When it comes to books I LOVE classics and things set in late England. My favorite book of all time is Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice but that's just me ^^.
If you like politically inclined books or non-Fiction Id suggest Khaled Hussein's Kite runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, it gives you an arab perspective of afghanistan.
Theres also Sarah's Key which presents a different perspective of the Jewish troubles in France at the time of Hitler's riegn.
Theres also a very nice book called Reading Jane Austen in Baghdad and its an iraqi perspective of the american invasion in 2003.
If your more of a nonfiction person though id suggest The Time Travelers Wife and anything by Nicholas Sparks is a good read. Jodi Picoult is also pretty good (shes also the author of My Sister's Keeper
hope that helps ^^