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Declare Your Bookdependance This Weekend With These 20 Books

We hold this truth to be self-evident, that the long 4th of July weekend shall be spent binge-reading. Read on for the perfect books to complement a BBQ, sneak in before the fireworks start, or simply devour with your time off!

The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave movie comes out on January 15th, which means it’s time to dive into the first two books in the series that your friends have been raving about and join the countdown to the big screen!

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

Get a dash of democracy, first love, and family with Kate as she tries to sort out her new life as the daughter of a man running for the president of the United States.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Gorgeous prose, abundant art, and a sweeping story of family and love told through two hearts make this the spectacular read to fall in love with on a holiday. 

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Get hooked on a protagonist who might not be all good for once…in fact, there may be some evil inside of her. Then start reading the sequel, The Rose Society!

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Whether you’re road tripping or not to your 4th of July weekend, go on a road trip through Mim Malone’s convoluted, hilarious, and brilliant mind with Mosquitoland.

The Glass Sentence and The Golden Specific by S.E. Grove

There’s never a wrong time to read a book that will change the way you think of fantasy, and we suggest starting with this series about Sophia Tims, who’s searching for her uncle in the New World – a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods.

My Life Next Door and What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Huntley Fitzpatrick’s romances are your summer spirit animal. For best results, indulge in them while luxuriating in the grass with a pitcher of hydrating lemonade within reach.

Paper Towns by John Green

Only a few more weeks to consume the tale of Quentin’s epic search for his next door neighbor before it hits the big screen July 24th! 

Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Pick a city, a name, a boy, and Stephanie Perkins will deliver a romance that belongs in the YA hall of fame. This weekend, try all three!

The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

This bestselling series is ideal for weekend bingeing, especially when you’re craving fantasy, adventure, and the colliding of fates.

A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

You don’t have to have read the Falling Kingdoms series to start her new series! With one perspective set in modern-day Toronto and one in the ancient kingdoms of Mytica, fates collide and make for a read that will be difficult to put down, even when the fireworks start.

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Who says you can’t balance out Independence Day merriment with a dark revenge thriller?

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Family, first love, and identity…just don’t let the descriptions of delicious pizza distract you from any BBQs on your agenda. 


The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Have a well-balanced weekend full of celebration, sunshine, and a blood-curdling read. Picture shown is the gorgeous hardcover but THE MERCILESS is out in paperback now and look out for Danielle’s next book SURVIVE THE NIGHT out this week on July 7th!


What are you reading this weekend?

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The Butterfly of the Sea

This is fish is called the Sea Robin, otherwise known as a Gurnard or The Butterfly of the Sea. This interesting fish is a bottom dweller. They have several sets of specialized fins, including some that allow the fish to swim and others that let it perch on the seafloor. It’s not related to flying fish, nor do they glide in air. The Sea Robin’s large pectoral fins are normally held against the body, but are spread out when threatened to put off predators.

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Polychaete Worm

Photograph courtesy NIWA    

Don’t let the rainbow glow fool you. This polychaete worm-found 3,900 feet (1,200 meters) down on the muddy seafloor off northern New Zealand—is a ferocious predator, with jaws that project à la the Alien movie monster.

Scientists spotted the creature—and many others—during a three-week expedition this spring throughout four deep-sea regions in the volcano-rich Kermadec Ridge.

Covering 3,800 square miles (9,840 square kilometers), the study area included undersea mountains, continental slopes, canyons, and hydrothermal vents-areas where undersea volcanoes release hot water and gases.

The “exciting” survey turned up several known species, from stalked barnacles to giant mussels, as well as potential new ones, biologist Malcolm Clark said by email.

“Overall, the survey confirmed our belief that the biological communities of the four deep-sea habitats would be different,” added Clark, who led the voyage for New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

The research also further illuminated the deep sea, which is “to an extent, out of sight and out of mind,” he said.

“In order to ensure that deep-sea ecosystems do not suffer too much damage from things like bottom trawling or mineral extraction, we need to know what animals occur there, and how vulnerable they are to impact.”

(See “Pictures: ‘Supergiant,’ Shrimp-Like Beasts Found in Deep Sea.”)

