The Princesses Read: Cinderella

Today is the dayyyyyyyyyy…the day that poor Cinderella who I have accidentally taunted over poor Rendz’s (from the amazing Reading with Rendz) head. One day I say it’s an option, the next week it’s another Princess. Oopsies. D: But Cinderella is here…(finally, Rendz would say)!

Each Saturday, I will be showcasing a lovely Disney Princess (or when they run out, some other Disney leading ladies and more) and showcasing what they might be picking up if they were reading YA today. It will be based off their likes, interests, personalities, and their storyline. At the end, I will also feature a book that the Princess would NOT be picking up and a section of books that are based off either the plot or original princess fairytale. Check out more info here on my original post! We’ve done Tiana, Belle, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Moana, Snow White, Mulan, and Elsa so far! We have also done one non-princess but epic Disney heroine, Alice!


Cinderelly, Cinderelly! One of the main things that pushes me further back into the obsession with Disney princesses a few years ago was the live-action version of this movie. It was amazing, and even though Cinderella holds basically the two crown rating, really, that movie is so much higher. Cinderella is a kind hearted princess full of dreams and love. She’s humble, optimistic, and graceful. Really, despite getting her name from the cinders she is supposed to be covered in from all of her dirty week, she still manages to be always elegant. Cinderella is forced down by her evil stepmother and evil stepsisters, but she still keeps fighting.

What YA books would be the perfect fit if they were like a shoe in Cinderella’s world?

the selectionThe Selection by Kiera Cass

Recommended by inkgirlwords

I have yet to read The Selection series yet, but when inkgirlwords commented about how perfect this book would be for Cinderella, I saw that it really would be a great addition to Cinderella’s TBR. I mean, does that dress on the cover just scream a perfect Cinderella dress? Plus, looking at the description, it does seem like something Cinderella could connect to. A supposedly charming prince whose heart is being fought by loads of charming ladies? Both check. Heroines being forced into situations they don’t really want? Both check. Gorgeous gowns, priceless jewels, and names that end in the letter a? Both check. I totally agree this would definitely be up Cinderella’s alley!

house of furiesHouse of Furies by Madeleine Roux

Okay, I don’t really think that Cinderella would be all that into horror, but I think she would definitely try this story out just because it sounded a bit like her experience. The main character, Louisa, is pulled from her life and thrown right into servitude in an enigmatic houseowner, Mr. Morningside, who acts a bit like The Devil incarnate. Cinderella basically worked for a devil in her stepmother with the way that she treated her, so I think Cinderella would definitely have a connection with Louisa and maybe realize that maybe there was something just a tad worse than an evil stepmother? (lol, I’m totally lying here – if fairytales have taught me nothing, there really is nothing worse than an evil stepmother)

18094976_659314680922285_6980235696191569920_n(1)Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

In the animated version of Cinderella, she has LOTS of little animal friends. In the live action? Not lots of furry friends. So, I definitely believe animated Cinderella would love this one. It involves a plethora of furry and fun friends that definitely help a princess out – just like the birds and mice and all the other fun friends did for Cinderella in the movie. While Anya – our princess in Frogkisser! – didn’t use hers to make a super pretty dress, clean, or create a working carriage team, she did them to help save her kingdom. So I mean, both kind of epic? Anya and Cinderella are a lot alike as well – hard-working, kind, and humble, so clearly they would get along well.

17883163_232517607153408_2345403656624406528_nPS I Like You by Kasie West

Does anyone else get the feeling that Cinderella would totally be into adorable romances? I just have a feeling that Cinderella just would get a dreamy look in her eye and let out a contented sigh anytime a ship sailed. While I’m pretty sure Cinderella would like a lot of book genres, I just have this feeling that she would just love romances – and what better place to start than Kasie West for contemporary and romance goodness? This book is my favorite of West’s, and I totally think that Cinderella would so get into the swoons and feels. I also think that she would love how the romance unfolds – the two main characters are kept in the dark on each other’s identity for a huge chunk of the book, much like how Prince Charming is as well (although it’s kind of totally obvious?). I think it would definitely remind her of her adorable romance.

My Fair Godmother series by Janette Rallison

A series about heroines who get their fates/fairytales get screwed up by a fair (yes, only fair) godmother – Cinderella would totally be all about this. I mean, her fairy godmother helped her out so much and gave her the best of time – but wouldn’t it be kind of entertaining to see one that screws up a little bit? I think Cinderella would definitely read this book and look back in fondness on her own time.

