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TTT | Ten Of The Best Books With Water On The Cover

April 26th, 2022

Note: Top Ten Tuesday Is A Weekly Meme Hosted by The Artsy Reader

Hi Readers!

I’ve always found myself drawn to books with water on the cover. They always promise Summer and warmth, and the sea is one of my favourite views as it reminds me of home. Here are some of the most beautiful covers with water:

The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell
These books are the essence of Summer. The best type of beach read if you’re not a fan of romance. These non-fiction memoirs are funny, but also a love letter to the island of Corfu, the nature, wildlife and surrounding sea.

Virginia Woolf by The Waves
A lot of Woolf’s books scream Summer and are set by the sea. I’m currently reading a biography of Woolf and there’s actually a reason why she wrote so much about the seaside, as it was very significant to her and her childhood.
The Waves is an incredibly unique novel, and I can’t wait to reread it soon.

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
I actually think all of the Neapolitan Novels have the sea on their covers.
Set in Naples, Italy, the sea is an important setting and makes these books perfect Summer reads.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
One of my favourite books ever.
This is an epistolary novel set post WWII surrounding the island of Guernsey and how they survived the Nazi occupation. Despite the hard topics it explores, this is an incredibly light, hopeful, funny book that any book lover should read.

Beach Read by Emily Henry
One of my favourite romantic contemporaries, and another one for book lovers.
It’s kind of a rival, hate to love romance about two writers who write very different genres and have very different personalities, and challenge eachother to swap genres for a project.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
I loved this book as a teenager and actually I reread it a couple of Summers ago and it still holds up today.
This YA Contemporary romance follows a teenage girl whose father has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and they return to their family lake house for one last Summer together.

The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Another one of the best books I have ever read. They way Roy writes, she just reinvents it and makes it her own.
This is set during a tumultuous time in India and follows two twins from childhood to adulthood.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This book is all about the beach, Summer vibes. The most perfect book to read during Summer.
It is set in Malibu and follows two timelines, four siblings and their parents turbulant love story.

Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzagerald is another author whose books I just associate with Summer.
This one I have a foggy memory of, I think because the story itself is quite bizarre and random. But it does begin on a beach in the French Riviera, so it at least starts with the right vibes.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
I mean, Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon so of course there’s water on the cover.
This series is a great introduction into greek mythology. I highly recommend them. I’m also so excited for the TV show! They just cast Percy and I think he’s perfect!

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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