2018

The Duchess of Sussex’s Favourite Books

Now that the furore of he weekend has calmed a little, I thought I would share my thoughts on a list of books that I found that are apparently The Duchess of Sussex’s favourite books.  She shared this list on her Lifestyle Blog, The Tig, which unfortunately closed in early 2017 when her relationship with her now husband got serious.

This list is from 2016 – it would be interesting to hear from her now to see if things have changed at all min 2 years – whether new books have made the list or her circumstances have changed the way she views reading! But for now … on with the list:

  1. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery – “I have long been obsessed with this book, and specifically with The Little Fox. Even if I don’t revisit the entire existential text (masked as a children’s book), the chapter of The Little Fox unearths a truth in me that is always worth the check-in. And if my vouching for it doesn’t give it the badass quality you’re looking for, the film remake is due to be released soon with a star-studded cast. So there ya go, fancy pants.” I haven’t read this but have heard a lot about it so should perhaps make an effort to!
  2. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz – “My mom gave me a copy of this book when I was 13-years-old and to this day, I constantly circle back to the Don Miguel Ruiz classic for the simplest ways to simplify your life.” I haven’t even heard of this one – my knowledge of ‘classics’ is terrible and definitely something I need to work on!
  3. The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard – “Annoyed by your self-doubt and distractions? The noise that keeps you from reaching your potential? Okay, so yeah. Me too. Even on my most Sasha Fierce days there’s a mean little voice in there going, ‘Hmmm…I’m not sure if you can, or should, or if you’re good enough to.'” Again I haven’t particularly heard of this but by the sounds of it, I should read it!  It’s nice to hear that people that we deem as successful have bad self-doubt days sometimes!
  4. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff – “Aspects of Taoism told through the characters of Winnie the Pooh – I mean, does it get better?” I couldn’t agree more!
  5. Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, M.D. – “A professor at Northwestern University had this book on our list of required reading for an Industrial Engineering class I took my junior year of college. It was a seemingly odd choice, but at the end of the day, the takeaway was a self-empowerment and motivational bent that I apply to decision making in my life to this very day. It’s an invaluable quick read.” Again not heard of it but I think if I had I would have been attracted by that title!

Have you read any (or all) of these books? What did you think of them?

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