It's been a while since I've posted anything of substance recently. I apologize. Here is my attempt at contributing to society.
With all of the travel I've been doing (without a laptop- that's key), I've had a great opportunity to do a lot of reading. Two books I've read recently are good enough to recommend: The Historian and The Dante Club. Both are Dan Brown'esque in that they are historical-based fiction. If you liked Angels & Demons or the DaVinci Code, pick either one of these up.
The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
The characters are well-known authors of the late 19th century: Longfellow, Holmes, and Lowell. As they work on the first American translation of Dante's Inferno into English, strange murders begin happening that mirror Danet's encounters in hell. The authors, with their intimate understanding of Dante's work, must race to catch the killer before he kills again.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
You have to stay alert in this story, within a story, within a story, of various historians and their travels throughout history attempting to track the legend of dracula. This book was more difficult to get through, but I had the motivation of not wanting to carry a 600 page hardcover book with me through airports anymore. It's a tough read to get into, but once you're hooked, you'll eat it up.