I've gotten into the habit of reading two books at once recently. One book stays at home, and the second is kept, usually, in my backpack or in the back pocket of my jeans (if it fits). This is because I like to read on my breaks at work, and I know that if I take my "work" book out of my backpack tonight, tomorrow I'll leave without it.
Anyway, this moment's "work" book is Angels & Demons by Dan Brown, he of The Da Vinci Code fame (or should that be infamy?). Angels & Demons is the book that came before The Da Vinci Code, also featuring Robert Langdon as the lead (yeah, Tom Hanks' character), but this time he's defending the Vatican against a dastardly plot by The Illuminati.
Brown again delves deep into the we'd-rather-you-kept-that-secret history of the Roman Catholic church, and reveals some surprising architectural and historical insights. So far it's keeping me enthralled and has almost made me late returning from break on two occasions.
Yes, it is fiction. I get it.
My "home" book is currently Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the book that, apparently, inspired The Da Vinci Code. This book is not fiction. It is the account of a number of scholars who, through researching various mysteries and trying to put together documentaries for the BBC, stumbled across clues to what might be the most startling secret in history.
If you've read The Da Vinci Code, you know what it is. If you haven't, I won't spoil it. And if you have, and liked it, you'll enjoy Angels & Demons. Holy Blood, Holy Grail is less entertaining, but then, it's not a novel.