June 8, 2013
Like most readers (I think), I mix non-fiction and fiction. On the heavy side, I try to hit some literature that teaches me more about the craft of writing (Faulkner, most recently) and non-fiction that teaches me about social philosophy, more or less (Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem, for example). On the lighter side, I enjoy some history, a little biography, and dabble in science fiction, fantasy and other genre fiction.
Once upon a time I would have said Hardy or Zelazny, but that was a long time ago. Really, the idea of having a favorite seems somewhat strange now.
Another strange question. I'll answer with "What book changed your life the most?", and that would be either Graham Allison's "Essence of Decision" or Robert Axelrod's "The Evolution of Cooperation".
The last one I finished was Faulkner's "Light in August"; the one I'm currently in is "Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive" by Bruce Schneier.
SF resident for a long time; heavy reader -- pretty predictable, eh?