Six for Sunday: Books and the Seaside

These #sixforsunday posts are tough this month! I had to abandon books with sunshine on the cover a couple of weeks ago and I have to admit that today’s prompt – Books and the Seaside, is made up with books with tenuous links to a beach somewhere in it’s pages. That still counts right?

Viper by Bex Hogan

Viper is one of my favourite reads this year, travelling from island to island, discovering not all is as it appears from the outside looking in. Beaches feature regularly as you can imagine and set the scene for many of the pivotal moments. I’ll hopefully get to meet the author at YALC next week!

A Bad Beginning (A series of unfortunate events) by Lemony Snicket

If there is one scene that an adaptation really brought to life for me, it’s the sad moment when the Baudilaire children were playing at Briny beach and Mr Poe arrives to inform them they are now in fact the Baudilaire orphans. Oceans and beaches play a large part in this series but this is the scene that started them all.

Circe by Madeline Miller

The beach at Circe’s island is either a haven or a hell to arrive on, depending on intentions of course. From her home on the hill Circe can survey all those who land on her shores and make use of her coves. A life in exile, it’s her only chance for connection although some of those are not as well meaning as others.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I was honestly only reminded of this as we watched the film adaptation last night! It’s perhaps the most tenuous of all the connections but the area for the quarter quell is surrounded by beach as the simulated ocean laps between them and the Cornucopia. The best laid plans though…..

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

So there are a couple of beach scenes in this book, but it’s not the Aelin and Rowan scene (because honestly they are far from a OTP in my view) but it’s the heartbreaking closing pages that are the reason for featuring this. What Aelin goes through on that beach is some of the most emotionally draining reading I have ever done.

Truth by Christina Benjamin

Shamefully despite having the whole series, I still have only read Truth, the first in the Geneva Project series. Geneva is orphaned on Hullabee island, living with other orpahans who lost their families in the great flood. Living in the shadow of the bountiful Island of Lux. Her days are spent scouring the beaches for remnants of life before the great flood and rediscovering that which was long thought lost…..

So those are my six, seaside only in that most involve sand in some way. Thankfully it’s YALC next Sunday so I won’t be posting – I would have no idea where to start with books and ice cream!

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