1. I'm almost finished Andrei P. Tsygankov's brilliant book Russia's Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity

 

I think it's safe to say this is one of, if not the best book out there on the rationale behind Russian foreign policy. 

 

"Challenging conventional views of Moscow’s foreign policy, Andrei Tsygankov shows that definitions of national interest depend on visions of national identity and are rooted both in history and domestic politics. Yet the author also highlights the role of the external environment in affecting the balance of power among competing domestic groups."

 

It's not cheap, but it's worth every cent. Highly recommend it!

 

2. Guantanamo Diary, Mohamedou Ould Slahi

 

Just finished this and plan to write a proper review of it soon. For now I'll just say it's brilliant and should be read by everyone.

 

3. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky 

 

I started this a while ago and didn't have time to finish it. Picked it up again recently and am about a third of the way through. Probably nothing will compare to my love for Crime and Punishment, but I'll let you know when I finish!