First was Ancillary Justice. I'd heard a lot of good things about the book, including that it had won the Nebula, Hugo and other prestigious awards for last year, which is pretty suggestive that we're looking at a good read, so I pushed it to the top of the heap, and I wasn't disappointed. The setting that Ann Leckie imagined is fascinating, and as the protagonist (One Esk) moves through the worlds, it just gets deeper and deeper. I hate to give too much away since part of the joy of this book is the discovery and the slow understanding about what it all means and who and what people are. I've already started reading the sequel which came out recently. Well worth taking a gander at, even if you don't trust awards.
Next was Apple: A Global History. I've read other books in this series before; they are tiny, and much space is devoted to recipes, but there's an occasional tidbit of interesting information. This book is no exception, and the data on the original lands of the apple (Kazakhstan!), and the economic importance of cider in the early years of the American colonies were thought-provoking.
Finally, I downloaded from Barnes & Noble a short story from Dewey Lambdin's Napoleonic naval fiction series, chronlogically set a bit before the novel I'm already reading, called Lewrie and the Hogsheads, which was a bit of fun. Not presently available in printed form, apparently. B&N doesn't seem to have as many of these as does Amazon in Kindle format, but I'll be keeping my eyes open for future releases by authors I enjoy.