Recommended 'Shark Week' Reading

Posted by Cybil on July 21, 2017


What danger lies beneath the ocean waves? Luckily for us readers, this question has consumed both novelists and nonfiction writers alike for ages. So, just in time for the annual Shark Week (the Discovery Channel's eight days of all things shark-related), we've rounded up some great books on the creatures of the sea.

Which of these books will you add to your Want to Read shelf? Tell us in the comments.


Nonfiction Peeks at Creatures of the Deep
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft
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The Devil's Teeth
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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
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Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916
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Shark
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Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
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Fictional Fears That Keep You On Shore
Jaws
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The Old Man and the Sea
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Moby-Dick
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Some Chum for the Kids
Neighborhood Sharks
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Sharkabet
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The Shark Caller
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message 1: by Lör (new)

Lör K. Ah some perfect reads before Shark Week starts on Sunday. Looks like Shark Week might be more like Shark Month for me. Thank you for this!


message 2: by Devyn (new)

Devyn Devil's Teeth instantly went on my Want To Read list!


message 3: by Eric (new)

Eric Klein shark books might be fun to read one season but not right now


message 4: by Rob (new)

Rob Karraker When the book, 'Meg' came out, I also read a book called 'Extinct' which was about a megalondon. It was suppose to be a mini series on NBC but never made it. the book wasn't too bad.
anyone else read this?


message 5: by Lör (new)

Lör K. Rob wrote: "When the book, 'Meg' came out, I also read a book called 'Extinct' which was about a megalondon. It was suppose to be a mini series on NBC but never made it. the book wasn't too bad.
anyone else re..."


I haven't but this sounds really good! Is there a link to the book on GoodReads?


message 6: by Andrea (new)

Andrea I always celebrate Shark Week with a couple of books on the subject. You can check out my Shark shelf for more inspiration here.


message 7: by Jackie (new)

Jackie Lör wrote: "Rob wrote: "When the book, 'Meg' came out, I also read a book called 'Extinct' which was about a megalondon. It was suppose to be a mini series on NBC but never made it. the book wasn't too bad.
an..."


I think maybe this one is it? Extinct


message 8: by Paul (last edited Jul 21, 2017 05:50PM) (new)

Paul E. Morph A great b-movie style shark novel is North Sea Hunters. If you like a good aquatic man vs. monster story you could do worse. I read it last month and really enjoyed it. Check it out.

I also loved Jaws and Meg so I may have a thing for shark books...


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Sharks kill maybe 12 people a year.
Humans slaughter 11,417 sharks per HOUR.
Pretty obvious who the real monsters are.
We're facing fishless oceans in just 31 years and when the oceans die, we will. And it will serve us right


message 11: by Anne (new)

Anne So pleased there are at least a few of us that see the bigger picture. When I look at how many animals have already become extinct at our hands and how many more are on the brink I don't see man ever learning.


message 12: by Lör (new)

Lör K. RKV wrote: "Shark books are not that much interesting. Instead of reading these books we can watch movies made on them. IT companies in patna"

On the contrary, I find books on sharks fascinating. Books are much more genuine way of getting information, even in fiction books, where as fictional movies are much more about fake gore and thrills. A good shark book can never be beaten.


message 13: by George (new)

George I'm afraid to go in the water because it's infested with humans. How many sharks accidently kill humans compared to the murder of sharks by humans? About 1 to 100 million.


message 14: by Chris (new)

Chris simpson I read Jaws by Peter Benchley on its UK publication back in 1974,
It was one of the most exciting reads of that year and I remember thinking what a great film it could make!
Of course todays reader will not have the pleasure of near ignorance of the Great White shark that we in the UK had back then and so the shock of this novel ( The first in this Genre that was aimed at a mass market) will have dissipated.
Now of course there is the film Jaws that nearly everybody will have seen, this film has had the unintended consequence of bringing the Great White Shark nearer to extinction through unfounded fear.
Now we have the disgusting trade in shark fins where the fins are cut from live sharks and then the shark pushed back into the ocean.
We are all disgusted and shocked by this but there is still a ready market for the fins in China and across that part of the world.
Peter Benchley and Steven Spielberg where both shocked and mortified by these unforeseeable future events.
But Jaws is still a great read!!


message 15: by Joseph (last edited Jul 22, 2017 06:18AM) (new)

Joseph Peter Benchley is the man when it comes to shark and other sea animal stories. In addition to Jaws, I recommend Peter Benchley's Creature, Beast, and The Girl of the Sea of Cortez and and his nonfiction work Shark Trouble.


message 16: by Chris (new)

Chris simpson Other good undersea sort of related stories
The Deep, Peter Benchley. The Abyss, Orson Scott Card.


message 17: by Sara (new)

Sara Smart About Sharks by Owen Davey

Smart about Sharks is another great shark book for young readers. :) (Nonfiction.)


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Chris wrote: "I read Jaws by Peter Benchley on its UK publication back in 1974,
It was one of the most exciting reads of that year and I remember thinking what a great film it could make!
Of course todays reader..."


I know, it's so sad :( The fin harvesting is atrocious


message 19: by Joyce (new)

Joyce You forgot Meg.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Joyce wrote: "You forgot Meg."

Yeah that should have been on there. One of the most popular shark books and it spawned a series


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message 23: by Chris (new)

Chris simpson Whats that got to do with Shark Week, Unless someone mentions sharks and cheating men come to mind


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