Shiver me Timbers! An Anniversary!

Ahoy there me mateys!  Guess what day it is?

So to celebrate me 2 year (b)log anniversary, I break it down . . .

2017 Books By the Numbers:

Number of Posts: 150

Books Reviewed: 121

Books that Walked the Plank: 2

Books that Forced an Abandoned Ship: 10

Books Off the Charts: 8

Books with Second Reflections: 4

Authors Profiled in Broadsides: 9

Parley with an Author: 1

Most Books Read by a Single Author: 5 (Jonathan Stroud)

Books by Gender (to the best of me knowledge): F (70/58%) M (49/40%) Non-binary (2/2%)

Books by Genre: Fantasy (34/28.10%) Sci-Fi (43/35.54%) YA (34/28.10%) Thriller (2/1.65%) Historical (2/1.65%) Literary (1/.83%) Non-Fiction (5/4.18%)

ARCS (thank ye kindly NetGalley & Publishers!!): 34/28.10%

Top Five Books Read in 2017:

with some cheatin’ because I’m a pirate!  Arrrrr!

the bear and the nightingale & the girl and the tower (Katherine Arden)

planetfall & after atlas (Emma Newman)

every heart a doorway & down among the sticks and bones (Seanan McGuire)

castle of water (Dane Huckelbridge)

cold-forged flame (Marie Brennan)

Top Five Popular Reviews of 2017:

the sleeping dragon (Joel Rosenberg)

feel me fall (James Morris)

artemis (Andy Weir)

gilded cage (Vic James)

red sister (Mark Lawrence)

Me Top Five Personal Favourite Posts of 2017 (in no particular order):

river of teeth & taste of marrow (Sarah Gailey)

ride a mule (M.H. Boroson)

jade city (Fonda Lee)

three parts dead (Max Gladstone)

the sound of a wild snail eating (Elisabeth Tova Bailey)

Other Random Blog Stats:

First Book Review of 2017: shadowboxer (Tricia Sullivan)

Last Book Review of 2017: spoonbenders (Daryl Gregory)

Most Commented Post of 2017: 21 – the sea of rust (C. Robert Cargill)

Comments: 1,757 and counting

Top 3 Commenters:  the Bookstooge, Sarah @ brainfluff, and danielle @ booksvertigoandtea

Books on me Ports for Plunder List (i.e. TBR to ye Landlubbers): 1063 and counting

Current Crew Members (i.e. Followers to ye Landlubbers): 527 and counting

If ye want to see all the books I’ve read by category visit: this map legend

If ye want to see all the books I’ve read by author visit: this map legend

To read 2016’s anniversary post #1 click here!

So welcome to me crew ye scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers!  Let’s drink some grog to another year of sailing, plunderin’, and adventurin’ on the high seas!

Always remember:

Q:  How can you tell a pirate has fallen for modern technology?

A:  It’s the iPatch that gives it away!

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

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Shiver me Timbers!

Ahoy there me mateys!  Happy New Yarrrrrrr!

So grab yer grog and drink up me hearties, Yo Ho!

Always remember:

Q:  What is a pirate’s favorite letter?

A:  P. because it would be an R, but it’s missing a leg.

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers!

Ahoy there me mateys!  So as many of me crew of scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers knows today is Xmas (in the part of the world I am in anyways).  Now as I am a Scroogey-Grinch whose only joy in this holiday is pillaging christmas baked goods, I thought I would share one of me more favorite anti-xmas shanties.  Listen to it at yer own peril!  And enjoy:

For those that celebrate the holiday, I hope yer holiday is all ye want it to be.  For the rest of us . . . a regular day on the high seas!

Always remember:

Q:  What did the Pirate Santa say?

A:  Row row row!

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers!

Ahoy there me mateys!  So there have been rough seas lately with the additional trouble of feeling under the weather.  When not fighting fer survival so me and the crew didn’t capsize,  I was shivering in me bunk lamenting me physical state and trying not to keel over.  The storm has subsided a bit so I again be interested in the larger world outside me littl’ patch of ocean.  And so when checkin’ in with me crew in other places of the world, I saw this:

 

It was a sight fer sore eyes and limbs!   There is now sunshine on the horizon and a jaunty feel in me step.  So welcome to me crew ye new scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers!

