I haven't read a whole lot since I graduated, probably because I had to read so much in school that I got kind of sick of it… lately I've just been trying to get through some of the warriors super editions that I haven't read yet.
mostly I like fiction and fantasy, especially about animals, but recently the only thing that's caught my eye is the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik. it's basically a reimagining of the napoleonic wars in a world with DRAGONS. so it's got a mix of historical/political stuff and fantasy elements, with the different dragon breeds and how different cultures treat/use tamed dragons and all that. and considering it mostly revolves around the 19th century english military (aka a bunch of white dudes), I think it does a pretty good job with representation? there are female captains, and there are characters who are eventually revealed to be gay, and since the main characters travel so much they meet people from africa, china, south america, all sorts of places.
also fun fact, the author is one of the founders of the Organization for Transformative Works, which runs Archive of Our Own. she totally supports (and is part of) fandoms and fans' rights to create derivative works and I think that's p cool
my favorite books are I Am a Cat and Kokoro by Natsume Soseki and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I also like Italo Calvino and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
I swear someday I'm going to read I Am a Cat. I mean, cats and japanese. what's better than this
also have you ever heard of/read The Housekeeper and the Professor? it's a novel by Yoko Ogawa about a single mother working as a housekeeper, and the professor she starts working for, who has extreme memory problems. but mostly it's full of friendship and applying mathematical concepts to life and for some reason that made me think of you