Because of Kingsday in The Netherlands and to shamelessly mention The Fug Girls’ new book The Royal We, we created a list of books about royalty you should read. These will range from the crazy to the crazy good to the I had no idea this existed. Have fun reading!

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

22875451They followed the Royal Wedding like it was a religion and their commentary on the outfits and the ceremony was hilarious as always. So when I found out that they wrote another book, I couldn’t help but be intrigued. Apparently The Royal We is kind of Kate Middleton fan fic, which is fine by me. An American girl goes to Oxford to study and meets the handsome Prince Nicholas, future King of Britain. Now on the eve of the royal wedding, she finds herself in a bind, not sure if she can reconcile this fairy tale life with her own ambitions.

A little taste of royalty: “If the Palace doesn’t like my art, then I lose my work visa, and believe me, I do not want to go back to doing teen soaps in Wilmington.”

Anne & Henry – Dawn Ius

22453734So, I had no idea that Anne Boleyn was this popular, but there’s a whole range of books – fiction and non – about her. I could pick any of them, but this cover grabbed me. It’s a modern day retelling of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII where they’re both rich, snobby private school kids. Henry is being groomed to be a Tudor, to leave a legacy as a great political leader, just like his father. His parents are way too hard on him and when crazy Anne comes along and sweeps him off his feet, his entire life plan is in danger. Expect excitement, love and betrayal!

A little taste of royalty: Apart, they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.”

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

6101138This book has been on my reading list for so long and Kingsday is just another great excuse to start it. Keeping with the Tudors, Wolf Hall tackles the events of the reign of Henry VIII. He’s on the throne, but has no heir to follow in his footsteps. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with making a divorce happen, so that Henry can marry Anne Boleyn and maybe produce some nice royal babies. Then comes along Thomas Cromwell, a strange man with a stranger background who finds his way into the castle and into power.

A little taste of royalty: “At New Year’s he had given Anne a present of silver forks with handles of rock crystal. He hopes she will use them to eat with, not to stick in people.”

Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

17878931Of course The Selection series would have been the obvious choice, but I’m not very interested in reading those. A book I do find intriguing is Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This is one of those books that can turn awful or amazing, but I won’t know until I actually buckle down and read that thing. What better day than today!

The Red Queen is about a dystopian society where people are categorized in color (where have I seen that before?) The reds are the lowest color and our main character, Marre Barrow, of course hails from there. The Silvers are the main rulers, with special magical abilities, but when Marre finds out she has dangerous abilities of her own, the power game begins.

A little taste of royalty: “It’s our nature. We destroy. It’s the constant of our kind. No matter the color of blood, man will always fall.”

Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire – Leslie Carroll

I always feel that we love royalty more if they do a whole bunch of weird and uncouth things. Well, that and get married. So this book combines both of these and will take you through all the crazy weddings and marriages of royalty without leaving out all the juicy gossip. This book focuses on Europe and 9 centuries of bat shit crazy royalty and it will make you wonder how any of our monarchies have survived for this long.

A little taste of royalty: Given their degree of consanguinity, the royal marriage was incestuous as well, although the couple had conveniently overlooked this for years.”

Rebel Belle – Rachel Hawkins

22465605And then finally moving on from actual royalty to southern royalty, The Rebel Belle series. A book series with an idea so outrageous that it can only be amazing.

Harper Price is a southern belle, born ready for a homecoming tiara, when a strange run in at a dance sparks her supernatural abilities. She finds out she’s a Paladin, a guardian with superpowers, charged to protect people that are special to Earth. Of course Harper gets assigned to David Stark, the school reporter and her least favorite person.  And then the summary continues with something I can’t top: “With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.”

A little taste of royalty: “The three of us, working together to save the world. Me, my ex-girlfriend, and the guy she dumped me for.” His mouth twisted into a half smile. “This has to be the most screwed up situation three teenagers have ever found themselves in.”
“I think I saw an episode of Gossip Girl like that once,” I offered.”

So, these are our picks for today. Let us know what books about royalty we should read besides these and happy hunting for those second hand books!



Esmée de Heer is head honcho over at the Bored to Death book club website, writing the daily content and making sure the site stays up and running. She's one of the founding sisters of the book club and enjoys reading and giving unsolicited love advice.

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