Speaking of movies inspired by books, Benedict Cumberbatch has pretty much built a career out of them, before and after his breakout role as the titular detective on the BBC's Sherlock. (Did you know that TPL has an Arthur Conan Doyle Collection? Perhaps a visit can help fill the void in your life left behind by Series 3.)
The filmography of the ubiquitous British actor is a fascinating place to look if you need ideas for the Book Buzz Reading Challenge. Better yet, find some fellow members of the Cumbercollective and start a BCBC (Benedict Cumberbatch Book Club) of your own. Here's a collection of books with TV and film adaptations in which Cumberbatch plays roles both major and minor. His next project is The Imitation Game, a historical drama about the life of computer scientist and cryptographer Alan Turing, so go ahead and add Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges (also available as an eBook) to your reading list!
12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
1853 memoir of a free man who was kidnapped in Washington and sold into slavery in Louisiana.
Annie's Box: Charles Darwin, His Daughter and Human Evolution by Randal Keynes
The biography (written by Darwin's great-great-grandson!) that inspired the film Creation.
Atonement by Ian McEwan
A young girl's lie has tragic repercussions echoing from 1935 until the present day.
August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
Pulitzer-winning play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Classic fantasy novel about an adventurous hobbit who helps a company of dwarves reclaim a lost kingdom.
Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg
Former WikiLeaks spokesperson documents his experiences inside the controversial organization.
Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Two couples, Jamaican and British, find their lives intertwined in this novel dealing with themes of colonialism, love and loss.
Starter for Ten by David Nicholls (eBook)
Humourous coming-of-age tale of university students competing on a quiz show.
Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
Biography of a troubled young man who becomes an activist for the homeless.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré
To the Ends of the Earth by William Golding
Booker-winning nautical epic written as a journal documenting a perilous sea voyage to Australia.
Separated from his beloved owner, a horse becomes caught up in the chaos of the First World War.