Re: The "Book" thread.
Okay - well I wasn't about to suggest Twilight or anything.
I'd suggest A Game Of Thrones (first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire Series) by George RR Martin. At the moment there are 4 books (though book 3 was dividied into 2 in the UK). It's a Fantasy series, but the fantasy elements are quite light atm. The Prologue is about as 'fantastical' as the first book gets, really. Trying not to spoil anything here.
It's very well written, and a very very good read and I can't really reccomend it highly enough. HBO have also comissioned a tv show based on the first book, if that means anything to you.
Should definitely read the first book, I think you'll like it. I've not met many who've not liked it.