I've been reading a great deal this summer and have discovered James Patterson's novels...don't know why I never read him before. The action covers the globe, and there is always a twist in the story. Two favorites: Kill Me if you Can, The Postcard Killers. Another favorite is The History of Knowledge, an overview of the prominent ideas throughout history and a terrific "summary" of world history. On my list: reading through C.S. Lewis, Paul Johnson's books on Napoleon, Paul, and Churchill, and the Great Books list including Freud's response to Einstein on war. Good reading....
While reading Paul Johnson's book, Socrates, I came across this observation by Confucious: (and I'm sure I paraphrase here...) We should be so intent on learning that we fail to notice that we are getting older. I love this idea....and recommend the book for many other reasons.