Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Duchess of Cambridge's Summer Reading List

Today it isn't about what Kate is wearing, but rather what Kate Middleton is reading. Or said to be reading this summer. According to The Telegraph, the Duchess was spotted at a book store purchasing two novels, which we assume she's devouring as we speak.

One of the books that Kate bought is Sarah Winman's When God Was a Rabbit, described as "an incredibly exciting debut from an extraordinary new literary voice...a mesmerising portrait of childhood and growing up; the loss of innocence, eccentricity and familial bonds. Stripped down to its bare bones, it's the story of the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister." Knowing how close those Middletons are it isn't really a surprise that this type of read might appeal to Kate.

Also in Kate's bag was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (for Pete's sake, who chooses these titles?!) The novel's website introduces the setting as "January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name." 

Elizabeth Gilbert, of Eat, Pray, Love fame, is just one of the authors singing the book's praises, stating, "I can’t remember the last time I discovered a novel as smart and delightful as this one, a world so vivid that I kept forgetting this was a work of fiction populated with characters so utterly wonderful that I kept forgetting they weren’t my actual friends and neighbors. Treat yourself to this book please—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

If the Elizabeth Gilbert Factor wasn't enough to get this oddly-named novel flying off the shelves, let's see if the Kate Factor equates to books just as much as it does to fashion. Will you be picking up a "Kate endorsed" novel? We'd love to know what you're reading this summer too!

In other royal news, it's being reported that Prince Harry has dumped supposed girlfriend  Florence "Flee" Brudenell-Bruce. Apparently, Harry doesn't want to be tied down while concentrating on his Apache helicopter training. Always the slippery one, that Harry.

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