We already know that our pretend boyfriend Tom Hiddleston is a feminist, a charismatic actor, and a crush-worthy dude, but could he also be a book nerd? If you look into his acting career and interviews he has given, you can bet on it. Just for starters, there are seven books every Tom Hiddleston fan should read.
One book series that isn't on the list but probably will be soon is Ian Fleming's James Bond series. All the money in Las Vegas is on Hiddleston to take over for Daniel Craig in these iconic movies, so put the original books on your TBR list for when that comes up. (All my love, Idris!) But James Bond isn't the only literary hero Hiddles has played; he not only has tackled other spy novel characters, but he has played authors, and, of course, comic book villains, too.
Moreover, just to make him even more crush-worthy, Hiddles seems to be well read, saying that there are both classics and contemporary acclaimed books on his shelves. (Though, I'd be more than happy to recommend some more female authors you would love, Tom.)
Feel a little closer to your Hollywood BF by reading this list of books associated with Tom Hiddleston.
1. The Night Manager by John le Carré
Hiddleston and fellow Brit, former Dr. House Hugh Laurie star in AMC's adaptation of The Night Manager , based on a novel by spy story master John le Carré. We only have six episodes in this miniseries to soak up all of Hiddles, but our imagination picturing him can last forever if we reread the original book, centering on British intelligence getting all wrapped up in the illegal arms trade.
2. Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1: Trust Me by Al Ewing, Lee Garbett
Hiddleston as Loki is arguably the best part of the whole movie Marvel franchise (until Jessica Jones gets her film, of course), so show your Loki love by going back to the source material. You can go back decades upon decades to find his first appearance, but 2014's Loki: Agent of Asgard series is a modern take, exploring the anti-hero/villain's fluid gender identity.
3. High-Rise by J.G. Ballard
Hiddleston kills it in the film adaptation of J.G. Ballard's creepy dystopian novel High-Rise . A high-rise apartment building becomes the epicenter of a class war, a literal battle ground that sends luxurious costume parties into violent confrontations and residents succumb to Lord of the Flies-style urges. It's a metaphorical cautionary tale, and it will likely leave you shaken, so don't read (or watch!) alone at night.
4. Juicy and Delicious by Lucy Alibar
In a Twitter Q&A, Hiddleston said that he was deeply moved by Beasts of the Southern Wild, having to sit in the movie theater for 10 minutes after it ended.
Lucy Alibar's Juicy and Delicious is the original source material that inspired the Idris Elba-helmed movie, and so if you want to read the stuff that moves Hiddles, then this is a good place to start.
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Before starring as F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris, Hiddleston said he was a big fan of the author's quintessential work The Great Gatsby .
If somehow you missed this American classic in high school (or, more likely pretended to read it for class but didn't), just picture Loki behind the scenes reading you the tale as you turn the pages.
6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
This classic Russian tragedy is one of Hiddleston's faves (it's also one of mine, so I imagine this is how I would open a conversation with him), according to a Twitter chat. We already got a great film adaptation sans Hiddleston, but now I'm going to picture him as Count Vronsky, because he clearly loves our heart-following hero Anna.
7. Any Human Heart by William Boyd
Hiddleston cites Any Human Heart as his second favorite book, ever. So, if you want to get into the passions and loves of his life, you're going to have to tackle this unique tome. Boyd creates a fictional, disjointed, journal-based autobiography of writer Logan Gonzago Mountstuart, having his protagonist meet up and form relationships with real-life authors Virginia Woolf, Evelyn Waugh, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and others.
And if Any Human Heart is one of Hiddleston's favorites, you can probably rest assured that he's a literary nerd just like all of us.