Paparazzi and plebs alike have been on Royal Baby Watch for weeks now, awaiting the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first born. And the only person more impatient than the Queen for his/her birth has got to be Middleton herself, who according to whichever tabloid you read, has either long-passed her due date or is still days away.
Regardless, we suspect Middleton has a rare amount of free time on her hands in these final days leading up to the birth, so why shouldn’t she while away the hours with a good read? To wit, we’ve compiled a list of five books for Middleton to enjoy before baby makes three.
The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Those without NOOKs have to wait for a second printing to purchase their copy of J.K. Rowling’s sold-out mystery, but we suggest Middleton pull some monarchical strings, like, now. After all, if Middleton doesn’t finish the hot title pre-birth, when will she have the opportunity—what with Mommy and Me Animal Husbandry and Color Me Mine Coat of Arms filling her schedule.
The White Queen, by Philippa Gregory
Between maternity shopping and curry cravings, we’d wager Middleton has had few hours to invest in the BBC’s new series The White Queen (airing stateside on Starz in August), a period drama centering around the queen consort to King Edward IV of England, Elizabeth Woodville. Given Woodville’s non-royal roots, Middleton may just find herself relating to the heroine at the heart of Gregory’s historical novel (minus the whole War of the Roses part, of course).
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
Besides the fact that Great Expectations is an awful pun for the media furor surrounding the royal baby’s arrival, the book is rich with themes like good versus evil, the rich versus the poor, and love and rejection—all of which the future leader of England should think about.
Suri’s Burn Book: Well-Dressed Commentary from Hollywood’s Little Sweetheart, by Allie Hagan
Based upon Allie Hagan’s blog of the same name, Suri’s Burn Book serves up cutting critiques of Tinseltown’s tiny tykes, courtesy of the fictionalized persona of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ daughter. We all know the minute Baby Wales emerges from the womb, he or she will be scrutinized by this discerning fashion plate. Know thy enemy, amirite?
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Speaking of the line’s newest lad or lady, this classic fable by French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery not only offers a peek into the psyche of a supposed little prince (albeit an extraterrestrial one), but also provides philosophical insights worthy of passing on to the next generation (ex. “One sees only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”) What a fitting read for an expectant royal.
A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Sure, protagonist Sara Crewe isn’t an actual princess, but we’re committed to gender equality here.
What else would you add to Middleton’s pre-baby reading list?