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16 Book-Inspired Nail Art Designs

Few things spur the imagination more than a good book, so if your nail art designs have been feeling a little dull lately, what better way to breathe new life into them than by channeling your favorite fictional characters? Transform your favorite page-turners into head-turners with these 16 literature-inspired nail art designs from around the Web.

Cat's Cradle

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The print on Infinity Nail Art's Kurt Vonnegut–inspired mani is "busy, busy, busy," but you don't have to be a practicing Bokononist to appreciate how simple it is to re-create this look. Two shades of blue, a black polish, and some striping tape are all you need to achieve this nail art!

Photo: Infinity Nail Art

Penguin Book Covers

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Can't pick a favorite? Can't say we blame you! Rock all of your favorites (or at least the ones published by Penguin Books) with this nostalgic orange-and-white nail art from One Nail to Rule Them All.

Photo: One Nail to Rule Them All

Lord of the Rings

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This J.R.R. Tolkien–inspired nail art design from The Nailasaurus is a stylish way to show off your Hobbit love. You can re-create this look with a gold base coat, black acrylic paint, and a nail art brush. Find close-up images of the One Ring and freehand-draw the designs, my precious.

Photo: The Nailasaurus


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What better way to celebrate books than with a character who embodies literary love? This Matilda manicure from Smashley Sparkles will require a steady hand and a lot of patience, but maybe if you concentrate hard enough, you can use your mind to move the nail brushes.

Photo: Smashley Sparkles

Hunger Games

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Kayla Shevonne's Hunger Games nails are designed to look like the cover of the book that made Katniss a household name. You can re-create the look using striping tape and nail art tools to section off designs and freehand-draw others. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Photo: Kayla Shevonne

A Clockwork Orange

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Such bright nails for such a dark book. If you're going to take any inspiration away from Anthony Burgess's dystopian novel, it should definitely be this mani from Drama Queen Nails. It's perfect for a night of heavy milk drinking.

Photo: Drama Queen Nails

The Fault in Our Stars

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Celine Does Nails did amazing nail art inspired by the heartfelt John Green novel, The Fault in Our Stars. To copy her look, you'll need blue, black, and white nail polish, a nail art brush, and the book cover as your muse!

Photo: Celine Does Nails

The Catcher in the Rye

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Dressed Up Nails' manicure mimicking the cover of the J.D. Salinger classic is so well done that we think even a brooding Holden Caulfield could find something to like about it.

Photo: Dressed Up Nails

The Outsiders

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This cute and quirky nail art is inspired by the cover of S.E. Hinton's iconic novel, The Outsiders. Gnarly Gnails transforms the story of school-age rebellion into fun nail art with a white base coat, a nail art brush, and black, blue, and red polishes for painting the designs.

Photo: Gnarly Gnails

Alice in Wonderland

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The time it takes to copy this detailed nail design from One Nail to Rule Them All may make you late to a very important date, but it will be totally worth it—each nail symbolizes a different plot point from the much-adored Lewis Carroll story. An arsenal of polish colors and a nail art tool kit will help you on this nail art adventure.

Photo: One Nail to Rule Them All

Game of Thrones

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This Lost in Lacquer rendition of A Game of Thrones nails is inspired by the HBO series visuals, but it can just as easily be rocked by fans of the wildly popular book by George R. R. Martin. If you're digging these nails, be sure to check out our entire slideshow dedicated to GOT nail art!

Photo: Lost in Lacquer

The Lorax

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Who will speak for the trees? You will, with this Dr. Seuss–inspired nail art. Creative Nail Design By Sue uses bright nail polishes and truffula tree accent nails to re-create one of our favorite childhood reads.

Photo: Creative Nail Design By Sue

The Raven

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Lanie Buck used a stamping plate to get the perfect designs for her Edgar Allen Poe–inspired manicure. "The Raven" is one of Poe's most famous poems.

Photo: Lanie Buck

Invisible Monsters

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This splattered French manicure from Chalkboard Nails is a fitting rendition of the Chuck Palahniuk book, Invisible Monsters. Inspired by the book cover, this black-and-pink nail art is as edgy and attention-catching as the plot twists in Palahniuk's celebrated cult novel.

Photo: Chalkboard Nails

Harry Potter

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You don't have to take a Divination class to nail this magical Harry Potter mani. All you need to copy the look from Adventures in Acetone are some Hogwarts-colored polishes, a nail brush, and a love for all things J.K. Rowling. Feel free to switch up the mani by only rocking the House colors you'd most like to represent (Gryffindor) or leaving out anything that offends you (Slytherin).

Photo: Adventures in Acetone

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