This article is a collection of books with only a few 'hits' that, while combing over the data set of comments, I felt were intruiging or unexpected in some way. Click through on a title to read the full comments for each book.
Famicoman: A fascinating look at the communications infrastructure in NYC, written as a field guide. Inspired me to make a website in the same style for Philadelphia. read comments
TallGuyShort: Really fun, but it's not really tech, it's more just math. But I do a lot of work with scientific / numerical computing so some may group them together. In addition to math, it covers... read comments
acheron: 12 different medieval manuscripts the author goes to visit. Describes their history, where they are now and what it's like to see them, contains many detailed reproductions of pages, etc. Not at all dry... read comments
rockyroadster: This sounds like a weird suggestion but it's an incredibly entertaining and interesting book about an amazing entrepreneur who was... read comments
nojvek: From the creator of xkcd. It's a fun and insightful read on how much goes and analyzes the hypothetical questions read comments