In the spirit of Porcaro's nightstand (his permalink is messed up - too bad), here's my last five fiction books.  On a .NET weblog does one really have to admit he's a freakin' nerd?  I guess not.

About a Boy, Nick Hornby
Signal to Noise, Eric Nylund (this guy is ex-MSFT.  Oddly enough, his wife once interviewed me)
The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
Pattern Recognition, William Gibson (oh yeah, Gibson signed my Neuromancer.  I rule!)
Dune: House Corrino, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson