Here's a list of books I would recommend reading:
1: The Harry Potter series. Regardless of what the literary snobs say, they're still entertaining.
2: The Grainger catalog. All kinds of interesting stuff most people don't need and wouldn't know what to do with. I'm not most people.
3: Island of the Sequined Love Nun, by Christopher Moore. An epic peice of absurdist fiction.
4: Freakonomics, by Stephen D. Levitt and Stephen j. Dubner. Yes, math is useful for everything. Maybe if biologists, social scientists, et. al. would actually learn some, they could move out of the dark ages so that doctors, teachers, social workers etc. could actually be ISO-9000 compliant.
5: A Soldier's Story, by Omar Bradley. An excellent account of the European Theater of WWII, written by one of the most brilliant generals in U.S. history.