"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith. Awesome. Two thumbs up and 4/4 Stars! . Highly recommend! Rated PG-13 because it's about life--good, bad, ugly and beautiful.
"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. An excellent book. Reminds you that the days of rampant racism aren't that far in our past. Excellent writing. Two thumbs up. Rated PG-13 for language (not gratuitous, though) and adult themes. Brief silly nudity.
"War Breaker" by Brandon Sanderson. Another one that hooked me right at the beginning and kept me turning pages and hoping it wouldn't end. Very enjoyable. Rated PG-13.
"Elantris" by Brandon Sanderson. Sci-Fi is NOT my favorite genre, but this book sucked me right in and I loved it. Wish there was a sequel! Rated PG.
"Bleak House" by Charles Dickens. I LOVED it. But I recommend watching the BBC miniseries first. Makes it much easier to follow and get into.