Originally Posted by GothicBohemian
I go through these phases where all I read is non-fiction and I'm stuck in one now, a sociology and anthropology binge, to be precise. I need a novel that might pull me back into reading for nothing but the entertainment value. Any suggestions of something fairly recent (just so that it's unlikely I've already read it)? I'm open to pretty much anything so long as it's well written and has a coherent plot.
Have you tried Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books? Urban fantasy detective stories that are light enough to read several in a row without burning out yet still pull you in.
For something older you may have not read, try Jack Chalker's Rings of the Master series for more old-school SF, or his G.O.D., Inc. books for some detective stories with a SF twist.
I think pretty much everything else worthwhile I've read in the last few months was either part of a huge long series that requires a major time investment or was YA, which I don't know if you have any interest in (although there is some crazy good YA out there these days, if you're willing to wade through a lot of crap to find it).
Ooh, also, Connie Willis' Blackout and All Clear - possibly the best time travel/historical books I read all last year. And I tend to read about 250 new books a year, so that's kind of hardcore. Highly recommended.