I will read anything. Classics, best-sellers, Twilight, etc. I love the books that don't make me think, just as much as those that do, as long as they're fun to read. When I'm in school I read a lot of academic and technical articles, so all I ask from fiction is that it entertains.
This quote has been floating around tumblr (with a link to a subscriber only article):
“A lot of the people who read a bestselling novel, for example, do not read much other fiction. By contrast, the audience for an obscure novel is largely composed of people who read a lot. That means the least popular books are judged by people who have the highest standards, while the most popular are judged by people who literally do not know any better. An American who read just one book this year was disproportionately likely to have read ‘The Lost Symbol’, by Dan Brown. He almost certainly liked it.” - The Economist
This helped to solidify my motive for recommending books. I want people to read a lot. A lot of everything. I'll do my best to recommend worthwhile bestsellers and obscure novels.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett falls into the bestseller category. It's about three women in 1950s Jackson, Mississippi who dare to write about the experiences of "the help" (African-American women) working for middle-class families (Caucasian). While there's no profound new revelations about bad race-relations in the pre-Martin Luther King Jr. era in the Southern U.S., I think this book offers a worthwhile reminder: No matter how bad a situation is, there's always something you can do to attempt change. The Help is a pleasant read, perfect for an early-fall weekend.