Three great books I've read recently:
The brightest star in the sky, by Marian Keyes
A real feel-good book, a gently teasing look at the lives of ordinary people, with an entertaining twist. See how quickly you can work out what's going on!
Pigeon English, by Stephen Kelman
Often described as this decade's "Curious incident of the dog in the night time", it's another story told from the point of view of a child, this time an immigrant in the badlands of inner city London. It is by turns touching, moving, amusing, heart warming and heart rending. Every bit as good ad TCIOTDITN, and way better than Mark Haddon's books since, I really can't recommend this book enough.
Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens
Some people might be surprised, but this is a hilarious book, with proper cartoon villains and genuine 'laugh out loud' moments. It can take a while to get into the style of writing if you're not used to Victorian texts, but well worth persevering with.