Book Fetish

10 Modern Animal Bookends to Perfect Your Bookish Space

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Tracy Shapley Towley

Staff Writer

Tracy is a freelance copywriter, all-around ne’er do well, very-adult graduate of the University of Iowa, and occasional waterer of plants. Her hobbies include writing fiction, reading fiction, mixing together various flavors of soup, and typing letters to her friends on an old red typewriter that doesn't have a working period so all sentences must end in questions marks or exclamation points? She has read every Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and has a lot of thoughts on them. Her old Iowa farmhouse is shared by her husband Sean, a pair of cats, a pair of dogs, and the ghost of Kurt Vonnegut.

The greatest thing about having several enormous, custom-built bookshelves is that even my hundreds and hundreds of books have yet to fill them up. Which leads me to the second greatest thing about having several enormous, custom-built bookshelves: I get to use adorable bookends, like these modern animal bookends!

Before the days of these bookshelves (and their enormity), I had a few sets of bookends. I’d picked them up at various thrift stores or they’d been gifted to me by people who know I like A) things and B) books. I loved displaying my unique assortment of weird bookends on side tables and bedsides, but my books were packed within the confines of tight-fitting bookshelves and, ergo, were not in need of ends.

This is not a problem I have today! And so my bookends are finally getting to be put to their intended use — ending rows of books! Of course, we all know that it’s only a matter of time before I “accidentally” end up acquiring so many books that the need for my book ends, well, ends! But today, I revel in the use of these lovely pieces.

Now I’m obsessed with finding the coolest bookends on the planet. Kelly helped out a few years ago with 30+ Perfect Nursery Bookends For Your Baby’s Room, but today we’re going to take a look at all-ages modern animal bookends.

My Favorite Modern Animal Bookends

Zebra and Giraffe Bookends

Their clothes might be vintage, but the hipster-heavy anthropomorphism settles this giraffe and zebra pair deftly in the modern animal bookends category. $54

Blue Rams Head Book Ends

Made from marble and pecan shell resin, this Ram Heads Book End Set kind of freaks me out, but I don’t know why? They’d be great in a blue room, or they could add a vivid pop of color in a bland room. $87.

Pink and Gray Concrete Bear Book Ends

These concrete bear bookends are as modern as they get. $24+

Rhino book ends

These plastic rhino horn bookends sure look like they were made from resin and have a price tag that seems to think so too. $730+

Cute Modern Animal Bookends

You can pick from a bunch of different animals when you choose these cute modern animal bookends. Just keep in mind that these, unlike most others on the list, are sold individually. $31+

Metallic Fox Skull Bookends

When I first saw these I thought, “Those are very cool dinosaur skull bookends!” but as it turns out, I’m not an A+ student when it comes to metallic skulls. These are in fact very cool fox skull bookends. $146.

Metal elephant book ends

These mid century modern animal bookends are about as cute as they get. I especially love that little hint of a tusk. $256.

Cat book ends

These cats are doing a great job of holding up those books! I’m wondering if these cat bookends are perhaps a couple of cats trying to use these books as intermediaries. $36.

Giraffe bookends with the animal body on one side and the head grazing on the other.

I love how this style is used here, with the giraffe’s long neck disappearing into the books. The more books you have, the longer the neck on these giraffe bookends. $56.

Abstract elephant bookends

These abstract elephant book ends are playful and ready for your bookish space. $38.

Now that I’ve found some of the coolest modern animal bookends, I have just one job left to do: narrow down the list to one. Maybe two? Three sets seems fine, right? Right…