Ohhhhh man I'm going to have to behave myself or else I'm just going to put up a run-on post of my favourite books, which would fill about three libraries.
Alright, then, just some favourites.
If you're into the swords 'n' sorcery theme, you have to try the original Riftwar
Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist. There's many, many books in the extended series, but the first three - Magician
and A Darkness At Sethanon
are definite must-reads for anyone who likes fantasy novels. Basically a trilogy that follow the loosely-connected lives of Pug the sorcerer's apprentice, Tomas the soldier-in-training, Arutha the royal prince, and Jimmy the teenaged Master Thief, as they get involved in a war with invaders from a parallel dimension.
If you prefer books about things that fall down and go boom, try picking up something by Matthew Reilly sometime. I especially recommend his Shane Schofield series - Ice Station
, Area 7
and Hell Island
. Extremely skilled Marine Recon Lieutenant (later captain) guides his team through a variety of attempts to blow up himself, America, the world in general, and a variety of other things. If you're turned off by flag-waving there is virtually none in the books, but it's a very intense series. Think Die Hard
but in book form, still just as implausible and dangerous, and losing none of the bang.
And if you want a book that will make you feel genuinely good about the world, I can suggest The Dangerous Book Of Heroes
. Don't be fooled by the title, "Dangerous" is more of a brand name for the authors than an indication of the book itself. It's actually a very tasteful, and in places extremely moving, honorific of (mostly British) people who throughout history did truly incredible, heroic things to shape the world.
And also I will stop now before my brain demands I list anything else, otherwise I'll be here all night.
But of course that's just my opinion.