6 Books to Read if You (Already) Miss the Royal Wedding
If you’re anything like me, you voluntarily got up extremely early last Saturday to watch true love blossom on national television. I’m talking, of course, about The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I had my English Breakfast tea and my commemorative mug READY TO GO, and loved watching Ms. Markle put her own spin on the timeless English royal wedding (and Harry looked pretty cute too). This all had me thinking about my favorite YA/NA books about princesses, princes, and all the trouble they—and those around them—inevitably get into. Even if you’re not a superfan like me, it’s hard not to love a good royals story, so here are a few to tide you over till the next royal wedding.
(I wasn’t joking about the commemorative mug.)
Royals by Rachel Hawkins
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be Pippa Middleton, then this is the book for you! Daisy Winters is just trying to be a normal teenager in suburban Florida with a crappy job and dreams of college, but it just so happens that her sister is engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to participate in the media blitz surrounding the upcoming nuptials, but as we know, it’s almost impossible not to get involved in some kind of wedding drama. This is a delightful, extremely funny story of what life is like when you are forced to be royalty-adjacent.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
I mean, would this list even be complete without this classic series? So many people grew up reading about Princess Mia and her struggles and triumphs as the princess of Genovia that it’s shaped our psyches and made us wonder whether Genovia might actually secretly be a real country (or maybe that’s just me). If you’re looking for a place to start your trip through YA royalty books, look no further than than this charming series about America’s favorite endearingly awkward surprise princess.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
For older YA readers, The Royal We is like the handbook for how to write royal-related literature. Equal parts sweet, sexy, and funny, this is the perfect book for when you want to imagine that you too could just happen to meet a prince and (of course) fall in love. Even better, for the true anglophiles, The Royal We is incredibly thoroughly researched (but never boring!) and as accurate as possible, so if you’re looking for nitty gritty details and insider information about the royals, this is the book for you.
Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener
How can you possibly make a royalty YA book better? Set it in space, and add a case of mistaken identity! Delaney, the kickass protagonist of this epic space opera, isn’t really royalty, but she finds herself trapped on another planet and forced to play the part, while juggling the affections of both a handsome prince and an equally handsome soldier. Even better? It’s a trilogy! Three whole books of political intrigue, royal scheming, and of course, awesome space technology.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
In this lovely retelling of an old Grimm Brothers fairytale, Hale’s book is the quintessential princess story with almost a Disney-like vibe. Ani is a princess who has lost her throne, and who must learn to harness her own power (including her ability to speak the language of birds) before she can reclaim it. With beautiful prose and a compelling protagonist that you just can’t help but root for, The Goose Girl is the perfect book for any teen (or adult!) obsessed with the classic princess narrative.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
One of my favorite royals tropes is the reluctant princess who finally comes into her own and saves the day, and Elisa is exactly that! The younger of two princesses, Elisa was born with an incredible power... that she can’t quite figure out how to harness. Now she’s become the secret wife of a foreign king who needs her to be powerful, not the failure she’s always thought she was. An incredibly moving and fast paced story that turns some royalty tropes on their heads!
What are some of your favorite YA/NA royalty reads, Swooners? Share in the comments!