I loved The Nanny Diaries - it was pure fluff, but a fun read. Of course, anything by Connelly is a must-read I was so disappointed when he moved to (I think) Florida. My mom would always go to his book signings when a new one came out, so I would get signed first editions. At least there's still Elizabeth George, who lives in my hometown and still does book signings at the local Barnes & Noble.
I know exactly what you mean! I sorted through my stack today and selected the books I absolutely want to read before classes start in 2 weeks. My list includes: The Historian - I'm about 150 pages in and set it aside to read some books that I couldn't bring home from my parents' house and I have to get back into it. Also on the list are Rembrandt's Whore by Sylvia Matton (kind of along the same lines as Girl With a Pearl Earring and The Passion of Artemesia), Harem by Dora Levy Mossanan, Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King, King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild and a biography of Francisco Goya. If I have time (), I want to try to get through Peter Robb's The Man Who Became Caravaggio. It's a pretty ambitious list, but I don't have anything else to do! Plus, several of those books are 300 pages or less, which is not even a day's reading.With a new semester lurking around the corner, I'm feeling a little stressed about all the books I want to read before my reading schedule will be of a much more mandatory kind.