I'm in the midst of two books right now, both very good in their own little ways: Animal Farm by George Orwell and Lost Girls by Alan Moore.
Animal Farm is one of those "classics" that's become such an iconic piece of literature that going into it, you're familiar with half the plot already. I've been wanting to read it for ages and so far it's quite good, with it's straightforward writing style (none of the long flowery prose that someone like Dickens is so fond of) and Orwellian humor. I'm going to watch the animated movie when I finish it, as it's also supposed to be very good.
As for Lost Girls, well, it's a graphic novel filled with the kind of excessive sex Alan Moore loves to put into his work. Seriously, seriously nsfw (there's underage lesbian sex in the first goddamn page), but all of the literary allusions and the fact that Dorothy, Alice, and Wendy are the main characters keeps it engaging. Alan Moore is an absolute crazy person (a bit touched, as my mother would say) but he is a genius. It's probably the beard.
Seriously though, I'm pretty sure Alan Moore's beard is alive