A few of Graham Hancock books for some light reading
The Sign and the Seal
This is his book about tracking the Ark of the Covenant. I thought it was brilliant. A friend of mine visited Ethiopia and wanted to see the Ark, but he was refused entry ...
Fingerprints of the Gods
This is about pre-history. There is a lot of evidence that civilisations appeared much earlier than 5000 years ago.
The Message of the Sphinx
This really blew me away.
Traditional Egyptology has a very rigid narrative. It thinks the Egyptian civilisation began about 3000 BCE. The Pyramids were built as tombs for Pharoahs, and the Sphinx is about 3000 years old. Well it turns out that no coffin or body has been found in the Giza pyramids. The walls are also bare of the texts which were always inscribed on the walls of a burial chamber. The Sphinx it turns out could be over 10,000 years old ...