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I never thought I would like autobiographies, but the Memoirs of Vidocq is really neat (think Sherlock Holmes if he actually existed). Also good is the autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini – it is surprisingly adventuresome for a 16th century artist. The Autobiography of Casanova I mentioned earlier is very nice as well, although I don’t know if you want to spend $240 and 6000 pages worth of time on the set.
In Fiction, I like All Quiet on the Western Front, and anything by Dumas is entertaining as well.
If you want something with a little more heft and are into chansons de geste, try giving Orlando Furioso a look.
If you tell me what type of book you are into, perhaps I can narrow it down more.