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Weekly Theme: Books by the Sea

Summer is a great time for beach reads. Even if you can't go to the beach in real life, you can visit the sea in a book! This list is full of books with a nautical theme, whether it be mermaids, pirates, sailing, or anything else about the ocean!

Kiss of the Selkie

A Little Mermaid retelling with Fae and selkies! This enemies-to-lovers romance is a new twist on a familiar fairytale.

Mermaid's Song

Do you love books about magical schools/academies? How about one with mermaids! This one is full of political intrigue, mean girls, and angsty romance.

Ice Massacre

Forbidden love between a female warrior trained to kill mermaids, and a mermaid whose people hunt humans. If you think mermaids are always beautiful and gentle, then you're in for something new, because these ones are vicious!

Daughter of the Pirate King

A teen girl pirate captain on a hunt to find a treasure map? Sign me up for some swashbuckling fun!

Honorable mentions:

  • The Reluctant Witch by Kristen S. Walker

  • Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

  • Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire

  • Voices of the Sea by Bethany Masone Harar

  • Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

  • Sound of Sirens by Jen Minkman

  • Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

  • The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

  • The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

  • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig


This article was written by Kristen S. Walker.

Kristen S. Walker is a YA fantasy author and blogger, also known as a book hoarder. Check out more of her work by clicking on any of the covers below.

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