This challenge runs for one week from November 20th to 26th and provides two fun daily prompts to choose from (or you can do both!) a recommendation or a reflection.
Friday 25th November
Favourite royal characters // How books and reading have empowered you
My favourite royal character is Princess Bitterblue from Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.
She’s sassy, brave, and very modern.
Here are some quotes that showcase exactly why I love Bitterblue:
“Bacon improved things dramatically.”
“Find something useful to do with your morning,’ she thought to him as she neared her chambers. ‘Do something heroic in front of an audience. Knock a child into a river while no one’s looking and then rescue him.”
“His name was Death. It was pronounced to rhyme with “teeth”, but Bitterblue liked to mispronounce it by accident on occassion.”
“Why does everybody throw every troublesome thing into the river?”
“I hear you’re supposed to be good at manipulating people. Try a little harder to make me like you, all right? I’m the queen. Your life will be nicer if I like you.”
“Sneaking was a kind of deceit. So was disguise. Just past midnight, wearing dark trousers and Fox’s hood, the queen snuck out of her own rooms and stepped into a world of stories and lies.”
I also adore Princess Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir from Richelle Meead’s Vampire Academy and Bloodlines.
Lissa is technically a princess because that’s the title given to the eldest of the family line, the one who could possibly become the royal ruler over all of the Moroi vampires and their dhampir protectors. Lissa was never meant to be a princess: her older brother, Andre, and her parents were killed in a car crash. Lissa is the last of the Dragomir line.
I love Lissa because she’s kind and considerate and terribly brave. She’s best friends forever with a dhampir and doesn’t care what other think of that. She falls in love with a boy with a horrible reputation and doesn’t care what others think of that. I love that she cares so deeply for all living things tot he point that she would exhaust herself bringing a near-dead creature like a crow or a fox back to life.