Evidently I can't fight my own personality: most of the books I want to read seem to be downer books.
A case in point: I can't wait to get my hands on this one. That review is long, but should definitely give you a sense of whether or not you want to read it. Any book that makes a novel on the zombie apocalypse (World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War)* look optimistic is clearly a book for me.
*Over the weekend I saw the movie The Great Gatsby (I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Moulin Rouge, but it was still a lot of fun, and Leonardo DiCaprio? That guy's a super-talent), and there was a preview for the movie version of World War Z. My friend and I wondered, how is it possible that Brad Pitt just doesn't age? Wow, does he continue to look good.