I thought I'd re-launch this thread again to get a feel for what people are reading and enjoying.
I've just read 'Fall of Giants' and 'Winter of The World' by Ken Follett - the first two books of his Century Trilogy. Very readable, very enjoyable and pretty sound historically too. I would highly recommend them, although the concluding book isn't out until 2014 apparently! Before the Follett books, I read 'Winter in Madrid' by C J Sansom. That was superb, and I fully intend to read his most recent novel when I've had a break from historical novels set in 20th century wartime.
I'm now reading 'Rivers of London', the first in Ben Aaronovich's DC Peter Grant series. I wouldn't normally entertain a book with magic in it, but this is executed extremely well and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.