I rarely read novels, but I try to get through one or two a year if possible. Most recently I read Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Both are written by Ken Follett.
The books are basically historical fiction. They follow the lives of a number of people living in a small town in England around the 13th century. A time when the Church was strong and the monarchy was in disarray. It focuses a lot on the building of a cathedral.
All in all I highly recommend it. I’m sure the local library will have a few copies of both of these on hand. Pillars of the Earth is the first in the series and World Without End is based quite a few years later. You do not need to read them in order, though a few references are made in the second book, but it has nothing to do with the plot.