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The Seas
The Seas: A Novel | Samantha Hunt
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A young woman escapes her bleak life in a coastal town and her memories of her father's suicide eleven years earlier by falling in love with Jude, a sailor twice her age with a troubling secret, dreaming of becoming a scientist, and convincing herself that she is a mermaid. A first novel. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
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MegCaldwell
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This has easily risen to my top five favorite books PEROID. What is real? A story combing the fantastic, grief, women, and the water.

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erinreads
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Not gonna lie, making the spreadsheet for reading challenges is probably my favorite part. 🤷🏼‍♀️ #Booked2020

TheAromaofBooks I just figured out all my bullet journal spreads to track everything, and it makes me so happy!! 1mo
Cinfhen That looks awesome 👏🏼👏🏼 👏🏼 1mo
RvnclawWhovian This is so aesthetically pleasing, I love spreadsheets 1mo
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Bookwormjillk Haha same 1mo
Marni This is so beautiful. I may have to copy you.... 1mo
Librarybelle I love it! I love it so much that I‘m going to doing something similar for this challenge and tracking. 😁❤️ 1mo
erinreads @Marni @Librarybelle I expect to see finished products when you‘ve made your spreadsheets! 1mo
Librarybelle Okay! 1mo
maleahrae You have a lot of great picks there!! 1mo
cwarnier I love this format. How did you get sheets to allow text over multiple cells? 1mo
erinreads @cwarnier Using the merge cells button. It‘s the box with the two arrows pointing to the middle. 1mo
cwarnier Thanks. I love this look
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MelissaSue81 Oh my gosh! So pretty! 4w
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CoffeeCatsBooks
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Set in a small fishing village, a young girl, who believes she is a mermaid, falls in love with an older troubled man.

I‘ve seen a lot of varying reviews on this one, but I loved the beautiful prose and re-read some of the lines multiple times. The story is a slow, engulfing one. #24B4Monday

TheLibrarian I just picked this up the other day. Loved her other book, Mr. Splitfoot. 4mo
CoffeeCatsBooks @TheLibrarian I looked up her other books after I read this and realized I have Mr. Splitfoot but haven‘t read it. 😂 4mo
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JenniferP
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Set in a northern coastal town with the highest rate of alcoholics per capita, the teenage narrator falls in love with an older man damaged by his time in the Iraq war. This book is smart, sad, fantastical, and real. Oh, and did I mention the narrator might be a mermaid?

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TheLibrarian
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A new independent bookstore opened up near me so of course I just had to go check it out. The wonderful hubby even bought me books! #bookhaul

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JenniferP
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Billypar Nice one! How was the book? I loved Mr. Splitfoot and not sure if I should try this one or her story collection next. 4mo
JenniferP @Billypar I‘ve actually not read it yet! I bought it on a beach vacation this summer largely because the cover attracted my attention, so I thought it was perfect for this challenge! 4mo
Billypar @JenniferP Certainly is! Her other two also have striking covers. 4mo
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Easytiger
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Day 4 The Seas

Post your favorite cover for 7 days no explanation needed.

#7covers7days #7days7covers #coverlove #covercrush

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monalyisha
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“The Seas” is a *little* too murky & a *little* too pretentious but it‘s mostly just brimming with literary magic (as confirmed by the shimmer in this photo, which definitely isn‘t just the result of a sunblock-streaked camera lens). Mental health, story, & language are strong themes. I‘m eager to read another, more recent title from Samantha Hunt to see how her talent has grown.

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monalyisha
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“Subject delusional — she wholly believes in the elements we fabricated for this experiment, namely,
love
death
ocean
mercy
The words fall like drops in some ancient water torture.”

monalyisha Image by: Laura Cunningham Art (edited) 4mo
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monalyisha
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“I see my grandmother Marcella walking on the line that makes her name. Mare is the sea and Ciel is sky so her name means seasky. She is the horizon line. She‘s as big and bright as a sun setting.”

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monalyisha
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“On the surface of the ocean, the tallest theoretical wave made by the wind could reach a height of 198 feet. This would be called a rogue, any wave over seventy feet is called that. He told me little is known of these waves because if you see one you most often die. These rogue waves usually come in threes. The three sisters is what they are called and I thought, just like the dry land to name the cruel things in the water after women.”

