Top Ten Tuesday: Books Involving Water

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Arty Reader Girl. Each week, we are given a bookish topic to discuss. This week’s theme is water. This is a fairly open topic, so it could be book covers with water or water-themed books. After some thought and having a look at my shelves, I decided to go with books involving water. Some of these books focus on water as a main part of their stories, while others water plays a role in a few scenes that do have some decent significance to the main story.

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Books Involving Water

Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters–until she becomes one.

When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.

Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people–until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process–or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans.

It’s a book about mermaids so of course water is important! A large chunk of this book occurs underwater, so not only is water practically a character in this story, but it also appears on the cover. This is the start to a great YA fantasy romance triloty that I highly recommend reading.

Read my full review of Tangled Tides.

A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Oima

Years ago, Shoya Ishida led his peers in tormenting a hearing-impaired classmate, Shoko Nishimiya. When she transfers schools, Shoya finds he has gone from bully to bullied, and is left completely alone. Now Shoya struggles to redeem himself in Shoko’s eyes and to face the classmates who turned on him.

This one isn’t obvious. Reading the description, you may question how it involves water. However, there are several scenes of significance that happen in and around water.

Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War by Christie Golden

The ashes of the Cataclysm have settled across Azeroth’s disparate kingdoms. As the broken world recovers from the disaster, the renowned sorceress Lady Jaina Proudmoore continues her long struggle to mend relations between the Horde and the Alliance. 

Dark news arrives in Jaina’s beloved city, Theramore. One of the blue dragonflight’s most powerful artifacts—the Focusing Iris—has been stolen. To unravel the item’s mysterious whereabouts, Jaina works with the former blue Dragon Aspect Kalecgos. The two brilliant heroes forge an unlikely bond during their investigation, but another disastrous turn of events looms on the horizon. . . .

Garrosh Hellscream is mustering the Horde’s armies for an all-out invasion of Theramore. Despite mounting dissent within his faction, the brazen warchief aims to usher in a new era of Horde domination. His thirst for conquest leads him to take brutal measures against anyone who dares question his leadership.

Alliance forces converge on Theramore to repel the Horde onslaught, but the brave defenders are unprepared for the true scope of Garrosh’s cunning and deceptive strategy. His attack will irrevocably transform Jaina, engulfing the ardent peacekeeper in the chaotic and all-consuming . . . TIDES OF WAR

Water plays a decent role in Tides of War. Theramore sits on the shore, ship battles abound, and Jaian uses her ice/water powers throughout.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Some race to win. Others race to survive. It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition – the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen. As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.

The water horses, called capaill uisce, come from the ocean. Not only that, the race itself is done on the beach, where many a rider gets pulled into the waves never to be seen again. A great YA standalone that focuses heavily on horses, which isn’t seen very often.

Read my full review of The Scorpio Races.

Weathering With You by Makoto Shinkai

Longing to escape his island home, a boy named Hodaka runs away during his first summer of high school to find a new life in Tokyo. As rain falls for days on end and Hodaka struggles to adjust, he meets a girl named Hina who holds a mysterious power: With a single prayer, she can part the clouds and bring back the sun. But her power comes at a price, and as the weather spirals further and further out of control, they must choose what future they truly want for themselves.

In a Tokyo where it constantly rains, water plays a huge role in this book. In most scenes, the world is wet and it’s only Hina’s strange powers that can bring a stop to the endless rain – but that power comes at a cost. Much like all other Makoto Shinkai stories, this one is full of rich world-building, a mix of characters, and the pursuit of love.

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

On the island of Chincoteague, off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland, lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies. Among them is the most mysterious of all, Phantom, a rarely-seen mare that eludes all efforts to capture her—that is, until a young boy and girl lay eyes on her and determine that they can’t live without her.

The frenzied roundup that follows on the next Pony Penning Day does indeed bring Phantom into their lives, in a way they never would have suspected. Phantom would forever be a creature of the wild. But her gentle, loyal colt Misty is another story altogether.

While this book is on the older side, the story revolves around the horses on Chincoteague Island, and thus water plays a fairly important role.

I hope you enjoyed my list of books involving water. What water-based books have you read?


  1. Cool share with the Warcraft book! I never got into that game (always drawn more toward historical & simulator games), but I’ve read some fiction inspired by games like Alpha Centauri, etc.

    1. Author

      Thanks. I’ve been playing World of Warcraft for more years than I want to admit and read all the books from it as well. Books inspired from games are fun to read, especially if you have played that game.

  2. I think Maggie’s is the only one I recognize. So many talk about those books and how good they are, but alas, they are another hyped series I have never read. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting my website today.

    1. Author

      Honestly, of all her books I have read, I would say The Scorpio Races is the only one worth the hype. And as a bonus, its a standalone book. I recommend checking it out at some point.

  3. Oh man I loved both Misty of Chincoteague and Scorpio Races. Thanks for the memories!

    1. Author

      It’s always nice to find someone else who enjoyed the Misty of Chincoteague books. Those books were my childhood.

    1. Author

      The Misty books were a favorite of mine when I was a kid – to the point I completely wore the books out and have to buy new ones from reading them so often.

  4. Thanks for sharing this list! I will have to check some of these books out!

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