Good thread. I'm surprised I haven't noticed it before now.
Recently my interest in reading books, novels in particular, has declined but I was (and I'd probably say still am) a huge fan of Alistair MacLean. Earlier this year I re-read a great book we picked up somewhere called "Running Blind", by Desmond Bagley. Very interesting and a clever story.
Right now I'm working my way through a non-fiction book called "When a Billion Chinese Jump" by Jonathan Watts (a British journalist). It's about China and development, climate change, politics and all that fun stuff. There are some parts which leave one terrified about the future of mankind and civilisation, but there are also some very inspirational sections concerned with how we can change and do things better. One would think a book of this topic would be boring and scholarly but it's written like a travelogue and very engaging.
P.S. Read through some earlier posts - Animal Farm was good. Scary in how its simplicity could be so effective.