I just finished reading The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs (2004). Jacobs is a writer and editor at Esquire Magazine, and his writing style is funny and easy to read. He chronicles his attempt to fill in the gaps in his education by reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica cover to cover. Along the way, we meet his sweet wife, his eccentric parents, and his obnoxious brother-in-law. Jacobs visits the headquarters of the Encyclopedia Britannica, tries to join Mensa, and attempts to win a million dollars on Jeopardy. The book is fun to read and is full of interesting facts that you're probably not going to see anywhere else.
Last year, Jacobs followed up with The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible. That's next on my list of books-to-find-at-the-library.
I don't usually spend money on books (after all, library books are free!), but I've decided to splurge and buy myself An Invitation To The White House : At Home With History by Hillary Clinton (2000). It's a beautifully illustrated hardcover book that was published in honor of the 200th anniversary of the White House, and focuses on social events, interior design, flower arranging, recipes... the "feminine side" of the White House. It costs $32.00, which is too much, but I found it offered for $12.47 from a book closeout site, so I'm going to treat myself and get it.
So, what are you reading?