I was whizzing through John Boyne's First World War novel The Absolutist this morning until all progress stopped due to my Parcelforce saga, but I should finish soon and then I'll start Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon (a book about horses and a down-at-heel race track), which comes garlanded with laurels from a National Book Award to an Orange Prize long-listing. In non-fiction I'm still greatly enjoying Humphrey Carpenter's The Inklings and planning to follow that with The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane, though The Inklings is tending to divert me off down another bye-way, so we'll see.
As to what I've recently finished, Francesca Segal's The Innocents was a very good read indeed, as was Suzanne Joinson's A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar of course (post on it here), and if you haven't already seen my conversation with Suzy, do take a look and read Loretta's comment because apart from the fun of talking to Suzy, it's reactions such as Loretta's which make having a book blog so worthwhile.
What's everyone been reading recently? What do you recommend? What is next in your book queue? If you have a moment, please let us know.