- The Wave in the Mind, Ursula K. Le Guin
- Desolation Island, Patrick O'Brian
- Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
There are definitely many worse things than spending a day with Ursula Le Guin's thoughts on rhythm, writing, Tolkien, Woolf, Twain, the Tao and -- of course -- gender.
O'Brian is amazing, I'm not sure how often I'm going to repeat myself there.
Dunces has a great style, the main character reminds me so much of Stewie Griffin that I suspect a direct influence.