Ahoy there me mateys! As me crew is aware, this Captain be moody about all things but especially what ports to plunder at any given time. But good adventures sometimes require the right and proper plannin’ for success. Me 19 in 2019 was a win. I have been hearin’ the crew talk about certain ports for forever and they keep askin’ me why they haven’t been visited yet. So ye nattering, raving scalawags, I hereby me making a list of 20 ports for plunder (i.e. books to be read list for ye landlubbers) that I have to pillage in this here New Year. I will still read based on me mood but come hell or high water I shall visit these ports in 2020.
HOWEVER this year there be a twist. I have finally officially tallied all the physical books in the hold. This included purging and pruning the hoard so the ship isn’t in danger of capsizing. Of the ones I kept, I have 102 that have not been read yet. Out of those 34 be standalones. So in 2020 all 20 books have to be from the standalone list. Arrrr!
Side note: the book covers come from Goodreads and ye can click on the book titles to add the books to yer own Goodreads’ Ports for Plunder List. Arrrr!
Here be the particulars (by genre):
I haven’t read a Stephenson book in forever. The First Mate recommends this one. I like the fish on the cover.
This steampunk alternate history stars much maligned 27th president and tenth chief justice of the supreme court William Howard Taft. I kinda love poor Taft. And then there are the real life conspiracy theories tied in. I should have read this long ago!
This was a cover impulse buy at a library sale. It sounds weird and creepy.
This is a sci-fi with a “telepathic catalyst, shoulder-riding stray Pip, a venomous Alaspinian mini-dragon.” I don’t remember who told me about this but I bought it because of that description. I didn’t know it was a 15 book series. I am treating book one as a standalone. But I want to know about the dragon!
Okay this be a kindle book and the exception. I won this from a Goodreads Giveaway in February 2018 and so reading it be overdue.
This is a fantasy horror about an evil tree. Sounds weird but fun. I got this as part of the 2016 Maine haul. About time to actually read it.
I have wanted to read these ever since I read jonathan strange & mr norrell. These stories are set in the same world. The author has a new book coming out in 2020 (Arrrr!) so I want to read these before it releases.
A fairy tale with a non-standard princess. Arrrr!
I thought this was historical fiction based on the blurb. Apparently it has fantasy elements. Goodreads spoiled the twist. Still sounds interesting!
This be a crazy mashup. I have a soft spot for possibly maligned Richard III (thanks Shakespeare). And another for the Medici family history. This deals with vampires, magic, and alternative history. It won World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1984.
I loved king arthur stories back in the day and then got burned out on retellings and have never gone back. However I love Yolen’s work and am interested to see her take on this.
This mystery won the Newbery medal in 1979.
The nephew loved this one so I am gonna read it.
OFF THE CHARTS (non sci-fi, fantasy, or YA)
I loved this author’s book about Brunelleschi’s Dome. This one deals with a missing manuscript in the 17th century.
I learned about this one from Matey Melanie @ Grab the Lapels and thought it sounded like a silly pirate read. I bought in 2018 and meant to read it in 2019. So 2020 it is!
The Ma read this when she went to Antarctica. I still have her copy.
The Ma read this on our trip to the land of the midnight sun in 2019. I still have her copy. This saga was written around 1200 AD. Cool!
This apparently sounded so interesting that I had two copies in the hold!
I enjoyed the author’s book the lost city of the monkey god so I picked up another book by him at a library sale. This one is true crime which I don’t normally do.
This be a super tiny history of female aviators. It is old but I found it in a “Little Free Library” haul adventure. After reading nothing but sky about barnstormers, it seems time to check out this one.
So there ye have it, the 20 books for 2020. Of course I do hope to read more than 20 books total this year. Hardy har har!
x The Captain