I'll throw in some fiction because I'm waiting untill I can start cooking dinner. The lies of Locke Lamora. Never has a book had me laughing out loud so much, or cackling with snotty glee at some wiseass remark or event I did not see coming. Must read for those who enjoy fantasy books, and this one is a very original cocktail of fantasy mixxed with a heist theme. Didnt expect to like it, but I was very very surprised.
Big hobb fan here too Loved them all, except for the final trilogy that I refuse to accept Shaped my teenage years. My love of wolves started with Nighteyes If it wasnt such an impractical name, I'm sure my dog would have been called that.Wilding by Isabella Tree - a beautiful book about the transformation of a farm when it's 'rewilded' by it's owners (the writer and her husband). Very relevant in it's look at biodiversity and complex ecosystems, and gives a bit of hope for our future, if it's centered on nature.
For a bit of fantasy - Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb. A series that spans 5 triologies, it has the most amazing richly done fantasy history, geography and ecology of any fantasy I've read. Very good stuff!