In case anyone asks, I'm reading lots of students' essays and short stories right now. The end of the semester, and all that.
However, I'm also reading The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, which I had not read before: shame on me. I guess one good thing about waiting is that this relatively new translation is supposed to be miles better than earlier ones. Another book I'm reading is The Vikings, by Robert Ferguson, which relies in part on recent archaeological discoveries--as late as 2001.
The Vikings: A History, by Robert Ferguson
The Idiot, , translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky (Vintage)