BOOKENDING SUMMER 2019: Books By The Sea Tag

Bookending Summer is THRIVING! I am up to my ears in giddyness and grins reading all of your amazing posts and getting to know you guys better on Twitter (@bookend_events if you haven’t followed, you totally should!)! Finishing off her reign of #BEsummer19 is the amazing Jeimy @ A Novel Idea! If you haven’t checked out her content, I highly suggest you do! Not only is she a gem as a person, but I completely stan her content (also her planner is where my aesthetic lives)! GO CHECK HER OUT!
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Without further ado! Let’s waddle into today’s prompt!
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Books by the Sea Tag
What kind of books would you read by the sea? A steamy summer romance? An underwater adventure?

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Okay, I am about to make a confession here folks: I actually don’t like the sea for one reason and one reason only–Seaweed.
Yes you read that right.
I am deathly afraid of seaweed, and because of my phobia to the ocean’s nasty grass, I try to avoid the sea at all costs (which annoys my family because we live close to the gulf). So this prompt I am going to pretend that the sea I’d be reading next to is one that is seaweed free.
This is going to be a thing.
But to answer the prompt, I think I would want a little bit of both. I am a lover of adventure and underwater adventure instantly makes my head think fantasy–like To Kill A Kingdom type of fantasy. But if you have snooped around my blog, you would also know that I am a HUGE fan of the romance genre, so everything I read almost always has to have some form of romance in it.
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But if I could get a book that encompasses both an underwater adventure and steamy romance with a backdrop of summertime? I’d be in heaven. I think that would be my ultimate summer on the beach/sea read right there.
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What is your summer reading choice? Let me know!



  1. Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads

    July 10, 2019 at 11:26 am

    These are fun prompts! I’m following you guys on Twitter now so I can follow along. Seaweed when it’s touching your leg is like one of the scariest things ever if you’re not prepared or even thinking about it so I totally understand you 🙂 I still have to read To Kill a Kingdom! It makes me want to read it on the plane to Hawaii though <3 Seriously Sam you are the coolest ever.

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      July 22, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Oh my goodness, you are a gem! Mah heart <3
      And I completely agree with you! Seaweed when it's touching you is the absolute worst! *shivers at the thought*
      OMG TKAK would be such an epic Hawaii read! If you do decide to pick up TKAK let me know your thoughts! Happy reading!

  2. Jeimy @ ANovelidea

    July 10, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    OMG! Seaweed just makes my skin crawl. Im already not a big fan of sand but I love the scent of the ocean so I put up with it. But this girl does not get in the water for the same reason as you. #antiseaweedteam
    Thank you so much for participating in the tag, sam! I really enjoyed reading your answer! <3

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      July 22, 2019 at 10:10 am

      Thank you for creating the tag! It was a blast to do!

  3. Jinjer

    July 11, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Ughhhh one of my hiking buddies likes to pop those brown seaweed pod thingies between her bare toes. I can’t stand any of that stuff touching my feet or ankles as I walk.

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      July 22, 2019 at 10:12 am

      ewwwwww *shudders* Yeah I’m with you on that one. No touchy is the best touchy!

  4. dbsguidetothegalaxy

    July 13, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Seaweed is pretty weird, I’ll give you that. I’d probably take a few short reads to the beach? I think if you take a book that’s too long, you’ll sit for long and if you’re not properly protected (le me), you’ll burn up 😂

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      July 22, 2019 at 10:22 am

      Haha true! oooo short reads are great beach material!

      1. dbsguidetothegalaxy

        July 22, 2019 at 5:43 pm

        Probably better because of the sun 😂

  5. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

    July 14, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    I actually love seaweed, it’s a necessary component of sushi and enhances miso soup, and the kelp forest is my favorite part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium *gets distracted googling whether kelp and seaweed are the same thing* but it’s definitely startling to have seaweed grab your leg when you’re standing in the ocean, or to feel dried seaweed stab your foot while walking around the beach, I’ll concede that!
    I was an ocean kid rather than a space kid, so underwater and seafaring adventures definitely appeal to me: mermaids, pirates, and all that fun stuff. romantic adventure sure feels like a summer read to me, so if it’s set in or on the sea I’d be right there with you in reader paradise.

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      July 22, 2019 at 10:34 am

      *shudders at seaweed* Yeah I can’t relate at all to that love. lol.

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