[GUEST POST] Vicky Skinner, author of ‘How to Breathe Underwater’

Vicky Skinner, author of “How to Breathe Underwater”, is taking over my blog! Okay, just for one post, but still! Her debut novel, “How to Breathe Underwater” will be released by Swoon Reads on August 14! You can check out my ARC review, check out my playlist, and read my interview with her as well!

Without further ado…


I Don’t Remember What It’s Called, But the Cover Was Blue…

Here’s the thing about blue covers, the reason that they stick in your mind and you can’t remember the author’s name or the title or what it’s about, but you can remember that it’s blue… it’s because blue is the best color.

No, I’m serious.

There’s all this research about how blue is calming, makes you more productive, even brings down your heart rate! Blue is awesome, so naturally it’s my favorite color, and that’s one of the many reasons I screamed when I saw the cover for How to Breathe Underwater. I really should have seen the blue cover coming, since it’s about a swimmer, but nevertheless, I was so pleasantly surprised.

And to celebrate the color blue, I want to share some of my other favorite blue-covered books!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen




Okay, I’ll admit, Saint Anything isn’t just one of my favorite books with a blue cover. It’s one of my favorite books EVER. Sarah Dessen is one of my absolute favorites, and this book about a girl who feels invisible after her brother is put in jail really spoke to me. It’s about finding your family, falling in love, and speaking up for yourself. A beautiful novel.


This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills



This Adventure Ends has one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen. I love the look of thick paint, the stars, the mix of colors, just gorgeous! And it’s an amazing book! This is also about found family and finding love, but it’s also about learning when to stand up for others, not just yourself. I devoured this book with joy in my heart, and I encourage you to as well!


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater



Shiver was the first book I ever bought for myself completely spontaneously. One day, I walked into a bookstore, saw the cover, opened it to read the first page, and immediately fell in love. I didn’t buy it that day because I was in high school and didn’t have a job and had to save up the money, but I eventually went back to the bookstore and bought this beautiful love story about a girl and her werewolf love, and it’s still one of my favorites to this day.


Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier


I know it’s not YA, but since I read it in high school, Cold Mountain has been one of my favorite novels. I’m partial to Civil War stories especially when there’s a romance involved, and this book is so realistically written and beautifully realistic that I still get goosebumps when I think about it. And it portrays some incredibly strong female characters that are worth their weight in gold. Whether you normally read Literary Fiction or not, this book is for everyone.


The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery



The Little Prince is one of those books that changes every time you read it. I’ve read it multiple times, and every time I see the story a little differently. As I grow and change, the story seems to grow and change too. I highly recommend this one for anyone who loves fairy tales and also art and also anything beautiful.


If I Stay by Gayle Forman



Gayle Forman is such a force, and even though she’s written half a dozen novels besides If I Stay, my heart always comes back here. If I Stay is emotional, tragic, and romantic. It’s the kind of story that sticks with you forever. When I imagine a book about family, tragedy, and music, this is the one I think about, and I can only hope to one day write one as beautiful.


Girl Underwater by Claire Kells


There’s a very good chance you’ve never heard of Girl Underwater. While it’s technically not YA, the main character is in college, and I would recommend it for all ages. Girl Underwater is part love story, part survival story, and completely amazing. It slipped under the radar for most people when it came out a few years ago, but this is one that I would say deserves all the attention it can get.


Blue books are the best books! These are just a few of my favorites, but every time I pass a book with that calm, majestic blue painted across the front, I swoon a little. Hopefully, you do too!


I’m just going to add in Vicky’s cover, so you all can see it in it’s blue glory…thank you so much to Vicky to writing this post for Buried In A Bookshelf! 



6 thoughts on “[GUEST POST] Vicky Skinner, author of ‘How to Breathe Underwater’

  1. I love blue covers as well and all of the covers listed here are so pretty!! I think I loved Vicky’s cover the most so I’ll have to check it out sometime soon!

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