Good fiction. Of all types: as in historical, plain, sci-fi, fantasy. You know, fiction. Mainly authors listed, occasionally a book or series specified.
Paul Doherty – historical fiction, murder mystery historical fiction, great historian
Terry Pratchett – fantasy, largely known for his Discworld series, though you don’t have to read them in order
Sharon Kay Penman – again, historical murder mysteries, good historical fiction especially for the period of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine
L. E. Modesitt – fantasy and sci-fi, very well developed characters, especially recommend The Parafaith War
Schami, Rafik. (1993) Damascus Nights. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux: New York.