The first, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, is widely known (a bestseller?) but I hadn't heard of it until a friend and fellow writer recommended it. What fun! It's been billed as a romantic comedy, but it's a very different type of romance. The hero, Don Tillman, has been called socially challenged. He's definitely unique. I cheered for him all the way through. What a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a day!
The second book is actually a children's book (recommended for ages 8-12), called Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke, author of the Inkheart series. It's about a boy, Jon Whitcroft, who is sent away to boarding school (his mother is dating a man Jon despises and nicknames The Beard, and Jon's actions against The Beard are getting out of control). But once away at school, Jon finds himself in a life or death situation...with a ghost. This is the fourth book I've read by Funke, and what I like best about her books (besides the paranormal elements) is that her characters are well formed and there's always a strong female. In this case, although Jon is the protagonist, he quickly meets Ella, and ghostly adventures begin!
I'm not sure if it's the teacher in me, the parent in me, or just the reader in me, but I do still love a really good children's book.
Have a wonderful day!