My pick for now:
Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
I'm a software guy, with a bunch of firmware experience, but I sometimes do data-center wrangling when I'm not slinging C++ and PHP around. It's really good to have a grounding in electronics and how things work under the hood, so you can have an appreciation for how (say) twisted pairs work, or how really fast serial cables work. Just knowing what's involved in pushing a signal from point A to point B in a rack or on a long-haul wire will help you make better decisions about what to buy, or decide to rip out.
AoE is a great practical introduction to how a lot of modern electronics stuff works. It has me tinkering with transistors and diodes again, and I may have to tell the wife I want an oscilloscope for Christmas . . .
I think there's a third edition coming out soon, which should help bring its digital stuff up to date.
I'm waiting too, there are still a few months to go: http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/the-art-of-electronics-3rd...
And it's being an extremely fun read so far.
Read that after the GREAT "Commodore: A company on the edge" and was expecting something with more gritty details (both technical and about the business) was somewhat disappointed.
(If I had any complaint, it's that the way you get the audiobook version is weird. I'd rather it were on Audible.)
Various myths and themes persist across religions, history and geography.
American Caesar - http://www.amazon.com/American-Caesar-Douglas-MacArthur-1880...
Biography of MacArthur. Interesting for its disclosure of relationships between politics, the media and the military in the absence of real time communication. Also, watch the death of Victorian values during the 20th century.
1 - http://www.amazon.com/Astoria-Jeffersons-Pacific-Ambition-Su...
* The Hollows series by Kim Harrison: https://www.goodreads.com/series/40628-the-hollows
* Discworld series by Terry Pratchett: https://www.goodreads.com/series/40650-discworld
* Dresden FIles by Jim Butcher: https://www.goodreads.com/series/40346-the-dresden-files
* Wiz by Rick Cook: https://www.goodreads.com/series/43084-wiz
* Programming Google App Engine with Python: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920033219.do
* The latest additions to the Lean Series: http://shop.oreilly.com/category/series/lean.do
* Think Stats: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920034094.do
Look under "Do you know of any good books about startups?"
It's a collection of essays from leading modern thinkers (Dawson, Pinker, etc) on which cognitive tools people should be equipped with. It's fantastic. I'm 1/4 through at the moment and I can honestly say it lives up to it's title.
You can read all the essays for free at http://edge.org/responses/what-scientific-concept-would-impr... (book form is a lot nicer though) - edge.org is well worth poking about on. There's some seriously interesting stuff on there.
A friend turned me onto an international bookstore in Budapest which has an entire section of translated Hungarian novels which is where I bought this. I had no idea Hungary had such a rich literary tradition and I'm counting the days 'til I can go back to Budapest :)
I'm currently reading "Made to Stick": http://www.amazon.com/Made-Stick-Ideas-Survive-Others/dp/140... - which I put off buying for a while, but am actually enjoying quite a bit. It's got real, actionable advice in it.
I also read the transcripts from http://www.startupsfortherestofus.com/ on a regular basis.
Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices for Django 1.6 
When the Clyde Ran Red by Maggie Craig 
...but in the first few pages he referenced that HE was recently reading a different book, which sounded more interesting, so now I'm reading that:
Liaquat Ahamed - Lords of Finance (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QIGZEK)
...so far so good; if you're into historical stuff.
It's a fascinating story, as well as a great insight into a mind that became obsessed with answering the question "they had enough clothes, food, fuel and ammo to survive. Why did they die?"
Just started it, but so far it's a well-written discussion of OAuth, OpenID Connect, UMA, and JSON for API security.
The State of the Art by Iain Banks
I have been forcing myself to ration out the Culture books so I don't run through them too quickly. Such a great series.
The Trauma of Everyday Life by Mark Epstein
The fourth book I've read by him, a really good synthesis of Buddhism and psychology. I was pleasantly surprised to see him appear in Dan Harris's 10% Happier, too.
1. Prelude to Foundation by Asimov
2. The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
I've read the Foundation series in the past, and I'm going through them again since it's been years. As for Greene, I've always had an interest in Physics, though I studied Computer Science. It's a nice introduction to String Theory that is approachable enough to be read during my leisure time.
One more impressive thing about this book is the massive amount of data used to proof the writer's thesis. He find and represent data of wealth from several countries over 200 years and present it neatly to support his idea. He also open those data for others to proof it as well.
Introduction to Information Retrieval http://nlp.stanford.edu/IR-book/
This is a free digital book, very good so far.
There's a section about the Obama campaign's digital strategy which is interesting.
Also read Jordan Mechner's "The Making of Prince of Persia", which is snippets of his diary from working on the game. It's insanely interesting, very sad I couldn't read more from his life (especially the making of Last Express).
From what I have seen, there aren't a ton of amazing books in KU, but being able to borrow lots of foreign-language books might compel me to stick with it. I'm brushing up on my Spanish, and it helps to read children's books and short stories I probably wouldn't buy otherwise.
See also Ready Player One. http://www.amazon.com/Ready-Player-One-A-Novel/dp/0307887448
Right now, as late night reading, i'm in the midst of the sprawl trilogy of Gibson, i read Neuromancer more than a few years ago and now i'm checking out the rest.
Other than this, i started "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies", but i'm quickly getting bored.
I've just finished reading Addiction by Design:
If you want nothing more nor less than pure entertainment and hilarity, with plenty of social satire, this works.
2. Windhorse by Kaushik Barua
3. 17 Equations That Changed the World by Ian Stewart
4. The First and Last Freedom by Jiddu Krishnamurti
Controversial but fascinating.
Fantastic read so far.
A Tour of C++ by Bjarne Stroustrup
Effective C++ by Scott Meyers
Moon Walking With Einstein by Joshua Foer
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" by J.K. Rowling  (Kindle edition)
2012-06 issue of "Analog Science Fiction and Fact". I'm so far behind the current issue because I switched to an electronic subscription when a few years ago. At the time, it was only available from Barnes & Noble. The Nook app on iPad was pretty terrible, and I don't like reading on iPad in bed, so I fell behind. When it became available for Kindle , I switched my subscription to that, and converted my Nook issues with Calibre, and am now working my way through the backlog at a casual pace.
"Logical Chess Move by Move" by Irving Chernev .
"Build Up Your Chess 1: The Fundamentals" by Artur Yusupov .
"Understanding Copyright Law" by Marshall A. Leaffer  (Kindle edition).
"Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond  (Kindle edition, via Kindle Owner's Lending Library)
I've also been re-reading "Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle  (Kindle). Generally what has been happening is that a PBS station here has been showing the 1984 British "Sherlock Holmes" TV series with Jeremy Brett as Holmes . I'll watch that, and then often will re-read the corresponding Doyle story.