Velvet Elvis, God Wants to save Christians-Rob Bell
anything by tony campolo
blue like jazz-Donald Miller
(above are the "life changer" types of books that help mold who you are.
As far as fiction I really recommend Ted Dekker, Dean Koontz and James Patterson,
when I just want to be entertained.
Since my youth I have tended to get hooked on authors, When I was 11 or 12 I read all of the "Chip Hilton" books by Clair Bee and all of the John R Tunis baseball books. I've pretty much read all of Irving, Steinbeck, Vonnegut (I love Slaughterhouse Five) and Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues). My "guilty pleasure" is Robert Parker. I've read every one of his books and I've read most of the "Spenser" books at least twice.
For the last 5 or 6 years, I've been reading a lot of history and biography, generally about the founding of America or Teddy Roosevelt. Right now I'm in the middle of Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwins' book about Lincoln and his cabinet.
I have read 1984 and thought it was excellent.
I started A Brief History of Time but school got in the way and I never finished it. It was interesting stuff to be sure, but maybe it's better if you have no prior knowledge of the subject to begin with, because the for first few chapters it felt like I'd read everything before. Actually, I bought it together with The Universe in a Nutshell and I honestly can't remember which one I was reading.
I actually would like to read War and Peace sometime.
You do the math..... I'll do the alfredo!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
Anne Tyler and Larry McMurtry are my other favorite fiction writers.
Team of Rivals has been of my list to read for a long time.
BTW - whenever I complete a business project I always say, "On to the next." as in Owen Meany