ok, i'll bite...
I'm reading them anyways, i'm mostly here to get ideas (psss, arduinna, please start that cookbook thread or i will!)
i'm almost done with 'simon the coldheart', by georgette heyer. once you get into the 13th (14th? it's late) century dialogue, it's a fascinating fictional glimpse into the british past, when king hal had recently overthrown richard bolingbroke and hotspur is defeated in battle. chivalry is alive, and the lead character is an enigmatic fellow who is cold but fair, loves no woman but is kind to children, and rises from being the bastard son of a noble to becoming a baron himself through valour and courage. (i think we may get to the part where he falls in love with the hellcat margaret of belramy after capturing her castle
i just finished 'everything but the burden', anthologized by greg tate (recommended by chaka on another thread.) at first it was hard to get into (the first essay had all the readability of a cornel west spew, pretty obtuse), but i'm glad it picked up, the quality of later essays was excellent. surprisingly, i think i learned the most from an essay on sports, esp george foreman. i have not given athletes the credit they deserve, mostly because it was something i couldn't do and so sneeringly disparaged what they accomplish. i feel i've gained some insights, hope to be a better person with less ignorance of the culture, and would recommend this book.
cookbooks! i want it! who'll join me! (arduinna, i've got to go to bed, so you can start it since it was your idea- i had hoped to sneak them in here, but you definately have the better plan- but i'm gonna start one soon if you don't! i need ideas! send me names of obscure cookbooks, please! and have i got a diss on one i've got right now, they tell you to use bisquick for injera!!! 'cause you won't like it with teff, you know. bisquick!!!)