Shiver me timbers! (a list of pirate books)

September 19, 2013 Book lists 7

September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day, so here’s a list of pirate books to get you in the mood.  Cover links take you to Goodreads. (Note: I haven’t read a lot of these, so read at your own risk, me hearties!)

For children (of all ages):

For older MG and YA readers:

Fantasy (YA and Adult):


Adult fiction:

Romantic fiction:

Nonfiction (children’s and adult):

You can find a more extensive list of books featuring pirates on Goodreads.  And if I’ve missed one of your favARRrites, please let me know in the comments!

7 Responses to “Shiver me timbers! (a list of pirate books)”

  1. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Sea Queen does look good, and I too remember reading Frenchman’s Creek… in college or possibly late high school. I liked it better than Rebecca, to be honest.

    The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates book is fun, too; I’m sort of in the middle of it. (The ARC isn’t working well on my e-reader, so I have to read it on the laptop… which is leaving for the repair shop today.)

  2. Greg

    What a great list! The Very Honorable League is on my short list to read next, and I’m a big fan of the Tintin books. Unicorn is one of my favorites of those. I haven’t read feist in many a year… and The Princess Bride. Nuff said there. 🙂

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      Thanks, Greg! Like I said, I’ve only read a few of these, but a bunch of the others look wonderful. I’m reading The Very Honorable League now. I do enjoy that Feist book; I’ve read it several times. And Peter Pan, and Frenchman’s Creek, and The Princess Bride… Laurie King’s Pirate King was fun, though it works best if you’ve read all the preceding books in her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series. A bunch of the others are either on my TBR list or headed there.

  3. Rita_h

    Good selection! Goodness, except for Peter Pan I haven’t read any of these. I am not pirate material, I guess 🙂 However, maybe I should check one or two of these out, just for something different.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      It’s a pretty wide selection. Some are light-hearted, some dark, and the amount of pirate content varies. BTW, I don’t recommend starting the Laurie King books with Pirate King — start way back with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (which has no pirates, but is a terrific book.)