I checked out Pablo Neruda's poetry while following Steve Ersinghaus' 100 Days poems throughout this past summer, his having mentioned Neruda as a source of inspiration while he produced a poem a day to match watercolor paintings of his colleague, Carianne Mack. Neruda won me over with his imaginative view on simple things, and I'll have Selected Odes of Pablo Neruda on my coffee table for a while. In this collection, there are both the Spanish (Chilean) and English translation which may help revive my Spanish a bit.
I think that with the novel selection of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, it was the delightful title that intrigued me. With any possible reading selection, I thumb through and catch some of the feeling of the book in bites, sometimes read the first page or two, then decide. This one does look like it fits my reading needs right now.