Right now, I'm reading The Fat Chef by Fredrik Nath (mystery set in Paris during WWII) and Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (I love Kingsolver's writing, don't know why I delayed so long on getting this one).
Still reading my gardening books, and on occasion, I dip back into the Elizabethan world of spy-craft and read about Walsingham's vendetta against Catholics in The Queen's Agent by John Cooper. I will finish this one, and I do find it interesting, but since there is so little information available about Walsingham, the book is more about his crusade against Catholicism. I would not have wanted to be a Catholic priest in England during Elizabeth's reign and within Walsingham's purview. No.
My husband heard about this study on NPR: Mining Books to Map Emotions. Knowing that I'd be interested, he told me to check it out online. Which, of course, I did. You might be interested in the way this study panned out, too. Can you chart the historic mood of a country by checking on the emotional words that appear...or don't appear.
I had already saved a draft of this post when I saw another reference to it over at Read in a Single Sitting. Her link was to this article in the Telegraph.