Always remember:

Q: What did the pirate say during the winter storm?

A: Thar she snows!

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers! – A Challenge Begins

Ahoy there me mateys!  A while back I read the book the screaming staircase which is book one of the Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud.  As I said in that review . . .

“This was the perfect read for the beginning of Spooktober.  Ghosts!  The story is set in England where several decades ago the Problem began.  Paranormal phenomenon became widespread.  The catch is that only children and young adults can see and deal with the unsavories.  Society has adapted and agencies have sprung up to deal with the problems.”

I very much enjoyed the first book and found out this . . .

“Side note: Apparently the fifth and final book of this series was just released in September!  I think I may try to read the other four this month if I can track them down.  Challenge accepted!  ::brandishes cutlass::  Arrrr!”

Well me hearties.  I managed to loot the four other books so the challenge begins!  Tonight I start the second book in the series and will attempt to post four book reviews of the four remaining books in the series in the next four days!  Do join me everyday for an update on me progress!  Arrrrr!!!!

Always remember:

In case his ship is sunk, every pirate carries a bar of soap with him at all times.

You know, to wash him ashore.

Hardy har har!!

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers! Guess what today is . . .

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  Avast me beauties!  Grab yer grog, yer wenches, yer parrots an’ yerselfs an’ celebrate with yer Captain.  From the lowliest bilge rat to the scurviest dog in the crow’s nest, indulge yer inner pirate.  It’s a day where even ye landlubbers can develop sea legs and participate in the gloriousness that be the high seas.

In honor of the fine day here be some shanties to help prepare to wet yer whistle:

A traditional version:

A silly version:

A more modern pirate remix version:

So wave yer Jolly Roger an’ spend those pieces of eight ye scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers.  Always remember:

Q: What did the ocean say to the pirate?

A: Nothing, it just waved.

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers! A Sad Day . . .

It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the flag will be flying at half mast today.  Only a short while ago, I introduced y’all to the newest members of me crew.  This morning after a gallant and courageous fight, we lost our lovely Junius Brutus i.e. “J.B.”, swab.  Though she be but little she be fierce.

While “Admiral” Hezekiah is the brash and crazy challenger who barrels into everything, J.B. was the quieter calculating one of the two.  It was she who always was the first to explore a new situation.  It was she who cunningly got herself in and out of scrapes.  She took a while to warm up to ye but was loyal and stalwart if ye earned her trust.  Above all she was always purring.

What the First Mate and I learned today was that J.B. was more amazing then we even knew.  She apparently had a spinal condition since birth that she didn’t let stop her.  As she was growing the pain became worse.  And yet she never complained.  It just finally became too much and caused her to fall out of the rigging without warning which further damaged the vertebra in her back.  She couldn’t use her back legs any longer.

Even then she be me fierce and determined fuzzy mate.  She did not want to give up.  Even in all that pain, she purred every moment that we had left with her.  Hezekiah was there by his sister’s side with encouragement and kisses for as long as he could be.  Me little kitten with the big heart had to let go of this world fer a bigger adventure where we couldn’t follow.

We were with her until the end.  She put her head on the First Mate’s head to comfort him and I held her until she let go.  She purred until the last second.  Ye see we may have only known J.B. for 69 days but that time was truly a treasure.  Nothing in the world would make me give up the time I had with her even though the hole in me heart be a grave one.

I know that time will cause me heart to scar and that I will survive but I wish more than anything that I could hear her purr forever.  Ye will be mightly missed J.B.  We will continue to look after yer crazy brother, Hezekiah as ye would have wished.  We will try our best.  We will love ye always.  So raise yer grog towards this beloved crew member.  I just know that I will always be looking to hear her purr in the wind . . .

Junius Brutus i.e. “J.B.”, swab

In honor of J.B., one last smile

Always remember:

Q: Who is the pirate’s favorite cat?

A: Gaaarrrrrrfield!

Hardy har har!!

x The Captain