There are no classics in this list. I will make a separate list for classics later.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I recommend this book at least once a day at work. It's my favorite YA novel and I agree that once you read it, you look at life differently. It's not a predictable book either, and it's the best slice of life novel that I've read in a long time.
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
In my opinion, this book is a charming coming of age and adventure story. The voice in this novel reminds me of Jane Austen.
Dune by Frank Herbert
This novel is a must read! People aren't joking when they call this the best SciFi novel of all time. The story has layers, and it's deeper than it appears to be.
Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
This book is another philosophical reflection in disguise. The story also revolves around the marvel of stories and how powerful they can be.
A Walk to Remember by Nicolas Sparks
This story is an amazing tale, not only about love, but about the choices you make without even noticing. Landon's voice rings true and his honesty makes this book even more refreshing.
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
This story grows with you, and appears to be a celebration of myth and folklore. Whether or not you read children's literature, Harry Potter is a timeless tale.
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
This story is intense, but I think that it's an important statement about how the world works, what power can do, and how life changes you.
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
No matter how old you are, The Hobbit is an adventure story that is structured like the great myths and legends in history. Bilbo's journey from a Hobbit to a hero is another timeless story that you can enjoy no matter how old you are.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A psychological tale of the way life is. This novel is another story that is deeper than it appears to be. The boy's journey is a reflection of your own journey.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
This story is a wonderful example of a layered tale. The book follows three different generations, and ties them together with one book of fairytales.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
This series is underrated. Percy is not only an entertaining narrator. He is also a wonderful character who faces many difficult obstacles and struggles to discover who he is. As his battles become more epic, and as he grows from a sarcastic kid into a true hero, (no pun intended) Percy learns important lessons in life.
Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
I don't care if you hate anime or if you've never even heard of a manga. Fruits Basket is the best slice of life tale that I have ever read. Every single character has a story that is believable and relatable, and the series itself has its own unique charm. Of all the books I read growing up in middle school and high school, Fruits Basket was the one that changed my life for good.
Full Metal Alchemist
Again, if you judge this story by its format, then you are missing out. Full Metal Alchemist is a philosophical journey that reflects on the human race. There is so much to learn from this series, about fear, power, culture and countries.