I am a big fan of historical fiction and if you are looking for some new books to read in that genre I would recommend both The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follett. Pillars is the first book in this series and it is set during a time of civil war, famine, and religious strife in Medieval England. The book follows several characters and revolves around the building of a stunning cathedral in the small town of Kingsbridge. Follett does a very good job getting the reader involved with each character and really setting the stage for what times were like in this era. World follows the next generations of the characters from the first book and introduces new disasters for the town to battle such as the Plague and sinister leaders.