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It’s nearing the end of National Princess Week, and we’re celebrating our favorite princesses for so much more than just their gorgeous gowns and glass slippers. Princesses in pop culture may look like the Disney princesses of old, waiting for Prince Charming to show up and save them, but they are also fierce warriors and brilliant thinkers, too.

In honor of the princesses who love to read (and the everyday women who adore it too), we’ve rounded up some of the best book recommendations for our favorite princesses (and a couple of honorary princesses, too) based on their own personalities. These books may even set up our tiara-wearers for their best royal lives…

 

Princes Leia: Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Princess Leia isn’t your typical princess—she led a rebellion against one of the most powerful forces in the galaxy, trained as a Jedi, and refused to back down from a fight, no matter how impossible the odds. In Star Wars, Leia may be a princess, but she is definitely one who does what she wants—just like many of the women in Princesses Behaving Badly. This book takes a look at the princesses of real-life history—and the ones who refused to simply settle in their castles.

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Shuri, Princess of Wakanda: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

In the Marvel Universe, Shuri may be princess of Wakanda, but she is more concerned with running things and making sure that her latest technology is doing exactly what she needs than acting like a traditional princess. She would love a book like Hidden Figures—one that would help her connect to the history of the world outside Wakanda and showcases some other incredible women who helped make science and technology reach new pinnacles.

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She-Ra: Princess of Power: Wonder Woman Comics (DC Comics) 

She-Ra is a princess with a secret identity—she is Adora, until she finds a magic sword that transforms her. With this, she becomes She-Ra, Princess of Power, and a leader in the fight against the forces of darkness in her homeland. She would love to read the stories of Wonder Woman, whom she would probably relate to! Another princess with superpowers, Wonder Woman also has a second identity as Diana Prince, and devotes her own abilities to fighting evil.

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Princess Mia: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Another princess who would find their counterpart in the pages of a book is Princess Mia, of The Princess Diaries. After spending her life thinking she was just an average teen, she must learn how to become the Princess of Genovia that she has been all along—it’s a wonderful transformation story, just like Geekerella. This fandom twist on the classic Cinderella story is one that focuses on a sci-fi series, a misunderstood actor, a massive convention, and the cosplay ball where it will all happen…

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Giselle: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Giselle isn’t technically a princess in Enchanted, but she does spend most of the movie engaged to a prince and given that she is the ultimate Disney princess archetype, she gets a mention! She would probably also learn some great lessons from Confessions of a Shopaholic, given that Giselle loves fashion and shopping and absolutely does not understand money in the real world!  

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Mulan: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Mulan may also not technically be a princess, but she counts as a Disney princess for many! The woman who took her father’s place and saved China would appreciate another story of a young woman who poses as a boy to do what she has to. In Walk on Earth a Stranger, Leah is gifted with the ability to sense gold—during the Gold Rush! This incredible ability puts her in danger, though, so she poses as a boy (Lee) and sets out to see if she can master it to her own advantage.

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Which books do you think your favorite princess would love? @quirkbooks and let us know!


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