My recent and anticipated reading seems to be following a trend. I haven't planned this, but I have recently received a number of books surrounding topics related related to Europe, Islam, culture, and Catholicism. In addition, I was prompted by two movies reviews to borrow from the library a copy of The Sons of Men, by P.D. James. (The reviews both raved about the book and decried the horrible way in which the movie completely missed this point of the book.)
So, for now, I'm going to just log what I've read and leave a more complete review and summary for later when I can compare the different books.