TBR | Sea-inspired book covers!

It’s Cover Freebie on Top Ten Tuesday! I’m very excited to see what type of covers all of you decided to feature today. With so many creative people in this community, I’m sure I’ll find some very fun and unexpected posts! ❤ 

Joining Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl, I decided to combine two of my favorite things: TBR lists and sea. For someone who lives so close to the ocean, I rarely go to the beach, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love the sea itself. I’m just not a huge fan of roasting on the beach. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

There are only a few days of summer left and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share with you my TBR list of all books sea-inspired. The rules are (that I made up myself) all books count as long as they have sea or something sea related on the cover, or even the word “sea” in the title!

We all know that I love making huge To-Be-Read piles of books I never read. So to make this more or less manageable for the future me, I’m only going to pick the top 5 books with sea-inspired covers.

deeplight by frances hardinge

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meets Frankenstein in Frances Hardinge’s latest fantasy adventure

 The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt… more

salt to the sea by ruta sepetys

While the Titanic and Lusitania are both well-documented disasters, the single greatest tragedy in maritime history is the little-known January 30, 1945 sinking in the Baltic Sea by a Soviet submarine of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German cruise liner that was supposed to ferry wartime personnel and refugees to safety from the advancing Red Army. The ship was overcrowded with more than 10,500 passengers — the intended capacity was approximately 1,800 — and more than 9,000 people, including 5,000 children, lost their lives… more

the deep by rivers solomon

The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society—and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future in this brilliantly imaginative novella inspired by the Hugo Award nominated song “The Deep” from Daveed Diggs’ rap group Clipping.

Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep… more

the book of dust by philip pullman

Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy…
Malcolm’s father runs an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his dæmon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue… more

the house in the cerulean sea by tj klune

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages… more

There are a lot more “sea-inspired” books on my TBR, but these five are the ones I’m the most excited about. To be honest, this whole post was inspired by «Deeplight» by Frances Hardinge. I’m dying to read it and hopefully, I’ll be able to get to it soon!

Have you read any of these books? What “sea-inspired” books would you recommend? Leave your comments down below! 🌊

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44 thoughts on “TBR | Sea-inspired book covers!

  1. Alex, you MUST read The House in the Cerulean Sea. Please. It’s so so so good (I’m going to stop gushing now since I haven’t stopped since I read that book but it’s just… *chefs kiss*)! 😍 I love all these covers and have most on my TBR. Deeplight’s cover is so beautiful, I can stare at it all day!

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    1. Thank you!! I only read one short story by Frances Hardinge so far, but I have a feeling that I will love her books. And The House in the Cerulean Sea is also very high on my TBR. Thank you for commenting ❤


    1. I always make so many TBR lists with Top Ten Tuesday memes. I need to start actually reading them. Ahaha
      Dini has been gushing about The House in the Cerulean! And I’ve been hearing only good things about it as well, so hopefully, we will read it soon and love it! ❤

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    1. Ruta Sepetys books are always amazing (heartbreaking but amazing!). I’m kinda scared of reading it, because I can already see that it will break my heart. The book of Dust looks like a monster! but the font is actually quite big, so it should be alright 😀

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