Inspired by the similar movie thread which I think is awesome... in a few words, rate (by quality, enjoyment factor, whatever) the most recent book you've finished.
I had fallen off reading for a very long time, (dissertation withdrawal, I think) but a Borders near me went out of business, and I picked up over a hundred bucks worth of deeply discounted books. I started reading again, and couldn't be happier. Since books may not be as well known as movies, I recommend linking to Amazon for further info and reviews of the book. I finished 3 books in rapid succession, so I'll start the thread off with them:
--------------------------------------------------------Guns, Germs, and Steel
by Jared Diamond
Nonfiction, chronicles the history of human civilization, addresses questions of racial and societal dominance
You've probably read this already. Took me a long time to get through it; I read the following books during "breaks" from GG&S. It's very dry writing, and there is an incomprehensible amount of information in it. That said... I felt like each sentence I read was a window into the past, and I gained SO much knowledge from this book (even if I could only absorb a fraction of what was contained within) and such a better big picture of the history of humanity that I loved every second of it. Everybody in the world should read this book. One Second After
by William Forstchen
Fiction, modern post-apocalyptic scenario.
Was a very fast read. My favorite non-zombie post apocalyptic tale. True Grit
by Charles Portis
The Coen movie (saw it first) followed this story VERY closely. The book was a quick read, and a true pleasure. Uniquely matter-o-fact perspective in an adventure story.
**bonus**I Am America, and So Can You
by Stephen Colbert
Listened to it on audiobook on a very recent (very) long drive. It was funny, with the whole thing read very well by Colbert completely in his TV show's character along with some excellent interludes by random folks (celebs, his mother, random folks). I think I might have enjoyed it more in book form, and in short snippets... I got a little tired of his character by the end after listening to it straight through. I did enjoy it all the way through, though, and I'm glad I listened to it.
...I just started a very very long nonfiction that will probably take me a while to get through, though I might throw a couple short fictions into my reading diet here and there. What have YOU read lately?