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50 most popular images about books, reading, and libraries

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A list of images about books, reading, and libraries, that were most often shared in social media networks.

Anyone who devotes time to promoting books, reading, and libraries, sooner or later realizes that images are the best way to share the love of words.

Images have a huge stopping power. It’s not a secret that a book quote visualized as an image catches attention far better than the same quote shared as a text update.

We’ve prepared the list of pictures and illustrations that throughout a few years of our social media activity gained extreme popularity on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, and Google+.

Which topics are most popular? All kinds of comic strips, drawings, charts, doodles, and – obviously – quotes. The more minimalist the design, the better!

Quotes… They don’t have to come from a well-known writer to get clicked on Facebook or Pinterest. Original, thought-provoking quotes cooked by smart people around the internet are extremely successful, too.

Each image featured below was shared several hundred times. We’ve excluded, however, the images where it was impossible to find the creator or original source, and the ones with a poor image quality.

Best images about books – recommended sites

One more thing before we get to the list. There are many sites where you can order your favorite book quote printed on a poster, mug, t-shirt, and tons of other products.

Below, we list the sites that offer high-quality book-related designs on a large selection of items.

Etsy – it’s the top destination for anyone who wants to express the love for books. The largest marketplace with handcrafted goods offers thousands of literary images – on posters, jewelry, personal items, electronic accessories, and clothes.

Redbubble – a marketplace for custom-designed items, including prints, stationery, cases & covers, or t-shirts. Opposite to other sites, such as CafePress, the quality of artwork is very high.

Zazzle – the site offers a huge variety of merchandise, from clothing, to home decor, to personal accessories. What’s more, users can upload their own image and create their own design.

Amazon Handmade – if you don’t want to sign up to other online stores, you can start exploring Amazon’s own section with hand-crafted items. It’s quickly growing, and you’ll find here posters, home decor, and stationery – also with book quotes.

If there is a quote you believe should be added to the list, please share it in the comments below.

50 best images about books, reading, and libraries


Cool charts book nerds from Epic Reads. Reading vs everything else, a cycle of a book hangover, can someone borrow my book, or should I start a new book are just a few examples from an outstanding collection of bookish charts created by the platform for young adult fiction fans, Epic Reads. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Fiction allows us to experience anything⇢ Credits and more info.


Quote by Edmund Wilson. “No two persons ever read the same book.” ⇢ Credits and more info.


Bookish stories from Introvert Doodles. Introvert Doodles is a popular webcomic, and we’ve selected a few stories that relate to books and reading. ⇢ Credits and more info.


A book is an adventure waiting to happen. A quote poster from Flourish Cafe. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Read poster. Designed by Mike Smith, it says: “See the world without going anywhere. Read.” ⇢ Credits and more info.


Quote by Jorge Luis Borges. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ⇢ Credits and more info.


Reading quotes. These quotes were visualized by an extremely talented typographer and designer Faried Omarah. ⇢ Credits and more info.


The prettiest ways to style a bookshelf. What is your favorite way to arrange books on a bookshelf? ⇢ Credits and more info.


A quote by Albert Einstein. “If you want your children to be intelligent read them fairy tales.” ⇢ Credits and more info.


A quote by P.J. O’Rourke. “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” Designed by Book Mania! ⇢ Credits and more info.


Quote by Cassandra Clare, from Clockwork Angel. “One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” ⇢ Credits and more info.


A quote by John Green. Beautifully visualized quote: “Books belong to their readers.” ⇢ Credits and more info.


Book typography by Risa Rodil. A large collection of beautiful literary posters created by Risa Rodil includes also the simple statements every book lover will relate to. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Quote by Eleanor Crumblehulme. “Cutting libraries in a recession is like cutting hospitals in a plague.” Designed by Daniel Solis. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Original book quotes from Bel Castro Agency. While many quote images are nothing more than a visualization of the famous quote by a famous author, these smart thoughts come from Bel Castro team. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Quote by Emilie Buchwald. “Children are made readers in the laps of their parents.” ⇢ Credits and more info.


Infinite possibilities. To the child that reads, nothing is impossible. Poster designed by Burning Through Pages, and available on Zazzle. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Escape. Designed by Andrew Jolly from Books & Stories. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Book lover’s mark. Design by Ivan Bobrov. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Books typography. A font set made by Beijing-based designer Chan Hwee Chong. All letters resemble books. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. Artwork designed by Susana Parada. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Quote by T. Michael Martin. “Reading changes us.” A wonderful poster designed by Risa Rodil for Epic Reads. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Reading! F**k you reality. An illustration by This Is Rabbit. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Reading each day keeps illiteracy away. Public service announcement by Colorcubic. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Reading doodles by Airiz Casta. Here are just two of book-related doodles that you can find on Airiz Casta’s Tumblr blog, Cinderella in Rubber Shoes. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Happiness is… These are three most popular book-focused illustrations from a fantastic series by Last Lemon. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Unplug. A minimalist poster by Twill Co T-shirts. ⇢ Credits and more info.


What kind of reader are you? The team from BookLikes, the popular book discovery site, has explored the different types of readers. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Anatomy of a bookworm. ⇢ Credits and more info.


What if I rather read. “What if I rather read than go to a bar? Deal with it.” Illustration by Natalie Neumann. ⇢ Credits and more info.


The book was better. Illustration by Alex Solis. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Harold’s Planet. Selected book cartoons from a famous graphic series by Last Lemon. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Read posters by Tastee. Two designs from a famous posters series, presenting books as an alternative to other daily pleasures, like pop-corn, ice-cream or cakes. ⇢ Credits and more info.


Literary coffee. Gorgeous illustration by an Italian designer Gianluca Biscalchin. ⇢ Credits and more info.

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