Diversity Spotlight Thursday: Pirates Ahoy!| 3 Days, 3 Quotes [Day 2]


Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal from Bookshelves & Paperbacks. Each week you come up with three book for three different categories: a diverse book you’ve read and enjoyed; a diverse book that’s already been released and is in your TBR; and a diverse book that hasn’t been released yet.

And this week’s topic is pirates! ☠️


Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

The sequel to Scott Lynch’s incredibly addictive, high-octane fantasy heist debut, Red Seas Under Red Skies follows the misadventures of our beloved conmen Lock Lamora and Jean Tannen, as they end up butting heads with pirates. The captain of the pirates in question is a middle-aged black woman who also happens to be a mother, which is one of the most badass things ever. While it’s got more structural issues than the first, the entertainment value is still through the roof and I find myself rereading it time and time again.

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

I’ve been meaning to read this for a while now, because a plot that revolves around a monster-raising girl getting kidnapped by a pirate queen sounds fun, if a little romance novel-esque. I’ve heard great and not-so-great things about it, so I’m looking forward to finding out what the fuss is for myself.

Compass Rose by Anna Burke

In the year 2513, the only thing higher than the seas is what’s at stake for those who sail them.
Rose was born facing due north, with an inherent perception of cardinal points flowing through her veins. Her uncanny sense of direction earns her a coveted place among the Archipelago Fleet elite, but it also attracts the attention of Admiral Comita, who sends her on a secret mission deep into pirate territory. Accompanied by a ragtag crew of mercenaries and under the command of Miranda, a captain as bloodthirsty as she is alluring, Rose discovers the hard way that even the best sense of direction won’t be enough to keep her alive if she can’t learn to navigate something far more dangerous than the turbulent seas. Aboard the mercenary ship, Man o’ War, Rose learns quickly that trusting the wrong person can get you killed―and Miranda’s crew have no intention of making things easy for her―especially Miranda’s trusted first mate, Orca, who is as stubborn as she is brutal.

Yet another book where the protagonist falls for a ruthless captain! I first saw it featured on one of Anna’s posts, and the combination of the words “2513” and “seas” and “mercenary” made me positively light-headed with excitement. Because if there’s one thing I love more than maritime mercenaries and pirates, it’s futuristic maritime mercenaries and pirates.

Releases July 10th


For the second part of the post, we have Day 2 of 3 Days, 3 Quotes, for which I was tagged by Alyssa from Serendipitous Reads.

The Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day

“Uh, Kathy, it says right there in the rules that you have to post the quotes consecutively. You haven’t posted one in fi–”

Now onto today’s quote! (From a book that also features pirates!)


I can’t not do a quotes tag without including one from my favourite author of all time. And this one is rather timely considering how much of an unabashed dumpster fire the world is right now. One of the central themes of Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings books is how the small actions of ordinary people can snowball into extraordinary, world-shaking events. And this quote is a loud call for such action. It’s disconcertingly easy to resign to weariness and think, “I can’t change anything,” but these books remind me that every step made, however small or shaky, is a step forward. And those steps add up to a lot.

(And I most definitely did not pick pirates as this week’s Diversity Thursday theme just so I could use this quote. Not at all.)

Today I tag:
– Justine from Milkz Bookshelf
– Alexia from The Bookworm Daydreamer
– Bibi from Bibi’s Book Blog

39 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight Thursday: Pirates Ahoy!| 3 Days, 3 Quotes [Day 2]

  1. auroralibrialis says:

    I love this topic 💕 I just finished binge-watching Black Sails and now I desperately need more pirates in my life, so I’m adding all of these to my TBR! I need to read The Lies of Locke Lamora first though and it’s probably about time, it’s been on my TBR for oh I don’t know – 5 years or so?

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  2. Gerry@TheBookNookUK says:

    I really need to read more diverse books, I feel like I’m missing out and diverse books with *pirates*?! Yes please! I don’t know why pirates and spec fiction hasn’t been a combination that I’ve considered before!


  3. Vera says:

    Love the pirate theme as well as the quote’s theming “coincidence”! 💕

    I wholeheartedly believe that we, as a group, have a power to move mountains. But with such power comes also responsibility. I just finished listening to Jon Ronson’s book about public shaming. I think having a collective power to draw an awareness of a social injustice is a wonderful thing. 💖 But… when crowd starts singling out people to blame and shame. That’s when I think we start entering a very dangerous territory. I’m not saying that’s what the quote says by any means, I, as usual, got completely side tracked and started musing about a power of a crowd. Love that quote you used. 🙂 💖

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    • Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky says:

      Your side-tracked musings are the best. 😀 And I totally agree! Taking my home country (South Korea), for example, the people are *incredibly* vigilant and efficient when it comes to organized protests and voting–as they showed when they ousted the old president. But on the flip side, that kind of vigilance also turns into really, really nasty attacks on single individuals–some of whom aren’t really guilty of anything! I’ve seen it happen to not just politicians but SK celebrities and athletes (like, why??) And it’s crazy and scary.

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      • Vera says:

        Ha ha, my mind and its constant wondering. I’m so glad you don’t mind. 😂😊

        Great examples of when a crowd can do good vs. can become dangerous. 👌 After reading that book from Jon Ronson, I understand it a bit more (don’t want to give away spoilers if you do want to read it one day) but it still doesn’t stop it from being both crazy and scary. 😞

        Have a great weekend. ☀️☀️☀️

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  4. Captain's Quarters says:

    Ahoy there matey! Love yer topic. It’s the best. And thanks for the books recommendations. I have the abyss book on hand to be read soon. I will look into the compass book. And I am not sure about the Locke book. I never finished the first one though that blurb makes me want to try again. Arrr!!
    x The Captain


    • Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky says:

      Thank ye matey! 😀 Red Seas Under Red Skies has the same humour and shenanigans as the first one, but it’s far less “crime gang story” and more “heists and misadventures at sea”, which you might enjoy better. And I shall look forward to your thoughts on Abyss Surrounds Us!


  5. Anna @MyBookishDream says:

    I can’t wait to read Red Seas Under Red Skies! I loved the first book in that series and I’m sure that I’m going to love the rest as well. Though I definitely plan on rereading The Lies of Locke Lamora first. 😀
    I also really want to pick up The Abyss Surrounds Us, as I have heard mostly positive things about it. Plus it does sound exiting and I definitely need more pirate books in my life!
    Great post! 🙂

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  6. Justine says:

    I’ve seen the Abyss Surrounds Us popping up a lot lately and am really interested in your thoughts on it when you get around to reading it!

    Thanks for the tag! I didn’t read the quote because I Saw Robin Hobb and am finally starting my journey into The Realm of the Elderlings lol.


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