the princess reading list

If you’re pretty sure you were a princess in a past life, this list is for you!

Today, I’m sharing all my favorite books about the glitz and glam (or not-so-glam) of royal life. I love a good princess story (especially about a princess falling in love with a commoner?!? total swoon). They’re the ultimate escapist fiction, unless you’re an actual princess and then we NEED to talk.

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And now, back to your regularly scheduled royal programming:

THE ROYAL WE by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

We know it; we love it; we’re probably planning to reread it next week. The Royal We is the foundational text for all us wannabe princesses because it’s basically Will and Kate fanfiction. American college student Rebecca Porter moves to Oxford, falls in love with the charming Prince Nicholas, and has to decide if their love is strong enough to face the challenges of life in the public eye. IT’S SO GOOD and there’s a sequel, The Heir Affair, coming out soon!

AMERICAN ROYALS by Katharine McGee

I’ve had this book on my TBR list for an unfortunately long amount of time and I can’t wait to read it! American Royals depicts a version of the United States where, get this, there are royals. It’s a dishy story about what the royal family of the USA would look like and, from what I can tell, plenty of drama ensues. It’s also by Katharine McGee who wrote The Thousandth Floor and its sequels, so that’s absolutely enough of a reason to add this book to your list.

HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer

This is a great pick for readers who love a princess story with a little bit of magic. Heartless tells the unknown story of the Queen of Hearts, who wasn’t always ruthless and demanding. The way Meyer describes Wonderland is so atmospheric and whimsical that I’m still holding out hope she’ll write another book set in this world. It’s got an awesome forbidden romance (which is honestly the best kind) and the politics of this world are really unique and well-developed.

ROMANOV by Nadine Brandes

If you’re also a sucker for a story based in Russia, this is the book for you. Romanov describes the “real” story of what happened to the princess Anastasia. It’s embellished with an intricate magic system and topped off with another forbidden romance; is anyone else sensing a theme here? I reviewed an ARC of this book a few years ago and you can read my review here.


Okay, y’all KNEW this was coming. Looking for a princess story that’s easy to read, fast-paced, and will appeal to your guilty-pleasure love of The Bachelor? The Selection and its sequels are for you. I reread this series every couple years and always enjoy it. I’m pretty sure this is the series that started my obsession with princess novels

That’s all for this booklist! Be sure to check out my Bookshop for more recommendations (including the Hermione Granger Reading List and all my favorite books about spies) while supporting your local bookstore.

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24 thoughts on “the princess reading list

  1. Love this list! I haven’t read any of these, but definitely added a few to my TBR. The closest thing I’ve read about royalty has been “Red, White, & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston + I totally loved it πŸ™‚

  2. The Selection is the only one I’ve read out of this list and I enjoyed all five when I first read them. I don’t know if I plan on rereading them or not but I still have them just in case I need that fluff factor at some point.

  3. This is such a great list, I love the theme! I want to read all the princess books…I’ll have to check out The Royal We, and American Royals has been on my TBR for a while now! I added Romanov back too, that story in history has always intrigued me, and for some reason I think I took it off my TBR a while ago- but I definitely want to read it. Loved reading this, Annie!

  4. This list and the graphics are so so cute!! I’ve been meaning to read American Royals forever (and that cover?? love love!!) and am finally gonna pick it up after I finish my current read (: Hope you get to it soon, too!! 😊