I am currently (actively) reading these books:
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
I loved Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything and when I discovered he had written a book that's the exact opposite of that one, I pounced upon it.
Instead of a macro view of history like the previous book, Bryson instead takes us on a journey that documents the history of normal and mundane household objects, ones we usually take for granted.
What follows is an epic journey across most of the Victorian era with the occasional trip to the height of the Roman Empire and some other notable periods of time in human history. A good read, even if you have only enjoyed Bryson's numerous travelogues.
The Technologists by Matthew Pearl
Matthew Pearl's latest historical fiction will only be released on 21st February but I managed to get my hands on a preview copy.
The book is set in the mid-Ninteenth Century, during the initial years of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and follows the adventures of some students who are constantly harangued by their rivals at Harvard and by the general populace who fear them for using science "beyond human understanding."
It's almost steampunk-esque in a way and there are many weird happenings in the plot that almost takes the book to a fantastical bent. But I'm sure Pearl will keep things grounded... with science.
Expect a review soon.