For an easy beach read try: "Confessions of a Shopaholic" by Sophie Kinsella. If you've already read the series try one of her other novels: "Can you Keep a Secret?" "Remember Me?" or "Twenties Girl."
Before you see the movie read: "Julie and Julia" by Julie Powell. "With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul."
Enjoy a long plane ride by reading: "I am Charlotte Simmons" by Tom Wolfe. Wolfe at his best: describing the social satire of University life. Anyone who has been to college can relate and enjoy this story.
For a good laugh with crass and provocative humor read: "My Horizontal Life" by Chelsea Handler. Chelsea chronicles her diverse array of one-night stands in a collection of hilarious stories. Please note that there is a serious possibility that you will pee in your pants while reading her bouts of below the belt humor!
For an entertaining murder mystery try, "The Late, Lamented Molly Marx" by Sally Koslow. In a very original premise, Molly, the recently deceased gets to take glimpse at how life goes on after her death. With a mix of mystery, humor, and chutzpah you won't be able to stop turning the pages!
For a powerful and emotional read try: "Say You're One of Them" by Uwem Akpan. Akpan's five tales are told with the honest and uninhibited voices of the children involved. Each one takes place in a different country but the theme is universal: the biggest challenge faced by children in Africa is staying alive.
For a page turner try: "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory. If you saw the movie--block it from your memory and try the novel!