The Amazing Maurice & his Educated Rodents, by Terry Pratchett - hilarious, insightful! Naoko by Keigo Higashino - a family is devastated by an accident, and the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride of human thoughts and emotions - I recommend it and can't wait to see the videos of this mini series. I'm No. 3 on the request list! Also recommended: the Devotion of Suspect X, also by Higashino: we know who the killer is, but there's a twist at the end!
I've just picked up The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar, after putting it aside for a while. It echoes The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. I haven't read this - the movie is about to come out. The themes are similar: class, gender, ghettos. Umrigar is a marvelous storyteller - read this and be transported to the privileged neighborhoods and the slums of Mumbai, feel both the sorrow and the joy of the women who live and work there.
Whatever you do, for heaven's sake - READ!