Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Bought Because I'm Obsessed With Royalty

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week, we've looking at books we've bought for a particular reason. For my part, I am extremely into royalty, and nonfiction books about royals are some of my favorites. Here are ten books that I've bought (but haven't read yet) because I love reading about the people who wear crowns!

The Romanovs: This one is a two-fer, for me, because I am also extremely into Russia and Russian history. Obviously this includes the doomed dynasty who ruled it for hundreds of years.

Once Upon A Time: Grace Kelly had a life many would consider charmed...she was beautiful, an Oscar-winning actress, and became a literal princess. But of course, that's not the whole story so I'm looking forward to reading this very gossipy-looking book.

Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret: The Crown paints a fairly sympathetic portrait of a woman who was notoriously difficult in real life. I'm definitely interested in getting a more rounded picture of her.

Prince Charles: How odd must it be to be in your 70s and be still waiting to take on the job you were literally born for. Prince Charles's life is an interesting, very strange one and this book is supposed to be quite good.

Queen Victoria: I know quite a bit about the Victorian period, but actually not that much about Victoria herself, so I'm ready to learn more.

Ladies in Waiting: This isn't technically about the royals themselves, but rather the staff of queens and princesses behind the scenes, which is such a different perspective than we usually get!

In Triumph's Wake: Royal mothers and daughters in Spain, England, France, and Germany is very much my kind of thing.

Alice, Princess Andrew of Greece: Again, as dramatized on The Crown, Prince Philip's mother had quite a life so this bio (which I've actually had on hand since well before the episode about her aired) seems like it won't be the same old same old.

Matriarch: Queen Mary (the current Queen's grandmother) was a famous jewelry collector and apparently was a big influence on the Queen when she was young!

The Little Princesses: Finishing with the British royal family, which is the one I've been exposed to the most/my favorite...this book was very scandalous when it came out because Elizabeth and Margaret's nanny broke the unspoken code of silence around the royals, though it's apparently actually pretty tame.


  1. This is such an interesting list! Although I haven't really read any royal biography, I am curious to find more about their lives. Maybe, I could start with something from your list.

    Konna @ The Reading Armchair

    1. I haven't read any of these ones, but I would definitely recommend Antonia Fraser's biography of Marie Antoinette, which was really good!

  2. Wow, I didn't realize there were so many books out there about royalty!

    My TTT .

    1. This is far from my complete collection, and there are of course plenty I don't own!

  3. Omg I love this list! I love reading about royals too, so I'll definitely be checking some of these books out!
    My TTT