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Take Me To Your Reader: Bookish Alien Goods

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Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

Aliens were the rage in the ’90s, so it should come as little surprise that aliens have emerged once again in trendy decor, in trendy styles, and across pop culture more broadly. What makes aliens appealing is their weirdness, sure, but even more than that, aliens are cool because aliens do not care about how weird they are or how uncool they may be. They just are themselves. Given the growth in alien goods over the last couple of years, right in line with the rise in other ’90s icons, symbols, and styles, it should be little surprise that bookish alien goods exist.

Whether you want to jet to outer space or want the aliens to cozy in with us over a good book, you’re going to find tons of fun bookish alien gifts and treats here. These include shirts, bookmarks, stickers, and more. All of these bookish alien finds come from Etsy.

Bookish Alien Goods for Home, School, Work, and Your Self

image of an alien themed book mark

If aliens were going to zap up something from Earth, I would think books (plus a cow that’s reading!) would be the right move. $4 for the cutie alien bookmark.

Alien themed spaceship t-shirt in bright blue. It says "beam me up but bring my books."

I don’t think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing in the universe, especially if I can bring a book or two or ten with me. There’s going to be plenty of time on the ride to read. $31 for the bookish alien shirt, with a number of color options and sizes up to 3XL.

Image of a metal bookmark with an alien head.

This cute alien bookmark will definitely ensure folks leave your book alone when you walk away for a moment. Grab the metal page holder for $22, and you can personalize it, too, for a couple more bucks.

image of a sticker with a ufo that says "in my alien romance era."

Another reason aliens are popular right now? The abundance of alien romances out there and how much readers are loving them. If you count yourself among the alien romance reader contingent, this sticker is for you. $4.

Image of a sticker featuring a person's head with purple hair and a neon green book that is titled "alien smut."

Maybe you also need this alien smut sticker. $3.

Image of a white mug with the words "my fave romance novels are out of this world," featuring a UFO and books.

One more for the alien romance fans: this mug is cute and funny all at once. $24, with some color options for the handle and inside.

Image of a pink t-shirt with a UFO and the words "take me to your readers."

Choose from a number of colors for this “take me to your readers” T-shirt, featuring books being beamed on up. $23 and up, through size 3XL.

canvas tote bag with black screen print alien and words "take me to your reader."

More of a tote person than a tee person? Gotchu. $19.

Image of a space ship sticker with people reading books being beamed up.

If an abduction looked like this, I think so many of us would be in line STAT. $4 for the sticker.

image of cat spaceship bookmark

I sure hope the existence of a cat UFO bookmark is proof of existence of cat aliens. Take me there, please. Grab this magnetic bookmark before it’s gone for $4.50.

Image of a pink bookmark with a green alien. Text says "read on."

Keeping it simple, alien friends. Read on. $5.

Image of a black book sleeve with green aliens.

Protect your treasure from the elements with an alien book sleeve. No promises on whether the book is protected from alien abduction. $12 and up, depending on size.

Image of a blue book page holder with neon green aliens inside.

Your alien book page holder would be the perfect accessory for your next science fiction read, don’t you think? $9.

Image of a cream colored shirt with alien faces on a checkerboard. It sys "sci-fi readers book club."

Last but absolutely not least is this T-shirt perfect for science fiction lovers out there. $30, up to size 4XL.

Got the itch now for some good alien reading? Never fear. Here are books about first contact, must-read alien books, more must-read alien books, some monstrous alien books, and, yes, some alien romance books.