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Better than Gersberms! A gift guide to Tumblr books

This Christmas, there's a book out there for every Tumblr and Tumblrette in your life.


Aja Romano


Posted on Dec 21, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 4:59 am CDT

Still searching for that perfect quirky holiday gift for a nerd near you? Know a hipster coffee table that’s just begging to be graced with a coffee table book on hipsters and/or coffee tables? 

The Daily Dot has you covered. Nothing’s trendier than Tumblr right now, so it stands to reason that nothing’s trendier for the book lover than Tumblr blogs that have turned into books. Pick the one that’s right for your picky giftee!

For the Meme Lover

Feminist Ryan Gosling 

The Tumblr: Feminist Ryan Gosling

The Book:  Feminist Ryan Gosling: Feminist Theory (as Imagined) from Your Favorite Sensitive Movie Dude

Danielle Henderson’s Tumblr turned insta-meme gets insta-highbrow in this look at the best iterations of Ryan Gosling imagined as the perfect boyfriend. Best part? Ryan Gosling is an actual feminist, so it’s not even fanfiction.

Coloring for Grown Ups

The Tumblr: Coloring For Grownups

The Book: Coloring for Grownups

This irreverent, frequently politically incorrect coloring book gives you the opportunity to wreak Crayola-induced violence upon Chris Brown and draw Mitt Romney to th.e right side of history. The Tumblr frequently posts submissions from color-happy readers, which your giftee can use to inspire their own artistic whimsey.

Photo via coloringforgrownups/Tumblr

For Zen Living

Everything That Can Happen In A Day

The Tumblr: 2009

The Book: Everything That Can Happen In A Day

This unusual blog turned book turned minor cultural movement is predicated on the concept of just doing something, anything—whether it’s painting the sky on envelopes for strangers, or leaving 10 oranges in public for other people to find. Think of it as self-help for those who help themselves.

Photo via

The Burning House

The Tumblr: The Burning House

The Book: The Burning House

The idea is simple: make a stylish photo of all the things you’d save if your house was on fire. The result is more elegant than one might expect, a kind of crossover between Polyvore and Things Organized Neatly, and a mesmerizing breakdown of the things we value most.

photo via theburninghouse/Tumblr

I Love Charts

The Tumblr: I Love Charts

The Book: I Love Charts

With over 200,000 followers and counting, I Love Charts is one of the most popular blogs on Tumblr.  With hilarious,easily digestible charts and graphs on every subject from Breaking Bad to Brussels sprouts, it’s easy to see why.

Illustration via ilovecharts/Tumblr

For Disenfranchised Youth

Odd Future

The Tumblr: Odd Future and Golf Wang

The Book: Odd Future: Golf Wang

This no-longer-underground group of 10 teen Los Angeles hip-hop artists includes Frank Ocean and creator Tyler Okonma. With beats that range from smooth to fierce and lyrics that are often as macabre as they are brilliant (one extended metaphor speaks of disposing of manners like chopped-up bodies), these artists have formed a subculture that’s 1 part skate punk, 1 part indie rap, and 1 part whatever they want to be. Though they recently allegedly physically assaulted one of their own fans onstage, with two openly queer members, they’re progressive in unexpected ways. Oh, and they’re also into serial killers.

F*ck! I’m in My Twenties


The Book: F*ck! I’m in My Twenties

In the wake of the recently launched book, NBC snapped up Emma Koenig’s sly musings on life as a broke New York artist. Get it before the comedy premieres, along with the inevitable comparisons to Two Broke Girls, Girls, Quarterlife, and… you get the picture.


Illustration via fuckiminmy20s/Tumblr

Suri’s Burn Book

The Tumblr: Suri’s Burn Book

The Book: Suri’s Burn Book: Well-Dressed Commentary from Hollywood’s Little Sweetheart

This sassy snarkfest shared its New York launch party with F*ck! I’m in my Twenties!, in what could have been the ultimate party that was also a self-mocking takedown of the young and fabulous. But it’s not just wry self-mockery; Suri dishes out chapters devoted to looking at “Social Capital in the Modern Economy, then follows it up with “Celebrity Children I’m Over Already.”

While author Allie Havan promises, “The book will be Suri’s completely new, completely definitive guide to the families of Hollywood, and no one will be spared,” the Tumblr is generally nicer on celebrity kids than their parents. And who can blame them?

My Bad Parent

The Tumblr: My Bad Parent

The Book: My Bad Parent: Do As I Say, Not as I Did

Another blog-turned-book that skewers parents more than kids, this man-on-the-street blog is a hilarious takedown of bad parenting and occasionally badly behaved children; though sometimes the captured moments feel a little too meme-ready to be authentic, the results are almost always hilarious.

Photo via mybadparent/Tumblr

Look at This F*cking Hipster

The Tumblr: Look at this fucking hipster

The Book:  Look at This F*cking Hipster

Like People of Wal-Mart, Look at This Fucking Hipster is one of the first and most well-known spy-on-your-neighbors-while-skewering-social-class memes. It could have worn out its welcome years ago, when Honda shamelessly borrowed it for a car commercial, but it turns out making fun of hipsters is a gift that keeps on giving.

Stuff Hipsters Hate

The Tumblr: Stuff Hipsters Hate

The Book: Stuff Hipsters Hate: A Field Guide to the Passionate Opinions of the Indifferent

Had enough hipster mockery? Hipsters strike back in this blog dedicated to hipsters passionately railing against things that piss them off—everything from Christmas music to preparing for natural disasters (in other words, probably everything that white people like). The blog itself hasn’t been updated in months, but no fear: the book is there to assist you with all your holiday hipster rants.

For the Pet-Lover

Hot Guys and Baby Animals

The Tumblr: Hot Guys and Baby Animals

The Book: Hot Guys and Baby Animals

Does what it says on the tin: lots of photos of hot dudes and adorable puppies, kittens, and other cute little animals.

Photo via hotguysandbabyanimals/Tumblr

Texts from Dog

The Tumblr: Text From Dog

The Book: Texts from Dog

This popular Tumblr enacts fictional conversations between owner October Jones and his pet bulldog, Dog.

Photo via textfromdog/Tumblr

Hipster Puppies

The Tumblr: Hipster Puppies

The Book: Hipster Puppies

Oh, wait, did we say we were done making fun of hipsters? We lied.

Photo via hipsterpuppies/Tumblr

Bonus: Maddie On Things

The Tumblr: Maddie the Coonhound

The Book: Maddie on Things: a super serious project about dogs and physics

This photo blog-turned-book isn’t out til April, but in the meantime you can cheer yourself by enjoying the wildly popular Tumblr full of pictures of what may be the world’s most photogenic hound.

Photo via maddieonthings/Tumblr

Photo via Hipster Puppies/Amazon

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*First Published: Dec 21, 2012, 2:44 pm CST