I just read Star Wars: Darth Plagueis
, by James Luceno.
Excellent novel that starts with Plagueis going from apprentice to master, his recruiting of Palpatine, their machinations in their 'day jobs' to advance their Sith cause, the behind the scenes manipulations as Sith, and ultimately ending around where Episode I begins with the blockade of Naboo.
Currently reading The Dog Who Knew Too Much
by Spencer Quinn, part of the Chet & Bernie series. Very light hearted crime mystery about a PI and his K9 partner, as narrated by the dog.