I started with B.R.'s Problems of Philosophy. Also, philosophy novels like Sartre's Nausea or Hesse's Steppenwolf might get wheels turning without having to apply lots of oil (eerrrr... so to speak). I'm reading Sophie's World now, though. I think she's annoying. But, as a basic hisotry, the factual bits are OK.
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, seeing as no-one noted by Robert M Pirsig thread.
I've been trying to get into philosophy, i found a book called, 'There Are Two Errors In The The Title Of This Book' by Robert M. Martin. It gives an overview of key ideas, but instead of just listing pros and cons (like anonther book i was recommended...) it is full of puzzles, examples and analogies to get you thinking and has lots of suggestions of further reading on all the topics discussed.
No, i'ts supposed to be it has a repeated 'The' and the paradox of only one error. But I didn't think that the title shouldn't have capitals at the beginning of the word... and there goes the paradox!
Despite that apparent error, it's a pretty good book.