Happy World Book Day (unless you are either Swedish or British)!
I don’t know about you, but for me there’s nothing better than to dive between the pages (paper or electronic).
I shall be writing more about the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge I’ve decided to undertake, but today I wanted to have a peek at the books I’ve read because I am a
raving loony Armitage fan.
Ya see, Richard makes us better people ;)
One of the first books I read inspired by Richard was Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South.
I’ve loved the mini-series dearly since it hit me like a ton of bricks in July 2012 and turning to the book seemed like a great idea to squeeze a bit more from my beloved story.
True, Margaret has raven black hair and Thornton is described as a big unattractive Shrek (not really, but he’s got nothing on Armitage), but there are many delicious goodies that never made it to the TV adaptation.
Another book that I reached for was Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
Although many of my UK and US friend remembered reading this book as children, I didn’t know who or what a Tolkien was until a friendly American bar owner in Warsaw told me about Gandalf and the world of the rings (while serving my underage a*se a bunch of drinks…).
Since then I feel I’ve done my duty to educate myself with regards to Middle Earth, plus I’m more than a little relieved that I didn’t kill off that many brain cells during my wayward youth…
Another book that I have started reading (and need to finish finally) was a book that Richard himself had often referred to.
Penman’s The Sunne in Splendour follows the life of Richard III, from his youth to the Battle of Bosworth Field.
I can’t really explain why I’d drop it time after time having read a few chapters, it’s well written and I do have a thing for British history.
Sunne, your time will come…
From the books that are on my list of “to read”:
I’m still not ready to delve into the world of Arthur Milller’s The Crucible.
I have no doubt that I will weave my way in and out of the story, but for now I shall leave it on my Kindle as a reminder of what’s to come, a source of temptation and delayed gratification till I’m ready to create my own emotional crucible.
Talking about delayed gratification, I haven’t actually got this next book:
Urban Grimshaw and the Shred Crew by Bernard Hare
I can’t wait to get my hands on this story, although wait I must till the embargo on frivolous shopping passes.
This is just a handful of books that I’ve read after being prompted by Armitage, one way or another.
What have you read as an extension of your Armitage admiring?