Here's the real story:
At Bondi Beach, in Sydney, Australia, where I am for winter break, on the other side of the date line
He is reading For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway. He likes to read both old and new books, for balance. Before this he read the most recent Bourne book, The Bourne Ascendancy, by Eric Van Lustbader.
Some of his favorite books are the Lord of the Rings series, by J.R.R. Tolkien. He also really liked a crime trilogy by Martin Cruz Smith: Gorky Park, Polar Star, and Red Square, set in the time in which the Soviet Union was collapsing.