Ready to tackle some of the easier repairs on your car? Try some of these! To get a nice, clear presentation with appropriate charts and photos, Auto upkeep: basic car care, maintenance, and repair by Michael E. and Linda E. Gray, 2nd edition, is a good choice. Steps and troublespots are clearly set out and price guides give reasonable maintenance and repair budgets.
For the past several weeks I have listened to the CD format of the book The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson during my commute. The narrator was excellent--I completely forgot about him, although I can't speak to his ability with the Swedish language. The story kept me fascinated from beginning to end. One caveat--this is a gritty read. It has all the factors which usually drive me away from an author--extreme violence, language, sex, and more.
One of the best books I have read in a long time is the Man Booker Prize winner for 2009, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.