Book Fetish

New Bookish Puzzles To Try Your Hand At

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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.

One of my self-care rituals is doing a puzzle. There is something about turning off the screens and engaging in an activity that is tactile, and that does not require me to create something on my own. The pieces are there, the picture is there, and my job is to make the pieces create the picture.

I often pair my puzzling with something else, though. It’s when I catch up on podcasts, listen to new music, or, most commonly, listen to an audiobook. I love doing a bookish puzzle with a book and find it to be relaxing while also helping me catch up on my TBR.

As someone who has and does a lot of puzzles, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to round up some of the new bookish puzzles to hit the streets. These are book-themed puzzles which released in the last year or so, and chances are that you haven’t seen them around yet (or certainly not as frequently as some of the bookish puzzles that have been a staple for a lot of us since 2020). These are creative, these are fun, and these would make excellent gifts for the book lover in your life. That, of course, includes you.

the wizard's library 500 piece puzzle

Starting off strong, we have this delightful and fun puzzle from Mudpuppy—one of my favorites—featuring a packed wizard library. $15.

Image of a puzzle featuring 9 different banned books images

Continuing with solid Mudpuppy puzzles is this puzzle with images representing both contemporary and historical banned books. $15.

mayhem in the library puzzle

Appropriately named Mayhem In The Library, not only do you have the opportunity to put together 1000 pieces, but the puzzle is also loaded with literary references for you to figure out. $20.

country library puzzle

Do you not want to crawl inside this country library and spend the day…week…month…rest of your life? $15 for the 1000-piece puzzle.

Image of a puzzle full of bookmarks

This 1000-piece White Mountain puzzle features a host of cool bookmarks. It makes me want to create a collage of my personal bookmarks. $20.

Image of the alchemist's library puzzle

Earlier, you got to see the wizard’s library. Now enjoy the alchemist’s library. Eeboo is another brand of puzzles I have a real preference for because of their art and the quality of pieces. $21

the purrfect bookshelf puzzle

My cats mostly knock my books down off of shelves rather than curl up with them. Puzzle artists make me think mine are the odd ones. Alas—here’s a fun puzzle for those who love books and cats. $20 and 1000 pieces.

Image of a library themed puzzle

This library puzzle would be a real challenge (& a real delight). $20 and 1000 pieces.

Image of a Jane Austen themed puzzle.

This one is for all of the Jane Austen fans out there. It looks like fun! $32.

the book exchange puzzle

This is a sweet puzzle featuring a book exchange. I am curious if the child is walking a cat or a fox, though. $28 and 1000 pieces.

Want more bookish puzzles? Never fear. Dive into some here and here.