So, Blackfyre mentioned that he misses the cultural threads that we used to have. I thought I'd resurrect the thread on books (or comics, articles, or any other form of textual medium really). You all had some great recommendations for me back in the day, and I'd love to keep that going.
Feel free to discuss fiction, nonfiction, science-fiction, fantasy, history, military tactical manuals, tank operator manuals, propaganda pamphlets, or anything else you all desire.
I'd like to offer up a few suggestions myself. I recently read The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. It was kind of slow to get started, but I really enjoyed the rest of the book. It's epic low fantasy with a definite grimdark edge to it. Other than ASoIaF, I don't think I'd read much gritty fantasy. I prefer more fantastical things with lots of magic like the Wheel of Time or mostly anything by Brandon Sanderson usually. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of them.
I also read Invisible Ink by Brian McDonald. I've recently begun to be really interested in storytelling, story structure, and the writing process. This book was a very good introduction to the basics of story structure and storytelling. By the end of it, I was starting to notice things that the author talked about in most of the media I consume. It was a bit like peeling back the curtain and seeing how the sausage was made (although in this case it increased the enjoyment of said sausage instead of making me recoil in disgust). It was a good, quick read. If you'd like more stuff like this, I highly recommend the YouTube channels Nerdwriter, Lessons from the Screenplay, and Every Frame a Painting.