We know that Robert Pattinson likes to keep himself busy with work, but it seems that he doesn’t just limit himself to his acting career. As he gets ready to read at the Looovedale Book Festival on August 18, we’re taken back to the Golden Age of literature with a list of the books he’s currently reading and recommending. We’ll run down his top reads and the type of literature he enjoys most. Let’s take a look at his reading list.
The Art of French Cuisine by Pierre Hermé
It seems that the Twilight star is taking the culinary route, as his first bookish recommendation is The Art of French Cuisine by Pierre Hermé. This cookbook, which he described as “a dream come true,” explores the world of French cuisine and breaks down each individual step of the way. Whether you’re a complete beginner or you’re looking for some inspiration, this is a must-read for you.
La Belle au Bois Sauvage by Colette
Next up on his reading list is La Belle au Bois Sauvage by Colette. This timeless novel, which has been translated into more than 30 languages, is the story of a young woman who disguised herself as a man to enter the world of French high society in the early 20th century. It’s an excellent choice for those looking for a period piece and interested in French culture. From what we know about Robert Pattinson, this book will be right at home.
Rembrandt by Ron Hockings
Another book that will appeal to fans of the Twilight actor is Rembrandt by Ron Hockings. This biography explores the life and work of 16th century painter Rembrandt van Rijn. Considered by many to be the greatest of all time, Hockings’ encyclopedic study is a valuable source of information for anyone looking to better understand the great Dutch masters.
Mens sana in corpore sano by Marcus Porcius Cato
Next up on Robert Pattinson’s reading list is a Latin phrase that roughly translates to “a healthy mind in a healthy body.” Marcus Porcius Cato, the Roman statesman and philosopher who lived during the first century AD, is credited with coining this phrase. It’s the credo of the Renaissance man, who saw scholarship not as a leisure activity but as a way of life. For those seeking inspiration in the vein of Marcus Cato, this book will bring you right back to the Renaissance, when learning and literacy were highly valued.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Finally, we have The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. Often considered the father of the postmodern novel, Kundera’s work is known for its complex character studies and intricate plotting. This is the story of an unremarkable man who begins to see the world around him change thanks to his uncanny abilities. While not particularly easy reading, fans of The Twilight Saga will enjoy this selection as Kundera’s work is often compared to the films of David Fincher. This is likely a reflection of the cinematic brilliance of both men.
When talking about his literary influences, Robert Pattinson cites authors from across the continent, from William Shakespeare to Vladimir Nabokov. Obviously, these are the authors that have most influenced his own work, but he also lists the blogosphere, social media, and music as important sources of creativity and inspiration. He has spoken about reading voraciously as a child, and how the experience changed him for the better. It seems that, as an adult, he is devouring as much literature as he can get his hands on.