The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett I recall reading this in Grade 8 and loving it. It was given to me by my adult mentor knowing that I'd enjoy it and that we were studying the era that it takes place in SS. I can't remember the plot nor characters, I just recall eating it up and re-reading a few times over that year. Now that the sequel has come out I'm going to re-read it as an adult 17 yrs. after first reading it.