Theme Thursday

Theme Thursday: Pirates

Hello everyone and welcome to another Theme Thursday!

To those of you who took part in the previous theme (Mermaids), thank you so much for getting this thing going πŸ˜€ I hope more people get to join so we can all share awesome recs with each other.

If you don’t know what this is about, please check out my post here. I’ve also created a page for the feature (or meme, if you prefer) with a calendar and other important info, which you can find here.

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If I’ve missed your TT post for whatever reason, let me know and I’ll add you to the list above!


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Theme Thursday is a new biweekly feature created by Sophie @ Blame Chocolate where bloggers can share recs and newly found books featuring that week’s theme.

  • There will be a different theme (genre, trope, etc) every other Thursday. You can check the theme calendar here.
  • Those participating have to list titles that feature that theme in some way (doesn’t have to be the main theme of the book).
  • You can use the three main categories: Books I’ve Read/I’m Reading, Books I Want to Read, and Other Books That Fit The Theme but this isn’t mandatory.
  • Please use this boxed text in your post, which doubles as a pingback.
  • Additional info is available on the Theme Thursday page.

This week’s theme is: Pirates!

I know I’d promised to be more original in the future but I really like pirates and I wanted to do a post about pirate books for so long πŸ˜‚ Also, it just felt like a natural succession πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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🍫 Books I’ve Read/I’m Reading:

BlackheartsBlacksoulsBlue Tide
To Kill a KingdomDaughter of the Pirate King

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🍫 Books I Want to Read:

The Assassin's CurseUnhookedNever Never

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🍫 Other Books That Fit The Theme:

Pacifica by Kristen SimmonsEmilie and the Hollow WorldShip of MagicKatya's World

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So that’s about all I could think of… Some of these are actually air pirates, not sea pirates, but they all count! Even space pirates (oooh I forgot two of those – can you find out which ones? πŸ˜‰ )

Make sure to pingback so I can check out your recs! It seems my wordpress is buggy and I might have missed a lot of TT posts but in any case, feel free to send me an email or comment below with your link and I’ll check it out πŸ™‚

The next theme is: Boarding School! Check out the calendar here.


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πŸ“– Have you read any of these books?
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45 thoughts on “Theme Thursday: Pirates

  1. I love Pirate themes! I’ve read some of these books and I really loved them! My favorites are DOTPK, TO kill A Kingdom, Unhooked, and The Assassin’s Curse! I also enjoyed Pacifica but it’s not piraty enough for me. I haven’t read Blackhearts but I’ve heard great things about that series! I might give it a shot someday in the future!

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    1. Ah that’s great, Raven! Too bad about Pacifica… It sounded really cool and the cover looked great as well… Is it still good despite the lack of piracy?
      Blackhearts was really nice but it doesn’t involve a lot of pirates either! It’s more of an origin story for Blackbeard. The second book (Blacksouls) is the one with pirates πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy them either way!

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  2. Definitely fitting to go from mermaids to pirates! Two themes I enjoy πŸ™‚ I’ve read The Assassin’s Curse and really liked it, together with it’s sequel. It’s got a slow-burn romance and surprised me by going in some directions I didn’t expect, which I enjoyed. So I hope you like it too if you read it!

    The other pirate book that comes to mind for me is Red Seas Under Red Skies (the sequel to the Lies of Locke Lamora). It’s got some of the most creative swearing/insults I’ve ever encountered in a book – and the audiobook reader does amazing pirate accents. It’s also got very funny moments: the pirates are very superstitious, and there’s a running joke to do with it that makes me smile just thinking about it… but I won’t say more to avoid spoilers!

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    1. Yay, two themes I enjoy also! I wasn’t too sold on it but now that you’ve said that I’m really looking forward to trying it πŸ™‚ I always confuse it with The Forbidden Wish for some reason hahaha Slowburn romance is my absolute jam, and I love being surprised so I’m excited πŸ˜€

      Lies of Locke Lamora has been on my TBR for ages…. It looks so good and everyone raves about it! But for some reason I just haven’t been able to pick it up. I never knew the sequel had to do with pirates. It does sound hilarious and so much fun! Gotta love those supertitious dorks ❀ Very Pirates of the Caribbean hahaha

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      1. Oh good well I hope you like it, I also love slow burn romances! And that’s funny about Forbidden Wish – that’s another book I was thinking of trying at some point.

