Red, White, and Books: Our Literary Version of the American Flag

Red, White, and Books: Our Literary Version of the American Flag

Oh say can you see… this cool American flag we made out of book covers? Here at Bookish, we love a good cover design. So with the Fourth of July holiday weekend looming, we decided to get crafty and patriotic. What better way to celebrate the Fourth than making an American flag out of some of our favorite red, white, and blue books? Nearly 500 covers make up this work of art. Can you spot any of your favorites?

Hop over to our Society6 store to snag a print of this design.


Click the image for a better look at our literary flag. There are 105 blue covers, 199 red covers, and 177 white covers. That’s a total of 481 books (by 421 different authors).

If you don’t recognize some of the covers, here’s the full list of every title and author on the flag. Tweet at us to let us know how many you’ve read.

Above Us Only Sky, Michele Young-Stone
Cosair, James L. Cambias
Saint Anything, Sarah Dessen

F is for Fugitive, Sue Grafton
The Lost Boys Symphony, Mark Ferguson
The Witch of Painted Sorrows, M.J. Rose,

Head Case, Cole Cohen
No One Gets Out Alive, Adam Nevill
All Involved, Ryan Gattis

House of Echoes, Brendan Duffy
The Conspiracy of UsMaggie Hall
The Color of LightningPaulette Jiles

Dept. of Sepculation, Jenny Offill
Irrationally Yours, Dan Ariely
Pirate Hunters, Robert Kurson

A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
Beautiful Secret, Christina Lauren
One More Step, Bonner Paddock

A Reunion of Ghosts, Judith Claire Mitchell
The Fifth Heart, Dan Simmons
Great Ball of Light, Evan Kuhlman

Challenger Deep, Neal Shusterman
Beneath the Surface, John Hargrove
Hit, Delilah S. Dawson

The Machine Awakes, Adam Christopher
Orient, Christopher Bollen
Girl in the Moonlight, Charles Dubow

Beach Town, Mary Kay Andrews
Emmy & Oliver, Robin Benway
Retribution Falls, Chris Wooding

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, Alexandra Kleeman
Royal Wedding, Meg Cabot
Dinner with Buddha, Roland Merullo

Maybe in Another Life, Taylor Jenkins Reid
Never Always Sometimes, Adi Alsaid
Another Day, David Levithan

Armada, Ernest Cline
The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly
The Invasion of the Tearling, Erika Johansen

Last Ragged Breath, Julia Keller
The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden, Emma Trevayne
Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin Ph.D.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), Felicia Day
Another Kind of Hurricane, Tamara Ellis Smith
Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee

War of the Whales, Joshua Horwitz
Where Women Are Kings, Christie Watson
The Pilot and the Little Prince, Peter Sis

Salmon Fishing in Yemen, Paul Torday
The River of No Return, Bee Ridgway
The Good Luck of Right Now, Matthew Quick

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit
Stellaluna, Janell Cannon

Life of Pi, Yann Martel
Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
If I Stay, Gayle Forman

Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
The Assassin’s Blade, Sarah J. Maas
A Discover of Witches, Deborah Harkness

Dear Theo, Irving Stone
Wonder, R.J. Palacio
Then and Always, Dani Atkins

This Close, Jessica Francis Kane
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven

Among the Hidden, Margaret Peterson Haddix
Born to Run, Christopher McDougall
Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Divergent, Veronica Roth
Eragon, Christopher Paolini
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North

The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman
Unravel Me, Tahereh Mafi
The Eternity Cure, Julie Kagawa

Dreamland, Sarah Dessen
Two Little Girls in Blue, Mary Higgins Clark
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne

Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier

The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
Rain Reign, Ann M. Martin
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
Out of the Dust, Karen Hesse
Palisades Park, Alan Brennert
Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
Prodigy, Marie Lu
The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon
The Selection, Kiera Cass
The Winner’s Crime, Marie Rutkoski
Tomboy, Liz Prince
Boy Meets Boy, David Levithan
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz
Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
Speak Memory, Vladimir Nabokov
Ever After, Jude Deveraux
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell
The Festival of Insignificance, Milan Kundera
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
The Governor’s Wife, Michael Harvey
Outline, Rachel Cusk
The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
The Black Snow, Paul Lynch
George, Alex Gino
Going After Cacciato, Tim O’Brien
Black Man in a White Coat, Damon Tweedy
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, April Genevieve Tucholke
Charm, Sarah Pinborough
Money, Martin Amis
Drown, Junot Diaz
Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk
Bonk, Mary Roach
Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
The Upright Thinkers, Leonard Mlodinow
Sympathy for the Devil, Michael Mewshaw
The Nanny Diaries, Emma Mclaughlin
Citizen, Claudia Rankine
Unfair, Adam Benforado
The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Love Minus Eighty, Will McIntosh
Saving Grace, Jane Green
The Fire Sermon, Francesca Haig
Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls, Lynn Weingarten
My Struggle: Volume 2, Karl Ove Knausgaard
Scar Tissue, Anthony Kiedis
The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
The Removers, Andrew Meredith
Positive, Paige Rawl
Writer to Writer, Gail Carson Levine
The Darkest Touch, Gena Showalter
Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld
The Bridesmaids, Eimear Lynch
The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger
Heroes are My Weakness, Susan Elizabeth Phillips
For All Time, Jude Deveraux
Of Things Gone Astray, Janina Matthewson
Sparky, Jenny Offill
Long Division, Kiese Laymon
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, Sarah MacLean
Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov
Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion
If You Ask Me, Betty White
What the Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell
In the Woods, Tana French
Satin Island, Tom McCarthy
1984, George Orwell
Smash Cut, Brad Gooch
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Size 12 is Not Fat, Meg Cabot
The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides
The Humans, Matt Haig
The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison
Mai Tai’D Up, Alice Clayton
The Book with No Pictures, B.J. Novak
Touch, Claire North
Con Academy, Joe Schreiber
None of the Above, I. W. Gregorio
One More Thing, B.J. Novak
Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop, David Adam
Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham
Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married, Marian Keyes
Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer
Stardust, Neil Gaiman
Room, Emma Donoghue
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, J.D. Salinger
A Perfect Proposal, Katie Fforde
The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
Dark Sparkler, Amber Tamblyn
Love Bomb, Lisa Zeidner
Live From New York, Tom Shales
The Children Act, Ian McEwan
Complicit, Stephanie Kuehn
Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger
You Deserve a Drink, Mamrie Hart
The One, Kiera Cass
Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
Finders Keepers, Stephen King
The Impossible Knife of Memory, Laurie Halse Anderson
Just Babies, Paul Bloom
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Goodbye, Rebel Blue, Shelley Coriell
Z, Therese Anne Fowler
Beautiful Bastard, Christina Lauren
Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein
The Half Life of Molly Piece, Katrina Leno
Good Times Bad Times, James Kirkwood
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
The Silver linings Playbook, Matthew Quick
Confessions of a Sociopath, M.E. Thomas
The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, Keija Parssinen
Revenge, Yoko Ogawa
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
Every Last Word, Tamara Ireland Stone
Cat Sense, John Bradshaw
Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty
Thrive, Arianna Huffington
A School for Brides, Patrice Kindl
Do No Harm, Henry Marsh
Love Life, Rob Lowe
How to be both, Ali Smith
The Themis Files, Sylvain Neuvel
Love and Other Theories, Alexis Bass
Trigger Warning, Nail Gaiman
Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard
Happy Are the Happy, Yasmina Reza
A Darker Shade of Magic, Victoria Schwab
My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh
Return to Me, Kelly Moran
