I've gotten really lucky in that the last three books I've read have all been seriously awesome. Since our local English language bookstore doesn't have much of a selection of non academic works, I often have to buy whatever is there, which can mean long periods of average or below average fiction.
So, since these three books all rock I figured I might as well plug them for whomever is interested.
The first two are Stephen Baxter's books, Flood and Ark.
Flood: The first in the series, it's guaranteed to piss off both climate change people and anti climate change people. It argues that climate change is happening, but not for the reasons we think it is. It takes place in the near future and spends it's time showing us humanity falling apart. Disaster porn at it's finest with a bunch of interesting characters.
Ark: Don't know if "sequel" is the right word for this. It takes place in the same world as Flood, but starts thirty years before Flood ends. In Flood we get to see people reacting to events as they happen. In Ark we see many of the same events, but we see people who are actively working for a solution rather than being completely reactive. This gives a lot more depth to the experience. It does end roughly 70 years after Flood ends. This one is not disaster porn at all. It's hard science fiction and explores what would happen after a disaster. The interesting thing is that it has a lot of faith in humanity. Only the people who lived before the events in Flood happen give a shit about the events of Flood. Their children have never known a world that is any different then the one they were born into and simply adapt in interesting ways and are baffled that the old folks give a shit about things like cities and electricity. As long as you can swim and eat fish and fuck, who cares? Why would you want anything else?
The third, obviously, is Life by Keith Richards.
The genius of this is that it turns the standard autobiography on it's head. In most autobiographies the dude tries to justify his or her actions and put a positive spin on things. Keith doesn't have any interest in that. At times he's the coolest guy in the world, at other times he's the biggest asshole ever. He just kind of puts it out there without apology. It's also the only autobiography of a junkie where they don't try to justify their addictions by a tragic childhood or other drama. He pretty much straight out says drugs and booze are fun and that's why he does them. Of course there is a lot of what I call "addict logic" in here, because he is an addict. He brags about being "clean" for instance during a 15 year period when he's still doing three grams of cocaine and a bottle of Jack Daniel's a day. Any addict will tell you that switching from one drug (in this case heroin) to another drug (whiskey and cocaine) does not make you "clean." Keith hasn't learned that lesson. Still, it's fascinating to discover how all these great songs were written, to learn about post war Britain and to get a glimpse of what it's like inside the brain of someone who is a genius, a really sensitive guy and a raging asshole all at the same time.