13 Shirts That Every Book Nerd Needs in Rotation This Summer

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There's something to be said about a great T-shirt, especially if you're a book lover. There's nothing more fun that strutting your stuff in a sassy tee with the cover of your favorite book on it. One of my all-time favorite weekend looks is wearing my cozy Clockwork Orange shirt — it never fails to be a great conversation starter. In fact, if you're anything like me, you'll find yourself constantly looking for cute shirts to match your nerdy tendencies. It's definitely T-shirt season, so we've done some of the work for you by finding some of the best literary tees for your summer rotation.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird

atticus finch to kill a mockingbird shirt
This shirt from Etsy ($15) will be a great one to wear for the release day of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman (the "sequel" to Mockingbird).

2. For the Grammar Snob

emoticons grammar punctuation shirt
This tee (Cafe Press, $24) will make your friends question the overuse of smiley face emoticons. Maybe.

3. Shakespeare in Love...With a Party

partying is such sweet sorrow shirt shakespeare
How can you not love a good Shakespeare joke? Find this one at TopatoCo for $25.

4. Maya Angelou

maya angelou i rise shirt
Shoutout to your girl, Maya Angelou, with this tee from Pop ATL, $22.

5. Wonder...the Entire Text on a T-shirt

wonder tee shirt with entire text
Seriously. Have you heard of Litographs? Their thing is making literary tees (and posters) with entire texts squished in there to make a cool image, like this Wonder tee ($34).

6. Old-School Due Dates

library due date card shirt out of print
Few libraries still boast the old-fashioned stamp cards, so keep the tradition alive (and earn mad respect from your local librarian) with this cute shirt from Out of Print, $28.

7. When You're Tired of Netflix

unplug literary t-shirt society6
I mean, it's basically impossible to get tired of marathon-watching Gilmore Girls, but this shirt will motivate you to turn off the tube and dive into that stack of library books, just like Rory would've wanted (Society6, $22).

8. Hunger Games + Darwin?

darwin hipster hunger games etsy shirt
This tee gives mad props to Darwin's hipster cred and throws a little sass towards Hunger Games. We dig it (Etsy, $22).

9. Madeline

out of print madeline shirt
Just thinking about Madeline makes us have the theme song stuck in our head, and also makes us want to dig up our old copies of this classic series (Out of Print, $28).

10. Wonderland

cheshire cat alice in wonderland threadless tee
We love this humorous interpretation of Alice in Wonderland from Threadless ($25).

11. Fault in Our Stars

fault in our stars tee
We love the look of this baseball tee inspired from our favorite John Green book (Etsy, $15).

12. Harry Potter Love

harry potter snitches shirt
What kind of literary tee list would this be without a great shirt from our fave wizard? This one from Threadless ($25) is extra sassy.

13. For The Writer Babes

writer tee
A guaranteed favorite for any writer, this tee from Zazzle ($28) is cute and informative.


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