During the Rosh Hashana break when I wasn't in services, I was reading, and I managed to finish several books.
First was Osprey Warrior #143: Galloglass 1250 – 1600: Gaelic Mercenary Warrior. I found the book pretty fascinating, as among the clans that they discuss in the book was one among which was included my wife's Irish side family. Fascinating!
Then, Vilcabamba was an audio file of a short tale written by Harry Turtledove that I found through the author's Wikipedia page. It deals with the political machinations between the remains of the United States and Canada as well with the alien invaders who've taken over most of the planet.
Finally, there was The Godfather of Kathmandu by John Burdett, a police detective novel of an officer of Bangkok; this book wasn't quite as much to my taste as the previous novels of the series. Although there is a mystery at the base, and the cultures of Thailand, Nepal and Hong Kong reviewed, there was a bit too much introspection and Buddhist reflections for me to enjoy it as much as the prior novels.