Bookish Beach Towels for Literary Summer Lounging

I don’t know about you, but my very favorite part of warm weather is reading outside: ideally while stretched on a big towel in front of a real, live ocean.

Beach reading is one of life’s finest pleasures. Why not take it to the next level this summer with a thematically appropriate bookish beach towel?

Have you ever wanted to climb into your own bookshelf? Because now you can.

This towel shows a friendly, book-loving monster reading a story to his bunny friend in a clearing in the woods. There is nothing here that I don’t love.

Don’t let the Muggles get you down!! This is never, ever bad advice.

Here’s another reading monster towel! You could have a collection of them.

Shakespearean insult towel!! I would like this one, please.

How beautiful is this funky comic book characters towel? Happy and superheroic.

The artist calls the design on this bookish beach towel “Reading is dreaming with your eyes open.” I think it’s wonderful.

I can’t tell you how many Poe-themed bookish beach towels I found while researching this post. When I think of relaxing at the beach, my mind doesn’t automatically go to Poe. But maybe some people like a little gothic Poe-try with their sand and surf.

This towel – which makes it look like you’re lying on a beautiful old text of The Raven – was my favorite of the Poe towels.

Obviously had to include one of these. There are a number of them out there, but I picked this one because it is cool and spacelike.

If you need this particular bookish beach towel to be explained, here is your assigned reading.

I found a weirdly large number of bookish beach towels with depressing, macabre designs (like Macbeth quotes, or Poe).

This one, with a cheerful floral pattern and a cheeky quote from Midsummer, feels much more appropriately beachy to me. Plus, being rather pint-sized myself, I’ve always loved that quote.

This one
just looks like a big ol’ stack of used books. Mmmmm. I can almost smell them, can’t you?

I used to have a beach towel with Harry Potter on it – like a young Harry in Quidditch gear. It was a good towel, but every once in a while I would feel weird about lying on top of the image on an 11 year old boy.

I think I would feel similarly weird about this Walt Whitman towel. But if you want to lie on Walt Whitman’s face, this is the bookish beach towel for you.

I dare you not to smile at this Where’s Waldo towel. I dare you.

Oh, Babar, you’ve never looked so dapper. This bookish beach towel is nothing but class.


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Becky Stone: Becky Stone loves to read stories about princesses who save themselves and firmly believes that a mug of hot chocolate paired with the right novel can solve almost any problem. Becky recently did that thing where you leave your safe, easy job to try to make money doing what you love, and is now a professional jewelry lover and freelance writer. You can find more of Becky at her blog, Diamonds in the Library, where she writes about both jewelry and books. Twitter: @DiamondsintheLi