I just finished the History of Spices book I'd been reading - it was pretty good. Not a linear history; it jumped around quite a bit. For anyone interested in the Western obsession with spices, it's a great read. So now, I'm involved in two more historical tomes:
I've been meaning to dig into the Crusades for quite awhile; I've only just started that book. With Grant's Memoir, it's something I've been intending to get to for years, and my wife bought it as a gift for me. I've read a lot about the US Civil War, and it's an absolutely fascinating period. As with any crisis, the people who rose to prominence seem bigger than life - and Grant was one of those.
There's also a huge backlog of fiction reading stacked up, but I'm just not in the mood for that right now; my reading preferences seem to run like moods.