Clare-Dragonfly That‘s one of my favorite quotes from this book. ❤️ 4mo
Hooked_on_books Gorgeous photo 4mo
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monalyisha
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“Last week he brought me a miniature bouquet, like a bouquet for a mouse. It was one or two purple asters, their stems wrapped in the foil from a peppermint patty.”

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monalyisha
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Starting a new book with my little Moo this morning.

AmyG How sweet. 4mo
currerbelle Hello, reading buddy bunny! 4mo
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readordierachel
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Owlizabeth 😍 4mo
Addison_Reads I definitely just judged this book by its cover and added it to my TBR. 😁 4mo
readordierachel @Addison_Reads I don't blame you 😁 4mo
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erinreads
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batsy This looks so beautiful and sounds very interesting! 4mo
Leftcoastzen So pretty! 4mo
TorieStorieS I just bought this book!! I‘m looking forward to reading it!! 4mo
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AngelaBurr88
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Full of gorgeous prose about my favorite thing: the sea!

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Erynecki
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The writing is beautiful, the narrator is unreliable, the storytelling is sparse, magical, and poetic. This novel somehow has a bit of everything in it: a mermaid, King Neptune, a long lost father, a deaf community, a veteran suffering from PTSD, watery dreams, romance, and a seaside village.

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slategreyskies
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Wow—- I‘m extremely impressed! This book was amazing! It‘s very rare that, even while reading a book, I know that I‘ll return to it again and again, but this is one such book. It was incredibly well written, and the writing style was so unique and interesting that I kept exclaiming to myself in delight. Definitely a new favorite of mine! Magical realism meets the stuff of legends and fairy tales. Highly recommended! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!

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lkpreader
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Suddenly I am recategorizing my books (and shelves) in my head based on how I feel about the author ❤️

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Easytiger
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I don‘t know why, but I had a hard time with this particular story containing a suicide. It wasn‘t the best time to read this book. I lost a friend to suicide in 2016 in similar circumstances, that same year is when I tried as well. The anniversary passed recently. I wouldn‘t recommend to people who has lost anyone in the same manner of suicide. As an advocate for suicide awareness now, I thought I should share my experience and let others know

Reggie I‘m glad you‘re alive. 13mo
Easytiger @Reggie thank you very much. I am too actually 13mo
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greeniezona
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These are the books that I read in December. This is NOT representative of how I live my life in a normal month. This IS representative of my last minute panic trying to achieve my goodreads challenge goal.

BookishMarginalia Nice stack! 13mo
greeniezona Thanks! Much of the volume was only made possible by doctor‘s office waiting rooms and a lot of time of Christmas spent in cars with my husband driving. 13mo
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DanHajducky
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"I always thought it was because the ocean is like a one-of-a-kind thing, like there is nothing else similar to it in the entire world and so the ocean feels no love, no mother, no father or husband, like a space alien. I always thought that just made it an extremely nasty and greedy thing, like an only child."

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silentrequiem
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You guys! @erinreads is the best! Look what arrived today. I'm so touched. Thank you, Erin! 😍😍😍

erinreads Yay! I haven‘t read either, but I have The Seas (such a pretty book! 😍), and I thought I was getting Melmoth for Christmas because it dropped off my wishlist, but then no one gave it to me? 😂 But I hope you enjoy both! 13mo
Emilymdxn I really loved Melmoth! Hope you enjoy it 13mo
silentrequiem @erinreads I first picked up The Seas at BN because the cover. I'm so shallow. Haha. 13mo
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RiaWritten
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Look at the gorgeous cover art on this book! I‘m so excited to read it. I loved Mr Splitfoot so much. 😻

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Kerry_Am
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Of course I had to buy this book as soon as it came out, @Tin_House creates these beautiful little hardcovers and I‘m kind of obsessed. But I only just started reading it. So far it‘s as strange and lovely as I hoped it would be.

VioletBramble Beautiful book. Welcome to Litsy ! 1y
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monalyisha
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I‘m in a book club with some friends from college. We graduated 10 years ago & started the club 5 years back when we felt we were starting to drift apart. It‘s done wonders for keeping us in touch, ensuring that we get together (via video chat; we‘re spread across the country) to talk at least once a month.

