If there’s one thing the British actor isn’t known for, it’s sticking to the same tune: he’s starred in television series ranging from Mad Men to The Crown to, most recently, Chernobyl, the HBO mini-series that has earned 19 Emmy nominations, including one for Harris, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He’s also taken on film roles—in 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2012’s Lincoln, and, now, Morbius, Sony’s superhero picture, which hits theaters next summer. Here, Harris presents a book selection as varied as his career.

Travels, by Michael Crichton

Always entertaining, Mr. Crichton approaches this autobiographical compilation with the same veracity he brought to his science fiction. Candid, insightful, and funny, he takes us on his journeys through medical school, Hollywood, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the gorillas of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, among others. My favorite is an encounter with his grumpy spirit guide, who takes the form of a cactus.