Nail Your Reading Time!: 13 Book & Nail Polish Pairings

Whether you read printed books or from a tablet, there’s part of your body that’s always on display as you get sucked into a story: your hands and nails (well, at least your thumbnails). Wouldn’t it be nice to match your manicure to the book you’re reading? As someone who loves eating book-themed foods, wearing book-themed clothes, and drinking out of book-themed glassware, I respond with a wholehearted YES!

Nail polish names are incredibly creative, so I figured there must be at least a few that have a literary bent. I did a little hunting and found some nail polishes that pair perfectly with certain books. Some combinations are a super obvious and cheesy (in a good way!) but if you can’t figure out why I’ve coupled them together… you’re just going to have to read the book! 🙂

Indulge in a little self-care and try some of these the book and nail polish pairings. Even if manicures aren’t your thing, I think you’ll still get a kick out of some of these ridiculous nail polish names. Enjoy!


Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden & Kimono Over, by Essie



Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin & Game of Chromes, by Sally Hansen



Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin & Polly Want a Lacquer, by OPI



Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman & That’s What Friends Are Thor, by OPI



The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman & Turn on the Northern Lights, by OPI



The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald & Bubbles, by Butter



A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson & This is Tree-mendous, by China Glaze



How Stella Got Her Groove Back, by Terry McMillan & Jamaica Me Crazy, by Essie



Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert & Beet Pray Love, by Sally Hansen



Tiny Pretty Things, by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton & Ballet Slippers, by Essie



Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins & Hunger Flames, by Sally Hansen


The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt & Vegas, Baby, by Revlon

In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware & Hen Party, by Butter



And if you want a more general literary lacquer…

I Red a Good Book, by Wet and Wild

Do you have any additional pairings to add?  If so, share in the comments below!

2 responses to “Nail Your Reading Time!: 13 Book & Nail Polish Pairings”

  1. Elsie Avatar

    I suppose Vamp by Chanel would pair well with the Twilight saga?

    1. Kristen Avatar

      Definitely! Not just because of the name, but the color itself is something I think a vampire would wear 🙂

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