Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sea Stories

It's August. It's hot. Let's face it, all of us in Tucson are dreaming about the beach... and when we say beach, we think beach reads. A beach read tends to hold the connotation of something light, something fun, something that probably falls into the guilty pleasure category you hide under your bed.

I've got another variety of beach reads for you: sea stories. Pirates and adventures and tales of the high seas! My one problem: I have so many favorite sea stories it was almost impossible to pick out one or two to highlight. But I love lists, so I am going to start a list of some of my all time favorite sea stories, and invite you all to keep this list rolling. If you are reading this from our library website, please click through to our blog page to add your favorite to our comment section.
  1. Piratica by Tanith Lee (as swashbuckling as it gets)
  2. The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman (for all the Gaiman fans out there)
  3. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  4. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. Sea Stories by Cooper Edens
~That One Girl


  1. On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers is one of my favorite pirate stories. It had been out of print, but has recently been republished because the recent Pirates of the Carribean is based upon this book.

  2. I wasn't in love with the Bloody Jack books (L.A. Meyer), but my teens can't get enough of them. The Wanderer by Sharon Creech is my Dad's fave-ever YA book. I highly recommend Robin Hobb's LiveShip books if you're looking for fantasy pirates. And, lastly, Alex and the Ironic Gentleman (Adrienne Kress) and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey were excellent reads.

  3. Oh, man, I love the Bloody Jack series! I got my hot little hands on the next one, coming out in October, called The Mark of the Golden Dragon . . . your teens won't be disappointed. :)


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