The Harvard Business Review has a really interesting column on reading, by Peter Bregman the CEO of Bregman Partners.
Bregman's article is titled "How to Read a Book a Week," but in reality it's about the smart consumption of non-fiction, the differences in reading fiction and non-fiction, and what it means to be a part of an intellectual conversation.
I don't read a lot of non-fiction books (though I dig through a lot of research, reports, studies and so on (pretty sure those are all the same thing)), but I found this quote amusing and true:
"I have never read an executive summary that came close to conveying what’s interesting and useful about an author’s work."
You can read the column here.
Personally, I just finished reading The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, and loved it. More than story, I enjoyed the change in perspective. Excellent book.
Just starting Mohawk, by Richard Russo.