In our latest featured blog, creativity meets art and literature meets the sea. Beachbooks.blog is a unique blog that exists to showcase and support the Sea Library. The one-of-a-kind library nestled in the blogger’s home on the Latvian coast is a curated collection of “sea” themed books. The library is open for all, near and far, to come and browse through the books and appreciate the art while relaxing in the tranquil setting. It’s a destination you can’t help but want to visit.
About the Sea Library
Anna Iltnere is the artist and dotblogger behind beachbooks.blog. She was formerly a journalist who covered the art scene in Russia, Scandinavia, and the Baltic Region. But in 2018, she traded it all in to follow her heart and be near the sea.
She now resides near the sea on the Latvian coast. Her house is home to both her family and her passion – the Sea Library. It’s her dream turned reality and it transcends “real life”, joining the digital world through beachbooks.blog.
The Sea Library is the space in her home dedicated to sea-related books and art. It sits on the perfect piece of land between a river and the sea.
Books and art with a connection to the sea have been sourced or donated from across the globe. Beachbooks.blog adds another dimension to the Sea Library, allowing people from all countries to learn more about it’s books. And the doors of the library are open to all. You can come and peek around while taking in the sights and sounds of the sea. Or, you can borrow a book and return it when you’re through.
What’s on the Beach Books blog
The Beach Books blog is a beautiful representation of the physical space that is the Sea Library. And you can see and feel the passion that Anna has for the library and the sea through her collection of images.
The content is made up of book reviews, interviews with authors, and announcements of upcoming books. She uses dropdown lists on her menu to help people easily navigate to the type of book they’re interested in.
You’ll notice throughout the blog, the blogger chooses words and phrases that add to the sea theme. This includes phrases like, “Sea books, soon to be washed ashore” as her description of the books that are coming soon. This careful consideration of word choice adds to the personal feel of the blog.
Product sales on the blog
Anna also uses the blog to sell handmade woven bookmarks and postcards. The revenue she earns from her products goes to support the library. Anna explains that she weaves as a way to maintain the library, her true passion. Yet the products appear in the background of the blog which allows the library to remain as the focal point.
The blog does an incredible job of capturing Anna’s different passions: The sea. Love of books. Beautiful art. Creativity.
Blogs provide a creative space for individuals to share what they’re working on with the world. Anna uses beachbooks.blog to share all the work she’s doing at her Sea Library. She gives you such an inviting sneak peek into what you can expect to find if you visit, that she leaves you wanting to plan a trip to see it.
What unique interest would you love to explore with others who share your interest?