Some of most recent books I read:
"Life of Pi"
- Yann Martel (loved it!!!)
"Birth of Venus"
- Sarah Dunant (pretty good: Firenze, renaissance, art, Savonarola, all through a story of a young woman)
- Paulo Coelho (good; having heard so much about I did expect more)
and "Daughter of Fortune"
- Isabel Allende (interesting and rather easy read, I really liked both)