I’ve just finished Lingo by Gaston Dorren, a wonderful recommendation from a good friend.
It’s a “pop linguistics” book, by which I mean that it explores matters of academic interest to linguists, in a way that is accessible and interesting to a layman.
It covers European languages, and focuses heavily on the Indo-European root that they mostly share, so it’s definitely left me with a thirst to learn about African and Pacific languages at the very least (before we get onto the fascinatingly different way that languages indigenous to the Americas are constructed). But it was a well-written, healthily educational book that felt sufficiently well researched. And for lovers of etymology (and who DOESN’T love learning where stuff comes from?!), it’s a thrilling ride.