I just bought myself a Franklin Planner since my life has overwhelmed my organizational skills. I'm learning the system.
The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene. Not my easiest book to read but I LOVE thinking about the possibilities.
Mind Wide Open, by Steven Johnson. A very interesting book about how the mind works and the way that chemicals effect the brain and the personality. Plus I went to school with the author.
Baudolino, by Umberto Ecco. Set in mostly 12th century Europe, especially Italy. I haven't finished it yet and I'm not sure where it's going.
Mirror Mirror, by Gregory Maguire. I love the way this author thinks. This book is set in 16th century Umbria and is a reimagining of the story of Snow White.
Maguire also wrote Wicked, which I read a year or so ago and which has been made into a hit Broadway musical. I learned to love the Wicked Witch of the West. It also has a thread about girl's-school graduates being set up as puppets without their knowledge to run the country (Oz)
The Nine Modern Day Muses,by Jill Badonsky,M.ED. Yeah, it's kind of a self-help book but I found it very useful. It doesn't contain jargon for zombies either.
Edith Hamilton's Mythology. I'm chipping away at it.
The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis. Makes you want to be a better person in an underhanded way.
The Partly Cloudy Patriot, by Sarah Vowell
Back in early 2003 the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movies caused me to go back and re-read the books. It was like taking a time-machine back and visiting myself when I was twelve-years-old. I also read The Silmarillion which I had not read before. Lots of good tales in there if you like mythology.
Gothic: Four-hundred Years of Excess, Horror, Evil and Ruin, by Richard Davenport-Hines. I'm only on page one-hundred, thirty-two but I love this book. It's drier than the title suggests but it gets me thinking. Still working on it.