Book Club, History, Nonfiction

Black Flags, Blue Waters by Eric Jay Dolin

The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates As a well known lover of pirates, this book had been on my TBR for quite some time. When Nonfiction Book Club was disappointed by the lack of pirateyness in The Last Pirate of New York, I suggested we read this real pirate book! Synopsis From the… Continue reading Black Flags, Blue Waters by Eric Jay Dolin

Biography, History, Nonfiction

Pirate Women by Laura Sook Duncombe

The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas I love all things pertaining to pirates, particularly women pirates. It's long been a fascination for me, piracy seemingly the only women many women could truly be "free" throughout history. I've had this book since it first came out in 2016 and tried time and… Continue reading Pirate Women by Laura Sook Duncombe

Biography, Book Club, History, Nonfiction

The Last Pirate of New York by Rich Cohen

A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation It's another Nonfiction Book Club selection! This was one that I put forth to the group for voting and it was definitely a compelling read. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Handsome and charismatic, Albert Hicks had long been known in the dive bars and… Continue reading The Last Pirate of New York by Rich Cohen

Book Journal, Bookish Tuesday, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Favorite Graphic Novels

In Sunday's review of Mythos, I mentioned I was struggling with writing reviews lately. I don't know what's been going on with me - maybe it's the fact that I've been reading parts of so many books and haven't finished as many as I'd like, or that the independent bookstore I work at has been… Continue reading Favorite Graphic Novels

History, Nonfiction

Empire of Blue Water by Stephan Talty

Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign This book is about pirates. I have been fascinated by pirates for a very long time. In conclusion, pirates. Read it. Just kidding - full review below! Synopsis The passion and violence of the age… Continue reading Empire of Blue Water by Stephan Talty

Fantasy, Fiction

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Do you ever look at your shelves of books and think "This book has been here too long."? That's how I've felt about A Darker Shade of Magic - I've had it since 2015 and I've been recommending it to bookstore patrons for just as long, but without admitting that I hadn't read it. So… Continue reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Biography, History, Nonfiction

Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings I found this book on my very first visit to the Strand in New York City right after I finished student teaching. I’ve always loved multi-story books about historical women. Additionally, while reading this book at the Greyhound station in New York City while waiting for my… Continue reading Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie