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Happy World Book Day (Armitage Style), Bookworms!

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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?

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23 responses »

  1. 52 books in 52 weeks! That is impressively ambitious! I’ll be cheering you on from the sidelines. 🙂

  2. I AM a bookworm – and I have really learnt a lot since becomming an Armitage admirer. A hilarious book I had not heard of before was *Stiff* by Mary Roach. Written very much like Bill Brysons lovely stories about each and everything (for example *At Home* or *Notes from a small Island*). I loved it! What I couldn’t manage in the end was *Master and Margerita*. I tried to worm my way through the bizarre plot for 3 times. The last time I could manage to get beyond a bit more than half of it – and then I threw it in the bin. A sacrileg I never before bestowed on a book. I think books are treasured objects that should be treated with respect. But Bulgakov made me mad and I really really hated that book. 😉

    • That’s funny as I’ve never finished Master… either. People rave about it, but it’s not my cup of tea. Having said that Stiff also got a bit gruesome for me too, so maybe I’m just a shameless book quiter 😉

  3. I used to consider myself an avid reader – but my blogging activities (even before my descent into the pits of Armitage hell) put a stop to my (usually) night-time reading. However, I credit Mr A with getting my nose back into books on occasion. I had read N&S way before I saw the miniseries (and was decidedly unimpressed). My first Armitage-inspired read was The Hobbit, which I read aloud with my daughter, much to our mutual delight and fun. (I even did the voices and sang the songs…) Then I read the Guerney Potato Peel and Literary Society. Very much enjoyed that – an easy read, and a nice male protagonist that was lovely to imagine being played by Mr A. I resisted a long time but eventually succumbed and made my way through the Matthew Clairmont Vampire stuff. Not my genre, but an easy, compelling read. (Still not a fan, though). Since I am not a fan of non-fiction writing, I have let “Stiffs” pass me by. But Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew, despite being autobiographical, is a firm favourite… I might finally take the plunge and get The Sunne in Splendour – I am after all a history geek. (It’s just that British history has never really caught my fascination…) Oh, hey, and I have read “The Little Mole who Knew it was None of his Business” – a great book, btw :-D.
    Thanks for the compilation and the post here, Agzy. That 52 week challenge sounds great, actually. I am tempted because I would like to read more but I’d probably also need 52-hour-DAYS to get that in. I hope you’ll let us know what you are reading – if your taste in books is like your taste in documentaries, I will probably find a lot of stuff that I’ll want to explore.

  4. In connection my to Armitage blogging, I read all the books and the play you’ve listed, except The Sunne in Splendor, and in addition, The Proust Screenplay, The newest biography of William Blake, I re read Macbeth and Hamlet. And let’s not forget that most of us have listened to a number of audio books we might not have tried otherwise. But I’m also lik Guylty, as my reading of books has fallen down substantially since I started blogging. I’m thinking I’ll have more time now to catch up.

  5. It was Richard who made me read North and South (because before that I was a complete “Eww, period dramas” kind of a tomboy), but I’m glad I did. I had read The Hobbit before, so when I found out that he’s playing Thorin McBroodinshield, I was happy (like, freaking out). Same case with The Crucible. I’m yet to get my copy of Urban and The Shed Crew, so the only thing that’s left is The Sunne in Splendour.
    Good luck with the 52 Weeks Challenge! 🙂

  6. That’s an ambitious plan, Agzy! I used to go through 1-3 books per week back when RL was far less busy, but then it dropped to 1-3 per year. I’ve come back to reading lately, not just RA-related… Both Urban and Guernsey were enjoyable reads that I’ve rushed through in a day or two. The Crucible is next on my list… Oh, and the Hobbit is an obvious one for me, I read it aloud (twice…) in preparation for the AUJ.

