Reading A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson. He was over at his friend's house and picked it up and then got his own copy at Green Apple books--just three bucks, and also, by Bill Bryson, A Brief History of Nearly Everything.

His dad was an English teacher and he grew up reading J.R.R. Tolkien, Ayn Rand (which he knows how to pronounce), and Dostoevsky. He majored in English himself in college and was able to spend eight-hour long stretches on the beach reading literature. Now days he reads mostly what he calls "popcorn." For anything else, he explained, you need at least an hour of straight reading, and right now he doesn't have it.