Some of these posts most be awfully boring, as I am just spitting out random stream-of-consciousness type ramblings.
One book I tried reading that I just couldn't handle was James Joyce's "Ulysses." Couldn't do it.
I also had a bit of a hard time getting into Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", although I did manage to finish it. I loved "Apocalypse Now". I like most war movies in general.
I've read a ton of Russian literature (it was my major), a lot of history (especially Russian history).
On the trip this year I brought a memoir on Africa, "Cidar House Rules", and two others I can't think of.
I really recommend "Lone Survivor" (I brought on trip last year). VERY good book. I also brought another book on African history last fall that was very good--can't remember the title. It was about the genocide and murder and what-not in Rwanda, Somalia, and the Sudan.
I have a key chain from Khartoum, brought to me by a co-worker in Washington DC who went there to visit family. That bit of info is TOTALLY stream of consciousness.