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Whether you can plow through a novel or two a week (we’re jealous) or you’ve been reading Infinite Jest for the past ten months, our favorite books stick with us for the long haul. Here, 17 baby names that will make your inner bookworm smile every time you’re woken up in the middle of the night.
Inspired by: White Teeth’s Zadie Smith
Will probably just, like, pen a best-selling novel by the age of 24.
Inspired by: The Great Gatsby’s F. Scott Fitzgerald
Keep this kid out of Great Neck.
Inspired by: Mrs. Dalloway’s Virginia Woolf
Make sure she has a room of her own…to play.
Inspired by: To Kill a Mockingbird’s Harper Lee
Don’t tell her to “act like a girl.”
Inspired by: Beloved’s Toni Morrison
Nobel Prize, anyone?
Inspired by: The Maltese Falcon’s Dashiell Hammett
He’ll take his eggs hard-boiled.
Inspired by: The Handmaid’s Tale’s Margaret Atwood
Let her imagination run wild.
Inspired by: One Hundred Years of Solitude’s Gabriel García Márquez
He’ll add a little magical realism to your life.
Inspired by: And Then There Were None’s Agatha Christie
She’ll figure out who stole the cookies from the cookie jar.
Inspired by: Anna Karenina’s Leo Tolstoy
The greatest baby of all time.
Inspired by: Riders of the Purple Sage’s Zane Grey
Cowboy hat required.
Inspired by: Interview with the Vampire’s Anne Rice
OK, we know what she’s being for Halloween.
Inspired by: Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn
If only the Amazing Amy books were real. She’d fly through ’em.
Inspired by: Prep’s Curtis Sittenfeld
Big decision for this little one: public school or private?
Inspired by: My Brilliant Friend’s Elena Ferrante
A trip to Naples, Italy, is in store.
Inspired by: The Old Man and the Sea’s Ernest Hemingway
Will be sparse with his first words.
Inspired by: Jane Eyre’s Charlotte Brontë
Watch out: She’ll want sisters.
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