A Book Cinderella Would NOT Pick Up

Erm, on second thought, maybe Cinderella might not pick up the Fair Godmother series. She might start to really panic. What if she had gotten only a fair godmother? What if her godmother screwed her all up and got her there too late? Or she didn’t think using a pumpkin was a good idea? Or didn’t tell her about the midnight thing? She might get sent down a tailspins of what if’s and totally ruin her fantastic mood (which is clearly what books do to do people). So…maybe she would pass? 😉

Want to read more about Cinderella? Well, there are lots!

Some of my all time favorite retellings are Cinderella ones. You have the most amazing one ever – Cinder by Marissa Meyer – and the absolutely stunning one, Geekerella by Ashley Poston. Two widely different ones – one in the contemporary genre and the other in sci-fi. However, there are lots more out there! Click here for a list of a bunch of them.

What do you think? What other books do you think Cinderella would read? Who do you want to see next week? Is it time for another Disney heroine or princess? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

45 thoughts on “The Princesses Read: Cinderella

  1. I haven’t read any of these books, but from the descriptions it sounds like you’re on point! The live action Cinderella movie is my absolute FAVORITE ❤

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  2. EEEEEPPPPPP THIS ONE IS FOR ME!!!!!! You know how much I LOVE Cinderella, the Disney movie is all I watched as a kid 🙃 I totally see Cindy picking up these books! She’s a cross-genre reader! I feel like contemporary would totally be up her alley though! Those selection dress would really peek her interest! Oh Mandy this was such a lovely post! And Cinder is the perfect Retelling of Cinderella and as I have yet to read Geekerella I hope it fulfills all my booknerd dreams! Can’t wait to see who is next!

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    1. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I was feeling a wee bit guilty last week for getting so close to Cindy and then totally failing. So I’m like, I have to do her this week for Rendz! And yes! I feel like she would just love feel good novels. I AM SO GLAD YOU ENJOYED BECAUSE I WAS LIKE, I NEED RENDZ’S CINDY APPROVAL. But yayayayay. And I’m sooooooooooo hoping for you, Rendz. I really think you will enjoy! ❤

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      1. Lol, my friend forced mt to stare at Cinderella dress’s for hours, so maybe everything just looks like a Cinderella dress now? But oooooh I’ll definitely have to do that! It sounds like a ridiculously fun way to make decisions. XD

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  3. Cute post! I can really see Cinderella picking up those fluffy YA contemporary reads like P.S. I Like You (which I still need to read…) And The Selection is also perfect! I’m not a huge fan of the series but I’ll admit that the dresses on the covers are so stunning. My favorite dress is on The One! I haven’t read House of Furies, but I’m really curious about it. Haven’t heard many people talking about it, but I love horror, so it sounds like something I might really enjoy! Geekerella and Cinder are also my favorite Cinderella retellings! Thank for providing the list, too. I’ll have to check the rest of those out 😀

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    1. Thanks so much, Azia! And I really think PS was West’s best contemporary, so it’s SUPER cute and cheesy. But awh, sad you’re not a super fan, since those dresses really are so pretty. Definitely will be pushing that down the TBR list then. XD And that one was definitely a hard one. It was interesting at parts, but I just had a really hard time connecting with it. It definitely had a lot of good horror elements, though. But yes! ❤ Hopefully there will be a few more good ones in there! 😀

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      1. I’ve heard that’s it’s her best so far, which really makes me want to read it as soon as I see it haha. I’m always in the mood for a good contemporary during the summer 😉 I always compared The Selection series to a hybrid mix between The Bachelor and some generic YA dystopian. I couldn’t get past it LOL. Oh that’s a shame 😦 But the horror parts sound promising! And I hope so too!

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      2. Ugh, I know I’d be tempted to get them if I saw the set in stores…*Shakes fist at the publishers* Darn you and your gorgeous cover art!!!

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    1. Ahahaha, thank you, Krysti. It’s kind of sad how many I have and the fact that I’ve head one ofr each Princess so far. XD But thank you!! I think she would love her some of her own retelling (who cares if it’s narcissistic? XD)

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      1. Not sad! That’s awesome! They’re lovely. Hey, if someone wrote a retelling of my life, I would TOTALLY read it. Even though it would boring as all get out. 80% of it would be “and then she sat on the couch and read.”

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      2. Ahahaha, thank you! XD They’re just so pretty and I can’t handle it so I buy them. XD Ahahaha you do make a pretty amazing point. I totally would. And lol, that is the best kid of plot twist, though. I would be happy for the narrator. XD

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      3. Hahaha! It blows my mind sometimes when I go wine hunting what I find. So many different fun things! I can’t wait to see what it tastes like either. I’m not going to lie. It doesn’t sound like the most appetizing thing in the world. LOL.


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