New Year, New Reading List: What Book Would You Recommend to Richard Armitage?

I had one of those moments yesterday that happen to book lovers every once in a while. I’d just dropped oldest and her BFF at the movie theatre so they could see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 and when I came out there was a FedEx truck parked behind me. I knew I wasn’t going anywhere for a while so I went into a second hand shop that normally has a great book selection. Within a few minutes I had a few books in my hands and then found a copy of Floating In My Mother’s Palm by Ursula Hegi, one of my all-time favorite writers, on the shelf. I picked it up and said aloud, “Oh, I love this book!” at the same time another book lover slightly down the stacks said the same thing about a book she’d found. We chatted a moment, exchanged books, and I walked out with The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

When Richard Armitage talks about a book he’s reading many of us put it on our reading lists, too, so he’s kind of the Recommender-In-Chief for us. What if it happened the other way, though? If you ran into Richard Armitage in a book shop, what one book would you want to put in his hands?

Bookish Harry

I managed to narrow it down to two. The first is A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman, which has always been one of those books that is kind of a bonding experience for me: if someone mentions that they read and loved it we’re going to get along just fine. Ackerman is a philosopher, poet, and naturalist and her writing here is luscious and graceful about what it says on the tin, our senses. I devoured most of this book in two days but took a week with the last chapter because I didn’t want it to end.

Another one that I didn’t want to end the first time I read it was Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. I went looking for a good plot summary because there’s so much happening in this book I didn’t want to forget anything. At Wikipedia I found this: “Beets and the god Pan figure prominently.” They do indeed. Robbins is not for the faint of heart but I think he’s a national treasure.

So now it’s your turn and the comments are open: if you could recommend a particular book to Richard Armitage, which one (or two, or more) would it be?


18 responses to “New Year, New Reading List: What Book Would You Recommend to Richard Armitage?

  1. Reblogged this on Me + Richard Armitage and commented:
    Answer there!

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  2. Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row”. This book is amazing, really. I think Richard would like the enviroment of comraderie that is present in the book, and he will laugh at some scenes with a chinese merchant. All of the characters are so endearing, I think he’s going to enjoy. Steinbeck is always a good idea.

    Also I would recommend him Stefan Zweig’s “Letter from an Unknown Woman”, anything Zweig actually. His books are short but so deep that they stay with you somehow. Great writing.

    “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, though I’m sure he has read it. I sometimes thing that Richard would be an amazing Atticus Finch should they ever make a new adaptation of the novel.

    And also anything Orwell. I love Orwell… I think Richard loves him too.

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  3. I loved A Natural History of the Senses, too.
    I would recommend The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan. Pollan looks at how four different plants evolved alongside humans and how we and the plant world shape each other.

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  4. I’d go a bit more modern with The Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. I’ve already said elsewhere, to the author actually, that he could play one character in James Rollins Sigma series. Richard’s work background would make these two a good fit so if he hasn’t read the Hayes book or one of Rollins that would be good.

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  5. I was just about to suggest To Kill A Mockingbird, Polly and then I saw your post …. my favorite book of all time. And I agree with you, Richard would make an excellent Atticus Finch … who happens to be my favorite literary hero.

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  6. I would recommend Kristin Lavransdatter which is a trilogy of historical novels; The Bridal Wreath, The Mistress of Husaby & The Cross. (1920-1922) a Nobel laureate, “Sigrid Undset interweaves political, social and religious history with the daily aspects of family life to create a colorful, richly detailed tapestry of Norway during the fourteenth-century.” I found it a fascinating read.

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  7. I would recommend “The Seville Communion” by Arturo Perez Reverte, “Captain Blood” by Rafael Sabatini, “The Tao of Physics”, “The Best of Cordwainer Smith”, the list goes on and on, from the challenging to the bubble-gum, all unique and interesting.

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  8. After reading this post I was influenced to go on Amazon and order A Natural History of the Senses. I was lucky enough to get the original hardcover for only $2.66. I can’t wait to receive it and read.

    I would recommend to Richard Life & Teaching of the Masters of the Far East, by Baird Spalding.

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  9. I would recommend that he read Villette by Charlotte Bronte, one of my favorite books, and also because he would be a great Paul Emanuel if they ever make the book into a series or movie, and The Alienist by Caleb Carr, there have been attempts to make a film of this book, but all have failed for various reasons, if they ever do I think RA would be the perfect Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a sort of “Sherlock Holmes” mysterious character.

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