I am currently reading 2 books:
Magical Mystery Tours by Tony Bramwell
This is the umpteenth (or is it the gazillionth?) book Iíve read about the Beatles. This is a memoir by someone who grew up with them and later went to work for Brian Epstein. There is no new information, just a lot of anecdotes. Barrow does a good job of personalizing the Beatles.
This is in hardcover so itís kind of pain to carry around. So the book I travel with is:
Byzantium Ė The Early Centuries by John Julius Norwich
This is volume 1 of a 3 volume history of the Byzantium Empire. Volume 1 covers the period from the founding of the city of Constantinople in 330 (although the city of Byzantine was already there) through the crowing of Charlemagne in 800. I donít know if the latter date has any significance to the Byzantine Empire other than a conveniently memorable date in world history.
This is a period in history that was never covered in any of my history classes and I have not been able to find much on until now. The book is very readable, so I am looking forward to reading all three volumes.