List of ten very interesting reads

"Guns, germs and steel" AND "Collapse", both by Jarred Diamond

"The selfish gene" by Richard Dawkins

"A distant mirror" by Barbara Tuchman

"Under the banner of heaven" by Jon Krakenhauer

"The coming plague" by Laurrie Garrett (although there seems to be some errors in this book)

"My name is red" by Oman Pahuk

"An instance of the fingerpost" by Iain Pears

"A small death in Sevilla" by Robert Wilson

"Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R.Tolkien