This is what I am currently reading....
Dark Fire by C. J. Sansom - this is the second book in Sansom's 'Shardlake' series and if you have not yet read these, then you are in for such a treat. Basically a medieval lawyer (Shardlake) becomes embroiled in and solves complex cases and mysteries, each one of these books is beautifully written with fabulous period detail and its a great thick wedge of a book too so you don't have to let go of the characters too soon - my only wish is that there were more in the series, but I am sure the author is working on this! The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman - this is wonderful, I loved it. Starts off with a weird geeky character who develops an unconventional time machine - its so well written and the story is absorbing and quirky.
Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the Windsors by David Starkey - interesting, vivid and well written; a great starting point for learning about the monarch of your choice from which you could go on to do further reading; another good one by Starkey (even though I find his writing a bit dry sometimes).
After Elizabeth: The Death of Elizabeth and the Coming of King James by Leanda de Lisle; anything and everything about this monarch is on my reading list and this author has gone for the end of her reign and the transferrence of power to James I; everyone seems to think of Elizabeth I in the height of her powers as 'Gloriana' and this deals with her decline, her death, and the political ramifications of her constantly refusing to name a successor. Great detail, an interesting read about a subject that very few authors have touched on so far.