  7. I can’t imagine myself without a book!!! Relating RA, I just read North and South and must look for others!! 😉

  8. Where do I even begin? I was reading, mind you, before HE and that four-hour film came along. But after discovering and reading Gaskell’s N&S (who in the US had ever heard of Gaskell?) I tried Cranford (boring, was this the same writer?!). Then I read Mary Barton (much better, similar in ways to N&S). I’ve since begun devouring all the Victorian classics I missed reading, partially to discover if I could find a book to supersede N&S as a favorite. So, in the last year I’ve read Wives & Daughters (fantastic, although wholly different tone, pace, and setting than N&S), Tess of the d’Urbevilles, Jane Eyre, The Tenant of Windfell Hall, Bleak House, Far from the Madding Crowd, Silas Marner, Little Dorrit, Can you Forgive Her? (Trollope), and attempted to read Middlemarch (only for the starchy determined and romance-less heart). I also did try to read the Hobbit. And my sister-in-law made me read Discovery of Witches against my aversion to all things vampire and teenager-beholden. It was pretty good, I read the second book, too.
    I plan to read Sunne in Splendor someday, I have another volume of Penman’s unread on my shelf (dare I switch to medieval and confuse my Victorian sensibilities?).
    I’d also be very interested in reading “Urban…” if it were available to purchase here!
    Must also re-read The Crucible.

    • Oops, forgot to add that I had never read Austen before RA/N&S. I read P&P because everyone constantly compared the two works. And I’ve read Persuasion (my fave so far of Austen) and S&S. Still like Gaskell’s style and substance better.

  9. In addition to the above Armitage inspired titles, I started Master and Margarita (got sidetracked) and I’ve also read “Stiff” by Mary Roach… I really need to get around to doing a review of that book :). (I’m apparently some kind of ghoul, ’cause I really liked it)

  10. I heard about RA thanks to Tolkien, and now RA has become a source of knowledge 😉

    I’ve read all the books in your list plus “The Crucible”, “Discovery of Witches”, “Stiff”, and “Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”….. On my waiting list are “The Daughter of Time” and “The Master and Margarita”….
    With Urban Grimshaw, I have biggest issues because has been imposible to find :\

    I wish a Happy day for you too! Reading has always been part of my soul and I love to share my passion XD

  11. I have always been an avid reader. But Richard has got me into different things. I have read N&S, Sunne in Splendor, Saxon Chronicles (The Lords of the North), Urban, Discovery of Witches, The Hobbit and just delivered The Crucible which I would never have read if not for Richard. I have also read spin off novels from N&S and some Guy of Gisborne novels. Call me sad but I love to escape into my own little world.

  12. I’ve picked up copies of the Pinter/Proust screen play, Gaskill’s North and South, and the 2 published volumes of the All Saint’s Trilogy – A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. I’ve preordered book 3. I reread my copy if the Hobbit, Lost Tales, and Lord of the Rings appendices while writing. I also purchased and read a book by author JM Richards called A Tall, Dark Streak of Lighting. If I had not met Jess through the RA community, I would not have heard about her book. Looking forward to her sequel. I spend more time watching Richard now than reading though.

    • I forgot about The Discovery of Witches which totally came my way thanks to Armitage. I mean he IS Matthew! Now someone needs to tell WB 😉

  13. I was (cough) kind of a big reader before Armitage and a lot of the things he’d referred to I’d read by the time I heard him mention them. Something that I’d never have read without Armitage to point me there, however, was a biography of Heath Ledger. I can’t say it improved my life in any way but it was an interesting read.

    Oh, and fanfic. I’d read a little fanfic before Armitage but nothing like what I’ve read since then.

  14. 52 ksiązki w 52 dni…ambitnie! Były czasy że poszłabym z Tobą w zawody, Agzym 🙂
    Filmem i teatrem interesuję się od zawsze ,książki zwykłam “połykać”( jeśli mnie zainteresują)
    nigdy natomiast nie słyszałam o fanfikach! …Do czego to Panie człowiek doszedł?!..
    czyta fanfiki z Guyem of Gizborne z rumieńcami na twarzy (im dłuższe tym lepsze!) i to jeszcze proszę pani w zamorskiem języku pisane !….i dlaczego interesuje mnie historia jakiegoś zafajdanego garbatego Angielskiego króla ?…i dlaczego za każdym razem kiedy widzę nowe zdjęcie pewnego aktora to mam ochotę oblizać ekran komputera jak łyżkę z nutellą ha?


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