Ahoy, Matey! Every year about this time in Tampa, Florida, the city celebrates all things pirate with the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, a lavish city-wide reenactment of the 1904 invasion of Tampa Bay by the mythical pirate Jose Gaspar. The legend is fiction and the festival is mostly booze, parades and folks handing out plastic beads. We have a bookish alternative to the drunken mayhem. Avoid the looting and plundering by staying safely at home with a pint of grog and one of these pirate themed books.

Why yes, Tampa does have it’s own pirate ship.

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Blackbeard is one of history’s most notorious pirates, but he didn’t start out that way. Once upon a time he was just a young man, who fell for a girl, a girl who sparked something wild and dangerous. The rest, as they say, is history…

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

The world of violinist Etta Spencer is turned upside down when she finds herself suddenly very far from home, geographically and temporally. Soon she finds herself a passenger on strange ship, travel through not only the seas, but travels through time in search of an object she must return in order to find her way back home.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

This highly anticipated February release is all about double-crossing badassery! 17 year old pirate Alosa allows herself to be captured by her enemies in order to steal an ancient treasure map. Although she is alone on enemy territory, Alosa can handle her own, but she just may have met her match in the clever (and handsome) ship’s first mate Riden.

The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King

A pirate tale by A.S. King is bound to be anything but ordinary! Emer Morrissey was young pirate trying to get out of the game when she was cut down. Cut down and cursed to be more precise. Emer was doomed to live 100 lives as a dog-memory in tact-before she could return as a girl. Now Emer is back in human form, and ready to take back the life she should have had.


No girl likes to be told who to marry, especially not a pirate. When Ananna learns of her arranged marriage into another pirate clan, she flees. The scorned clan is outraged and soon send their assassin after the runaway bride. But when cornered, Ananna uses magic to defend herself but instead triggers a curse binding her to the assassin, possibly forever.


You may know the story of Celaena Sardothien’s time in at the royal court, but before she was at the palace, she had other adventures. This Throne of Glass novella tell of Celaena’s encounter with the Pirate Lord, a debt and a moral dilemma.

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Girls from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Nix and her father can travel anywhere on their ship, and I do mean anywhere. With the right map, Nix’s father can navigate the globe, time, even one’s imagination. The only place Nix and her father have not been able to go is 1868 Honolulu, the place where Nix’s mother was lost. But Nix’s father has a plan to get the map that will bring him to the one place his heart longs to go, even if going there mean’s a change in the timeline will make Nix vanish. Will Nix do her father’s bidding even if it means sacrificing her very existence?

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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

While most of this book takes place in the sky, it is most definitely qualifies as pirate reading. Aza Ray is a sickly girl on Earth.  But that’s because she shouldn’t be on Earth.  Aza is from Magonia, a city in the sky. Soon Aza finds herself on a trading ship floating through the clouds. One of the many dangers that Aza faces is-you guessed it- Pirates!



Stay safe and don’t let anyone loot and plunder your bookshelf during the pirate invasion!