There is no obvious connection between today’s book and song. Bitterblue, as many of you know, is the third volume in Kristin Cashore’s tremendously popular Graceling Realm series. At eighteen, Bitterblue steps up to rule a kingdom traumatized by the harsh reign of her father, King Leck. Bitterblue is left with some weighty choices, both about the direction of her kingdom and about her personal life.
Cat Stevens was a popular musician from the late ’60s to the late ’70s, after which he converted to Islam, changed his name to Yusuf Islam, and gave up his musical career. As the decades have passed, Yusuf has returned to music, often performing as part of a charity fundraiser. His life has not been without controversy, as surely the new Queen Bitterblue will also experience.
— Diane Colson, currently reading Screwed (advanced readers copy) by Laurie Plissner and listening to The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSciafani, narrated by Adina Version.