Of Noble Family, Mary Robinette Kowal
All the Old Knives, Olen Steinhauer
The Making of Zombie Wars, Aleksandar Hemon
What Comes Next and How to Like It, Abigail Thomas
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Elena Ferrante
The Pale King, David Foster Wallace
The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan
The Elimination Diet, Tom Malterre
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The Lover, Marguerite Duras
The Story, Judith Miller
All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy
I, Too, Have Suffered in the Garden, Jennifer Hritz
Proof of Heaven, Eben Alexander
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence
The Silver Swan, Elena Delbanco
The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay, Andrea Gillies
Endless, Amanda Gray
My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
The Wright Brothers, David McCullough
The Philosopher Kings, Jo Walton
Voracious, Cara Nicoletti
Fell of Dark, Patrick Downes
What Happened to Goodbye, Sarah Dessen
Civilization and Its Discontents, Sigmund Freud
Clean, Amy Reed
The Goddess Pose, Michelle Goldberg
This Is How It Really Sounds, Stuart Archer Cohen
Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari
My Age of Anxiety, Scott Stossel
Little Failure, Gary Shteyngart
The Intern, Gabrielle Tozer
The Oregon Trail, Rinker Buck
The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake, Breece D’J Pancake
And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts
The Hot Zone, Richard Preston
My Heart and Other Black Holes, Jasmine Warga
Soulprint, Megan Miranda
Five Days at Memorial, Sheri Finn
This is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz
Naked, David Sedaris
In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware
Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
The Tale of Tom Kitten, Beatrix Potter
How We Die, Sherwin B. Nuland
The Stepford Wives, Ira Levin
Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson
The Iceman Cometh, Eugene O’Neill
Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris
Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Murakami
Next, Michael Crichton
Final Exam, Pauline Chen
Cracked, James Davies
Immortality, Milan Kundera
I am Not a Serial Killer, Dan Wells
Extreme Medicine, Kevin Fong
The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
Olivia, Ian Falconer
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
Afterparty, Daryl Gregory
Carrie, Stephen King
The Godfather, Mario Puzo
You Slay Me, Katie MacAlister
Battle Royale, Koushun Takami
What Happens in London, Julia Quinn
Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
Dracula the Undead, Dacre Stoker
Too Big to Fail, Andrew Ross Sorkin
The Eternal Ones, Kirsten Miller
Wicked Appetite, Janet Evanovich
Everything You Need To Survive the Apocalypse, Lucas Klauss
Unspoken, Sarah Rees Brennan
Goddess of Vengeance, Jackie Collins
Now a Bride, Mary Balogh
The Hypnotist, Lars Kepler
The Casual Vacancy, J. K. Rowling
The Most Dangerous Animal of All, Gary L. Stewart
Deity, Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Wrath and the Dawn, Renee Ahdieh
The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes
A Court of Thrones and Roses, Sarah J. Maas
A Feast for Crows, George R. R. Martin
Now I See You, Nicole C. Kear
Glitter and Glue, Kelly Corrigan
The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
Bitten, Kelley Armstrong
Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love, Sarah Butler
Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl Strayed
Inferno, Dante Alighieri
The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt
Fractured, Karin Slaughter
Seduction and Snacks, Tara Sivec
Mudbound, Hillary Jordan
The Elite, Kiera Cass
Sous Chef, Michael Gibney
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, Alan Bradley
Fourth of July Creek, Smith Henderson
The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
When She Woke, Hillary Jordan
Beloved, Toni Morrison
The Circle, Dave Eggers
Me Before You, JoJo Moyes
The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, Giulia Melucci
Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Suess
Rumors, Anna Godbersen
Flash Boys, Michael Lewis
Parasite, Mira Grant
This is Paradise, Hyok Kang
War! What is it Good For?, Ian Morris
Persepolis, Marjane Satrape
No Country For Old Men, Cormac McCarthy
The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevski
The New Hunger, Isaac Marion
The New Yorker Stories, Ann Beattie
The Uncommon Reader, Alan Bennett
Red Dragon, Thomas Harris
Come, Thou Tortoise, Jessica Grant
Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom, Sara Benincasa
Debt: The First 5000 Years, David Graeber
And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
The Skin Collector, Jeffery Deaver
Flight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
The Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall
White Teeth, Zadie Smith
Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney
