Best Nautical Beach Reads for the Summer

Kick Back in the Sand with a Great Book in Your Hand


New Reads

UNCHARTED by Janet Howle
Uncharted by Janet Howle


By Erik & Emily Orton, 2019

This autobiographical, courageous story unfolds from alternating perspectives of the New York City-based Orton family. A husband with no sailing experience, a wife with a deep-water phobia and five children the youngest with Down syndrome pack this New York Times best seller with resilience and truth during an uncertain journey 5,000 miles between Manhattan and the Caribbean.


By Janet Howle, 2020

This adventurous novel about two broken people thrown together to sail dangerous waters sets a dark, turbulent period in the history of the Bahamas as a backdrop for a present-day catastrophe. Drawing on the author's extensive experience cruising these islands' unspoiled seas, this riveting suspense story will captivate both seasoned and armchair sailors.

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Shipped by Angie Hockman


By Angie Hockman, 2021

This beachy rom-com places a workaholic marketing manager and her arch-nemesis coworker on a company cruise together to the Galápagos Islands. The kicker: they are up for the same promotion. Aboard the ship, they walk a thin line between loathing and liking each other as they compete for the new position in this enemies-to-lovers tale.


By Larry Feign, 2021

Newly released this summer, this biographical novel is based on the true story of a 19th century Chinese woman who became the most powerful pirate in history. Her father traded away her youth and sold her to a floating brothel, and then she was kidnapped by sea bandits right after buying her freedom at 26 years old. This strong heroine protagonist's story speaks volumes.



By Jack London, 1904

In this novel, a literary critic survives a ferry shipwreck and is rescued by a cynical yet powerful sea captain who is quite frankly losing his mind. This riveting psychological thriller touches on themes of bravery and survival, following a gentleman scholar who falls under the dominance of the brutal captain and devious, motley crew aboard the Ghost, a seal-hunting schooner.


By Farley Mowat, 1969

Encountering sharks, rumrunners and a cast of unforgettable characters along the way, Mowat tells the story of sailing from the shores of Newfoundland to Lake Ontario with a plan to roam the seven seas on his troubled boat, The Happy Adventure. This entertaining book shares a love for boating and exploration with a twist of comedic relief.

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel


By Ernest Hemingway, 1952

This epic struggle between an old, seasoned fisherman and the greatest catch of his life is a short yet heroic story by one of the leading 20th century American novelists. As Hemingway's last major work of fiction published during his lifetime, its destroyed but not defeated moral is symbolic of the last years of his extraordinary life.


By Yann Martel, 2001

Made into a major motion picture, this fantasy fiction adventure tells a tale of a 16-year-old boy who survives a disaster at sea. The only other survivors from the wreck are a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Royal Bengal tiger, resulting in an epic journey of enlightenment and discovery.

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