I've read these books of Pullmans too a few months ago, quite enjoyed the read. My son hated them and wouldnt get further than the first couple of chpaters.
I just finished the dreaded Harry Potter, and The book of 5 Rings
Bokken by Dave Lowry
Le Manege Royale by Pluvinel
The InDesign Bible
Art of War by Sun Tzu
Tao te Ching
Training the Horse In-hand - Classical Iberian Methods of Schooling by Dietz
ALL at once, in no particular order.
That is, I read a bit of one, get bored and pick up one of the others for a chapter or so.
Forgot! I recently re-read The Jungle Book, Metamorphosis, The Painting of Dorian Grey, Heart of Darkness and bits of Ulysses on my PDA whilst waiting for said son to come out of school.
Planning on reading Eragon & Eldest at some stage - my son says they are a good read so will give them a go too.