Sunday, June 15, 2014

9 Question of the Week: Do You Have a Book Tattoo? (and if not, which one would you get?)

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Question of the Week:

"Don't Panic" quote from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
photo credit: Idhren via photopin cc

Alyssa Hamilton: Well I have two book related tattoos already, the first one is an actual book on my right wrist. The second is the quote "Books Fall Open, You Fall In" on my collarbone. I've been thing of more that I want because tattoos are so addictive. Recently I read The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and I feel like I could have the whole book tattooed on me and it wouldn't be enough because there are so many beautiful quotes out there. I've always really wanted some form of the butterfly shawl scene from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor as a tattoo.

Martina Boone: This is a toss up: I love this one from Oscar Wilde: “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” I also love “Words have the power to change us,” from Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. If I put a quote in a tattoo, I’d want the words to stay readable and beautiful forever, so probably the inside of the wrist would be the place I’d choose.

Jan Lewis: "Winter is coming" from A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Across my upper back. I've wanted to get it for like 10 years now... one of these days.

Clara Kensie: I love tattoos. I don’t have any, but I’ve wanted a literary tattoo for quite some time. The only thing that’s stopping me is my inability to pick one. After much, much consideration, I think I have it narrowed down to two:

For sentimental reasons, I want to commemorate the publication of my first novel, RUN TO YOU, with a tattoo of my favorite quote from the book. I’d get it inked on my left collarbone in small, swirly, tasteful letters:
“Us,” he said. “You and me.”
And my heart echoed in rhythm: Thump. Thump-th-thump.

Or (and?) I might get a one-word quote, spoken by Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, on the inside of my left wrist. This line of dialogue chokes me up every time I read it. You probably already know what it is:

YOUR TURN: Do you have a literary tattoo? What is it and where did you ink it? If you don’t have a book tattoo, what would you get?


  1. Great choices! I don't know which I'd choose - although that 'always' gets me too! Maybe 'kindred spirit' from Anne of GG or 'Only thing to do! On we go' from Bilbo :)

  2. The quote I want to get isn't from a book (or maybe it is). It's from Walt Disney: If you can dream it, you can do it.

  3. Were I to get a literary tattoo, it would probably be "Now is the winter of our discontent." That would give me both Shakespeare and Steinbeck in one. Where? Someplace that wouldn't hurt!

  4. I love the idea of using "Love is an element" from Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

  5. There are some lines/quotes that just stick with you. From my story, Neverlove, thisl ine is one I wouldn't mind tattooing on my wrist:

    She’d only done what any woman in love would have done. Every damn thing she could.

    If I had a chance to choose something longer, and probably have this along the inner side of my arm, it would be this, also from Neverlove:

    She closed her eyes, searching within. Shattered pieces hovered around her soul. Still healing. Still broken. “I’m not worth it. Too damaged.”
    “Don’t speak that way, please. Not of yourself. For me, you are the tiger lily, a fiery beauty. You’ve been mishandled. It will take time for you to heal. I know this. I can wait. And yes, you are worth it.”

  6. I don't have one yet, but I will. I plan to get the word beloved in script lettering on my wrist with a pen coming out of it. It has double meaning for me. It's a reminder that I'm God's beloved and He's the author of my life. And, of course, the pen is a symbol of my writing career.

  7. I have a literary tattoo and always think about getting more :) My current tattoo is 3 red/gold stars on my shoulder. They represent the Star-Bearer's 3 stars on his face, harp, and sword from Patricia A. McKillip's Riddle-Master trilogy.

  8. Haha, love these! If I ever got a literary tattoo, it'd probably wind up being some epic verse...or a Mockingjay. I have way too many quotes to choose from. :)

  9. These are fantastic, you guys! Makes me want to run out this very moment and get a tattoo. :-)


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