Recent books that I would recommend:
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I have Kate Aitkinson's Life After Life on the shelf waiting. I'm also considering Elizabeth Jane Howard's Cazalet Chronicles, after hearing some of the recent R4 serialisation. I did enjoy Jonas Jonassson's 100 year old man book (can't remember the exact title?)
Cazalets is a great series. I read a lot, but not particularly intellectual. I did an English degree and suspect that spoilt classic literature for me, though in my top ten are Pride and Prejudice (of course!!), The Woman in White, absolutely first class read, Great Expectations, Silas Marner and The Great Gatsby.
I tend to go for thinking woman's mysteries, like Kate Mosse, all good, love the time travel type thing, Rachel Hore.
At the moment I am reading
Bread and Wine, a love letter to life around the table by Shauna Niequist. She is very strong in her faith and I am not, but it doesn't intrude (for me) on what is a gorgeous read, with recipes.