Seems like the most recent such thread got wiped out in the Blab's recent Great Leap Forward, so here is the new home for information relating to the books you are reading.
I just finished Dave Tompkins How to Wreck a Nice Beach, which I enjoyed. It's a history of the vocoder as both cryptology tool and Afro-futurist nexus of musical creativity. It takes quite a subject/writer to link Winston Churchill and Roger Troutman, much less to do it this well/interestingly.
Right now I'm reading John Cheever's Falconer. The Stories of John Cheever was a seminal text for me, but I never got around to this one before. It's a late effort, a novel about a middle-class professor who ends up going to prison. I can't remember now what inspired me to keep an eye out for it, but not long ago I spotted a copy in a used bookstore and grabbed it. So far I'm not sorry I did.
And for some crazy reason, I have it in my head I wanna read Byron's Don Juan during my imminent beach vacation. I've read excerpts, but I've been meaning to get to the entire thing, and here's my chance, I guess.