        If you do read Locke Lamora the one thing I’ll say is that it took me a while to get into it because the beginning was slow, but once I did I started really enjoying it and loved the characters. So maybe just don’t expect to be blown away in the first few chapters πŸ™‚

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  3. I think going from mermaids to pirates is fitting Sophie. ❀ Are you sticking to sea creatures for the next post or are you going to go for another theme (then again I'm not sure what other sea creatures you could use).
    I haven't read many of these books; I picked up To Kill a Kingdom and enjoyed it but I feel like I was missing the spark that made everyone else love it. I really enjoyed the Daughter of the Pirate King duology though.
    Unhooked is actually on my TBR list (or it was, I'm not sure if it survived some of my TBR unhauls) but I really enjoyed Lisa Maxwell's The Last Magician so maybe I should try and get around to it sooner. Hopefully you'll enjoy it as well. πŸ™‚
    Great post, and again I'm looking forwards to seeing your next Themed Thursday post. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. No, next theme will be Boarding School books! πŸ™‚ I wanted to change things up a bit so it wouldn’t get too similar.
      Yeah I remember you mentioning it, which made me a bit sad but hey, everyone’s different! I hope you find your ultimate mermaid book one of these days ^^ I’m still trying to finish Daughter of the Siren Queen, which for some reason I dropped a while ago and never picked up again…
      Ah that’s cool! I haven’t read anything of Maxwell’s yet so I’m curious.
      Thanks so much, Beth ❀ I hope you enjoy the next posts/themes!

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      1. Ohh, I bet there are plenty of books set in boarding schools (and of course the main one being Harry Potter!)
        Yeah, we can’t all love the same books, I did enjoy it, I just didn’t get the hype for it is all.
        That’s all right, and thanks Sophie. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. That’s awesome to hear, Kelly! ❀
      I hope you enjoy Blackhearts – unfortunately the first book doesn't have a lot of pirates (it's basically the origin story of Blackbeard before he became a pirate) but the second one Blacksouls does have a bit more.
      I still recommend them as they are quite interesting and engaging, but I wished they were more piratey hahaha

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  4. I haven’t read a lot of pirate books, but I need to try a few of these. They sound so good, Sophie. And some of these have received glowing reviews. That’s a fun tag. Thanks for sharing these reads. πŸ™‚

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    1. Some of them do have glowing reviews, but ultimately it’s up to your personal taste so I hope you enjoy them, Diana πŸ™‚ Unfortunately I haven’t read as many as I wished but I’m looking forward to finding more to add to my TBR!
      Thanks so much for stopping by ❀

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    1. Ah, awesome! I’m looking forward to it as since OUAT I became a bit obsessed with Hook hahaha I also love the concept of Peter Pan as a villain.
      The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy was so hyped I just kind of skipped it xD But I will certainly rethink my decision now πŸ™‚

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  5. Oh my god Unhooked is so DUMB but so GOOD. It’s one of those where I was cringe-laughing the whole time but I had so much fun reading it. I will read any adaptation where Hook is sexy rather than old and evil. Sexy and evil is also acceptable.

    I think a challenge would be for you to somehow include To Kill A Kingdom on every single list and then maybe people would realise what necessary reading it is.

    I can’t think of too many pirate stories aside from TKAK and Unhooked, but I did have a book of pirate short stories when I was a kid that I was absolutely obsessed with. Basically any story that involves running away from home and having adventures is right up my street.

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    1. Pwahahaha I LOVE that you said that xD Oh I do, I know exactly what you mean. They are such guilty pleasures of mine, and I usually read them super fast and crave more afterwards – it’s a disease! Sexy and evil Hook is one of my obsessions ever since OUAT and I’m not even sorry. I barely remember what he was like in the original story, all I care about nowadays is reading retellings where I can swoon over him.

      Girl, that is not entirely impossible and I would take you up on that except next theme is Boarding Schools and I have no idea how I would pull it off XD But honestly though, every list needs a TKAK in it.

      Yeah, same here to be honest… I don’t know why kids enjoy reading about rebellious kids so much. Maybe because they see themselves in those characters? Or because they aspire to be just like them? I think I was the second one; I never did anything remotely out of line as a child LOL (living vicariously through my fellow rascals!)

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        1. I can totally see it as a cross between The Little Mermaid and School of Good and Evil (though I’ve never actually read this series) – sounds pretty cool to me xD

          Girl, same… I’m wondering if I’ll be one of those people who starts acting out in their 30s because they didn’t get to do it during their adolescence LOL

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  6. I’ve loved swashbuckling books ever since I fell in love with Pirates of the Caribbean as a kid, so pirates is a weakness for me! I haven’t read Pacifica yet, but I have heard it is rather good; I’d love to hear your thoughts on it once you get there. πŸ™‚ Terrific picks!

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    1. Hahaha I think that was probably when I revisited my love for them too! Though I remember liking pirates a bit before that.
      I’ve heard it’s not as piratey as one would like, which is a bit disappointing, but it’s otherwise an enjoyable read so I’ll definitely try it out and let you know πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much! ❀

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  7. Even though I love pirates, you’ve just made me realize that I haven’t read many pirate books haha. I can only think of maybe three that I’ve read: Daughter of the Pirate King, A Gathering of Shadows, and A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Pirates…I definitely need to expand my horizons LOL. I would love to read one about space pirates. Air pirates remind me of Stardust! I had heard of Blackhearts a while back but totally forgot to check it out. Will definitely have to add some of these to the TBR! Thanks for the recs, hon! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. I actually thought I’d read more, to be perfectly honest xD So was a bit disappointed myself.
      You know what, I totally forgot A Gathering of Shadows had pirates in it… Durr! Though I have to admit it wasn’t my favourite of the series and I have yet to finish it so you can see how it probably didn’t leave a lasting impression on me *shrugs*
      Space and air pirates are usually super cool! The ones I could think of were Zenith and Heart of Iron… I think The Lunar Chronicles fall into that category as well? I haven’t read Stardust yet and didn’t know it was about air pirates! How cool πŸ˜€
      Blackhearts is cool but it’s an origin story for Blackbeard so there’s no actual pirates in the first book because, well, he’s not a pirate yet hahaha It read more like a love story. You can read my spoiler-free review for more details if you’d like πŸ™‚
      No worries! Thanks so much for reading, Azia ^^ If you have any more of your own just let me know ❀ ❀

