Well I made good on the notion, and I am now reading through the Bhagavad Gita. Only real problem with it is that I have the "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" translation/version, which is ironically named because for every sentence-long verse, there's a few paragraphs of analysis. So I'm skipping the analysis, because it's both distracting to switch between the two, and quite frankly I just want to know what the "holy" bits say, and not some guy's opinion of them. Which does create the illusion that I'm reading the book really, really fast.
So far, it's not a bad read. Yeah, there's a lot of Krsna repeatedly saying he is the Supreme Personality of the Godhead, and some mildly misogynistic comments, although nothing as bad as the Judaic-based religions. It does spend a lot of time talking about work, of which it has an interesting take: do your work, do it well, but don't concern yourself with the results. Being attached to the results turns work into bondage. It also spends a lot of time arguing for intellectual/spiritual stimulation over purely sensational (in the literal sense of the word) stimulation, which obviously got inherited into Buddhism.
There's also something rather unique in it, as far as holy books are concerned. "Krsna" actually addresses materialistic philosophies directly, not just under a general lumping of "non-believers" like most books. He even offers a materialistic argument for handling the grief of death. Now obviously he discredits the atheistic notions, but this raises a weird paradox. If this was truly the word of Krsna, if it's a recording of an actual conversation between the Supreme Personality of the Godhead and Arjuna, why would he need to address these arguments? He's the Godhead on earth, shouldn't a simple miracle or two suffice to disprove the atheists? It's almost as if it's a very subtle admission by the writers of the book that isn't a literally true story, but rather a metaphor or allegory. If it is interpreted as an argument rather than a documentation, then it makes sense. Otherwise, it's just nonsensical.