Three books I intend to read:
Martha Nussbaum The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future
Martha Nussbaum is one of the most thoughtful of political theorists today. Here's some tastes: 1, 2, 3. (Added: here's Nussbaum on Israel, which you can read all of if you're a Nation subscriber. Thanks to Arieh.)
Paul Mason Live Working or Die Fighting
The most important story to be told today.
Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns
I know this book is getting huge amounts of hype, after the runaway word of mouth success of The Kite Runner. But The Kite Runner was simply a wonderful book.
One book I have no intention of reading:
Christopher Hitchens God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
Frankly, much as I love the Hitch, I can't be bothered to read this. Hitchens is always at his most tedious when he talks about religion. (Excerpts here for my militant atheist friends).