15 Literary Notebooks You Need To Make The Most Of This School Year

by Sadie Trombetta

Summer is winding down, and you know what that means: school is right around the corner. Get ready for your best semester yet with these bookish notebooks for bibliophiles who like to write as much as they like to read.

Growing up, no matter how much I dreaded the end of summer, I always looked forward to getting back-to-school supplies. The brand new mechanical pencils with grips and the bright colored gel pens in a variety of milky, metallic, and plain, the Lisa Frank folders and matching pencil case and blank Five Star notebooks just waiting to be written in — each new back-to-school item made me more and more excited for classes to start again.

Yes, I was that kid, and now, I'm still that adult. I may not need school supplies anymore, and I may have (almost) outgrown my affinity for unicorns, rainbows, and brightly colored tigers, I still look for any excuse I can find to buy a new notebook. There's just something about cracking open a fresh journal to find page after page just waiting to be filled that makes the bookworm in me swoon.

Whether you're getting ready to go back to school and need a place to keep track of your homework assignments, or an aspiring writer in need of a new journal to jot down your, these 15 bookish notebooks are just the thing for you.

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

With plenty of space to keep track of assignments, jot down notes, or just doodle, this Alice's Adventures in Wonderland-inspired notebook is perfect for book-lovers and writers alike. Whenever life gets you down, just look to the quote on the cover for guidance. Your imagination can set you free.

Alice in Wonderland Notebook, $11, Society6

Game of Thrones House Sigil

Which family in Westeros do you swear fealty? No matter which house wins your loyalty, these sigil notebooks are perfect for every bannerman.

House of Stark Ruled Pocket Journal, $10, Amazon

And Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce

This lined, hardcover notebook has the perfect quote to keep you motivated through the school year. Featuring one of Shakespeare's most iconic lines from A Midsummer Night's Dream, there's plenty of room inside to start drafting a play of your own.

"And though she be little, she is fierce" Notebook, $9, Amazon

The Little Prince

School only gets harder the older you get, but with the help of this notebook featuring the cover of the classic children's book The Little Prince, you can feel like a kid forever. Or, at the very least, until you've run out of room to write your thoughts in.

The Little Prince Writing Notebook, $11, Etsy

J.K. Rowling Quote

There are hundreds of J.K. Rowling quotes that would make inspiring notebook covers, but this one is particularly fitting in the context of school. Take it to your English class, comp lit discussion, or poetry lecture and just wait for something magical to happen.

J.K. Rowling Quote Notebook, $5, Etsy

Reading Is Dreaming with Your Eyes Open

Clean and simple, this dreamy notebook is basically a self portrait of all of us when we're reading. Take it to school with you, and whenever class gets too hard or too boring, look to its cover to remind you that there's a whole other world waiting for you on your bookshelf after school.

Reading Is Dreaming with Your Eyes Open Notebook, $11, Society6

Virginia Woolf

Whether you're sitting in class taking notes or sitting at the coffee shop drafting the next Great American Novel, look to this notebook for inspiration. And remember what Virginia Woolf said: "There is no denying the wild horse in us."

Virginia Woolf Literary Notebook, $6, Etsy

Library Card

The perfect little handy notebook for writing down your assignments or jotting down inspiration when it strikes, this library card notebook is small enough fit in your pocket, purse, or backpack. Stock up on a few of them, and never forget a good idea again,.

Designworks Ink Purse Note Pad, $18, Amazon

Treasure Island

Want to keep your thoughts a secret? This notebook disguised as R.L. Stevenson's Treasure Island is the perfect way to hide your secrets, dreams, and inspirations in plain sight.

Treasure Island Notebook, $13, Amazon


Do you ever feel like you're living a Kafkaesque life? Make the metamorphasis complete with this beautifully illustrated notebook featuring an image of the author and one of his favorite subjects: bugs.

Kafka Notebook, $12, Etsy

Hogwarts House Set

Show school spirit for the campus you wish you could really call home: Hogwarts. Whether you're a Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw, there is a house notebook with your emblem on it.

Harry Potter Notebook Set, $35, Amazon

When In Doubt, Go to the Library

Need advice for the best way to succeed at school this semester? Just do what your notebook says, and go to the library. If you can't find your answers there, chances are you won't be able to find them anywhere.

When in Doubt, Go to the Library Notebook, $11, Society6

Literary Quote Set

Make sure you have enough notebooks for all your classes with this literary quote set featuring a fun galaxy design. Including words of wisdom from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Stardust, and A Game of Thrones, book nerds can seriously geek out over this fantastic collection.

Literary Quote Notebook Set, $16, Etsy

Reading Unicorn

Channel the 90s kid who still lives inside you with this bright and colorful unicorn notebook featuring books, rainbows, and your favorite mythical beast. Trust me when I say, Lisa Frank would be proud.

Reading Unicorn Pattern Notebook, $11, Society6

2B or not 2B

To be or not to be a good student, that's not really the question, is it? Because with the help of this cute and clever notebook, you already know the answer.

2B or not 2B Notebook, $11, Society6