The four most recent books I have read:
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
The Anthropologist, Nicholson Baker
Falling For Science, Bernard Beckett
Street With No Name, Kapka Kassabova
A classic, a contemporary novel about poetry, popular science, a memoir/travel story (kind of). I am pleased to have read them all, one way and another.
Then there are the new yorker and the london review of books, both of which I get via my letterbox and both of which I read cover to cover. I’m not sure why I so like both of these. The very good writing will have something to do with it. They are both kind of liberal in their own way. Their writers are thinkers. Maybe I’m just a magazine snob.
I also read the internet rather a lot: web sites; help sites for various other sites I am learning to use, like mobileread; other peoples’ blogs and so on and on. Learning to use the internet can take up hours in a day. I can kid myself that I’m seeing it as a potential marketing tool for my writing, but really, it’s just so damned interesting.