I just finished reading "In the Heart of the Sea" for the third time and am sure I will read it again.
Other's I've liked:
Bay Company Adventures - easy read about the fur trade
Sailing Promise - just for the human psychology of it.
Kon Tiki (far from recent read)
If one includes frozen water
Into Thin Air
Savage Arena (Joe Tasker)
Everest, The West Ridge
The White Spider (First climbs on Eiger, north face)
I can't point to a specific book, but have really loved reading about
-The Wilks Expedition
-The story of the Aurora - the second and often forgotten boat on famous Shackelton expedtion. (My boat is named in honor of them.)
-R. Amundson - NW passage
and south pole - now that's impressive!
-MacKenzie's expedition to the west coast
(Canada) a decade before the Lewis and Clark expedition.
-The Jeanette - stuck in the ice north of Siberia
-The Franklin Expedition
-Drake vs the Spanish Armada - Early lessons in the effects of weather
and ocean currents.
-Cook's three famous expeditions.
-Hans Lindeman's voyage across the Atlantic in a sea kayak
-Those crazy ocean rowing society folks. Anyone who races across the Atlantic in a rowing craft has my respect.