I'm slowly working my way through A New History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny. Fiction wise, I'm reading Independent People by Halldór Laxness. He's an Icelandic author, and it shows. It's about an icelandic farmer who buys a farm which is believed to be cursed (the first chapter is about the legend of the witch who lived on the farm and ate children). That doesn't stop him though! As you can imagine, things don't go very well.
It's a very dry read. There are parts where the characters do nothing but discuss the merits of different breeds of sheep for several pages at a time, and the sentences tend to go on and on. But it also does a very good job of integrating the Icelandic poetic tradition into its story telling. For example, there is a part where the main character, Bjartur, has to deliver some bad news. Unable to do so clearly, he does it in the form of a short poem.
Like much of Laxness' work, it is also a sociological novel. He was clearly influenced by socialist ideas of the time, and (so far) it deals a lot with how striving to be self reliant can damage relationships to other people.
The translation I'm reading (which is a Swedish translation from 1949) feel almost archaic in its language and I think that helps setting a very "Icelandic" tone, but also adds to the dryness of the text. Hopefully I'll find time to finish it before summer.