OK, just throwing out some things at random.
Anything by Charles Dickens. Remember when you were in high school and they made you read Dickens and it was so boring? Well, guess what, it's a lot better when you're an adult. Most of his books are nice and long with plenty of plot action, and happy endings. Nice for the current times. I also liked them for their detailed description of life in Victorian times.
I went through a Michael Crighton phase, and now my daughter (14) is reading him. A lot of his books sort of seem the same (a group of competent, steely scientists, comprising of several men and one or two women, face a scientific problem, using science, LOL) but they are still engaging books.
Jonathon Stroud: Bartemeus (triology) and Lockwood and Co (a series, I forget how many). These are young adult books, but they are extremely well written. Bartemeus is laugh-out-loud funny (although I do hope you like the occasional fart joke) and Lockwood and Co is moody and occasionally quite scary.
Tad Williams: Tailchaser's Song. A great fantasy book written from the POV of a cat. Don't dismiss it, it's a really good book! Not as good as LOTR, but in a similar spirit. Also, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, followed about 20 years later by the Witchwood crown trilogy (still in progress). Fantasy. The hero of the first series is annoying, and it takes a good 100 pages to really get started, but it's a great read after that.
Philip Kerr, Prussian Blue. A hardboiled detective book set in Nazi Germany. An engaging and fast read.
Donna Tartt, the Goldfinch. I'm not usually one for "contemporary fiction," but this one was really good. Not preachy, not too much adult content, just a well-crafted and compelling story.
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