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Monday, 10 August 2015

Fiction Books For Sea Lovers and Ocean Lovers

Below is my list of fictional books for lovers of the ocean and the sea. I would love to know if you have any further suggestions!

PICTURE BOOK 3+




Commotion In The Ocean by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz


Crabs, whales, sharks, jellyfish and lobsters – all making a noisy commotion in the ocean! Dive into the shimmering brilliance of the deeps with this bold book of rhyme! Packed with rhythmic rhymes and bubbling ocean sounds which are perfect for reading aloud and miming along to, this is a brilliantly colourful first book of verse from the award-winning author and illustrator of Rumble in the Jungle.
My Musings- A perfect picture book to read out loud. The little ones will love the rhythm of the text and bold colourful illustrations.

Other suggestions -
The Storm Whale by Benji Davies - a sensitive portrayel of loneliness and finding friendship
CHILDREN'S BOOK 7+


A Boy and a Bear in a Boat


A boy and a bear go to sea, equipped with a suitcase, a comic book and a ukulele. They are only travelling a short distance and it really shouldn't take long. But their journey doesn't quite go to plan . . .
Faced with turbulent storms, a terrifying sea monster and the rank remains of a very dangerous sandwich, the odds are against our unlikely heroes. Will the Harriet, their trusted vessel, withstand the violent lashings of the salty waves? And will anyone ever answer their message in a bottle?
Brilliantly funny and tender, this beautiful book maps the growth of a truly memorable friendship and explores how, when all else is lost, the most unexpected joys can be found.

My Musings- A great adventure that will appeal to boys and girls with captivating illustrations

YOUNG ADULT FICTION 12+

 Ingo by Helen Dunmore
Sapphire's father mysteriously vanishes into the waves off the Cornwall coast where her family has always lived. She misses him terribly, and she longs to hear his spellbinding tales about the Mer, who live in the underwater kingdom of Ingo. Perhaps that is why she imagines herself being pulled like a magnet toward the sea. But when her brother, Conor, starts disappearing for hours on end, Sapphy starts to believe she might not be the only one who hears the call of the ocean.

My Musings- A great teen read full of magic,romance and mermaids!

ADULT FICTION

The Ocean Sea by Alessandro Baricco

A handful of disparate lives converge at a remote seaside inn: a lovelorn professor, a renowned painter, an inscrutable seductress - and a beautiful young girl, fatally ill, brought to the sea by a desperate father's last hope. An intricate web of destinies and associations begins to reveal itself, but it is not until the arrival of a mysterious sailor called Adams that the truth in all its dreamlike beauty and cruelty becomes clear.
Adams may furnish the key to the girl's salvation, but only the fulfilment of his obsessive secret purpose - to answer murder with murder - can conclude the journey that has brought him from the ends of the earth. Alternately playful and profoundly serious, Baricco's novel surges with the hypnotic power of the ocean sea.

My Musings- Silk, this authors first book is one of my all time favourites and this is another wonderful read from the lyrical writing of Baricco

More suggestions -
The LIfeboat by Charlotte Rogan. A tale of survival when their ship sinks. A tense thriller great for a book group read. 
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman- Wonderful novel full of twists and turns. A gift is brought from the ocean but what secrets does it keep and what secrets will it force others to keep? Great book group book
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr- One of my favourite reads this year. Enthralling, compelling, there aren't enough adjectives!! The sea is an inspiration and a comfort. Beautiful