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      1. AGOS wasn’t my favorite either. A bit too slow for me. But the pirates kept me interested so that’s the only reason I remembered LOL
        Ya know what, I think you’re right. The Lunar Chronicles does fit into the space pirate category doesn’t it? That makes it even more fun then haha. Stardust has some air pirates in it, yeah! They don’t show up often from what I remember but it’s a cool little tidbit to have.
        I’ll have to read that review then! I didn’t know that about Blackhearts. Definitely will have to check that one out then.
        Of course! I’ll try to think of some πŸ˜€ Right now, the only ones I’ve got are Faeries, Time Travel, and Quests…. LOL XD

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        1. Hahahaha I can see that happening – to be honest, I have no idea if I’ll ever continue the series, which is really sad but at the same time, I just don’t feel like it? I just don’t find it as interesting as I once did and I think I’d have to read the first book again to remember what happened and then the half I did read from the second book AGAIN too, which is just too much wasted energy for me xD (Lazy ass here, I admit it) But I might. Who knows.

          I find it interesting how all these books have bits of piracy in them but are not really about pirates…. Hmm. Maybe the rarity of it makes it better? I do find certain elements in books are more appealing to me because I see so little of them and they’re not overkill, so I end up enjoying them a lot more. A topic to think about xD

          Oooh those are some great ones! I do have Time Travel in my calendar, so expect to see that happening πŸ˜‰ As for the other two I would love to add them to the list – would you mind that? I would credit you, of course. It’s always been my goal to have people suggest some theme ideas, after all πŸ˜€

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          1. Well, I think the third book is pretty grand, but honestly, if you’re not interested in the series any longer, then don’t force yourself to read any more of it. It kind of ruins the reading experience when you’re trying to finish something simply for the sake of finishing something, ya know? Plus, yeah, all that rereading would wanna make me quite too LOL

            Right?! Like, the only one that came close to being solely about piracy, for me, was the Pirate King’s Daughter, but even that one kind of lost it towards the end. Not sure I’d love a book that was only about pirates though. Might get too repetitive. So maybe the rarity does make it more appealing!

            Yes! Now I’ve gotta think about all the books with time travel. I can think of three off the top of my head haha. And of course! USE THEM ❀

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            1. Yeah you’re right… But at the same time it feels kind of sad to quit a series with so much potential! We’ll see.

              I see what you mean. When I think of solely pirate books, I think of children books like Treasure Island and the like. Or manly books written by men, for men, and about men. None of which appeals to me LOL Is it so hard to come up with a decent piratey, adventurous, romancey and fun book? Ugh.

              Hahaha I’m sure you’ll think of more as you go! Sometimes it takes me such a long time to even remember one, and then I’ll be wacking myself mentally over the head for being so forgetful of my reading experiences xD Thank you!! ❀

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              1. Never read Treasure Island. Never had the urge. The movie (the animated one LOL) works just as well for me haha. But yeah, none of those purely male driven pirate books really appeal, though maybe we just haven’t run into a really good one? Who knows. Maybe one will come along soon enough.

                I’ve been forgetting a lot of my reading experiences lately. So maybe I’m reading too fast or the books I’m choosing just aren’t catching my heart as much as I want them to :/ Though, the Red Rising trilogy is shaping up to be one of my more memorable experiences of late. I just love the books so far πŸ˜€

                Anyways, of course hon ❀

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                1. That could be the case, but yeah so far haven’t come across one that I truly loved!
                  Same here… I think being a book blogger really doesn’t help, especially when there’s so much pressure to read faster and more books and to challenge yourself… Some days I just don’t feel like reading at all because I’ve been reading way too much! My brain just wants to chill in front of the TV sometimes hahaha
                  Oooh that’s exciting! I definitely need to try them ^^

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  8. Ohhhhhhh Pirate books!!! Since this is the first time I’m seeing this feature, I’m not participating yet but I’ll definitely check out the info and probably next time, then.
    Another book that fits this theme is The Unbinding of Mary Reade (which is also wlw) πŸ™‚

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  9. I just love me some pirates!!! They are one of my greatest weakness. I do need it to have a romance in the books though so the ones that I have read are mostly historical romances that feature pirates. I love the adventure and intrigue that you get when picking up a book with pirates.

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    1. Me too! πŸ˜€ All the ones I’ve read had romance in them too, but they were all YA I think. I do love a good pirate romance so long as it doesn’t steal away from the plot and becomes all about the relationship… I need some good action and intrigue to keep things interesting πŸ˜‰

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