Top 5 Books About the Ocean from Sea to Shining Sea

Here are the best books about the ocean anywhere in the world. If you love the sea, check out these nautical themed novels.

If you love the sea then it’s likely you love learning and reading about it too.

There are so many great non-fiction and fiction titles available from memoirs and informational to adventure and romance. There is guaranteed to be something for everyone.

Keep reading for some of the best books about the ocean that you are sure to enjoy.

  1. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

This story of an epic struggle between a Cuban fisherman and a giant marlin is an enduring classic and will likely have you reading it again and again.

It’s a great example of a man’s stubbornness and the unwillingness to give up against the odds. Depending on your phase in life you may find that it affects you differently with each read and therefore keeps you wanting to come back to this title again and again.

  1. Log From the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck

This non-fiction book is a tale of travel and discovery that describes the research expedition that the author took with his biologist friend.

Taking place in the Gulf of California, you will read stories about finding rare specimens in the sea, broken engines, and learn about the friendship between John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts, his marine biologist friend.

  1. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin took an epic voyage that would become the birth of the theory of evolution. Darwin’s journal during the voyage turned into a memoir that allows you to enter into the mind of Darwin during his voyage around the Galapagos Islands.

Each day he would chronicle his activities and discuss in length his natural history discoveries. Reading this might make you eager to take a voyage of your own and there are great cruise deals out there for everyone!

  1. The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson

Known for being an authority on ocean literature, Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us broke records when it was originally published and made Carson a rock star in the science and literary worlds.

This literary work focuses on the geological and biological processes that make the oceans so awe-inspiring and combines scientific facts with lyrical storytelling. You will truly enjoy this journey written by Rachel Carson through the geological history of the earth and learn about the depths of the seas.

  1. Song for the Blue Ocean by Carl Safina

This exploration of the oceans will take you on a journey from the coasts into the deep abyss of the oceans.

Safina gives the reader a look at the oceans from his unique perspective and reveals the beauty, mystery, and discourse that surrounds the many oceans across the earth.

Are You Excited to Read These Great Books About the Ocean?

These are just a handful of the many great books about the ocean that are available for lovers of the sea, which books are you excited to read?

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