—Christine Dell'Amore

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DEEP SEA JELLIES

  1. Multifunctional tube feet are able to attach to surfaces using suction, slowly move the animal over the seabed, pull apart the closed shells of prey to get at the soft tissues inside, and pass morsels of food to the mouth (Asterias rubens).
  2. Bolinopsis infudibuliformis–this species of comb jelly, reaching up to 15 cm (6 in.) in length, has four long and four short comb plates.  It is extremely fragile and individuals almost always tear and break up when handled.
  3. Phacellophora camtschatica
  4. A sea cucumber releasing its Cuvierian tubules to defend itself (Holothuria pervicax).
  5. Unlike most comb jellies that catch their prey by using muscles to suck in water, Thalassocalyce simply allows the prey (usually small crustaceans) to swim inside its bell where they stick to the mucus covered lining.  The bell then snaps shut and the prey is digested.
  6. A jellyfish (Bougainvillia superciliaris) with a hitchhiking amphipod (Hyperia galba).
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Terrifying Deep Sea Creatures to Feed your Nightmares

These weird and scary creatures were found at the deepest part of the world’s oceans located at The Mariana Trench. On March 26, 2012, film director James Cameron became the first person to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench. These are just a few of the creatures that he found. Truly creepy.

Second Rare Oarfish Washes Ashore in Southern California

For the second time in a week, the rare, serpentine oarfish has surfaced on a Southern California beach.

Beach goers at Oceanside Harbor crossed paths Friday afternoon with the deep-sea monster when its carcass washed ashore, Oceanside Police Officer Mark Bussey said. The fish measured 13 ½ feet long. The discovery came just days after an 18-foot dead oarfish was found in the waters off Catalina Island. 

“The call came out as a possible dead whale stranded on the beach, so we responded and saw the fish on the sand right as it washed up,” Bussey said.

Oceanside police then contacted SeaWorld San Diego, the Scripps Research Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Suzanne Kohin of NOAA Fisheries Serivice responded, measured and took possession of the oarfish for research, Bussey said. He further added that people on the beach were “flabbergasted” to see the fish.

“It’s not the typical fish you see on shore,” he said, adding the oarfish probably weighed over 200 pounds. The fish was far too big for Santana to carry alone; it took 15 people to bring the beast to shore.

But these two massive fish are puny by oarfish standards, according to the NOAA. The oarfish is the largest bony fish in the sea and can grow over 50 feet in length. Very little is known about the species, since it usually is found hundreds, if not thousands of feet below the surface, reaching depths up to 3,000 feet.

In an ironic strategy for survival, a tiny shrimplike creature called an amphipod shows everything it has, inside and out, in an attempt to disappear. 

The unusual animal, called Phronima, is one of the many strange species recently found on an expedition to a deep-sea mountain range in the North Atlantic. 

Many small deep-sea creatures are transparent, or nearly so, to better camouflage themselves in their murky surroundings, scientists say. 

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Frilled Shark 

Humans rarely encounter frilled sharks, which prefer to remain in the oceans’ depths, up to 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below the surface. Considered living fossils, frilled sharks bear many physical characteristics of ancestors who swam the seas in the time of the dinosaurs. This 5.3-foot (1.6-meter) specimen was found in shallow water in Japan in 2007 and transferred to a marine park. It died hours after being caught.

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Monsters of the Deep Sea

Found at the depths of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, these deep sea ocean dwellers are both scary and deadly:

  • Frill Shark - has over 300 rows of needle sharp teeth. Its name comes from its frilly-looking gills.
  • Stonefish - perfectly camouflaged to look like a rock on the ocean floor, it is the most venomous fish in the world. It has 13 spines along its back that release the venom, which can kill humans in just a few hours.
  • Sloane’s Viperfish - its teeth are a force to be reckoned with. The fang-like chompers are more than half the size of the viper’s head, allowing the fish to impale prey by swimming at the victim headfirst, mouth agape.
  • Red Octopus - has eight arms with rows of glow-in-the-dark suckers trailing down each arm which are used to attract planktonic prey, like insects drawn to a light.
  • Sea Pig - a type of sea cucumber found in very deep waters throughout Earth’s oceans. Sea pigs travel in large groups numbered in the hundreds, crawling along the sea floor.