Ok, so I finished the Da Vinci Code, and this is what I have to say about it:
If you want a well-written, intelligent mystery about the Christian church, read The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.
If you want a predictable, below-average, easy to read mystery about the Christian church, by all means, have at the Da Vinci Code. Yes, I could have put it down instead of reading the whole thing, but I have never, EVER, in my entire life not finished a book I started, not matter how horrid it was. This book would have been better served as a screenplay, and I think the movie will play out well, especially with the excellent cast they have lined up.
Next on the agenda is either The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I'll probably go with Hitchhiker's Guide because I've read Fear and Loathing before.
After rereading The Woman Warrior, I am interested in Chinese stories and culture along the same lines. I ordered The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan, but if anyone else knows any other good ones, let me know.
My husband and I have only gotten through the second chapter of the new Harry Potter, because he stays up too late flying his planes with Microsoft Flight Simulator. I would steal the book and read ahead, but it wouldn't be fair. We always read it together the first time, and my husband has a really excellent reading voice.
No more book purchases for a couple of months. After I finish the ones that are here or incoming, I'll have to start working on my thesis full-time.