@Kinch we home school, best thing for continuity over so many moves, but he's well aware of the thought police.
(A quick google will find everything referred to below at Amazon)
May I suggest anything by John Masters. I've recently read his WWI Trilogy and the first two volumes of his three volume autobiography.
Re the Autobiography:
Masters joined an Indian Army Gurkha regiment in 1934 and fought with them on the Northwest Frontier, in the Middle East, and in Burma. Most of us have some vague idea about how special the Gurkhas were/are... his autobiography makes it a lot less vague. Really interesting stuff!
And should be enlightening reading for those who subscribe to cartoon stereotypes. None of that in here. The world back then wasn't any more one-dimensional than it is now.
Currently reading Tiziano Terzani's, "A Fortune Teller Told Me and I am hooked! Very engaging, interesting. Envy inducing given the life he has lead and the travel he has done by whichever means ,except by aircraft. Terzani's says it how it is in Asian regions with a matter of fact approach but still keeps the entertaining value in his writing style. I will try to get my hands on "Goodnight Mr Lenin."
Man I got a laundry list of books that I'm saving for after I move. First however is I really want to get to the Hugo winning Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
I am reading multiple (Kindle) books at once. I normally complete 1 book per week, 2 books if its really engrossing. I normally buy 1 kindle book from UK amazon when it goes on sale for 10hkd.
Leonardo Da Vince by Walter Isaacson
Iron Ambition by Mike Tyson
Tribe of Mentors - Tim Ferriss
Business Adventures - John Brooks
Algorithms to live by
Console Wars by Blake Harris
The checklist manifstio - Atul Gawande
Principles - Ray Dalio
Losing the Signal Rise and fall of blackberry.