21 literary t-shirts to wear this summer

21 literary t-shirts to wear this summer
Category: Reading

Summer is the season of the t-shirt.

That's why we've trawled the internet's best purveyors of literary tees to bring you this selection of brilliantly bookish clothing. 

Just picture yourself emerging through the disposable-barbecue smoke in one of the tees featured below. People won't even bother checking out the novel you're carrying, cover out, to impress them. They'll already be yours.


Big Papa from 6 Dollar Shirts

1. I love it when you call me Big Papa

6 dollar shirts

Love Hemingway, beards and puns involving Notorious B.I.G. lyrics? Then this t-shirt for you. It only costs six George Washingtons to procure one too (the above isn't just a clever name).

Alice Im Wunderland from Out of Print Clothing

2. Alice im Wunderland 

Out of Print Clothing

This tee featuring the German cover of Lewis Carroll's classic is definitely one for hipsters who like their looking glasses with thick rims.  

She Woolf tee from Mariaso

3. She Woolf


Shakira who? Celebrate the original She Woolf with this ultra-stylish tee. AwOOOOOOO!

To Kill a Mockingbird

4. To Kill a Mockingbird


With Go Set a Watchman coming out this summer, what better time to invest in this fun-filled tee?

My Big Books Bring All the Boys to the Yard

5. My Big Books Bring All the Boys to the Yard

Look Human

Want to read your big book in peace this summer? Keep suitors at bay with this warning adapted from Kelis' Millkshake lyrics.

Hunter S. Thompson t-shirt

6. Hunter S. Thompson

The Strange Company

Be "Too weird to live, too rare to die!" in this very, very cool Hunter S. Thompson tee. 

Restaurant at the End of the Universe

7. Eat at Milliways

Red Molotov

"The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." This t-shirt certainly wasn't. A must for Douglas Adams' many fans.

ain't no party like a gatsby party

8. Ain't No Party Like A Gatsby Party

Thug Life

Daisy Buchanan would think you a beautiful fool if you wore this t-shirt. Everyone else at your jazz-filled summer parties will just think you're incredibly cool.

The Great Gatsby classic cover t-shirt

9. The Great Gatsby: Lewis Edition

Out of Print Clothing

“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” Drop it like F. Scott (Fitzgerald) in this ode to many readers' favourite The Great Gatsby cover. 

My Book Club Can Beat Up Your Book Club

10. My Book Club Can Beat Up Your Book Club

Look Human

If your summer is filled with endless West-Side-Story-style street battles with other book clubs, then up the banter with this long-sleeved t-shirt. 

That's What I'm Tolkien About

11. That's What I'm Tolkien About


We love puns at Scottish Book Trust. That's why this t-shirt is so precious to us.

The Bearshevik Revolution

12. The Bearshevik Revolution


If someone were to enter our house, while we were otherwise engaged, and eat our breakfast we'd probably go radge (especially if it was porridge, and especially if that porridge had honey on it). Down with Goldilocks!

Hemingway t-shirt

13. Ernest Hemingway's Face

Strange Love Tees

Wear your earnest love of Hemingway with pride in this beautifully simple t-shirt. 

Wuthering Heights Summer Vest

14. Wuthering Heights Vest

Thornfield Hall on Etsy

Up the summer swoon-factor with this over-wrought celebration of the heartthrob Heathcliff. 

I put the racy into literacy

15. I Put The Racy Into Literacy


As we all know, there is nothing sexier than literacy. Don't just rely on correcting prospective partners' grammar until their clothes simply fall off. Wear this tee as well. 

I read past my bedtime

16. I Read Past My Bedtime

Look Human

A t-shirt for all those bedtime rebels who use the light nights to justify just one more chapter.

Choose Your Own Adventure

17. Choose Your Own Adventure

Out of Print

A conversational push up for everyone who remembers choosing their own adventure - before flipping back through the pages when their character died. 

Westeros Postal Service

18. Westeros Postal Service

T-shirt Grove

A t-shirt to help you pre-identify other Game of Thrones geeks. 

Philip K. Dick t-shirt

19. Philip K. Dick

Strange Company

If androids dream of electric sheep then the rest of us dream of literary t-shirts as cool as this tribute to Philip Kindred Dick.

Books turn muggles into wizards

20. Books Turn Muggles into Wizards


"Of course it is happening inside your head...but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?" Great summer reading advice from Albus Dumbledore.

ulysses tee

21. Ulysses Tee


All Lithograph t-shirts are created entirely from the text of a classic book and each tee displays approximately 40,000 words. We chose this one for no nobler reason than Joyce's 'tache but they have lots of other brilliant designs.


Got the t-shirt but which book should you take on holiday? It's a tough decision. Check out our helpful post on 4 critical factors you must consider before choosing your holiday books.


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