For Whom the Bell Tolls is a novel by Ernest Hemingway published in It tells the story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to a republican guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War.
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini. Story of a boy Amir, from Afghanistan who needs to find his way in the world as he realizes that his own belief system is not that of his dominant culture. Set in Afghanistan and the United States.
A Discovery of Witches By Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy). In a sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches became the "it" book of early bringing Deborah Harkness into the spotlight and galvanizing fans around the world.
"The Princess Bride" - William Goldman // A book-turned-film that has the rare distinction of being equally great - and hilarious - in both incarnations. Goldman's fantasy satire-epic is a solid investment.
The Giver - Read. I read this when I was in middle school and I didn't like it then. So, I thought, with the movie coming out, I'd give it another shot. Still leaves a bit to be desired, but the dystopian genre always makes me think.