related: The perfect accessory for literary lovers and word nerds.
Summery nautical print, or cover of a literary classic? This awesome Moby Dick literary book tote from Litograph (we love them!) is both. Check out their collection of classic book totes all made up from the actual words of the novel, and laid out to recreate covers including The Little Prince, The Great Gatsby, Pride & Prejudice, Walden, and more.
Hey, if you forget your book at home, you can always read the bag.