I started a new book today -- I finished the one library book and had to ransack my bookshelves trying to find something I hadn't already read, and found An Underground Education. It's really proving interesting! The premise is there's more to the things we learn in school than what the text books tell us, and it's full of interesting, little-known facts and trivia. I read the section on The Brother's Grimm -- I already knew that their fairy tales were really pretty gruesome and the Victorian era folks tamed them a little bit, but it was interesting to learn about different versions.
On a similar note, I read An Incomplete Education years ago, and I'd recommend that one, too. The idea with that one is to give you enough knowledge to know a little bit about everything -- the difference between fission and fusion, the difference between Da Vinci and Michaelangelo, a comparison of a bunch of religions, that sort of thing. Neat book.
I'll leave you with a picture of a necklace I made recently for myself with beads from Carrie Hamilton -- I wanted something a little funky to wear and I'd adored the "lollypop" beads of hers forever! This is the first rendition -- I keep thinking of ways to tweak it!