8 Books You Should Read If You Loved HBO's "Our Flag Means Death"

    Looking for something to do during the agonizing wait for a Season Two renewal of HBO's Our Flag Means Death? I've got you covered with this list of book recs!

    If you take a look online, it seems like everyone is talking about "the gay pirate show" — and for good reason! Our Flag Means Death, a heartfelt HBO Max Original, is being praised by fans for its LGBTQ+ representation, and its lack of queerbaiting in particular.

    The show has an absolutely incredible ensemble cast made up of many talented actors, but Rhys Darby and Taika Waititi manage to steal the show as fictionalized versions of The Gentleman Pirate Stede Bonnet and the infamous Edward Teach — aka Blackbeard. If you loved the show and its characters and want some books with a similar feel, I've compiled this list just for you! So let's dive in, shall we?

    Stede Bonnet is in his captain's quarters, smiling and gesturing broadly with a book in his left hand

    1. Peter Darling by Austin Chant

    2. The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

    3. In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

    4. The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara

    5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

    6. The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

    7. A Song of Silver and Gold by Melissa Karibian

    8. And finally, The Life and Tryals of the Gentleman Pirate, Major Stede Bonnet by Jeremy R. Moss

    Have you read any of these titles? If you have any suggestions of your own, share them in the comments!