The Christian Atheist, Craig Groeschel
Hate That Cat, Sharon Creech
Firegirl, Tony Abbott
Indelible, Karin Slaughter
The Lost Colony, Eoin Colfer
The Tenth Circle, Jodi Picoult
The Bone House, Brian Freeman
The Best American Short Stories 2013, Elizabeth Strout
Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion
Angst, Jeffrey P. Kahn
Bad Science, Ben Goldacre
Dr. Death, Jonathan Kellerman
The Mind’s Eye, Oliver Sacks
Heartsick, Chelsea Cain
Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, Vincent Lam
Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Mark Haddon
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories, Susanna Clarke
At Home, Bill Bryson
Strength in What Remains, Tracy Kidder
The Lonely Patient, Michael Stein
A Leg to Stand On, Oliver Sacks
The Miracle Worker, William Gibson
The Elephant Vanishes, Haruki Murakami
Once You Break a Knuckle, D. W. Wilson
Death is Not an Option, Suzanne Rivecca
Chromosome 6, Robin Cook
Red Storm Rising, Tom Clancy
The Talisman, Stephen King
Ruby Red, Kerstin Gier
The Fiery Cross, Diana Gabaldon
Blood Brothers, Nora Roberts
Desire Untamed, Pamela Palmer
Scent of Darkness, Christina Dodd
Evernight, Claudia Gray
Dark Lover, J. R. Ward
London Fields, Martin Amis
Selected Stories, Anton Chekhov
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire
The Women’s Room, Marilyn French
Sula, Toni Morrison
The Last Temptation of Christ, Nikos Kazantzakis
The Black Stallion, Walter Farley
The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry
The Code of the Woosters, P. G. Wodehouse
Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton
White Noise, Don DeLillo
The Hunt for Red October, Tom Clancy
I, Robot, Isaac Asimov
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss
Master of the Senate, Robert A. Caro
Love and Capital, Mary Gabriel
How We Do Harm, Otis Webb Brawley
Why We Get Fat, Gary Taubes
Closed Chambers, Edward Lazarus
Tricks, Ellen Hopkins
The Redbreast, Jo Nesbo
The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters
Impulse, Ellen Hopkins
The Worm Ouroboros, E. R. Eddison
The Great and Secret Show, Clive Barker
Eldest, Christopher Paolini
The Instructions, Adam Levin
Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
Last Sacrifice, Richelle Mead
Autumn Lover, Elizabeth Lowell
Revolution in the Head, Ian Macdonald
The End of Plenty, Joel K. Bourne Jr
The English Spy, Daniel Silva
Conviction, Kelly Loy Gilbert
Second Life, S.J. Watson
Death and Mr. Pickwick, Stephen Jarvis
Scarlett Undercover, Jennifer Latham
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli
Black Scorpion, Jon Land
The Dumbest Idea Ever, Jimmy Gownley
A Crown for Cold Silver, Alex Marshall
Stars of the New Curfew, Ben Okri
The Duke and the Lady in Red, Lorraine Heath
Of Dreams and Rust, Sarah Fine
The Queen of the Tearling, Erika Johansen
The Republic of Love, Carol Shields
ZeroZeroZero, Roberto Saviano
The Beat Goes On, Ian Rankin
Kiss Me, Susan Mallery
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
The Love Object, Edna O’Brien
The Spy’s Son, Bryan Denson
A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson
The Art of Power, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Small Backs of Children, Lidia Yuknavitch
An Exaggerated Murder, Josh Cook
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Heaven, Texas, Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Recaptilations, Vincent Crapanzano
The Tapestry, Nancy Bilyeau
The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande
The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Bargaining, Carly Anne West
Hot Head, Damon Suede
The Swimmer, Joakim Zander
The Great Zoo of China, Matthew Reilly
The Mime Order, Samantha Shannon
The Jaguar’s Children, John Vaillant
X, Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
Q & A, Vikas Swarup
Morte, Robert Repino
Red RisingPierce Brown
Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse, Mike Befeler
The Devil Takes a Bride, Julia London
The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore
Brain on Fire, Susannah Cahalan
Ruin and Rising, Leigh Bardugo
Thief, Mark Sullivan
Hellhole, Gina Damico
Burned, Karen Marie Moning
The Strange Library, Haruki Murakami
After Birth, Elisa Albert
Woman With a GunPhillip Margolin
The Shape of my Heart, Ann Aguirre
Stories I Stole, Wendell Steavenson
The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
Rooms, Lauren Oliver
A Vision of Fire, Gillian Anderson
A Map of Betrayal, Ha Jin
Firebug, Lish McBride
The Red PencilAndrea Davis Pinkney
Dirty Rowdy ThingChristina Lauren
Elizabeth Rowe
Elizabeth is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program in Nonfiction Writing. She is based in San Francisco and can frequently be found at Philz with her nose in a book. Her current obsession is the My Struggle series by Karl Ove Knausgaard, and she thoroughly embarrassed herself when she met him shortly after the release of volume four (and she has the photos to prove it).


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