Ever try Neil Gaiman's novels? American Gods and Neverwhere are fantastic.
I've only read his American Gods, but I hated it so much actually. I'm in the minority but I thought it was a book made just for me and I end up not liking it at all but thats just me.
Anywhoo, I highly recommend reading The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. They are realistic fiction novels about the struggles of living in Afghanistan. truly beautiful and classic books.