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10 Books for the April #WotNReading Challenge

2020 WOTN Reading Challenge

The April #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt is…

Well. It has sure been a month. Most people are spending more time indoors than usual, and those of us who aren’t are having to deal with the now terrified whims of the fickle public. Let us look to a group who never really worry about the fickle public: royalty. The #WotNReadingChallenge prompt this month is “a book featuring royalty.” Indulge in a little bit of escapism with these 10 books featuring royalty (none of which feature anyone currently living, to increase the escapism factor).

A Quick Note on Book Access Tips

I know it’s difficult to get books at home, especially since Amazon is slowing “non-essential” deliveries. You can likely order hard-copy books from bookshop.org, or directly from your local bookstore. Additionally, check to see if your library uses Overdrive, Libby, Hoopla or another ebook lending service. Stay safe!

10 Books for the April 2020 #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

#WotNReadingChallenge - Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Zélie remembers when the world had magic. When she was young, the monarchy killed maji and destroyed magic. Now, Zélie has the opportunity to bring magic back.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jude is a human teen who has lived in Faerie ever since she was a child. The fairy children always looked at her as someone who could never measure up to them. However, she is given an opportunity to join the Faerie Court. All she has to do is get embroiled in its politics. Safe, right? This book starts a trilogy which has been released in its entirety.

Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown

April 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeIn this innovative biography, Brown takes 99 chapters to detail the late Princess Margaret from all angles. His perspectives range from fantasy to interview, creating a unique work.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

August 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge - N.K. Jemisin - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Yeine is from the outskirts of the eponymous kingdoms, and is underestimated because of that. After her mother died, Yeine is summoned to the capital and named heir to the throne. She quickly realizes that this only makes her a pawn in the great court chess game.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

After her father’s death, Hesina is desperate to prove he was murdered. Unfortunately for her, her efforts to prove this have deleterious effects on her kingdom.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

This brick of a book is the first in a widely-acclaimed historical fiction trilogy. Wolf Hall follows Thomas More, adviser to the notorious Henry VIII. The last book in this trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, just came out last month.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

It’s likely you know what this is about from its popular HBO adaptation. In this series starter, Ned Stark takes his family to the capital as he takes the position of Hand of the King. However, honest men don’t do well at court.

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

April 2020 #WotNReadingChallengeFSOTUS (that’s First Son of the United States) Alex Claremont-Diaz hates Prince Henry of England.  Sadly for Alex, after an incident at a royal wedding, it’s best if everyone thinks the two are the best of friends. Will this fake friendship gambit lead to something more?

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Remember the old adage that truth is always stranger than fiction? This book surveys the history of the most famous Russian royal house. There aren’t any weird talking bats in this, but some people may find it more entertaining than Anastasia.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Queen Sabran must conceive a daughter to continue her line. Ead Duryan must protect her in secret until an heir is born. However, no one can protect the pair from all eventualities.

This is a broad #WotNReadingChallenge prompt. What book are you going to pick? Tell us on social media!

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Siobhan Dempsey

Siobhan needs books to function, and therefore can infodump quite a lot about them, particularly when they're either science fiction or fantasy.

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