All this to say: there‘s 6 of us. We each get to choose 2 books to read a year. The time is nigh for picking 2019 books! Top 2 choices above.

Christine So fun! I loved American Salvage. 1y
CareBear How wonderful! 1y
Clare-Dragonfly That is lovely! I loved The Seas and think it would be fun to discuss. 1y
emilyhaldi Love this idea 💜 1y
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erinreads
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Might‘ve bought some books on vacation? Visited four bookstores in NY and got something at every single one. Even saw the sweetest fat cat at one of them. 😻 Love a good vacation #bookhaul! #catskills

Reviewsbylola Whoa, great haul! All restraint goes out the window for me when I‘m on vacation! 1y
saresmoore Wow, what a great haul! 1y
Mdargusch Not much better than a big pile of new books! 1y
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Billypar Nice! After Mr. Splitfoot, I really want to read more Samantha Hunt, so I'll look out for your review of The Seas. 1y
AlaMich I love me a bookstore cat! 😻 1y
Lcsmcat I ❤️ Tess! 1y
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pocketmermaid
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Day 4 of #riotgrams was #shelfie - but I didn‘t take a pic of my own bookshelf. I was at #NYCCNYPL yesterday and I ducked into the NYPL gift shop, and they have a section of ex-library books. This beautiful edition of “The Seas” was on display, and I thought a moment about buying it. Maybe I should‘ve. But I‘m trying not to buy multiple copies of books I own, even if I love them. Oh, gosh, look at that gorgeous mermaidy cover. 🧜‍♀️ @bookriot

Clare-Dragonfly That edition was on display at my library. It forced me to pick it up. It was a great choice! 1y
pocketmermaid @Clare-Dragonfly It‘s so beautiful! I may eventually have to get it. 1y
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mauveandrosysky
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The Seas is about the stories we tell to establish a sense of identity and carve out a narrative for ourselves. It‘s likely that the narrator is in fact insane, but she tells her story with utmost conviction, her only way of making sense of the world around her. I struggled with it at first, and then finally found my rhythm in the second half during the buildup and aftermath of the striking climax. The writing is compelling and evocative.

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mdemanatee
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I am so glad this got republished with a fancy new cover (though the original cover is also great). This would have been beyond my radar when first released so appreciating the buzz that clued me in.

Hoopiefoot That‘s a beautiful cover and it sounds like a great book! 1y
BookishTrish That cover 😍 1y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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There is SO MUCH in this book and it‘s glorious and terrifying, like the ocean. I‘ll be looking for all of Samantha Hunt‘s other work now.

“You‘ll never know what being scared is like. Only mothers can really know.”

aeeklund Wasn‘t this one glorious?? 1y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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“Just like the dry land, to name the cruel things in the water after women.”

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Clare-Dragonfly
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This book feels slow and quiet, but with writing like this, I don‘t care if nothing happens.

aeeklund I felt the same way. I loved this one. 1y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Now this is more like it!

lauren.lerner I love this cover! 1y
sisilia Beautiful cover! 1y
Clare-Dragonfly @lauren.lerner @sisilia I totally picked it up for the cover and it was a good choice! 1y
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roneea
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I lost a lot of sleep last night reading the Seas, but this guy just slept right through it.

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Beachesnbooks
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My indie bookstore haul from yesterday! All but two if these I bought used and for really good prices (the Valente and the Hunt I bought new). Really excited to pick these up soon! #bookhaul Also I was surprised to see a recent #botm pick in the used book section

JennyM You did well 👏🏼 2y
Eyelit Great haul! 2y
RealLifeReading Nice haul! 2y
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Waynegjr
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Excited to start this one tonight.

Literary_Siren Love the cover! 2y
elizabethlk That cover is divine. 2y
ju.ca.no Love the cover! 2y
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BagginsOfBagEnd
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Mornings with this book that keeps drawing me in.

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renko
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I've had this on my TBR stack for a few months now, but loaned it to my father yesterday after he finished Mr. Splitfoot. He's usually a slow reader but he handed it back to me at breakfast with a one sentence review: "Samantha Hunt is seriously messed up." Just might have to read this one next...