She’s still Meghan Markle, at least until May 19, when she weds Prince Harry and gets to inherit a nice royal title (likely Duchess of Sussex). And right now, Ms. Markle would like you to know about five books that have fed her soul for many years.
Well, actually, she wanted you to know about these books in 2016, when she wrote about them for her now defunct blog The Tig. But because nothing truly dies on the internet, someone saved her entries only to unearth this gem of literary advice as she gets ready to embark on the next chapter of her life (see what we did there?).
The Motivation Manifesto
This book aims to help you squash that self-doubt and liver your life like Beyoncé. Says Markle:
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.” Time to tell that little thief of joy to get outta your head. This book is a must-have for waking up your inner badass, and being the very best version of yourself.
Meghan Markle has self-doubt? We’re doubtful.
The Four Agreements
Markle says her mom gave her this book when she was just 13-years-old and to this day she still reads it to remind herself how to simplify her life, saying, “Don’t Make Assumptions gets me every time.”
The Little Prince
Markle says she’s been obsessed with this book for a long time, saying that “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.”
Who Moved My Cheese?
Assigned to her by a professor at Northwestern University, the book is about self-empowerment and a “motivational bent that I apply to decision making in my life to this very day. It’s an invaluable quick read.”
The Tao of Pooh
Markle swears you’ll revisit this quick read time and time again for “its refreshing perspective on how to move in the world.” And as she puts it, “Aspects of Taoism told through the characters of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ – I mean, does it get better?”