Wet Worlds! // Books set in or by the sea

Hey guys! Water you up to? Did you sea what I did there? I am shore you did. (Okay stop groaning, I am just beginning to realize that puns are overrated.)

So I have decided to do a series of themed book recommendations because my brain can’t really think of anything else to post (take a hint and give me some suggestions!). This post is the second in this series (click here to read the first one). Personally, I do enjoy writing such posts and surfing (ooh no pun intended this time, I promise😂) through my Goodreads shelves trying to find more books which fit the theme.

As you already know from the title (and from my not-so-subtle intro lines), today I am going to be recommending you books set in or by the sea. What usually makes such books stand out is there extremely sea-vibey writing (who likes imagining sand between their toes and inhaling fresh salty sea air while reading books set by the sea? *raises a hand, and then the other as well for good measure*) Without further ado, let’s see what recs I have in store for you!

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Set on an island isolated except for 10 strangers, this remains till date, one of my favourite murder mysteries (and can I also mention that this was my first one?) My best start into a genre if there ever was one.

Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Malamander was such a lovely middle grade! The entire story takes place in a town called Eerie-On-Sea (naturally, it is situated by the sea) and the sea itself does play an important role in the book (Malamander is the name of a giant sea creature after all). The atmosphere was beautifully created – the sound of waves, the smell of salty sea air, the eerie noises that give the town its name, all seemed pretty much real in my head.

The Haunting Of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes

A spooky middle grade set in a small coastal town, this story had very atmospheric vibes. It can easily be read in a single sitting, so get out your blankets, snuggle in your couch during a rainy day and give this book a read!

Frostheart by Jamie Littler

Frostheart is a cute middle grade about a little boy trying to find his missing parents. He is often shunned by most people because of this power he has, but he gets taken in by the crew of a ship called Frostheart and finds friendships and betrayals on his journey. I haven’t read the sequel yet, but I hope to read it soon!

The Storm Keeper’s Island

A magical story set in an Irish island, this book is about the power (literally!) of nature and definitely worth a read.

The Adventure Series by Enid Blyton

You haven’t had a childhood if you haven’t read any Enid Blyton! Anyway, this particular series of hers called the Adventure series deals with ship voyages and other sea-stuff.

And that, my friends, brings us to the end of this post (I realize its much shorter than usual but…). Hopefully you got some great recommendations and your TBR just got a little bit bigger. See you in my next post!

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“What’s In The Name?”

Turns out, a lot IS in the name. Listen up, Shakespeare.

This idea just popped up in my mind this morning, so this is pretty spontaneous. In this discussion post, we are going to be looking at how important book titles are, which kind of titles make me take a second look at the book (and which do not) and some of my personal favourite titles. Make yourself comfortable because we are starting…now!

The title of a book is like the first impression the reader gets of the book, perhaps even more so than the cover. The title forms the basis of reader’s judgement about the book. It is the title that gets talked about in general conversations, making it incredibly important for it to be a word or a set of words which catches people’s attention. The title is what is mentioned in as the heading of book review posts on blogs, and other social media.

Most people (including me) would not even care to read the book’s synopsis if the title does not sound good to them. When I am scrolling through Goodreads, I stop only when a title catches my attention. Then I look at the blurb, and then I take a look a the cover, the genres and the ratings. So the very first basis in which I decide to add a book to my tbr is the title, and the rest comes later. Of course, a good title can’t make a boring book look good, but it can definitely make an interesting book seem better. Ultimately, the title should be such that it makes you want to start reading the story.

  • A title that uses some reference from the story, without giving away too much.
  • A title whose real meaning becomes relevant only when I am quite far into the book. (That moment when I finally understand is like a lightbulb turning on in my head😂)
  • Titles with puns, or some sort of word play
  • Titles that are easy to pronounce and understand
  • Vague one-word titles
  • A surreal title that ignites curiosity on hearing it for the first time

  • The word ‘and’ as a connector. I mean, I have nothing against it as such, but titles like “A and the B” (not a real book title! I am just giving an example) really discourage me from reading the book. It’s completely all right with children’s books and picture books (remember Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs?) but middle grade and young adult having such titles…its usually a no-go for me.
  • Very obvious book titles, which are the names of the main character or the main setting. Any title whose meaning becomes obvious as soon as we start reading the book.

