The Witching hour by Anne Rice, first in the "lives of the Mayfair witches" series, WONDERFUL (yet large,lol) book! Totally worth the time spent reading it. Anne Rice creates a world that is like no other.
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver. "The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in (Harper Perennial)
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls- Reading this now. It is a fantastic memoir. She paints magical pictures of a childhood of neglect and the journey to a better life. It's inspiring, really, and I haven't even finished it yet. (recommended by Jenni)
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini / A sentimental look at three generations of Afghans, Americans, Greeks; lives intertwining, the pull of family in spite of circumstances, memory - true or faulty.
The Lord of The Rings from J.Tolkien This made a huge impression for a 12 year old girl. Since that I have kept on reading it for several times again. Now I have almost all Tolkien´s books in my bookshelf.