Top 5 Tuesday #88: A Lot of Water

Wyrd & Wonder is here! And I’m unprepared as always despite my best efforts. I haven’t yet done my TBR post, but expect just about everything I post this month to be part of the Wyrd & Wonder event, a monthlong celebration of all things fantasy.

So that means this Top 5 Tuesday post will include only fantasy-themed answers. It’s just wonderful that the theme for this month’s categories is perfect for Wyrd & Wonder. All categories are based on Avatar: the Last Airbender the four elements: water, earth, fire, air.

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 books with water

(Water-benders, tell us all about those lakes, oceans and seas. 💧🌊)
(Variant: blood)

The following are a variety of fantasy books in which water is a major part of the setting.

Oona by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Raissa Figueroa

A fun children’s picture book about a little mermaid named Oona and her best friend Otto the otter who enjoy hunting for treasure along the ocean floor together.

The Deep by Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes

Another mermaid book but one for adults. This is a fantasy novella about what became of the slaves who jumped overboard the slave ships of the Atlantic slave trade.

Mother of the Sea by Zetta Elliott

And yet another mermaid story, lol! I consider this a short story, though, because of its length. It’s YA fantasy about a teenage girl who’s abducted and sold into slavery and how a mischievous child and the Yoruba diety Yemoja (or Yemaya), a water spirit, help her.

Wizard Beach by Shaun Simon, illus. by Conor Nolan

I wanted to recommend another light, fun read, so here’s Wizard Beach, a middle-grade fantasy comic book about a boy who leaves the cold mountains of his homeland to visit Wizard Beach, where his Uncle Salazar, a powerful wizard, has retired to. The boy, Hexley, wants help putting a stop to the persistent cold in his homeland.

Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb
Ship of Magic | Mad Ship | Ship of Destiny

Of course, I had to include some Robin Hobb books. The Liveship Traders is a trilogy in the larger Realm of the Elderlings series (although it can be read on its own) about a trading family trying to survive after its patriarch dies. The family conducts trade using liveships, ships that gain sentience after a certain number of family members die while on deck, which helps quicken the ship to become alive.

And that’s it for these water-based reads.

What do you recommend?


10 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday #88: A Lot of Water

    1. It’s worth checking out, I think, but I regretted purchasing it. I forgot how much I paid, but I thought it was too much for how short the story is. I recommend borrowing.


  1. Snap. We both have The Liveship Traders in our top 5. I haven’t read any of your others though so might need to investigate further😀


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