(these are purely my opinions, I do not mean to disregard or offend anyone)

Alright, time for some of my favourite titles! This is going to be interesting….*cracks knuckles*

Mightier Than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles, #5)
Supernova (Renegades, #3)
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

Mightier Than The Sword by Jeffrey Archer : Can you think of any better way to describe an author? There could have been so many other boring names for this one, but instead the author took up a phrase “The pen is mightier than the sword” and removed the first three words. So impressive, right?

Supernova by Marissa Meyer is the third and final book in the Renegades series. If you don’t have any clue about the story, this may not sound like a very impressive title. But actually this title is a pun, and a good one at that. Its not the supernova as in the “space explosion”, it is supernova as in “the mc’s name is Nova, the book is about superheroes, and Nova is a villain”. Now can you see the genius behind that title?! (And I haven’t read this book yet, but I have read the first two, so I will probably get this this one soon)

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir : Although I didn’t enjoy this book very much, that can’t stop me from appreciating the title, can it? What I liked about this was how initially the reader has no idea why the book is named the way it is, and later on, I think about halfway through the book, this appears for the first time as a quote. “You are an ember in the ashes, Elias Veterius.”,something like this, if I remember correctly?

The First Phone Call from Heaven
And Then There Were None
Thirteen Reasons Why

The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom : What an intriguing title! Doesn’t the title itself make most of you want to read this book? And the book was pretty good too, from what I remember.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie gave me chills from the moment I read the name of the book. And that might be one of the reasons I was so hesitant to read it. Yeah I am a scaredy cat. And it has sort of a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? And then there were none…

13 Reasons Why I think I am talking about this on my blog for the first time! I had read it a couple years back and didn’t really enjoy it that much. But. We are here to talk about the title, so isn’t this a nice, unique one? Kinda makes me feel its the start of an essay. 13 reasons why polar bears are going extinct…okay that just popped into my head 🙃


Before ending this post, I wanted to share a completely random word fact : Today I realized that the words LUSTRE, RUSTLE and RESULT have exactly the same letters in different arrangements. How’s that?😏

How important do you think book titles are? Are there any books you picked up because of their title? Which are your favourite book titles? Any discussion post remains incomplete without your inputs, so be sure to put your thoughts in the comments section!

Black Coffee by Agatha Christie (Review)

When the inventor, Sir Claud Amory, discovers that his precious formula for a powerful explosivehas been stolen, he is sure it has been done by someone in his house. Seeking a swift remedy, he locks all doors and switches off the lights to allow the thief to return the formula, no questions asked. But little did he know that he would not live to even regret this decision.

This was a classic ‘the murderer is in this room’ mystery, which I would have otherwise enjoyed, had it not been for the weak plot. Yes, this was one of those rare Christie novels that I had high hopes on, but I was let down. The beginning of the novel was quite promising, but I was disappointed in the end.

Let me tell you, as a Christie fan, that most of the murderers in her books can be of two categories. They are either the main character, whose name has been used throughout the book, or they are a character who has been completely ignored in the story, someone you would never dream of suspecting. The murderer in ‘Black Coffee’ fell under non of these categories, which is quite uncharacteristic of Agatha Christie.

So all I can say is while the story-line was good, the end could have been a whole lot better, because in murder-mysteries like this, it is the end that matters.

Still, it is definitely worth a shot. Who knows, you may even like it! Anyway, everyone has their own taste, and I would love to know your views about this book in the comments section!

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Review)

Ten people stranded on an island. One murderer. Haunted by a nursery rhyme, one by one, they begin to die.

Agatha Christie, the queen of crime, really outdid herself this time. This is one of those unforgettable titles that stays with you forever, and whenever someone asks you about your favourite book, you find yourself saying that name. Throughout the book, one keeps asking himself, “Could he/she be the one?”. Though suspense is a common factor in all Christie novels, this one was different somehow. You keep ruling out suspects as they die, only to find none left in the end. I actually felt the apprehension and tension that the ten characters felt knowing there was a murderer in their midst, while reading the book, and I am sure you will too. Such is the brilliance of Christie’s writing.

Each character is portrayed as a unique individual, and after completing about half the novel, I felt as if I had known them my entire life. These were ten people from completely different walks of life, and this little group included a doctor, a judge, a governess and others from equally various occupations. The only thing common was that each of them were harboring a dark secret.

If I tell you any more, you will end up knowing the identity of the murderer. So it is better I stop here. Let me know your views on this novel if you have read it, and if you have not, what are you waiting for?

I will see you in my next post. Till then, happy reading!