My favorite books are historical fiction. I also like Nicholas Sparks. His stories even make great movies. A Walk to Remember, Message in A Bottle, The Notebook, are all thanks to the talented Mr. Sparks. And I'm ashamed to say that I did get dragged into the Twilight saga. I started reading it at the urging of a friend, fully intending not to like it. However, it pulled me in and by the time I got to the 4th and final book, I stayed up all night reading it just because I couldn't bring myself to put it down.
Here are a few of my all time favorites (all pictures from Amazon.com):
Queenmaker: A Novel of King David's Queen by India Edghill is very entertaining, albeit embellished tale of King David's first queen, Michal. I re-read this one every few years.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is another great read. The story follows a young girl as she becomes a geisha in tradition-rich Kyoto Japan in the twentieth century.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is another one that I really enjoyed. The main character is consistantly and against his will transported through time over and over again. He meets his wife when she is just a little girl and he's already married to her in his own time. Hard to explain, but a good read. The book is way better than the movie in this case. But the movie is better if you've already read the book.
And let us not forget the classic Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Scarlett O'Hara, Rhett Butler, need I say more? This is one case where the movie is just as good as the book.