I was a huge reader as a child. So naturally when I think about the 10 books that had the most significant impact on my life, I’ve gone right back to where I started falling in love with stories.
The Ordinary Princess
M. M. Kaye
I was given this book (with this cover) either for my birthday or for Christmas when I was 6. I still have it. 🙂
I think it might be perfect.
It’s a fairy tale (tick), but it totally subverts all the usual elements of fairy tales (tick) and does so with the most delightful, gentle-yet-slightly-snarky, understated humour (tick). It’s romantic (tick). It’s beautiful (tick). It’s got a strong, independent heroine who isn’t going to let other people’s expectations mess with her life choices (tickety tick tick tick). It’s got castles and forests and fairies (cranky ones) and climbing out of windows and running away…
This story absolutely set my ideal of exactly what a fairy tale princess is supposed to be.