I read a fair amount. Some of my favorites:

    Göedel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter

    A Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin

    Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

    Demian by Hermann Hesse

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

Some things I've read recently (if 1997 is recent, which it's not...) and enjoyed:

    The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

    Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin

    The Crow Road by Iain Banks

    The Long Run by Daniel Keys Moran

    Watership Down by Richard Adams

    Corelli's Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres

    The Goldbug Variations by Richard Powers