I don't know if anyone else feels this way, but I really feel like books are very underappreciated by our generation. I read pretty often, mostly only in school though. I think it makes you smarter, and the story a book tells is usually much greater than that of a movie.
Though I have to say I think most of the issue is that people just haven't been exposed to books or novels that actually interest them, so if you're one of those reading haters, allow me to make some suggestions that I really enjoyed in no particular order(I don't know most of the authors names, sorry):
-A Hole in the Sky
-Can't Get There From Here
-The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (This is a bit of a harder read than the books i've listed so far)
-The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel
Anyway, theres some I can think of right now. As for those of you that enjoy reading as I do, what are some of your favorites?