I just finished reading "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer. I highly recommend it. It is a first person perspecitve from a survivor from the 1996 Mt. Everest disaster. If you ever get a chance, google "Beck Weathers" or check out http://www.steponline.com/everest/beck_weathers.asp. Similiarally, if you have an IMAX theatre near you, check out the "Everest" movie if it plays. That was filmed during the same time the expedition Jon Krakauer was in fell to its untimely demise.
Lately, I have been reading the owners manual to my new 2005 Subaru Impreza RS.