I don’t like it when people try and talk to me while I’m reading, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good literary conversation. That's why I love literary-inspired t-shirts — they're a great way to spot fellow book-lovers who might be open for conversation. After all, how else will you find people to fill your book club? Personally, I’m a fan of the literary inside joke… especially when it’s on a t-shirt.
T-shirts are comfortable, versatile, and they make great gifts, so it’s even better when they have books or literary references on them. Everything is better with books, after all. As someone who frequently quotes literature, I love a good book quote plastered on my clothes, because I was probably going to say it at some point anyway. You can never have enough books, and you can never have enough book-related merchandise either, right? (Or is that just me?)
There are some t-shirts that will make sense to everyone, but if you’re a hardcore book-lover, you might be searching for something that just makes sense to fellow readers. So here are some amazing literary-inspired t-shirts that only fellow lit lovers will understand.
1. The Anne With An "E" Tee
Fellow book-lovers will instantly recognize Anne's trademark red hair on this shirt, but they'll definitely be clued in when they get close — this awesome tee has the entire the text of Anne of Green Gables printed on it.
2. The Lowood Tee
Non-readers might wonder if this is your alma mater. Fans of Jane Eyre, on the other hand, will immediately be in on the joke.
3. The Soma Tee
For those who haven't read Brave New World, this t-shirt might make them wonder what Soma is and how they can get some for their next holiday. For all the readers out there, though, the shirt will more likely incite laughs.
4. The Austen Heroes Tee
Who are all these dudes? No, they're not Taylor Swift's romantic interests; they're Jane Austen heroes. Because how could you possibly pick just one?
5. The Library Tee
To some people, it's just a shirt with a bunch of dates, but to readers this tee will remind you of the most beautiful place of all: the library.
6. The Soliloquy Shirt
Doubt thou the stars are fire; doubt that the sun doth move; doubt truth to be a liar; but never doubt I love a good Hamlet reference. This subtle nod to Hamlet's soliloquy is pretty much the soul of wit.
7. The Poe-Etic Shirt
Why is a raven like a writing desk? Because Poe wrote on both, of course. And lit lovers know what the raven says: Nevermore.
8. The Tree Of Gondor Tee
This is the one t-shirt to rule them all. No, it doesn't have a ring on it: showcase your love of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings with this Tree of Gondor top.
9. The Best Book Club Ever Tee
This top showcases what would be a pretty awesome book club. Wear it to yours and discuss all your faves.
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