My Life in Books

The Property Brothers reveal 5 books and authors that inspired them

Drew and Jonathan Scott share some of the books that have left an impact on them, from childhood favourites to recent reads.
The Property Brothers Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott have written a memoir. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for DuJour)

In their new memoir, It Takes Twothe Property Brothers' Jonathan and Drew Scott share stories from their Canadian childhood, trying their hand at business at the age of seven, to their attempts at different careers in entertainment and incredible success on HGTV.

The Scott brothers spoke about the memoir with Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter, which you can listen to here

Below, they share some of the books that have left an impact on them, from childhood favourites to recent reads.

Buffering by Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart launched to stardom with her hit YouTube show My Drunk Kitchen and now has a show on the Food Network. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for dick clark productions)

From Drew: "The book I just read was Hannah Hart's Buffering. It's the story of her life. If you don't know Hannah Hart, she has a show on the Food Network, I Hart Food, and she's a huge YouTuber. She has a massive following. She's the most fun personality."

1984 by George Orwell

Eric Blair published iconic novels like Animal Farm and 1984 under the pseudonym George Orwell. (Canadian Press)

From Jonathan: "I was going to Broadway to see the live production of 1984 and I wanted to read the book first.  It was absolutely astonishing how a book from 1949 can resonate so clearly today. It's a fascinating read, but definitely dark."

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, shakes hands with Cat in the Hat at the New Orleans Museum of Fine Arts in Louisiana on Feb. 13, 1988. (Burt Steel/Canadian Press)

From Drew: "As a child, anything Dr. Seuss was fun for me. Linda, my fiancée, is also a big Dr. Seuss fan. Her favourite book is also the same as mine, Oh, the Places You'll Go! When I proposed to Linda, I created a gigantic cake in the shape of the mountain from the cover the book and the Dr. Seuss character on top was holding the ring."

Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson is a Canadian YA author. (CBC Books)

From Jonathan: "Both Drew and I were obsessed with Eric Wilson's mystery novels. We were so obsessed that we created the Eric Wilson Fan Club at our elementary school. We would have meetings and we would try to solve crimes around the school. It was hilarious."

Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist and bestselling author. His books include Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook and Money: Master the Game. (Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Happy Hearts Fund)

From Drew: "I tend to re-read all of Tony Robbins' books. Ever since I was a kid I would read Tony Robbins, because I love self-motivation. I've found that learning about incantations and learning about how to motivate yourself and stay positive has helped me achieve my goals."

Drew and Jonathan Scott's comments have been edited and condensed.


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