One of my favorite blogs, Cultural Offering, has assembled a nifty summer reading list for children. He also has a recommendation for adults as well as a list from Thomas Sowell.
Unable to resist, I will [once again, to many heavy sighs] add to the adult list of recommendations the Aubrey-Maturin series of novels by Patrick O'Brian. Don't be put off by the "two friends in the Royal Navy" descriptions. This series is far better than most of the classics you were forced to read in school. The books are not for men only - I know some women who are serious O'Brian fans - and although the first volume (Master and Commander) is probably the slowest because it has to set the stage, all of the books are beautifully written and paced. Marvelous stuff. It will transport you to another time with some great companions.
Get it. You have not a moment to lose.